The Student Handbook, issued by the Office of Student Services, is published as the college’s notification of regulations that affect student life. While every effort is made to provide current and accurate information, these regulations are subject to change at any time by Cleveland State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Academic Honor Society
Cleveland State Community College has an active chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of Two-Year Colleges. The society seeks to promote scholarship, develop leadership and service and cultivate fellowship on campus and in the community. Membership in the Cleveland State Community College Chapter, Omega Omicron, is by invitation to students on the basis of academic achievement.
Adult Student Services
The Coordinator of Adult Services, located in room 118 of the Student Center Building, provides a variety of services for adult students. For example, students can get help with navigating the intake process (admissions and financial aid information), finding campus resources (scholarships, reconnect information, tutoring information, etc.), and connecting with other students (Adult Student Organization, welcome activities, and newsletters). Additionally, the Coordinator of Adult Services is the primary contact for all students who have been approved by the Tennessee Career Centers for WIOA/TAA training/educational assistance.
All degree- and certificate-seeking students are required to speak with their advisors prior to registering for classes. Advisors will provide a personal identification number unique to each student each semester after advisement. New first time college students will work with their Success Coach Advisor to complete admissions and financial aid requirements, and for advising and registration. Academic Deans and/or advisors in the Summer Advising Center also provide assistance to transfer and readmit students. The Coordinator of Advising Services is housed in Academic Affairs and assists the college with advisor training, evaluation of advising services and transfer articulation. Currently attending students are assigned an advisor from their chosen area of study. Students can find the name of their assigned advisor in the “My Account” tab in Cougar Net or in Degree Works. Students who are undecided majors or classified as “non-degree” are encouraged to contact the dean of their area of academic interest.
Cleveland State Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association and maintains a strong program of intercollegiate sports. Recognition has included state and regional championships and national rankings. Team sports of Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Softball are available. NJCAA player eligibility standards apply.
Students have the opportunity to benefit from a variety of activities and programs devoted to healthful living through the CSCC Fitness Center. Hours for the Fitness Center are posted at the beginning of each semester. There are both cardiovascular and weight training equipment available. Basketballs and tennis equipment are also available for checkout. The Fitness Center is available free to all students, faculty and staff. For more information about the CSCC Fitness Center, contact the Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation.
An ATM machine is located in the George L. Mathis Student Center just outside the Enrollment Services Office.
The Bookstore, located in the George L. Mathis Student Center, is open during the fall and spring semesters from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Special summer hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Fridays. They are open for extended hours during the first weeks of classes each semester. In addition to renting and selling textbooks and stocking reference materials and supplies for your courses, the Bookstore offers e-books, graduation supplies, CSCC gifts and apparel as well as year around buyback of your textbooks. Visit the Bookstore online at www.csccshop.com, by phone at 423-478-6234 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Identification Cards
All students are required to have an ID Card. IDs are made at the information desk and at the Athens Center. The ID card is required to utilize the services of the library, labs, fitness center and bookstore. It also allows students to attend all college-sponsored student activities and athletic events at no charge. While on campus, students/employees are expected to have ID card on their persons. There is a $5 replacement fee for additional cards.
Students must present proper government-issued photo identification before a student ID card may be issued.
Campus tours are available to anyone interested in attending Cleveland State. Tours include a general information session with a college counselor and a tour of the campus conducted by a student tour guide. When scheduled in advance, tours can also include an advisement session with a counselor or faculty member in the student’s field of study, as well as appointments with various departments on campus, such as admissions or financial aid. To schedule a campus tour you may visit our website at www.clevelandstatecc.edu and click on “Tour CSCC” link or by calling (423) 473-2366 or (800) 604-2722, Ext. 366.
The Coordinator of Career Services, located in room 118 of the Student Center Building, can assist students with deciding on a major and assist students and graduates with finding part-time or full-time employment opportunities. Students can meet with a career counselor, take a variety of career assessments, and explore occupational information. Additionally, students can receive help with writing a resume, preparing for an interview, and connecting with local employers.
Clubs and Organizations
Campus organizations provide opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership experience through recreational activities, educational programs, and service projects. Interested students may identify with one or more organizations that meet their special interests. A current list of organizations, information concerning organizations, and instructions on the formation of new groups are available in the Student Activities Office located in the Student Center room U-110D. A list of currently registered student organizations is maintained in the office of the Vice President for Student Services.
In addition to its main campus in Cleveland, Cleveland State provides additional locations to serve students in the northern counties of our service area: the Athens Center in McMinn County and the Monroe County Center in Vonore. Both of these locations offer students the opportunity to work toward a college degree or certificate with the added convenience and financial savings of being closer to home or work.
At the Athens Center, students may complete in full over 22 degree or certificate programs or make progress to any other degrees offered by the college by taking general education courses. Some of the programs that can be fully completed at this location are Accounting, Agribusiness, Allied Health, Business Administration, Education, EMT - Basic and Advanced EMT, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Administrative Professional Technology and the Business A.A.S. ADVANCE program for working adults. A number of student organizations meet at the Athens Center, and a wide array of student events and activities are held annually as additional student engagement opportunities. The Athens Center is a lively and welcoming place to learn.
At the Monroe County Center, degree and certificate programs focus on the specific workforce interests and needs of the local community. Current programs include Mechatronics, Electrical Maintenance and Welding. New Programs may be added in response to demand. To meet the needs and demands of surrounding business and industry, the Monroe Center also offers customized training as well as open enrollment non-credit training. Contact the friendly staff at the Monroe County Center for more information about what may be available for you.
In addition, students may conduct much of their college business at these sites. Support services offered at the Athens and Monroe Centers include assistance with the online application, ID cards, career counseling, orientation, advising, registration, financial aid and scholarship counseling, cooperative education, tuition and fee payment, library services including research and information support, and testing services. Library books and resources are delivered for student pickup at both centers. Bookstore purchases including textbooks purchases and rentals can be completed online, and then delivered to the off-campus center for student pickup.
The Athens Center can be contacted by calling (423) 745-8486. The Monroe County Center may be reached at (423) 884-2338.
The cooperative education program integrates classroom theory with practical work experience. This program provides students with the opportunity to bridge their academic preparation with on-the-job work experiences. Classes are available to help students develop job search strategies, work ethic, and soft skills (CPED 1011 and 1012 ). Courses with job shadowing opportunities are also offered (CPED 1100 ). Students also have the opportunity to develop and to increase expertise and skills in their career field through a major-related work or volunteer placement (CPED 1010 , 1020 , 2010 , 2020 , 2100 and 2200 ).
For information about these courses or for help identifying a co-op placement, call (423) 614-8718 or (800) 604-2722, ext. 718, or stop by the Cooperative Education Office. Email inquiries can be sent to email@example.com. Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be obtained from the college’s website.
The Counseling & Career Services Center, located in room 118 of the Student Center Building, serves as a place where students experiencing personal difficulties can speak with a counselor and be referred to appropriate local community agencies. Counselors provide personal development programs (i.e. Sexual Assault Awareness) and mental health awareness programs, but do not provide professional counseling/therapy sessions.
Counseling & Career Services Center
The Counseling & Career Services Center, located in room 118 of the Student Center Building, provides a variety of programs and services that promote career preparation, personal development, and academic success. Our counselors and staff members strive to engage, serve, and support students, community members, and college employees to ensure success. Services include: Adult Student Services, Career Services, Counseling, Disability Services, Hispanic/Latino Services, Testing Services, and Veterans Services. Stop by or call (423) 478-6217 to make an appointment.
The Coordinator of Disability Support Services, located in room 118 of the Student Center Building, provides appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act. If a student believes they have a mental, physical, or learning disability that would impact academic achievement, please contact our office for documentation requirements and assistance. Students are encouraged to make early contact prior to the beginning of their first semester so that documentation and accommodations will be in place at the beginning of the start of classes. Students who need support services or accommodations for entrance testing should contact this office prior to enrollment.
The Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to take college courses for which they receive both college and high school credit simultaneously. Courses are offered on the high school campuses, Cleveland State campuses, and online. All courses are taught by credentialed Cleveland State instructors.
A prospective Dual Enrollment student must:
- be a high school student
- complete the Dual Enrollment admissions process
- have parent, counselor, and principal permission
- student must meet satisfactory test scores for the subject area they are interested in taking.
The Enrollment Services Center (ESC), located in Room 117 of the Student Center, houses Admissions, Dual Enrollment, Early College, Records, Recruitment and Financial Aid Offices. The ESC is usually the first contact students have with the college and is dedicated to serving students on the journey to pursue their educational goals.
The Cougar Cafe, located in the George L. Mathis Student Center, is open during the fall and spring semesters Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. They serve a full breakfast and lunch menu. In addition to providing food services, they manage all campus vending and catering services. Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cafe telephone number for cafe food orders: (423) 478-6221 and Cafe Office telephone number for on campus catering orders: (423) 716-2343.
External solicitation for funds to support any program or activity related to Cleveland State Community College must be coordinated through the Director of Institutional Advancement and comply with Cleveland State Community College Policy No. 3:02:02:02. Such requests must be made at least 30 days prior to the projected fund raising activity and must be approved by the President of the College.
All internal solicitation for funds on campus or fundraising activities must be approved by the Vice President for Student Services and comply with all requirements of Paragraph III of Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 3:02:02:00.
Cleveland State Community College Form, “Request for Fundraising Activity,” must be utilized for all fundraising requests. These forms are available on-line under “Current Students” - “Campus Life” - “Clubs & Organizations” or stop by the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
Grade Point Averages - Minimum Requirement
(See Academic Information for additional information on grading and quality point average calculation.)
Minimum Grades Required to Remain in Good Standing
See Academic Probation and Retention Standards in the Academic Information section of this catalog
||Nursing Program Admission
||Nursing Program Progression (Nursing Courses)
||Medical Assisting Admission/Progression
||Early Admission (High School Senior)
||3.2 and ACT of 22
||Graduation (Degree or Certificate)
||Graduation Highest Honors
||3.8 - 4.0
||Graduation High Honors
||3.6 - 3.79
||3.3 - 3.59
||3.5 - 3.99
||3.0 - 3.49
Scholarships and Financial Aid
||Current student maintaining a 2.5 GPA
Minimum 2.5 high school GPA
Minimum of 19 composite on the ACT
Minimum of 500 on the HSE
||Institutional Academic Scholarships
||Various high school GPA, ACT score requirements and award amounts
Must be a full-time student
Must maintain a minimum GPA at CSCC (Minimum GPA required varies by scholarship)
||Federal Financial Aid
||Minimum Required (PELL, FWS, Direct Loans, etc.)
|| 0 - 14.0 Hrs. Attempted
|| 14.1 - 26.0 Hrs. Attempted
|| 26.1 - 40 Hrs. Attempted
|| 40.1 - 48 Hrs. Attempted
|| 48.1 - Above Hrs. Attempted
||Student Senate Officers
||Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
The Hispanic/Latino Student Support Specialist, located in room 118 of the Student Center Building, is available to counsel and advise students experiencing transitional issues or other concerns that present barriers to student success. Communication in the form of emails and newsletters are sent regularly, activities such as Hispanic Heritage Day are provided each year, and outreach to high school students and community groups are provided frequently.
El especialista del Programa de Ayuda y Servicios para los estudiantes Hispanos/Latinos, ubicado en la oficina 118 del Edificio George L. Mathis Student Center, está disponible para asesorar y ayudar a los estudiantes que experimentan problemas de tansición u otras inquietudes que puedan presenter barreras para el éxito estudiantil. Regularmente hay comunicación vía correo electrónico con bolentines informativos, se desarrollan actividades tales como el Día de la Herencia Hispana que se realizan cado año y se brindan servicios al alcance de estudiantes de secundaria (bachillerato) y a grupos comunitarios con frecuencia.
Hours For Student Services
To serve our students, the following offices are open on a regular basis Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm* during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
- Admissions and High School Relations
- Counseling & Career Services Center
- Financial Aid
- Registrar’s Office
- Student Activities
- Student Success Center
- Testing Center (Schedule tests online)
- Vice President for Student Services
*Note: Extended hours during peak enrollment times and by appointment.
Illegal Drug Policy
Cleveland State Community College prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. College policy 1:13:00:00 details the college provisions under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. As described in this policy, the college has a program, which addresses standards of conduct concerning drugs and alcohol, legal sanctions, health risks, available counseling and treatment programs and disciplinary sanctions that the institution will impose on students and employees. Students and employees are expected to be familiar with and comply with CSCC policy 1:13:00:00.
Pursuant to Tennessee legislation (HB 4088), parents of a student under 21 will be notified if the student “has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance that is in violation of any federal, state or local law, or of any rule or policy of the institution, except as prohibited by (FERPA).” Notification will occur when 1) a plea of guilty to the applicable code of conduct violation or 2) a final finding of guilt pursuant to disciplinary procedures, including completion of an appeal.
- Resources - books, e-books, journals, databases of full-text journal and digital files, course media, government documents, microforms, internet access and computer labs.
- Services - personalized assistance with locating resources, information literacy instruction, and interlibrary loan services for obtaining resources owned by other institutions.
- TALC cards - borrowing privileges from each TBR/UT library are available. Contact the Cleveland State Library to obtain a TALC card.
- TALC program: borrowing privileges from participating TBR/UT system, and TN private libraries. To borrow, currently enrolled student/s show their ID and use their institution’s campus username and password to login to CougarNet for status verification.
Campus IDs are required to check out library materials and obtain access to campus print allocation. There is a charge for replacement IDs.
The library is your gateway to information of all types. There are also areas for quiet study, viewing media resources and collaborating in groups. Comfortable chairs are available for relaxing between classes. Many library resources are available off-campus through CougarNet. Research and technology assistance is available from our expert staff.
The library offers opportunities to socialize, relax, meet up with friends in the Library Cafe, join a book club or relax and have coffee.
Books in the General Collection and Children’s Collection may be checked out for two weeks. Course lectures on videotape, DVDs, magazines, and journals may checked out for one week. Select items, placed on Reserve by faculty for use in conjunction with courses are available at the circulation desk. These items may be available for room use only (cannot leave the Library), one day, two days, or one week depending on instructor preference. Textbooks and items in the Reference Collection are available for room use only. Library materials may be renewed online, in person at the circulation desk, or by phone at (423) 478-6209. All fines and charges must be cleared in order to register, view grades, or obtain transcripts.
The library also has phone chargers, iPad2s, Nexus Android Tablets, and Dell Laptops available for checkout. All tablets and laptops are for room use only. Some iPads may be checked out for one week’s off campus use. To check out a mobile device, students must present their CSCC ID at the circulation desk and complete a Mobile Device Borrower Checkout Responsibility Agreement. Mobile devices must be renewed in person at the circulation desk.
For your convenience book/tape drops are located at the back door of the library (facing the circle), on the sidewalk between the George L. Mathis Student Center and the Mary T. Barker Humanities Building, and on the sidewalk in front of the Career Education Building. Please return items - with the exception of mobile devices - to one of these locations when the library is not open. Mobile devices must be renewed in person at the circulation desk.
For your convenience book/tape drops are located at the back door of the library (facing the circle), on the sidewalk between the George L. Mathis Student Center and the Mary T. Barker Humanities Building, and on the sidewalk in front of the Career Education Building. Please return items - with the exception of mobile devices - to one of these locations when the library is not open. Mobile devices must be returned to the library circulation desk.
Library Contact Information
Library hours are posted on the library’s homepage: www.clevelandstatecc.edu/library. Library telephone number: (423) 478-6209. Library email address: email@example.com. Chat with us online or text us.
Late fees are accrued at a rate of $0.25 per day per item for all items except mobile devices, for which the late fee is $1 per day. Late fees begin to accrue 5 days after the due date for all items except mobile devices and items on Reserve. There is no grace period for these items. Fines are not charges for days the library is closed or during school breaks. The amount levied for all items, except mobile devices and select Reserve materials, will not exceed the price of replacement of the item and/or $10, whichever amount is less. Overdue fines for mobile devices will not exceed $40.
If an item is more than 30 days overdue, it will be marked as lost and the borrower will be responsible for the cost of replacing the item. If a patron returns the item after the 30 days, he/she will pay a $10 late fee rather than the replacement cost.
Lost and/or Damaged Books
Library books are protected under the Tennessee Code Title 39-Section 14. The charge for lost or damaged books is based on replacement price of the item and may include binding costs. Books that are out of print may also activate a replacement cost search fee. Damages to materials will be assessed on an item-by-item basis by library staff.
Lost and/or Damaged Videotapes/DVDs
Charges for lost/damaged videotapes/DVDs are equal to the replacement price of the item. Video/DVD copies are assessed at $12.50.
As part of the Center of Dynamic Instruction, Media Services offers a wide variety of services to enhance the learning environment at Cleveland State. Media Services oversees audio/visual technical support in over 90 rooms/spaces throughout the Cleveland, Athens and Monroe sites.
Studio-105 provides many opportunities. Students have the opportunity to explore the world of television production using the latest technology. Four studio sets are available to accommodate a wide variety of needs. Two PC based video edit suits are available for student use, interested students should check the CSCC catalog for class schedules as well as internship opportunities. Examples of faculty studio use requests include: videotaped lectures/syllabi, special presentations. In order to provide timely service advance notice is required.
The studio has recently been expanded to offer an audio studio as well. This is a fully functional recording booth that provides 4 high quality microphones, a sound board and a comfortable space to record conversations for podcasts or class presentations. This space can also be used to create screen captures with programs like Camtasia. We also encourage student use for class projects.
Media Services maintains a limited inventory of equipment for faculty/staff check-out items include HD video cameras, web-cams, and portable LCD projectors.
The hallway messaging system can be used to promote an upcoming program or event. All you need to do is bring Media Services your Power Point slide and they will add it to the show. If you are not familiar with Power Point, Media Services will be happy to help you create your presentation.
*All users please note use of copyrighted materials is subject to federal copyright laws and Media Services personnel are required to adhere to these rules.
Minors on Campus
Cleveland State Community College is an institution of higher education and as such must preserve conditions, which will permit a proper learning and work environment at all times. However, consideration for the learning environment of the students, the work routine of staff employees and the safety of the children requires that children may not accompany adults into classrooms, offices or other work spaces as a baby-sitting function nor be left unsupervised in the halls or grounds of the college.
New Student Orientation
Starting college with a strong understanding of its demands and rewards is very important to student success. The Student Services Division provides a thorough orientation program so new students can be aware of the many services, resources, and programs available at Cleveland State. All new students are required to attend an orientation session. Required First Year Seminar classes provide additional support for incoming students. Welcome Week activities are held in the Fall Semester and serve to further acclimate new students to the college. Questions about orientation should be directed to the Student Services Office, Room 110 of the George L. Mathis Student Center.
Nursing Mothers’ Room
A Nursing Mothers’ Room is located in the George L. Mathis Student Center in Room 110E for the purpose of accommodating nursing mothers. This room is available for faculty, staff, and students who are nursing mothers. This is in accordance to the Dept. of Labor guidelines under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Official Means of Communication with Students
Cleveland State prefers to communicate with students via Cougar Net and/or campus email. All notices, disclosures, etc., are sent via email. It is important that all students check their campus email regularly.
Possession and Use of Weapons
Cleveland State Community College, except where permitted by law, prohibits the possession of firearms and other weapons on its premises. Tennessee State Law prescribes a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $2,500 for carrying weapons on school property. Cleveland State Policy 1:18:00:00 provides detailed information on regulations regarding firearms and other weapons. The only exceptions to this policy are:
The possession of weapons by law enforcement officers of the city, county, state or federal government (and military personnel as authorized under TCA 39-17-1309) when in the discharge of their official duties.
The possession of weapons are permitted by full-time Cleveland State Community College employees who are in compliance with and authorized to do so under TCA 39-17-1309.
The possession of weapons by students and instructors in the basic police training program on those occasions wherein the specific training activities of the time require the possession of a weapon or weapons.
Specific instructional/ceremonial situations wherein an exception to this policy is determined to be necessary and is authorized by the President.
Search and Seizure
State law provides that students and their property on the Cleveland State campus may be searched and, where necessary, seized on the basis of a determination of probable cause. Probable cause may be found where the facts and circumstances within college administrators’ knowledge and of which they have reasonable trustworthy information are sufficient in themselves to warrant a search in the belief that a violation of the college’s regulations has been or is being committed. The decision to implement search of students or their property will be made by either the Vice President for Student Services or the President in that order and should be based upon a signed statement (warrant if possible) by a person setting forth in detail the facts and circumstance justifying the search and, where based in whole or in part on hearsay evidence, stating the underlying circumstances from which the person concluded that the third person was credible or his/her information reliable.
In exceptional circumstances a warrantless search may be made and college personnel may proceed with the search without a written authorization. Such circumstances are limited to those where the violation of the college’s regulation on contraband can be said to be in imminent danger of disappearance, destruction, removal, or there is an imminent threat to the safety of the campus community.
When the student voluntarily consents to a search, no written authorization for the search is required. However, a consent form will be signed by the student giving consent for the search. In addition, in all cases where a search is to be made of a student’s property or premises, the student should be present for the search whenever possible.
In the event that police or other law enforcement officials not employed by the college request permission to search students or their property, the college will not consent to the search unless the officials have a search warrant for particular students or their property. All questions concerning this subject should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services or to the President of the College.
Public Information Services
The Communications and Public Relations Office coordinates all internal and external communications efforts and directs all releases of information to the media. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contact this office as they become aware of newsworthy events. The Director of Communications and Public Relations office is located in Room 211 of the Administration Building, (423) 472-7141 ext. 455.
Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing students with the opportunity for experiential learning through community service activities. Many courses in various disciplines incorporate service-learning activities, providing students with an opportunity to connect what they are learning in the classroom with service in the community. The First Year Seminar course also includes a Service-Learning component.
In addition, the college provides stand-alone Service-Learning courses that students may take for elective credit. Introduction to Service Learning (SRVL 1020) is a three-credit hour course requiring 30 hours of service for the semester and Service Learning Exercise (SRVL 1100) is a one-credit hour class requiring 20 hours of service. All SRVL classes are independent study courses and involve online discussions and reflection activities in addition to the service activities. Students may elect to work with an agency in their own community or may want to address a community need by developing their own service project.
Service opportunities are structured to help students acquire a sense of civic and social responsibility, learn about their community, apply classroom learning, expand critical thinking and problem solving skills and reflect on their experiences. At the same time, the college hopes that the service of student volunteers will assist with many needs of our community and students will choose to continue serving their communities long after their college years.
Students who participate in service-learning may be eligible to learn a Service-Learning Recognition Award when they graduate. Students should contact the Service-Learning Department for details about the award program.
Starfish Early Alert
The academic early alert program is coordinated through the Student Success Success Center. Early alert is designed to facilitate communication between students, instructors and student support staff. Instructors use the system to email students positive feedback and about any problematic academic issues. Success Coaches will follow up with students to create success plans and make students aware of support services on campus as well as in the community.
Cleveland State offers a wide variety of activities to enrich the lives of students during their time on campus. The Student Senate and Student Activities Office work closely to plan, coordinate, and implement activities such as OctoberFest, Back-to-School Bash, and Awards Night.
The George L. Mathis Student Center is open on class days and evenings for the enjoyment of students, staff and visitors. The facilities include the cafeteria; bookstore; meeting rooms; game tables; ATM machine; the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, the Enrollment Services Center, Testing Center, Counseling & Career Services Center, Dual Studies and Early College, and the Student Success Center.
Student Opinions - Methods to Express
Students may convey their views through a variety of communication vehicles including elected representatives of the Student Senate, committee meetings, and college meetings. For more information, contact the Student Senate Office in Room 110-C of the Student Center.
Students are the heart of the institution and have a right and responsibility to be involved in its governance. Students have the right to serve on college committees to provide input from the student perspective. Students have a formal Student Senate organization as a vehicle for voicing student opinion to the administration. The Student Senate president and vice president are elected each spring by a popular vote of the student body. Each CSCC club elects a representative to serve on the Senate. Eight at-large senators from the student body are elected at the beginning of the school year as well. Meetings are held twice a month. For more information and a schedule of meetings, stop by the Senate Office in Room 110-C of the Student Center or call (423) 472-7141 or (800) 604-2722, ext. 441.
Student Services Office
The Office of Student Services coordinates many services designed to provide assistance to students and groups with matters affecting student well-being and out-of-class life. In addition, the Vice President and other staff members work with academic offices to aid in the development of academic programs to help meet the total needs of the students.
Resources for Student Issues and Concerns
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center, located in U-108B of the Student Center Building, includes a team of Success Coaches to assist new students with transitioning to college and completing admissions and financial aid requirements. The Success Coach will serve as the new degree-seeking student’s advisor until approximately half of the required credits are successfully earned for the student’s chosen credential. Each Academic Career Community has an available Success Coach to work with students through the use of technology and in person meetings. The Success Center offers an individualized experience for students by helping them prioritize responsibilities and providing them with structure and motivation to persist through the challenges of completing a degree.
Success Coaching is also available at our Athens location. Contact the Student Success Center at 423-473-2306.
Telephone for Student Use
A courtesy telephone for local calls only is provided for student use at the main Information Desk located in the D.F. Adkisson Administration Building. Use of this phone should be limited to three minutes.
Tennessee Valley Early College (TVEC)
TVEC is for grades 9-12, and is a dual-enrollment/dual credit high school experience. The school is a collaboration between Cleveland State and surrounding area school systems, as well as homeschool students. Upon acceptance, students take college courses and receive high school and college credit simultaneously. Students enroll at Cleveland State and their High School as a student. Classes are housed on Cleveland State campuses (main campus or Athens Center) as well as our surrounding area high schools. TVEC students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate Degree.
The application process includes:
- Completion of 8th, 9th, 10, or 11th grade
- Student needs to demonstrate the maturity to cope with freedom of a college campus
- TVEC Application through Cleveland State and their respective High School program.
- Letter of recommendation from school official.
- Students will need to take the ACT during their sophomore year to prepare to proceed with the Dual Enrollment courses offered during the Junior and Senior year of the program.
The Testing Center on the main campus (Cleveland) is located in room 116 of the Student Center Building and can be reached at (423) 473-2477. You can reach the Testing Center at our Athens location at 423-745-8486. Both testing centers administer a wide variety of tests for students and community members. All tests require an appointment (at least 24 hours in advance) and a photo ID. Go to http://mycs.cc/testing to schedule an exam.
TNeCampus (formerly Regents Online Program - RODP) Student Liaison
Students who have questions or encounter any issues related to taking TNeCampus courses may contact the TNeCampus student liaison in Academic Affairs by phone at (423) 473-2360 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC)
Located in the Library, Room L-209, the TLC is responsible for FREE on-site academic tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) for CSCC students. Updated on-site tutoring and SI schedules for both the main campus and the Athens Center will be posted on the TLC web page at www.clevelandstatecc.edu/tlc. No appointment is needed for tutoring at either location. Tutoring is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to on-site tutoring, current students have access to free 24/7 online tutoring through Tutor.com located within myCS Courses. Tutor.com provides live, one-to-one online tutors in practically every subject taught at CSCC, including nursing. It also offers a document review (drop-off essay) feature wherein students can upload their paper and receive feedback within 12 hours. Students may access Tutor.com through myCS Courses at no cost for up to eight hours per semester.
Any student who is having difficulty in a class is encouraged to meet first with the instructor of the class to find out how the instructor may assist the student. Students should also be aware that many course textbooks have CDs, website resources, or other electronic help available. Instructors may recommend tutoring or SI to support the learning process, but no referral is required to take advantage of tutoring and/or SI sessions. For more information about on-site tutoring, online tutoring, and/or SI, go to www.clevelandstatecc.edu/tlc or call (423) 473-2354.
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC), located in room 100 of the Student Center, houses both the Veterans Services office and a veteran student lounge. The VRC provides individualized assistance to military members, veterans, and their dependents. Our School Certifying Official is available to assist with the process of completing and filing the necessary documents to access VA Educational Benefits. The School Certifying Official is also responsible for enrollment verification, change of status, monitoring progress and maintaining files for our veteran students.
Veterans Services staff also helps our veteran students with enrollment and advising as well as directing them to additional resources, such as tutoring. The Veterans Services office acts as an advocate on campus for matters of policy that relate to our student veteran population. The Veterans Services office sponsors a chapter of the student veteran organization, Student Veterans of America, and facilitates campus events such as the Veterans Day celebration.
Videotape/DVD Circulation Policies
Many of the video courses are now available in a streaming digital format. Look for “The Stream” on the Cougar Net page under Academics. Course DVDs are available to all registered students. To request a particular video, ask a staff member at the library circulation desk or the reception desk at the Athens or Monroe County Centers. The regular checkout period is for one week. Should you need to keep the item longer, you are able to renew it. For your convenience, the first renewal may be made by accessing your personal online library account. To keep the video for subsequent renewals, you must bring the item to the library circulation desk or the reception desk at the Athens or Monroe County Centers for completion of the renewal process.
Students who are enrolled only in video or web courses and who live outside of Bradley County are eligible to receive items by mail. This service is also extended to any student with a disability that prohibits easy access to campus. For more information or to be added to the mailing list, contact the library at (423) 478-6209. The student with mailing privileges will have a 30-day checkout period.
When videos/DVDs are checked out, a due date is affixed to the case. This is the date by which items must either be returned or renewed. For your convenience a book/tape drop is located at the back door of the library(facing the circle), on the sidewalk between the George L. Mathis Student Center and the Mary T. Barker Humanities Building, and on the sidewalk in front of the Career Education Building. Please return items to one of these locations when the library is not open. All videos/DVDs should be returned to the site where checked out. If items are not returned or renewed by the due date, a late fine will be assessed. Five grace days are allowed after the date due at which point late fines accrue at a rate of $.25 per day per item - not to exceed $10 per item. Fines are not charged for days the library is closed and during school breaks. At the end of the fall and spring semesters, a hold will be placed on the account of any students who still have materials checked out or unpaid fines. All holds must be cleared in order to register, view grades or obtain transcripts.
Cleveland State Community College seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that respects individual freedoms and promotes the health, safety and welfare of its students, faculty and staff. In keeping with this objective, the college has established guidelines and policies governing the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on college property stating, “The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages at Cleveland State Community College owned or controlled property is prohibited.” (CSCC Pol No. 3:10:00:00)
Pursuant to Tennessee legislation (HB 4088), parents of a student under 21 will be notified if the student “has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance that is in violation of any federal, state or local law, or of any rule or policy of the institution, except as prohibited by FERPA.” Notification will occur when 1) a plea of guilty to the applicable code of conduct violation; or 2) a final finding of guilt pursuant to disciplinary procedures, including completion of an appeal.
Animals on Campus
The purpose of the Animals on Campus policy is to establish requirements for accessibility, behavior and treatment of animals on campus. This policy applies to animals on Cleveland State Community College (CSCC) campuses including service animals on CSCC property. This policy does not apply to 1) animals used for college-related instructional and/or demonstrational purposes, 2) fish appropriately maintained in aquariums or 3) detection animals assisting authorities. The complete policy can be found at: http://www2.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/policy-manual/policy-1-30-00-00.
Each student at Cleveland State Community College is expected to assume a responsible attitude toward class attendance. Each student is expected to attend all class meetings unless an absence is caused by circumstances beyond the student’s control or is institutionally approved. Regardless of the reason for the absence, the student is responsible for material covered and/or assigned during the class meeting. At the beginning of each course, the faculty member shall provide each student, in writing, the policy for the treatment of absences in that course. Before any absence, the student should, if possible, inform the faculty member of the reason and arrange any makeup material and/or examination according to course policy. Attendance expectation begins with the first class meeting of the course. If unable to attend this class meeting, the student should contact the faculty member in advance.
Behavioral Intervention Team
The purpose of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to maintain a safe educational and working environment for students and employees by monitoring, assessing, and intervening potentially disruptive student and employee behavior. BIT goals include helping provide an environment where students and employees are free to learn, work, and teach, uninhibited by threats of intimidation or harm and helping provide confidential, respectful, proactive support, and referrals to resources to individuals who are exhibiting concerning behaviors. The BIT is not a disciplinary board, but rather a point of contact for reporting individuals who are displaying concerning behavior. These guidelines are in place to comply with TBR Policy 7:02:00:00 and CSCC Policy 1:20:00:00.
The complete policy can be found at: https://www2.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/policy-manual/policy-1-20-00-00.
To report an incident to the Behavioral Intervention Team, go to the following link: http://www.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/general-info/bit/index.html.
Complaints Against Instructors
A student who has a complaint or an issue with a faculty member should first address the issue orally with the faculty member. If there is not a timely and/or mutually agreeable resolution to the issue, the student should then state the complaint or problem in writing to the faculty member. The faculty member will respond to the student’s written complaint within five business days.
If the procedure above is followed, and the student continues to believe that the issue was not resolved appropriately or is not resolved in a timely manner, the student can then forward a copy of the written complaint, with a cover note, to the appropriate division dean. Although the college prefers that issues be first resolved between students and faculty, students may go directly to the dean with an issue or complaint if the student perceives the issue to be too sensitive or too personal to discuss with the faculty member. The dean will respond to the student within five business days. If the situation is not resolvable or not resolved in an appropriate manner and the above steps have been followed, the student may appeal, in writing, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, enclosing copies of previous complaints and responses. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will distribute a decision, in writing, to the student, the faculty member and dean within five business days of receipt of the appeal. The decision of the Vice President is final.
Student access to college information technology resources is provided for the purpose of supporting pursuits of legitimate educational objectives. Any other use is prohibited.
The college respects student rights to privacy and does not intercept student activity or review stored data without cause, as by court order or as part of internal investigations following legitimate complaints of misuse. However, students must be aware that the college may log student activity as part of normal operations and reserves the right to have the electronic capability to retrieve information from technology-related activity for a period of time. Students should monitor, print or disk-save their files and messages since the college must periodically and without notice delete old files in order to meet storage demands.
Additional rules governing student usage of computers are posted in college computer laboratories and in the library. Explicit are the requirements that students must respect the rights of other individuals and networks at all times and must not in any way attempt to access or modify any computer operating system files, compilers, assemblers, data sets, application programs or utility programs. Additionally, students are not permitted to use college information technology resources in the pursuit of commercial activities or for non-profit volume promotions such as brochures, announcements and bulletins.
Additional policies about acceptable use and information technology resources are available on the college’s website within the Web pages for the Office of Information Technology. Students who do not follow policies or posted rules may be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, exclusion from college information technology resources, loss of computer privileges, suspension from the college or external legal action. Students may appeal any internal discipline judgments through the Office of Vice President for Student Services.
Copyright Infringement Law
Copyright infringement claims should be reported to the Office of Information Technology Director who serves as agent for the college. As described in the “Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998,” the agent will receive and process complaints from copyright holders. Upon notice of infringement of copyright, the agent will remove or block access to the infringing material described in the notice. The user will be notified of the action taken and may provide counter-notice of an error in the removal of the material. This counter-notice will be passed on to the original complaining party, and the material will have access restored within 10-14 days unless notice is received that a lawsuit has been filed over the material. Repeat offenders will have computer accounts terminated.
All emergency notifications such as active, armed threats, tornado, etc. will be disseminated via myCS-Alert. This will allow CSCC to reach students via text, voice callback, email, Facebook, and Twitter. Alerts will be broadcast on campus via building speakers and announcement screens.
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In emergency medical situations, 911 should be contacted immediately. The Campus Police should then be contacted to coordinate and control the situation at (423) 618-1720. Cleveland State Community College campus, as well as the Athens Center, are equipped with emergency code blue phones. The locations are as follows:
CSCC Code Blue Phones
Athens Center Code Blue Phone
Directly behind the main campus building
Code Blue Phones are equipped with the following functions:
Emergency 911 (for emergency only)
Security (general security needs)
Emergency Preparedness Plan
The Emergency Preparedness Plan outlines procedures to improve the protection of lives and property through the effective use of college resources. The plan’s purpose is to mitigate the potential effects of the various hazards that might impact CSCC, to prepare for the implementation of measures which will preserve life and minimize damage to respond effectively to the needs of the campus community during emergencies, and to provide a recovery system to return CSCC and its community to a normal status as soon as possible after such emergencies. The complete Plan can be found at: https://www2.clevelandstatecc.edu/content/uploads/about/CSCC_Emergency_Preparedness_Plan_-_2-2018.pdf.
Final Grade Appeal Process
The responsibility for evaluating student work and assigning grades lies with the instructor of the course. The purpose of the grade appeal procedure is to provide a review process 1) for a student to understand the reasons why the grade was assigned, 2) for the instructor to become aware of and correct possible errors, 3) for appropriate supervisors at the department and college level to review the basis on which a grade has been awarded and to arbitrate grade changes where appropriate and 4) for a formal appeal to the Academic Grade Appeal Committee. Only the instructor or the Academic Grade Appeals Committee has the authority to change a grade.
A student may appeal a course grade if the student has evidence that the grade was assigned in a malicious, erroneous, capricious or arbitrary manner. Arbitrary and capricious is defined as a final course grade assigned: 1) on some basis other than performance in the course; 2) by resorting to unreasonable standards different from those that were applied to other students in the course or 3) by a substantial, unreasonable or unannounced departure from the faculty member’s previously articulated grading standards. The student has the right to discontinue the appeal at any time during the appeal process.
In all cases of a disputed grade, the student has the burden of proof that the grade assigned was not appropriate. It is important to distinguish grounds for grade appeal from questions about quality of instruction. Successful grade appeals should be based on evidence that the student performed at a level sufficient to warrant a different grade. It is important for students to bring to the instructor’s and the department’s attention perceived deficiencies in instruction, but these by themselves do not normally warrant a change in grade. For a successful grade appeal, the student should be able to show, for example, not that the student could have earned a grade of “B” under different circumstances, but rather that the student actually did earn a grade of “B” according to the standards set out on the syllabus for that course, but was assigned a lower grade.
The procedure for complaints against instructors is addressed in other sections of the Student Handbook. If there is evidence that the grade assigned was influenced by consideration of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, handicap or national origin, the matter must also be reported to the Director of Human Resources.
Note: Participants involved in the final course grade appeal process should be aware of the need for confidentiality throughout the process. Materials and information that are a part of the appeal process are confidential and should not be disclosed to or discussed with anyone not involved in the process. Likewise, a final course grade appeal hearing is a confidential hearing and materials presented and matters deliberated in the hearing should not be disclosed to or discussed with anyone not involved in the hearing. Pending resolution of the appeal, the contested grade and its consequences will stand.
Steps of the Final Course Grade Appeal Process
- Prior to initiating the official final course grade appeal process, the student should make an appointment with the instructor(s) who assigned the grade to discuss the complaint in an effort to reach a satisfactory resolution to the problem. This meeting between the student and the instructor(s) must occur before the end of the second week (ten working days) of the subsequent term (including summer).
- In the event the student is unable to schedule a meeting with the instructor(s), the student must contact the instructor(s)’s supervisor who will schedule a meeting between the instructor(s) and the student (and the supervisor, if appropriate).
- In the event the instructor(s) is no longer employed by the college or is not readily available (for instance, during the summer), the supervisor will make reasonable effort to contact the instructor(s). If unable to contact the instructor(s), the supervisor will instruct the student to proceed to the next step of the appeal process.
- This step must be completed within ten (10) working days. If the student complaint is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction during the meeting(s) described above, the student has five (5) working days from the date of the meeting with the instructor(s) (and/or the instructor(s)’s supervisor) to contact the dean of the appropriate area to inform him/her that the student wishes to initiate an official final course grade appeal process. At this point, the dean will provide the student with the final course grade appeal form. The student must submit the completed final course grade appeal form to the dean within five (5) working days from the day he/she receives the form. Once a form is initiated, a copy must be forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs regardless of the level of resolution.
- The dean’s receipt of the completed student final course grade appeal form constitutes the beginning of the final grade appeal process. Upon receipt of the completed student final course grade appeal form, the dean has ten (10) working days in which to mediate a discussion with the instructor(s) and the student (together or separately) in an attempt to reach a satisfactory resolution of the complaint. The dean should maintain written documentation of any discussions and/or meetings with the student and instructor(s).
- If no agreement is reached, the dean must notify, in writing, the parties involved by the end of the 11th working day that the appeal will be passed on to the Vice President for Academic Affairs if the student wishes to continue the appeal. The student has five (5) working days to request that the dean forward the appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The dean’s written documentation should be attached to the appeal form. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will then have fifteen (15) working days in which to mediate a discussion with the instructor(s) and the student (together or separately) in an attempt to reach a satisfactory resolution of the complaint. The Vice President for Academic Affairs must maintain written documentation of any discussion and/or meetings with the student and instructor(s). If no agreement is reached, the Vice President for Academic Affairs must notify in writing the parties involved by the end of the 16th working day that the appeal will be passed on to the Academic Appeals Committee if the student wishes to continue the appeal. The student has ten (10) working days to request that the Vice President for Academic Affairs forward the appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee. The Academic Vice President’s written documentation should be attached to the appeal form.
- Once the request to forward the appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee has been received, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will forward to the chair of the Academic Appeals Committee all materials submitted throughout the appeal process to date. The committee will have ten (10) working days to convene and determine if a hearing is merited.
- If the committee decides that the appeal does not merit a hearing, the existing disposition of the grade and its consequences will stand. The committee chair will inform the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean, the student and the instructor(s) of the committee’s decision.
- If the committee decides a hearing is merited, the committee chair will contact the student and the instructor(s) to schedule a date for the hearing. The hearing must occur within twenty (20) working days of the date of the committee’s decision to grant the hearing. Notification of the date of the hearing will be given by the committee chair to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean, the student and the instructor(s) at least ten (10) working days prior to the date of the hearing. This notification will also inform both the student and the instructor(s) that they should bring to the hearing whatever additional information and materials they consider pertinent to the complaint. The student and the instructor(s) should be notified of the date of the hearing by return receipt certified mail.
- The committee will have ten (10) working days from the conclusion of the hearing to reach its decision. Within five (5) working days of the committee’s decision, the committee chair will notify, in writing, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean, the student and the instructor(s) of the committee’s decision.
- All voting of the committee is done by secret ballot. The decision of the Academic Appeals Committee is final, except in cases covered under TBR policy 1:02:11:00. This policy is a mechanism for appeal to the Chancellor and to the Board if the student contests on the basis of violation of state or federal law, or institution or Board policy.
- Pending resolution of the appeal, the contested grade and its consequences will stand.
Freedom of Speech and Expression
This policy reflects the commitment of Cleveland State to freedom of speech and expression for all students and all faculty. The complete policy can be found at: https://www2.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/policy-manual/policy-1-03-02-60.
Cleveland State Community College has an obligation for the safety of students, faculty, and staff during times of severe weather conditions. The decision to close the college will affect hundreds of people. It is imperative that the decision is made in a timely fashion to ensure the safety of students and employees. The procedures taken when inclement weather occurs can be found at: https://www2.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/policy-manual/guideline-g-150.
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002 require that whenever a sex offender becomes enrolled as a student or volunteers at an institution of higher education in the state of Tennessee, he or she must complete or update the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) sexual offender registration/monitoring form with their local sex offender registry officer within 48 hours of registering for classes with the college. As defined in section 40- 39-102 of the Tennessee Code, a “sexual offender means a person who is, or has been, convicted in this state of committing a sexual offense or who is, or has been, convicted in another state or another country or who is or has been convicted in a federal or military court, of committing an act which would have constituted a sexual offense if it had been committed in this state. A “sexual offense” means the commission of acts including but not limited to aggravated and statutory rape, sexual battery, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated prostitution and kidnapping.
Both acts designate certain information concerning a registered sexual offender as public information and therefore amend and supersede the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws that previously prohibited the disclosure of such personal information. Since the laws require the publication of information pertaining to sexual offenders enrolled or volunteering at an educational institution, said publication does not constitute grounds for a grievance or complaint under institutional or Tennessee Board of Regents policies or procedures.
In compliance with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002, members of the campus community may obtain the most recent information received from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) concerning sex offenders enrolled or volunteering at this institution at the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Information is also available on the TBI’s website listing of sex offenders located on the internet at https://www.tn.gov/tbi/general-information/redirect-tennessee-sex-offender-registry-search/sex-offender-registry-search.html.
Statement of Students Rights and Responsibilities
The following statement of student rights and responsibilities is intended to reflect the philosophical base upon which student behavior is defined and measured. This philosophy identifies the rights and responsibilities that each student bears when they enter the institution. These rights shall not be construed, interpreted, or applied in any manner that would be detrimental to the privileges, purposes, aims, and goals of Cleveland State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Students are entitled to all rights granted by the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Tennessee and to the full protection of the law. There shall be no institutional rule or administrative rule that in any way abridges the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition, and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution.
Each student shall have the right to participate in all areas and activities of the institution, free from any form of discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
Each student shall have the right to pursue his/her educational goals and to enjoy the opportunity to participate in the various educational and extracurricular activities present on campus.
Each student shall have limited rights to personal privacy. This privacy includes the maintenance of confidential records except under compulsion by an institutional or civil court, the Tennessee Board of Regents, or as allowed by state and federal law.
Each student shall have the right to procedural due process in institutional disciplinary proceedings as described in college policies.
Each student shall have the right to be protected from prejudiced academic evaluation not related to a student’s academic performance.
Each student shall have the right to examine, discuss, and express opinions publicly and privately.
Each student shall have the right to participate in self-governance and to be represented in the Student Senate, student organizations, and on institutional committees whose charge is to review and/or formulate institutional policy regarding academic and student affairs.
Each student shall have the right to join and/or participate in recognized student organizations.
All students shall have the right to be secure from having their rights infringed upon by institutional administrators, faculty, support staff, or fellow students.
Each student shall have the right to expect:
A Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free campus
A campus community that is conducive to learning both in and outside of the academic classroom
A campus community that respects diversity of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, and personal beliefs.
A campus community that is built on honesty and integrity, both in academic and social pursuits.
A campus community that embraces freedom of expression and exchange of ideas.
Students voluntarily assume certain responsibilities that are necessary for promoting the welfare of the community. Although no definitive list of responsibilities can ever truly be developed, the following represent the main responsibilities students assume by becoming citizens of the institutional community.
Each student shall have the responsibility to pursue his/her academics honestly and to attend class regularly and in good faith. Students shall be honest in all interactions with other students, faculty, and staff.
Each student shall have the responsibility to respect the rights and property of others, including students, faculty, staff, and university guests and visitors.
Each student shall have the responsibility of upholding the community standards and expectations as set forth by the institution which include honesty, a respect for diversity, commitment to community, and freedom of expression. Cleveland State Policy 3:02:00:01 provides specific details on student conduct and related procedures.
Each student shall have the responsibility of being fully acquainted with and complying with all published college rules and regulation
Each student is expected to comply with directives of institutional officials who are acting in the performance of institution-related duties.
Each student shall be responsible for carrying identification with them at all times that clearly indicates he or she is a student of the institution.
Each student shall have the responsibility of recognizing that his or her behavior reflects not only on the individual but also on the entire institutional community.
Each student shall have the responsibility of recognizing the responsibility of the institution to insure an educational environment for all students.
Each student shall have the responsibility of being a responsible community member and encouraging behaviors in others that are in compliance with institutional rules and regulations.
Each student shall have the responsibility of being good stewards of the institution’s resources.
CSCC Policy 3:02:00:01 includes information regarding traffic and parking. Students are expected to be familiar with these regulations. Traffic citations may be appealed to the Student Student Senate. Appeal forms are available from the Student Senate Office in room U110 of the Student Center and the Campus Police Department, located in the Basement of the Student Center.
Use of Campus Property and Facilities
The use of certain Cleveland State Community College facilities by non-affiliated entities/individuals is allowed as prescribed in this policy and in Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 1:03:02:50, TBR Policy No. 1:03:02:10 and TBR Guideline B-026. Cleveland State Community College policy 1:19:00:00 provides a uniform basis upon which the institution can regulate the use of campus property and facilities by institution or school-affiliated and non-affiliated groups and individuals. The policy is intended to provide a system of regulations calculated to promote the orderly conduct of activities on campus property and in campus facilities, to prevent interruption of or interference with normal mission, processes and functions of the institutions and schools and to prevent use of campus property and facilities which is contrary to federal, state or local law or regulation or policies or regulations of the Board of Regents or the college. This policy is on file and available for review in the Office of Special Programs and Community Relations.
Use of Tobacco on Campus
Smoking or the use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or any device that produces a vapor of any type is prohibited on any property owned by, or leased and operated on behalf of, Cleveland State Community College. All guests and visitors will be encouraged to refrain from using any tobacco products on campus including parking lots and sidewalks. Appropriate signage will be in place for explanation and clarification. The complete policy can be found at: http://www2.clevelandstatecc.edu/about/policy-manual/policy-1-14-00-00.
General Regulations on Student Conduct & Disciplinary Sanctions
Policy No. 3:02:00:01
Part 1 Institution Policy Statement
Part 2 Disciplinary Offenses
Part 3 Academic and Classroom Misconduct
Part 4 Disciplinary Sanctions
Part 5 Traffic and Parking
Part 6 Disciplinary Procedures
The purpose of this Policy is to provide conduct and administration of rules governing student disciplinary offenses, academic and classroom misconduct, student disciplinary sanctions, traffic and parking regulations, and student disciplinary procedures.
Part 1 Institution Policy Statement
- Students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions are citizens of their civic communities as well as the academic community. As such they are expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times. Admission to an institution of postsecondary education carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the institution and the academic community which it seeks to serve, the State Board of Regents (TBR) has authorized the presidents of the institutions and directors of the technology centers under its jurisdiction to take such action as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.
- Pursuant to this authorization and in fulfillment of its duties to provide a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits may flourish, the State Board of Regents has developed regulations, which are intended to govern student conduct on the several campuses under its jurisdiction. As a TBR institution, Cleveland State Community College has implemented policies subject to, and consistent with, these regulations. In addition, students are subject to all federal, state and local laws and ordinances. If a student’s violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives, the college may enforce its policies regardless of the status or outcome of any external proceedings instituted by other civil or criminal authorities.
- For the purpose of these policies, a “student” shall mean a person who is admitted and/or registered for study at Cleveland State Community College for any academic period. This shall include any period of time following admission and/or registration, but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It will also include any period which follows the end of an academic period through the last day for registration for the succeeding academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from the institution. Finally, “student” shall also include any person subject to a period of suspension or removal from campus as a sanction which results from a finding of a violation of the regulations governing student conduct. Students are responsible for compliance with the Rules of Student Conduct and with similar institutional policies at all times.
- Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violation of the policies which occur on institutionally owned, leased or otherwise controlled property, while participating in international or distance learning programs, and off campus, when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or obstructs any institutional activity or the mission, processes, and functions of the institution. The college may enforce these policies regardless of the status or outcome of any external proceedings instituted in any other forum, including any civil or criminal proceeding.
- Confidentiality of Discipline Process. Subject to the exceptions provided pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) 20 U.S.C. 1232g , and/or the Tennessee Open Records Act, T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(4), a student’s disciplinary files are considered “educational records” and are confidential within the meaning of those Acts.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.01, Institution Policy Statement. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part 2 Disciplinary Offenses
- Disciplinary measures shall be imposed, through appropriate due process procedures, for conduct which adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community, or which endangers property or persons on property owned or controlled by CSCC.
- The following non-exclusive list provides notice of offenses for which both individuals and organizations may be subject to disciplinary action:
- Threatening or Disruptive Conduct Any conduct,or attempted conduct, which poses a threat to the safety of others or where the student’s behavior is disruptive of the institution’s learning environment
- Hazing. Hazing, as defined in T.C.A. § 49-7-123(a)(1), means any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property, of any higher education institution by an individual acting alone, or with others, which is directed against any other person(s), that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that person(s), or which induces or coerces a person(s) to endanger such person(s) mental or physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization;
- Disorderly Conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs institutional functions, operations, classrooms, other groups or individuals;
- Obstruction of or Interference with institutional activities or facilities. Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any institutional program, event, or facility including the following:
- Any unauthorized occupancy of facilities owned or controlled by an institution or blockage of access to or from such facilities.
- Interference with the right of any institution member or other authorized person to gain access to any activity, program, event or facilities sponsored or controlled by an institution.
- Any obstruction or delay of a campus security officer, public safety officer, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or any official of an institution, or failure to comply with any emergency directive issued by such person in the performance of his or her duty.
- Misuse of or Damage to Property. Any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property belonging to another including, but not limited to, personal property, fire alarms, fire equipment, elevators, telephones, institution keys, library materials and/or safety devices;
- Theft, Misappropriation, or Unauthorized Sale of Property;
- Misuse of Documents or Identification Cards. Any forgery, alteration of or unauthorized use of institutional documents, forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of any false information, or withholding of necessary information, in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment or status in the institution;
- Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons. Any possession of or use of firearms, dangerous weapons of any kind, or replica/toy guns, e.g. BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, water guns, cap guns, toy knives or other items that simulate firearms or dangerous weapons;
- Explosives, Fireworks, and Flammable Materials. The unauthorized possession, ignition or detonation of any object or article which would cause damage by fire or other means to persons or property or possession of any substance which could be considered to be and used as fireworks;
- Alcoholic Beverages. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on institution owned or controlled property. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning alcoholic beverages, on or off institution owned or controlled property, where an affiliated group or organization has alcoholic beverages present and available for consumption;
- Drugs. The unlawful possession or use of any drug or controlled substance (including, but not limited to, any stimulant, depressant, narcotic or hallucinogenic drug, substance or marijuana), sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession or use of drugs, on or off institution owned or controlled property;
- Drug Paraphernalia. The use or possession of equipment, products or materials that are used or intended for use in manufacturing, growing, using or distributing any drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, on or off institution owned or controlled property;
- Public Intoxication. Appearing on institution owned or controlled property or at an institutional sponsored event while under the influence of a controlled substance or of any other intoxicating substance;
- Gambling. Unlawful gambling in any form;
- Financial Irresponsibility. Failure to meet financial responsibilities to the institution promptly including, but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the institution;
- Unacceptable Conduct in Disciplinary Proceedings. Any conduct at any stage of an institutional disciplinary proceeding or investigation that is contemptuous, disrespectful, threatening, or disorderly, including false complaints, testimony or other evidence, and attempts to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body, verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of a judicial board member, complainant, respondent or witness;
- Failure to Cooperate with Institutional Officials. Failure to comply with directions of institutional officials acting in the performance of their duties;
- Violation of General Rules and Regulations. Any violation of the general rules and regulations of the institution as published in an official institutional publication, including the intentional failure to perform any required action or the intentional performance of any prohibited action;
- Attempts, Aiding and Abetting. Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed under this section or the aiding or abetting of the commission of any of the offenses listed under this section (an attempt to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission). Being present during the planning or commission of any offense listed under this section will be considered as aiding and abetting. Students who anticipate or observe an offense must remove themselves from the situation and are required to report the offense to the institution;
- Violations of State or Federal Laws. Any violation of state or federal laws or regulations proscribing conduct or establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are incorporated herein by reference;
- Violation of Imposed Disciplinary Sanctions. Intentional or unintentional violation of a disciplinary sanction officially imposed by an institution official or a constituted body of the institution;
- Sexual Battery or Rape. Committing any act of sexual battery or rape as defined by state law;
- Harassment or Retaliation. Any act by an individual or group against another person or group in violation of TBR policies, as well as federal and/or state laws prohibiting discrimination, including, but not limited to, CSCC Policy 7:04:00:00 and TBR Guideline P-080.
- Academic Misconduct. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication. For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
- Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution;
- Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours;
- Fabrication. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise;
- Unauthorized Duplication or Possession of Keys. Making, causing to be made or the possession of any key for an institutional facility without proper authorization;
- Litter. Dispersing litter in any form onto the grounds or facilities of the campus;
- Pornography. Public display of literature, films, pictures or other materials which an average person applying contemporary community standards would find, (1) taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (2) depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and (3) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value;
- Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities. Misusing and/or abusing campus computer resources including, but not limited to, the following:
- Use of another person’s identification to gain access to institutional computer resources;
- Use of institutional computer resources and facilities to violate copyright laws, including, but not limited to, the act of unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using institutional information technology systems;
- Unauthorized access to a computer or network file, including but not limited to, altering, using, reading, copying, or deleting the file;
- Unauthorized transfer of a computer or network file;
- Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence;
- Use of computing resources and facilities in a manner that interferes with normal operation of the institutional computing system;
- Use of computing resources and facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or institutional official;
- Violation of any published information technology resources policy;
- Unauthorized peer to peer file sharing;
- Unauthorized Access to Institutional Facilities and/or Grounds. Any unauthorized access and/or occupancy of institutional facilities and grounds is prohibited, including, but not limited to, gaining access to facilities and grounds that are closed to the public, being present in areas of campus that are open to limited guests only, being present in academic buildings after hours without permission, and being present in buildings when the student has no legitimate reason to be present;
- Providing False Information. Giving any false information to, or withholding necessary information from, any institutional official acting in the performance of his/her duties in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment, or status in the institution;
- Unauthorized Surveillance. Making or causing to be made unauthorized video or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without the prior effective consent of the individual, or in the case of a minor, without the prior effective consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms, and men’s or women’s restrooms, and storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized images by any means;
- Use of Tobacco Products on Campus. Smoking or the use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or any device that produces a vapor of any type is prohibited on any property owned by, or leased and operated on behalf of, Cleveland State Community College as per CSCC Policy 1:14:00:00.
- Sexual Misconduct - an offense including acts of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and or/stalking as defined in CSCC Policy 7:05:00:00. All matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct will be governed by the procedures set for in CSCC Policy 7:05:00:00.
Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations of these policies which occur at or in association with enrollment at the college for any academic period. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree including periods prior to or between semesters. Conduct occurring while a student is registered or enrolled at the college, but not discovered until after the awarding of a degree is actionable under these provisions and may result in the retroactive application of a disciplinary sanction. Should a student withdraw from the college with disciplinary action or academic misconduct action pending, the student’s record may be encumbered by the appropriate institutional office until the proceedings have been concluded.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.02, Disciplinary Offenses. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part 3 Academic and Classroom Misconduct
- The instructor has the primary responsibility for maintenance of academic integrity and controlling classroom behavior, and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct that violates the general rules and regulations of the institution. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of the institution.
- Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), text messaging, and the continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, cell phones, palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.).
- Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular institutional disciplinary procedures, the instructor has the authority to assign an appropriate grade for the exercise, examination, or course due to academic misconduct. A faculty member who determines that a student has engaged in academic misconduct in connection with a course taught by the faculty member or an examination proctored by the faculty member or his or her designee may choose to exercise Discipline as outlined below:
- A student’s grade in the course or the assignment or examination affected by the alleged academic misconduct may be lowered to any extent including a grade of “F”.
- The faculty member exercising this authority shall notify the appropriate department Chairperson and/or Dean of the action. The department Chairperson/Dean shall notify the affected student in writing of the faculty member’s decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing with regard to the decision to the Student Disciplinary Committee. A copy of the student notification must also be sent to the Vice President for Student Services. Hearings will be conducted pursuant to the process set forth in this policy for hearings before the Student Disciplinary Committee.
- Student Appeal: To initiate a hearing to contest the finding or grade sanction related to academic misconduct, the student must contact the Chair of the Student Disciplinary Committee or the Vice President for Student Services within five (5) class days of receipt of notification of the summary action.
- A student who is found responsible for academic misconduct will not be permitted to withdraw from the course to avoid grade sanctions and/or other discipline.
- A student who is found responsible for academic misconduct may be subject to additional educational sanctions imposed by the Vice President for Student Services through campus disciplinary processes as outlined in Section 6 of this policy.
- Multiple Acts of Academic Misconduct: A student who is found to have committed more than one act of academic misconduct may be summoned to appear before the Student Disciplinary Committee and may be subject to additional disciplinary sanctions described in Section 6 of this policy.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with,TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.03 Academic and Classroom Misconduct. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part 4 Disciplinary Sanctions
- Upon a determination that a student or student organization has violated any of the disciplinary offenses set forth in these policies, the following disciplinary sanctions may be imposed, either singly or in combination.
- Definition of Sanctions.
- Restitution: may be required to compensate a party or parties for a loss suffered as a result of disciplinary violation(s). Restitution shall be limited to actual cost of repair, replacement or financial loss;
- Warning. The Vice President for Student Services or designee may notify the student or student organization that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action;
- Reprimand. A written or verbal reprimand or censure may be given to any student or student organization whose conduct violates any part of these regulations.
- Service to the Institution or Community. A student or student organization may be required to donate a specified number of service hours to the institution performing reasonable tasks for an appropriate institution office, official(s), or the local community. The service required shall be commensurate to the offense (e.g., service for maintenance staff for defacing institutional property);
- Specified Educational/Counseling Program. A student or student organization may be required to participate in specified educational or counseling program(s) relevant to the offense, or to prepare a project or report concerning a relevant topic;
- Apology. A student or student organization may be required to apologize to an affected party, either verbally or in writing, for the behavior related to a disciplinary offense;
- Fines. Penalties in the form of fines may be imposed against a student or an organization. The sanction of fines may be imposed in addition to other forms of disciplinary sanctions. Failure to pay fines may result in further disciplinary action;
- Restriction. A restriction upon a student’s or student organization’s privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include, for example, denial of the ability to represent the institution at any event, ability to participate in institution or TBR sponsored travel, use of facilities, parking privileges, participation in extracurricular activities or restriction of organizational privileges;
- Probation. Continued enrollment of a student or recognition of a student organization on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to these regulations. Any student or organization placed on probation will be notified in writing of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon extracurricular activities or any other appropriate special condition(s). Any conduct in further violation of these regulations while on probationary status or the failure to comply with the terms of the probationary period may result in the imposition of further disciplinary action;
- Suspension: is the separation of a student or student organization from the institution for a specified period of time. Suspension may be accompanied by special conditions for readmission or recognition;
- Expulsion. Expulsion entails a permanent separation from the institution. The imposition of this sanction is a permanent bar to the student’s admission to or the organization’s recognition by the institution. A student or organization that has been expelled may not enter institution property or facilities without obtaining prior approval from an appropriate campus official with knowledge of the expulsion directive;
- Revocation of Admission, Degree, or Credential;
- Any alternate sanction deemed necessary and appropriate to address the misconduct at issue;
- Interim Involuntary Withdrawal or Suspension. As a general rule, the status of a student or student organization accused of violation of these regulations or institutional policies should not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges. However, interim involuntary withdrawal or suspension, pending the completion of disciplinary procedures, may be imposed upon a finding by the appropriate institutional official that the conduct or attempted conduct of the student poses a direct threat to the safety of any other member of the institution, its guests, property, or the student’s behavior is materially and substantially disruptive of the institution’s learning environment, or other campus activities. In any case of interim involuntary withdrawal or suspension, the student, or student organization shall be given an opportunity at the time of the decision or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible to contest the suspension;
- The president is authorized, at his or her discretion, to convert any sanction imposed to a lesser sanction, or to rescind any previous sanction, in appropriate cases.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.04 Disciplinary Sanctions. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part 5 Traffic and Parking
Campus Traffic Regulations: These regulations apply to all who drive motor vehicles on any part of the Cleveland State Community College properties.
- General Vehicle Operation/Parking/Traffic Regulations
- The purpose of this policy is to facilitate the safe and orderly operation of college business and to provide parking facilities for this operation within the limitations of available space.
- The Campus Police Department is responsible for implementation and enforcement of this policy.
- The responsibility for locating a proper parking space rests with the operator of the motor vehicle. Lack of space will not be considered a valid excuse for violating any provision of the parking policy.
- The college shall have no responsibility for loss or damage to any vehicle or its contents operated or parked on the CSCC campus. All persons operating a vehicle on college property must be properly licensed operators.
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way at established pedestrian crossings.
- Under normal conditions the maximum speed limit on campus is 15 mph.
- Traffic control signs, devices and directions of Security Officers must be obeyed.
- All persons operating vehicles are responsible for maintaining control of the vehicle, safe operations, and observance of traffic control signs, barriers, devices, and all personnel of the Campus Police Department.
- Operating a motor vehicle in any area other than a street or roadway intended for motor vehicles is prohibited.
- The use of skateboards, roller skates and in-line skates is prohibited on any Cleveland State Community College property.
- All motor vehicle related accidents must be reported to the CSCC Campus Police Department at (423) 472-7141, (423) 618-1720 or (423) 478-6236. All vehicle break-ins or incidents should be reported immediately.
- Registration of Automobiles/Permits/Decals:
- Parking permits are required for all Staff, Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and Students and are issued by the CSCC Campus Police office located in the Student Center. Lost or stolen decals will be replaced without charge.
- Guest parking permits are available upon request at the CSCC Campus Police Department.
- CSCC handicap permits are available upon request to the Coordinator of Disabilities Support Services. CSCC handicap parking decals are issued by the CSCC Campus Police Department, are for use on CSCC properties only, and are issued upon proper medical documentation being submitted to and approved by the Coordinator of Disabilities Support Services located in the George L. Mathis Student Center, Room U118. CSCC temporary handicap permits are also available for medical reasons upon request and proper medical documentation and the approval of the Coordinator of Disabilities Support Services.
- Parking Restrictions: Parking is restricted to authorized areas.
- Student parking is confined to areas designated as student parking.
- Visitor parking is confined to those areas designated as visitors parking. Visitors are those individuals whom are not currently enrolled at CSCC.
- Staff, Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and Students should refrain from parking in visitor parking spaces and service vehicles spaces.
- Violations: The following examples constitute violations of this policy.
- Parking in “no parking” or “loading” zones
- Parking in unauthorized area, to include grass, seeded or recreation areas, blocking or obstructing traffic, street, sidewalk, driveway, fire hydrant, building entrance or exit, another vehicle, or trash dumpster.
- Parking where curbs or lines are painted yellow
- Parking in motorcycle space
- Blocking loading zone
- Blocking driveway, intersection or sidewalks
- Parking on grass
- Parking in visitor, staff, or service vehicles spaces
- Parking in front of fire hydrants or fire lanes (Vehicle subject to immobilization and a city/state citation)
- Backing into a parking space
- Parking in crosswalks
- Parking in handicap zone (Vehicle subject to immobilization and a city/state citation)
- Parking in reserved areas
- Parking in students parking space without decal
- Not Properly Displaying a valid CSCC Parking Decal
- Exceeding posted speed limit. (15 mph max.)
- Exceeding safe speed for conditions
- Failure to obey traffic control signal or sign
- Failure to obey traffic officer
- All violation fines must be paid within fifteen (15) weekdays at the Business Office located in the Administration Building. Do not send cash payments by mail. Checks are to be written out to Cleveland State Community College.
- Parking Violation……………………………………………..$25.00
- Obstruction of Traffic………………………………………..$30.00
- Fire Hydrant…………………………………………………….$50.00 (TN Traffic Statute 55-8-160 (4))
- Handicap Violation………………………………………….$200.00 (TN Traffic Statute 55-21-108)
Anyone who parks illegally in handicap designated parking areas is in violation of Tennessee Traffic Laws, “Unauthorized use of disabled parking space or handicapped permit” 55-21-108, and is subject to a Cleveland City Traffic Citation, State Citation, and Vehicle Immobilization (booting). If a person’s vehicle has been immobilized, the CSCC Campus Police Department may be reached at 423-618-1720 for assistance.
- A faculty or staff member who persists in violating these regulations (three or more violations in an academic term) or fails to pay a citation will be reported to their appropriate supervisor for disciplinary action.
- Students who persist in violating these regulations (three or more violations in an academic term) or who fail to pay fines will not be allowed to receive an official transcript, be subject to administrative and/or disciplinary actions, and not allowed to graduate.
- Cleveland State Community College Vehicle Immobilization Guidelines: In regard to vehicles that are parked illegally in a parking space that is designated and marked as handicap, fire hydrant, or fire lane; or vehicles that may be impeding or obstructing the normal/natural flow of traffic, or blocking drive ways or cross walks upon any property owned or leased by Cleveland State Community College, CSCC Campus Police Officers are authorized to immobilize (boot) said vehicle and issue either a Campus or state citation. It is the officer’s discretion on which particular citation is issued.
The issuance of state traffic citations will be in accordance with the Tennessee Traffic Law/Statute Titles 39, 54, & 55:
- 55-21-108 Unauthorized use of disabled parking space or handicap permit
- 55-21-105(d) Reciprocal Agreement Clause for out of state tags/placards
- 55-21-103(a)) Parent/Legal Guardian Clause for those disabled persons who do not hold a valid driver’s license.
- 55-8-160 Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specific places:
- (A) (2) Blocking Public or Private Drive Way,
- (4) Fire Hydrant/Lane,
- (5) Cross Walk,
- (11) Obstructing Traffic Flow
Procedure: Officers shall be absolutely certain that a vehicle is in fact in violation of CSCC parking rules and regulations or Tennessee Traffic Laws/Statutes before proceeding with the immobilization (booting) of said vehicle; if possible and logical (officer discretion), officers should endeavor to make contact with vehicle owner(s) and advise them that their vehicle is in violation of CSCC parking rules and regulations, as well as Tennessee Traffic Laws/Statutes, the nature of the violation, and that their vehicle is about to be immobilized (booted) and cited Campus Police Department officers unless moved immediately.
Upon the issuance of the state citation and the Campus Police Officer has indicated that he/she is finished, Officers are to remove the Immobilization device (boot) as well as the green sticker.
If CSCC Campus Police Officers are questioned at any time about the state citation that has been issued, they will refer the individual(s) to the Bradley County Court System advising that the court date is on the citation.
- Parking Violation Appeals
- Students may submit an appeal, in writing, to the Student Parking Appeals Committee within fifteen (15) weekdays from issuance of the citation. Forms may be picked up at the Information Desk, Business Office, the CSCC Campus Police Department, or on CougarNet and turned in to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services (U110a) or the Student Senate Office (U100).
- The Student Parking Appeals Committee consists of the Vice President of Student Senate as chair and three (3) to five (5) students who volunteer and are approved by the Student Senate. Committee members serve for an academic year.
- Student appeals are to be submitted and determined on the basis set forth in the written appeal document(s) submitted by the student. The Appeals Committee meets every other week to study the appeals and vote to approve or deny all pending appeals.
- The student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision. If an appeal is successful, the Business Office will be notified. If the fine already has been paid, a refund will be provided by the college in a timely manner.
- Students may submit an appeal from a decision of the Student Parking Appeals Committee to the President of the College within fifteen (15) days of the Committee’s decision. The appeal shall be submitted in writing and must clearly state the basis for the appeal. The President will consider the appeal based on the information provided by the student and the record of the decision from the Student Parking Appeals Committee, and will notify the student and the committee of his/her decision within ten (10) days from the receipt of the appeal.
- Staff, Faculty, and Adjunct Faculty may appeal a citation directly to the Office of Vice President of Finance and Advancement by submitting a Parking Appeal Form within (15) weekdays from the date of the citation.
- All employee appeals will be submitted directly to the Office of the Vice President of Finance and Advancement to be reviewed at their discretion. The result of the appeal will be delivered in writing from the Vice President of Finance and Advancement.
- If an appeal is successful, the Business Office will be notified. If the fine already has been paid, a refund will be provided by the College in a timely manner.
- Staff, Faculty, and Adjunct Faculty may submit an appeal from a decision of the Vice President of Finance and Advancement to the President of the College within fifteen (15) days of the decision. The appeal shall be submitted in writing and must clearly state the basis for the appeal. The President will consider the appeal based on the information provided by the employee and the record of the decision from the Vice President of Finance and Advancement, and will notify the employee and the Vice President of his/her decision within ten (10) days from the receipt of the appeal.
- Special Occasions and Emergencies: On special occasions (for example; athletic events, concerts, graduation exercises, etc.) and in emergencies, parking and traffic limitations may be imposed by the CSCC Campus Police Department as required by the conditions which prevail.
- The institution reserves the right to tow any vehicle that is improperly parked. Any fees associated with towing will be the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.05 Traffic and Parking. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12
Part 6 Disciplinary Procedures
- General: Cleveland State Community College, in the implementation of TBR regulations pertaining to discipline and conduct of students, insures the constitutional rights of students by affording a system of constitutionally and legally sound procedures which provide the protection of due process of law.
- Institutional Procedures: For matters not subject to the requirements of UAPA, the Vice President for Student Services (VPSS), or designee, is responsible for initiating disciplinary action against any student.
- Where alleged misconduct of any student is believed to be of such a nature to require the imposing of any disciplinary sanction, it should be brought to the attention of the office of the Vice President for Student Services.
- The VPSS or designee shall inform the student, in person if possible, of the charges against him/her and proceed to gather information concerning the case including, but not limited to, interviews with all relevant parties (accused, accuser, and possible witnesses).
- The VPSS or designee shall review the evidence, determine whether there appears to have been a violation of the College regulations and, if so, decide upon a proper disciplinary sanction within five (5) class days.
- Following completion of the investigation, the VPSS or designee may: (a) determine that there is an insufficient basis, in fact, and dismiss the matter; (b) conclude that there is a sufficient factual basis for discipline and that discipline less than suspension or expulsion or removal of the college privileges would be appropriate; or (c) conclude that there is a sufficient factual basis for discipline and that discipline, including the possibility of suspension or expulsion or removal of college privileges, would be appropriate.
- The student will be notified of the conclusion of the VPSS or designee, and the proposed sanction. The student shall be informed of his/her right to accept the VPSS or designee’s decision and/or the right to a hearing before the Student Disciplinary Committee. In cases where suspension or expulsion are proposed as sanctions, the student shall additionally be notified, in writing, that he/she may request either a hearing conducted pursuant to UAPA (Uniform Administrative Procedures Act) or a hearing before the Student Disciplinary Committee. The student, after notice, may elect to waive the right to either, or both, a Student Disciplinary Committee hearing, and/or a UAPA hearing. Failure to elect a hearing shall constitute waiver.
- Hearings before the Student Disciplinary Committee.
- The following procedures shall apply:
- The Student Disciplinary Committee is a standing committee of Cleveland State Community College composed of students and faculty. The Student Disciplinary Committee is comprised of: One (1) faculty member from each academic department selected by the Faculty Senate, the President of the Student Senate, four (4) students selected by the Student Senate, the Vice President for Student Services (ex officio), and the President of the College (ex officio).
- The accused student shall be informed in writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing, not less than five (5) working days prior to the day of the hearing. The Student Disciplinary Committee shall afford the student a hearing within twenty (20) days after receipt of the case.
- All hearings shall be closed unless the student requests an open hearing in writing.
- The VPSS or designee shall read the charges and present the results of the investigation.
- The student shall be given an opportunity to respond to the evidence against him/her. He/she shall have an opportunity to present his/her position, make such admissions, denials, or explanations as he/she thinks appropriate and testify or present such other evidence as is available to him/her. The technical rules of evidence normally followed in civil and criminal trial shall not apply.
- The student may be accompanied by an advisor whose participation shall be limited to advising the student and shall not include representing the student.
- The student shall have the right to call witnesses on his/her behalf and the right to hear and question the witnesses against him/her.
- Members of the Committee shall have the right to ask questions.
- All evidence upon which the decision is made shall be presented at the proceedings before the Committee.
- After all the presentations of evidence and testimony, the Committee shall retire to discuss the case and render a decision.
- The student shall be notified of the decision, in writing, within five (5) days of the hearing and shall be advised of his/her right to appeal the decision of the Student Disciplinary Committee to the President of the College. The appeal shall be submitted in writing and must clearly state the basis for the appeal. The President will consider the appeal based on the information provided by the student, as well as the record of the proceedings and decision from the Student Disciplinary Committee, and will notify the student and the Committee of his/her decision within ten (10) days from the receipt of the appeal.
- Contested Case Procedure: All cases which may result in: (a) suspension or expulsion of a student from the institution for disciplinary reasons or (b) revocation of registration of a student organization, are subject to the contested case provisions of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA), T.C.A. §4-5-301 et seq., and shall be processed in accord with the Uniform Contested Case procedures adopted by the Board of Regents unless the student or organization, after receiving written notice, waives those procedures and elects to have the case disposed of in accord with institutional procedures or waives all right to contest the case under any procedure. These procedures shall be described in the institution’s policy. The Vice President for Student Services has the authority and responsibility for coordination and administration of cases involving students that may be subject to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act.
For cases which may result in Interim Involuntary Withdrawal or Suspension, the institution must incorporate the guidelines set forth herein at (4) in its decision-making processes.
- Interim Involuntary Withdrawal or Suspension Hearings: Hearings conducted with regard to interim involuntary withdrawals or suspensions imposed prior to or pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation or proceeding shall be conducted consistent with the minimum requirements of due process applicable to an institutional hearing, taking into account the need for a timely hearing. The evidence presented at the hearing shall be limited to that which is relevant to the basis asserted for imposition of the interim involuntary withdrawal or suspension.
- In determining whether a student should be involuntarily withdrawn or suspended for threatening or disruptive conduct, the institution shall consider the nature, duration, severity, and probability of the threat posed and/or the disruption caused by a student, relying on the best available objective evidence and, if applicable and obtainable, the most current medical evidence.
- The institution shall also determine whether reasonable modifications of its policies, practices, or procedures could sufficiently mitigate the risk.
- Absent exigent circumstances creating an imminent risk or harm, the assessment will be made prior to a decision to involuntarily withdraw or suspend based on the threat he or she poses to others.
- If exigent circumstances warrant the immediate removal of a student from the institution, the student will receive, at a minimum, notice and an initial opportunity to present evidence immediately after being placed on involuntary withdrawal and the opportunity to initiate full due process within thirty (30) days of the removal.
- All matters involving allegations of impermissible discrimination, harassment, or retaliation will be governed by the procedures outlined in TBR Guideline P-080 Subject: Discrimination and Harassment - Complaint and Investigation Procedure and/or an institutional policy that reflects the requirements of that Guideline.
- The VPSS will convene as many members of the Student Disciplinary Committee as may be assembled within two (2) business days of the notification of summary suspension to hear the student’s appeal. A minimum of three (3) voting members of the committee must be present to hear the student’s appeal.
- The Student Disciplinary Committee will apply the same procedures for interim suspension hearings as those used by the committee for other hearings described in Part 6, section (3)(a) of this policy.
- The president of the college is authorized, at his or her discretion, to subsequently convert any finding or sanction imposed to a lesser finding or sanction, or to rescind any previous finding or sanction, in appropriate cases.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with,TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.06 Disciplinary Procedures and due Process. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Approved by President’s Cabinet: November 7, 2011; January 8, 2013
Revised by Tennessee Board of Regents: March 29, 2012
Revised by Tennessee Board of Regents: June 19, 2015
Reviewed/Approved by Office of Academic Affairs and Office of General Counsel, Feb. 15, 2016
Approved by President’s Cabinet: May 3, 2016
General Prohibition against Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
Policy No. 7:01:00:00
It is the intent of Cleveland State Community College that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal or state civil rights law. In promulgating this policy statement it is the College’s intent to fully comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, §485(f) of the HEA, as amended by §304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the regulations implementing these Acts found at 34 CFR §668.41, §668.46, and Appendix A to Subpart D of Part 668; and Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act and Regulations issued pursuant thereto found at 45 CFR Parts 83 and 86, as well as all applicable state statutes and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
The purpose of this policy is to supplement Board Policies 2:02:10:01, 5:01:02:00, 6:01:00:00, 6:02:00:00, 6:03:00:00 and TBR Guideline P-080.
All students and employees are subject to this policy. Any faculty member, student or staff found to have violated this policy by engaging in behavior constituting discrimination or harassment will be subject to disciplinary action which may include expulsion, termination or other appropriate sanction.
All students and employees are to be knowledgeable of policies and guidelines concerning discrimination and harassment. All students and employees must promptly report to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, any complaint or conduct which might constitute harassment, whether the information concerning a complaint is received formally or informally. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, termination or other appropriate sanction.
All students and employees are required to cooperate with investigations of alleged discrimination or harassment unless otherwise provided by law. Failure to cooperate may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Students are also required to cooperate with these investigations. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, termination or other appropriate sanction.
Because Cleveland State Community College takes its responsibilities in this area seriously, it provides periodic training and education to employees and students regarding conduct that could violate this policy. All employees and students are expected to participate in such education and training. Further, all employees and students are encouraged to engage in reasonable, necessary, and safe bystander intervention to prevent and discourage all types of discrimination and harassment.
Applicable Policies and Procedures
Complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment by or against students, faculty or staff shall be governed by Cleveland State Community College Policy 7:02:00:00, 7:03:00:00, and 7:04:00:00. Complaints of sexual misconduct shall be governed by Cleveland State Community College Policies 7:02:00:00, 7:03:00:00, and 7:05:00:00. All other complaints of discrimination shall be governed by Cleveland State Community College Policies 7:01:00:00, 7:03:00:00, and 7:04:00:00.
Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct
Policy No. 7:02:00:00
It is the intent of Cleveland State Community College that the institution shall fully comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, §485(f) of the HEA, as amended by §304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the regulations implementing these Acts found at 34 CFR §668.41, §668.46, and Appendix A to Subpart D of Part 668; and Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act and Regulations issued pursuant thereto found at 45 CFR Parts 83 and 86. The policies in this area are adopted to address such compliance.
For purposes of this policy area the following definitions shall apply:
- Sex Discrimination is treating someone less favorably because of that person’s sex, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- Sexual Harassment is conduct based on a person’s sex, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression that:
- Adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, participation in an institution’s activities or living environment;
- Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or abusive environment of the individual; or
- Is used as a basis for or a factor in decisions that tangibly affect that individual’s employment, education, participation in an institution’s activities or living environment.
- Sexual Misconduct for purposes of this policy area includes dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, as they are defined in TBR Policy 6:02:00:00.
Applicable Policies and Procedures
Complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment by or against students, faculty or staff shall be governed by Cleveland State Community College Policy 7:02:00:00, TBR Policy 7:02:00:00 and TBR Guideline P-080. Complaints of sexual misconduct shall be governed by Cleveland State Community College Policy 7:03:00:00 and TBR Policy 7:03:00:00.
Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
Policy No. 7:03:00:00
It is the intent of Cleveland State Community College that the institution shall fully comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act and Regulations issued pursuant thereto (45 C.F.R. Parts 83 and 86), and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended. The following policy and procedures are adopted by the College to facilitate such compliance.
- It is the policy of Cleveland State Community College that, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act, and Regulations adopted pursuant thereto, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, no institution shall discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities of the institution, including health-related training programs or in the terms and benefits affecting employment.
- The College shall ensure that equal opportunity and non-discrimination exist on the basis of sex for all persons on the Cleveland State Community College campus including students in all education programs and activities, including but not limited to, the following:
- Recruitment and admission;
- Academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, health-related training, and other education programs;
- Rules on student life activities;
- Access to course offerings;
- Financial assistance;
- Employment assistance;
- Health and insurance benefits and services;
- Rules on marital or parental status; and
- In addition, in conjunction with TBR Policy No. 5:01:02:00, and Cleveland State Policy No. 5:01:02:00, the College shall ensure that no person, on the basis of sex, is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment under any education program or activity.
- Nondiscrimination in employment on the basis of sex shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
- Employment criteria;
- Recruitment and hiring;
- Promotion, tenure, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, nepotism policies, and rehiring;
- Job assignments, classifications, and descriptions, lines of progression and seniority lists;
- Fringe benefits; and
- All other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
- It is the policy of Cleveland State Community College that pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, and regulations adopted pursuant thereto and Cleveland State College Policy No. 07:02:00:00, that the institution shall not condone sexual harassment of students, applicants for employment or employees and/or other persons on the Cleveland State College campus(es) and shall affirmatively address all allegations of sexual harassment.
- Compliance with this policy shall be effectuated through procedures established in accordance with Section III.B. of this policy and Cleveland State Policy 07:04:00:00.
- Designation of Title IX/EEO Coordinator
- Cleveland State College designates Joan Bates, Director of Human Resources as the Title IX/EEO Coordinator for the College.
- The Title IX/EEO Coordinator will be responsible for evaluation of the compliance efforts of the institution, coordinate such efforts, and investigate complaints by employees or students arising under the Acts and the Regulations.
- To report complaints or violations of Title IX, Title VII and/or related College policies, all persons including students and employees should contact the Title IX/EEO Coordinator at:
Director of Human Resources
D. F. Adkisson Administration Building, Room 107
(423) 478-6205 work
(423) 478-6257 fax
- Complaint Procedures.
Cleveland State College will utilize the procedure set forth in Cleveland State Community College Policy 7:04:00:00 Complaint and Investigation Procedure to address all complaints arising under the Acts or the Regulations.
- Statement and Dissemination of Policy.
- The applicable policies are distributed annually and can be found at:
- In addition, Cleveland State Community College provides these policies to all employees and students at initial hire, admission, orientation, and at least annually. In addition, the College will provide information regarding these policies to any other person including perspective students upon request.
- The policy statements adopted pursuant to Cleveland State Community College Policies as well as Section I of this item shall be published in the following publications:
- The College website
- Memoranda or written communications to every student and employee of the institution.
- Student and employee handbooks and/or catalogs.
- In addition, each institution shall include the policy statement in each announcement, bulletin, catalog, and application form which it makes available to any person herein described, or which is used in connection with the recruitment of students or employees.
- Cleveland State Community College shall submit to the Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents a written self-evaluation of its current policies and practices and the effects thereof concerning admission and treatment of students, and employment of academic and non-academic personnel working in connection with the institution’s education programs and activities as directed.
- From time to time, Cleveland State Community College shall modify its policies and practices to comply with the requirements of Title IX, Title VII, the Public Health Service Act, or the Regulations issued pursuant thereto, and will take appropriate remedial steps to eliminate the effects of any discrimination and shall recommend to the Chancellor amendment of any state legislation which inhibits compliance with Title IX, Title VII, the Public Health Service Act, and the Regulations issued pursuant thereto.
Discrimination and Harassment
Policy No. 7:04:00:00
The purpose of this policy is to supplement TBR Board Policies 2:02:10:01, 5:01:02:00, 7:01:00:00, 7:02:00:00, 7:03:00:00 and TBR Guideline P-080, and to implement Cleveland State Community College Policies 07:01:00:00 and 07:02:00:00, relative to the orderly resolution of allegations of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation/gender identity/expression, disability, age as applicable, status as a covered veteran, genetic information and any other category protected by federal or state civil law.
Fair and prompt consideration shall be given to all allegations in accordance with the procedures set forth below. These procedures may be utilized by any person on the Cleveland State campus including employees, applicants for employment, or students who believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination or harassment. Former employees or students may file allegations concerning conduct which took place during the time of employment or enrollment provided the allegation is timely filed pursuant to Section IV of this policy and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution.
- The following procedures are intended to protect the rights of the aggrieved party (hereinafter, “the Complainant”) as well as the party against whom an allegation of discrimination or harassment is lodged (hereinafter “the Respondent”), as required by state and federal laws. Each allegation must be promptly and properly investigated and, when warranted, appropriate disciplinary action taken against the Respondent.
- The TBR Office of General Counsel (OGC) shall always be consulted upon receipt of an allegation and prior to an investigation.
- In situations that require immediate action because of safety or other concerns, the College may take any administrative action which is appropriate, e.g., administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Students may be placed on interim suspension under the appropriate circumstances pending the outcome of the investigation. OGC shall be contacted before any immediate action is taken.
- Each employee, applicant for employment and student shall be notified of the name, office, and telephone number of the designated Equal Employment/Affirmative Action, Officer responsible for assuring compliance with this policy, Board Guideline, and federal law.
- Reporting Allegations
- Any person including current or former students, applicants for employment, or current or former employees who believe they have been subject to discrimination or harassment at the College or who believes they have observed discrimination or harassment taking place, shall present the allegation to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator will investigate or assign the investigation to an appropriate person for investigation. When so assigned, the investigator will maintain communication with the Title IX/EEO Coordinator throughout the process.
- Allegations under Title VI must be brought within 180 days of the last incident of discrimination or harassment. All other allegations must be brought within 365 days of the last incident of discrimination or harassment. Allegations brought after those time periods will not be pursued absent extraordinary circumstances. The determination of whether the allegation was timely filed or whether extraordinary circumstances exist to extend the allegation period must be made in conjunction with OGC.
- Allegations may be brought in writing or reported verbally to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator who will reduce it to writing. The allegation shall include the circumstances giving rise to the allegation, the dates of the alleged occurrences, and the names of witnesses, if any. A sample allegation form is provided in Appendix A. Every effort shall be made to obtain a signature by the Complainant, however, when the Complainant chooses not to provide or sign a written allegation, the matter will still be investigated and appropriate action taken. Allegations made anonymously or by a third party will also be investigated to the extent possible.
- If the subject matter of the allegation does not properly address a matter of discrimination or harassment, the Investigator may dismiss the allegation without further investigation after consultation with OGC. The Complainant should be informed of other available processes such as the employee grievance/allegation process, or a student non-academic allegation process.
- OGC shall be notified of the allegation; whether written or verbal, as soon as possible after it is brought to the attention of the Investigator and the investigation will be under the direction of OGC. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee shall notify the President that the investigation is being initiated.
- When the allegation of discrimination or harassment is against the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, the President will identify an individual who has been trained in investigating such allegations to investigate the allegation and carry out the responsibilities assigned pursuant to this policy. If it is against some other person that has been assigned to the investigation, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator will reassign the investigation to an individual who has been trained in investigating such allegations. When the allegation of harassment is against the President, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee shall notify the OGC who will assign an investigator who will make his/her report to the Chancellor.
- When the Respondent is a student, the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee in conjunction with the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or his/her designee will investigate the allegation in compliance with the procedures outlined in this policy. If a finding of violation is made, any resulting disciplinary action will be undertaken in compliance with this policy and the College’s student disciplinary procedures.
- When the Respondent is an employee or faculty, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or his/her designee in consultation with the Vice President for Academic Affairs will investigate the allegation in compliance with the procedures outlined in this policy. If a finding of violation is made, any resulting disciplinary action will be undertaken in compliance with this policy and the College’s employee disciplinary procedures.
- When a student is involved as the Complainant, the Respondent or an individual interviewed, all documentation referring to that student shall be subject to the provisions of the Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Tennessee Code Annotated Section 10-7-504(a) (4) which requires that certain students’ disciplinary records are subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.
- In consultation with and under the direction of OGC, the Investigator shall conduct an investigation of the allegation. This investigation shall include interviews with both the Complainant and the Respondent. The investigation shall also include interviews with relevant witnesses as well as those named by the Complainant and Respondent. The purpose of the investigation is to establish whether there has been a violation of the policy. It is the responsibility of the Investigator to weigh the credibility of all individuals interviewed and to determine the weight to be given information received during the course of the investigation.
- To the extent possible, the investigation will be conducted in such a manner to protect the confidentiality of both parties. However, the Complainant, Respondent and all individuals interviewed shall be informed that the College has an obligation to address harassment and that, in order to conduct an effective investigation, complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Additionally, all individuals shall be informed that discussion of the investigation with persons not involved in the investigation process may constitute retaliation in an appropriate case. Information may need to be revealed to the Respondent and to potential witnesses. However, information about the allegation should be shared only with those who have a need to know about it. The Complainant and Respondent shall also be informed that a request to inspect documents made pursuant to the Public Records Act may result in certain documents being released.
- A Complainant may be informed that if he or she wants to speak privately and in confidence about discrimination or harassment, he or she may wish to consult with a social worker, counselor, therapist or member of the clergy who is permitted, by law, to assure greater confidentiality. Names, numbers and contacts for local agencies:
||Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
||Van Buren, Morgan, Fentress, Cumberland, Bledsoe, Rhea, Roane
||Hamblen, Hawkins, Granger, Claiborne, Hancock, Union, Cocke
||Family Resource Agency
||Bradley, Polk, Rhea
||Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
||Hamilton & Marion
||Sexual Assault Center, East TN
||Knox, Anderson, Blount, Roane, Loudon, Sevier, Campbell, Union, Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, & Tri-Cities
||The Crisis Center
||Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, & Tri-Cities
||The H.O.P.E. Center
||McMinn, Meigs, Monroe
- If either the Complainant or the Respondent is a student, the Investigator should communicate the prohibition against disclosure of personally identifiable information with regard to the student, based on FERPA.
- The Complainant shall be given assurances that measures will be taken against the Respondent should there be retaliation against him or her. Retaliation is prohibited and should be reported to the investigator immediately. Allegations of retaliation must also be investigated pursuant to the procedure set out in this policy.
- The Respondent and all participants in the investigation shall be notified that retaliation against the Complainant or other participants in the investigation is prohibited and that such conduct is subject to separate/additional disciplinary action.
- The Investigator shall notify the Respondent about the allegation, in writing, as soon after receipt as practicable. The Respondent may provide a written response to the allegation within five (5) working days following receipt of the Investigator’s notification.
- At any time during the course of the investigation, the Investigator may meet with both the Complainant and the Respondent individually for the purpose of resolving the allegation informally. Either party has the right to end informal processes at any time.
- If no informal resolution is reached, the Investigator shall draft a report summarizing the investigation which shall be sent to OGC for review. Each report shall outline the basis of the allegation, including the dates of the alleged occurrences, the response of the Respondent, the findings of the Investigator, whether there were any attempts made to resolve the allegation informally, a determination of whether there was a violation of the policy, and recommendations regarding the disposition of the allegation.
- After review and approval by OGC, the report shall be submitted to the President no later than sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of the allegation, absent cause for extending the investigation time line. In situations where more time is needed to complete the investigation, for reasons such as difficulty in locating a necessary witness, or complexity of the allegation, additional time may be taken, but only following notice to OGC and written notice to both the Complainant and the Respondent.
- If, after investigation, there is insufficient evidence to support the allegation or, in any situation in which the Complainant refuses to cooperate in the investigation, it may be appropriate to discuss the allegation with the Respondent, informing him or her that he or she is not being accused of a P-080 violation, but that the conduct alleged, had it been substantiated, could be found to violate Guideline P-080 and this policy. Conduct which does not violate the College’s policies prohibiting discrimination may, nevertheless, provide a basis for disciplinary action against the Respondent.
- The President shall review the Investigator’s report and shall make a final determination within a reasonable time as to whether a violation has occurred and, what the appropriate resolution should be.
- If the investigation reveals evidence that a violation of this policy has occurred, the President must take immediate and appropriate corrective action. Such action may include meeting with the Respondent and/or the Complainant and attempting to resolve the problem by agreement. Appropriate steps must be taken to ensure that the discrimination or harassment will not reoccur.
- After the President has made the determination, the Investigator shall, absent unusual circumstances and after consultation with OGC, provide both the Complainant and the Respondent with notice of the determination, and any related corrective action, and notice of the appeal process to the parties at the time that the parties are advised of the outcome of the investigation.
- After completion of the investigation and any subsequent disciplinary proceedings, all documentation shall be forwarded to OGC. However, copies of the President’s determination, the Investigator’s report, the allegation (if it concerns an employee), and documentation of any disciplinary action taken against the Respondent should be placed in a file maintained on campus. This file shall be maintained in the Title IX/EEO Coordinator’s office. If such action was taken, copies of documentation establishing disciplinary action taken against the Respondent, whether an employee or student, shall be maintained in the Respondent’s personnel or student record, as appropriate.
- Some documents involved in an investigation may be subject to the Public Records Act and thus, open to inspection. Other documents may be protected under FERPA, the attorney/client privilege, or attorney work product and would not be releasable. If a Public Records request is received, OGC must be consulted prior to the release of any documents.
- An allegation found to have been intentionally dishonest or maliciously made will subject the Complainant to appropriate disciplinary action.
- Appeal of Decision
- Both the Complainant and the Respondent shall have an opportunity to appeal the President’s decision concerning the allegation.
- Appeals to the President shall be delivered to the investigator within ten (10) days from receipt of notice of the outcome of the investigation.
- The appeal process shall consist of an opportunity for the parties to provide information to the institution’s attention that would change the decision. The appeal process will not be a de novo review of the decision, and the parties will not be allowed to present their appeals in person to the President unless the President determines, in his/her sole discretion, to allow an in-person appeal.
- The appealing party(ies) must explain why he/she believes the factual information was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or the appropriate legal standard was not applied, and how this would change the determination in the case. Failure to do so may result in a denial of the appeal.
- The President will issue a written decision regarding the appeal as promptly as possible. This decision will constitute the institution’s final decision with respect to the President’s determination.
Other Applicable Procedures
While the decision of the President is final with regard to whether a violation of the College’s policy against discrimination has occurred, where disciplinary action results in termination of employment, suspension or expulsion, the affected party shall have the right to utilize policies applicable to their status, (e.g., employee, student, faculty) to appeal the sanction only.
Applicable disciplinary policies and grievances and tenure termination:
Cleveland State Policy 5:01:03:00, Employee Grievance and Complaint Procedure
Cleveland State Policy 5:02:03:00, Academic Tenure
TBR Policy 5:01:00:00, General Personnel
TBR Policy 5:02:03:70, Academic Tenure for Community Colleges
DISCRIMINATION/HARASSMENT ALLEGATION FORM
Phone: (home) (work) (cell)
Name(s) of person(s) accused of wrongdoing:
Describe all actions of person(s) named above. Be as detailed as possible; include the date, time and place of each event(s) or conduct involved. Attach additional pages, if needed.
Why do you think the person(s) treated you this way?
What effect has this had on you?
Name(s) of witnesses to the above-described events. Include phone number(s), if known.
Name(s) of anyone with whom you discussed the above-described events. Include phone number, if known.
How would you like this matter resolved?
Return completed form to Human Resources
Policy No. 7:05:00:00
This policy is intended to provide a single, easily accessible and user-friendly document for students, employees, and others affected by sexual misconduct to find information regarding the rules and procedures of Cleveland State Community College related to the offenses defined herein.
This policy is adopted by Cleveland State Community College (College) specifically to address the offenses defined herein. All other forms of discrimination including sex discrimination and sexual harassment are also strictly prohibited. Allegations that are not within the scope of this policy are subject to the policies and procedures described in Cleveland State Community College Policies 7:01:00:00 - 7:04:00:00.
Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Cleveland State Community College is committed to eliminating any and all acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination on its campuses. As set forth in this policy, sexual misconduct includes dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Cleveland State Community College strictly prohibits these offenses. Any allegation of sexual misconduct as defined herein will be investigated and adjudicated according to this policy.
Scope: These procedures shall be utilized by:
- Any employee or student who has been a victim of sexual misconduct, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression;
- Former employees or students if the conduct took place during the time of employment or enrollment at Cleveland State Community College and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution;
- All third parties with whom Cleveland State Community College has an educational or business relationship and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the institution;
- Consent - an informed decision, freely given, made through mutually understandable words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent cannot be given by an individual who is asleep; unconscious; or mentally or physically incapacitated, either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason; or, is under duress, threat, coercion, or force. Past consent does not imply future consent. Silence or an absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
- Dating Violence - violence against a person when the accuser and accused are dating, or who have dated, or who have or had a sexual relationship. “Dating” and “dated” do not include fraternization between two (2) individuals solely in a business or non-romantic social context. Violence includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means;
- Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm;
- Physical restraint;
- Malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or,
- Placing a victim in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser - TCA § 36-3-601(5)(c)
- Domestic Violence Victim - violence against a person when the accuser and accused:
- Are current or former spouses
- Live together or have lived together;
- Are related by blood or adoption;
- Are related or were formally related by marriage; or,
- Are adult or minor children of a person in a relationship described above
- Domestic Violence - includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on the accuser by other than accidental means;
- Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm;
- Physical restraint;
- Malicious damage to the personal property of the accuser, including inflicting, or attempting to inflict, physical injury on any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser; or,
- Placing the accuser in fear of physical harm to any animal owned, possessed, leased, kept, or held by the accuser - TCA § 36-3-601
- Sexual Assault - the nonconsensual sexual contact with the accuser by the accused, or the accused by the accuser when force or coercion is used to accomplish the act, the sexual contact is accomplished without consent of the accuser, and the accused knows or has reason to know at the time of the contact that the accuser did not or could not consent. Sexual contact includes, but is not limited to, the intentional touching of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, or the intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the accuser’s, the accused’s, or any other person’s intimate parts, if that intentional touching can be reasonably construed as being for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.
- Sexual Misconduct - for the purposes of this policy, “sexual misconduct” is defined as dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Stalking - a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another individual that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested, and that actually causes the accuser to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. Harassment - means conduct directed toward the accuser that includes, but is not limited to, repeated or continuing unconsented contact that would cause a reasonable person to suffer emotional distress, and that actually causes the accuser to suffer emotional distress. Harassment does not include constitutionally protected activity or conduct that serves a legitimate purpose- TCA § 39-17-315
Immediate Actions A Victim Should Take
- In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or similar event, the most important thing is for the victim to get to a safe place.
- When a feeling of safety has been achieved, the victim should seek medical attention, regardless of his or her decision to report the crime to the police. It is very important for the victim of sexual assault to seek medical attention immediately so that the victim can be screened for sexually transmitted diseases/pregnancy/date rape drugs, obtain emergency contraception, and receive treatment for any physical injuries.
- A victim has the right to accept or decline any or all parts of a medical exam. However, critical evidence may be lost or missed if not collected or analyzed.
- Valuable physical evidence can be obtained from the victim and the victim’s clothing. A victim should make every effort to save anything that might contain the offender’s DNA. Therefore, a victim should not:
- Bathe or shower;
- Wash his/her hands;
- Brush his/her teeth;
- Use the restroom;
- Change clothes;
- Comb hair;
- Clean up the crime scene; or
- Move anything the offender may have touched
- Even if the victim has not yet decided to report the crime, receiving a forensic medical exam and keeping the evidence safe from damage will improve the chances that the police can access and test the stored evidence at a later date.
- Victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged to preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, other communications, and keeping pictures, logs or other copies of documents, if they have any, that would be useful to investigators.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
The College encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened so they can get the support they need and so the College can respond appropriately. Though reports will be kept as confidential as possible, the College cannot guarantee the confidentiality of every report or complaint. The following provisions detail the confidentiality options available to individuals.
- Reporting Confidentially
If a victim chooses to report an incident of sexual misconduct to an employee of Cleveland State Community College, the College will initiate and pursue an investigation of the incident. If a victim instead wishes to report an incident of sexual misconduct in a confidential manner, they should contact one of the following entities:
||Avalon Center Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
||Van Buren, Morgan, Fentress, Cumberland, Bledsoe
||Hamblen, Hawkins, Granger, Claiborne
||Family Resource Agency
||Bradley, Polk, Rhea
||Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
||Hamilton & Marion
||Sexual Assault Center, East TN
||Knox, Anderson, Blount, Roane, Loudon, Sevier, Campbell, Union, Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, & Tri-Cities
||The Crisis Center
||Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Washington, & Tri-Cities
||The H.O.P.E. Center
||McMinn, Meigs, Monroe
If the victim chooses to report in a confidential manner, the College may be unable to conduct an investigation into the matter or pursue disciplinary action against the alleged offender.
- Filing an Institutional Complaint
Reports of acts of sexual misconduct made to any employee of the College must be reported to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, and the College will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably.
- The College shall not share information with law enforcement without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to law enforcement.
- Before a complainant reveals any information to an employee, the employee must ensure that the complainant understands the employee’s reporting obligations.
- If the complainant wants to maintain confidentiality, the employee must direct the victim to confidential resources as detailed in Section IV.A. of this policy.
- If the complainant wants to tell an employee what happened but also maintain confidentiality, the employee must advise the complainant that the College will consider the request, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to honor it. In reporting the details of the incident to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, the employee will also inform the Coordinator of the complainant’s request for confidentiality.
- An incident may be directly reported to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator:
3535 Adkisson Drive
Cleveland, TN 37312
Adkisson Administration Bldg. Rm. 107
The Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee will be available to receive incident reports 24 hours a day at (423) 618-1720.
- Victims may alternatively report incidents to any supervisory employee of the College who will forward the allegation of the incident to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
Role of Title IX /EEO Coordinator
- The College’s Title IX/EEO Coordinator is responsible for oversight all Title IX and other incidents of sexual misconduct reported to the institution and for implementation of this policy. This will include but not be limited to, identifying and addressing any systemic gender-based harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Investigation or oversight of investigations of allegations related to Title IX;
- Coordination and oversight of educational programs including mandatory training for new students and employees and awareness campaigns for current students and employees;
- Coordination with local law enforcement on matters related to allegations related to sexual misconduct;
- Coordination and oversight of training for anyone involved in responding to, investigating, or adjudicating sexual misconduct;
- Coordination and oversight of training for employees related to their responsibility when they are aware of sexual misconduct;
- Coordination and oversight of annual training for investigators, decision makers, hearing officers and hearing committee members on the issues related to sexual misconduct and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of complainants and promotes accountability; and
- Attending appropriate training annually on topics related to responding to or investigating allegations of sexual misconduct.
- The Title IX/EEO Coordinator may designate deputies and investigators (“designees”) to assist in carrying out any of the responsibilities related to implementing this policy.
The Title IX/EEO Coordinator shall report at the beginning of each new school year to TBR’s Office of General Counsel the name of and contact information for the College’s Title IX Coordinator.
Investigation Requirements and Procedures
- All proceedings will include a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and result. The College will provide the respondent and complainant equitable rights during the investigative process.
- All complaints of sexual misconduct shall be presented to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator for investigation and appropriate disposition.
- Mediation between the complainant and respondent will never be considered an appropriate resolution in sexual misconduct cases.
- Initiating an investigation
- Absent good cause, within three (3) business days of receipt of a report of sexual misconduct the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee shall attempt to reduce the complaint to writing with confirmation by the complainant that includes information related to the circumstances giving rise to the complaint, the dates of the alleged occurrences, and names of witnesses, if any. The complainant should be encouraged to complete a complaint form and submit a detailed written report of the alleged incident.
- When the complainant chooses not to provide a written complaint, the Title IX Coordinator or designee will still investigate and take appropriate action.
- Both before and during the pendency of the investigations, the Title IX Coordinator shall consult with the complainant and consider what, if any, interim measures may be necessary.
- Complaints made anonymously or by a third party will be investigated to the extent possible.
- After consultation with TBR General Counsel, if the Title IX/EEO Coordinator determines that the complaint contains an allegation of sexual misconduct, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator shall follow the procedures set forth in this policy to investigate and adjudicate the complaint.
- The Title IX/EEO Coordinator may appoint a qualified, sufficiently trained person to investigate the allegations made in the complaint.
- Only one person shall be identified as the lead investigator for a complaint.
- Investigations shall be conducted by officials who do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against the complainant or respondent.
- If the complainant or respondent believes the assigned investigator has a conflict of interest, that party must submit a written explanation of the reason for that belief to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator. When the allegation of sexual misconduct or other conflict of interest is raised against the Title IX/EEO Coordinator, the President will identify an individual who has been trained in investigating such allegations to investigate the allegation and carry out the responsibilities assigned pursuant to this policy. If it is against some other person that has been assigned to the investigation, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator will reassign the investigation to an individual who has been trained in investigating such allegations. When the allegation of harassment is against the President, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator or designee shall notify the OGC who will assign an investigator who will make his/her report to the Chancellor.
- The explanation must be submitted within three (3) business days, absent good cause, of the time when the party knew or should have known the facts that would give rise to the alleged conflict of interest. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator or where appropriate, the President, will determine if the facts warrant the appointment of a different investigator and respond to the parties in writing within three (3) business days, absent good cause. The decision shall be final.
- What the investigation should and should not entail
- Once the incident report is received, the investigator shall notify the Complainant in writing of his/her rights and request a meeting.
- The investigator shall also notify the Respondent in writing of the complaint and his/her rights and schedule a meeting.
- The investigator shall notify the Complainant, Respondent, and all individuals interviewed during the investigation that retaliation is strictly prohibited and may be grounds for disciplinary action. The investigator shall also instruct the participants that the investigation shall be treated as confidential and that any discussions regarding the investigation outside of the interview may constitute retaliation. In addition, the investigator shall advise all interviewees that they should report any activity that they perceive as being retaliatory.
- The investigation shall include interviews with both the Complainant and Respondent, unless the Complainant declines an in-person interview.
- The Complainant and Respondent shall be provided with the same opportunities to have others present during an interview, including the opportunity to be accompanied by the advisor of their choice to any related meeting or proceeding.
- The College will not limit the choice of advisor for either the Complainant or Respondent; however, the investigator may limit the participation of advisors during the investigation. Any limits imposed will be the same for both complainant and respondent.
- The investigation shall include interviews with relevant witnesses identified by the Complainant and Respondent or any other potential, relevant witness made known to the investigator via other means.
- The investigator is expected to request a list of relevant witnesses and evidence from Complainant and Respondent and take such into consideration.
- The investigation shall include the gathering and reviewing of any documentary, electronic, physical, or other type of relevant evidence.
- The investigator shall not consider any evidence about the Complainant’s prior sexual conduct with anyone other than the Respondent. Evidence of a prior consensual dating or sexual relationship between the parties by itself does not imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual misconduct.
Time frame for conducting the investigation
- Every reasonable effort shall be made to conclude the investigation and resolve the complaint within sixty (60) calendar days following receipt of the complaint. Within this sixty (60) day time frame, absent good cause, it is expected that the investigator will conclude the investigation, that the investigator will present a report to the decision maker, and that the investigator will notify the parties in writing of decision maker’s determination.
- If the investigator or decision maker determines that additional time is needed, both parties shall be notified in writing of the delay, the anticipated date that the investigation will be concluded, and the reasons for such delay.
- If either party determines that additional time is needed, that party shall request such in writing to the investigator. The written request for additional time shall include the reasons for the requested delay and the number of additional days needed. The investigator shall make every reasonable effort to respond to the request for additional time within two (2) business days following receipt of the request and shall notify both parties in written as to whether or not the request is granted.
Outcome of Investigation and Determination of Appropriate Action
- Upon completion of the investigation, the investigator shall prepare a written report that includes the allegations made by the Complainant, the response of the Respondent, corroborating or non-corroborating statements of the witnesses, review of other evidence obtained, and conclusions that may be drawn from the evidence gathered.
- It is the responsibility of the investigator to weigh the credibility of all individuals interviewed and to determine the weight to be given to information received during the course of the investigation.
- At the completion of the investigation, the Title IX/EEO Coordinator will make a determination as to whether a violation of the sexual misconduct policy has occurred, and where appropriate, determine the proper disciplinary/corrective action. The Title IX/EEO Coordinator shall utilize “the preponderance of the evidence” standard when making the determination. Corrective Actions for student respondents will include, but not be limited to those provided in the College’s student discipline policy. Those sanctions can include suspension or expulsion from the College. Sanctions for employees can include any appropriate potential employment action from a reprimand up to, and including, termination of employment.
- The Title IX/EEO Coordinator’s determination shall be communicated in writing simultaneously to the Complainant and Respondent, along with notice to the parties of their right to request an institutional hearing on the determination that a policy violation did or did not occur.
- Either the Respondent or the Complainant may appeal the decision of the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
- If the Respondent is a faculty member, the appeal shall be to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- If the Respondent is a student or non-faculty employee, the appeal shall be to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
- Appeals to the Vice President shall be delivered to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator within ten (10) days from receipt of notice of the decision of the Title IX/EEO Coordinator.
- The appeal shall be conducted consistent with the procedures established in Cleveland State Community College policy 3:02:00:01 Part 6, (3) and (4) for hearings conducted by the Student Affairs committee.
- Vice Presidents will apply the preponderance of evidence standard in their proceedings.
- All notices from the Vice Presidents will be delivered to the Complainant and Respondent at the same time and in the same form.
- Both the Complainant and the Respondent shall have an opportunity to appeal the Vice President’s decision to the President.
- Appeals to the President shall be delivered to the Title IX/EEO Coordinator within ten (10) days from receipt of notice of the Vice President’s decision.
- The appeal process shall consist of an opportunity for the parties to provide information to the institution’s attention that would change the decision. The appeal process will not be a de novo review of the decision, and the parties will not be allowed to present their appeals in person to the President unless the President determines, in his/her sole discretion, to allow an in-person appeal.
- The appealing party must explain why he/she believes the factual information was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or the appropriate legal standard was not applied, and how this would change the determination in the case. Failure to do so may result in a denial of the appeal.
- The President will issue a written decision regarding the appeal as promptly as possible. This decision will constitute the institution’s final decision with respect to the allegation of sexual misconduct.
- The President will apply the preponderance of evidence standard in his/her proceedings.
- All notices from the President will be delivered to the Complainant and Respondent at the same time and in the same form.
Other Applicable Procedures
After the determination becomes final, and where disciplinary action results in termination of employment, suspension or expulsion, the affected party shall have the right to utilize policies applicable to their status, (e.g., employee, student, faculty) to appeal the sanction only.
Applicable disciplinary policies and grievances and tenure termination:
Cleveland State Policy 5:01:03:00, Employee Grievance and Complaint Procedure
Cleveland State Policy 5:02:03:00, Academic Tenure
TBR Policy 5:01:00:00, General Personnel
TBR Policy 5:02:03:70, Academic Tenure for Community Colleges
Complainant shall receive all notices relative to these proceedings that the Respondent receives at the same time and in the same form, shall be entitled to be present at all proceedings, to inform any hearing body of relevant witnesses or evidence, to testify, and receive all notices of determination at the same time and in the same form at all levels of the proceedings.
- In situations that require immediate action because of safety or other concerns, the College will take any reasonable administrative action that is appropriate. Examples of such interim actions include, but are not limited to:
- Providing an escort to ensure that the complainant can move safely between classes and activities;
- Ensuring that the complainant and respondent do not attend the same classes;
- Providing access to counseling services;
- Providing or assisting in providing medical services;
- Providing academic support services, such as tutoring; and
- Arranging for the complainant to re-take a course or withdraw from a class without penalty, including ensuring that any changes do not adversely affect the complainant’s academic record.
- These remedies may be applied to one, both, or multiple parties involved.
- Student respondents may be placed on interim suspension under the appropriate circumstances pending the outcome of the investigation. The College shall follow TBR Policy 3:02:00:02, General Regulations on Student Conduct & Disciplinary Sanctions and Cleveland State Community College Policy 3:02:00:01 before placing a student respondent on interim suspension.
- The College may, consistent with College policy, take any appropriate interim action with regard to employees, e.g. placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the matter.
Education and Prevention Programs
- The College will engage in comprehensive educational programming to prevent sexual misconduct. Educational programming consists of primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees and ongoing awareness and prevention campaigns for students, faculty, and staff that:
- Identifies domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as prohibited conduct;
- Defines what behavior constitutes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking;
- Defines what behavior and actions constitute consent to sexual activity in the State of Tennessee;
- Provides safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking against a person other than the bystander; and
- Provides information on risk reduction so that students and employees may recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks.
Assistance for Victims of Sexual Misconduct: Rights and Options
- Regardless of whether a victim elects to pursue a criminal complaint, the College will assist victims of sexual misconduct and will provide each victim with a written explanation of her/his rights as a member of the College.
- Additionally, in the Tennessee court system, a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking has the following rights: the right to confer with the prosecution, right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system, the right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present, the right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly, the right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person, the right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence, the right to restitution from the offender and the right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims. Information related to these rights may be found at Tennessee District Attorneys Victim Rights.
- Protection from abuse orders may be available through TNCOURTS.gov, with forms found at: Order of Protection Forms, and additional information related to such orders may be found at Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.
- The College does not publish the name of crime victims nor maintain identifiable information regarding victims in the Daily Crime Log or in the release of timely warnings.
Resources for Victims of Sexual Misconduct
The resources listed below are not exhaustive or limited to victims who wish to make an official report or participate in an institutional hearing, police investigation or criminal prosecution. However, in cases where a victim wishes to maintain complete confidentiality, the victim should review carefully Section V. ¶A. Reporting Confidentially, related to the limits on the College’s ability to maintain confidentiality.
- On Campus Resources
||Counseling and Career Services
||George L. Mathis Student Center, Room 118
||George L. Mathis Student Center, Basement
||Sexual Violence Hotline
||After Normal Business Hours
||Office of the Title IX Coordinator
||Director of Human Resources
||Vice President of Student Services
- In the Cleveland Area
||Police - City of Cleveland
||100 Church Street NE-Cleveland TN
||423-728-7311, ext. 0
||Sheriff - Bradley County
||2290 Blythe Avenue SE-Cleveland TN 37311
||Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline
||Hotline for Bradley Co. and Polk Co.
||Athens City Police Dept.
||815 N Jackson Street-Athens TN 37303
||McMinn Co. Sheriff Dept.
||1319 S. White Street-Athens TN 37303
||City of Etowah Police Dept.
||1317 S. Tennessee Avenue-Etowah TN 37331
||Monroe Co. Sheriff Dept.
||319 Hickory Street-Madisonville TN 37354
||Madisonville Police Dept.
||315 Englewood Rd-Madisonville TN 37354
||Meigs Co. Sheriff Dept.
||410 River Road-Decatur TN 37322
||Decatur Police Dept.
||120 N. Main Street-Decatur TN 37322
||Polk Co. Sheriff Dept.
||164 Industrial Access Cir-Benton TN 37307
||Benton Police Dept.
||6496 Hwy 411-Benton TN 37307
||Tennova Health Care
||2305 Chambliss Avenue-Cleveland TN 37311
||Starr Regional Medical Center
||1114 West Madison Avenue-Athens TN 37303
||Sweetwater Hospital Association
||304 Church Street-Sweetwater TN 37874
||The H.O.P.E. Center
||704 W. Madison Avenue-Athens TN 37303
||423-745-5289 (24 Hr helpline)
||Domestic Violence Intake Center (Protective Orders)
- On-line Resources:
The College, its officers, employees, or agents are strictly prohibited from retaliating, intimidating, threatening, coercing, or otherwise discriminating against any individual for exercising their rights or responsibilities under any provision of this policy. Retaliation will result in disciplinary measures, up to and including termination or expulsion.
Use of Student Government Activity Fees
Guidance Letter B-050
The student government activity fee is collected pursuant to Tennessee Board of Regents Guideline B-060: Fees, Charges, Refunds, and Fee Adjustments. A referendum question to change from two separate fees (A $6 per semester Student Activity Fee and a $6 per semester Student Government Fee) to a single $20 per semester Student Government Activity Fee was approved by student body vote and unanimously endorsed by the Student Senate in Fall Semester 2014, and approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents in March 2015.
Revenues collected through the Student Government Activity Fee are to be used for the following purposes:
- Support programs and services offered through the Student Activities Office
- Provide funding for college Commencement Ceremonies
- Provide funding for major college events for students (including but not limited to events such as Freshmen Connection, Octoberfest, and Student Awards Night)
- Support recognized student organizations by providing funding for their regular programming needs
- Provide funds for Student Senate (including scholarships for Senate President and Vice President) to enhance that organization’s ability to deliver services to students
- Provide funds for other campus offices and departments to use for co- and extra-curricular activities for students
- Provide additional scholarships to college students
The following definition shall be applicable to these guidelines:
- Eligible Student Organizations: Any organization recognized by Cleveland State Community College in accordance with the procedure set forth in college policy is eligible to request student government activity funds. No organization under any sanction from the college for any reason or which otherwise fails to meet at all times all the initial requirements for college recognition established by college policy shall be an eligible organization. Additionally, an organization found to have abused or misapplied student government activity funds or which violated any procedures or regulations applicable thereto may be found not to be an eligible organization if so ordered by the Student Government Activity Fee Budget Committee (SGABC).
Annual Budget and Appropriations
- The Student Government Activity Fee Budget Committee (SGABC) exists as a subcommittee of the college’s Student Life Committee for the purpose of recommending to the Vice President for Student Services (VPSS) the annual budget and allocations of funds from the Student Government Activity Fee. This committee shall consist of seven members: four (4) students recommended by the Student Senate, one (1) staff member from the Student Life Committee, one (1) faculty member from the Student Life Committee, and the Coordinator of Student Activities, who serves as chairperson of the subcommittee.
- The Vice President for Student Services (VPSS) shall establish the Annual Budget and allocations for the Student Government Activity Fee based on the recommendations of the Committee, and shall be responsible for administering that budget in accordance with institutional procedures and in consultation with the Student Senate and the Student Life Committee.
Process for receiving requests for funds from Student Government Activity Fees:
- Each year in March, the Coordinator of Student Activities shall notify all college students and employees of the process for requesting funding from Student Government Activity Fees for the following year. This notification shall include instructions on making requests and any applicable deadlines.
- The Coordinator shall convene the SGABC no later than April 15 of each year to review requests, and shall ensure that the committee completes the review process and makes recommendations for budget and allocations to the VPSS no later than April 30.
- All applications must be made on the appropriate form supplied by the Coordinator of Student Activities and contain all information requested therein;
- The SGABC and the Coordinator of Student Activities may develop reasonable additional procedures relative to receiving and/or processing applications for student government activity fee funds within the requirements of these guidelines;
- An eligible student organization may appeal the denial by the SGABC for student government activity fee funds to the VPSS. There shall be no appeal from a decision by the VPSS to deny the applications for funds to an eligible student organization. The VPSS will hear any written appeal filed within three days of notification of denial by the Budget Committee. Appeals should be filed in the Office of the VPSS.
- If funds are available, the Coordinator of Student Activities shall solicit requests for funding again in September and convene the SGABC if needed to consider additional requests for the current budget year.
- Requests for funds may be made at any time during the year, if funds are available.
General Guidelines for Budget and Allocations
- A minimum of 20% of total funds anticipated should be allocated for Commencement Ceremonies.
- Because the Student Government Activities Fee is paid by current students, every effort should be made to allocate all available funds each year.
- Allocations for recognized student organizations shall be made in accordance with procedures established by the Student Activities Office in consultation with the Student Life Committee. Each recognized student organization shall receive an equal minimum amount of funds for general operating and programming purposes, and may earn additional funds through a “club rewards program” administered by the Student Activities Office. The club rewards program shall be based on college and community service performed by the organization as well as participation by the organization in Student Senate and other student programs and activities.
- Funds designated for use for Student Activities shall be administered by the Coordinator of Student Activities.
- Funds designated to assist eligible student organizations shall be administered by the Coordinator of Student Activities and the Vice President for Student Services.
- The SGABC may develop additional reasonable criteria to be considered in awarding funds. Additionally, the Committee shall develop procedures relative to the receiving of applications for and the awarding of student government activity fee funds. Copies of these criteria and procedures will be available from the Coordinator of Student Activities.
Regulations on Use of Student Government Activity Fees
- No student government activity fee funds shall be used by any person or eligible student organizations for the personal benefit of any of its members, other persons or another organization;
- Student government activity fee funds shall not be used to establish petty cash funds;
- Student government activity fee funds shall not be used to finance, support or influence voting on any issue currently on a college, local government, state government, or federal government election ballot. Additionally, such funds shall not be used in any manner to influence public opinion or legislation;
- If an organization uses Student Government Activity Fee funds toward any fundraising activity, the organization must return, at the end of the activity, those SGAF funds which were approved for the activity. This does not apply to student organizations using their basic allotment of “club funds” for any given year. In the event that a fundraising event does not yield any funds beyond those which were allotted, the organization will not be required to return any funds to the SGAF. Under no circumstances shall any profit from a program funded in whole or in part by student government activity fee funds be donated to any individual or organization, regardless of whether or not the donee is an on-campus or off-campus entity or is of a charitable nature;
- All eligible student organizations receiving funds from the student government activity fee are subject to the regulations and auditing procedures set forth by the student handbook, college procedures, and the rules of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
- All ticket sales for a program funded in whole or in part by student government activity fee funds must be conducted through the student activities office, unless the organization is exempted from this requirement in writing in advance by the Vice President for Student Services;
- Each organization must complete a program evaluation and expenditure report within ten class days of the completion of a program in which student government activity fee funds were used and deliver it to the Coordinator of Student Activities;
- Any organization which is found by the SGABC to have abused or misapplied student government activity fee funds may be ineligible for any further allocations of funds during the remaining portion of the current funding year. Additionally, the SGABC may find the organization ineligible to receive student government activity fee funds during the next succeeding full funding year. After this period, an organization may be considered an eligible student organization by the SGABC upon finding that the organization and its members/officers are of sufficient integrity to again properly manage student government activity fee funds.
Source: TBR Guideline B-060
Revised: January 1, 1993; March 17, 1994; Approved by President’s Cabinet May 5, 2015; Revised October 30, 2015; Approved by President’s Cabinet November 17, 2015.