Students are to conduct themselves as mature adults and to respect the rights, privileges, and personal property of others. Disorderly conduct, willful acts that might cause bodily injury to others, physical abuse, verbal abuse, or harassment of students, faculty, staff, or visitors to the campus are considered violations of the student conduct code. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, or other college functions is prohibited. Students are not to cause harm or destruction to college facilities or property nor are they to steal or otherwise make facilities or property inaccessible to others. Students may not cause damage to or steal private property either on the campus or during a college function off campus.
Violation of any of the above standards of conduct while on campus or while participating in a college-sponsored activity off campus may result in disciplinary actions including dismissal from the college. Students are expected to be aware of and abide by all rules and regulations of the college. Violation of any rules and regulations of the college may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal from the college.
In compliance with federal and state statutes, Wilkes Community College is committed to maintaining a work and study environment free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as deliberate, unsolicited, and unwelcome verbal and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature or with sexual implications. No official, employee or student shall exhibit coercion, restraint, or reprisal against anyone complaining of alleged sexual harassment and no personnel or academic decisions shall be made on the basis of the granting or denial of sexual favors. For a complete copy of the college's sexual harassment policy, contact the Student Services Office.
Employees who feel that they have been sexually harassed in violation of this policy may file a grievance with the director of human resources in accordance with the sexual harassment grievance procedures. Students are to follow the Student Grievance Process or contact the senior student services officer for a complete description of the process. Violation of this policy shall constitute possible disciplinary action up to and including dismissal of the involved party.
Crime Awareness and Campus Security
Wilkes Community College collects certain information concerning campus crime and security. This information is prepared, published, and distributed to all current students and employees, and to any applicant for enrollment or employment, upon request. For a copy of this information, contact the safety and security manager, HR office, Student Services or visit the college's website at http://www.wilkescc.edu/default2.aspx?id=50&terms=campus+safety.
Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
In compliance with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, individuals may request information on registered sex offenders at http://sbi.jus.state.nc.us/ DOJHAHT/SOR/ or by calling the Wilkes County Sheriff's Office at (336) 903-7639, the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office at (336) 372-4455, or the Ashe County Sheriff's Office at (336) 246-9746.
Information concerning the Student Right-To-Know completion, graduation, and transfer-out rates for Wilkes Community College is available to current and prospective students. Anyone interested in viewing this information may visit the college website at www.wilkescc.edu/consumerinformation. A paper copy of the information is available upon request from the Student Services Office.
Tobacco Free Campus
Wilkes Community College is a tobacco-free college. The use of tobacco products in campus buildings, facilities (including athletic facilities), vehicles, or on grounds and property owned or leased by Wilkes Community College is prohibited. The advertising, distribution, and sale of tobacco products on college property or through college media outlets are prohibited. The prohibition includes any electronic devices. Tobacco cessation information is made available to students and employees upon request. Ensuring compliance to the policy is the shared responsibility of all college employees.
Any student or college employee may provide, in a courteous manner, a verbal reminder to persons not in compliance with the policy. Students who repeatedly violate the policy shall be referred to the appropriate administrator 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.
For a complete copy of the tobacco free college policy and procedure, 7.15 and 7.15A, visit the college's website under WCC Information.
Children on Campus
While all visitors are welcome at Wilkes Community College, the college has rules concerning children on campus. For the safety of young visitors, children on campus must be supervised by an adult at all times. The college does not allow children in computer, science, industrial, medical and other labs, shops, or other environments that pose a safety hazard. A child may not accompany a student on a routine basis and may only attend a class if the instructor has granted permission prior to class. Instructors have the right to prohibit children from the classroom under any circumstance.
Use of Food and Drink
Food products and non-alcoholic drinks may be consumed in instructional areas under the direction of the instructor or college employee in charge. The instructor or employee in charge shall be responsible for the proper disposal of any and all residue of food and/or drink products. The college reserves the right to restrict the consumption of food and drinks in certain areas as deemed necessary.
Computer and Network Usage Policy
As an institution of higher education, Wilkes Community College encourages and supports an open environment to pursue scholarly inquiry and to share information. The college shall not limit adult users voluntary access to any information due to its content when it meets the standard of legality as long as this use is consistent with the goals of the academic programs. However, use of the computing and network resources is limited to authorized purposes, and any unlawful or malicious use of these resources are strictly prohibited. Use of the college's computer resources for political, religious, and other personal or non-college purposes is prohibited. For additional information concerning the appropriate use of computers and the college network, refer to the college policy titled Use of Internet and College Computer Network which is available in the Learning Resources Center. The college reserves the right to limit, restrict or deny computing resources and facilities for those who violate college policies, procedures, or local, state, or federal laws.
Responsibilities Related to Electronically Distributed Information
Students in curriculum classes at Wilkes Community College are responsible for all college related information distributed through the college's website, e-mail, and course management systems. Failure to utilize these resources to obtain such information does not relieve the student of his/her responsibility nor prevent the consequences that may result. This information includes syllabi, course content, notifications, warnings, announcements, etc., that are routinely transmitted to students. This information may be transmitted electronically rather than by the postal system. Students who cannot locate information or have a demonstrated hardship in accessing information electronically are responsible for identifying their needs to appropriate college personnel in the college's open computer lab.
Weapons and Explosive Devices
North Carolina General Statute 14-269.2 prohibits the possession on any Wilkes Community College property or at any Wilkes Community College activity, whether openly or concealed, any firearm, incendiary device, explosive, or any weapon, except in connection with a college-approved instructional activity. This also includes unauthorized use of any instrument capable of inflicting bodily injury to any person. For a copy of GS 14-269.2, please contact the Student Services Office.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession, and/or use of alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, and/or illegal substances is prohibited on college premises or as part of any of its activities. Equally, being under the influence or intoxicated on alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, and/or illegal substances is prohibited on college premises or as part of any of its activities. Exceptions to the alcohol possession and use provision may be made by the president in accordance with local, state, and federal laws in specific circumstances and designated areas. Violation of this policy may result in consequences such as but not limited to: a counseling assessment, required treatment, probation, dismissal, suspension or expulsion from the college.
It is the responsibility of each student to comply with all provisions of the Drug and Alcohol Policy, while participating in college sponsored events, athletics, student activities, and instructional activities. The scope of the policy includes all WCC campuses and centers, off-campus instructional sites, clinical sites, athletic fields, college sponsored transportation (including, but not limited to WCC vans and rented or charted buses) and any other property that is owned, leased, or controlled by WCC.
Students engaged in off-campus instructional or clinical activities (including internships, practicums, externships, and co-ops) may expect to be subjected to the additional drug and alcohol policies of those sites. Those policies may include provisions for drug and alcohol testing prior to and during placement at those sites. Those policies are enacted and enforced by the management of those specific facilities. Violations of a specific site's policy does not exclude consequences under WCC's drug and alcohol policy, as clinical placement for academic credit is considered a college-sponsored activity.
The illegal use of drugs and alcohol constitutes a serious crime under federal, state, and local laws. Convictions may result in imprisonment, fines and/or mandatory community service. Every student is entitled to procedural due process; these procedures are published and accessible to students in the general catalog of the college, published under the heading "Student Grievance Process."
The Wilkes Community College academic integrity policy sets forth the standards of academic honesty and integrity for students in any of the college's academic offerings. Violations of the academic integrity policy include: cheating; fabrication or falsification of information; plagiarism; signature forgery; intentionally destroying, stealing or making inaccessible library/resource material or equipment; and knowingly helping another to commit one of the above acts. Penalties for these offenses vary according to the severity of the action and include: a formal warning; reduced grade for the assignment or course; dismissal from the course with a failing grade; disciplinary suspension from the college; and civil prosecution, if appropriate. Students suspecting that a violation of the academic integrity policy has occurred should contact a member of the faculty or administration.
For a complete copy of the policy on academic integrity, contact the Student Services Office.
Student Grievance Process
The purpose of the Student Grievance Process is to determine equitable solutions to problems that might arise and to deal with these problems in a fair and just manner. This process is open to students and/or employees seeking a resolution for what is perceived to be unfair treatment in student-student or student-faculty/staff interaction.
The grievance process must be initiated within five school days after the aggrieved party becomes aware of the situation. For academic issues with curriculum courses, students are asked to attempt to resolve the matter by first talking with the faculty member involved, then the division dean, and lastly the senior academic officer. For academic issues for continuing education courses, students are asked to attempt to resolve the matter by first talking with the instructor involved, then the senior continuing education officer. For all other issues, students are asked to attempt to resolve the situation with the other party involved and if unsuccessful, contact the dean of student services and lastly the senior student services official.
For a complete description of the grievance process, please contact the Student Services Office.
Adverse Weather, Emergency Closings and Delayed Openings
The decision to close the college during inclement weather or other emergencies is the responsibility of the president or his designated representative. The college shall make every effort to reschedule curriculum or continuing education classes missed or to establish alternate arrangements to make-up classes. Decisions regarding college closings will be made on a day-to-day basis. The decision to close the Ashe Campus and/or Alleghany Center will be made independent of the termination of operations in Wilkes County. When the decision is made to close the college, it will be announced through the news media and the college web site as early as possible.
During adverse weather of uncertain duration, the college may announce a delayed opening. If conditions improve and the college is able to open safely, students should report to the class that would normally be in session at that time.
Wilkes Community College is an equal opportunity institution, in compliance and agreement with the provisions set forth in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. No person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, gender, age or disability.
Applicants, students and employees of Wilkes Community College who have inquiries or complaints should contact Tracy McEntire, Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Officer in the Human Resources Office, located in Thompson Hall, or by phone at 336-838-6422.
Commercial solicitation and canvassing are not permitted on campus. Students and employees are encouraged to report unauthorized solicitation activity to campus security or the Student Services Office. Vendors wishing to advertise their products or services must obtain permission to do so from the Student Services Office.