Disaster Response Rule

Approved By Date
Executive Leadership Team 01-14-2022
ICORE 01-12-2022

In the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event, Stanly Community College (SCC) will utilize its Business Continuity Plans to continue offering services and instruction to all students to the extent reasonable under the circumstances.

In the event that instruction and services cannot be offered to students for an extended period of time, SCC will utilize Incomplete (I) grades for students and will resume instruction as soon as circumstances allow and provide at least the equivalent number of instructional hours to those lost by the natural disaster or catastrophic event.

The State Board of Community Colleges Code, 1E SBCCC Code 900.1, prohibits the college from refunding curriculum tuition using State funds except under specific circumstances.  In the event that instruction cannot resume within a reasonable timeframe, tuition and fees will be refunded to students for courses that could not be completed due to the natural disaster or catastrophic event when such authority is granted to the College by the NC Community College System (NCCCS), the State Board of Community Colleges (SBCC), the General Assembly, or the Governor of NC.  Refunds for tuition and fees will be provided in accordance with the specific regulations accompanying the approval of authority.  Individual refunds can be requested through SCC’s Business Office.

The North Carolina Community College System consists of 58 community colleges across the state.  All curriculum courses taught within a program of study at Stanly Community College are transferable to any other community colleges within the system that offers the same program.  In the event that instruction and services are permanently disrupted, SCC staff will work with affected students to identify institutions offering comparable programs where students can complete their programs of study and will provide support to the students to help with the transfer process.

In the event that SCC must permanently close, Stanly Community College will follow all SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation requirement for closure.  SCC will also comply with 1B SBCC Code 200.99 and help students identify equivalent programs and provide assistance in transferring to other community colleges.  Per 1B SBCCC 200.99, a student who is displaced due to a community college closing may transfer to any other community college which offers the student’s program without loss of credits or quality points.  Community colleges shall give priority admission and placement to transfer students who have been displaced due to a community college closing.

Per 1B SBCCC 200.99, before closing, the college shall file a copy of all student permanent academic and financial aid records with the NC Department of Cultural Resources in accordance with the records retention process.


Ref. 1B SBCCC 200.99 Community College Closure

Ref. 1E SBCCC 900.1 Curriculum Tuition Refunds