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Campus Security Report 2013

Statement of Intent

Stanly Community College (SCC) recognizes the importance of a person’s right to know about the matters that could impact their safety while at the College. The College further recognizes the necessity of providing information about campus crime and security to current and prospective students as well as current and prospective employees of the College. This report is available on our website at http://www.stanly.edu/.

SCC is committed to maintaining a safe, healthy, and positive work and learning environment. The following procedures and statements have been adopted by the College in compliance with federal and state mandates and in a good faith effort to ensure the health and safety of all members of the campus community.

Since SCC is a public institution, all behavior which is prohibited by federal, state, and local laws is prohibited on the campus or off the campus during an institutional activity, function, or event and will be referred to the proper authorities for action. Students and employees may be suspended for disposition of court action for any violation of a criminal law committed on campus or off campus at an institutionally sponsored function. Additionally, students may be removed from classes and employees removed from duty pending action of charges during an investigation or appeal for reasons relating to his/her physical or emotional safety and well-being of other students, faculty, employees, or college property. Behavior that disrupts the normal environment for instruction and campus life will not be tolerated.

The reputation of the College rests upon the shoulders of students, as well as, the administration, staff, and faculty, and it is hoped that each member of the college community will maintain high standards of citizenship. The campus and College will not be a place of refuge or sanctuary for illegal or irresponsible behavior. Students and employees, as all citizens, are subject to civil authority on and off the campus.

Access to Campus Facilities

The college campus is closed from 10:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Additionally, the college campus is closed from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 7:00 a.m. Monday and on holidays. Students are not permitted to use classrooms and laboratories after scheduled class hours unless supervised by the appropriate faculty/staff members.

College Policy on Campus Crime

In accordance with the Student Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act of 1990, the Clery Act of 1998, and the Higher Education Act of 2008, SCC has zero tolerance toward violence on campus, including sexual assault, aggravated assault, physical confrontations of any kind, verbal threats of intent to cause harm, harassment designed to intimidate another, hate crimes, robbery, burglary, and property crimes such as destruction, theft, employees, or that precipitated by visitors to campus.

A Campus Crime Statistics Report shall be generated from data for the most recent calendar year, as well as the two preceding years. The following criminal offenses are to be reported: criminal homicide, murder, negligent and non-negligent manslaughter; sex offenses, forcible (rape, sodomy, fondling, and sexual assault with an object) and non-forcible (incest and statutory rape); robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; motor vehicle theft; arson; arrest or persons referred for campus disciplinary actions for liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons violations; and hate crimes. Commission of all crimes previously listed as well as larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction, damage, or vandalism of property, and of other crimes involving bodily injury to any person that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the perpetrator’s bias of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, or disability. This report is updated annually and reported to the U.S. Department of Education, in accordance with the law, in October of each year.

In accordance with The Clery Act and SCC policy, postings will be made to all persons at SCC with directions to the Annual Crime Report, Statistics, and the required crime log.

Campus Law Enforcement Authority

The College strives to provide an educational and working environment that is safe of everyone, through its reliance on existing policies, emergency procedures, internal vigilance, local and county law enforcement agencies, and the 911 system.

SCC utilizes a proactive approach to law and order through our Director of Security, Ted Smith and the sworn officers that he assigns to security coverage. These officers are empowered to protect the college community by enforcing laws and college rules and regulations. Albemarle Police officers are contracted to provide coverage for campus security and during special events. In situations where an officer is not on campus and law enforcement authority is required, 911 will be contacted.

Off-duty, sworn Locust police officers are contracted on a part-time basis to patrol the Crutchfield Education Center in Locust. These officers are empowered to protect the college community by enforcing laws and college rules and regulations. The Director of Security works with the Locust officers to insure that quality security is provided for the Crutchfield Education Center as well. In situations where an officer is not on campus and law enforcement authority is required, 911 will be contacted.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Stanly Community College maintains the SCC Critical Incident Plan for instances of fire, weather disturbances, and violence. Evacuation routes and safe areas are posted around the campus.

The campus community is to be immediately notified upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, employees, and visitors on or off campus, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.

When a determination has been made confirming a significant emergency or dangerous situation, the College President or his/her designee will inform the campus community by immediately placing a message on the public address system, phone tree, campus-wide email, and/or have an announcement posted on the campus website (http://www.stanly.edu/). The announcement may include, but is not limited to, the following information: type of situation, location of occurrence, and any available information. The decision to issue an emergency response or dangerous situation announcement shall be decided on a case-by-case basis considering all available facts surrounding the campus community, whether the situation is considered a serious or continuing threat to students or employees and the possible risk of compromising local emergency management efforts.

Emergency Call Telephones

Stanly Community College is equipped with “Code Blue” non-dial outdoor emergency telephones located in two parking lots on campus. These phones are easily identified by their columns topped with blue lights. When the red button is pushed, the caller is in immediate contact with Stanly County 911. These phones are for emergency use only.

Reporting Criminal Actions

On-Campus. Emergency Situations should be reported by calling 911. During the hours of operation (Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), individuals may voluntarily report a crime/emergency by notifying the switchboard operator who will contact campus law enforcement or contact campus law enforcement by calling 704-991-0118; ext. 118 or 704-991-0300; ext. 300.

Off-Campus. Individuals in classes or college sponsored activities located off-campus should call 911.

Investigation

All reasonable efforts shall be made to maintaining confidentiality. Upon receiving a report, an investigation into an incident will begin. In consultation with the President, Executive Leadership Team, and law enforcement, it will be determined if a campus and /or community alert should be issued in the interest of public safety.

The College shall take whatever legal steps necessary in the investigation to resolve the issue and reach restitution. Employees involved in campus violence shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Students who participate in campus violence shall be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion. Visitors who engage in disruptive activities or crime shall be removed from the scene and may be denied admission, readmission, or entry onto college property. Any person found guilty of criminal acts shall be prosecuted.

Incident/Crime Log

Stanly Community College maintains a Daily Crime Log that records all crimes and other serious incidents. The Daily Crime Log is available for public inspection in the office of the campus Director of Security. The Daily Crime Log includes the nature, date, and general location of each crime reported, as well as the disposition of the complaint, if this information is known at the time the log is created. Campus law enforcement posts specific incidents after receiving the incident report and reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances.

Security Maintenance of Campus Facilities

Stanly Community College maintains a strong commitment to campus safety and security. Exterior lighting and landscape control is a critical part of that commitment. SCC’s maintenance department and campus law enforcement make checks of lighting on campus. If lights are discovered to be out or dim, the problem is acted on by the maintenance department. Community members are encouraged to report any deficiency in lighting to any college official.

SCC’s maintenance department and campus law enforcement work together to identify inoperative locking mechanisms. Employees are encouraged to promptly report any locking mechanism deficiency to a representative of the maintenance department or campus law enforcement.

Maintenance staff is available to respond to calls for service regarding unsafe facility conditions or those raising concerns for personal safety and property protection. These conditions also may include unsafe steps or handrails, unsafe roadways on campus, and unsecured equipment.

Prevention and Awareness Activities

  • Participation in assistance programs with the local mental health center
  • Referrals to local agencies such as hospitals, social services, and self-help groups.
  • Counseling through Student Services
  • Literature available in Career Center on various health and safety issues including alcohol prevention, drug abuse, and sexual offense.

Crime Statistics

In accordance with the Student Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act of 1990, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the College is required to provide information about serious crimes on campus, as defined by the acts, which have occurred during the last three (3) years. Additionally, a log of minor infractions or incidents is maintained on file in the office of campus law enforcement. This Crime Statistics Report is updated annually and reported to the U.S. Department of Education, in accordance with the law, in October of each year. 

Information can be found at http://ope.ed.gov/security/GetOneInstitutionData.aspx. The SCC Annual Crime Report is at a direct link on the Campus Security area of our website.

2013 Crime for SCC

In 2013, Stanly Community College had a total of 105 calls for Emergency Service response. The calls for 2013 are defined as follows: motor vehicle accidents and license checks, EMT response for minor health issues, investigation of suspicious vehicles on campus, larceny, misdemeanor drug possession, warrant service for crime, disturbance, weapons on campus, and 911 emergency telephone calls that included the hanging up of the phone after accidental dialing. The College did not experience any major crimes during 2013. SCC did not have any Clery Act reportable crimes in 2013. The weapons violation was an incident that a student inadvertently brought a weapon onto campus. The disturbances are limited to minor arguments between students. In 2013, our calls for service at SCC dropped from 175 calls to 105. Our office will continue proactive efforts to reduce our calls and promote safety and security at SCC.

Timely Warning Policy

The Stanly Community College President or his/her designee is responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the switchboard operator or campus law enforcement. In the event that a situation arises that requires issuance of a warning, the proper timely warning procedure should be followed. These warnings are provided in order to keep the campus community informed about safety and security matters on an ongoing basis and in an effort to prevent similar crimes from occurring.

The decision to issue a timely warning shall be decided on a case-by-case basis in compliance with the act and considering all available facts surrounding the campus community, whether the crime is considered a serious or continuing threat to students or employees, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. The campus community is to be immediately notified upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, employees, and visitors on or off campus, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain an emergency. Timely warnings are usually issued for the following classifications:

  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Criminal homicide
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Sex offenses
  • Any other crimes as deemed necessary

Procedure

When a determination has been made that a timely warning should be issued, the College President or his/her designee will inform the campus community by immediately using the public address system, phone tree, campus wide e-mail, and/or have an announcement posted on the campus website (http://www.stanly.edu). The warning may include, but is not limited to, the following information: type of crime, location of occurrence, and available suspect information. The Emergency Broadcast System will be utilized as the first line of announcement during an emergency.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The abuse and use of drugs and alcohol are subjects of immediate concern in our society. These problems are extremely complex and ones for which there are no easy solutions. From a safety perspective, the users of drugs may impair the wellbeing of all employees, students, and the public at large; drug and alcohol use may also result in damage to college property. Therefore, it is the policy of this College that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol is prohibited on college premises or as part of any college-sponsored activities. Any faculty, staff, or student violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion and referral for prosecution. The specifics of this policy are as follows:

  1. Stanly Community College does not differentiate between drug users, drug pushers, or sellers. Any faculty, staff, or student, who possesses, uses, sells, gives, or in any way transfers a controlled substance to another person on college premises or as part of any college-sponsored activity will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion and referral for prosecution.
  2. The term “controlled substance”: means any drug listed in 21 CFR Part 1308 and other federal regulations, as well as those listed in Article V, Chapter 90, of the North Carolina General Statues. Generally, these are drugs which have a high potential for abuse. Such drugs include, but are not limited to, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and “crack”. They also include “legal drugs” which are not prescribed by a licensed physician.
  3. If any faculty, staff, or student is convicted for violating any criminal drug statue while on college premises or as part of any college-sponsored activity, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion. Alternatively, the College may require the student to successfully finish a drug abuse program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a pre-condition for continued enrollment at the College.
  4. Each faculty, staff, or student is required to inform the College in writing within five days after he or she is convicted for violation of any federal, state, or local criminal drug statute where such violation occurred on college premises or as part of any college-sponsored activity. A conviction means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or the imposition of a sentence by a judge or jury in any federal or state court.
  5. Convictions of faculty, staff, or student for violating drug laws in the workplace, on college premises, or as part of any college-sponsored activity shall be reported to the appropriate federal agency. SCC’s Vice President for Fiscal Services must notify the U. S. government agency with which the grant was made within ten working days after receiving notice of a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace. The College shall take appropriate disciplinary action within thirty days from receipt of notice. As a condition of further employment on any federal government grant, the law requires all employees to abide by this policy.
  6. Any faculty, staff, or student who unlawfully possesses, uses, sells, or transfers alcoholic beverages to another person while on college premises or as part of any college-sponsored activity will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion and referral for prosecution.
  7. If a faculty, staff, or student is convicted of violating any alcoholic beverage control statute while on college premises or as a part of any college-sponsored activity, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion. Alternatively, the College may require the student to successfully finish an alcoholic rehabilitation program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a pre-condition for continued enrollment at the College.
  8. The term “alcoholic beverage”: includes beer, wine, whiskey, and any other beverage listed in Chapter 18B of the General Statutes of North Carolina. 9. Each faculty, staff, or student is required to inform the College in writing within five days after he or she is convicted of any alcoholic beverage control statute where such violation occurred while on college premises or as part of any college-sponsored activity.
  9. As a condition of further employment or continued enrollment, the law requires all employees and students to abide by this policy. Sanctions will be based upon severity and frequency of violations and consistent with college policies.
  • Termination
  • Probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Denial of participation in college activities
  • Denial of opportunity to represent the College
  • Denial of permission to drive or park on campus
  • Successful completion of a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program
  • Refer for prosecution

Sexual Offense/Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the College that sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated at the institution. All students found in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the College. All college employees found in violation of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Stanly Community College Due Process Policy.

In an effort to prevent sexual harassment from occurring at the institution, it is the policy of the College to encourage the reporting of any incidents of sexual harassment and to provide a just procedure for the presentation, consideration, and disposition of sexual harassment grievances. The College further prohibits internal interference, coercion, restraint, or reprisal against any student or employee who files a grievance concerning an occurrence of alleged sexual harassment.

I. Policy

In keeping with efforts to maintain an environment in which the dignity and worth of all members of the institutional community are respected, it is the policy of Stanly Community College that sexual harassment of employees and students (employee by another employee, student by an employee, employee by a student, or student by another student) is unacceptable conduct, will not be tolerated, and may result in employment termination or suspension or expulsion from the College. Sexual harassment may involve the behavior of a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex when the behavior falls within the definition outlined below.

II. Definition

Sexual harassment at Stanly Community College is defined as any deliberate, unsolicited, and unwelcomed sexual advances, requests, for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, when:

  1. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s employment, or
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual, or
  3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, or
  4. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of a student’s grade, is used as the basis for academic or disciplinary decisions affecting that student, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic environment.

III. Complaint Procedures

Students, without any fear of reprisal, have the right and responsibility to bring any form of sexual harassment to the attention of the Assistant Dean of Students so that a confidential investigation may be begun into the circumstances of the incident and the alleged harassment. If a student is uncomfortable with reporting such harassment to the Assistant Dean of Students, he or she should talk to the Dean of Instruction.

Employees, without any fear of reprisal, have the right and responsibility to bring any form of sexual harassment to the attention of his or her supervisor or department head so that a confidential investigation may be immediately begun into the circumstances of the incident and the allegations of an employee who believes that he or she is, or has been, the object of sexual harassment. Any supervisor, department head, or other college administrator who receives a report from an employee alleging sexual harassment will handle the matter immediately. If an employee is uncomfortable reporting such harassment to the supervisor, he or she should report directly to Human Resources or to the President.

IV. Investigation

When an allegation is made a prompt investigation will be conducted. The investigation will review all circumstances to determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment. This will include interviewing the complainant, the person whom the complaint is against, and any witnesses necessary to provide all the necessary information to make a determination of whether sexual harassment has occurred.

If the complaint is not resolved, the person complaining will be informed that he or she may go to a higher level administratively or file a written request for a hearing under the College Grievance Procedures.

Appropriate disciplinary actions for conduct determined to constitute sexual harassment will be implemented on a case-by-case basis. Disciplinary action may include dismissal. Normally, the President of the College will determine disciplinary action and make a report to the Board of Trustees, if appropriate. In cases involving the President, the Board Chairman will refer the matter to the Board of Trustees for action.

V. False Allegations

Failure to substantiate a complaint is not equivalent to a false allegation. However, a false allegation brought forth with malicious intent or without regard for truth will subject the complainant to disciplinary action.

VI. Administrative Implementation

The administration of the College will develop from time to time such regulations as necessary to implement the above policy.

In all cases, except those involving the President, the President of the College will receive a report of each complaint.

The intent is to assure that no decision will be made on the basis of a granting or denial of sexual favors. The policy adopted by the Board of Trustees sets out the posture of the College, the definition of sexual harassment, and the complaint procedure. It is the responsibility of all employees and students to be familiar with that policy.

When appropriate, explanations of the policy, its enforcement, and any changes of the policy will be made known to faculty, staff, and students. It will be reviewed with new employees as soon as practical after employment. All current part-time and full-time employees and all new part-time and full-time employees must sign a statement of understanding and support of the policy. Students will receive information concerning the policy in the Student Handbook.

(Adopted by Board of Trustees, January 23, 1999)

Weapons on Campus Policy
Weapons on Campus

(Excerpt from “Student Rights & Behavior”)

“The following rules of conduct prohibit certain types of student behavior…

Possession or use of a firearm, incendiary device or explosive except in connection with a college-approved activity. This is inclusive of any unauthorized use of any instrument designed to inflict serious bodily injury to any person. Restrictions on the possession of a firearm do not apply to on-duty law enforcement personnel.”

Student Rights and Behavior
Student Code of Conduct

Stanly Community College reserves the right to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students and staff. Therefore, when in the judgment of college officials, a student’s conduct disrupts or threatens to disrupt the college community, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The purpose of this code is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits.

The following rules of conduct prohibit certain types of student behavior:

  1. Academic Dishonesty – taking or acquiring possession of any academic material from a college employee or fellow student without permission; receiving or giving help during tests; submitting papers or reports as originals that are not the student’s own; plagiarism.
  2. Theft of, misuse of, or damage to college property or theft or damage to property of a member of the college community or a campus visitor; unauthorized entry into a college facility or unauthorized presence in a college facility after closing hours.
  3. Violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy, which in part reads: “Stanly Community College prohibits the unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensation of any controlled substance or alcohol while on campus, facilities leased by the College, or at college supported functions.” (This policy is distributed to all students during the registration process, may be obtained from the office of the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs, or may be viewed at the SCC website address: http://www.stanly.edu/).
  4. Lewd, indecent, or offensive conduct or clothing including public physical or verbal action or distribution of obscene or libelous written material is prohibited.
  5. Mental, physical, or verbal abuse of any person (employee or student) on campus or at campus sponsored functions.
  6. Any act, comment, or behavior which violates the college policy on sexual harassment.
  7. Possession or use of a firearm, incendiary device or explosive except in connection with a college-approved activity. This is inclusive of any unauthorized use of any instrument designed to inflict serious bodily injury to any person. Restriction so the possession of a firearm does not apply to on-duty law enforcement personnel.
  8. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records, or instruments, of identification with intent to deceive.
  9. Violation of a local, state, or federal criminal law on college premises.

The College President and Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs are authorized to suspend immediately any student who violates the rules of conduct. A student who has been suspended will receive a hearing with the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs within five days of suspension. After discussing the alleged infraction(s) with the student, the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs may act as follows:

  1. Drop the charges.
  2. Impose a sanction consistent with those shown under the section entitled “Sanctions”.
  3. Refer the student to a community agency for services.

NOTE: In instances where the student cannot be reached to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Dean of Students or where the student refuses to cooperate, the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs shall send a certified letter to the student’s last known address. The letter must provide the student with a list of charges, the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs decision, and instructions governing the Student Code of Conduct or grievous procedures.

Sanctions

  1. Reprimand: A written communication that gives official notice to the student that a subsequent offense against the Student Code of Conduct will carry heavier penalties because of this prior infraction.
  2. Restitution: Paying for damaging, mis-using, destroying, or losing property belonging to the College, college personnel, or students.
  3. Loss of Academic Credit or Grade: Imposed as a result of academic dishonesty.
  4. Interim Suspension: Exclusion from class or other privileges or activities as set forth in the notice until a final decision has been made concerning the alleged violation.
  5. Suspension: Exclusion from class(es), and/or all other privileges or activities for a specified period of time. Students who receive this sanction must get specific written permission from the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs before returning to class.
  6. Expulsion: Dismissing a student from campus for an indefinite period. The student loses his or her student status. The student may be readmitted to the College only with the approval of the President.

Appeals Procedure

A student who disagrees with the decision of the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs may appeal the decision to the President. This request must be submitted in writing to the Dean within three-working days after receipt of the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs decision. The President has the authority to:

  1. Hear from the student and the Dean before ruling on the appeal.
  2. Approve, modify, or overturn the decision of the Vice President.
  3. Inform the student in writing of the final decision within ten-working days of the receipt of the appeal. The President’s decision will be final.

Student Grievance Policy

Grievances of student will be handled by the Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs. The purpose of the student grievance procedure is to produce a system to channel student complaints against faculty and staff concerning the following:

  1. Alleged discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, handicap, or other conditions, preferences or behavior, excluding sexual harassment complaints.
  2. Assistant Dean will replace the first step of the grievance procedure. The Assistant Dean will counsel with the student to determine the appropriate action that is required. If the grievance is not resolved after this meeting, then the remainder of the grievance policy will be followed.
  3. Academic matters, excluding individual grades, where students have a grievance.

Procedures

  1. The student must go to the offending employee, except in sexual harassment complaints, within ten school days. A conference with the employee will be held to resolve the matter informally at this level.
  2. If the informal conference does not resolve the matter, the student may contact the Assistant Dean of Students and file a written grievance. The Assistant Dean of Students will explain the grievance process to the student and provide him or her with a grievance form. The completed form must be returned to the Assistant Dean within five (5) class days after satisfying the first step. The Assistant Dean will refer the grievance to the immediate supervisor of the employee involved. The supervisor shall respond in writing to the student within five (5) class days of receipt of the grievance form.
  3. If the written statement of the supervisor does not satisfy the grievant, the Assistant Dean of Students, and the Vice President or Dean of the employee’s supervisor will hear the appeal. To enter this step, the student must submit a written request with five (5) class days after receiving the written response of the supervisor. The request shall include: (1) a copy of the original grievance form, (2) a copy of the supervisor’s response, and, (3) the reason why the supervisor’s response is unsatisfactory. The employee against whom the grievance was filed shall be given an opportunity to respond in writing to the Assistant Dean of Students. The administrators will hear the grievance, review all written information, and interview any persons necessary to render a written decision within five working days. Their decision will be forwarded to the grievant and other persons involved.
  4. The decision of the administrators may be appealed to the President by either party involved within five working days of the decision. The President shall review all information, interview all parties, and conduct any additional inquires that are deemed necessary to render a decision within five working days of the receipt of the appeal.
  5. The President’s decision may be appealed to the Board of Trustees by either party within five working days of the President’s decision. The Board of Trustees or a committee of the Board of Trustees shall review any information to date, conduct whatever additional inquiries are deemed necessary, and render a decision within twenty- working days of receipt of the appeal.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Students at Stanly Community College are considered to be mature adults who enter classes voluntarily. By entering classes, students take upon themselves certain responsibilities and obligations which include an honest attempt at academic performance and social behavior consistent with the lawful purpose of the College. Students maintain all legal rights of citizenship while enrolled and are expected to remember that they are living in a democratic situation. The reputation of the College rests upon the shoulders of students as well as on the administration, staff, and faculty; and it is hoped that each student will maintain high standards of citizenship. The campus and College will not be a place of refuge or sanctuary for illegal or irresponsible behavior. Students, as all citizens, are subject to civil authority on and off campus. Common courtesy and cooperation make the above suffice for a long list of rules and regulations.