Dec 16, 2018  
2018-2019 College Catalog 
    
2018-2019 College Catalog

Appendices



Appendix 1

Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Policy

The South Carolina Technical College System prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of narcotics, drugs, other controlled substances or alcohol at the workplace and in the educational setting. Unlawful for these purposes means in violation of federal/state/local regulations, policy, procedures, rules, as well as legal statutes. Workplace means either on agency premises or while conducting agency business away from the agency premises. Educational setting includes both institutional premises or in approved educational sites off campus.

The South Carolina Technical College System recognizes that chemical dependency through use of controlled or uncontrolled substances, including alcohol, is a treatable illness. The agency supports and recommends employee and student rehabilitation and assistance programs and encourages employees and students to use such programs.

It is the policy of Tri-County Technical College to provide a drug free, healthful, safe and secure work and educational environment. Employees and students are required and expected to report to their work, class, or student activities in appropriate mental and physical condition to meet the requirements and expectations of their respective roles.  Tri-County Technical College will implement alcohol and other drug awareness programs for employees and students.

Student Alcohol and Other Drugs Procedure

Tri-County Technical College is committed to an ongoing student alcohol and other drug prevention program composed of both education and rehabilitation components as outlined below:

  • Education programs for students which ensure that students are aware of the health risks and effects of alcohol.
  • All aspects of counseling and referral will remain confidential unless the recipient gives written permission to do otherwise. This is in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
  • Compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Campus Act 34 CFR Part 86.
  • Compliance with the Omnibus Transportation Act 49 CFT Part 382.

The College will have an active, college-wide advisory committee on alcohol and other drug awareness issues. The goals of this committee will be to set forth guidelines for the student prevention program and to work with other individuals and agencies within the community to help make recommendations concerning specific implementation of the program. The committee will also gather feedback on the effectiveness of the program’s implementation.

Faculty and staff will make every effort to address any problem(s) a student may have as quickly, thoroughly, and discreetly as possible, so that disposition of any problem will be timely and in due process. To accomplish this objective, the following procedures will be observed:

  • In the case of possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or illegal drugs on campus, the student(s) will be referred to the Vice President for Student Affairs for disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code for South Carolina Technical Colleges as outlined below.  The General Provisions portion of the Student Code sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the individual student.

    SECTION I-PRINCIPLES: “Technical College students are members of both the community at large and the academic community. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations which accrue to them by virtue of this membership. As members of the larger community of which the college is a part, students are entitled to all rights and protection accorded them by the laws of that community.

    By the same token, students are also subject to all laws, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of duly constituted authorities. When students violate laws, they may incur penalties prescribed by legal authorities. In such instance, college discipline will be initiated only when the presence of the student on campus will disrupt the educational process of the college. However, when a student’s violation of the law also 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.”

    SECTION II-INTERNAL SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS: “The college will seek to solve problems in internal procedures of due process. When necessary, off-campus law enforcement and judicial authorities may be involved.” The Student Code describes “unlawful acts.”

    SECTION III, F-6: “Possession, use, or distribution on campus of any narcotics, dangerous, or unlawful drugs as defined by the laws of the United States or the State of South Carolina.”

    SECTION III, F-7: “Possession, use or distribution on campus of any beverage containing alcohol.”

    SECTION III, F-8: “Violation of institutional policies while on campus or off campus when participating in a college sponsored activity.”

    SECTION III, F-9: “Violation of South Carolina and/or federal laws while on campus or off campus when participating in a college sponsored activity.”

    SECTION III, F-10: “Engaging in any activity which disrupts the educational process of the college, or adversely interferes with other normal functions and services.”

    In all cases where there is reasonable evidence that a student has been involved in such activities, the student(s) will be required to meet with the campus alcohol and other drug services liaison who will make recommendations deemed appropriate.

    Every student involved in an alcohol and other drug abuse incident on campus shall be referred to the alcohol and other drug services liaison. Failure to comply with the procedure and referral will be handled as a discipline violation through the Vice President for Student Affairs’ Office.
     
  • If a student’s behavior or performance is questionably impaired by the use of alcohol or other drugs (suspected of being under the influence), faculty and staff may consult the alcohol and other drug services liaison for referral or contact the Vice President for Student Affairs so that an inquiry can be made into the situation.
  • If a student becomes disruptive, campus security will be called immediately.
  • No student will be discriminated against for admissions purposes because of any prior conviction on any alcohol and other drug-related charge. However, any student identified as having been convicted will receive career counseling concerning the effects of that conviction on his/her career (i.e. licensing, certification, etc.).

Alcohol and Drug Laws

ALCOHOL PURCHASE ON BEHALF OF ONE WHO CANNOT LAWFULLY BUY: It is against the law to buy or give beer, wine, and/or alcohol to anyone who cannot buy it for themselves.

PENALTY: Fine up to $200 or confinement up to 30 days.

PURCHASE/POSSESSION BY A MINOR/ MISREPRESENTING AGE: It is against the law to drink or possess any form of alcoholic beverage if you are under the age of 21. It is also against the law to lie or furnish false information concerning age in order to obtain any form of alcoholic beverage.

PENALTY: Fine up to $200 for first offense.

TRANSFERENCE OF BEER OR WINE: It is against the law to serve beer or wine to anyone under the age of 21. This includes serving anyone in your home except your child or spouse.

PENALTY: Fine up to $200 or confinement up to 30 days.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Anyone found on any public highway or in any public place who is intoxicated or disorderly may be charged with disorderly conduct.

PENALTY: Fine up to $100 or confinement up to 30 days.

POSSESSION OF BEER, WINE, OR LIQUOR: It is against the law to possess beer, wine, or liquor if you are under the age of 21. This includes opened or unopened containers of alcoholic beverages in actual possession or in your immediate surroundings.

PENALTY: Fine up to $100 or confinement up to 30 days.

OPEN CONTAINER: It is against the law for anyone to have an open container of beer or wine in a moving vehicle.

PENALTY: Fine up to $100 or confinement up to 30 days.

SALE TO PERSON UNDER AGE: It is against the law to sell beer, ale, or wine to anyone under 21 years old.

PENALTY: Fine up to $200 or confinement up to 60 days.

Drugs

POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS: It is illegal to have, to make, or to intend to distribute any controlled substance.

PENALTY: Varies depending upon the circumstances under which the arrest was made and the amount of drugs. Fines up to $200,000 and confinement up to 30 years.

POSSESSION OR SALE OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA: It is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia; paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to such things as: roach clips, bong, carburetor.

PENALTY: Fine up to $500.

DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE CLOSE TO A SCHOOL: It is against the law to distribute, sell, make or have a controlled substance within a “specified” distance of a school.

PENALTY: Fine up to $10,000 and/or confinement up to 15 years.

S.C. Alcohol & Drug Laws

FELONY DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI): If you cause bodily harm or death to someone while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any combination, you are guilty of a felony DUI.

PENALTY: For bodily harm, a mandatory fine up to $10,000 and mandatory confinement up to 10 years. For death, mandatory fine up to $25,000 and mandatory confinement up to 25 years.

DUI/CONSENT FOR TESTING: Anyone who drives on South Carolina highways automatically has given consent to a breathalyzer test if arrested. If you refuse to submit to a urine and/or blood test, your driver’s license will be suspended. There is no law that states you have to be given a driver’s license, provisional or temporary.

ALTERING AND FRAUDULENT USE OF LICENSE: It is against the law to lend, issue, sell or use your license or anyone’s license or a fictitious license (fake ID) for an unlawful purpose.

PENALTY: Fine up to $100 and/or confinement up to 30 days.

CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR: It is against the law for any person over 18 to knowingly and willingly influence a minor to violate any law or municipal ordinance.

PENALTY: Fine up to $3,000 and/or confinement up to 3 years.

Controlled Substances Uses and Effects

The health risks of alcohol and drug use vary greatly from person to person, depending upon the substance used and the health of the user.

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    Controlled Substances   Street Name   Health Risks
Stimulants   Methamphetamines   Crank, Crystal, Ice, Glass   Brain damage, severe dental problems, death
    Cocaine   Big C, Aunt Nora, Aspirin   Chronic nosebleeds, high blood pressure, brain hemorrhage
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Narcotics   Heroine   Smack, Big H, Tar   Collapsed veins, liver disease
            Pulmonary complications
    Morphine   M, Miss Emma, Monkey   Rapid addiction, respiratory arrest, death
    Codeine   Captain Cody, Schoolboy   Rapid addiction, respiratory arrest, death
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Cannabis   Marijuana   Reefer, Weed, Grass, Dope   Addiction, respiratory infections, impaired memory
Hallucinogens   LSD   Acid, Blotter, Boomer   Loss of appetite, increased heart rate, flashbacks
Inhalents   Solvents, Gases, Propellants   Poppers, Snappers, Whippets   Lowers blood pressure, respiratory depression, death
Depressants   Barbiturates   Barbs, Reds, Phennies   Lowers blood pressure, respiratory depression, death
    Flunitrazepam   R2, Roche, Roofies   Vision disorder, memory loss while under the drug’s influence
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Other Drugs   MDMA   Ecstasy, XTC, Disco Biscuit, X, E   Damage to neurons, involved in mood, thinking and judgment; liver and kidney failure; death
             

Alcohol: High-risk consumption may lead to cirrhosis of the liver, nervous and mental disorders, brain damage, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease increased chance of cancer and alcoholism. The following impairment problems are also associated with high-risk consumption: drunk driving, unwanted sexual encounters, relationship problems, violence and poor academic performance.

Note: All the controlled substances listed above and on the previous page have a high psychological dependence.

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Advisory Committee 2006-2008, Resources used: highereducationcenter.org and dea.gov

Student Development and Wellness Programs

For enrolled students, Student Development and Wellness is your link to alcohol and other drug prevention related services available on campus and in the community.

Services provided by the staff may include educational presentations, referral to other agencies, awareness events, and information dissemination. For more information, contact Student Development and Wellness at 864-646-1569.

Appendix 2

Statewide Agreement on Transfer and Articulation

Preface

On May 2, 1996, the Commission on Higher Education approved unanimously the statewide agreement on transfer and articulation. That policy follows this preface in the form of the Regulations and Procedures for Transfer. Minor changes have occurred in the document since its approval. These changes (e.g., the enhancement of the list of universally transferable courses at public institutions from 72 in 1996 to 74 in 1997 and 86 in 2002) are reflected in the document as it appears here.

The policy that was approved on May 2, 1996, also incorporated decisions made by the Commission in 1995 as part of the Commission’s implementation of the South Carolina School-to-Work Act. Although the text of the 1996 policy that follows makes reference to documents related to these decisions, these earlier documents have not been printed here since in some cases they are redundant and in other cases they were superseded by events or by the 1996 policy of the Commission. Copies of the documents approved in 1995 that were incorporated into the 1996 policy are, however, still available by contacting the Commission by mail, telephone, or fax at the addresses listed on the Home Page. Regulations and Procedures for Transfer in Public Two-Year and Public Four-Year Institutions in South Carolina As Mandated By ACT 137 of 1995.

Background

Section 10-C of the South Carolina School-to-Work Transition Act (1994) stipulates that the Council of College and University Presidents and the State Board for Technical and comprehensive Education, operating through the Commission on Higher Education, will develop better articulation of associate and baccalaureate degree programs. To comply with this requirement, the Commission upon the advice of the Council of Presidents established a Transfer Articulation Policy Committee composed of four-year institutions’ vice presidents for academic affairs and the Associate Director for Instruction of the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. The principal outcomes derived from the work of that committee and accepted by the Commission on Higher Education on July 6, 1995, were:

  • An expanded list of 86 courses which will transfer to four-year public institutions of South Carolina from the two-year public institutions;
  • A statewide policy document on good practices in transfer to be followed by all public institutions of higher education in the State of South Carolina, which was accepted in principle by the Advisory Committee on Academic Programs and the Commission; and
  • Six task forces on statewide transfer agreements, each based in a discipline or broad area of the baccalaureate curriculum.

In 1995, the General Assembly passed Act 137 which stipulated further that the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education “notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, will have the following additional duties and functions with regard to the various public institutions of higher education.” These duties and responsibilities include the Commission’s responsibility “to establish procedures for the transferability of courses at the undergraduate level between two-year and four-year institutions or schools.” This same provision is repeated in the legislation developed from the Report of the Joint Legislative Study Committee, which was formed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor as Act 359 of 1996.

Act 137 directs the Commission to adopt procedures for the transfer of courses from all two-year public to all four-year public institutions of higher education in South Carolina. Proposed procedures are listed below. Unless otherwise stated, these procedures became effective immediately upon approval by the Commission and were to be fully implemented, unless otherwise stated, by September 1, 1997.

Statewide Articulation of 86 Courses

The Statewide Articulation Agreement of 86 courses approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two-year to four-year public institutions will be applicable to all public institutions, including two-year institutions and institutions within the same system. In instances where an institution does not have synonymous courses to ones on this list, it will identify comparable courses or course categories for acceptance of general education courses on the statewide list.

Admissions Criteria, Course Grades, GPAs, Validations

All four-year public institutions will issue annually in August a transfer guide covering at least the following items:

  • The definition of a transfer student and requirements for admission both to the institution and, if more selective, requirements for admission to particular programs.
  • Limitations placed by the institution or its programs for acceptance of standardized examinations (e.g., SAT, ACT) taken more than a given time ago, for academic coursework taken elsewhere, for coursework repeated due to failure, for coursework taken at another institution while the student is academically suspended at his/her home institution, and so forth.
  • Institutional and, if more selective, programmatic maximums of course credits allowable in transfer.
  • Institutional procedures used to calculate student applicants’ GPAs for transfer admission. Such procedures will describe how nonstandard grades (withdrawal, failing, repeated course, etc.) are evaluated; and they will also describe whether all coursework taken prior to transfer or just coursework deemed appropriate to the student’s intended four-year program of study is calculated for purposes of admission to the institution and/or programmatic major.
  • Lists of all courses accepted from each technical college (including the 86 courses in the Statewide Articulation Agreement) and the course equivalencies (including “free elective” category) found at the home institution for the courses accepted.
  • Lists of all articulation agreements with any public South Carolina two-year or other institution of higher education, together with information about how interested parties can access these agreements.
  • Lists of the institution’s Transfer Officer(s) personnel together with telephone and fax numbers, office address, and e-mail address.
  • Institutional policies related to “academic bankruptcy” (i.e., removing an entire transcript or parts thereof from a failed or underachieving record after a period of years has passed) so that re-entry into the four-year institution with course credit earned in the interim elsewhere is done without regard to the student’s earlier record.
  • “Residency requirements” for the minimum number of hours required to be earned at the institution for the degree.

Coursework (individual courses, transfer blocks, statewide agreements) covered within these procedures will be transferable if the student has completed the coursework with a “C” grade (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above, but transfer of grades does not relieve the student of the obligation to meet any GPA requirements or other admissions requirements of the institution or program to which application has been made.

  • Any four-year institution which has institutional or programmatic admissions requirements for transfer students with institutional grade point averages (GPAs) higher than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will apply such entrance requirements equally to transfer students from regionally accredited South Carolina public institutions regardless of whether students are transferring from a four-year or two-year institution.
  • Any multi-campus institution or system will certify by letter to the Commission that all coursework at all of its campuses applicable to a particular degree program of study is fully acceptable in transfer to meet degree requirements in the same degree program at any other of its campuses.

Any coursework (individual courses, transfer blocks, statewide agreements) covered within these procedures will be transferable to any public institution without any additional fee and without any further encumbrance such as a “validation examination,” “placement examination/instrument,” “verification instrument,” or any other stricture, notwithstanding any institutional or system policy, procedure, or regulation to the contrary.

Related Reports and Statewide Documents

All applicable recommendations found in the Commission’s report to the General Assembly on the School-to-Work Act (approved by the Commission and transmitted to the General Assembly on July 6, 1995) are hereby incorporated into the procedures for transfer of coursework among two- and four-year institutions.

The policy paper entitled State Policy on Transfer and Articulation, as amended to reflect changes in the numbers of transfer blocks and other Commission action since July 6, 1995, is hereby adopted as the statewide policy for institutional good practice in the sending and receiving of all course credits to be transferred. (Contact the Division of Academic Affairs for copies of this report.)

Assurance of Quality

All claims from any public two- or four-year institution challenging the effective preparation of any other public institution’s coursework for transfer purposes will be evaluated and appropriate measures will be taken to reassure that the quality of the coursework has been reviewed and approved on a timely basis by sending and receiving institutions alike. This process of formal review will occur every four years through the staff of the Commission on Higher Education, beginning with the approval of these procedures.

Statewide Publication and Distribution of Information on Transfer

The staff of the Commission on Higher Education will print and distribute copies of these Procedures upon their acceptance by the Commission. The staff will also place this document and the Appendices on the Commission’s Home Page on the Internet under the title “Transfer Policies.”

By September 1 of each year, all public four-year institutions will place the following materials on their internet websites:

  • A copy of this entire document.
  • A copy of the institution’s transfer guide.

By September 1 of each year, the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education will place the following materials on its internet website:

  • A copy of this entire document.
  • Provide to the Commission staff in format suitable for placing on the Commission’s website a list of all articulation agreements that each of the sixteen technical colleges has with public and other four-year institutions of higher education, together with information about how interested parties can access those agreements.

Each two-year and four-year public institutional catalog will contain a section entitled “Transfer: State Policies and Procedures.” Such section at a minimum will:

  • Publish these procedures in their entirety (except Appendices)
  • Designate a chief Transfer Officer at the institution who will:

provide information and other appropriate support for students considering transfer and recent transfers

serve as a clearinghouse for information on issues of transfer in the State of South Carolina

provide definitive institutional rulings on transfer questions for the institution’s students under these procedures

work closely with feeder institutions to assure ease in transfer for their students

  • Designate other programmatic Transfer Officer(s) as the size of the institution and the variety of its programs might warrant
  • Refer interested parties to the institutional Transfer Guide
  • Refer interested parties to institutional and Commission on Higher Education’s websites for further information regarding transfer.

In recognition of its widespread acceptance and use throughout the United States, SPEEDE/EXPRESS should be adopted by all public institutions and systems as the standard for electronic transmission of all student transfer data.

In conjunction with the colleges and universities, develop and implement a statewide Transfer Equivalency Database at the earliest opportunity.

(As an electronic counseling guide, this computerized, on-line instrument will allow students and advisors to access all degree requirements for every major at every public four-year institution in South Carolina. Also, the Database will allow students to obtain a better understanding of institutional programs and program requirements and select their transfer courses accordingly, especially when the student knows the institution and the major to which he/she is transferring.)

Development of Common Course System

Adopt a common statewide course numbering system for common freshman and sophomore courses of the technical colleges, two-year regional campuses of the University of South Carolina, and the senior institutions.

Adopt common course titles and descriptions for common freshman and sophomore courses of the technical colleges, two-year regional campuses of the University of South Carolina, and the senior institutions. The Commission will convene statewide disciplinary groups to engage in formal dialogue for these purposes.

(A common course numbering system and common course titles and descriptions for lower-division coursework at all public institutions in the state can help reduce confusion among students about the equivalency of their two-year coursework with lower-division coursework at the four-year level. To this end, a common system leaves no doubt about the comparability of content, credit, and purpose among the lower-division courses at all public colleges and universities in South Carolina. It would also help eliminate institutional disagreement over the transferability of much lower-division coursework, thus clearing a path for easier movement between the technical colleges and senior institutions.)

 

Appendix 3

The Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System

General Provisions 

I.        Purpose

The Student Code for South Carolina Technical College System sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the individual student, identifies behaviors that are not consistent with the values of college communities, and describes the procedures that will be followed to adjudicate cases of alleged misconduct, except cases of alleged acts of sexual violence and sexual harassment. Cases of alleged acts of sexual violence and sexual harassment will be adjudicated through SBTCE procedure 3-2-106.2 or SBTCE procedure 8-5-101.1. This Code applies to behavior on college property, at college-sponsored activities and events, and to off-campus behavior that adversely affects the college and/or the college community.

The Code applies to all students from the time of applying for admission through the awarding of a degree, diploma, or certificate.

II.       Principles

Technical/community college students are members of both the community at large and the academic community.  As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership.

As members of a larger community, students are entitled to all rights and protections accorded them by the laws of that community, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of duly constituted authorities. If a student’s alleged behavior simultaneously violates college regulations and the law, the college may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by legal authorities.

When it has been determined that a student violated a federal, state, or local law, college disciplinary action may be initiated only when the presence of the student on campus will disrupt the educational process of the college.

When a student’s alleged violation of the law, whether occurring on campus or off campus, may adversely affect the college’s pursuit of its educational objectives or activities, the college may enforce its own regulations through this Student Code.

III.      Solutions of Problems

The college will first seek to solve problems through internal review procedures. When necessary, off-campus law enforcement and judicial authorities may be involved.

In situations where South Carolina Technical/Community Colleges have shared programs, the Chief Student Services Officer where the alleged violation of the Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System occurred will handle the charges. A change of venue to the other college may be granted, based on the nature of the offense, provided it is agreed to by the Chief Student Services Officers of both colleges. Any sanctions imposed will apply across both colleges.

In situations where a student is dually enrolled in two or more South Carolina Technical/Community Colleges and is charged with a violation of the Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System, the Chief Student Services Officer of the college where the alleged infraction occurred will handle the charges and the sanctions may apply at each college in which the student is enrolled.

IV.     Definitions

When used in this document, unless the content requires other meaning,

  1. “College” means any college in the South Carolina Technical College System.
  2. “President” means the chief executive officer of the college.
  3. “Administrative Officer” means anyone designated at the college as being on the administrative staff such as President, Vice President, Dean of Students or Student Services, Chief Academic Officer, Dean of Instruction, or Business Manager.
  4. “Chief Student Services Officer” means the Administrative Officer at the College who has overall management responsibility for student services, or his/her designee.
  5. “Chief Academic Officer” means the Administrative Officer at the College who has overall management responsibility for academic programs and services, or his/her designee.
  6. “Student” means a person taking any course(s), credit or non-credit, offered by the college.
  7. “Instructor” means any person employed by the college to conduct classes.
  8. “Staff’ means any person employed by the college for reasons other than conducting classes.
  9. “SGA” means the Student Government Association of the college or other group of students convened for the purpose of representing student interests to the college’s administration  or in the college’s  governance  system.
  10. “Campus” means any place where the college conducts or sponsors educational, public service, or research activities.
  11. “Violation of Law” means a violation of a law of the United States or any law or ordinance of a state or political subdivision which has jurisdiction over the place in which the violation occurs.
  12. “Instructional Weekday” means any day except Saturday, Sunday, or any other day on which the college is closed.

Student Code

I.          Student Rights

  1. Freedom from Discrimination–There shall be no discrimination in any respect by the college against a student, or applicant for admission as a student, based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex or disability.
     
  2. Freedom of Speech and Assembly–Students shall have the right to freedom of speech and assembly without prior restraints or censorship subject to clearly stated, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rules and regulations regarding time, place, and manner developed and approved by the college. 

    In the classroom and in other instructional settings, discussion and expression of all views relevant  to the subject matter are recognized as necessary to the educational process, but students have no right to interfere with the freedom of instructors to teach or the rights of other students to learn.
     
  3. Freedom of the Press–In official student publications, students are entitled to the constitutional right of freedom of the press, including constitutional limitations on prior restraint and censorship. To ensure this protection, the college shall have an editorial board with membership representing SGA, faculty, and administration. Each college has the responsibility of defining the selection process for its editorial board. The primary responsibility of the board shall be to establish and safeguard editorial policies.
     
  4. Freedom from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures–Students are entitled to the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, dwellings, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. College security officers or administrative officers may conduct searches and seizures only as authorized by law.
     
  5. Right to Participate in College Governance–Students should have the opportunity to participate on college committees that formulate policies directly affecting students, such as in the areas of student activities and student conduct. This participation may be coordinated through a Student Government Association whose constitution or bylaws have been approved by the college’s area commission.
     
  6. Right to Know Academic and Grading Standards–Instructors will develop, distribute, explain, and follow the standards that will be used in evaluating student assignments and determining student grades.

    Grades are awarded for student academic performance. No grade will be reduced as a disciplinary action for student action or behavior unrelated to academic conduct.
     
  7. Right to Privacy–Information about individual student views, beliefs, and political associations acquired by instructors, counselors, or administrators in the course of their work is confidential. It can be disclosed to others only with prior written consent of the student involved or under legal compulsion.
     
  8. Right to Confidentiality of Student Records–All official student records are private and confidential and shall be preserved by the college. Separate record files may be maintained for the following categories: (I) academic, (2) medical, psychiatric and counseling, (3) placement, (4) financial aid, (5) disciplinary, (6) financial, and (7) veteran’s affairs. In addition, disciplinary records are maintained by the Chief Student Services Officer.

    Student education records will be maintained and administered in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the guidelines for the implementation of this act, and other applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.
     
  9. Right to Due Process–At a minimum, any student charged with misconduct under this code is guaranteed  the following:  1) the right to receive adequate notice of the charge(s); 2) the right to see and/or hear information and evidence relating to the charge(s), and 3) the right to present information and evidence relating to the charge(s). Additional due process requirements will be identified in other sections of this Code.

II. Student  Responsibilities

  1. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is civil, that is respectful of the rights of others, and that is compatible with the college’s educational mission.
     
  2. Students are expected to comply with all of the college’s duly established rules and regulations regarding student behavior while on campus, while participating in off­campus college sponsored activities, and while participating in off-campus clinical, field, internship, or in-service experiences.
     
  3. Students are expected to comply with all course requirements as specified by instructors in course syllabi and to meet the standards of acceptable classroom behavior set by instructors.  Instructors will announce these standards during the first week of classes. If a student’s behavior disrupts class or jeopardizes the health, safety, or well-being of the student or others, the instructor will speak with the student regarding the disruption. If the unacceptable conduct or disruption continues, the instructor may dismiss the student for the remainder of the class period.

    Further disruption(s) by the student may result in a second dismissal and a written referral to the Chief Student Services Officer. This written referral may result in the initiation of disciplinary action against the student.

III. Student Conduct Regulations

The following list identifies violations for which students may be subject to disciplinary action. The list is not all inclusive, but it reflects the categories of inappropriate behavior and provides examples of prohibited behaviors.

  1. Academic Misconduct

    All forms of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion, and falsification of information may call for disciplinary action.
  1. Cheating on tests is defined to include the following:

a)   Copying from another student’s test or answer sheet.

b)   Using materials or equipment during a test not authorized by the person giving the test.

c)   Collaborating with any other person during a test without permission.

d)   Knowingly obtaining using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting in whole or in part the contents of a test prior to its administration.

e)   Bribing or coercing any other person to obtain tests or information about tests.

f)   Substituting for another student, or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself.

g)  Cooperating or aiding in any of the above.

  1. “Plagiarism”  is defined as the appropriation  of any other person’s work and the unacknowledged incorporation  of that work in one’s own work.
     
  2. “Collusion” is defined as knowingly assisting another person in an act of academic dishonesty.
     
  3. “Fabrication” is defined as falsifying or inventing information in such academic exercises as reports, laboratory results, and citations to the sources of information.
  1. Abuse of Privilege of Freedom of Speech or Assembly

    No student acting alone or with others, shall obstruct or disrupt any  teaching, administrative disciplinary , public service, research , or other activity authorized or conducted on the campus of the college or any other location where such activity is conducted or sponsored by the college. This disruption does not necessarily have to involve violence or force for the student to face disciplinary actions. In addition to administrative action, any person in violation of any federal, state, or local law will be turned over to the appropriate authorities.
     
  2. Falsification of Information and other Acts Intended to Deceive

    Falsification of information and other acts intended to deceive include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Forging, altering, or misusing college documents, records, or identification cards.
     
  2. Falsifying information on college records.
     
  3. Providing false information for the purpose of obtaining a service.
  1. Actions which Endanger Students and the College Community

    Actions which endanger students and the college community include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Possessing or using on campus a firearm or other dangerous or potentially dangerous weapon unless such possession or use has been authorized by the college.
     
  2. Possessing or using any incendiary device or explosive unless such possession or use has been authorized by the college.
     
  3. Setting fires or misusing or damaging fire safety equipment.
     
  4. Using, or threatening to use, physical force to restrict the freedom of action or movement of others or to harm others. 
     
  5. Endangering the health, safety, or wellbeing of others through the use of physical, written, or verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, and coercion.
     
  6. Sexual violence, which refers to physical sexual acts perpetuated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent. Cases of alleged acts of sexual violence will be adjudicated through SBTCE procedure 3-2- 106.2.
     
  7. Retaliating, or threatening to retaliate, against any person for filing a complaint, providing information relating to a complaint, or participating as a witness in any hearing or administrative process.
  1. Infringement of Rights of Others

    Infringement of rights of others is defined to include, but is not limited to the following:
  1. Stealing, destroying, damaging, or misusing college property or the property of others on campus or off campus during any college activity.
     
  2. Sexually harassing another person. In addition to sexual violence, sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal ,  or physical  conduct of a sexual nature, when submission to such conduct is made a term or condition of a student’s education, a basis for academic conditions affecting the student, or the conduct is sufficiently serious to interfere  with  the student’s academic performance or otherwise deny or limit the student’s ability to participate in any aspect of the college’s program, thereby creating an intimidating or hostile learning environment. Cases of alleged acts of sexual harassment will be adjudicated through SBTCE procedure 3-2-106.2 or SBTCE procedure 8-5-101.1.
     
  3. Stalking, which is defined as engaging in a course of conduct, through physical, electronic, or other means, that would  place a reasonable person in fear for his/her safety, or that has, in fact, placed an individual in such fear. Where the stalking is based on sex, race, national origin, color, age, religion or disability, it may constitute harassment under other provisions of this Code. 
     
  4. Bullying or harassing conduct, including verbal acts and name calling; graphic  and written statements, which may include the use of cell phones, the internet, or other electronic devices;  and  other  conduct  that  may  be  physically  harmful,  threatening,   or humiliating. Bullying or harassment based on race, national origin, color, age, sex, religion, or disability will be a violation of the Code when it is a basis for academic decisions affecting the student or the conduct is sufficiently serious to interfere with the student’s academic performance or otherwise deny or limit the student’s ability to participate in any aspect of the college’s program, thereby creating an intimidating or hostile learning environment.
     
  5. Engaging in any activity that disrupts the educational process of the college, interferes with the rights of others, or adversely interferes with other normal functions and services.
  1. Other Acts which Call for Discipline

    Other acts which call for discipline include, but are not limited to the following:
  1. Possessing, using, or distributing any narcotics or other unlawful drugs as defined by the laws of the United States or the State of South Carolina.
     
  2. Possessing, using, or distributing on campus any beverage containing alcohol.
     
  3. Violating institutional policies while on campus or off campus when participating in a college sponsored event or activity.
     
  4. Violating any South Carolina and/or federal laws while on campus or off- campus when participating in a college sponsored event or activity.
  1. Student Disciplinary Procedures

The procedures and sanctions that follow are designed to channel faculty, staff or student complaints against students, except for those complaints alleging acts of sexual violence or sexual harassment which are processed under SBTCE procedure 3-2-106.2 or SBTCE procedure 8-5-101.1. Because due process is essential in dealing with infractions of college regulations, any disciplinary actions taken and sanctions imposed on a student or student organization will follow the provisions of this code.

  1. Interim Suspension

    In certain situations, the President, or President’s designee, may temporarily suspend a student before the initiation of disciplinary procedures. Interim suspension may only be imposed when there is reason to believe that the continued presence of the accused student at the college poses a substantial and immediate threat to the student or to others or poses a serious threat of disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the college.

    The interim suspension process follows:
  1. The President, or President’s designee, shall notify the Chief Student Services Officer in writing about the nature of the alleged infraction, a brief description of the incident(s) and the student’s name before 5:00 pm of the first class day following the decision to impose the interim suspension.
     
  2. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, will inform the student, in writing, about the decision to impose an interim suspension. This notice must either be hand delivered to the student, sent by e-mail, or sent by certified mail to the student’s address of record within two (2) instructional weekdays of receiving the information from the President, or designee.  If sent by e-mail, a letter sent by certified mail to the student’s last known address must still be mailed within two (2) instructional weekdays of receiving the information from the President, or designee.

    This letter must include the following information:
  1. the reason(s) for the interim suspension;
     
  2. notice that the interim suspension does not replace the regular hearing process;
     
  3. information about requesting a hearing before the Hearing Committee; and
     
  4. notice  that  the  student  is denied  access  to the  campus  during the  period  of suspension without prior approval of the Chief Student Services Officer.
  1. Academic Misconduct
  1. An instructor who has reason to believe that a student enrolled in his/her class has committed an act of academic misconduct must discuss the matter with the student. The instructor must advise the student of the alleged act of academic misconduct and the information upon which it is based. The student must be given an opportunity to refute the allegation. If the student chooses not to participate in the discussion, the instructor will make a decision based upon the available information. 
     
  2. If the instructor, after meeting with the student, determines that the student has engaged in academic misconduct as alleged, the instructor will inform the student about the decision and the academic sanction that will be imposed. The instructor may impose one of the following academic sanctions:
  1. Completion of an educational activity relating to the nature of the offense.
     
  2. Assign a lower grade or score to the paper, project, assignment or examination involved in the act of misconduct.
     
  3. Require the student to repeat or resubmit the paper, project, assignment, or examination involved in the act of misconduct.
     
  4. Assign a failing grade for the course.
     
  5. Require the student to withdraw from the course.
     
  1. If the student is found responsible for the academic misconduct, within five (5) instructional weekdays of the meeting with the student, the instructor will submit a written report about the incident and the sanction imposed to the Chief Academic Officer.
     
  2. The Chief Academic Officer, or designee, will send a letter to the student summarizing the incident, the finding, the terms of the imposed sanction, and informing the student that he/she may appeal the decision and/or the sanction by submitting a written request to the Chief Academic Officer within seven (7) instructional weekdays of the date of the Chief Academic Officer’s letter.
     
  3. If the student requests an appeal, the Chief Academic Officer, or designee, will send a certified letter to the student’ address of record. This letter must contain the following  information:
  1. a restatement of the charge(s);
     
  2. the time, place, and location of the appeal;
     
  3. a list of witnesses that may be called; and
     
  4. a list of the student’s basic procedural rights. These rights follow:
  1. The right to consult with counsel. The role of the person acting as counsel is solely to advise the student. Counsel may not participate in any of the questioning or make any statements on behalf of the student. The student will be responsible for paying any fees charged by his/her counsel.
     
  2. The right to present witnesses on one’s behalf.
     
  3. The right to present evidence and notice that the Chief Academic Officer, or designee, may determine what evidence is admissible.
     
  4. The right to know the identity of 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 Chief Academic Officer to the President.
  1. A statement informing the student that the sanction imposed by the instructor will be held in abeyance pending the outcome of the appeal.
  1. On the basis of the information presented at the appeal, the Chief Academic Officer, or designee, will render one of the following decisions:
  1. Accept the decision and the sanction imposed by the instructor.
     
  2. Accept the instructor’s decision but impose a less severe sanction.
     
  3. Overturn the instructor’s decision.

Within two (2) instructional weekdays of the meeting with the student, the Chief Academic Officer, or designee, will send the student a letter informing the student of the decision. The letter must also inform the student that the decision may be appealed to the College’s President and that any appeal request must be written and must detail the reason(s) for the appeal.  The student seeking the appeal must provide reasons for the appeal which sets forth a statement that specifies the issues that further review is sought and any evidence which supports the issue(s) on appeal. The written appeal must be sent to the President within five (5) instructional weekdays of the receipt of the Chief Academic Officer’s decision.

After receiving the student’s request, the President will review all written materials, non­written materials, and evidence relating to this incident and render one of the following decisions:

  1. Accept the decision and the sanction imposed
     
  2. Accept the decision, but impose a less severe sanction
     
  3. Overturn the decision
     
  4. Remand the case to the Student Hearing Committee to be re-heard.

The President’s decision is final and cannot be appealed further.

  1. Student Misconduct 

    Any member of the college community may file charges alleging a violation of the Code. A charge, that includes a description of the alleged violation, must be submitted in writing to the Chief Student Services Officer as soon as possible after the incident occurs, but no later than ten (10) instructional weekdays after the incident, unless the person filing the charge demonstrates that exceptional circumstances prevented filing the charge within this time period. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, will determine whether the circumstances merit an extension of the deadline.

  1. Preliminary Investigation

    Within five (5) instructional weekdays after the charge has been filed, the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, shall complete a preliminary investigation of the charge and schedule a meeting with the student. After discussing the alleged infraction with the student and reviewing available information, the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee will decide whether the information presented during the meeting indicates that the violation occurred as alleged. When the student cannot be reached to schedule an appointment, or when the student fails to attend the meeting, the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, will base the decision upon the available information.

    If the available information indicates that the violation occurred as alleged, then one of the following sanctions will be imposed:
  1. Reprimand–A written warning documenting that the student violated a student conduct regulation and indicating that subsequent violations could result in more serious disciplinary sanctions.
     
  2. Restitution–Compensation  for loss or damage  to college property  or the property of others while on the campus or at a college event or activity including but not limited to field trips, internships, and clinicals.
     
  3. Special Conditions–Completion of a variety of educational activities, relating to the nature of the offense may be imposed. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: a formal apology, an essay or paper on a designated topic, or participation in a special project or activity.
     
  4. Disciplinary Probation–A written reprimand documenting that the student violated a student conduct regulation. Probation is for a specified period of time and it serves as a warning that subsequent violations could most likely result in more serious disciplinary sanctions.
     
  5. Loss of Privileges–Suspension or termination of particular student privileges.
     
  6. Suspension from the college–Separation from the college for a specified period of time. Suspended students will not receive academic credit for the semester in which the suspension was imposed. During the suspension period, the student may not return to the campus unless prior permission by the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, has been granted.
     
  7. Expulsion from the college–Permanent separation from the college. An expelled student may not return to the campus unless prior permission by the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, has been granted. An expelled student will not receive academic credit for the semester in which the expulsion was imposed.
     
  8. Any combination of the above.

Within five (5) instructional weekdays of the preliminary investigation, the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, will send a certified letter to the student. This letter will confirm the date of the investigation, identify the specific regulation(s) that the student allegedly violated, identify the decision, summarize the rationale, and, if the student violated the regulation(s), state the sanction that was imposed. This letter must also state that if the student disagrees with the decision or the sanction, the student may request a hearing before the Hearing Committee, that the student must submit this request no later than two (2) instructional weekdays after receiving the decision  letter  unless  a request is made and approved by the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, for an extension, and that any decision made and sanction imposed after the preliminary investigation may be held in abeyance should the student decide to go before the Hearing Committee.

  1. Hearing Committee
  1. The Hearing Committee shall be composed of the following:
    1. Three  faculty  members  appointed  by  the  Chief  Academic  Officer  and approved by the President.
       
    2. Three student members appointed  by the appropriate  student governing body and approved by the President.
       
    3. One member of the Student Services staff appointed by the Chief Student Services Officer and approved by the President.
       
    4. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, who serves as an ex officio non-voting member of the Committee and who presents the case.
  2. The Hearing Committee shall perform the following functions:
    1. Hear cases of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
       
    2. Insure that the student’s procedural rights are met.
       
    3. Make decisions based  only on evidence and  information presented  at the hearing.
       
    4. Provide the student with a statement of the committee’s decision including findings of fact and, if applicable, impose one  or more of the following sanctions:
      1. Academic Misconduct  (cases  sent  to  the  Hearing  Committee  by  the President)
  1. Assign a lower grade or score to the paper, project, assignment  or examination involved in the act of misconduct.
     
  2. Require   the  student   to  repeat or  resubmit   the  paper,  project, assignment, or examination involved in the act of misconduct.
     
  3. Assign a failing grade for the course.
     
  4. Require the student to withdraw from the course.
  1. Student Misconduct
  1. Reprimand-A written warning documenting that the student violated a student conduct regulation and indicating that subsequent violations could result in more serious disciplinary sanctions.
     
  2. Special Conditions-Completion of a variety of educational activities, relating to the nature of the offense may be imposed. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: a formal apology, an essay or paper on a designated topic, or participation in a special project or activity.
     
  3. Restitution-Compensation  for loss or damage to college property or the property of others while on the campus, or at a college event or activity including but not limited to field trips, internships, and clinicals.
     
  4. Disciplinary   Probation-A   written   reprimand   documenting   that   the student violated  a student conduct  regulation.    Probation is for a specified period of time and it serves as a warning that subsequent violations could most likely result in more serious disciplinary sanctions.
     
  5. Loss of Privileges– Suspension or termination  of particular student privileges.
     
  6. Suspension  from  the  college–Separation  from  the  college  for  a specified period  of  time. Suspended students will not receive academic credit for the semester in which the suspension was imposed. During the suspension period, the student may not return to the campus unless prior permission by the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, has been granted.
     
  7. Expulsion from the college–Permanent separation from the college. An  expelled  student  may  not  return  to  the  campus  unless  prior permission by the Chief Student  Services  Officer, or designee,  has  been  granted . An expelled student will not receive academic credit for the semester in which the expulsion was imposed.
     
  8. Any combination of the above.
  1. Hearing Committee Procedures
  1. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, shall refer the matter to the Hearing Committee together with a report of the nature of the alleged misconduct, the name of the person(s) filing the complaint(s), the name of the student against whom the charge(s) has (have) been filed, and a summary of the findings from the preliminary investigation.
     
  2. At least seven (7) instructional weekdays before the date set for the Hearing Committee’s meeting, the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, shall send a certified letter to the student’s address of record. The letter must contain the following information:
  1. A statement of the charge(s).
     
  2. A brief description of the incident that led to the charge(s).
     
  3. The name of the person(s) submitting the incident report.
     
  4. The date, time, and place of the scheduled hearing.
     
  5. A list of all witnesses who might be called to testify.
     
  6. A statement of the student’s procedural rights. These rights follow:
    1. The right to consult counsel. This role of the person acting as counsel is solely to advise the student.  Counsel may not address the Hearing Committee or participate in any of the questioning. The student has the responsibility for paying any of the counsel’s fees and any other of the counsel’s charges.
       
    2. The right to present witnesses on one’s behalf.
       
    3. The right to know the names of any witnesses who may be called to testify at the hearing.
       
    4. The right to review all available evidence, documents, exhibits, etc., that may be presented at the hearing.
       
    5. The right to present evidence;  however, the Hearing Committee will determine what evidence is admissible.
       
    6. The right to know the identity of the person(s) bringing the charge(s).
       
    7. The right to hear witnesses on behalf of the person bringing the charges.
       
    8. The right to testify or to refuse to testify without such refusal being detrimental to the student.
       
    9. The right to a fair and impartial decision.
       
    10. The right to appeal the Hearing Committee’s decision.
  1. On written request of the student, the hearing may be held prior to the expiration of the seven (7) day advance notification period if the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, concurs with this change.
     
  2. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, may post- pone the hearing due to circumstances beyond the control of the parties.
  1. Hearing Committee Meetings
  1. The chair shall be appointed by the President from among the membership of the committee. Ex officio members of the committee may not serve as the chair of the committee.
     
  2. Committee hearings shall be closed to all persons except the student, the person(s) initiating the charge(s), counsels for the student and for the College, witnesses who will be invited into the hearing and a person, mutually agreed upon by the committee and the student, to serve as the recorder.
     
  3. The committee may identify someone to take written notes and the committee will have the hearing, with the exception of deliberations, recorded. No other party in the hearing may record the proceedings and no other party is entitled to a copy of the notes or the recording. The written notes and the recording will be maintained in the office of the Chief Student Services Officer. The student may review the notes and listen to the recording under the supervision of the Chief Student Services Officer or designee.
     
  4. Witnesses shall be called in one at a time to make a statement and to respond to questions.
     
  5. After hearing all of the information, the Hearing Committee will begin its deliberations. Using the standard “preponderance of evidence,” which means that the information presented at the hearing would lead one to conclude that it is highly probable that the violation(s) occurred as alleged, the members will determine, by majority vote, whether the violation occurred as alleged. If it is determined that the violation(s) occurred as alleged, by majority vote, the members will decide upon the appropriate sanction.
     
  6. The Chair of the Hearing Committee will send a certified letter to the student’s address of record within two (2) instructional weekdays of the Committee’s decision. The letter shall inform the student about the Committee’s decision, the date of the decision, and, if applicable the sanction(s) imposed. The letter will also inform the student about the appeal process.
  1. Appeal

    If the student disagrees with either the decision or the sanction, the student may submit a written appeal to the College’s President.  This letter must be submitted within ten (10) instructional weekdays of the date on which the Hearing Committee made its decision. The written appeal must include a statement indicating why the student disagrees with the Hearing Committee’s findings. 

    The President, or designee, shall review the Hearing Committee’s findings, conduct whatever additional inquires as deemed necessary, and render a decision within ten (10) instructional weekdays of receiving the appeal.  The  President,  whose  decision  is final, shall have the authority to approve, modify,  or  overturn  the  Hearing Committee’s decisions and, if needed, void the process  and  reconvene  another Hearing Committee.  The President’s decision regarding disciplinary actions under the Student Code 3-2-106.1 are not grievable.

    The President , or designee, will inform the student about the outcome of the appeal in a certified letter sent to the student’s address on record.

     

Student Rights Under “English Fluency Requirements for Faculty Employment” 

Students in classes taught by faculty whose first language is other than English have the right to expect the faculty to speak English that is judged to be reasonably understandable. In the event such is not the case, the student may follow the grievance procedures to file a complaint. Such complaints will be handled according to College procedure 10-148. 

 

APPENDIX 4

THE STUDENT CODE for THE SOUTH CAROLINA TECHNICAL COLLEGE SYSTEM

Student Code Procedures for Addressing Alleged Acts of Sexual Violence

and Sexual Harassment 

  1. Procedural Overview

The South Carolina Technical College System does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy in educational programs and activities as required by Title IX. Any questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the college’s Title IX Coordinator or to the Office of Civil Rights.

The Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the individual student, identifies behaviors that are not consistent with the values of college communities, and describes the procedures that will be followed to adjudicate cases of alleged misconduct. This Code applies to behavior or complaints alleging acts of sexual violence or sexual harassment on college property, at college-sponsored activities and events, and to off-campus behavior that adversely affects the college and/or the college community and the Code applies to all students from the time of applying for admission through the awarding of a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Any student, or other member of the college community, who believes that he/she is or has been a victim of sexual harassment or sexual violence may file a report with the college’s Chief Student Services Officer, campus law enforcement, or with the college’s Title IX Coordinator, or designee. The Title IX Coordinator’s office location, email address, and phone number are printed in the college’s catalog and appear on the college’s website. Students may also contact any Responsible Employee, who has an obligation to report any claim of sexual harassment or sexual assault to the Title IX Coordinator, or designee. The college will evaluate violations to their anti-bullying policy to determine if there is also a possible violation of Title IX.

The Title IX Coordinator, or designee will work with the student who filed a complaint (“Complainant”) under this policy to mitigate, to the extent reasonably possible, the likelihood of additional injury during the pendency of the investigation and proceedings. After a complaint has been filed alleging a sex offense covered under this regulation that has occurred, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee will also accommodate Complainants’ reasonable requests to change academic schedules, housing assignments, or to make other reasonable accommodations.

Reports may also be filed by any other member of the college community at any time.  The Complainant may also file a criminal report regarding the alleged conduct.  Title IX investigations are separate from criminal investigations.  However, colleges may need to temporarily delay the fact-finding portion of a Title IX investigation while law enforcement gathers evidence.  During this delay, colleges will take interim measures to protect the complainant in the educational setting.  Additionally, all parties involved will receive updates of the status of the investigation and receive notification once the college resumes its Title IX investigation.  The State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education (SBTCE) and its member colleges encourage the prompt reporting of sexual misconduct to campus law enforcement and local law enforcement.  Information regarding law enforcement reporting procedures is available on the colleges’ websites.

Due to the seriousness of these issues, the college will provide educational programs to promote the prevention and awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, sexual violence, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, as well as sexual harassment awareness programs.

If the alleged violator named in the report is an employee or third party, the case will be adjudicated through SBTCE Student Grievance Procedure (SBTCE Procedure 3-2-106.3) and/or  SBTCE Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Procedure (SBTCE 8-5-101.1).

If the alleged violator of this policy is a student, the case may be adjudicated through the Formal Resolution Process (Section IV) or the Informal Resolution Process/Mediation (Section V) as outlined in SBTCE Student Grievance Procedure (SBTCE Procedure 3-2-106.3). 

  1. Definitions

When used in this document, unless the context requires other meaning,

  1. A Complainant is an individual alleging conduct prohibited under this regulation.
  2. Conduct is considered “Unwelcome Conduct” if it is unrequested, uninvited, undesirable and/or offensive.  Unwelcome conduct may take various forms, including, name-calling, graphic or written statements (including the use of cell phones or the Internet), or other conduct that may be physically threatening, harmful, or humiliating.  Unwelcome conduct does not have to include intent to harm, be directed at a specific target, or involve repeated incidents. Participation in the conduct or the failure to complain does not always mean that the conduct was welcome. The fact that a student may have welcomed some conduct does not necessarily mean that a student welcomed other conduct. Also, the fact that a student requested or invited conduct on one occasion does not mean that the conduct is welcome on a subsequent occasion.
  3. Consent is explicit approval and permission to engage in sexual activity demonstrated by clear action, words, or writings. Consent must be informed, voluntary, and mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time.  There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or when coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress is used. Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over another person may be a factor in determining consent.  Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent.  Past consent to engage in sexual activity with another person does not imply ongoing future consent with that person or consent to engage in that same sexual activity with another person.  If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption that meets this standard, or being asleep or unconscious.
  4. A Hostile Environment exists when sex-based harassment is sufficiently serious to deny or limit the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the college’s programs or activities. A hostile environment can be created by anyone involved in a college’s program or activity (e.g., administrators, faculty members, students, and campus visitors).
  5. Gender-Based Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on a student’s actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes.
  6. Preponderance of Evidence is the standard used to evaluate the evidence for purposes of making findings and drawing conclusions for an investigation conducted under this regulation.
  7. A Respondent is an individual accused of a violation under this regulation. 
  8. A Responsible Employee is any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. 
  9. Retaliation is action taken by an accused individual or an action taken by a third party against any person that has opposed any practices forbidden under this policy or because that person has filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation or proceeding under this policy. Action is generally deemed retaliatory if it would deter a reasonable person in the same circumstances from opposing practices prohibited by this policy.
  10. Sex-Based Harassment includes sexual harassment and gender-based harassment. 
  11. Sexual Assault is actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent.  Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to: intentional touching of another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent; or other intentional sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent; or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force a person to touch another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent; or rape, which  is penetration, no matter how slight, of (1) the vagina or anus of a person by any body part of another person or by an object, or (2) the mouth of a person by a sex organ of another person, without that person’s consent. 
  12. Sexual Exploitation occurs when a person takes sexual advantage of another person for the benefit of anyone other than that person without that person’s consent.  Examples of behavior that could rise to the level of sexual exploitation include: Prostituting another person; recording images (e.g., video, photograph, or audio) of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness without that person’s consent; distributing images (e.g., video, photograph, or audio) of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness, if the individual distributing the images or audio knows or should have known that the person depicted in the images or audio did not consent to such disclosure and objects to such disclosure; and viewing another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nakedness in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, without that person’s consent, and for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire.  
  13. Sexual Harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or other verbal or nonverbal conduct of a sexual nature, including rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation. In addition, depending on the facts, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking may be  may also be forms of sexual harassment.
  14. Sexual Violence is a broader term than sexual assault. The term encompasses sexual homicide, rape, incest, molestation, fondling, stalking, intimate partner violence, and verbal harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual violence includes creating an environment that feels unsafe based on sexual messages or images. Sexual violence is a sexual act that is completed or attempted against a victim’s will or when a victim is unable to consent due to age, illness, disability, or the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The act may involve actual or threatened physical force, use of weapons, coercion, intimidation or pressure. 
  15. Stalking includes repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating another by telephone, mail, electronic communication, social media, or any other action, device, or method that purposely or knowingly causes substantial emotional distress or reasonable fear of bodily injury or death to the targeted person or a member of their family.
  1. Sanctions

Following an investigation by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, and/or hearing before the Hearing Committee the following sanctions may be imposed, if the available information indicates that a violation has occurred:

  1. Reprimand–A written warning documenting that the student violated a student conduct regulation and indicating that subsequent violations could result in more serious disciplinary sanctions.
  2. Special Conditions–Completion of a variety of educational activities, relating to the nature of the offense may be imposed.  Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:  a formal apology, an essay or paper on a designated topic, or participation in a special project or activity. 
  3. Disciplinary Probation–A written reprimand documenting that the student violated a student conduct regulation.  Probation is for a specified period of time and it serves as a warning that subsequent violations could most likely result in more serious disciplinary sanctions. 
  4. Loss of Privileges–Suspension or termination of particular student privileges. 
  5. Suspension from the college–Separation from the college for a specified period of time.  Suspended students will not receive academic credit for the semester in which the suspension was imposed.  During the suspension period, the student may not return to the campus unless prior permission by the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, has been granted. 
  6. Expulsion from the college–Permanent separation from the college.  An expelled student may not return to the campus unless prior permission by the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, has been granted.  An expelled student will not receive academic credit for the semester in which the expulsion was imposed. 
  7. Additional Measures - Minimizing contact between Complainant and Respondent; may include, but is not limited to: change in academic and extracurricular activities, living arrangements, transportation, dining, and college-related work assignments, as appropriate. 
  8. Any combination of the above.
  1.  Formal Resolution Process

  1. Preliminary Investigation: Within five (5) instructional weekdays after the charge has been filed, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, shall complete a preliminary investigation of the charge and schedule a meeting with the alleged violator (Respondent) and, if needed, the Complainant. During the pendency of the investigation, the college will take reasonable measures to ensure the requirements of any judicial no-contact, restraining, or protective orders are followed while the Complainant is engaged in school activities.After discussing the alleged infraction with the Respondent and reviewing available information, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee will decide whether the information presented during the meeting indicates that a violation occurred.When the Respondent cannot be reached to schedule an appointment or when the Complainant fails to attend the meeting, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will base the decision upon the available information.
  2. Sanctioning: If the available information indicates that a violation has occurred, then one of the following sanctions outlined in Section III will be imposed.
  3. Notification of Resolution: Within five (5) instructional weekdays of completion of the preliminary investigation, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will send a certified letter to the Respondent and to the Complainant. This letter will confirm the date of the preliminary hearing, identify the specific regulation(s) that the Respondent allegedly violated, identify the decision, summarize the rationale, and, if the Respondent violated the regulation(s), state the sanction that was imposed.This letter must also state that if the Respondent or the Complainant disagrees with the decision or the sanction, either party may request a hearing before the Hearing Committee, that the request must be submitted no later than two (2) instructional weekdays after receiving the decision letter unless a request is made and approved by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, for an extension, and that any decision made and sanction imposed after the preliminary investigation may be held in abeyance pending the outcome of the Hearing Committee’s meeting.Under exceptional circumstances, the Title IX coordinator, or designee may extend the time frame of the investigation and hearing process.
  4. Hearing: If it is determined by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, that the alleged violation occurred and that a hearing is necessary or if a hearing is requested, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, shall refer the matter to the Hearing Committee together with a report of the nature of the alleged misconduct, the name of the person(s) filing the complaint(s), the name of the student against whom the charge(s) has (have) been filed, and a summary of the findings from the preliminary investigation.  The Title IX coordinator, or designee, will also take steps, where necessary, to prevent the further harassment of or retaliation against the Complainant, the victim (if not the Complainant), or third parties, such as informing them about how to report subsequent problems, following up with them to ensure that there are no subsequent problems, providing trainings for the school community, and providing sexual harassment or sexual assault or other counseling to the Complainant. The Title IX Coordinator, or designee, where appropriate, will ensure the Complainant is aware of available resources such as victim advocacy, housing assistance, academic support, counseling, disability services, health and mental health services, and legal assistance.  The Title IX Coordinator, or designee, where appropriate, will also take steps to prevent the harassment of the Respondent.  Furthermore, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee will take prompt corrective action if the Complainant or the victim (if not the Complainant) experiences retaliation or is subjected to further sexual harassment or sexual assault or if the original sanctions imposed on the Respondent are ineffective to protect the safety and well-being of the Complainant, the victim (if not the Complainant), or other members of the Technical College community.  In cases involving sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will also take reasonable steps to eliminate any hostile environment that has been created, such as conducting trainings and disseminating informational materials.  In taking the above-outlined steps, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will make every reasonable effort to minimize the burden on the Complainant and/or alleged victim.
  1. At least seven (7) instructional weekdays before the date set for the Hearing Committee’s meeting, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, shall send a certified letter to the Respondent’s address of record and to the Complainant’s address of record.  The letter must contain the following information:
  1. A statement of the charge(s).
  2. A brief description of the incident that led to the charge (s).
  3. The name of the person(s) submitting the incident report.
  4. The date, time, and place of the scheduled hearing.
  5. Identification of the members and chair of the Hearing Committee
  6. A list of all witnesses who might be called to testify.
  7. A statement of each party’s procedural rights. These rights follow:
  1. The right to consult counsel.  This role of the person acting as counsel is solely to advise the student.  Counsel may not address the Hearing Committee or participate in any of the questioning.  The student has the responsibility for paying any of the counsel’s fees and any other of the counsel’s charges.
  2. The right to present witnesses on one’s behalf.
  3. The right to know the names of any witnesses who may be called to testify at the hearing.
  4. The right to review all available evidence, documents, exhibits, etc., that may be presented at the hearing.
  5. The right to present evidence; however, the Hearing Committee will determine what evidence is admissible.
  6. The right to know the identity of the person(s) bringing the charge(s).
  7. The right to hear witnesses on behalf of the person bringing the charges.
  8. The right to testify or to refuse to testify without such refusal being detrimental to the student.
  9. The right to challenge the participation of any member of the Hearing Panel by submitting a written objection to the assigned Title IX Coordinator within three (3) days of notification. Such an objection must state the specific reason(s) for the objection. The Title IX Coordinator will evaluate the objection and determine whether to alter the composition. Any changes in the composition of the Hearing Panel will be provided in writing to both parties prior to the date of the first hearing.
  10. The right to a fair and impartial decision.
  11. The right to appeal the Hearing Committee’s decision.
  1. On written request of the Respondent or the Complainant, the hearing may be held prior to the expiration of the seven (7) day advance notification period if the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, concurs with this change.
  2. The chairperson of the Hearing Committee, in his/her discretion, may postpone the hearing due to circumstances beyond the control of the parties.
  1. Appeal

If either student disagrees with the decision or, only in the cases involving charges of sexual violence, the sanction, the student may submit a written appeal to the college’s President.  This letter must be submitted within ten (10) instructional weekdays of the date on which the Hearing Committee communicated its decision to the parties involved.  The written appeal must include a statement indicating why the student disagrees with the Hearing Committee’s findings.

The President, or designee, shall review the Hearing Committee’s findings, conduct whatever additional inquires as deemed necessary, and render a decision within ten (10) instructional weekdays of receiving the appeal.  The President, whose decision is final, shall have the authority to approve, modify, or overturn the Hearing Committee’s decisions and, if needed, void the process and reconvene another Hearing Committee.

The President, or designee, will inform each student about the outcome of the appeal in a certified letter sent to the student’s address of record.

  1. Informal Resolution/Mediation Process

At any time before the Hearing Committee provides notice of the Complainant’s hearing, the Complainant may elect to resolve his or her Complaint through the informal resolution (mediation) process, provided that (1) the Respondent agrees to such resolution, (2) the Complainant and the Respondent are both students, (3) the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, determines that informal resolution is an appropriate mechanism for resolving the Complaint, and (4) the Complaint does not involve sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence.  Otherwise, a Complaint that is not closed pursuant to the Title IX Coordinator’s, or designee’s, evaluation of the Investigative Report will proceed to formal resolution. 

At any time prior to the date of his or her designated hearing, the Respondent may elect to acknowledge his or her actions and take responsibility for the alleged sexual harassment or sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence.  In such a situation, the Title IX Coordinator will propose sanction(s).    If the Complainant or the Respondent objects to such proposed sanction(s), then a Hearing Committee will convene for the exclusive purpose of determining a sanction, which determination may be subject to appeal.

Informal resolution may not be selected for less than all of the misconduct alleged in the Complaint.  If the parties agree to informal resolution (and informal resolution is appropriate for all the claims at issue), then all of the claims must be resolved according to the informal resolution process.

The Complainant and Respondent both have the right to terminate the informal resolution process at any time and proceed with formal resolution.  Furthermore, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, may, where, appropriate, terminate or decline to initiate informal resolution, and proceed with formal resolution instead.  In such cases, statements or disclosures made by the parties in the course of the informal resolution process may be considered in the subsequent formal resolution proceedings. 

  1. The Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will appoint a Mediator to oversee the mediation process. 
  2. Notice of the Mediation- Promptly after the Title IX Coordinator, or designee has appointed the Mediator; the Title IX Coordinator, or designee will provide concurrent written notice to the Complainant and the Respondent, setting forth 1.) the date, time, and location of the mediation; 2.) the name of the individual selected to serve as the Mediator.
  3. No Contact- Parties may not contact each other outside of the mediation, even to discuss the mediation. 
  4. Attendance- Both the Complainant and the Respondent are expected to attend the mediation. If either party fails to appear at the mediation, and such party was provided proper notice of the mediation as set forth above, the Mediator may either direct that resolution of the Complaint to be determined according to the formal resolution process set forth above, or if the Complainant fails to appear without good cause, dismiss the Complaint. 
  5. The Mediation

1.   The Complainant’s Rights. During the mediation the Complainant may:

  1.  Confront the Respondent in the presence of, and facilitated by, the Mediator 
  2. Communicate his or her feelings and perceptions regarding the incident and the impact of the incident either by communicating directly with the Respondent or by communicating indirectly with the Respondent through the Presiding Officer and/or
  3. Relay his or her wishes and expectations regarding protection in the future.
  1. Counsel and Advisors
  1. Legal Counsel- Under no circumstances may legal counsel be present at the mediation on behalf of the alleged Complainant or Respondent. The College, however, may seek advice from legal counsel on questions of law and procedure through the mediation process.
  2. Other Advisors- Absent accommodation for disability, the parties may not be accompanied by an advisor during the mediation.
  1. Resolution

During the mediation, the Presiding Officer will attempt to facilitate the parties’ resolution of the Complaint. If the mediation results in a resolution between the parties and the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, finds the resolution to be appropriate under the circumstances (giving consideration to the extent to which the resolution will protect the safety of the Complainant and entire college community), the informal disciplinary procedure will be concluded, and the complaint will be closed.  If such a resolution is reached, the terms of the resolution shall be   committed to writing and signed by all parties. If the parties are unable to reach a resolution, the formal resolution process outlined above will promptly commence.

  1. Revocation

Any party bound by a resolution reached during mediation shall have the right to revoke the written mediation agreement provided such revocation is in writing and received by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, no later than the close of business on the fifth day after full execution of the agreement.

  1. Privacy and Disclosure. In order to comply with FERPA and Title IX and to provide an orderly process for the presentation and consideration of relevant information without undue intimidation or pressure, the informal resolution process is not open to the general public. Accordingly, documents prepared in anticipation of the mediation and other information introduced at the mediation may not be disclosed outside of the mediation, except as may be required or authorized by law.
  2. Documentation. The college will retain any documentation of the mediation for at least seven (7) years.
  1. Hearing Committee

The Hearing Committee shall be composed of the following:

  1. Five (5) faculty/and or staff members and one (1) Ex Officio nonvoting member appointed by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee.
  2. All cases are decided by a majority vote.  In extenuating circumstances hearings may move forward with three (3) members.
  3. The Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will designate one (1) member of the Hearing Committee as the Chair.

The Hearing Committee shall perform the following functions:

  1. Hear cases of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.
  2. Insure that the student’s procedural rights are met.
  3. Make decisions based only on evidence and information presented at the hearing.
  4. Determine sanctions, giving consideration to whether a given sanction will (a) bring an end to the violation in question, (b) reasonably prevent a recurrence of a similar violation, and (c) remedy the effects of the violation. 
  5. Provide the student with a statement of the committee’s decision including findings of fact and, if applicable, impose one or more of the sanctions outlined in Section III.

Hearing Committee Meetings

  1. The chair shall be appointed by the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, from among the membership of the Committee. Ex officio members of the committee may not serve as the chair of the committee.
  2. Committee hearings shall be closed to all persons except the student, the person(s) initiating the charge(s), counsels for any student and for the college, witnesses who will be invited into the hearing and a person, mutually agreed upon by the Committee and the student(s), to serve as the recorder.
  3. The Committee may identify someone to take written notes and the committee will have the hearing, with the exception of deliberations, recorded.   No other party in the hearing may record the proceedings, and no other party is entitled to a copy of the notes or the recording. The written notes and the recording will be maintained in the office of the Title IX Coordinator.  The student may review the notes and listen to the recording under the supervision of the Title IX Coordinator or designee.
  4. Witnesses shall be called in one at a time to make a statement and to respond to questions.
  5. After hearing all of the information, the Hearing Committee will go begin its deliberations. Using the “preponderance of evidence” standard, which means that it is more likely than not that the violation, occurred, the members will determine, by majority vote, whether the violation occurred.  If it is determined that the violation occurred, by majority vote, the members will decide upon the appropriate sanction.
  6. The Chair of the Hearing Committee will send a certified letter to the Respondent’s and to the Complainant’s addresses of record within two (2) instructional weekdays of the Committee’s decision.  The letter shall inform the students about the Committee’s decision, the date of the decision, and, if applicable the sanction(s) imposed.  The letter will also inform each recipient about the appeal process.
    1. When the case results in a finding that the student engaged in an act of sexual violence, the Chair’s letter to the Complainant will also include the sanction imposed by the Hearing Committee.
    2. When the case results in a finding that the student engaged in an act of non-violent sexual harassment, the Chair’s letter to the Complainant will only include the sanction imposed by the Hearing Committee if the sanction directly relates to the Complainant (e.g., the violator has been directed to stay away from the Complainant while on the college’s campus).
  1. Confidentiality and Privacy

The college will protect Complainants’ privacy to the extent possible under the law. In some situations, including those in which disciplinary action is a possible outcome, due process may require disclosure of information to persons accused.

The college will make every reasonable effort to abide by Complainants’ wishes to remain anonymous; however, the college will balance requests for anonymity/confidentiality with the safety of other members of the community. Factors that will be considered in determining whether to disclose a complaint or report of misconduct to a respondent include: the seriousness of the alleged conduct; the Complainant’s age; whether there have been other complaints about the same individual; and the alleged violator’s rights to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the school as an “education record” under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).All hearings closed to all persons except those referenced in hearing section (VI, “Hearing Committee Meetings”).

  1. Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Possession and Consumption Violations

Students are encouraged to report instances of sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual harassment or sexual assault involving students.  Therefore, students who report information about sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual harassment or sexual assault involving students will not be disciplined by the college for any violation of the college’s drug or alcohol possession or consumption policies in which they might have engaged in connection with the report.

Appendix 5

Student Grievance Procedure

  1. Purpose

The purpose of the student grievance procedure is to provide a system to channel and resolve student complaints against a college employee concerning decisions made or actions taken.  A decision or action can be grieved only if it involves a misapplication of a college’s policies, procedures, or regulations, or a state or federal law.  This procedure may not be used in the following instances:  1) to grieve a claim against a college employee for any matter unrelated  to the employee’s role or position at the college; 2) for complaints or appeals of grades awarded in a class or for an assignment, unless the complaint is based upon alleged discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, disability or veteran’s status or  on the basis of alleged sexual harassment;  or 3) to grieve a decision for which other grievance or appeal procedures exist (e.g., appeal of a disciplinary case,  a residency appeal, a financial aid appeal, FERPA grievances, transfer credit evaluations, etc.).

The student filing the grievance must have been enrolled at the college at the time of decision or action being grieved and must be the victim of the alleged mistreatment.  A grievance cannot be filed on behalf of another person.

  1. Definitions

When used in this document, unless the content requires other meaning,

  1. “College” means any college in the South Carolina Technical College System.
  2. “President” means the chief executive officer of the college.
  3. “Administrative Officer” means anyone designated at the college as being on the administrative staff, such as the President, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Student Services Officer, etc.
  4. “Chief Student Services Officer” means the Administrative Officer at the College who has overall management responsibility for student services or his/her designee.
  5. “Chief  Academic  Officer” means the Administrative Officer at the College who has overall management responsibility for academic programs and services or his/her designee.
  6. “Grievable Act or Decision” means a misapplication of a college’s policies, procedures, or regulations, or a violation of a state or federal law.
  7. “Days” means an instructional weekday, excluding Saturday and Sunday and all days in which the college is closed.
  8. “Student” means a person taking any course(s) offered by the college.
  9. “Instructor” means any person employed by the college to conduct classes.
  10. “Staff” means any person employed by the college for reasons other than conducting classes.
  11. “Campus” means any place where the college conducts or sponsors educational, public service, or research activities.
  1. Grievance Process 

  1. Filing a Complaint

This procedure must be initiated by the student within 30 instructional weekdays of becoming aware of the decision, action, or event giving rise to the grievance.  This time limit may be extended by the President or his/her designee, if the student requests an extension within the 30 day period.

Before initiating the Student Grievance process, a student may go to the college employee who originated the alleged problem and attempt to resolve the matter informally.  In instances alleging discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and violence, the student is not required to initially try to resolve the matter with the person alleged to have committed the violation under this policy.  Where applicable, if the student is not satisfied with the outcome of this meeting or if the student prefers to ignore this step, then the student may file a written complaint and initiate the grievance process.  This written complaint should describe the decision or action that is being grieved, the date of the decision or action, and the college employee(s) involved in the decision or action.

  1. Written complaints about alleged discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, disability or veteran’s status and written complaints about alleged sexual harassment or violence shall be submitted to the employee(s) designated in the college’s Statement of Nondiscrimination to coordinate Section 504, Title II, and Title IX compliance.
  2. Written complaints about decisions and actions not related to discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual harassment shall be submitted to the college’s Chief Student Services Officer.
  3. Any written complaint naming the college’s President as the person whose alleged action or decision originated the problem shall be submitted to the President of the South Carolina Technical College System.
  1. Pre-Hearing

The person receiving the student’s written complaint will send a written acknowledgment to the student no later than two instructional weekdays after receiving the written complaint.

The person receiving the complaint will forward the complaint to the immediate supervisor of the employee named in the complaint no later than two instructional weekdays days after it has been received. When the President is named in the complaint, the South Carolina Technical College System’s Vice President of Academic Affairs will be responsible for the pre-hearing.

As a part of the effort to resolve the matter, the supervisor, or the South Carolina Technical College System’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, will consult, as needed, with the employee named in the complaint, the student filing the complaint, and Chief Administrative Officer of the division or component concerned.

The supervisor, or the South Carolina Technical College System’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, shall respond in writing to the student within ten instructional weekdays of receipt of the complaint.  The response, sent by certified mail, shall include a summary of the findings and, as needed propose the steps that shall be taken to resolve the complaint.  If the student does not agree with the proposed resolution, the student may request to have the complaint heard by the Student Grievance Committee.

When the College’s President is named in the complaint, the President of the South Carolina Technical College System will convene a three person ad hoc committee consisting of System Presidents or a three person ad hoc committee from within the System to hear the student’s complaint.

  1. Student Grievance Hearing
  1. Requesting a Hearing
  1. The student must submit a written request for a Grievance Hearing to the Chief Student Services Officer within five instructional weekdays after receiving the supervisor’s written response and no later than fifteen instructional days after the supervisor sent the summary of findings. The request must include a copy of the student’s original written complaint, a copy of the supervisor’s response, and a statement describing why the supervisor’s response was unsatisfactory.
  2. If the student does not submit the written request for a hearing within fifteen instructional weekdays, and the student can demonstrate that extenuating circumstances resulted in the failure to meet this deadline, the Chief Student Services Officer may allow the hearing to take place.
  3. Within two instructional days of receiving the request for a hearing, the Chief Student Services Officer shall notify the President or, as appropriate, the System President about the need to convene a Student Grievance Committee or an ad hoc committee of System Presidents. These committees shall be formed to hear specific complaints and a new committee may be formed each time a grievance covered by this procedure is filed.
  1. Grievance Committees
  1. Student Grievance Committee–The President must approve all recommended members. The committee shall be composed of the following:
  1. Three students recommended by the governing body of the student body.
  2. Two faculty members recommended by the Chief Academic Officer.
  3. One Student Services staff member recommended by the Chief Student Services Officer.
  4. One administrator, other than the Chief Student Services Officer, to serve as the Committee’s chairperson.
  5. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, who serves as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of the committee.
  1. Ad hoc Committee of Presidents-The President of the South Carolina Technical College System will select three System Presidents to serve on this committee and identify one of the three Presidents to serve as the chairperson for the hearing.
  2. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee,  will send copies of the student’s request for a hearing  to the committee members, the employee, and the employee’s supervisor. The employee against whom the grievance was filed has an opportunity to submit his/her response to the request for a hearing to the Committee prior to the hearing.
  3. The Student Grievance Committee’s meeting(s) shall be conducted within twenty-one instructional weekdays following the date of the request. The chairperson may grant a postponement if either party submits a written request no later than five instructional weekdays prior to the scheduled meeting.  The chairperson of the Student Grievance Committee, in his/her discretion, may postpone the hearing due to circumstances beyond the control of the parties. The re-scheduled hearing must take place within ten instructional weekdays of the date of the previously scheduled hearing.

3.   Hearing Procedures

  1. The Chief Student Services Officer, or designee, shall send a certified letter to the student filing the complaint and to the employee(s) name in the complaint at lease five instructional weekdays before the scheduled hearing. The letter shall include:
  1. a brief description of the complaint, including the name of the person filing the complaint;
  2. the date, time, and location of the meeting;
  3. the name of any person who might be called as a witness.
  4. a list of the student’s procedural rights.  These rights follow:
  1. The right to review all available evidence, documents or exhibits that each party may present at the meeting. This review must take place under the supervision of the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee.
  2. The right to appear before the Hearing Committee and to present information and additional evidence, subject to the Committee’s judgment that the evidence is relevant to the hearing.
  3. The right to consult with consul.  This person serving as consul may not address the committee, question the employee(s) named in the complaint, or any witnesses.  The student will be responsible for paying any fees charged by the advisor.
  4. The right to present witnesses who have information relating to the complaint.  Witnesses will be dismissed after presenting the information and responding to questions posed by the Grievance Committee, the student filing the complaint, and the employee(s) named in the complaint.
  1. At least ten (10) instructional weekdays before the scheduled hearing the parties must submit the names of persons that the parties anticipate calling as witnesses as well as any evidence that the parties intend to introduce at the hearing.
  2. Hearings are closed to the public. When testimony is being given, only the committee members, the student and his/her advisor, the employee and his/her advisor, and the witness giving testimony may be present. During deliberations, only the members of the Committee may be present. 
  3. Hearings are informal and a tape recording of the testimony presented during the hearing may be made. The Committee’s deliberations are not tape recorded. After resolution of the appeal, the tape recording will be kept for three months in the office of the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee. The student filing the complaint or the employee(s) named in the complaint may listen to this tape recording under the supervision of the Chief Student Services Officer, or designee. 
  4. The Committee may question the student and the employee(s). The Committee may also question the employee’s (employees’) supervisor(s) and any additional witnesses that it considers necessary to render a fair decision. Questions must be relevant to the issues of the grievance.
  5. Both parties to the grievance may ask questions of the other during the hearing.  These questions must be relevant to the issues stated in the written complaint. The Chairperson of the Committee will determine the appropriateness of the questions. 
  6. The Committee bears the burden of determining whether the allegations are supported by the information available through the hearing.  The Committee will use a preponderance of the evidence standard in making this determination.
  7. The Committee shall decide the solution of the grievance by a majority vote. In case of a tie, the chairperson may vote. 
  8. The chairperson shall forward a copy of the Committee’s decision to the student filing the complaint and to the employee(s) named in the complaint within two instructional weekdays of the Committee’s decision. This letter will include a rationale for the Committee’s decision and inform the student and employee(s) that they have a right to appeal the Committee’s decision.

D.  Appeal Process

If either party is not satisfied with the Student Grievance Committee’s decision, that person may submit a written appeal to the President of the College within ten instructional weekdays of the Committee’s decision.  The written appeal must include a statement indicating why the person was not satisfied with the committee’s decision.  The President shall review the Committee’s findings, conduct whatever additional inquiries are deemed necessary and render a decision within ten instructional weekdays of receipt of the appeal. The President’s decision is final and this decision cannot be the sole reason for filing a grievance against the President.

If either party is not satisfied with the System Office’s ad hoc Committee of System Presidents’ decision, that person may submit a written appeal to the President of the South Carolina Technical College System within ten instructional weekdays of the Committee’s decision.  The written appeal must include a statement indicating why the person was not satisfied with the Committee’s decision.   The System President shall review the Committee’s findings, conduct whatever additional inquiries are deemed necessary and render a decision within ten instructional weekdays of receipt of the appeal. The System President’s decision is final.