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Campus Policies and Procedures
Students have a right to use all resources and facilities of the College during normal operating hours with the proper authorization. Students may not utilize resources and facilities of the College after hours without prior official approval and without faculty supervision. The security personnel must be notified under these unusual circumstances.
Changes to Curriculum, Fees, and other College Policies
The Board of Trustees and administration of Wake Technical Community College reserve the right to change at any time, without notice, graduation requirements; fees and other charges; curriculum, course structure, and content; and other such matters as may be within their control, notwithstanding any information set forth in this catalog.
Any statement in the Wake Tech Catalog is subject to change by the college.
Many credit and non-credit courses are scheduled at community schools and other locations county-wide. All rules and regulations of Wake Technical Community College apply at off-campus sites in addition to any rules and regulations specified by those sites.
New policies and policy changes will be communicated to students on the official Updates web page, located at http://Updates.waketech.edu.
Every curriculum student is provided with an official Wake Tech email account through the student portal (my.waketech.edu)
- Students must first activate their my.waketech.edu account, wait 24 hours, and then activate the email account.
- This college-issued email account is to be used for all email correspondence with instructors and other college officials.
Official correspondence from the college (communications from instructors, information about registration or financial aid, etc.) will be sent to students’ Wake Tech email address ONLY. Instructors and college officials may refuse to accept student emails sent from other addresses.
For more information, visit my.waketech.edu and click on "Support". Video tutorials are available in the FAQ/Knowledge Base at http://www2.waketech.edu/lore/studkb/category.php?id=9
College owned or operated computing resources are reserved for the educational, instructional, research, and administrative computing needs of the faculty, students, staff, and other individuals authorized by the College. The College's computing resources include, but are not limited to, all College computers and hardware, access to the Internet or access to any College intranet provided through College owned or operated computers, online and offline storage, network and communications facilities, telephone systems, and cellular telephone devices.. Access to these computing resources is a privilege and, therefore, it is essential that all users exercise responsible ethical behavior when using these resources. Users are expected to read, understand, and comply with the College's Acceptable Use Policy.
The College monitors access to these computing resources and reserves the right, without prior notice to users, to access the College's computing resources and to use any and all information retrieved from the computing resources. Users do not have an expectation of privacy regarding their use of the computing resources, and by accessing and using the College's computing resources, users expressly consent to such monitoring, access, and use by the College. Further, information contained on the College's computing resources and in College accounts, including but not limited to e-mail, may be subject to inspection under the Public Records Law of the State of North Carolina.
The College does not attempt to articulate all required or unacceptable behavior by its users. Therefore, each user's judgment on appropriate conduct must be relied upon. To assist in such judgment, users will follow this policy:
- College computing resources are to be used only for educational, research, or instructional purposes for which access is provided, and are not to be used for any unauthorized purpose, including but not limited to commercial purposes, unauthorized access to remote computers or non-College related activities.
- An access account assigned to a user must not be used by any other individual. Users are responsible for the proper use of their accounts, including proper password protection and appropriate use of the College's computing resources. Obtaining another user's password, allowing friends, family, co-workers, work-study students, student workers, or any other individual use of your or another user's account, or other unauthorized use of an access account, is a serious violation of this policy.
- Users shall not create, display, transmit, or make accessible threatening, racist, sexist, obscene, offensive, annoying or harassing language, e-mail messages, and/or material, including broadcasting unsolicited messages, sending unwanted e-mail, or impersonating other users. Remember - the College's policies against discrimination and harassment apply to communications through the College's computing resources.
- All computer software is protected by federal copyright law. In addition, most software is proprietary and protected by legal licensing agreements. Users are responsible for knowledge of the licensing restrictions for any software used on the College's computing resources. Unless specifically granted permission, a user may not copy software, or use College-software software on anything but College-owned equipment.
- Users shall not download, reproduce and/or distribute copyrighted or licensed materials without proper authorization from the author or creator. Additionally, users shall not publish information, messages, graphics, or photographs on any web page, without the express permission of the author or creator.
- Users shall not engage in activities to damage or disrupt the hardware, software, or any communication associated with the College's computing resources, such as virus creation and propagation, wasting system resources, overloading networks with excessive data, or any attempt to circumvent data protection schemes or uncover security loopholes.
- Users shall not waste, monopolize, interfere or misuse the College's computing resources by, for example, requesting an excessive number of copies from a printer, playing games, or participating in chain letters or Ponzi schemes.
- Users shall not access or damage any portion of the College's computing resources or other College property, such as College records, or use the College's computing resources for illegal activities.
- Users may not connect personal or non-College-owned equipment to the campus network unless given specific authorization prior to the event. Users MAY connect laptops to smart classroom lecterns which were specifically designed for this purpose.
- Students may not use employee computers. Most employee computers have access to the faculty/staff networks, colleague, and other sensitive data. For this reason, students may not use employee computers.
- Users learning of the misuse of the College's computing resources or violations of this Acceptable Use Policy should notify the Chief Information Officer or any employee of ITS immediately.
Enforcement: Failure to follow the Acceptable Use Policy and any misuse of the College's computing resources may result in the suspension or revoking of access accounts. Employees violating the policy are subject to disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by their immediate supervisor. Students violating the policy are subject to an immediate grade penalty of “F” and will not be allowed to further participate in the class. All College policies and procedures are applicable to users of the College's computing resources.
Any conduct, which violates local, state, or federal laws, will result in the immediate loss of all access to the College computing resources and will be referred to appropriate College offices and/or law enforcement authorities. Wake Technical Community College is not liable for actions of anyone connected to the Internet through the College's computing resources. All users will assume full liability: legal, financial or otherwise, for their actions.
To report a problem in a computer lab, please go to http://helpdesk.waketech.edu and enter a service request, or call 919-866-7000 to speak to someone at the Wake Tech Help Desk. If you are on campus, you can reach the Help Desk by dialing extension 6-7000.
Official Public Web site
WWW.WAKETECH.EDU (http://www.waketech.edu/) is the only official website of the college and as such must be administered by college officials and the college Webmaster (who manages content and design) on servers maintained by, or external services approved, by Wake Techs Information Technology Services Division.
Blogs may be provided to certain entities upon request. All blog web sites must reside on Wake Tech's servers and must be the official responsibility of an employee with a key account. (Key accounts are used for login.) Blogs must be moderated by a faculty or staff member, although students may be permitted to edit blogs.
The Student Activities Department may request blogs for college clubs and organizations. Club advisors (faculty or staff) may request design services for their club's blog or add a student editor by submitting a work order. Club advisors are expected to review student posts to ensure appropriate content.
Social Networking/Supplemental Online Services
Use of such services must be arranged through the Digital Communications Specialist in the Communications Division, who will assist with establishing an account and record the employee's username and password. A college employee will be responsible for maintaining the service and may contact the Digital Communications Specialist for assistance as needed.
The webmaster will maintain account records in case content needs review or someone other than the original user assumes responsibility for the service.
External Web sites
Students, faculty, and staff are not permitted to use Wake Tech's name or official logos, graphics, or information or to state or imply any official association with the college in web sites they create outside of Wake Tech’s servers.
Violation of any of the above provisions will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.
Students are not allowed in any campus facility without shoes and shirts. Caps and hats should not be worn in any classroom. Underclothing must not be visible.
In addition, students must meet the specific dress requirements of their programs of study, including uniforms or personal protective equipment such as goggles, shields, etc., required in laboratory and shop settings. Students in violation of dress policies may be subject to corrective action, including removal from the setting.
Students' overall personal appearance must reflect cleanliness and good grooming. If a student's dress or hygiene interferes with the learning process, the student's instructor will counsel the student. Repeat offenses will result in referral to the Conduct Officer.
Pets, including but not limited to dogs and cats, create several conditions the college is not equipped to handle. Pets may carry and spread parasites. Pets of any type may not be brought on campus. This policy is in no way intended to restrict access to the campus for animals specifically trained to aid individuals with disabilities.
Food and beverages are not permitted in classrooms, laboratories, shops, learning centers, libraries, or in any instructional area. This policy applies at all Wake Tech campuses, community school locations, and other facilities.
Students, college employees, volunteers, visitors, contractors, vendors, or any other persons on college property are permitted to smoke or use tobacco products in designated areas only. College Property includes any building, facility, or vehicle owned or leased by Wake Technical Community College; or college grounds, including athletic fields and parking lots.
For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco products” include cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, cigars, blunts, pipes, smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and snuff, and hookahs; and any other items containing or intended to mimic tobacco or tobacco products. “Tobacco use” includes smoking, chewing, dipping, ingesting, or any other use of tobacco products, or the smoking of any other substance.
Exceptions for Tobacco Products on Campus
Tobacco products may be included in instructional or research activities in college buildings if the activity is conducted or supervised by the faculty member overseeing the instruction or research, and if the activity does not include “tobacco use” as defined above.
Signs that indicate “smoking/tobacco use in designated areas only” will be posted in a manner and location to provide sufficient notification to students, employees, and visitors.
- Students: Any student who violates the terms of this policy will receive a reprimand upon his or her first offense. If a second offense occurs, the student will be placed on general probation and required to meet with the Student Conduct Officer. A third offense by the student will incur suspension from the college for three calendar days (weekends and holidays excluded). The student will be suspended for a semester if he or she subsequently violates the terms of the Smoking/Tobacco Use policy.
- Employees: Any employee who violates the terms of this policy will receive a written warning upon his or her first offense. If a second offense occurs, the employee will be placed on probation. Any employee who subsequently violates the terms of the Smoking/Tobacco Use policy may be subject to additional disciplinary action.
- Visitors: Any visitor refusing to comply may be asked to leave campus.
Students may not engage in any activity that is disruptive to orderly classroom instruction, without limitations to the use of cell phone or pager calls; students are therefore required to disengage all such devices when in a classroom.
The College does not have housing facilities, but students should have no difficulty in locating satisfactory housing.
Wake Technical Community College provides bus service for students between downtown Raleigh and the Main Campus. The bus stop on Main Campus is located in front of the Pucher Lemay Building. A schedule can be obtained in Holding Hall, Student Services, or the Individualized Learning Center.
Skate boarding and rollerblading are not allowed on any Wake Technical Community College campus or site.
Publications are defined to include but are not limited to the following: newspapers, pamphlets, newsletters, brochures, flyers, books, posters, or magazines. Publications may not be printed or distributed without official approval of the Dean of Student Development. Approved campus organizations may post and distribute their publications if said publications have been approved by the president of the organization, the organization's advisor, and the Dean of Student Development.
All publications (print, electronic, or other) containing URLs or references to the Wake Tech website must be sent to the webmaster ([email protected]) prior to finalization to ensure that URLs are listed correctly.
Publications containing profanity; language that is offensive with regard to race, sex, or creed; grammatically incorrect statements; and misspelled words will be subject to disapproval. All publications must represent the dignity, mission, and standards of the college. Organizational publications must also be consistent with the philosophy and mission of the organization.
The college reserves the right to rescind approval for on-campus activity for any organization that violates this policy. Individuals found guilty of not conforming to this policy will face disciplinary action, including suspension from the college.
From time to time, changes made to published, college policies will affect students. The college reserves the right to make such changes and holds students responsible for staying informed about these changes. Announcements of changes will be emailed to student’s "my.waketech.edu" email address and can be found online at http://updates.waketech.edu/ or distributed through the electronic newsletter, which is sent to all currently enrolled students.
This policy does not apply to off-campus groups and individuals. Off-campus groups and individuals are allowed to distribute publications in the designated areas of the Main Campus and the Northern Wake Campus in accordance with Wake Tech's solicitation policy. Requests for distributions on the Main Campus require the approval of the Dean of Student Development and requests for the Northern Wake Campus require the approval of the Sr. Dean of Strategic Innovations/Student Conduct Officer. See Campus Policies and Procedures chapter - Solicitation Policy.
All regulations and policies pertaining to student conduct are listed in the student handbook. The handbook may be viewed online at http://handbook.waketech.edu. Students are responsible for reading the information in the student handbook. One of the conditions of enrollment is the student must follow the Student Code of Conduct, which is located in the Student Handbook.
Solicitations occur in numerous forms, formats, and techniques. For the purposes of this handbook, solicitations are deemed to include, among other activities, attempts to address all or portions of the College community to express social, political, religious or other views; to disseminate written materials; or to request, accept, or collect donations or contributions.
Any individual, organization, agency, or group that desires to solicit on any property which is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College is required to comply with the procedures listed below.
A. Expressive Activities
On-Campus Groups and Individuals
On-campus groups and individuals may reserve designated outdoor space for use in support of their activities. Arrangements for the use of outdoor space shall comply with campus reservation procedures and WTCC protocols
- Off-Campus Groups and Individuals
a. General provisions
Speakers will be granted access to designated areas so long as notice has been provided consistent with this policy, granting access will not conflict with any previously-scheduled events, and the designated area is not temporarily inaccessible or unsafe due to construction, act of God or similar cause.
Access will not be denied because of a speaker’s viewpoint or the content of his or her speech.
Access will be granted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
Gross, multiple, or continued violation of this solicitation policy will result in the soliciting party‘s loss or suspension of future solicitation privileges on property which is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College.
b. Notice Requirement
Speakers must provide written notice to the Office of the President three business days in advance of an intent to speak. Click here for required form, Solicitation Request Form
Upon arriving on campus, speakers must check in with Wake Tech's Campus Police & Security Services office.c. Information Requirement
Speakers must provide the names of the persons who intend to speak on campus, the anticipated size of the group that will visit campus with the speaker, and the name, address and phone number of a responsible contact person who will be present on campus during the event.
Disclosure of this information is required to permit proper planning and will not be grounds for denying or abridging the right to engage in expressive activities in the designated area.
d. Designated Areas
The following areas are designated for expressive activities by off-campus groups and individuals:
- Main Campus: the paved area directly outside and adjacent to the north corner of the Pucher-LeMay building
- Northern Wake Campus: the paved area between buildings NE and NF
e. Scheduling Limitations
At the beginning of the academic year, the President shall establish a schedule of two days per week for expressive activities by off-campus groups and individuals. These areas will be made available to any off-campus group or individual for up to three hours per day between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
In order to promote opportunities for a diversity of speakers, a speaker may not reserve the forum more than two weeks in advance
No sound amplification is permitted. Also noise levels that are reasonably likely to or do cause a material disruption to the learning environment or the normal administration or operation of the College are prohibited.
- Grounds for Denial of Access or Removal from WTCC Property
Speakers will be denied access or removed from WTCC property for the following:
a. Failing to comply with this policy
b. Communicating “fighting words” as defined in case law.
c. Advocating illegal conduct that is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action
d. Touching, striking, or impeding the progress of pedestrians, except for incidental or accidental contact, or contact initiated by a pedestrian.
e. Photographing, audio recording, or videotaping any faculty, staff or student without first obtaining written permission from the person to be photographed, audio recorded or videotaped; provided,
however, that speakers are allowed to photograph, audio record and videotape themselves and
others who are located within the designated area described in section A.2.d of this policy and
interacting with the speakers.
f. Engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct that is reasonably likely to cause a material disruption to the learning environment or the normal administration or operation of the College.
g. Damaging, destroying or stealing College or private property on campus.
h. Possessing or using firearms, explosives, or dangerous weapons or substances.
i. Obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
B. Distribution of Written Materials
Pamphlets, publications, advertisements, and any other such materials may not be distributed through any form of the College‘s internal mail system. Such materials may, however, be distributed by hand at such time(s) and at such location(s) as may be designated in writing by the College President, so long as the group or individual has complied with the requirements of Section A above. Distribution of written materials will not be denied based solely on the content or the viewpoints expressed in the materials.
Any individual, organization, agency, or group that distributes written materials on any property which is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College shall reimburse the College for any of the College‘s internal or external clean-up costs associated with the distribution of such materials.
C. Posting of Messages or Materials
It is expressly prohibited for any individual, agency, organization, or group not officially affiliated with the College to use any surface such as walls, bulletin boards, trees, or the like located on any property owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College to display any written or otherwise visual materials
D. Commercial Use of Bulletin Boards
The College provides some bulletin board space for its students and employees to advertise or request goods and services. Other than such limited use by the College‘s students and employees, bulletin boards located on any property that is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College may not be used for commercial purposes.
E. Donations and Contributions
On-campus individuals, organizations, and groups may solicit, accept, or collect donations or contributions on property which is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College for not-for-profit activities only. Prior to engaging in any such activities, individuals, organizations, and groups who desire to solicit, accept, or collect donations or contributions shall request permission in writing from the Office of the College President.
F. Goods and Services
Students who desire to solicit on any property that is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College to provide goods or services must make their request in writing to the Dean of Students. The request must contain a full description of the activity as to time, benefit, etc., in order to be considered. The decision as to whether such request will be allowed or denied and any conditions attached thereto shall be within the Dean‘s discretion. The Dean shall respond to all such requests in writing within five (5) working days from the date the request is received. All other individuals, organizations, agencies, or causes are prohibited from canvassing, selling, offering for sale, soliciting, or promoting the sale or advancement of any goods or services on any property which is owned, leased, or operated under the jurisdiction of the College.
Click here for required form, Solicitation Request Form
As a public, tax-supported community college, Wake Technical Community College complies with public information law and works with news media to provide coverage of news about the college. Occasionally, media representatives may visit Wake Tech classrooms to interview and photograph students.
The college welcomes these opportunities while respecting the rights of students who may not wish to be interviewed or photographed. Students may be excused from classroom activities, without question, while photographs or video images are being recorded.
CAMPUS SECURITY & SAFETY
The Board of Trustees of Wake Technical Community College has adopted policy statements in compliance with the dictates of the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).
The College's Campus Police Chief is primarily responsible for developing rules and regulations to implement these policies. Crimes on all campuses are reported to the Campus Police Department, which investigates on-campus murder, criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse, robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, weapons possession, and other emergencies on campus considered to be a threat to safety. Timely reports of such occurrences are made to employees and students. In the event the perpetrator of a violent crime is subject to discipline by the College, the victim of the crime shall, at the discretion of the College's administration, be permitted to obtain results of the disciplinary proceeding.
The College's Campus Police Department prepares, publishes, and distributes statistical reports that identify the occurrence of campus crimes and the number of campus arrests involving liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons violations. The policy statements and statistical reports are available upon request to students and employees as well as prospective students and the higher education community at Student Services Building, room 233, Main Campus, 9101 Fayetteville road, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Some security patrol and traffic control matters are handled by a private security company under contract with the College. This company is responsible to the College's Campus Police Chief, whose office is on Main Campus, in Student Services, room 233 and whose telephone number is 919-866-5532. The Campus Police Chief also can be contacted by dialing the College's main switchboard number, 866-5000 (from off-campus or from a coin telephone). Students, employees, and visitors are encouraged to report criminal activity and other emergencies on any campus at the College's emergency number, 919-866-5911.
Students and employees are prohibited from bringing onto campus or using alcohol or illegal drugs on campus or during any College activity. Limited exceptions to this policy may be granted by the College's President or designee. The College has a Drug and Substance Abuse Council, which offers help to students and employees in seeking counseling and/or assistance programs. From time to time workshops and seminars are conducted on campus relating to the following subjects:
- Crime and Safety
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Date Rape
Other information is periodically published in the Campus Connections at http://connections.waketech.edu/ and the student newsletter, The Eagle's Eye. The student newspaper, The Student Voice discusses and debates health, safety, self-defense, etc., issues.
Campus safety means protecting people and property. People working together can make our campuses safe and secure working and learning environments. Report suspicious persons, vehicles, and activities to the Campus Police at 919-866-5911. Students attending classes in the evenings should walk in well-lighted areas with someone or near other people. Extra precaution should be taken by using sidewalks and crosswalks and by avoiding isolated areas. Personal valuables should be marked and NOT left unattended. Vehicles should be parked in a well-lighted area and locked.
Presentations by Local Law Enforcement Personnel
Wake Tech Campus Police Officers can conduct presentations concerning robbery, motor vehicle theft, and drugs and alcohol.
Annual Report of Criminal Offenses
Wake Tech complies fully with the Clery Act (Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act), which requires the college to gather statistics about crime on campus and publish them in an annual report by October 1 each year. Read the current Annual Security Report.
Wake Tech strives to create an atmosphere that encourages learning and productivity. To that end, the college considers the following behaviors unacceptable:
- Injuring another person physically;
- Engaging in behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury to another person;
- Engaging in behavior that subjects another individual to undue emotional distress;
- Possessing, brandishing, or using a weapon that is not required by the individual’s position while on college premises or engaged in college business;
- Intentionally damaging property;
- Threatening to injure an individual or damage property;
- Committing injurious acts motivated by, or related to, domestic violence or sexual harassment;
- Retaliating against any person who, in good faith, reports a violation of this policy; and,
- Any other behavior or activity that creates a threat or danger to a person or the campus
This policy will be enforceable at any property, building, or other facility that is owned, leased, or used by Wake Technical Community College for any college activity. Violators will be subject to Wake Tech disciplinary policies or North Carolina statutes as appropriate.
Reason for Policy
Wake Technical Community College is committed to providing students, employees, contractors, and visitors with a safe and secure environment that is free from threats, intimidation, and violence. This policy contributes to the creation of that environment by helping school officials respond responsibly, prudently, and effectively to threats and other behaviors that raise concern about potential violence.
|Targeted Violence||Any incidence of violence in which an attacker selects a particular target prior to a violent attack on that target.|
|Concerning Behavior ||A wide range of behaviors which, due to their nature or severity, affect the campus or the workplace, generate a concern for personal safety, or result in physical injury.|
|Threat||An expression of intent to do physical or psychological harm or to act out violently against a person (or persons) or property that would lead to the reasonable belief that such harm will occur. The threat may be spoken, written, symbolic, implied, direct, or indirect.|
Note: Certain Wake Tech policies predate the establishment of the process outlined below. They remain official college policies and will be expected to comply with the process in the future.
- Faculty and Staff – Faculty and staff members must be familiar with the threat assessment and violence prevention policy and must report violations of the policy to their supervisor or appropriate administrator and the Chief of Police. All employees are encouraged to be alert to the possibility of violence on the part of employees, former employees, students, contractors, and strangers. Employees who act in good faith to report threats, concerning behaviors, or violations of college policy will not be retaliated against or harassed. Deliberately false or misleading reports of violence will be considered unacceptable personal conduct, and the employee or student making such false or misleading reports will be subject to disciplinary action under Wake Tech disciplinary policy.
- Threat Assessment Team – The responsibility for assessing potentially-threatening behaviors rests with the College Threat Assessment Team. In making assessments, the team may consult outside resources such as counselors, law enforcement officials, threat assessment professionals, mental health specialists, and others who might contribute to a successful resolution. The team will report findings from their assessments, including recommendations for appropriate interventions, to the college president or his designated representative. The Threat Assessment Team is composed of these college employees:
- Executive Vice President (Team Leader)
- Senior Vice President of Curriculum Education Services
- Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education Services
- General Counsel for the College
- Conduct Officers
- Chief Human Resources Officer
- Chief of Police
- A situation poses imminent danger to a person or to the college; or
- An act of violence occurs resulting in serious or fatal injuries to one or more campus members.
The Crisis Management Team will consider the impact of the incident on the campus community and initiate appropriate debriefing, counseling, and support for victims, co-workers, students, and families.
Fostering a Culture of Respect
An educational setting in which everyone respects everyone else promotes safety. It provides a place for open discussion in which diversity and differences are respected, communication is encouraged and supported, and conflict is managed and mediated constructively. Problems come to light earlier and can be addressed before they become serious or lead to violence; consequently, the potential for violence diminishes.
Reporting Concerning Behaviors
For the safety of the college community, it is imperative that anyone aware of concerning behavior or perceived threats – from firsthand knowledge, written or verbal communications, or any other source – report it immediately to the Wake Tech Chief of Police. Those reporting may identify themselves or remain anonymous. To the extent allowed by law and policy, any identification provided will remain confidential and will be used only by security officials for follow-up, if necessary. Those choosing to leave an anonymous report should include as much detail as possible to make sure security officials can proceed with an investigation. The Chief of Police will address all reports as quickly as possible and convene the Threat Assessment Team when appropriate. If a report suggests that a law has been violated or that violence is imminent, the Chief will immediately refer it to the Campus Police Department for investigation and crisis response measures, as they deem appropriate.
Identifying Concerning Behaviors
The Threat Assessment Team will focus its efforts on formulating strategies for preventing targeted violence, in two principle areas:
- Developing the capacity to monitor and evaluate information that might indicate a risk of targeted attack, and
- Using the results of threat assessments to develop strategies for preventing attacks.
If the team determines through inquiry that an identified behavior involving a student is non-threatening, the matter will be referred to the Conduct Officers for appropriate action. A Behavior of Concern Assessment Team (BAT) has been implemented to assess student behaviors of concern and low-level threats. Non-threatening incidents involving college employees will be directed to the Director of Human Resources. If the team concludes that a law has been violated or that violence is imminent, it will immediately refer the matter to law enforcement officials.
The Threat Assessment Process
Threat assessment will be fact-based, relying primarily on the appraisal of behaviors, rather than on stated threats or traits, as the basis for determining if there is cause for concern. The fact-based assessment considers every aspect of the person of concern and is based on the totality of what is known about that person, in four major areas: 1) personality, 2) family dynamics, 3) school dynamics (and the person’s role in those dynamics), and 4) social dynamics.
Examples of Concerning Behaviors
- Acts of violence
- Threats (direct, indirect, implied, veiled)
- Stalking, surveillance, or unwanted pursuit
- Mental health concerns, including voluntary or involuntary commitment
- Weapons on campus or recent acquisition of firearms
- Special interest in or identification with the military, survivalist groups, or weapons
- Homicidal/suicidal thoughts or actions
- Belligerent or angry outbursts, depression, or severe mood swings
- Preoccupation with violent themes
- Apparent obsession with someone
- Domestic disputes
- Intentional destruction of personal property
- Evidence of substance abuse
- Symptoms of paranoia
- Refusal to accept employment termination
- One-sided contact with others following employment termination
- History of conflict with others
- Documenting the activities of others when not required to do so
- Unusual verbal or written communications to others
- Repeated complaints about working conditions
- Excessive blaming of others
- Excessive or intimidating references to workplace violence incidents or other mass murders
Reporting Student Behaviors of Concern and Low-Level Threats to the Conduct Officers
A report should be made to the Conduct Officers if students display behaviors that indicate a concern, including but not limited to:
- suicidal ideations
- uttering threatening words or displaying threatening actions
- writings that clearly communicate intentions to harm self or others
- actions that endanger the health, safety, or well-being of any member of the college community or its guests
Note: If the behavior constitutes an emergency or needs immediate attention, contact Campus Police at 919-866-5911 (65911 from any campus phone).
If the behavior is clearly a Student Code Violation, complete the Student Code Violation Form.
Faculty and Staff
When a behavior of concern takes place in which a student is alleged to have shown concerning behaviors, these steps must be followed by the reporting instructor or other college official:
- If the behavior of concern that the student is displaying or has displayed is not an emergency, faculty/staff will:
- Log on to Eagles’ Nest, http://eaglesnest.waketech.edu
- Go to Forms and click on the sub-heading Student Services Forms. The Behavior of Concern & Threat Reporting Form is listed under the Conduct heading.
- Complete the form in its entirety and submit the form electronically.
- A Conduct Officer will review the report and make a determination on the referral of the report. If the report is a Behavior of Concern and not a Student Code Violation, members of the Behavior Assessment Team (BAT) will schedule a meeting to discuss the case within five (5) business days.
- Within two (2) business days, a Conduct Officer will notify the person who submitted the report that the information has been received.
- The student will be contacted and a determination of the submitted report will be made by the BAT; information will be given to pertinent individuals.
- If the report is found to be only a Student Code Violation, the report will be forwarded to the appropriate Conduct Officer, who will handle the case under the guidelines in the Student Handbook, Section IV, Student Code of Conduct, subsection C.
In order to assist students in becoming more productive citizens of our community and to provide guidance in addressing behaviors of concern, the following are actions that the BAT may consider (but is not restricted):
- No instant action.
- Contacting the student by official e-mail or by telephone to assess his or her status.
- Meeting with the student to talk about needs, services available, and college expectations.
- Using the Student Services Referral form to refer students to programs and services on campus; e.g., Student Assistance Program, Student Success Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Disability Support Services, and the ILC.
The recommendations of the BAT are final; however, the student may appeal any sanction given by a Conduct Officer. See Student Handbook, Section VI, Subsection C, for the appeals process.
Wake Technical Community College understands the sensitivity of information obtained, provided, and/or alleged in such reports as it pertains to an individual’s reputation, privacy, and anonymity. Any report of concerning behaviors or threats of violence will be handled in a confidential manner, with information released only on a need-to-know basis. When appropriate, legal guidance will be requested.
All Behavior of Concern reports (documents, files, etc.) related to a threat assessment will be maintained by the Dean of Student Development in the Maxient system. All criminal reports relating to a threat assessment will be maintained by the Campus Police.
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Visitors are welcome on the Wake Tech campus. For the safety and security of all, immediately upon arriving, visitors are required to register at the receptionist desk at any campus. At the receptionist desk, visitors may obtain information and directions as needed. The College cannot accommodate extended non-official visits; individuals who have not registered or who are found loitering on campus may be required to leave.
Visitors, children, and any other persons not enrolled at Wake Tech are not allowed in the library or in classrooms, laboratories, or any other instructional areas (on or off campus) without prior authorization.
Children under the age of 15, who are not enrolled at Wake Tech, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult at all times and must not be left unattended in any area of the College.
At community schools sites, only persons attending classes or other College activities are permitted on the premises.
Wake Tech students or employees violating the above regulations on any Wake Tech campus or community schools site will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of their enrollment or termination of their employment.
If the need should arise to evacuate a building because of fire or other impending danger, a general alarm will be sounded. When such an alarm is sounded, individuals should leave the building by way of the nearest exit. Individuals should become familiar with posted evacuation routes.
The college does not assume responsibility for injuries or losses sustained on- or off-campus by any student. For this reason accident insurance is included in the Student Administration fee for all curriculum students. Students in select workforce continuing education courses shall be required to purchase accident insurance as part of their registration.
All students covered by the insurance policy are responsible for reading the Student Accident Insurance Plan brochure to understand the extent of coverage and the procedures for filing a claim; a copy of the brochure can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. All provisions described in the Student Accident Insurance Plan brochure will prevail in the event of any discrepancy between this policy and the brochure.
The college requires each person enrolling in a Health Sciences curriculum and students in select workforce continuing education courses to have student malpractice liability insurance coverage in the amount of $2,000,000/ $5,000,000. Students enrolled in Health Sciences curriculum may purchase this insurance from a local insurance agency. Proof of coverage must be presented at the time of registration by providing the policy or certification of insurance. In the absence of proof of coverage, students enrolled in a Health Sciences curriculum are required to purchase professional liability insurance through the College’s blanket liability insurance program at the time of registration. Payment for this insurance will be included in the registration fee for workforce continuing education students.
Personal injury insurance is required for students participating in the intercollegiate athletics program.
Students who would like to purchase health insurance for themselves and/or their families may participate in a group policy through the North Carolina Community College Student Health Plan. More information can be found on Wake Tech’s website by clicking on the Student Services link and then the Student Health Insurance link.
Accident Notification and Response
All accidents and injuries are to be reported to the Campus Police by calling Wake Tech’s 24-hour Call Center at 919-866-5911. The Campus Police will notify the Wake County EMS 9-1-1 call center when an accident appears to be severe enough to require professional medical attention.
The Call Center will assign a case number to each incident. For accidents that occur on a Wake Tech site a Campus Police Officer will be dispatched immediately to the scene to compile information for an incident report and to assist with or administer first aid. Students who are injured while participating in off-campus activities sponsored and supervised by Wake Tech faculty or staff, and those who are otherwise unable to provide information to an Officer at the time of their accident, are to report the details to a Campus Police Officer upon their return to Wake Tech. The Officer responding to the incident (or receiving the student report) will complete an incident report as soon as possible, but no later than by the end of their shift.
Injured students who are unable to drive themselves to an urgent care clinic, hospital, or other medical facility will be consigned to the care and transport of EMS personnel. Under no circumstances shall a Wake Tech employee provide transportation for an injured student. Students may seek treatment from a medical facility of their choosing (within plan limitations) providing that the treatment is not rendered by a doctor or nurse who is a family member.
Accident Reimbursement Claims
Students seeking reimbursement for expenses covered by the student accident insurance plan must obtain an Accident Claim Form from the Registrar’s office within 30 days of the incident or as soon as is reasonably possible. To be eligible for reimbursement, the original completed Accident Claim Form must be submitted to the insurance agency. A copy of the claim form and medical bills must be provided to the Business Office. Additional instructions and contact information for the agency can be found on the back of the Accident Claim Form; the claim procedure is also detailed in the Student Accident Insurance Plan brochure.
No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor; or unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, or any other controlled substance, as defined in Schedule I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 U.S.C. Section 812) and as further defined by regulation at 21 C.F.R. 1300.11 through 1300.15 or Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes, as amended from time to time, in any college location as defined below.
“College location” means in any college building or on any college premises; in any college-owned vehicle or in any other college-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from college or college activities; off college property at any college-sponsored or college-approved activity, event or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the college.
Any student who violates the terms of this policy may be suspended or expelled from the college in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities policy or may be required to or requested to participate in a drug abuse assistance and rehabilitation program approved by the Board of Trustees. If such student fails to satisfactorily participate in such program, the student shall be suspended or expelled from the college in accordance with the Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Procedures Policy.
Drug Abuse Prevention Program
The College has materials relating to drug abuse prevention available to all students, faculty, and staff. Interested individuals are encouraged to make use of these materials, which are located in the libraries on the Main, Health Sciences, Western Wake, Public Safety Education, and Northern Wake campuses.
In emergency situations – inclement weather, power outages, or any other conditions constituting an emergency situation – the college may delay opening or close for the day.
- If the college is closed, all classes at all sites are canceled.
- If evening classes are cancelled, all evening classes at all sites are canceled.
- If there is a delayed opening, any class with 30 or more minutes of instructional time remaining will meet. Curriculum students should check Blackboard sites for information about their courses.
- If the college is open but Wake County Public Schools (WCPSS) are closed, Wake Tech classes scheduled at Wake County Public School sites are cancelled.
Delays and closings will be announced via the Wake Tech Warn emergency alert system. All Wake Tech student and employee email addresses are automatically registered to receive Wake Tech Warn alerts. To add additional email addresses, or phone numbers for voicemail and text message alerts, go to warn.waketech.edu.
Delays and closings will also be posted on Wake Tech’s website (waketech.edu), social media (@waketechcc), and local radio and television stations. In the event that an emergency situation occurs after the opening of the college, announcements about class dismissals and closings will come from the administrative officer in charge. Announcements will also be posted on the college’s two primary Learning Management Systems (Blackboard for Curriculum students and Moodle for Workforce Continuing Education students), and recorded on the college switchboard 919-866-5000.
When the college is officially closed due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions, the time lost will be counted as excused absences for both students and employees. If, however, the college remains open during inclement weather or other emergency conditions, students and employees who do not come in will be accountable for that lost time – students must make up classes or assignments (per arrangement with their instructors), and employees may make up time or take annual leave.
Curriculum students in online courses should be aware that coursework is available via Blackboard (dist-ed.waketech.edu) at all times – even when the college is officially closed. If Blackboard becomes inaccessible or power outages occur, assignment due dates will be clearly posted when service resumes. Due dates may also be extended on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of instructors, and announcements will be posted accordingly.
Ordinance Governing Traffic, Parking, and Registration of Motor Vehicles
Pursuant to Chapter 115D-21 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, the Wake Tech Board of Trustees adopts the following rules governing parking, traffic, and the registration of motor vehicles on Wake Tech campuses. These regulations are intended only to supplement the Motor Vehicle Laws of North Carolina, all provisions of which apply to the streets, roads, alleys, sidewalks, walkways, parking spaces, parking areas, and parking lots on all Wake Tech campuses.
Revised October 2015
A. General Provisions
Abandoned vehicle: a motor vehicle that has remained parked for more than 10 days, which is determined to be "derelict" under North Carolina General Statute 20-137.7.
Employees: faculty members, administrative staff, clerical personnel, and all other non-student personnel employed by the college (including temporary, permanent, part-time, and full-time employees).
No parking area: any area not specifically set aside, marked, striped, or designated by Facility Services for the permanent or temporary parking of vehicles.
Parking area: any area specifically set aside, marked, striped, or designated by Facility Services for the permanent or temporary parking of vehicles.
Repeat offender: any person committing three (3) or more traffic or parking violations within an academic year.
Student: anyone registered or enrolled in full- or part-time academic study who is not an employee.
Visitor: anyone not identified as an employee or student according to the definitions above.
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 115D-21, the Board of Trustees of Wake Technical Community College through their designee, Facility Services, shall be responsible for the registration, flow, and parking of vehicles on property owned or leased in whole or in part by the State of North Carolina and under control of the Wake Tech Board of Trustees. Notwithstanding the above, the Registrar shall be responsible for the registration of student vehicles. The provisions of the regulations apply to the operators of all vehicles operated on any Wake Tech campus and shall be in effect 24 hours a day, except as herein provided.
Wake Tech’s Facility Services Office, as authorized by this Ordinance and the Board of Trustees, shall exercise discretion and authority in ensuring that the necessary business of the college is conducted properly; and that parking areas and facilities on Wake Tech campuses are used for the benefit and convenience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Liability: Wake Technical Community College assumes no liability or responsibility for damage to or theft of personal property or of any vehicle parked or in operation on the properties leased by or under the control of the Board of Trustees of the college.
Violation of Ordinance
In addition to the criminal penalties set out by the North Carolina General Statutes, any person violating this or any regulation issued hereunder is subject to a civil penalty as set forth in this Ordinance.
Rules of Evidence: When a vehicle is found to be in violation of this Ordinance, it shall be considered prima facie evidence that the vehicle was parked:
- by the person holding the college parking permit for that vehicle, or
- by the person on file as owner of said vehicle with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or corresponding agency of another state.
B. Vehicle Registration and Parking Permits
General Provision: All faculty, staff, and students in good standing with the college are eligible for and may obtain a parking permit. Motor vehicles parked on campus by students, faculty, or staff must be registered with the college and must display a valid, official (Wake Tech-issued) vehicle parking permit.
Handicapped Parking Permits: The state-issued permit is the only one Wake Tech requires.
Parking permits become invalid under the following conditions:
- Ownership of the vehicle is transferred to another person or entity.
- The permit holder's association with the college ends.
- The time period for which the permit is issued expires.
- The permit holder is issued another permit relating to the same vehicle.
- The permit holder's parking privileges are forfeited as a result of disciplinary sanctions.
- The permit holder commits three (3) or more traffic or parking violations in an academic year.
Registration of Motor Vehicles
Faculty/staff vehicles must be registered through the Wake Tech Campus Police Department. There is no cost to employees for vehicle registration and no limit on the number of vehicles that can be registered. Contact Sgt. West at 919-866-5867 for more information.
- Faculty/staff parking permits are for the exclusive use of employees and do not entitle friends or relatives of employees to park in staff spaces, even with the permit. Faculty/staff parking permits need not be renewed unless worn or illegible.
Student vehicles must be registered as part of the registration process. To obtain a parking permit, students shall provide their vehicle license plate number and the state in which the vehicle is registered. Vehicles brought onto campus after the college registration period has ended must be registered promptly. Students registered for classes at the Perry Health Sciences Campus shall obtain an entry key card for the parking deck.
- Student parking permits will be issued in conjunction with student identification badges.
Faculty, staff, and students who have been issued a vehicle registration permit are responsible for parking violations involving the vehicle for which that permit has been issued.
A temporary parking permit shall be obtained when a permit holder’s vehicle is unavailable and he/she drives and parks another vehicle on campus.
Parking permits shall be properly displayed on the vehicles for which they have been issued. Four-wheel vehicles shall display permits on the left side of the rear window or to the rear left bumper. If the vehicle is a convertible or a Jeep with no glass rear windshield, permits may be displayed on the rear bumper or in an interior position within the cabin of the vehicle that would be highly visible to a police officer. Two-wheel vehicle permits shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle if possible, or attached to the front forks or windshield of the vehicle.
Visitors (as defined in Article I) to any campus shall obtain a temporary parking permit from the reception desk and may park in spaces designated for visitors or general parking only.
C. Parking and Traffic Rules and Regulations
Faculty, staff, and students are subject to discipline in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance and Wake Tech policy and procedure.
Rules and Regulations
- No vehicle shall be driven in a careless or reckless manner or in a direction opposite to that indicated by appropriate signs or markings on roadways that are designated as one-way streets.
- Wake Tech campuses are deemed business districts, with a speed limit of 20 miles per hour.
- No vehicle may be parked in such a manner as to occupy more than one space.
- All vehicles shall be parked in the direction of the flow of the traffic pattern. Facing out (backing into) an angled parking space is not allowed. In straight line spaces, vehicles may face out by backing into the space or pulling forward in a double space.
- Vehicles parking in a designated handicapped parking space shall display a valid handicapped placard or distinguishable license plate issued to the operator or passenger (pursuant to North Carolina General Statute 20-37.6). Any person parking in a designated handicapped parking space shall comply with the requirements of North Carolina General Statue 20-37.6, "Parking privileges for handicapped drivers and passengers."
- Parking is prohibited as follows: on a sidewalk or walkway; along the main driveway entering the college; in the driving lanes of parking areas; in loading or unloading areas; in fire lanes; on grass or landscaped areas; in approaches or other portions of parking areas that are not clearly marked for parking.
- No faculty, staff, or student vehicle may be parked in spaces specifically reserved for certain persons or functions.
- Agents authorized by Wake Tech administration have authority to remove to a place of storage or boot any vehicle illegally stopped, parked, or abandoned, at the vehicle owner’s expense.
The college reserves the right to revoke any parking privileges and to remove a repeat offender's valid parking permit for flagrant violation of the Traffic Rules and Regulations, including failure to pay fines.
The Accounting Office is hereby authorized to collect a $25 fine for any of the following violations:
- Backing into an angled parking space
- Driving in a hazardous manner
- Driving wrong way in drive lanes
- Failure to display current parking decal
- Failure to register vehicle
- Failure to heed stop or yield sign
- Improper display of parking decal
- Parking in manner creating a hazard
- Parking in more than one parking space
- Parking in non-parking space
- Parking in unauthorized space
- Parking incorrectly in space
The Accounting Office is hereby authorized to collect a $250.00 fine for violation of handicapped parking rules and regulations and a $50.00 administrative fee for removal of a boot from any vehicle.
The Chief of Campus Police is hereby authorized to have towed or to have a boot (or other lawful means of enforcement) placed on any vehicle in violation of rules and regulations, as follows:
- unauthorized parking in a handicapped space
- unauthorized parking in reserved space
- parking in area not designated for parking
- repeated violation of the parking rules
- parking in a manner that creates a hazard
- abandoned vehicles
In addition to any fine assessed for a violation of this Ordinance, the owner of a towed vehicle is responsible for payment of any towing and/or storage fees.
Notice of North Carolina State Law Concerning Towed Vehicles
Wake Tech provides a petition/appeal procedure for towing and parking violations. Additionally, North Carolina G.S. 20-219.11 provides the following:
When a vehicle with a valid registration plate or registration is towed as provided in G.S. 20-219.11, the authorizing person shall immediately notify the last known registered owner of the vehicle of the following:
- a description of the vehicle;
- the place where the vehicle is stored;
- the violation with which the owner is charged, if any;
- the procedure the owner must follow to have the vehicle returned to him/her; and
- the procedure the owner shall follow to request a probable cause hearing on the towing.
The owner or any other person entitled to claim possession of the vehicle may request in writing a hearing to determine probable cause for the towing. The request for a hearing shall be filed with the magistrate in the county where the vehicle was towed; the hearing will be set within 72 hours of receipt of the request.
The only issue at this hearing is whether probable cause existed for the towing. If the magistrate finds that probable cause did exist, the tower's lien continues. If the magistrate finds that probable cause did not exist, the tower's lien is extinguished. Any aggrieved party may appeal the magistrate's decision to district court.
For a more complete explanation of the above procedure, refer to North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 20-219.11.
Suspension of Parking Privileges
The Chief of Campus Police may, in addition to any other penalty, suspend for up to one year the parking privileges of any individual found to be a repeat offender in flagrant violation of this Ordinance.
Failure to Settle Fines, Fees, and Charges
Failure to settle outstanding traffic and parking fines, fees, and charges within fourteen days after issuance of a citation may result in the collection of fees in the following manner:
- Penalties owed by faculty members and other employees of the college may be deducted from payroll checks.
- Penalties owed by students will be forwarded to the Registrar, and a hold will be placed on the student's records until the penalties are paid.
Section 6. Petition/Appeal Procedure
Individuals issued a parking or traffic citation may appeal by returning a Traffic Violation Appeal form to the Traffic Appeals Review Board within the semester the citation is issued. Untimely appeals will not be accepted for review
Traffic Violation Appeal forms are available at the reception desk on all Wake Tech campuses.
Unless otherwise specified in this section, the appeal and all arguments in support of the appeal will be submitted in writing. The Traffic Appeals Review Board Administrator shall review the appeal, considering the written statement of the appellant and relevant documents submitted by the Chief of Campus Police, and respond by mail to the address provided on the appeal form.
Individuals whose driving or parking privileges have been suspended or revoked, or whose vehicles have been towed may submit an appeal in writing directly to the Chief of Campus Police. The appeal must be received within14 days. Individuals will be notified in writing of the Chief’s decision within seven days of the appeal.
The Traffic Appeals Review Board
Board membership consists of one faculty member appointed by the Faculty Association President; one staff member appointed by the Staff Council President; and one student member appointed by the Student Government Association President. The Executive Vice President (or designee) shall serve as chair. The term of office will be one year, with no limit to the number of terms served. Members will serve until successors are appointed. The Chief of Campus Police (or a designee) will attend each hearing to clarify operational questions that arise.
The Board Chair (or designee) will present subsequent appeal forms to board members and call for a vote from each member. The Board Chair will make note of the decision regarding the appeal. The Board Chair is a non-voting member of the board.
The Traffic Appeals Review Board will meet as necessary. The Board Chair is responsible for notifying the board members of the time, date, and location of the hearing. The Board Chair may render decisions on traffic appeals in between regularly-scheduled meetings of the board and in emergency situations
Decisions of the Traffic Appeals Review Board are final. If an appeal is denied, payment of the fine is due immediately.
- All facts as stated on the appeal form
- Information provided by the Chief of Campus Police, to include previous violations
- Information noted on the parking violation notice
- The rules and regulations of this Ordinance
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
Wake Technical Community College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes respect, responsibility, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and accountability in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity.
Wake Technical Community College considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This plan refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including: discrimination against pregnant and parenting students, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681-1688)
Wake Technical Community College has a responsibility to ensure compliance by demonstrating that our education programs and other activities are operated in a manner consistent with Title IX regulations and provisions.
If you feel you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination, you should seek assistance as soon as possible. Please review the Sexual or Gender Misconduct Plan and the related Plan Explanations listed below.
Benita Clark, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, is the college's Title IX Coordinator. The Senior Vice President for Student Services, Rita Jerman and the Associate Vice President, Public Safety Education Campus, Anthony Caison, serve as deputy coordinators. They are responsible for implementing and monitoring Wake Technical Community College's Title IX compliance. Investigators are also trained to assist in carrying out Title IX duties.
Mrs. Rita Jerman
Ms. Benita Clark
Mr. Anthony Caison
When concerns are brought to their attention or when they suspect that sexual or gender discrimination may be present, they are bound to initiate and oversee timely investigations and provide updates to the accuser and the accused. Initial complaints must be completed within 30 days from the date of the report; therefore all faculty and staff are required to cooperate fully, truthfully, and expediently with investigations.
More information about Title IX
Retaliation is Prohibited
You have the right to raise concerns, to ask questions about our policies prohibiting sex or gender discrimination, and to participate in investigations without fear of retaliation. You also have the right to submit a complaint about retaliatory acts under Title IX.
How Can We Help
Our plan helps to insure the Wake Technical Community College’s community is free from discrimination based on sex or gender behavior. We are here to help assist you in an effective and efficient manner. If you feel you are experiencing sexual discrimination, the most important thing you can do is to get help. The contacts listed below will be able to guide you and provide important resources.
Who Should I Contact
If you think you have been a victim of sex or gender discrimination, or if you are aware of its existence in any of our education programs or activities, or you have any questions about the sexual or gender misconduct policy, you can get help from any of the offices/individuals below:
Faculty or Staff: Contact the Chief Human Resource Officer and Title IX Coordinator, your supervisor, or Campus Police;
Students: Contact the Senior Vice President for Student Services, any Student Services Dean, Counseling Staff, Athletic Director, or Campus Police; and
Visitors, Applicants for employment: Contact Chief Human Resource Officer or Campus Police.
SEXUAL/GENDER MISCONDUCT PLAN & PLAN EXPECTATIONS
- PLAN STATEMENT
Members of the Wake Technical Community College’s community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Wake Technical Community College believes in zero tolerance sexual or gender-based misconduct. When an allegation of misconduct is brought to an appropriate administrator’s attention, and a respondent is found to have violated this plan, serious sanctions will be imposed to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated.
This plan has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This plan is intended to define community expectations and to establish a mechanism for determining when those expectations have been violated.
- EXPECTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO PHYSICAL SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
The expectations of our community regarding sexual misconduct can be summarized as follows: In order for individuals to engage in sexual activity of any type with each other, there must be clear, knowing and voluntary consent prior to and during sexual activity. Consent is sexual permission. Consent can be given by word or action, but non-verbal consent is not as clear as talking about what you want sexually and what you don’t. Consent to one form of sexual activity cannot be automatically taken as consent to any other form of sexual activity. Silence--without actions demonstrating permission--cannot be assumed to show consent.
Additionally, there is a difference between seduction and coercion. Coercing someone into sexual activity violates this plan in the same way as physically forcing someone into sex. Coercion happens when someone is pressured unreasonably for sex.
Because alcohol or other drug use can place the capacity to consent in question, sober sex is less likely to raise such questions. When alcohol or other drugs are being used, a person will be considered unable to give valid consent if they cannot fully understand the details of a sexual interaction ("who, what, when, where, why, or how") because they lack the capacity to reasonably understand the situation. Individuals who consent to sex must be able to understand what they are doing. Under this plan, "No" always means "No" and "Yes" may not always mean "Yes". Anything less than a clear, knowing and voluntary consent to any sexual activity is equivalent to a "No".
- EXPECTATIONS WITH RESPECT TO CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIPS
Romantic or sexual relationship between individuals in unequal positions (such as teacher and student, supervisor and employee) may be less consensual than perceived by the individual whose position confers power. The relationship also may be viewed in different ways by each of the parties, particularly in retrospect. Furthermore, circumstances may change, and conduct that was previously welcome may become unwelcome. Even when both parties have consented at the outset to a romantic or sexual involvement, this past consent may not remove grounds for a later charge of a violation of applicable sections of the faculty/staff handbooks.
While the college does not wish to interfere with private choices, relationships of a romantic or sexual nature in which power differentials are inherent (faculty-student, staff-student, administrator-student, etc.) are unethical. These relationships are prohibited between a faculty member, supervisor, or other members of the college community and any person for whom he or she has professional responsibility.
- SEXUAL VIOLENCE -- RISK REDUCTION TIPS
Risk reduction tips can often take a victim-blaming tone, even unintentionally. With no intention to victim-blame, and with recognition that only those who commit sexual violence are responsible for those actions, these suggestions may nevertheless help you to reduce your risk of experiencing a non-consensual sexual act. Set out below are suggestions to avoid committing a non-consensual sexual act:
- If you have limits, make them known as early as possible.
- Tell a sexual aggressor "NO" clearly and firmly.
- Try to remove yourself from the physical presence of a sexual aggressor.
- Find someone nearby and ask for help.
- Take affirmative responsibility for your alcohol intake/drug use and acknowledge that alcohol/drugs lower your sexual inhibitions and may make you vulnerable to someone who views a drunk or high person as a sexual opportunity.
- Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. A real friend will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.
- If you find yourself in the position of being the initiator of sexual behavior, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner. These suggestions may help you to reduce your risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:
- Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
- Understand and respect personal boundaries.
- DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent; about someone's sexual availability; about whether they are attracted to you; about how far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent. If there are any questions or ambiguity then you DO NOT have consent.
- Mixed messages from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop, defuse any sexual tension and communicate better. You may be misreading them. They may not have figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You must respect the timeline for sexual behaviors with which they are comfortable.
- Don't take advantage of someone's drunkenness or drugged state, even if they did it to themselves.
- Realize that your potential partner could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender or size. Don't abuse that power.
- Understand that consent to one form of sexual behavior does not automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior.
- Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Read your potential partner carefully, paying attention to verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.
In campus hearings, legal terms like "guilt", "innocence", and "burdens of proof" are not applicable, but the College never assumes a student is in violation of College policy. Campus hearings are conducted to take into account the totality of all evidence available, from all relevant sources.
The College reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students' rights and personal safety. Such measures include, but are not limited to, modification of class schedule, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting the matter to the local police. Not all forms of sexual misconduct will be deemed to be equally serious offenses, and the College reserves the right to impose different sanctions, ranging from verbal warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the offense. The College will consider the concerns and rights of both the complainant and the person accused of sexual misconduct.
- Sexual Harassment;
- Non-Consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same);
- Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same); and
- Sexual Exploitation.
1. Sexual Harassment is
- unwelcome, gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is,
- sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that,
- unreasonably interferes with, denies or limits someone's ability to participate in or benefit from the College's educational program and/or activities, and is
- based on power differentials (quid pro quo), the creation of a hostile environment, or retaliation.
Examples include: an attempt to coerce an unwilling person into a sexual relationship; to repeatedly subject a person to egregious, unwelcome sexual attention; to punish a refusal to comply with a sexual based request; to condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances; sexual violence; intimate partner violence, stalking; gender-based bullying.
2. Non-Consensual Sexual Contact is
- any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman, that is without consent and/or by force.
Sexual Contact includes:
- Intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/or/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.
3. Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse is
- any sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or a woman, that is without consent and/or by force.
- vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.
4. Sexual Exploitation:
Occurs when a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:
- invasion of sexual privacy;
- prostituting another person;
- non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity;
- going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex);
- engaging in voyeurism;
- knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student;
- exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; inducing another to expose their genitals; and
- sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation.
- ADDITIONAL APPLICABLE DEFINITIONS
- Consent: Consent is clear, knowing, and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.
Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity.
Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts.
- Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats), and coercion that overcome resistance or produce consent ("Have sex with me or I'll hit you. Okay, don't hit me, I'll do what you want").
- Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another. When someone makes clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.
NOTE: There is no requirement that a party resist the sexual advance or request, but resistance is a clear demonstration of non-consent. The presence of force is not demonstrated by the absence of resistance. Sexual activity that is forced is by definition non-consensual, but non-consensual sexual activity is not by definition forced.
- In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age.
- Sexual activity with someone who one should know to be -- or based on the circumstances should reasonably have known to be -- mentally or physically incapacitated (by alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout), constitutes a violation of this plan.
- Incapacitation is a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing consent (e.g., to understand the "who, what, when, where, why or how" of their sexual interaction).
- This plan also covers a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of rape drugs. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketomine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another student is a violation of this plan. More information on these drugs can be found at: http://www.911rape.org/.
- Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function as a defense for any behavior that violates this plan.
- The sexual orientation and/or gender identity of individuals engaging in sexual activity is not relevant to allegations under this plan. For reference to the pertinent state statutes on sex offenses, please see Article 7A of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes.
- Consent: Consent is clear, knowing, and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.
- Any student found responsible for violating the plan on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Contact (where no intercourse has occurred) will likely receive a sanction ranging from probation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.*
- Any student found responsible for violating the plan on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Intercourse will likely face a recommended sanction of suspension or expulsion.*
- Any student found responsible for violating the plan on sexual exploitation or sexual harassment will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.*
*Note: The conduct body reserves the right to broaden or lessen any range of recommended sanctions in the case of serious mitigating circumstances or egregiously offensive behavior. Neither the initial hearing officers nor any appeals body or officer will deviate from the range of recommended sanctions unless compelling justification exists to do so.
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- Any student found responsible for violating the plan on Non-Consensual or Forced Sexual Contact (where no intercourse has occurred) will likely receive a sanction ranging from probation to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.*
Wake Technical Community College values an active intellectual environment where creative thought is encouraged and can develop into creative products. The College recognizes that such creative products are protected by intellectual property rights. Because College employees and students may create original works of a printed or other nature or produce inventions or discoveries, and because employees may make use of the original works of others, the College has established the following policy to clarify intellectual property rights for all parties involved.
Intellectual Property: Certain intellectual and creative works qualify for protection under the laws of the United States of America. Title 17 of the United States Code defines federal copyright protection, details original works of authorship protected, and outlines the process for protecting such works. Title 35 of the United States Code defines patent protection, details inventions and discoveries protected, establishes conditions for patentability, and spells out the process for the granting of patents.
Works in which the College has no intellectual property rights and includes works covered by copyright or patent protection produced by a College employee while NOT in the course or scope of his/her employment and by the employee or any person (including students of the College) without College support. An independent work is characterized by, for example, the applicability of the following criteria:
- The work is the result of individual initiative. It is not the product of a specific contract or assignment made as a result of employment with the College.
- The work is not a product of the employee’s job duties.
- The work is produced by an employee outside his/her work schedule.
- The work is produced by an employee or by any person (including students of the College) without funds, resources, or facilities owned or controlled by the College.
Works covered by copyright or patent protection produced by a College employee in the course or scope of his/her employment or by any person (including College students) with College support. A College-supported work is characterized by, for example, the applicability of one or more of the following criteria:
- The work is the product of a specific contract or assignment made as a result of employment with the College.
- The work is a product of the employee’s job duties.
- The work is produced by an employee during his/her work schedule.
- The work is produced by an employee or by any person (including students of the College) with funds, resources, or facilities owned or controlled by the College. College funds include, but are not limited to, release time, grant funds, salary supplements, leave with pay, and other material or financial assistance.
Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107 (Fair Use) of the United States Code allows for the use of materials copyrighted by others and states as follows:
- U.S. Code, Title 17, Chapter 1
- Section 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include-
- the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
- the nature of the copyrighted work;
- the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
- the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.
Any person wishing to use copyrighted materials under conditions not permitted by these Fair Use provisions must first gain permission from the author or appropriate owner prior to using such material. The College employee who intends to use copyrighted materials for College-related activities must file all correspondence and documentation securing permission with his/her dean or unit manager. The documentation will consist of not less than the letter requesting the approval to copy, the letter of response from the author or owner, and the article or materials to be copied.
Rights in Intellectual Property
This policy is stated to define and protect ownership rights to intellectual property, whether independent works or College-supported works, created by College employees, students, and others having formal relationships with the College.
Independent Works: The creator of an independent work qualifying for copyright or patent protection under the appropriate U.S. Code owns all intellectual property rights to that work. This includes the right to voluntarily transfer intellectual property ownership, in whole or in part, through a formal written agreement signed by the creator of the independent work.
College-Supported Works: Unless otherwise provided for in a written agreement, the College owns all intellectual property rights to a work produced with College support and qualifying for copyright or patent protection. This includes the right to voluntarily transfer intellectual property ownership, in whole or in part, through a formal written agreement approved by the Board of Trustees and signed by its chair.
Distribution of Revenues and Other Benefits
The creator of an independent work qualifying for copyright or patent protection controls any revenues or other benefits generated by those works.
Unless otherwise provided for in a written agreement, the College controls any revenues or other benefits generated by its intellectual property rights to College-supported works qualifying for copyright or patent protection.
Notwithstanding the College’s ownership rights in a College-supported work, the President, normally with the approval of the employee’s supervising administrators and the dean or manager of the employee’s division, may enter into a written agreement with an employee for an equitable arrangement for joint ownership, sharing of royalties, or reimbursement to the College for its costs and support. In all such cases, the agreement shall provide that the College will have a perpetual license to use the work without compensation to the employee for such use.
The College recognizes that the research and development of an idea frequently requires the expenditure of time and money as well as the use of lab space, equipment, or other campus facilities. In order to assist worthy projects, Wake Technical Community College may enter into a written agreement with a College employee or student whose research or other work has demonstrable merit in order to assist that individual. Examples of assistance are: financial assistance for the purchase of supplies, payment of patent fees, and other costs deemed necessary to the successful development of the individual’s idea, concept, design, or invention. In all such cases, the agreement shall provide for the College a basis of ownership, or an agreement to reimburse the College for its costs and support as agreed upon by the employee or student and the College Board of Trustees. In no circumstances, however, shall the College agreement deprive, diminish, or abrogate the rights of the College as specified in section 4a above.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this policy, in the case of a work created under a grant accepted by the College, the ownership provisions of the grant shall prevail.
Subject to prior approval by the College and to the provisions of College policies, College employees may consult for outside organizations. Any consulting agreement should include a statement that the employee has obligations to the College as described in this Intellectual Property Policy, and this policy should be attached to the consulting agreement. In the event that there is any conflict between the consultant’s obligations to this Intellectual Property Policy and that consultant’s obligations to the entity for which he/she consults, the obligations to this Intellectual Property Policy shall control.
Intellectual Property Policy and Rights Committee
The Intellectual Property Policy and Rights Committee is responsible for the resolution of issues and disputes pertaining to intelluctual property.
Policy Development — The Committee shall monitor and review technological and legislative changes affecting intellectual property policy and shall report to relevant faculty, staff, and administrative bodies, when such changes affect existing policies. The committee shall serve as a forum for the receipt and discussion of proposals to change existing institutional policies related to intellectual property
Rights Determination — Disputes over ownership, and the attendant rights, of intellectual property will be reviewed by the Intellectual Property Policy and Rights Committee. The committee shall make an initial determination of whether the College or any other party has rights to the work qualifying for copyright or patent protection and if so, the basis and extent of those rights. The committee shall also make an initial determination on resolving competing claims to ownership when the parties cannot reach an agreement on their own.
Management Recommendations — The committee will review the merits of College-owned intellectual property and make recommendations for its management, including development, patenting, and exploitation.
The Intellectual Property Policy and Rights Committee will be composed of members equally apportioned between faculty (elected by the Faculty Senate), staff (elected by the Staff Council), and administration (appointed by the president). The committee members shall elect a chair from among themselves each year.
At the time of initial appointment or election, each member shall be designated as serving a one-, two-, or three-year term, so that the term of one faculty committee member, one staff committee member, and one administration member will expire each year and replacements will be appointed or elected each year. After the first appointment subsequent members shall serve three-year terms, commencing on July 1 and terminating on June 30. Committee members may serve one additional three-year term.
Right of Appeal
When a person claiming to be a creator of intellectual property covered by this policy disagrees with the decision of the Intellectual Property Policy and Rights Committee on issues including but not limited to ownership rights, he/she may appeal to the College President.
TITLE OF THE POLICY
Learning Management System Records Retention Schedule
PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
This policy governs digital student records generated in the course of delivering online courses. These records are confidential, protected under FERPA regulations, and must be provided to students or legal authorities when requested. North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS) § 115D, § 121, and § 132 have no special provisions for the handling or retention of digital academic records or protection from litigation regarding such records. NCGS and current Wake Tech policy require the retention of grade books for a period of three years. Retaining student-generated data poses legal risks for the college if a student or parent sues or if records are compromised through accidental release or malicious intrusion. The maintenance, security, storage, and backup of records in perpetuity and the mechanisms for producing the records in an accessible form constitute a financial burden for the college as well.
Faculty, staff, and students
Wake Tech will utilize best practices related to maintaining a comprehensive Learning Management System (LMS) records and data archive and retention schedule. The retention schedule will adhere to all applicable regulations and comply with all audit criteria. The retention schedule provides information pertinent to all types of courses offered by the college and provides instruction for storage and destruction of affected data.
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*This PDF document is the official version of the policy.
“LMS”, “data archive”, “course archives”