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2011-2012 Catalog & Student Handbook 
2011-2012 Catalog & Student Handbook [ARCHIVED]

Student Handbook

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 subect to change at any time by Cleveland State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Student Services

Student Support Services

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.

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.


The ACCESS Center, located in Suite 118 of the George L. Mathis Student Center, provides a variety of services to assist students.

Advising services for undeclared majors, nondegree students, transient students and high school early admission students are provided by counselors in the ACCESS Center. Advisement services also include enrollment advising (completing the admissions and enrollment process), providing transfer information from four-year colleges and universities, providing information about Developmental Studies placement and being the initial point of contact for new and prospective students.

Counseling services are provided by counselors with students who want to discuss personal issues in a confidential environment. Counseling services include referrals to outside agencies, personal development programs, mental health awareness programs and immediate crisis management. Counselors can refer students who are experiencing emotional or mental crises to community agencies for ongoing treatment.

Career Services are provided to students and graduates. Services include career assessment and planning, career information, career fairs, resume assistance and career portfolio assistance. Additionaly, an online job board is provided to current students and graduates.

Student Success programs and services are also offered through the ACCESS Center and are coordinated by designated staff members:

Disability Support Services

Cleveland State Community College provides services and academic accommodations for students with disabilities. The college uses the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as guides in making educational programs and college activities available to all students.

Students who have appropriate documentation of a physical, mental or learning disability and voluntarily self identify are encouraged to register with the Coordinator of Disability Support Services before each semester begins. Personal services are not provided.

The Coordinator of Disability Support Services, in consultation with the student, appropriate professionals and faculty, will develop an accommodation plan based on a case-by-case basis. Examples of services include academic and personal counseling, referral to community resources, providing information for faculty regarding disabilities, advocator for students, providing assistance in securing special materials, equipment, and adaptive aids.

Persons who need information on services available to students with disabilities should contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services at (423) 478- 6217 or (423) 614-8704 (TDD).

Americans with Disabilities Act Student Policy and Grievance Procedure

Cleveland State Community College has adopted a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in admission and access to academic programs, procedures and activities. The college has established an internal student grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the U.S. Department of Justice regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504. Title II states, in part, that “no otherwise qualified disabled individual shall, solely by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination” in programs or activities sponsored by Cleveland State Community College.

Students who have complaints regarding disability discrimination should be directed to: Coordinator for Disability Support Services, ACCESS Center, Room 118 in the George L. Mathis Student Center on the main Cleveland State campus. The Coordinator will assist students in accordance with Cleveland State Policy No. 2:02:10:01 to obtain a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints. The office phone number is (423) 478-6217 or (800) 604-2722, Ext. 217.

Student Diversity Programs

Student Diversity Programs and services focus on addressing special needs of students from different ethnic backgrounds and assisting students in participating fully in all of the programs and services at Cleveland State. The Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs serves as a link to college and community resources and coordinates campus programs by engaging a diverse student body in the learning process. Also, services such as career planning, individualized consultation and counseling, and referral services are provided to promote academic success and retention of students. The Diversity Grant Program is administered through this office and offers outlets for communication, networking and support. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs at (423) 478-6217 or (800) 604-2722, Ext. 318.

Testing Center

Testing and assessment services for the college are provided through the Testing Center. Staff members are responsible for the ACT WorkKeys, COMPASS, HESI, GED, and graduation exit exam programs. Please contact the Testing Center located in Room 118 of the George L. Mathis Student Center or phone (423) 478- 6217 for a schedule, registration requirements and the testing fee for each of these standardized exams.

During the academic semester, the Testing Center also provides course-related testing services for Cleveland State students and faculty. Individual make-up exams, independent study exams, Video/Internet course exams, RODP proctored exams and special accommodation tests are administered by testing staff. Hours of operation are posted in the Testing Center each semester. Testing during college breaks and when classes are not in session is available by appointment. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Testing Services at (423) 478-6217 or (800) 604-2722. Testing services are also available at our offsite locations by contacting staff at the desired location.


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 and women’s softball are available. NJCAA player eligibility standards apply.

ATM Services

An ATM machine is located in the George L. Mathis Student Center just outside the cafeteria entrance.


The Bookstore, located in the George L. Mathis Student Center, is open during the Fall and Spring Semesters 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am-2:00 pm on Fridays. Special Summer hours are 8:00 am-2:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am-12:00 pm on Fridays. They are open for extended hours during the first weeks of claseses of each semester. In addition to providing sales of textbooks, instructional manuals and materials for college courses, the Bookstore offers class ring sales, Textbook rentals and buy-back of used textbooks.

Campus Identification Cards

All students required to have an ID Card. ID’s are made in the Fitness Center located in the gym and at the Athen’s site. The I.D. 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 I.D. card on their person. There is a $5 replacement fee for additional cards.

Campus Tours

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, call (423) 614-8734 or (800) 604-2722, Ext. 734.

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 which meet their special interests. A current list of organizations, information concerning organizations and instructions on the formation of a new group are available in the Student Activities Office located in the Student Center in Room 110D.

Clubs and organizations at Cleveland State Community College include: Anatomy Society, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, CSCC Cheerleaders, CSCC Gamers, “The Cherokee Signal” (student newspaper), Computer Aided Design Club, Early Childhood Education Club, Human Services Student Organization, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Intramural Sports, Legal Assistant Association, Medical Assistant Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa (Omega Omicron Chapter), Spanish Club, Student Art League, Student Hosts, Student Nurses’ Association, Student Senate and Vocal Rhapsody.

Cooperative Education

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 and work ethic skills (CPE 1011 and 1012). Students also have the opportunity to develop transitional workplace skills through non-major related work placements (CPE 1015 and 2000) and to increase expertise and skills in their career field through a major-related work or volunteer placement (CPE 1010, 1020, 2010 and 2020).

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 in the Career Education Building, Room 106C. E-mail inquiries can be sent to coopeducation@clevelandstatecc.edu. Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be obtained from the college’s website.


Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing students with the opportunity for experiential learning through community service activities during their collegiate experience. A number of courses in various disciplines at the college now incorporate service-learning activities, providing students with an opportunity to connect what they are learning in the classroom with service in the community.

In addition, the college has introduced new service learning courses that students may select to take for elective credit. SLE 2400 and 2500 are 3-credit hour courses requiring 50 hours of service for the semester and SLE 2410, 2420 and 2430 are 1-credit hour classes requiring 20 hours of service. All SLE classes are independent study courses and involve monthly reflection seminars, online discussions and reflection journals. 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 resposibility, 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 chose to continue serving their communities long after their college years.

Evening Hours Services for Students

To better serve our evening students, the following offices are open on a regular basis Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

  • Admissions and Records
  • Business Office (Window Only)
  • Financial Aid
  • Library (Additional Evening and Saturday hours available)
  • ACCESS Center
  • Switchboard

Fitness Center

Students have the opportunity to benefit from a variety of activities and programs devoted to healthful living through the CSCC Fitness Center.

The CSCC Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday and staffed at all times during regular college semesters. There are both cardiovascular and weight training equipment available. Basketballs and tennis equipment are also available for checkout. Students may take fitness courses (PHED 1610, 1611) for physical education activity credit.

The Fitness Center is available free to all students, faculty and staff. Community memberships are available to non-students and non-employees for a fee of $15/ month, $50/semester or $125/year. For more information about the CSCC Fitness Center, contact the Fitness Coordinator in Room 109 of the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium or call (423) 614-8712.

Insurance–Health and Accident

A non-compulsory health and accident policy which will provide protection for students at a low rate is available. This group insurance is offered as a service to students. Policy information is available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services (U-110) or visit www.studentinsurance.com.

Intramural Activities

The Cleveland State Community College Intramural Program promotes a varied recreational program designed to meet the needs and interests of all students. The program is organized and conducted to provide competition for students and faculty alike in a fun and friendly setting.

Intramural activities include bowling, golf tournament, ping pong, billiards, wiffle ball, basketball, dodgeball, benchpress contest, etc.

The Intramural Program is coordinated by the Fitness Center Coordinator in Room 109 of the Gymnasium.

Language Arts Learning Center

The Language Arts Learning Center (LALC), located in rooms 219 and 225 of the Humanities Building, provides resources for students who need help in language-related areas. The LALC is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional evening hours posted each semester.

The Reading and Writing lab in Room H-225 serves as a place where students can write, study or receive help in their writing and reading. Students often come to the lab for help in writing essays and papers, grammar, punctuation and English as a second language. Please contact the coordinator in H-225 or call (423) 473-2354, or e-mail jeble@clevelandstatecc.edu if you need help in any of these areas.

The Foreign Language division of the LALC is located next door to the writing center in room H-219. Students can receive help in any foreign language related areas. In the lab we have access to many resources including the text websites, vocabulary recordings available for download and Rosetta Stone software. We also offer individual help for foreign language students and pre-test study sessions. Please come by or contact us at (423) 473-2315 or jsilver@clevelandstatecc.edu for more information.

Internet access computers are available along with printing privileges and helpful staff to provide assistance as needed. Our goal is to cultivate the importance of language and writing application in all curriculum areas.


  • Resources–books, e-books, journals, indexing in databases of full-text journal and graphical digital files, course media, government documents, microforms, Internet access and computer labs.
  • Services–personalized help in locating information resources, instruction on information retrieval and document delivery via Interlibrary loan.
  • TALC cards–borrowing privileges from each TBR/ UT library are available. Check with the library staff to obtain a TALC card.

Campus ID’s are required to checkout library materials and obtain access to campus print allocations. There will be a charge for replacement ID’s.
In addition to providing a friendly gateway to information, the Library also provides areas for quiet study or viewing of various media resources. Comfy places for curling up with a good book are still available.

Library Circulation Policies and Procedures Circulation Privileges

The established circulation period for books in the general collection is two weeks. Books may be renewed if there are no other patrons waiting for the item. Videotapes/DVD’s are usually checked out for one week. Circulation of selected materials may be limited by being included in the Reserve Collection behind the circulation desk. These items are usually temporarily restricted due to the demands of classroom assignments or other time constraints and may be available for: room use only (does not leave the library), one day, two days or one week depending on the item. Resources may be renewed by accessing your individual WebVoyager account.

All fines and charges must be cleared in order to pre-register, register or receive grades and transcripts.

Library Fines

Five grace days will be given after the due date. If the material has not been returned at the end of those days, a charge of $.25 per day per item will be levied. Fines are not charged for non-class days or weekends. The amount levied will not exceed the price of replacement of the item and/or $10 whichever amount is less.

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 which are out of print may also activate a replacement search cost. Replacement copies may be purchased and given to the library in lieu of payment. Damages to materials will be assessed on an item-by-item basis by librarians.

Videotape/DVDs Circulation Policies

Many of the video courses are now available in a streaming digital format. Look for “The Stream” on the CougarNet page under Academics or the Library tab.

  1. Course videotapes/DVDs are available to all registered students. To request, check with staff at the Library circulation desk or the reception desk at the Athens or Madisonville sites.
  2. 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 staff. The student with mailing privileges will have 30-day checkout period.
  3. 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 a personal WebVoyager account. To keep beyond a second renewal, you must bring it in for the renewal process.
  4. 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 on the back door of the Library (facing the circle). Please return items at this location when the Library is not open. All videos/DVDs should be returned to the site where checked out.
  5. 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 nonclass days or weekends.

At the end of the semester, grade report and transcripts will be held for all students failing to return tapes or pay fines.

Lost and/or Damaged Videotapes/DVD’s

Charges for lost/damaged videotapes/DVDs are equal to the replacement price of the item. Video/DVD copies are assessed at $12.50.

Library Contact Information

Library hours are posted on the library’s home page: www.clevelandstatecc.edu/library/index.asp. Library telephone number (423) 478-6209. Library e-mail address library@clevelandstatecc.edu

Media Center

The Media Center is located on the lower floor of the Library Building. The Center includes a fully-equipped television studio and control room that is the hub of a cross-campus, multi-channel closed-circuit TV network. It is also the studio home for the only local Cleveland, TN television station, WTNB. The Media Center is more than television production. It is also a full service duplication center for most types of media including VHS, CD-ROM, DVD, and USB drives. As its name implies, the Media Center provides staff and faculty with contemporary audio/visual equipment complementing the multimedia needs of a modern, technology-enabled campus.

The Media Center coordinates the physical connectivity between three state-of-the-art training and technology labs: a dual projector, dual camera, multimedia presentation and conferencing facility capable of seating 30 or more people; a modular 17-seat tablet laptop conference room complete with large screen TV, Smart Board presentation equipment, and high capacity telephone conferencing; and, a 15-seat PC-equipped multimedia conference and presentation room with video production cameras and live switcher capabilities.

Off-Campus Site

Cleveland State has a off-campus sites to serve students in the northern counties of our service area. Site are located in Athens and Madisonville.

Students may take some or all of their college coursework at this site in any given semester in order to reduce their driving time. A selection of general education core classes, in addition to a variety of other major-related courses, are offered each semester at this site.

In addition, students may conduct much of their college business at these campuses. Support services offered at the off-campus location include acceptance of applications, career counseling, orientation, registration, financial aid and scholarship counseling, cooperative education, acceptance of fee payments, video class library services, library research and information services classes and testing services. Library books and resources are available to students for pick-up at the offcampus site.

The Athens site phone number is (423) 745-8486. The Madisonville office phone number is (423) 420-9530.

New Student Advising and Registration

Starting college with a strong understanding of its demands and rewards is very important. The Student Services Division provides a thorough orientation so new students can be aware of the many services, resources and programs available at Cleveland State. After completing the online orientation, new students are required to attend an Advising and Registration session where they will meet with an advisor and register for classes. Questions about the New Student Online Orientation and Advising & Registration sessions should be directed to the ACCESS Center, Room 118 of the George L. Mathis Student Center.

Public Information Services

Cleveland State Community College maintains a Public Information Office, as part of the Marketing and Public Information Office, which coordinates all internal and external communications efforts and directs all releases of information to the media. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contact the Public Information Office as they become aware of newsworthy events. The Marketing and Public Information Office is located in Room 102 of the George L. Mathis Student Center, (423) 472-7141 EXT. 749.

Student Activities

Cleveland State offers a wide variety of activities to entertain 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, Diversity programs and Awards Night.

Resources for Student Issues and Concerns 

Student Center

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, student computer lounge, meeting rooms, game room, ATM machine and the Offices of Student Services.

The meeting rooms and services of the center are available to all approved student groups. Arrangements for the use of any of the facilities for special occasions should be made by calling (423) 478-6235. Arrangements for use of the Student Center Conference Room are handled by the VP for Student Services Office. This room is designated primarily for use of student clubs. Reservations for this room can be made in Room 110A of the Student Center.

Student Hosts

Student Hosts are selected from the CSCC student body and serve as ambassadors for the college in receiving visitors to the college, visiting area high schools and assisting college staff at many campus functions.

Student Hosts are considered on the basis of academic achievement, leadership skills, character, poise and articulation.

Applications and/or additional information may be obtained by contacting the Student Relations Office in Room 117A of the George L. Mathis Student Center.

Student Relations

The Office of Student Relations responsibilities include overseeing Enrollment Management Initiatives, Dual Enrollment, Student Activities, Fitness Center, Intramurals, Clubs and Organizations and Leadership programs. The primary focus of the Student Relations Office is to recruit potential students by promoting the college and its programs as well as retain students through programs and activities that provide the “total college experience.”

Student Newspaper

“The Cherokee Signal” is the official student newspaper of Cleveland State Community College. It is a newspaper produced entirely by students. Students gain practical experience in writing, editing, layout and design, photography, and other facets of newsletter production. Students interested in joining the staff or applying for the position of editor are invited to direct inquiries to the newspaper advisor.

Student Opinions–Methods to Express

Students may convey their views through a variety of communication vehicles including elected representatives of the Student Senate, the student newspaper, student suggestion boxes, committee meetings and college meetings. For more information, contact the Student Senate Office in Room 100 of the Student Center.

Student Senate

Students are the heart of the institution and have a right and responsibility to be involved in the governance of the institution. 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 in a popular vote by 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 in the Student Center Conference Room. For more information and a schedule of meetings, stop by the Senate Office in Room U-100 or call (423) 472-7141 or (800) 604-2722, Ext. 441.

Telephone for Student Use

A courtesy telephone for local calls only is provided for student use at the main switchboard located in the D.F. Adkisson Administration Building and in the Student Computer Room in the Student Center, U108. Use of this phone should be limited to three minutes.

Tutorial Services

Help is available from several sources for students who need assistance in their classes. Any student who is having difficulty in a class should always talk first with the instructor of the class to find out about instructor office hours and how the instructor may assist the student during those times. Also, many course texts have CD, web site references, or other electronic helps available.

Counselors in the ACCESS Center are available to assist students with issues such as time management, note taking, test anxiety/test taking, and other general academic success skills.


A 24-hour online tutoring program is available to help Cleveland State students succeed in their coursework. Smarthinking is located under the academics tab on your CougarNet account.

This service is available seven days a week with tutors in many academic areas. For additional information contact the ACCESS Center at (423) 478- 6217.

Student Policies

Alcoholic Beverage Policy

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 on university, community college, technical institute and technology center owned or controlled property shall be prohibited.”

Attendance Policy

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. If this procedure is not followed, the student may be administratively withdrawn from the course in order to make room for another student.

All work missed because of the absence must be made up at the instructor’s discretion.

Cancellation of Classes Due to Weather or Road Conditions

When weather conditions exist that could affect safe travel, the college will notify the following radio and TV stations.

Cleveland (Radio) WBAC-FM 93.9, WCLE-AM/FM 104.1, WALV-FM 104.9
Chattanooga (Radio) WDEF-FM 92.3, WDOD-FM 96.5, WJTT-FM 94.3, WSKZ-FM 107.9, WUSYFM 101, WLLJ-FM 103.1, (TV) WDEFTV Channel 12, WRCB-TV Channel 3, WTVC-TV Channel 9, WTCI-TV Channel 45
Knoxville (Radio) WJXB-FM 97.5, WIVK-FM 107.7, WKHT 104.5, WNFZ 94.3, WNOX-FM 99.1, WOKI-FM 100.3, STAR 102.1 (TV) WATE-TV Channel 6, WBIR-TV Channel 10, WVLT-TV Channel 8
McMinn Co. (Radio) WJSQ 101.7, WDNT 104.9, WAYA 93.9, WCPH, WYGO 99.5, WYXI-AM 1390
Polk Co. (Radio) WBIN-AM 1540
Monroe (Radio) WYGO 99.5
Rhea (Radio) WAY FM

Students and employees are requested to monitor the weather conditions because on occasion, due to an unexpected and sudden change in the weather and road conditions, a decision may be modified. In all instances, decisions are made with the safety of students and employees foremost in consideration but with an attempt to have classes if possible. However, on a day or evening when classes are being conducted and weather conditions are questionable, students are advised to use individual judgment in attending. Students may call the college at (423) 472-7141 for a recorded announcement regarding the operating schedule. Students should consult each instructor’s syllabus regarding class make-up policies.

The off-site campuses will follow the main campus policy except in extreme situations. Check with the campus you attend for a copy of their policy.

Students, faculty and staff with internet access may also access school closing information at http//www.clevelandstatecc.edu/weather

To access the Chattanooga Times InfoLine, call (423) 209-1100, then dial 7048 and you will hear a recorded message.

To access the Daily Post-Athenian Infoline, call (423) 745-3100 and then dial 7006 and you will hear a recorded message.

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.

Computer Use Policy

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 Web site 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.

Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions

College students are citizens of the state, local and national governments and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding citizens at all times. Admission to an institution of higher education carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. Recognizing this special relationship between the institution and the academic community which it seeks to serve, the Tennessee Board of Regents has authorized the President of Cleveland State Community College to take such action as necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.

Generally, through appropriate due process procedures, institutional disciplinary measures shall be imposed for conduct which adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objective, which violates or shows disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community or which endangers property or persons on property owned or controlled by the college. 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 Hearing Officer who is responsible for instituting disciplinary action against any student, except in areas related to academic and classroom misconduct (see appropriate section).

The Tennessee Board of Regents and CSCC policies regarding Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions are on file and available for review in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

Disciplinary Measures Concerning Student Misconduct

Cleveland State students are required, as a condition of good standing and continued enrollment, to conduct themselves properly in class. Such proper behavior includes academic honesty, civility and respect for others and public property.

The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive classroom behavior. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of the institution (see Cleveland State Policy referred to below).

Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students involved in academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an “F” or a zero for the exercise or examination or to assign an “F” in the course. Should the student wish to appeal any decision pertaining to the grading in the class, procedures outlined in Cleveland State Policy No. 2:06:02:00 “Course Grade Appeal Process” apply. Where the nature of the academic misconduct warrants steps beyond those related to the course, procedures outlined in Cleveland State Policy No. 3:02:00:01 “Disciplinary Measures Against Students” should be followed.

If the student believes that he or she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct or if the final grade has been unreasonably lowered as a result, the student may appeal the case through the appropriate institutional procedures. (See “Grade Appeal Process” of this publication.)

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.

Emergency Policies

In emergency medical situations, 911 should be contacted immediately. Emergency phones on the campus can be used. The Security Department should then be contacted to coordinate and control the situation. In the event of a threat of disaster, the institution has established plans mounted in every building designed to expedite necessary evacuations. Fire alarms consist of continuously ringing class bells. Tornado alarms consist of intermittent ringing of class bells.

Firearms on Campus

In accordance with Tennessee State law, all firearms including hunting weapons or weapons typically displayed in vehicle windows shall be prohibited on school property; persons carrying or possessing any weapon of any kind shall be subject to felony charges. This provision does not apply to officers of the county, city or state charged with the enforcement of the laws of the state when in the discharge of their official duties.

Freedom of Expression

Cleveland State Community College considers freedom of inquiry and discussion essential to educational development and recognizes the right of students to engage in discussion, exchange thought and opinion and speak freely on any subject in accord with guarantees of our state and national constitutions. In addition, Cleveland State strives to develop in students a realization that citizens not only have the right, but also the obligation, to inform themselves regarding issues and problems of the day, to formulate standards regarding these and to give expression to their views.

In discharging these rights and obligations, however, students must also recognize their responsibilities to other individuals, to the college and its constituency and to the state and nation. Cleveland State takes pride in the fact that its campus is open to free discussion and the examination of views with the condition that such discussion be accompanied by peaceful conditions consistent with a scholarly nature of an academic community.

Fund Raising

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 fund raising 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 Fund Raising Activity,” must be utilized for all fund raising requests. These forms are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.

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

  1. 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).
    1. 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).
    2. 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.
  2. This step must be completed within ten working days. If the student complaint is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction during the meeting(s) described above, the student has five 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 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.
  3. 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 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).
  4. 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 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 15 working days in which to mediate a discussion with the instructor(s) and the student (together or separately) in an attempt to reach s 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 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.
  5. 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 working days to convene and determine if a hearing is merited.
    1. 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.
    2. 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 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 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.
    3. The committee will have ten working days from the conclusion of the hearing to reach its decision. Within five 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Pending resolution of the appeal, the contested grade and its consequences will stand.

Grade Point Averages– Minimum Requirement

(See Academic Information  for additional information on grading and quality point average calculation.)


Min. 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 Assistant Admission  
Early Admission (High School Senior) 3.2 and ACT of 22
Graduation (Degree or Certificate) 2.0
Graduation Highest Honors 3.8–4.0
Graduation High Honors 3.6–3.79
Graduation Honors 3.3–3.59
President’s List 4.0
Dean’s List 3.5–3.99
Honor Roll 3.0–3.49

Scholarships and Financial Aid

CSCC Foundation 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 GED
Institutional Academic Scholarships Various H.S. GPA, ACT score requirements, and award amounts
Must be a full-time student
Must maintain 2.5 GPA at CSCC
Diversity Scholarship 2.5
Tennessee Scholar Must be certified by local chamber
Must be a full-time student
Must maintain a 2.5 GPA at CSCC
Federal Financial Aid (FPELL, FWSP, FStafford Loans, etc.)
0–14 Hrs. Attempted Greater than 0.0
14.1–26 Hrs. Attempted 1.0
26.1–40 Hrs. Attempted 1.4
40.1–48 Hrs. Attempted 1.7
48.1–56 Hrs. Attempted 1.9
56.1–Above Hrs. Attempted 2.0

Student Activities

Student Senate Officers 2.5
Student Senators 2.0
Cherokee Signal Editor 2.25
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society–Admission and Retention 3.0

Intercollegiate Athletics

(NJCAA Regulations available in the Office of the Athletic Director)

Note: All programs and activities may have other requirements in addition to grade point averages. For complete information check with the appropriate college official.

Guest Speaker Policy

Cleveland State Community College recognizes the right of officially-recognized student and faculty organizations and groups to hear off-campus or outside speakers on the campus.

However, there is no absolute right to assemble or to make a speech at any time or place regardless of the circumstances, content of speech, purpose of assembly or probable consequences of such meeting or speech. The issuance of invitations to off-campus or outside speakers for any meetings, activities or events on campus shall be limited as specifically designated in Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 3:01:10:00. This policy is on file and available for review in the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.


Cleveland State Community College is committed to providing its faculty, staff and students with an environment free of sexual harassment and harassment on the basis of race, color, religious views, status of a covered veteran, political affiliation, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, orientation or disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and is grounds for disciplinary action. It may also, depending on its nature, constitute a violation of federal law. Any student who has a complaint regarding harassment may contact the Director of Human Resources for information and assistance relative to the procedure for review of the complaint. The Human Resource Office is located in Room 107 in the Administration Building.

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.

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.

Possession and Use of Weapons

Cleveland State Community College 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.

The only exceptions to this policy are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 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 or removal.

When the student voluntarily consents to a search, no written authorization for the search is required. 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.

Sexual Assault and Sex Offense Policy and Reporting Procedure

Cleveland State Community College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form. A student charged with sexual assault can be prosecuted under Tennessee criminal statutes and disciplined under the campus code of student conduct. Even if the criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute, the campus can pursue disciplinary action.

The college uses the following methods to educate the college community about sexual offense prevention:

  • Counseling brochures designed to inform students of existing on- and off-campus counseling, mental health and other student services for victims of sexual offenses
  • Lectures open to all students and employees
  • Presentations to Introduction to College Life
  • Posters on campus bulletin boards
  • Other activities sponsored by student organizations

Students, faculty and staff should report all crimes so that an investigation can be made to determine if any pattern of recurring crime can be determined. If a reported crime is considered a threat, alert posters are published and posted throughout campus as a form of direct communication in order to maintain a well-informed campus environment.

Reporting a Sexual Offense

If a rape/sexual offense occurs on the main campus, contact one of the Sexual Offense Management Team members listed below. Off-campus staff names are provided as well.

Sexual Offense Management Team: John Wittmaier, Coordinator of Safety and Security–Security Building; Michael Stokes, Vice President for Student Services– Mathis Student Center; Patty Weaver, Director of the Vonore Site–Vonore Site; Mark Wilson, Director of the ACCESS Center–Mathis Student Center; and Katie Willingham.

Security will do a preliminary interview and give direction on how to proceed. If the rape/sexual offense occurs at an off-campus site, contact the site director and he/she will call security on the main campus for instructions on how to proceed. Campus Security personnel will assist you in notifying local police of any campus offenses if you choose to do so. Victims have the option to notify or not notify proper law enforcement.

When a rape/sexual offense is reported, the college will make every effort to see that the victim is offered both medical and psychological care as well as information about prosecuting the suspect through both criminal and college disciplinary channels.

A victim of any form of sexual offense is encouraged to seek appropriate medical assistance. If immediate medical attention is warranted, the victim should be transported to a hospital emergency room.

It is important that the victim seek medical attention in order to assure his/her well-being and to ensure that any evidence is preserved as possible proof of a criminal sexual offense in the event that criminal charges are pursued.

Disciplinary Procedures and Victims’ Rights

Campus disciplinary action will be taken against students accused of sexual offenses. The procedures following in such instances are described in CSCC Policy 3:02:00. In addition to the provisions of that policy, special rights are given to the victim if a suspect in a sexual offense case is a Cleveland State student. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary hearing. In the event a student defendant elects to have the case heard by the Student Disciplinary Committee, both the accuser and the accused have the right to have counsel, as well as others, present. In addition, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought as a result of these charges. Sanctions resulting from disciplinary proceedings may include disciplinary action up to and including permanent dismissal from the college.

All reasonable requests by the victim to be removed from contact with the suspect will be granted, including change of schedule, etc. The Vice President for Student Services will assist victims in this area.

Sex Offender

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 and deliver it to TBI headquarters in Nashville. 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 supercede 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 web site listing of sex offenders located on the internet at http://www.ticic.state.tn.us/SEX_ofndr/search_short.asp.

Use of Tobacco on Campus

Smoking or the use of tobacco products of any type is prohibited in all buildings and vehicles owned by, or leased and operated on behalf of, Cleveland State Community College. Smoking or the use of tobacco products of any type is not permitted on the main or off-campus sites.

Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct

Students have the responsibility to obey and follow college policy and procedures and the Associate Student Body Government Policies, federal and state statutes and city ordinances, to respect the rights of others, to fulfill academic requirements of their courses, to contribute to a positive, productive learning environment at the college and to take responsibility for personal decisions and conduct.

The following rights and responsibilities apply to all registered students:

  1. Academic Requirements: Students have the right to be informed about academic requirements of courses and programs.
  2. Student Records: Student academic records and personal information are protected and governed by federal and state laws and college policy and procedures.
  3. Rights of Association: Students have the right to join any recognized student organization or club, associate freely with other individuals or groups of individuals for purposes that do not infringe on the rights of others.
  4. Rights of Non-Discrimination: Students have the right to an environment that is free from illegal forms of discrimination including sexual harassment in accordance with college policies.
  5. Rights of Expression: Students have the right to express their views on college policy or matters of general interest but such expression must be made without disruption to the operations of the college or interference with the rights of others.
  6. Safe Environment: Students can function daily and feel secure regarding concern for personal safety.
  7. Right to Representation for Institutional Governance: Students have the opportunity to participate in the decision making process that governs the institution through representation on campus committees and the Student Senate (SGA).
  8. Prompt Responses from Administration: Students have the right to expect attention and prompt responses from administration regarding student concerns and proposals.
  9. Policy/Legal Changes: Students have the right to be informed in a timely manner of any changes to policy or law.
  10. Right to Initiate Complaint Process: Students have the right to initiate a complaint concerning an alleged violation of college policies or procedures by another student, faculty or staff member. A student who has reason to believe that any college policy/ procedure denies, abuses or diminishes his/her rights may initiate the student complaint resolution procedure.
  11. Right to Due Process: Procedures are in place to insure every student’s rights are protected.

Standards of Conduct

  • Academic conduct that reflects the highest level of honesty and integrity.
  • Actions that are civil, courteous and respectful of all members of the campus community, their property and the property of the institution.
  • Social behavior that encourages responsibility, and discourages the unlawful use of alcohol, illicit drugs and weapons.
  • Group behavior that promotes mutual respect, equality and safety of its members, and opposes those acts that harass, intimidate or haze its members.

Traffic Regulations

Traffic regulations for the campus are distributed each semester at registration. These regulations are available at the switchboard for students who need an additional copy. Students are expected to be familiar with these regulations. Traffic citations may be appealed to the Student Traffic Court. Appeal forms are available at the Switchboard and Business Office.

Use of Campus Property and Facilities

Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 3:02:03:00 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 the Vice President.