General Information Draft
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- ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES
- ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE – VGCC BOARD POLICY
- ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE AGENCY RESOURCES
- APPROVAL OF ACTIVITIES/FUND
- BULLETIN BOARDS
- CAMPUS POLICE AND SECURITY
- CHILDREN ON CAMPUS
- COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
- COMPUTER AND NETWORK USER POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
- COMPUTING FACILITIES GENERAL USE
- ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
- GENERAL STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY
- OPERATION AND PARKING OF MOTOR VEHICLES
- RECRUITING/SOLICITATION ON CAMPUS
- RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
- SEXUAL ASSAULT
- SEXUAL HARASSMENT-VGCC BOARD POLICY
- SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
- SPEAKERS ON CAMPUS
- TOBACCO-FREE POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
- TOBACCO-FREE GUIDELINES
ACCESS TO CAMPUS FACILITIES
Access to campus facilities is limited to the designed and intended purposes of the specific classroom, laboratory or shop. Individuals not scheduled to have access should not enter these areas without permission. Students shall not use shop equipment unless under the supervision of an instructor.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE – VGCC BOARD POLICY
It is the policy of Vance-Granville Community College to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) as implemented by regulations contained in 34 CFR Part 86, Subpart B, (amended as Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994.) Therefore, it is the policy of this College that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance on the College’s campuses or at any site or activity operated by Vance-Granville Community College is prohibited. Any student violating this policy is in violation of the College’s rules and regulations and also the Student Code of Conduct of Vance-Granville Community College. Any student violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent expulsion.
Students who violate the College’s policies relating to drug abuse will be referred to the appropriate legal agencies for prosecution under the federal and state laws governing use and possession of a controlled substance. This includes, but is not limited to, narcotic drugs, hallucinogenic drugs, amphetamines, barbiturates, marijuana, anabolic steroids, or any other controlled substance as defined in Schedules I through V of Section 2020 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812) and as further defined by regulation at 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15 or article 5 Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statute. Persons who violate this statute shall be guilty of a felony and may be imprisoned up to 10 years or fined up to $10,000 or both at the discretion of the court.
Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or being in a state of intoxication on the college campus or at college-sponsored or supervised functions off-campus or in college-owned vehicles is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, alcoholic beverages, malt beverages, or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor. Use of alcoholic beverages may result in referral to counseling programs and/or legal agencies for prosecution under federal and state laws.
Prescription drugs authorized by a registered physician or pharmacist are not in violation of the code of conduct as long as the individual intended to receive the prescription medication takes the drug according to the prescribed dosage. Any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the consequences of his/her actions.
Students should be aware that the use of alcohol, non-prescription use of depressants including sleeping pills, sedatives, tranquilizers, non-prescription use of stimulants including cocaine, prescription diet pills and marijuana can lead to lapses in attention, slowed reflexes and reaction time, impaired vision and impaired short term memory. Alcohol is strongly associated with the increased risk of cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx and larynx. Other research indicates chronic alcohol abuse may affect the immune system.
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ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE AGENCY RESOURCES
Students desiring counseling or treatment for the abuse of alcohol or drugs should contact Counseling Services at the College or any of the following agencies:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Vance County: 252-438-2395
- Granville County: 919-693-2329
- Franklin County: 1-877-619-3761
- Warren County: 252-257-2774
- Durham County: 919-286-9499
- Wake County: 919-783-8214
- TriCounty Intergroup: 919-831-5100
- Narcotics Anonymous Hotline: 919-831-5100
- Alcohol Drug Council of N.C.: 1-800-662-7030
- Alcohol Abuse 24-Hour Hotline & Treatment: 1-800-374-2800
- Alcohol Abuse 24-Hour Assistance & Treatment: 1-800-234-1253
- Five County Mental Health Authority: 1-877-619-3761
- (TTY): 1-877-338-0788
- Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program UNC-Chapel Hill: 1-888-457-7457
- Durham Council of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc.: 919-309-2600
- Duke Addiction Program: 919-684-3850
- Wake County Programs and Clinics: 919-212-7000
- Al-Anon/Alateen: 919-713-1516
APPROVAL OF ACTIVITIES/FUND
All club extracurricular activities and fund raising must be approved by the Dean of Students, Equity, Retention & Success to ensure that they are coordinated throughout the entire College.
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- Important announcements concerning student activities, meetings, pre-registration, job openings, and special events are posted on the bulletin boards. Employees are held responsible for removing all notices that are outdated or improperly posted.
- Ads (books for sale, rentals, items for sale, etc.) may be posted on a designated bulletin board located on the third floor of Building 1 on the Main Campus. Students at other campus locations must have postings approved by the Campus Administration. Permission to mount posters or notices on bulletin boards must be obtained from the Office of Vice President of Workforce and Community Engagement.
- Placing inappropriate or obscene material on bulletin boards or in any campus location is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
CAMPUS POLICE AND SECURITY
VGCC strives to provide a safe and secure working and learning environment for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Campus Police and Security encourages everyone to be vigilant, to be aware of his/ her surroundings, to keep his/her belongings secure, and to report any suspicious persons or behaviors to Campus Police and Security or any College official. Victims or witnesses can report crimes or threats by calling the Campus Police and Security Division at (252) 738-3373. Anonymous reports can be submitted by visiting https://vgcc.wufoo.com/forms/anonymous-crime-tips/ .
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CHILDREN ON CAMPUS
Children are not allowed in classrooms, the library, or the testing center, nor should they be left alone in any area on campus. Students should not bring children on campus unless they are enrolled in the College child care program. The College cannot assume responsibility for these individuals while on campus. The recreational facilities, classrooms, and other areas of the College are designated primarily for the student population.
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Communicable and infectious disease shall include, but is not limited to, chicken pox, influenza, tuberculosis, conjunctivitis, hepatitis A, B, and D, infectious mononucleosis, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Persons who know or have a reasonable basis for believing that they have an infectious/communicable disease which may pose a threat to others have an obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with such knowledge, so as to protect themselves and others. Accordingly, employees and student should report the information to the Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success. All information will be kept confidential except to those persons determined by the Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success as having a need to know. These persons will be informed after the individual is advised that such action will be taken.
Any student who believes or knows he/she is infected and is engaged in clinical patient-care is required to share that information as soon as possible with the Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success on a confidential basis, so that the College can protect the welfare of patients and others.
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COMPUTER AND NETWORK USER POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
Campus-wide access to computing facilities is restricted to Vance-Granville Community College faculty, staff, currently enrolled students and others as appropriate. Authorized users may use College computing facilities, including transmissions over and through the College network, for research and scholarly or educational purposes, and for official College business, so long as such does not
- Violate any law or College policy, or College procedure
- Involve significant use of College resources, direct costs, or substantial interference with the performance of College duties and work, or
- Result in commercial gain or profit.
COMPUTING FACILITIES GENERAL USE
Access to Internet operations is restricted to faculty, staff, active curriculum students possessing a valid student identification card, and active extension or special students requiring access by nature of the course requirements or by an instructor’s written permission.
No user shall disclose an account password or share an account with another person. Instructors will not share their accounts with students, work-study students, or temporary help of any kind. It is the responsibility of the user to protect the account from unauthorized use by changing the account password periodically and using passwords that are not easily guessed.
Any attempt to circumvent system security, guess passwords, or in any way gain unauthorized access to local or network resources is forbidden.
Transferring copyrighted materials to or from any system or via the College network without express consent of the copyright owner is prohibited and may be a violation of Federal and State Law.
Use of electronic mail and other network communications facilities to harass, offend, or annoy other users of the network is forbidden. This includes electronic “chain letters.”
- Information Access and User Privacy
Electronic mail, information passing over the College network, and information stored in user accounts are considered to be private and confidential. Although this type of information must be accessed by system personnel for the purpose of backups, network management, etc., the content of user files and network transmissions will not be viewed, monitored, or altered without the express permission of the user except in the following circumstances:
- The College has reason to believe that an account or system has been breached and is being used by someone other than the authorized user;
- The College has received a complaint that an account or system is being used to gain unauthorized access or to attempt to gain unauthorized access to another network site;
- The College has reason to believe that an account or system is being used in violation of College policy, State Law,
or Federal Law; or
- The LRC staff has reason to believe that the patron in the LRC is using the Internet inappropriately.
Under these circumstances, the College President and/or his/her designee may authorize staff to monitor the activities of a specified account or computer system, and to search electronic information stored in that account. The authority for this search must be requested on an account-by-account basis and monitoring will be restricted to the specified account. If this search provides evidence of violation, the account will be disabled, and action will be taken with appropriate authorities.
Users are expected to take proper care of the equipment in all College facilities and to abide by the rules of the staff and faculty supervising the equipment. They are to report any malfunction as soon as possible to the Office of Information Technology for repair. A user should not attempt to move, repair, reconfigure, modify, or attach external devices to the systems, including changing toolbars, screen savers or desktop themes. Users will be held responsible for any internal or external damage inflicted during use. Display of offensive or inappropriate materials on public workstations is expressly forbidden and may result in revocation of computing privileges at the discretion of the supervising staff. Staff will periodically monitor appropriate usage. Users are required to sign a copy of the policy statement before using computer workstations in the LRC to document that they understand and are willing to comply with this policy.
- Ponzi Schemes
A Ponzi Scheme is a form of chain letter that requests recipients to send money to people on a list. The US Supreme Court has determined that Ponzi Schemes are inherently fraudulent. The US Criminal Code prohibits the use of mail or wire in any attempt to defraud. Users should note that under the wire fraud statutes, the attempt to defraud is a violation, and all who are involved in the attempt, whether intentionally or not, may also be in violation.
- Sanctions for Policy Violations
Violations of policy will be treated as academic misconduct, misdemeanor, or felony as appropriate. For non-criminal matters, but serious misconduct, the following procedure will be followed:
- On the first violation, the user will be denied computing privileges for a period of one week.
- A second violation will result in the loss of computing privileges until the end of the semester.
- A third violation will result in permanent loss of computing privileges.
For minor violations of policy, such as non-educational electronic mail, non-educational chatting, or any form of non-educational electronic communication, the following procedure will be implemented:
- On the first violation, a warning will be issued and documented.
- On the second violation, the user will be denied computing privileges for a period of one week.
- Any violation after the second will result in loss of computing privileges for the rest of the semester with no other warnings issued.
Criminal violation will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and will result in the immediate suspension of computing privileges. The outcome of such violations may result in student or staff disciplinary or termination proceedings and permanent revocation of computing privileges.
ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) recognizes an electronic signature as a valid signature from faculty, staff, and students subject to the conditions described below. An electronic signature is defined as any electronic process signifying an approval to terms, and/or ensuring the integrity of the document, presented in electronic format. Students use electronic signatures to register, check financial aid awards, pay student bills, obtain unofficial transcripts, update contact information, log into campus computers, complete forms, submission of class work, tests, etc.
Faculty and staff use electronic signatures for submitting grades and attendance roster information, viewing personal payroll data, logging into campus computers, accessing protected data through the administrative computing system and custom web applications provided by the College, etc.
An electronic signature is considered valid when the following conditions are met:
- Institution provides student or employee with a unique username
- Student or employee sets his or her own password
- Student or employee logs into the campus network and secure site using both username and the password, which is authenticated through LDAP
It is the responsibility and obligation of each individual to keep their username and their password private so others cannot use their credentials. Once logged in, the student or employee is responsible for any information they provide, update, or remove. VGCC will take steps to ensure both the username and password are protected and kept confidential. Furthermore, users are responsible for logging out of all systems and exercising the necessary precautions when using publicly accessible computers.
This policy is in addition to all applicable federal and state statutes, policies, guidelines, and standards.
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GENERAL STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Student grievances that are not academic or disciplinary in nature and/or involve conflicts with other students, alleged violation of students’ civil rights, including sexual harassment, should be addressed according to the following procedures:
- When circumstances occur that cause a student to feel that he/ she has a grievance, the student should discuss the issue with a Dean or the Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success within a reasonable time after the grievance has occurred. The Dean or Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success may:
- Disseminate information concerning the complaint to the appropriate College officials,
- Investigate the complaint,
- Refer the student to appropriate College officials, or
- Negotiate a resolution to the grievance.
- If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the student may file a General Student Grievance Form with the Dean or Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement, & Success. If the student is not satisfied with the decision, he or she may request a formal hearing before the Judicial committee within 10 working days.
- The Judicial committee will convene to hear the merits of the complaint and make a recommendation to the President.
- The President will consider the Judicial committee’s recommendation and will make a decision within five (5) College working days of receiving the committee’s recommendation. The President’s decision will be final.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY
Vance-Granville Community College encourages the development, writing, invention, or production of intellectual property designed to improve the productivity of the College or to enhance the teaching/ learning environment.
Intellectual property is defined as intellectual, technical, and creative works that can be copyrighted or patented, such as literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, computer software, multimedia presentations, web course design, logos, and inventions. VGCC owns all rights to its logo, seal, and other related material. The ownership of intellectual property will be determined in accordance with conditions listed below.
- The employee or student retains ownership if all of the following criteria are met:
- The work was created independently and as a result of the individual’s own initiative, not requested by the College,
- The work is not the product of a specific contract or assignment made as a result of employment of the College,
- The work is prepared outside of the scope of the employee’s job duties or student’s course/program requirements,
- The work does not involve significant use of College facilities, time and/or other resources.
- The College retains ownership if any of the above criteria are not met by the employee or student or if one or more of the following criteria apply:
- The work is prepared within the scope of the employee’s job duties or student’s course/program requirements,
- The work is the product of a specific contract or assignment made in the course of the employee’s employment or student’s enrollment with the College,
- The development of the work involved significant facilities, time and/or other resources of the College including, but not limited to, released time, grant funds, College personnel, salary supplement, leave with pay, equipment or other materials or financial assistance.
Student Ownership of Intellectual Properties
Students who independently develop intellectual property arising out of their participation in programs of study at the College will retain the ownership rights to such property when the intellectual property does not result from their enrollment at VGCC and when the use of College facilities is minimal. Students using significant College resources or those employed by the College will be treated in the same manner as similarly situated College personnel. However, any student not employed by the College but engaging in research or development of intellectual property under the supervision and direction of a faculty member in connection with a program or activity subject to this policy shall have no ownership interest in the resulting property, but may be eligible to participate in the income distribution (see section Income Distribution). Faculty using such volunteer, non-employed students in their scholarly work projects should have the students sign a “Student Assignment of Ownership and Nondisclosure Agreement” form.
Significant Use of College Resources
Significant use of College resources in generating creative works is defined as use of College facilities, equipment, personnel, and one’s time in excess of that needed to fulfill the required purpose of one’s position, occupation, job description, appointment, and/or association with VGCC. Significant use of resources results when the creation of the work requires use of College resources beyond those allocated to the faculty or student in support of their academic work within their respective department or class. Such usage may occur as a result of actions of the College personnel involved or when specific assignments are given to students or where contracts or other obligations are involved. The College will retain title to all creative works that make significant use of College resources.
The following examples generally define such use when they are applied, singly or in combination, in support of a revenue-producing work. Although it is the responsibility of the dean or equivalent supervisor to evaluate situations and determine if significant use of resources has occurred, faculty members, employees or students have an obligation to notify their instructor, supervisor or dean when they believe that their work involves more than nominal use.
The following are examples of criteria for establishment of significant use:
- Extended use of time and energy by the developer(s) in creating or promoting the work that results in reducing the levels of teaching, scholarship, or citizenship activities, so that anticipated performance in these areas is at a level significantly less than normal.
- Substantial use of College facilities such as laboratories, studios, equipment, production facilities, or specialized computing resources.
- College funding in support of the work’s creation.
- Reduced teaching load without a salary reduction.
- Paid professional development leave to develop or complete a work.
- Direct assignment or commission from the College to undertake a creative project as a part of the developer’s regular appointment or assignment.
- Substantial use of funding from gifts to the College to support creation of the works involved.
- Production of the work under specific terms of a sponsored research grant or contract.
- Substantial subvention by the College in the publication of a scholarly book or creative work.
- Use of specifically designated College funds or extensive use of the services of a support unit financed by the College for production of a creative work.
- Use of College computers and servers for Web-based activities such as a distance-learning course.
Minimal Use of College Resources
Minimal use of college resources is use that is within the required activity of one’s appointment or assignment at VGCC. College personnel may make such minimal use of college resources and devote office time in carrying out a range of professional activities, some of which may involve income-generating projects. Similarly, students may make such minimal use of college resources to carry out a range of academic assignments, some of which may involve income-generating projects. The College relinquishes (to the developers) ownership of creative works and its rights to any income generated as long as college resources are used in this nominal fashion, and the time involvement of the developer(s) of the project does not compromise their core responsibilities in teaching, scholarly work, and college citizenship.
The following examples generally define such use:
- Minimal use of time and energy by the developer(s) in creating or promoting the creative work while maintaining assigned levels of teaching, scholarship, and citizenship activities, so that anticipated performance in these areas is at the expected level.
- Student employees or technicians may not be used to do income-producing work or make up the slack in a faculty member’s assignment so he or she can do income-producing work.
- Developers may not receive additional released time to develop a work, other than that assigned to normal faculty or students.
- Minimal use of college resources in the ordinary support of the developer’s assignments, teaching, scholarly, and service activities.
- Use of photocopying equipment, long distance telephone costs, postage, faxes, etc., specifically for a creative work may not exceed incidental use.
- Office supplies or software may not be purchased specifically for a creative work.
- Secretarial help, such as typing manuscripts, may not be used to generate income-producing products. Incidental help, such as formatting tables, is allowed.
- Course or instructional materials may not be generated with the use of support units financed by the college. Courses or instructional materials generated in the normal course of teaching or assignments, without such support, are allowed.
- Works may not be funded by outside grants or gifts nor produced under a sponsored research grant or contract.
The faculty, staff, or student shall warrant in writing that there are no third party claims against the intellectual property that has been disclosed to VGCC, that the intellectual property in question is the exclusive work of the faculty, staff, or student and other persons identified in the disclosure to VGCC, and that no other person or entity claims an interest in the intellectual property in question.
The faculty, staff, or student must agree, in writing, to fully indemnify and hold harmless VGCC, its trustees, officers, faculty members, staff, and any and all other individuals associated with VGCC, from and against any and all claims, demands, actions, and causes of actions brought against VGCC, its trustees, officers, faculty members, staff, and any and all other individuals associated with VGCC, relating in any way to the intellectual property in question.
Repayment of College Support Funds
In certain situations of substantial use of college funds and other resources, it may be more appropriate for the developer(s) to repay such funds to the college and thus fall under the minimal rather than substantial use provisions of this policy. The division dean, Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement & Success, and Vice President of Finance and Operations, in consultation with the developer(s) and the appropriate office(s), will determine the appropriate level of repayment.
All revenues derived from college-owned intellectual property or creative works will be received and administered by the Institutional Effectiveness Office. Costs incurred by the college in the process of perfecting, transferring, and protecting college rights to the property or works will be paid by the college and, together with interest costs, will first be deducted from the gross income available for distribution. An accurate accounting of all such costs shall be made available to the developer(s) upon request. The net income (gross income minus college expenses) from college-owned intellectual properties will be distributed to academic developers and to developers in support areas as follows:
- College of the developer(s)—60%
Assignment of Intellectual Properties to the College
Students, college personnel, or individuals not affiliated with the college who own intellectual property may elect to voluntarily disclose and submit their properties to the Technology or Institutional Effectiveness Offices for the purpose of facilitating commercial development. In the event that either of the offices agrees to accept management of the property, the property shall be assigned to VGCC and the assignor shall be entitled to the same distribution of revenues and other rights and responsibilities as the academic developers of college-owned property, as specified in this policy.
Release of College Ownership
The college may, at its sole discretion, determine to release to the developer(s) its ownership rights to any intellectual property upon such conditions as the college deems beneficial and fair to all parties. However, VGCC may retain a royalty-free license to use this intellectual property for research and education.
Any disputed issues related to intellectual property, or the interpretation of this Intellectual Property Policy, shall first be reviewed by the Planning and Research Office. Any disputed issues that cannot be resolved with the assistance of the Planning and Research Office shall be referred to the President of the college. The President may refer disputed issues to the Board for its recommendations and advice.
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OPERATION AND PARKING OF MOTOR VEHICLES
Under the provisions of North Carolina Statute 115D-21, the College may enforce traffic and parking regulations on campus.
- Application of State Law
All the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes relating to the use of the highways of the State of North Carolina and the operation of motor vehicles thereon shall apply to the streets, roads, and driveways of the Vance-Granville Community College campus, along with rules and regulations approved by the Board of Trustees.
- General Rules
• Parking: Students must park in spaces marked for student parking.
• Permit Decals: The College issues a plastic decal that must be displayed from your car’s rearview mirror.
• Citations will be issued for violations of the College traffic and parking regulations.
• Accountability: The person to whom a vehicle parking decal is issued shall be responsible for parking and traffic violations of the vehicle for which the permit is issued.
• Citation Fees for drivers not complying with parking and traffic violations have been established. Failure to pay citations may affect enrollment status.
Publications are defined to include but are not limited to the following: newspapers, pamphlets, newsletters, brochures, flyers, books, posters, or magazines. Publications are not to be printed, distributed, or displayed without official approval of the office of the Vice President of Workforce & Community Engagement. Off-campus organizations are not allowed to distribute their publications on any of the College’s properties without the approval of the College President.
- Offensive Publications: Publications containing profanity, language that is offensive to race, sex, or creed, and incorrect statements will not be approved for printing or distribution. All publications must represent the dignity, mission, and standards of the College.
RECRUITING/SOLICITATION ON CAMPUS
The College periodically allows representatives from the business community, government agencies, and other colleges access to campus for the purpose of providing opportunities for students.
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RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
The Board of Trustees grants each student two days of excused absences per academic year for religious observances. In order for the absence to be an excused absence, students must submit a written request for the absence sufficiently in advance to permit the instructor and student to develop a sound plan for making up any missed class work. All students must plan absences from a class so that their total absences, including any absences authorized in accordance with this policy, do not exceed the total absences otherwise permitted by the instructor, a certifying board or an accrediting agency.
For the purpose of this policy, an excused absence is an absence for which the student is held harmless for their failure to attend a scheduled class, and for which the instructor provides the student a reasonable opportunity to make up any tests, exams, assignments, or other work missed as a result of the absence. Academic year is defined as beginning the first day of fall semester and ending the last day of the summer semester. Should the student fail to complete the tests, exams, assignments, or other work missed during the excused absence, after the instructor has given a reasonable opportunity to complete them, the instructor is authorized to give no credit for any tests, exams, assignments, or other missed work. North Carolina General Statute 115D-5(u); SL 2010-112,5.2.
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Vance-Granville Community College actively promotes a campus environment that maintains the dignity of all members of the campus community. To maintain this dignity, Vance-Granville Community College will not tolerate any form of sexual assault.
The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, Section 485 (f) (1) (F) of 20 U.S.C. 1092 (a) (1) (Public Law 101-542) requires that institutions of higher education collect information with respect to sexual assault on campus and beginning in September 1993, to include such information in an annual security report. The Higher Education Amendments of 1992 (Public Law 102-325) provide further that as part of the Annual Security Report the College shall include, develop and distribute statement of policy regarding the College’s sexual assault programs and the procedures to be followed if a sex offence occurs.
Violations of this policy shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Any form of nonconsensual sexual intercourse, committed by physical force, coercion, threat, or intimidation, actual or implied, by a person(s) known or unknown to the victim.
- Any actual or attempted nonconsensual sexual activity by a person(s) known or unknown to the victim, defined as, but not limited to, sexual intercourse or sexual touching committed with or without physical force, coercion, threat, or intimidation; exhibitionism; or sexual language of a threatening nature. Non-consensual sexual activity shall include, but is not limited to situations where the victim is unable to consent because he/she is physically helpless, or is mentally incapacitated due to drug or alcohol consumption or is unconscious, regardless of whether or not the consumption was with the victim’s consent.
Reporting and taking action in response to a sexual assault against a student or employee will be limited to incidents occurring on campus, off-campus at College-leased or owned facilities, when attending College-sponsored activities or any activities (including participation in field experiences, internships, athletic and cultural events) which are initiated, authorized or supervised by Vance-Granville Community College, even off-campus or when representing the College.
Students who are victims of sexual assault are encouraged to file a complaint with the Dean of Student Access & Support or Campus Police as soon as possible after the alleged incident. Additionally, victims are encouraged to report the incident to local law enforcement.
All complaints of sexual assault will be reported to the office of the Magistrate.
Education and Awareness-The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, effective October 28, 2002, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. Registered sex offenders must provide notice, as required under state law, to each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
The state of North Carolina Department of Justice provides a Sex Offender Registry Search at the following website: http://sexoffender.ncsbi.gov .
Education will be provided through appropriate programs and education booklets, which may include:
- Orientation programs
- Professional development/employee training
- Student and Employee Handbooks, Catalogs and related Administrative Policy Manuals
- Campus Media
- Seminars, workshops, pamphlets, and posters addressing specific issues, such as sexual assault, acquaintance rape, sexual harassment, self-protection for men and women and crime reporting.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT – VGCC BOARD POLICY
Vance-Granville Community College expressly forbids harassment of any type by College employees and students. The College will not tolerate sexual harassment of any student or employee, male or female. For employees, sexual harassment constitutes unsatisfactory job performance and is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal. Students who engage in sexual harassment face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. The Board of Trustees authorizes the President to develop and administer procedures for reporting, investigating and disciplining incidents of sexual harassment.
Definitions used in this policy are as follows:
Sexual harassment: A request for sexual favors, and other unwelcomed verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by an employee or student, constitutes sexual harassment when:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for an employment decision affecting that individual, or
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is made the basis for decisions concerning a student’s grade, academic achievement or progress, or participation in any program, curriculum or activity of the College, or
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance, or creating an intimidation, hostile, or offensive environment.
Workplace Harassment: is defined as unwelcome behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Reporting Sexual Harassment
In an effort to prevent sexual harassment from occurring at the institution, it is policy to encourage the reporting of sexual harassment to members of the College administration.
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Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC) is committed to providing a learning and working environment that promotes respect, responsibility, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and accountability in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
As a recipient of federal funds, VGCC is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission, and employment. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities, including in the context of admission or employment.
Vance-Granville Community College considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This policy refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including: discrimination against pregnant and parenting students, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence or other forms of intimate partner violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688) Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to VGCC’s Title IX Coordinator(s)* or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. If you feel you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. You have the right to raise concerns, to ask questions about policies prohibiting sex or gender discrimination, and to participate in investigations without fear of retaliation. A complaint may also be submitted about retaliatory acts under Title IX. It shall be a violation of this policy to knowingly make false claims or statements regarding sexual misconduct.
*The College’s Title IX Coordinators are the Dean of Student Access & Support and the Director of Human Resources. The Title IX offices are located on the Main Campus or can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org. These individuals are responsible for implementing and monitoring Vance-Granville Community College’s Title IX compliance.
When concerns are brought to the Title IX Coordinators’ attention or when they suspect that sexual or gender discrimination may be present, they are bound to initiate and oversee timely investigations and provide updates to the accuser and the accused. Initial complaints must be completed within 30 days from the date of the report; therefore all faculty and staff are required to cooperate fully, truthfully, and expediently with investigations.
In the event an allegation of sexual misconduct is made, VGCC shall:
- Inform the alleged victim of options and assistance which may be available to them;
- Maintain confidentiality to the fullest extent permitted by law;
- Thoroughly and impartially investigate the allegation;
- When reasonably necessary, provide interim remedy(ies) pending a final resolution;
- Provide all parties involved in the allegation a prompt and equitable determination of the merits of the claim;
- Decide whether the allegations are more likely than not to have occurred (preponderance of the evidence standard); and,
- If it is more likely than not that the allegations occurred, resolve the allegations in a manner designed to end the discrimination, prevent its reoccurrence, remedy the effects upon the victim and the community, and impose reasonable sanctions on any party found to have engaged in behavior prohibited by this policy.
Policy Statements and Overview of Procedures– VGCC is committed to maintaining and strengthening an environment founded on civility and respect. The College is committed to providing programs, activities, and an educational environment free from sex discrimination. To that end, the College prohibits Sexual Misconduct, as that term is defined below. The College also is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of all types of Sexual Misconduct and timely and fair resolution of Sexual Misconduct allegations. The College has appointed at least one Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for the establishment and education of the grievance procedures for the handling of allegations of sexual misconduct.
This Policy applies to any allegation of sexual misconduct made by or against a student or an employee of the College or a third party, regardless of where the alleged sexual misconduct occurred, if the conduct giving rise to the Complaint is related to the College’s academic, educational, or extracurricular programs or activities. The College’s disciplinary authority, however, may not extend to third parties who are not students or employees of the College.
For more information about the VGCC Sexual Misconduct Policy, including a list of definitions, visit the VGCC website at
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SPEAKERS ON CAMPUS
When speakers are invited to campus under established procedures, they should be allowed to speak. Respect for the democratic principles of open discussions and the right to hold and present differing opinions carries with it the obligation to allow speakers to speak and to permit audiences to listen. Individuals or groups wishing to publicly assemble should submit a written, signed request to the Vice President of Learning, Student Engagement & Success at least two weeks prior to the desired date.
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TOBACCO-FREE POLICY – VGCC BOARD POLICY
Vance-Granville Community College is committed to providing its students and employees a safe and healthy campus environment. The College recognizes that the use of tobacco products can be detrimental to the health of students, employees, and visitors, and recognizes that it has an obligation to promote a healthy learning and work environment free from unwanted smoke and by-products of tobacco use. Thus, all College campus properties, grounds, and vehicles are tobacco free. Students who repeatedly violate the policy shall be referred to the Dean of Students, Equity, Retention & Success for action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code. College employees who repeatedly violate the policy shall be referred to their supervisor for appropriate action in accordance with personnel policies. Visitors unwilling to comply with the policy may be asked to leave the property and/or a college sponsored event.
Definitions used in this policy are as follows:
For the purpose of this policy, “tobacco products” are defined as any type of tobacco product including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, blunts, pipes, bidis, hookahs, smokeless or spit tobacco or snuff, or any products resembling or suggesting tobacco use including, but not limited to, electronic cigarettes and vapor pipes.
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Use of tobacco products while on campus is a violation of campus rules and is subject to sanctions used to enforce the Student Code of Conduct. Beginning October 17, 2011 the College instituted a citation program to address smoking and tobacco use on campus. The following steps will be used to assist in campus-wide enforcement:
- First Violation– warning citation issued to student;
- Second Violation– required conference with the Dean of Students, Equity, Retention & Success or Campus Dean;
- Third Violation– five day suspension***
Any subsequent violation will result in suspension for the remainder of the current term.
***Occupational Extension student suspensions may vary depending upon the length of the class in which the student is enrolled.
Security may issue a citation directly to a student who has violated the tobacco-free policy. Faculty and staff may approach the student to ask their name, submit the student’s name to the Dean of Students, Equity, Retention & Success if already known or request that security approach the student. In order to be enforced, reports must include the name of the faculty or staff reporting the violation. Records of violations will be cumulative throughout a student’s enrollment at the College.