2021-22 Academic Year

The Wake Technical Community College Catalog is an information and reference guide on college policies, facilities, degree, certificate and diploma programs, course offerings, services and personnel. The statements in the catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be considered the basis of a contract between the institution and the student.

All Wake Technical Community College policies (academic, student services and administrative) apply to all students, regardless of campus and center locations or mode of instructional delivery, unless expressly defined by the college.

Generally, the provisions outlined in the catalog are applicable as stated, but Wake Technical Community College reserves the right to initiate changes, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation, without direct notification to individuals. Any statement in this catalog is subject to change by the college.

Though the college catalog is produced as a reference guide, each student is responsible for keeping apprised of current requirements for graduation for a particular degree program. The most recent version of the catalog is online.

Thank you.

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Wake Technical Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions or employment processes or in access to programs, facilities or activities. The following persons, whose offices are at the Southern Wake Campus, at 9101 Fayetteville Road in Raleigh, have been designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

Disability Support Services/Access for Students
Director, Disability Support Services   919-866-5670
Sorenson Video Phone for Deaf 919-324-1508

Employment Access: Human Resources Helpdesk, 919-866-7890

Facilities Access: Vice President of Facility Services, 919-866-5148

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The purpose of this policy is to support the College’s commitment to providing an institutional environment free from disability discrimination by providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints.

APPLICABILITY
All students of the college community.

POLICY STATEMENT
Wake Technical Community College is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, subjected to discrimination in connection with or denied the benefits of any college program or activity due to his or her disability.

DEFINITIONS
 

Word/Term

Definition
 

Disability

The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual –

 

  1. A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
  2. A record of such an impairment;
  3. Being regarded as having such an impairment; or
  4. An impairment that is episodic or in remission if it substantially limits a major life activity when it is active.

Discrimination

Conduct based on an individual’s protected status that is an unlawful or otherwise prohibited preference for, or detrimental treatment of, one individual compared to other individuals. The conduct must be sufficiently serious to unreasonably interfere with or limit a student or admission applicant’s ability to participate in, access or benefit from college programs, services or activities.

 



PROCEDURES
Wake Technical Community College (the “College”) is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, subjected to discrimination in connection with or denied the benefits of any College program or activity due to his or her disability. he purpose of this policy is to support the College’s commitment to providing an institutional environment free from such discrimination by providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Title II”) or otherwise alleging disability-related discrimination or harassment. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, and Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities (including universities) that provide places of public accommodation. This policy provides an administrative framework and oversight for reporting, investigating, adjudicating and resolving violations of this policy. 

The College prohibits retaliation for submitting a grievance or participating in a grievance investigation. Retaliation is defined as any unfavorable action taken against an individual for making or supporting a claim of discrimination or participating in the reporting, investigation or resolution of a grievance retaliation, including threats, intimidation, reprisals and adverse actions. Retaliation may be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. All reports of alleged retaliation should be reported to the ADA Compliance Officer for students. The allegation will be investigated upon receipt of the complaint.

Students may submit informal reports or formal complaints of disability discrimination if they believe that they have been subjected to discrimination because of a disability. Grievances may include concerns regarding the determination of, or provision of, disability-related services and accommodations, as well as all allegations of disability discrimination. This includes allegations from students, regardless of their registration status with the Disability Support Services Office. Allegations of discrimination should be reported as promptly as possible, and no later than 180 calendar days from when the person becomes aware of the discrimination, by submitting an informal report or formal complaint. The College may extend this time frame where a delay is due to circumstances beyond a student’s control (such as illness or incapacity).

            Students registered with Disability Support Services (“DSS”) will follow the steps below:

  1. The student may provide an informal report to their assigned DSS Coordinator, who will investigate and assist with providing a resolution, if appropriate, after the investigation is complete or escalate the concern to a formal complaint, should it be necessary. An informal report is a disclosure of information alleging the occurrence of prohibited discrimination. If the student is uncomfortable submitting this informal report to the assigned DSS Coordinator, then they may submit their report directly to the ADA Compliance Officer.
  2. A formal complaint is a written allegation of discrimination made by a student or College representative on behalf of the student, requesting the College to address the allegation through a resolution process. The ADA Compliance Officer, or designee, will assess to determine the most appropriate means to address the concern. This could include but is not limited to conducting necessary interviews, reviewing documentation, witness testimonies and processes required by different service areas and/or academic programs. The formal complaint form is available online and from the ADA Compliance Office.

Students not currently registered with DSS will follow the steps listed below:

  1. The student may contact the ADA Compliance Officer, or designee, who will investigate and assist with providing a resolution, if appropriate, after the investigation is complete or escalate the concern to a formal complaint, should it be necessary. An informal report is a disclosure of information alleging the occurrence of prohibited discrimination.
  2. A formal complaint is a written allegation of discrimination made by a student or College representative on behalf of the student, requesting the College to address the allegation through a resolution process. The ADA Compliance officer, or designee, will assess and determine the most appropriate means to address the concern. This could include, but is not limited to, conducting necessary interviews, reviewing documentation, witness testimonies and processes required by different service areas and/or academic programs. The formal complaint form is available online and from the ADA Compliance Office.
     

Investigations will be completed and resolutions, if appropriate under the circumstances, provided as promptly as possible and not more than 30 calendar days after receipt of the complaint; however, the timeline may be extended if there are circumstances that affect the College’s ability to fact-find or otherwise address the complaint. The outcome of the grievance process will be provided to the student through a written notice and, if appropriate, to the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed.

ADA Compliance Officer – Students:
Angelita Ragland, MS, CRC
[email protected]
919-866-5515

Students are encouraged to try to resolve matters informally whenever possible. In either level of complaint, the student is also encouraged to describe a proposed course of action and/or a proposed resolution to the investigator. Students who are currently registered with Disability Support Services (DSS) should reach out to their coordinator if they would like to request accommodations during the grievance process. Any student not currently registered with DSS can submit an accommodation request to the ADA Compliance Office. While all students can utilize Wake Technical Community College’s process towards resolving a complaint, they have a right to file a complaint directly with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR):

Telephone: 800-421-3481   TTY: 800-877-8339  

Email: [email protected]

Online

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Wake Technical Community College is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation. For more information, see the Non-Discriminatory Policy in the Admissions section of this catalog.

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The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires registered sex offenders/predators to provide to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office notice of each institution of higher education in the state at which the offender/predator is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student. Any member of the Wake Technical Community College community who wishes to obtain further information regarding sexual offenders/predators in their area may refer to any the following websites:

N.C. Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry

National Sex Offender Public Registry

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