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.
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.
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.
- Upon two consecutive years of inactivity, the student's Wake Tech email account will be removed.
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.
New policies procedures and updates to existing policies will be communicated to students on the official Updates web page, located at updates.waketech.edu.
For more information, visit my.waketech.edu and click on "Support". Video tutorials are available in the FAQ/Knowledge Base at http://vintage.waketech.edu/lore/studkb/
The purpose of this Acceptable Use Policy is to outline the acceptable use of the College’s Information Resources, as well as the expected behavior of all Users on the network. The computing, digital technology, and digital Information Resources at Wake Technical Community College are reserved for the educational, instructional, research, and administrative computing needs of the faculty, students, staff, and other individuals authorized by the College. As a User of these Information Resources, you may have access to valuable Information Resources, to sensitive and critical data, and to internal and external networks. Consequently, it is important for all Users to understand their responsibilities and act in an ethical and legal manner.
This policy applies to all Users of Information Resources owned or managed by the College. Individuals covered by the policy include (but are not limited to) full-time employees, part-time employees, students, contractors, interns, partners, external individuals and organizations.
Wake Tech strives to provide the most secure environment possible for its employees and students, while simultaneously allowing them adequate ability to perform their expected job(s) or academic studies. This policy is required by several federal and state laws and regulations that apply to educational institutions and institutions that process payment information, including, but not limited to: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Payment Card Industry (PCI), and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This policy will outline what activity is deemed acceptable and unacceptable on any Wake Tech network or computer system.
The action of using College owned resources for means other than their intended studies or job function within the College. Often for personal use, such as e-mail, social media, or other services.
The network, systems, data, information, equipment, or other College owned hardware and software that can be accessed through the College owned network. This includes any equipment licensed or leased through the College.
Personal Private Gain
Any action or activity where the primary goal is to enhance one’s own economic, commercial or political benefit outside of the College
Personally Identifiable Information is any information that can be used either directly or indirectly to identify individuals, their residence, or any other unique information about them.
Any information or set of data that could have an adverse impact on an individual, or the College, in the event of exposure.
Any individual, or set of individuals, that operates or otherwise makes use of any information resources provided by the College.
It is not possible for the College to articulate all acceptable or unacceptable behaviors or uses of College Information Resources by its Users. Each User is responsible for reading the list below, as well as other College policies, and ensuring their conduct is acceptable. To assist Users, the following contains a non-exhaustive list of guidelines that Users will need to follow to remain compliant with this policy:
- Users shall use only the Information Resources that they are authorized to access (including, but not limited to, resources needed to perform your educational, research, or instructional functions).
- Users shall adhere to the College’s password policy and the applicable provisions in this policy to protect their accounts and to secure resources against unauthorized use or access.
- Users are individually responsible for appropriate use of all Information Resources assigned to them and to which they are given access.
- Users shall comply with the policies and guidelines for any specific set of Information Resources to which they have been granted access. When other applicable policies are more restrictive than this policy, the more restrictive policy takes precedence.
- With appropriate authorization, Users may connect laptops and other non-College owned devices to the open wireless network and smart classroom lecterns specifically designed for this purpose. Authorization can be given by the faculty or staff member present, ITS, or other individuals in charge of the room.
- Users shall immediately report any actual, suspected or perceived weakness in any Information Resource to ITS. A weakness may include unexpected network behavior, ability to access Sensitive Information or PII, or security threats.
- Users must report any suspected violation of this policy, including theft or unauthorized disclosure of information.
- All requests for Information Resource access, maintenance, relocation, or provisioning/de-provisioning. must be directed to ITS.
- Use of Wake Tech’s computing services and facilities for political purposes, Personal Private Gain, or for other activities in violation of the College’s student or employee handbook is prohibited. However, Personal Private Gain does not apply if the primary intention of the work being performed is related to the College or has an educational purpose.
- Use of the College’s Information Resources to create, access, or transmit inappropriate material, including but not limited to material that is: obscene, illegal, offensive, defamatory or harassing, as well as material that shows aversion, denigration or hostility toward any protected class, including but not limited to race, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political beliefs, veteran status, or any other characteristic or classification protected by laws.
- Users shall not attempt to access or provide resources or assistance to others to access Information Resources, restricted portions of the network, an operating system, security software or other administrative applications without appropriate authorization by the system owner or administrator.
- Users shall not provide resources or other forms of assistance to others to allow any unauthorized person to access Information Resources. Sharing of account information, including passwords, is strictly prohibited. Additionally, students (excluding student employees) may not share or otherwise access employee workstations, as these may have access to secured networks or sensitive data.
- Users shall not engage in any activity that could degrade the performance of Information Resources; deprive an authorized User access to Information Resources; obtain extra resources beyond those allocated; or circumvent College computer security measures.
- Users shall not utilize unauthorized file sharing programs or services that incorporate file sharing (including, but not limited to: Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Amazon S3 storage, or other services) to store Sensitive Information, or PII, without approval by ITS. The College has no control over these services and cannot guarantee the confidentiality, integrity or availability of the data.
- Users shall not waste, monopolize, interfere with or misuse the Information 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 Information Resources or other College property, such as College records, or use Information Resources for illegal activities.
- Users may not connect personal or non-College-owned equipment to the secure password-protected campus network unless given specific authorization by the Chief Information Officer.
Privacy and Personal Rights
Users do not have an expectation of privacy regarding their use of the College’s Information Resources, and by accessing and using the these Information Resources, Users expressly consent to the College’s monitoring of, access to, and use of information regarding their use of the College’s Information Resources. All information transmitted on or from, received or accessed by, or residing on the Information Resources is monitored by the College through ordinary course of business. Information contained on the Information Resources and in College accounts, including but not limited to e-mail, files and other documents, may be subject to inspection under the Public Records Law of the State of North Carolina.
The College monitors access to these Information Resources and reserves the right, without prior notice to Users, to access the Information Resources and to use any and all information retrieved from the Information Resources.
Wake Tech acknowledges that there are a vast amount of resources available to employees, often outside the realm of being directly work related. Therefore, Wake Tech allows employees and students the benefit of utilizing the College’s infrastructure for incidental personal use, with the following constraints:
- Incidental Use of electronic mail, internet access, fax machines, copiers, and any other information technology resources is restricted to College approved Users and does not extend to family members. The practice of sharing credentials for access is strictly prohibited.
- Incidental Use that would result in a direct cost to the College, create the potential for legal action against or liability to the College, or cause embarrassment to the College is strictly prohibited.
- Incidental Use that interferes with the satisfactory performance of an employee’s work duties is strictly prohibited.
- Incidental Use must not violate any other College policies or procedures or any applicable laws or regulations, must not violate any provision in this policy, and must not be used with the intention of Personal Private Gain.
Incidental Use is considered a privilege and benefit of employees and students. If it is determined that it is being used to the detriment of the College or other individuals, Incidental Use privileges and access to the network and Information Resources may be revoked at any time in the College’s sole discretion. Additionally, should the College equipment be used to develop intellectual property, the College will retain rights and ownership of a portion of that intellectual property, consistent with the College’s Copyright Infringement and Intellectual Property policy, NCCCS regulations, State, and Federal law.
Legal and Regulatory Considerations
Users of Wake Tech’s resources are expected to abide by all applicable laws, regulations, statutes and ordinances and shall:
- Abide by all applicable copyright laws and licensing requirements. The College may have entered into legal agreements, contracts or licensing terms with providers of software and network resources, which require individuals using them to comply with those agreements.
- Not use, copy or distribute copyrighted works (including but not limited to web-page graphics, sound files, film clips, trademarks, software and logos) unless you have a legal right to use, copy, distribute or otherwise exploit the copyrighted work.
Individuals found to be in violation of this policy, or engaging in any conduct that violates applicable law shall be subject to disciplinary action including restriction or possible loss of privileges, suspension, termination, or referral to law enforcement.
Students violating this policy are subject to disciplinary actions as set forth in the student code of conduct.
The Office of the CIO shall verify compliance with this policy through various methods, including but not limited to business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner. Additionally, this policy will be reviewed as a part of annual compliance submissions as well as internal and external audits.
Any exception to this Policy must be approved by the Office of the CIO in advance.
All Users have the responsibility to stay up-to-date on any changes to this policy as well as other College policies.
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 Southern Wake Campus. The bus stop on Southern Wake 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.
You may also find transportation information by clicking this link. https://www.waketech.edu/about-wake-tech/zoom
Skate boarding, rollerblading and the use of any type of scooters 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 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 Southern Wake Campus and the Northern Wake Campus in accordance with Wake Tech's solicitation policy. Requests for distributions on the Southern Wake 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 Wake Technical Community College policies (academic; student services; administrative) apply to all students, regardless of campus and center locations or mode of instructional delivery, unless expressly defined by the college.
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 Executive Vice 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:
- Southern Wake 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 or designee, 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 or designee, 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 Executive Vice 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.
The Board of Trustees of Wake Technical Community College has adopted policy statements in compliance with the dictates of the Jeanne Clery 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, Southern Wake 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 Southern Wake 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 here: Annual Security Report (opens in new window).
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;
- 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 General Statutes as appropriate. Several, but not all, of the North Carolina General Statutes would include: NCGS 14-33 Assault, NCGS 14-277.3A Stalking, 14-277.1 Communicating Threats, 14-269.2 Possession of Weapons on School Grounds, 14.160 Injury to Personal Property, 14.35 Hazing and 50.B1 Domestic Violence.
Purpose of the 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. Employees and students 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 in good faith report threats, concerning behaviors, or violations of college policy will not be retaliated against. 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 the 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)
* Vice President of Curriculum Education Services
* Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education Services
* Conduct Officers
* Vice President of Human Resources & College Safety
* Chief of Police
Crisis Management Team – the Threat Assessment Team will recommend activation of Wake Tech’s Crisis Management Team when:
A. A situation poses imminent danger to a person or to the college; or
B. 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 Campus Police at 919-866-5911 (65911 from any campus phone). 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 Executive 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 the Chief of Police.
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
- Weapons on campus or recent acquisition of firearms
- Special interest in or identification with the military, survivalist groups, or weapons
- Homicidal thoughts or actions
- Preoccupation with violent themes
- Apparent obsession with someone
- Domestic disputes
- Intentional destruction of personal property
- 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:
- 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, Staff, and Students
When a student behavior of concern takes place in which a student is alleged to have shown concerning behaviors, these steps must be followed by the reporting individual:
1. If the behavior of concern that the student is displaying or has displayed is not an emergency complete the form in its entirety and submit the Behavior of Concern and Threat Report (BAT) Form electronically.
2. 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 BAT will schedule a meeting to discuss the case within five (5) business days.
3. Within two (2) business days, a Conduct Officer will notify the person who submitted the report that the information has been received.
4. 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.
5. 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 of the Student Code of Conduct.
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.
- Refer students to programs and services on campus; e.g., Wellness Services, 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.
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 Conduct Officers in the Maxient system. All criminal reports relating to a threat assessment will be maintained by the Campus Police.
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, fortified wine, or other intoxicating liquor; or unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use, or be under the influence of marijuana or any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, 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. 1300.11–1300.15 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 other college-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from college or college activities; or 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 asked to or required 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 will be suspended or expelled from the college in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities policy.
Drug Abuse Prevention Program
Recognizing the serious consequences resulting from the inappropriate use of drugs and the potential disciplinary action that could result from the possession or consumption of controlled substances on campus, Wake Tech offers a program of activities and services to prevent drug and alcohol abuse on the part of its students. The Dean of Student Development will provide oversight for the content and timeliness of the program as follows:
- An annual notification will be sent by email to all students at the start of each fall and spring semester.
- At least once a year, each campus will conduct a seminar, workshop, presentation or other program of information and awareness that will be open to all students, faculty and staff.
- Each campus will provide readily available brochures and information sheets which may be used by individuals for their own personal information and awareness. These materials will be available at the Enrollment and Student Services office at each campus.
- A list of referral services in Wake County that specialize in assisting persons with substance abuse issues is available through Wake County Crisis and Assessment Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (www.wakegov.com/humanservices/behavioralhealth/outpatient/Pages/default.aspx) at 1-800-510-9132. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare will assist students in finding a providers that matches their needs. A link to this agency will be available on the student portal.
- Services available from the Student Assistance Program (SAP) will be available on the student portal.
The Associate Vice President for Student Services is responsible for completing the biennial review as noted in 34 CFR Part 86 by December 31 of each even-numbered year, for the two prior academic years.
The review will:
- Determine the effectiveness of the education program and implement needed changes.
a. The AVP will collect program information from the Dean of Student Development. Attendance, timeliness of subject matter, and relevance of content should be considered.
- Ensure consistent enforcement of disciplinary sanctions for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol as applicable under state or federal laws.
- Include evidence that email notification was sent to all students at the start of fall and spring semesters
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; however, ONLINE classes continue as scheduled, including online portions of hybrid classes. Students should check their online course site (Blackboard, Moodle, etc.) for class specific information and assignments.
- 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 (blackboard.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.
Financial Services 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
Financial Services 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 Tech has a responsibility to ensure compliance by demonstrating that college programs and activities operate in a manner consistent with Title IX regulations and provisions.
Wake Technical Community College is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment that promotes its core values – 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 Tech considers sexual discrimination in all its forms to be a serious offense. This policy 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)
If you feel you have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination, seek assistance as soon as possible. Review the Sexual or Gender Misconduct Plan and the related Plan Explanations listed below.
Benita Clark, Vice President for Human Resources is the college’s Title IX Coordinator. The Sr. Dean for Special Projects and Campus Conduct, Karen Phinazee, serve as the deputy coordinator. 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.
Title IX Coordinator:
Ms. Benita Clark, (P) 919-866-7894, [email protected]
Mrs. Karen Phinazee (P) 919-334-1591, [email protected]
These officials are responsible for implementing and monitoring Title IX compliance at Wake Tech. The college also has trained investigators who help to carry out Title IX duties. 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 60 days from the date of the report; therefore all faculty and staff are required to cooperate fully, truthfully, and expediently with investigations.
Retaliation is Prohibited
You have the right to raise concerns, to ask questions about college 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 We Can Help
Our plan helps to ensure that the Wake Tech community is free from discrimination based on sex or gender, and we are here to guide you and provide the resources you need. It is most important that you ask for help if you believe you are (or have been) a victim of sexual or gender discrimination - or if you become aware of such discrimination in any college programs or activities. Learn more about college policies, or ask for help by contacting the officials listed below.
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 Vice President for Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator, your supervisor, or Wake Tech Campus Police;
Students: Contact the deputy Title IX Coordinator (listed above), any Student Services dean, counseling staff, athletic director, or Wake Tech Campus Police.
Visitors, Applicants for employment: Contact Vice President for Human Resources or Wake Tech Campus Police.
To make a Title IX Report click here.
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
Perpetrators of sexual violence are solely responsible for their actions. The suggestions below are not intended to in any way place blame on the victims of such actions; however, they may help in reducing the risk of becoming a victim:
- 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 responsibility for your own use of alcohol or drugs. Acknowledge that alcohol and drugs can lower your sexual inhibitions and make you vulnerable to someone who sees a person in an altered state as an easy target for sexual activity.
- Take care of your friends and ask that they take care of you. Real friends will challenge you if you are about to make a mistake. Respect them when they do.
If you are the initiator of sexual activity, respect your potential partner. These suggestions may help you to reduce the risk for being accused of sexual misconduct:
- Communicate your intentions to your sexual partner clearly, and give him or her a chance to communicate intentions to you.
- Understand and respect personal boundaries.
- DON'T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS about consent, someone's mental or physical able to give consent, how far sexual activity can go, or whether someone is attracted or sexually available to you. If there is a question or any ambiguity, you DO NOT have consent.
- "Mixed messages" from your partner are a clear indication that you should stop activity, defuse any sexual tension, and communicate more clearly. You may be misreading your partner, who may not know how far he or she wants to go with sexual activity. You must respect the timeline and the behaviors with which your partner is comfortable.
- Don't take advantage of someone's drunkenness or drugged state, even if it was entered into intentionally.
- Be aware that your potential partner could be afraid or intimidated by you. 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 activity does not mean consent to any other forms of sexual activity.
- Silence and passivity cannot be interpreted as an indication of consent. Pay careful attention to your partner's verbal and non-verbal communication and body language.
Wake Tech reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct, 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 matters to local police. The Title IX Coordinator will notify the complainant and the accused of findings and sanctions if applicable. Either party may appeal the Title IX Coordinator's findings. The appeals process is outlined below:
Title IX Appeals
Within ten (10) calendar days after receipt of the Summary of Findings and decision from the Title IX Coordinator, either the complainant or the accused may submit an appeal, in writing, to the Title IX Coordinator.
The grounds for appeal are limited to the following:
- Error in the investigation;
- Discovery of relevant materials, new evidence, or information not available during the investigation; or
- Failure to consider relevant evidence in the decision.
Mere dissatisfaction with the Title IX Coordinator's findings or the decision is not a valid basis for an appeal. Either party may make a request to the Title IX Coordinator for a five (5) day extension of time to submit an appeal. Reasonable requests for extension of time will not be denied, but all requests will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Both parties may have a legal advisor at the hearing. Legal advisors will not be allowed to question the complainant, the accursed, or witnesses, or to otherwise participate in the hearing.
Title IX Appeals Board
Title IX appeals will be heard by the Title IX Appeals Board or as otherwise set forth in this section.
The college has selected and trained personnel for service on the board; all members have training or experience. The Appeals Board quorum will be composed of a minimum of three (3) persons from the pool of trained personnel. In the absence of a quorum, the college may designate an alternative means of review, such as designating an individual to act in the place of the board. A college student may not serve as an Appeals Board member. An Appeals Board member may be removed from or decline to participate in a particular case on the basis of an actual or perceived conflict of interest, bias, or lack of impartiality. A deputy coordinator or investigator who participated in any way in the initial investigation of the case, the findings, or the decision is precluded from sitting on the Appeals Board for that case.
Role of the Board
The scope of the Appeals Board will be strictly limited to the permissible grounds. The Appeals Board's role is to independently determine whether the decision is supported by the evidence. The Appeals Board process is not intended to be a re-investigation of the case.
Appeals Board Procedures
Prior to the scheduled Appeals Board meeting, all members selected to serve will receive a confidential copy of the Final Investigative Report (with supporting documentation). The board will meet to review and discuss the matter; the meeting will not be recorded.
Depending on the reasons for the requested appeal, the Appeals Board may:
- Concur with the Title IX Coordinator's findings and decision;
- Concur with the Title IX Coordinator's findings and amend or/alter the decision; or
- Vacate the Title IX Coordinator's findings and decision and return the matter for additional investigation or request that a new deputy coordinator review the matter (only in cases of clear error).
The Appeals Board will render a written decision on the appeal within ten (10) calendar days from the date that all appeal documents have been submitted. The written decision will include the board's findings and rationale and will be sent simultaneously to the complainant, accused, and Title IX Coordinator.
The Appeals Board's decision, if an appeal is filed, is the final college action under these procedures.
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 Misconduct: Definitions
Sexual misconduct offenses include but are not limited to sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same), non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and sexual exploitation.
Sexual Harassment: 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 sex-based request; to condition a benefit on submitting to sexual advances; sexual violence; intimate partner violence, stalking; and gender-based bullying.
Non-Consensual Sexual Contact: 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 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 even though not involving contact with or by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth, or other orifice.
Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse: Any sexual intercourse, however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or a woman, that is without consent or by force. Intercourse includes 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.
Sexual Exploitation: Any time that a person takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his or her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, when the behavior does not 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 someone hide in a room in order to watch you having sex that is otherwise consensual); 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 or bullying.
Consent: Clear, knowing, and voluntary agreement to and permission for an activity. Consent is active, not passive. Silence per se cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear, mutually understandable conditions for, permission for, and willingness to engage in sexual activity. Consent to any one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to any other form of sexual activity. Previous relationships or prior consent does not imply consent to future sexual acts. In order to give valid consent, one must be of legal age.
Force: The use of physical violence or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats), and coercion that overcome resistance or produce consent; e.g., "have sex with me or I'll hit you"/ "okay I'll do what you want if you won't hit me."
Coercion: Unreasonable pressure for sexual activity. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior in the kind of pressure used to get consent. When someone makes it clear that he or she does not want sex, wants to stop sexual activity, or does not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure past that point may be coercive. NOTE: There is no requirement that a person resist sexual advances or requests, 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.
Incapacitation: A state in which a person cannot make rational, reasonable decisions or give knowing consent because he or she lacks the capacity to understand the parameters (who, what, when, where, why, or how) of a sexual interaction. Sexual activity with a person who one knows to be (or should reasonably have known to be) incapacitated – mentally or physically, by alcohol or other drug use, unconscious, or "blacked out" – constitutes a violation of this plan. This plan also covers a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of so-called "rape" drugs. Possession, use, or distribution of any of these drugs (Rohypnol, Ketomine, GHB, Burundanga, and others) is prohibited, as is the administering of any of these drugs to another person.
NOTE: The use of alcohol or other drugs will never function as a defense for any behavior that violates this plan.
Sexual orientation or gender identity of persons engaging in sexual activity is not relevant to allegations under this plan.
For pertinent state statutes on sex offenses, see Article 7A of Chapter 14 of the North Carolina General Statutes.
Any student found responsible for violating the plan with regard to non-consensual or forced sexual contact – where no sexual 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 violations of the Student Code of Conduct.*
Any student found responsible for violating the plan with regard to non-consensual or forced sexual intercourse will likely face a sanction of suspension or expulsion.*
Any student found responsible for violating the plan with regard to sexual exploitation or sexual harassment will likely receive a sanction ranging from warning to expulsion, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
**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 for doing so exists.
TITLE OF THE POLICY
Copyright Infringement and Intellectual Property
PURPOSE OF THE POLICY
This policy states Wake Technical Community College's position on copyright infringement, illegal file sharing, and intellectual property. The college adheres to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 regarding the copying or distribution of copyrighted materials.
This policy applies to all faculty, staff, and students.
Wake Technical Community College requires its faculty, staff, and students to comply with the United States Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code) (the "Copyright Act"). Faculty, students, and staff may download, possess, and store only lawfully-acquired, copyrighted materials; and may use, adapt, and distribute those materials only in ways consistent with the Copyright Act, associated case law, the Fair Use principle, and the intellectual property rights of others. The unauthorized use (downloading, possessing, storing, copying, adapting, sharing, or distribution) of copyrighted materials is a violation of federal law and Wake Technical Community College policy and is strictly prohibited.
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“Copyright”, “Infringement”, “Intellectual Property”, "patents", "File Sharing", "Fair Use", Independent Works", "College-Supported Works"
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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“LMS”, “data archive”, “course archives”