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    Jun 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook

College Policies and Procedures



Academic Records (Inspecting/Reviewing)

Students who wish to inspect or review their official academic records should submit a written request to the Registrar. For additional information on student record viewing and privacy see the Student Record Privacy - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  section.

Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy

Policy Statement

The Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy covers situations such that, in the judgment of others, a student requires medical assistance because of drug or alcohol use. It is intended to encourage students to come forward without fear of disciplinary action being taken against the intoxicated student or those who seek to help them. This policy affirms that failure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol or drug-related emergency may constitute a violation of our community standards.

Policy Details

Terra State Community College is an institution committed to promoting the intellectual, physical and social development of all individuals. As such, Terra State Community College seeks to prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol, which can adversely affect performance and threaten the health and safety of students, employees, their families, and the general public. TSCC complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol.

As a community, Terra State Community College encourages students to assist other students who may be in need, either on or off campus. The college recognizes disciplinary sanctions may serve as a barrier to students seeking medical/crisis assistance for themselves or others in alcohol and drug related emergencies. Whenever a student seeks medical or crisis assistance for another student who is in violation of school policy related to alcohol or drug-related violations, both parties may be exempt from disciplinary sanctions as they pertain to the safety of the individuals.
 

Procedures

Students contacting emergency personnel including Campus Safety, in the following situations are covered under the Terra State Community College Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy.

  1. An individual student who voluntarily contacts emergency medical assistance for themselves related to alcohol or drug use.
  2. An individual student who voluntarily contacts emergency medical assistance on behalf of another person related to alcohol or drug use.

In all cases in which the Terra State Community College Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy applies, all students involved in an incident, including the person(s) who made the contact and the student(s) experiencing the emergency, will meet with the Dean of Student Success or his/her designee. At the meeting, the incident will be reviewed, and an appropriate response will be determined. This may include the following:

  1. Alcohol and Other Drugs (Assessment) & Mental Health Counseling
  2. Substance abuse education
  3. Participation in an education awareness group or class
  4. Educational assignment(s)

The student involved will not receive formal student conduct action, regardless of conduct history, provided the student completes all meetings and conditions. If a student fails to attend their scheduled meeting or fails to complete the required outcomes of the meeting, they will be in violation of the Student Conduct Policy for failure to comply. The student code of conduct can be found at https://terra.edu/codeofconduct.

The Terra State Community College Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy does not excuse or protect students who repeatedly violate the College’s Student Code of Conduct; abuse of the Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy is not condoned. The Office of Safety and Security and the residential life staff are expected to follow their processes and procedures for any situation whether or not the Terra State Community College Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy may be applicable.

The Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy does not apply to students experiencing alcohol or drug-related emergencies that are found by a College official.

When a student’s role is that of an alleged respondent in any alleged violation(s) of the Terra State Community College Code of Conduct concerning sexual misconduct, verbal or physical abuse or harassment, distribution of controlled substances, property damage, or an action that results in the student’s arrest, the situation does not fall under the Terra State Community College Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy.

Alcohol poisoning and drug overdose are severe and life-threatening medical emergencies. Students may encounter this type of emergency during their time at Terra State Community College. Sometimes students are afraid to seek emergency medical care when alcohol poisoning or drug overdose is suspected because they do not want to get themselves or others in trouble. In order to encourage students to seek emergency medical care, Terra State Community College has instituted the Amnesty for Drug and Alcohol Use Violation Policy for Alcohol and Drug Emergencies.

Resources

  1. Student Code of Conduct 
  2. TSCC BIT Team 
  3. TSCC Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
  4. TSCC Annual Security Report

Complaint Policies and Appeals

Administrative Student Complaint Policy

Policy Statement

A student may file a complaint related to an administrative process. An administrative process complaint is a grievance resulting from an incident or event at Terra State Community College related to a Board of Trustees policy, an administrative procedure, or an administrative regulation.

Policy Details

A student considering a complaint should always seek an explanation of the policy, procedure, or regulation from a College official. After being provided with an explanation, the student should seek a resolution to the matter. If the matter is not resolved informally, the student may proceed with a formal complaint using the following procedure:

  1. Obtain a Student Complaint Form available at the office of the Dean of Student Success, located in B105 or visit Student Complaint Form.
  2. Complete the Student Complaint Form and submit it in person or electronically to the Dean of Student Success.
  3. The Dean of Student Success, or designee, will contact the student within five business days of receiving the written complaint.

The Dean of Student Success or designee may indicate the need for an interview with the student or witnesses and may identify additional time needed for an investigation of the matter. A response to the complaint by the College will be provided in writing by the Dean of Student Success, or designee.

If the student is not satisfied with the College’s written response to the complaint, the student may compose a letter of appeal describing the initial complaint and explaining the reason for his/her dissatisfaction with the College’s written response. This letter should be addressed to the President and must be submitted within 10 business days after receiving the College’s written response. The President, or designee, will act on the appeal and render a final decision in writing to the student.

Non-Retaliation: Terra State Community College strictly adheres to and enforces a non-retaliation clause. Retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual discrimination, harassment, and/or misconduct and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation of a sexual discrimination and/or harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or dismissal if they are a student.

Instructional Student Complaint Policy

Policy Statement

A student may file a complaint related to instruction. An instructional complaint is a grievance resulting from an incident or event at Terra State Community College related to lecture, laboratory, clinical, or similar class.

Policy Details

A student considering a complaint should always seek an explanation from the instructor. After being provided with an explanation, the student should seek a resolution to the matter. If the matter is not resolved informally, the student may proceed with a formal complaint using the following procedure: 

  1. Obtain a Student Complaint Form available in Liberal Arts and Business Division Office A202 or Technology and Skilled Trades Division Office E107, or visit Instructional Student Complaint Form.
  2. Complete the Student Complaint Form and submit it in person or electronically to the Academic Dean in the Academic Division for the course related to the complaint.
  3. The Academic Dean, or designee, will contact the student within five business days of receiving the written complaint.

The Academic Dean or designee may indicate the need for an interview with the student or witnesses and may identify additional time needed for an investigation of the matter. A response to the complaint by the College will be provided in writing by the Academic Dean, or designee.

If the student is not satisfied with the College’s written response to the complaint, the student may compose a letter of appeal describing the initial complaint and explaining the reason for the dissatisfaction with the College’s written response. This letter should be addressed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and must be submitted within 10 business days after receiving the College’s written response. The Vice President for Academic Affairs, or designee, will act on the appeal and render a final decision in writing to the student.

Non-Retaliation: Terra State Community College strictly adheres to and enforces a non-retaliation clause. Retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual discrimination, harassment, and/or misconduct and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation of a sexual discrimination and/or harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or dismissal if they are a student.

General Public Complaint Policy

Policy Statement

A member of the general public may file a complaint related to communication, personal interactions, policies and procedures, or facilities provided by Terra State Community College. An anonymous complaint will not be accepted.

Policy Details

Formal Complaint

A member of the general public considering a complaint is encouraged to seek an explanation from a College official. After being provided with an explanation, the individual may seek a resolution to the matter. If the matter is not resolved informally, the individual may proceed with a formal complaint using the following procedure: 

  1. Obtain a General Public Complaint Form available from the Office of the President, Building B, Room 207 or at General Public Complaint Form.
  2. Complete the General Public Complaint Form and submit it in person or electronically to the Executive Assistant in the Office of the President who will then forward it to the appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet.
  3. A member of the President’s Cabinet, or designee, will contact the individual within five business days of receiving the complaint.

The member of the President’s Cabinet or designee may indicate the need for an interview with the individual or witnesses and may identify additional time needed for an investigation of the matter. A response to the complaint by the College will be provided in writing by a member of the President’s Cabinet or designee.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the College’s written response to the complaint, the individual may compose a letter of appeal describing the initial complaint and explaining the reason for their dissatisfaction with the College’s written response. This letter should be addressed to the College President and must be submitted within 10 business days after receiving the College’s written response. The College President, or designee, will act on the appeal and render a final decision in writing to the complainant.

Board of Trustees Public Commentary Request

The Board of Trustees gives high priority to participation by the general public. A person(s) desiring to speak to the assembled board must seek special permission from the chairperson. The permission must be in writing and sought at least one week in advance of a regular board meeting. The board will limit the time each person is allowed to speak. Written requests to speak should be submitted electronically or in-person to the Executive Assistant in the Office of the President.

Non-Retaliation

Terra State Community College strictly adheres to and enforces a non-retaliation clause. Retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual discrimination, harassment, and/or misconduct and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation of a sexual discrimination and/or harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or dismissal if they are a student.

Contesting Grades

Students who wish to contest a grade should follow these steps within 90 days of receiving the grade or decision:

  1. Speak with the instructor involved and try to resolve the issue.
  2. If the issue cannot be settled satisfactorily with the instructor, meet with the dean in the appropriate academic division. The dean will initiate a review within five working days and render a judgment in a timely fashion.
  3. If, after the dean has reviewed the situation, the student wishes to have another level of review, the student may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will make a timely review of the situation with all involved parties. At the end of this review, the judgment of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, which will be provided in writing, is final and binding.

Appealing Transfer Credit Decisions

A student disagreeing with the application of transfer and/or articulated credit by the receiving institution must file his/her appeal in writing within ninety (90) days of receipt of the Statement of Transfer and Articulated Credit Applicability. The institution shall respond to the appeal within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the appeal. Appeals may be sent to recordsdept@terra.edu.

Computer Resources Acceptable Use Policy

Policy Statement

This policy provides specific requirements for the use of computing and network resources at Terra State Community College.  All college computing resources are provided for the exclusive use of Terra students, staff, and other users authorized by the college and staff.  College computing resources include all college-owned or managed hardware, software, network resources, data, information, email, and college assigned user accounts, and use of the college network via wired, wireless, or remote connections regardless of the ownership of the device connected to the network.


It is the responsibility of every computer user to know and understand this policy and conduct their activities accordingly. All users consent to this policy by logging onto, or utilizing any Terra State Community College computing resources.  All users must read, acknowledge and accept an “acceptable use” statement if presented onscreen when accessing college computing resources.

Policy Details

All users covered by this policy must adhere to the following acceptable use guidelines:

  1. Utilize computing resources for purposes authorized by the college according to individual job descriptions or as directed by supervisors or the leadership of the college.
  2. Only access computing resources for which they have been granted authorized access.
  3. Be considerate of others when utilizing shared computing resources and refrain from overloading networks with excessive data, degrading services, or wasting printer paper and toner, disk space, or other shared resources.
  4. Only utilize legal versions of copyrighted software in accordance with vendor licensing requirements.
  5. Protect sensitive and confidential information in accordance with applicable Federal laws, including but not limited to FERPA, State, and Local laws.
  6. Protect all authentication and authorization mechanisms from unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, user ids, passwords, and digital signatures.
  7. Immediately update passwords when there is a suspected compromise of those credentials.
  8. Report any suspected or identified security incidents immediately to the Information Technology Help Desk at 419-559-2309.
  9. Report any theft or vandalism of college computing resources immediately to the Information Technology Help Desk.
  10. Ensure that any personal devices connected to the college network is running a supported and updated operating system, and is also running current and updated malware protection software.
  11. Be cognizant of phishing techniques and carefully examine all emails before responding to requests or opening attachments, particularly when the email is unexpected.
    • When unsure of an email’s validity, contact the IT help desk for guidance.
    • When an email is suspicious use the Spam Reporting tool with the email client to report the suspect email to the IT help desk.
  12. Report any issues with computing resources immediately to the IT help desk.
    • In particular, users need to be aware of a slow, or otherwise poorly performing, computer and report it immediately as this could be a symptom of malware infecting the device.
  13. Be responsible for the content of their electronic communications, including but not limited to emails and instant messaging, and may be subject to personal liability as a result of that use.

 

The following activities and/or uses of computing resources are prohibited and will not be tolerated by the college in any form. This list of prohibited activities below is by no means exhaustive, but attempt to provide a framework for activities which fall into the category of unacceptable use.

Employees may be exempted from these restrictions during the course of their legitimate job responsibilities (e.g., systems administration staff may have a need to disable the network access of a host if that host is disrupting production services).  Under no circumstances is an employee authorized to engage in any activity that is illegal under local, state, federal or international law while utilizing TSCC resources.

  1. Accessing, downloading, storing, transmitting, sharing or otherwise making use of violent, pornographic, obscene, lewd, or otherwise offensive materials of any kind over the network or internet.
  2. Engaging in any form of harassment or intimidation activity over the network or internet.
  3. Accessing, downloading, storing, transmitting, sharing or otherwise making use of “hate-group” or other materials of any kind that may cause discomfort to any racial or ethnic group.
  4. Disseminate defamatory, discriminatory, vilifying, sexist, racist, abusive, rude, annoying, insulting, threatening, obscene or otherwise inappropriate messages or media. 
  5. Engage in activities that cause an invasion of privacy.
  6. Engage in acts of terrorism, cybercrime, extortion, or identity theft.
  7. Illegal duplication or transmission of copyrighted or otherwise protected software.
  8. Knowingly download or install any software which have not been approved by the Information Technology Department.
  9. Destruction or theft of computer hardware, software, files or data.
  10. Attempting to gain access or use another person’s system, files, or data without permission.
  11. Sharing or otherwise revealing your log in credentials or other authentication and authorization means to any other individual.
  12. Attempting to circumvent or subvert any system or network security measures, or assisting others in such actions.
  13. Executing any form of network monitoring to intercept data unless as part of the employee’s normal job or duties.
  14. Engaging in any activity that is intended to harm systems or stored information including creating or propagating malware, disruption of services, inflicting damage to files, port scanning, or any other unauthorized modifications to college data and systems.
  15. Using the college’s systems for any commercial purposes not authorized by the college.
  16. Violation of any applicable laws, regulations or college policies and procedures governing the use of IT resources.
  17. Using the College’s computing resources to transmit commercial or personal solicitations or advertisements unrelated to college business.
  18. Sending unsolicited email messages, including the sending of “junk mail” or other advertising material to individuals who did not specifically request such material (email spam).
  19. Creating or forwarding “chain letters” or “pyramid” schemes of any type
  20. Storing sensitive or confidential data, including but not limited to student’s personally identifiable information (PII) data, on flash drives or other portable or external media unless specifically authorized by the Information Technology Department.
  21. Unauthorized use, or forging, of email header information.
  22. Storing of personal data or information on college computing resources.
  23. Transmitting sensitive or confidential information without making reasonable accommodations to ensure the security of the information.

All users of college computing resources are responsible for practicing basic cyber security safety practices.  It is up to each user to safeguard the personal information of themselves and others.  All faculty, staff, and students are required to utilize and comply with specific security controls including, but not limited to multi-factor authentication, and any future security protocols instituted by the college to assist in the protection of college assets, data, and information. 

Terra State Community College reserves the right to audit users, networks, systems, and connected devices on a periodic basis to ensure compliance with this policy.  By using any college computing resource, all users accept that activities may be monitored, logged, and reviewed by college-approved personnel, or may be discovered in legal proceedings.

Any user’s account that is suspected to be compromised will be immediately locked down by the IT department until remediation actions can be taken to secure the compromised account.

Violations of this policy may result in, but not limited to, immediate restriction or forfeiture of computer access privileges, disciplinary action, which may include suspension of privileges, restriction of access, or more severe penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion (students), or termination of employment (staff).  Where illegal activities or theft of college property (physical or intellectual) are suspected, the college may report such activities to the applicable authorities.

All user accounts are the property of Terra State Community College and are subject to termination upon a student’s graduation or withdrawal, or an employee’s resignation or termination.  The college is under no obligation to allow a departed user access to their closed account to retrieve personal files or email communications, nor is the College responsible for the loss of any user’s personal files.

The Information Technology department will monitor and revise this Acceptable Use Policy document on an as-needed basis to keep up with the changing needs of the technology in use at the College.

Procedures

Any violations of this policy are to be reported to the Chief Information Officer, or emailed to abuse@terra.edu.

Information Technology personnel will immediately disable access to any user account that is suspected of being compromised until remediation actions can be taken.

Resources

Documentation

Electronic Communications Privacy Act - https://it.ojp.gov/PrivacyLiberty/authorities/statutes/1285

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act - https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/cioprod/documents/ComputerFraud-AbuseAct.pdf

Drugs and Alcohol Policy

 

All Terra State Community College students must abide by this statement: the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in or at Terra State Community College. Terra State Community College and college grounds will remain a drug free campus. 

Policy Statement

 

Terra State Community College (TSCC) Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Policies and Procedures documents and describes the requirements of the 1989 amendments to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) as articulated in the Education Department General Administrative Guidelines (EDGAR) Part 86. Part 86 pertains to drug and alcohol prevention.

The unlawful possession, manufacture, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees is prohibited on school premises or as part of any of its activities.

Policy Details

This Act and the U.S. Department of Education’s supporting regulations require that institutions of higher learning adopt and implement programs. The regulations in the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) contain specific recommendations for the content of a written notification and specify the items that the annual notification to students and employees must comprise. As a requirement of these regulations, Terra State Community College is to disseminate and ensure receipt of this policy/information to all students, staff, and faculty on an annual basis. This process is formally conducted by the Director of Campus Safety & Security emailing the DAAPP to all students, staff & faculty each spring, summer and fall semesters. Questions concerning this policy and/or alcohol and other drug programs, interventions and policies may be directed to the Director of Campus Safety & Security at (419) 559-2253.

The President of the College has overall responsibility for the implementation and administration of this policy and has delegated its overall management to the Director of Campus Safety & Security. In addition, the President or his/her designee will generate a review of the institution’s alcohol and other drug policy and program as required by law. Terra State Community College is a community of learning with our mission to offer quality, professional, focused, learning-centered, undergraduate degree programs and life-long learning opportunities to prepare traditional college and adult students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership, and service.

The College represents a new kind of institution in America, the professional College, where the career objectives of traditional college age students and adult students are optimized through professionally focused undergraduate and certificate programs that have a broad general educational foundation.

Resources

Health Risks and Understanding Drug Use

People use drugs for a variety of reasons, including to satisfy curiosity, to relieve stress, to cope with difficult problems and situations and to manage depression and low self-esteem. Drug use that begins casually or as experimentation can progress to problem use or even addiction, but a person doesn’t have to be addicted to drugs to have a drug problem. The key to preventing and treating drug abuse is to also treat the underlying reasons for use.

Drug abuse education is important. A thorough alcohol/drug education program includes three areas:

  • Early detection-Understanding the signs and symptoms of drug use.
  • Intervention-Helping someone who may have a problem with drugs.
  • Referral-Knowing where to get help or to send someone for help.

Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol is the most abused drug in society as well as on college campuses. Alcohol is directly involved in many injuries, assaults and the majority of deaths in people under age 25.

Other commonly abused illegal drugs include marijuana, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, narcotics, steroids and inhalants. Legal drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, over-the-counter and prescription drugs also have wide use and associated risks.

Health risks of using alcohol or other drugs include both physical and psychological effects. The health consequences depend on the frequency, duration and intensity of use. For all drugs, there is a risk of overdose. Overdose can result in coma, convulsions, psychosis or death. In addition, combinations of certain drugs, such as alcohol and barbiturates, can be lethal. Finally, the purity and strength of doses of illegal drugs are uncertain.

From the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (www.niaaa.nih.gov):

Alcohol’s Effects on the Body

Brain:

Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.  

Heart:
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including: Cardiomyopathy - Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias - Irregular heart beat, Stroke, High blood pressure  

Liver:
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including: Steatosis, or fatty liver, Alcoholic hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis

Pancreas:
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion. 

Cancer:
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the: Mouth, Esophagus, Throat, Liver, Breast

Immune System:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease.  Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much.  Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections - even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.

Retrieved: June 21, 2017 from https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body

Continued use of substances can lead to tolerance (requiring more and more of a drug to get the same effect), dependence (physical or psychological need) or withdrawal (painful, difficult and dangerous symptoms when stopping the use of drugs). Long-term chronic use of drugs can lead to malnutrition, organic damage to the body, and psychological problems. The risk of AIDS and other diseases increases if drugs are injected. The consumption of alcohol or drugs by pregnant women may cause abnormalities, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (the third leading cause of birth defects) in babies.

For a full description of health risks associated with alcohol and drugs, National Institute on Drug Abuse. www.drugabuse.gov

Risk Factors for Drug and/or Alcohol Use

A number of factors put people at risk for drug abuse. Several of the higher risk factors are:

  • Family history of alcoholism or drug abuse
  • Inadequate interpersonal skills
  • Favorable attitudes toward drug use
  • Friends who use drugs
  • Low self-esteem or self-worth
  • College student between 18-25 years old
  • Academic failure
  • Depression
  • Poor coping skills

Self-Assessments:

Alcohol: Am I using it, or is it using me?

  • Do you drink to make yourself feel better if you’re having a hard time at work or at home?
  • Has your drinking increased in the last two years, year, six months?
  • Are you annoyed or defensive if anyone mentions your drinking?
  • Have you ever tried to limit your drinking by drinking only at a certain time of day or on certain days of the week?
  • Do you start drinking sooner, and stop drinking later, than most of your friends?
  • Have you had a morning drink in the past year?
  • Has your drinking ever caused you problems at home or at work?
  • Do you ever feel guilty or regretful about how you’ve behaved when you’re drinking?
  • Have you ever had a memory lapse after an evening of drinking?
  • Do you secretly worry that drinking is damaging your life?

If you answered “yes” to two or more questions, there is a good chance that you may be heading for a dangerous drinking problem if you don’t already have one. Only you know the truth about your own drinking.

Are you experiencing co-dependency (a family illness)?

  • Do you lose sleep because of a problem user?
  • Does your attitude change toward the problem user (alternating between love and hate)?
  • Do you mark, hide, dilute and/or empty bottles of liquor or other substances?
  • Do you think that everything would be OK if only the problem user would stop or control the use?
  • Do you feel alone, fearful, anxious, angry and frustrated most of the time?
  • Are you beginning to dislike yourself and wonder about your sanity?
  • Do you feel responsible and guilty about the chemical problem?
  • Have you taken over many chores and duties that you would normally expect the problem user to assume or that were formerly his or hers?
  • Do you feel utterly defeated, that nothing you can say or do will influence the problem user?
  • Do you believe that he or she cannot get better?

If you answered “yes” to any three of these questions, chemical dependency exists in the family and is producing negative changes in you.

Free Online Self-Assessment

  • Terra State students, faculty and staff have access to an online self-assessment through ULifeline: http://www.ulifeline.org/TSCC/self_evaluator.

Drug and Alcohol-Related Campus Sanctions

Terra State Community College reserves the right to warn, reprimand, suspend or dismiss any student or employee who violates the college conduct and discipline policy or the law. The college’s response will depend on the severity of the offense, number of previous offenses and extenuating circumstances. For students, all college judicial and appeals procedures will be followed except in rare cases when the possibility of imminent danger exists. For employees, due process will be followed.

The student may additionally be referred to an alcohol/drug counseling or treatment facility..

If a student is convicted of a criminal drug violation, the student must notify the college. Law requires the college, within 30 days of such notification, to:

  1. Take appropriate action against such student, up to and including dismissal; or
  2. Require such student to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purpose by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement or other appropriate agency.

Drug and Alcohol-Related State and Federal Laws

Ohio law prohibits illicit selling, cultivating, manufacturing or otherwise trafficking in controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and marijuana; knowingly or recklessly furnishing them to a minor; and administering them to any person by force, threat or deception with the intent to cause serious harm or if serious harm results. These offenses are felonies.

The law also prohibits knowingly obtaining, possessing or using a controlled substance and permitting drug abuse on one’s premises or in one’s vehicle. These offenses may be either felonies or misdemeanors. The law further prohibits obtaining, possessing or using hypodermics for unlawful administration of drugs, and the sale to juveniles of paraphernalia for use with marijuana. These offenses are misdemeanors.

A felony conviction may lead to imprisonment or imprisonment and fine. The maximum prison term is 25 years. A misdemeanor conviction may lead to imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

With regard to beer and intoxicating liquor, Ohio law provides that a person under 21 years of age who orders, pays for, attempts to purchase, possesses or consumes beer or liquor or furnishes false information in order to effect a purchase commits a misdemeanor.

Ohio law prohibits the possession of beer or liquor which was not lawfully purchased, and a court may order that any place where beer or liquor is unlawfully sold not be occupied for one year, or that the owner or occupant of the premises be required to furnish a surety bond of $1,000 to $5,000.

Federal law forbids the illegal possession of, or any trafficking in, controlled substances. A person convicted for the first time of possessing a controlled substance, other than crack cocaine, may be sentenced to up to one year in prison and fined between $1,000 and $100,000. A second conviction carries a prison term of up to two years and a fine of up to $250,000. Subsequent convictions carry prison terms of up to three years and fines of up to $250,000.

Imprisonment for five to 20 years and fines of up to $250,000 apply to persons possessing more than five grams of crack cocaine on the first conviction, three grams on the second and one gram on subsequent convictions. In addition, a person convicted of possessing a controlled substance may be punished by forfeiture of property used to possess or facilitate possession if the offense is punishable by more than one year in prison; forfeiture of any conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance; denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, for up to five years; ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm; and a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

Campus Resources

Community Resources

24/7 CRISIS HOTLINE: 1-800-826-1306
24/7 CRISIS TEXT LINE: Text 4hope to 741741

Treatment and Recovery Support Resources Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties

RESOURCE

SERVICES OFFERED

PHONE NUMBER

Christian Counseling Center

Mental Health Counseling

419-447-8111

Community Health Services

Behavioral Health Services

419-334-3869

Corporate Anointing Ministries (CAM)

Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Housing - Male and Female

419-333-0733

FACTOR

Addiction Support Group for Individuals, Families and Friends

419-294-8740

Families Recover Too

Support Group for Families and Friends Affected by Addictions

419-262-2436

Family and Children First Council - Sandusky

Wrap-around - Family Services

419-332-9571

Family and Children First Council - Seneca

Wrap-around - Family Services, SMYL - Youth Mentoring Program

419-443-0981

Family and Children First Council - Wyandot

Wrap-around - Family Services, Way - Youth Mentoring Program

419-294-6438

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services - Fostoria

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs and Crisis

419-435-0204

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services - Fremont

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs and Crisis

419-332-5524

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services - Tiffin

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs and Crisis

419-448-9440

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services - Upper Sandusky

Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs and Crisis

419-294-4388

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services

Women’s Residential Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs

440-282-4777

Liberty Center of Sandusky County

Homeless Shelter Offering Behavioral Health Treatment

419-332-8777

Life Enhancement Services of Ohio

Behavioral Health Services - Outpatient Treatment

419-552-1882

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Counseling Services

419-334-3431

NAMI of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties

Mental Health Family Support, Education and Advocacy

419-334-8021

New Housing Ohio, Inc. (The Cottage)

Alcohol and Drug Recovery Housing - Male

567-245-5150

New Housing Ohio, Inc.

Mental Health Housing - Male and Female

567-245-3744

New Transitions Counseling

Behavioral Health Services - Outpatient Treatment

419-448-4094

Oriana House, Inc.

Recovery Support Coach and Medication Assisted Treatment

419-447-1444

Peer Recovery Support Group

Peer Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Recovery Support

419-448-0640

Peer to Peer Recovery

Support Group for Individuals from Mental Health or Addictions

419-552-0118

ProMedica Physicians Behavioral Health - Fremont

Behavioral Health Services

419-333-2785

Rigel Recovery Services

Opiate Specific Outpatient Treatment Services

567-220-7018

Road to Hope Project

Addiction Support Program 1-Year, Faith-Based Program - Male

419-455-5616

RU Recovery Program (Reformers Unanimous)

Addiction Support Group (Christ-Centered)

419-547-8251

Sandusky County Re-Entry

Employment Support for Sandusky County

567-201-2206

Suicide Prevention Coalition

Education and Support for the Prevention of Suicide

419-448-0640

Summit Psychological Associates, Inc.

Behavioral Health Services - Outpatient Treatment

800-967-3327

TASC - Sandusky County

Drug Testing and 12-Step Support Program

419-334-4644

Tiffin Community Health Center

Behavioral Health Services, Federally Qualified Health Center

419-455-8140

Upper Sandusky Counseling & Life Coaching

Wellness, Life Coaching and Counseling

419-294-5795

Wyandot Counseling Associates

Behavioral Health Services - Outpatient Treatment

419-294-1212

 
Treatment and Recovery Support Resources Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties
 
Resource Service Area Information, Website and/or Services Provided

4CRFour County Recovery

Huron, Erie, Sandusky and Seneca Counties

419-577-4331

Bellevue | Norwalk Huron, Erie, Sandusky and Seneca Counties. Four County Recovery is a new non-profit group committed to assisting those struggling with addiction and their families. Bellevue Meetings for Addicts and Recovered Addicts, City Council Chambers, 3000 Seneca Industrial Parkway, Bellevue: Monday-10:00 a.m.; Tuesday-6:00 p.m.; Wednesday 10:00 a.m.; Thursday-6:00 p.m.; Sunday-11:00 a.m. (group yoga session). Bellevue Meeting for Family and Loved Ones, Bellevue Public Library, 224 East Main Street, Bellevue: Saturday-11:00 a.m. (biweekly). Norwalk Meetings for Addicts and Recovered Addicts, Norwalk Recreational Center, 100 Republic Street, Norwalk: Contact Rory McClain at 614-907-1030.
Al-Anon Ohio http://www.ohioal-anon.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous NW Ohio www.area55aa.org
Alcoholics Anonymous North Central Ohio www.ncoaai.com/
Narcotics Anonymous Ohio Region http://bmlt.naohio.org/
Celebrate Recovery Fremont Celebrate Recovery is a biblically balanced program that helps overcome hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Grace Community Church, 900 Smith Road, Fremont: Wednesday-6:30 p.m. in “The Block”, Childcare provided.

FACTOR

419-294-8740

Tiffin Support group for individuals in recovery, families and friends affected by addictions. A Little Faith Ministries, 230 S. Washington Street, Tiffin: Monday 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Fight for Recovery  

419-603-8963   

Clyde Families dealing with addictions: focus to bridge the gap between families and the mind of an addict. Also offering support group for individuals in recovery. Young People’s Recovery Meeting, Clyde City Building Basement, 222 Main Street, Clyde: Friday-7:00 p.m. Opiate Addiction Support Group for family members and loved ones, Clyde City Building Basement, 222 Main Street, Clyde: Tuesday-7:30 p.m.

Families Recover Too

419-262-2436

Woodville

Support group for families and friends affected by addictions. Solomon Lutheran Church, 305 W. Main Street, Woodville: Thursday-7:30 p.m.

Family Matters

567-280-4023

Fremont The Family Matters Education Program provides encouragement and support to family members and friends of those affected by addiction. Positive family involvement can assist in continued sobriety. Oriana House Family Matters, 101-103 S. Front Street, Fremont: Wednesday 6:00-8:00 p.m

Family Matters

567-220-7018

Tiffin The Family Matters Education Program provides encouragement and support to family members and friends of those affected by addiction. Positive family involvement can assist in continued sobriety. Oriana House Family Matters, 65 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin: Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Life Coaching

419-294-5795

Upper Sandusky An educational support group for families and loved ones of someone suffering from addiction. Call to register.

Peer to Peer Recovery

419-552-0118

Fremont Support group for individuals in recovery from addictions. Corporate Anointing Ministries (CAM), 604 W. State Street, Fremont: First Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Recovery Coach

567-280-4023

Fremont | Tiffin For Sandusky and Seneca County residents. A personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery. This program promotes recovery by removing barriers and obstacles. Oriana House, 101 S. Front Street, Fremont and Oriana House, 65 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin.

Road to Hope Project

419-455-5616

Tiffin Family members and friends support group. 3484 S Township Road 151, Tiffin. Meetings are 3rd Thursday of each month. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

RU Recovery Program

419-547-8251

Clyde Christ-center addiction support group. Kidz Club. Harvest Baptist Temple, 1022 S. Main Street, Clyde: Meets every Friday at 7:00 p.m.

For specific service information, please call Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties: 419-448-0640 or visit www.mhrsbssw.org.

Compiled by: Mental Health & Addiction Services of Ohio

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Terra State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, gender identity, genetic information, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, or special disabled or Vietnam-era veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1976, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Equal Education Opportunity Policy

Notice Against Discrimination

Terra State Community College is committed to providing equal educational opportunity. Discrimination in any form will not be tolerated within the Terra State Community College community. All members of the faculty, staff, administration, student body, volunteers, and visitors to the campus have the right to pursue their careers or studies free from discrimination. The above-mentioned groups are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy has dual purposes. It serves as a measure for the college to determine, after the fact, if behaviors have violated policy. It also provides general guidelines for the expectations the college has for non-discriminatory behavior. Separate policies have been developed to specifically address sexual and disability discrimination.

Filing a Complaint

A person who believes they have been subject to discriminatory treatment is encouraged to report these offenses to the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, or to their direct supervisor. Any person who receives a complaint of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, is expected to report the incident promptly.

Non-Retaliation

Terra State Community College strictly adheres to and enforces a non-retaliation clause. Retaliation against an individual who has reported discriminatory treatment and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and or dismissal if they are a student.

The following individual(s) have been appointed by the President to handle inquiries regarding this policy:

Chari Mullen, Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: Roy Klay Hall A201H
Phone: 419.334.5900
Email: cmullen@fremontohio.org

Tim Shaal, Dean of Student Success
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: Academic Service Center B105
Phone: 419.559.2416
Email: tshaal01@terra.edu

Victoria Black, Director of Human Resources
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: Human Resources B208
Phone: 419.559.2165
Email: vblack01@terra.edu

To view established grievance procedures for this policy please visit www.terra.edu

Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Notice of Non-Sex Discrimination

Sex discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. Terra State considers sex discrimination, to include, but not be limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-based harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking by employees, students, or third parties. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the College has developed policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination.

Notice Against Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct in any form will not be tolerated within the Terra State Community College community. All members of the faculty, staff, administration, student body, volunteers, and visitors to campus have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex. All members of the above mentioned groups are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Terra State Community College’s sexual misconduct policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. This policy has dual purposes. It serves as a measure for the College to determine, after the fact, if behaviors have violated policy. It also provides general guidelines for the expectations the College has for sexual communication, sexual responsibility, and sexual respect.

Filing A Complaint:

Individuals who have experienced sex discrimination are encouraged to report these offenses to campus safety, to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators, or to their direct supervisor. Individuals who wish to make a complaint do not have to provide a statement to Campus Safety. Any person who receives a complaint of sexual discrimination, harassment, or retaliation is expected to report the incident promptly.

Non-Retaliation

Terra State Community College strictly adheres to and enforces a non-retaliation clause. Retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual discrimination, harassment and/or misconduct and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation of a sexual discrimination and/or harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and/or dismissal if they are a student.

The following individual(s) have been appointed by the President to handle inquiries regarding this policy:

Chari Mullen, Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: Roy Klay Hall A201H
Phone: 419.334.5900
Email: cmullen@fremontohio.org

Tim Shaal, Dean of Student Success
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: Academic Service Center B105
Phone: 419.559.2416
Email: tshaal01@terra.edu

Victoria Black, Director of Human Resources
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: Human Resources B208
Phone: 419.559.2165
Email: vblack01@terra.edu

Campus Safety
Terra State Community College
2830 Napoleon Road
Fremont, OH 43420
Office Location: E104
Phone: 419.559.2253

To view established grievance procedures for this policy please visit www.terra.edu

Service and Emotional Support Animals Policy

Policy Statement

Terra State Community College (TSCC) is committed to providing equal access to programs, services and physical facilities to those members of the community with disabilities. The College acknowledges that some members of the community with disabilities may require the use of service or assistance animals while at TSCC. Guidelines concerning the appropriate use of, and protocols associated with, service or assistance animals are outlined below.

Policy Details

TSCC reserves the right to amend these guidelines as needed, with or without prior notice. Members of the TSCC community who are students and require the use of a service or assistance animal should contact the TSCC Dean of Student Success at academicservicecenter@terra.edu. Members of the TSCC community who are faculty and staff and require the use of a service or assistance animal should contact the TSCC Human Resources Director at HR@terra.edu.  
 

  1. Service Animals are generally allowed to accompany their handlers in residences and any public spaces where their handlers are permitted. Visiting therapy animals may be allowed in specified areas of the College with advanced approval.
    1. All animals are the responsibility of their handlers and should be under their control (in proximity to the handler and responsive to commands, in harness, leashed or in a carrier). An animal’s behavior is considered the handler’s behavior; the animal will be held to the same basic standard of conduct as their handlers. If animals are disruptive to college business or community behavioral expectations for educational, medical and residential environments handlers may be asked to correct the animal’s behavior or remove it from the environment.
    2. Service animals are generally allowed to accompany their handlers anywhere their handlers are permitted on campus (exceptions may exist in areas requiring protective equipment or clothing for access).
    3. Individuals living in a campus residence and utilizing a service or assistance animal are asked to work with residence life administrators to arrange appropriate housing. A brief statement indicating including the following must be submitted to: The Office of Disability Services, (419)-559-2139
      1. That you are a person with a disability and will be using a service or assistance animal;
      2. The primary service tasks the animal performs;
      3. The documentation to prove that the service or assistance animal has had an appropriate medical exam and vaccinations. Documentation must include a vaccination certificate or letter identifying your animal and indicating a clean bill of health and up-to-date vaccinations from your veterinary health provider.
      4. All service or assistance animals must be pre-approved by The Office of Disability Services, (419)-559-2139.
      5. If an employee plans to bring a service animal to work, please contact the Human Resources.
      6. For assistance planning for a service or assistance animal on campus, or if you have a concern about your treatment and access when accompanied by our service or assistance animal, contact Disability Services, (419) 559-2342 or the Dean of Student Success.
  2. Service Animals in Training are not recognized by federal law (ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing Act) but are recognized by Ohio Revised Code 955.43. Service animals in training must have a liability insurance policy provided by the nonprofit agency sponsoring the training. Typically puppy rearing (under six months old) focused on socialization and general obedience training is not considered service animal training.
  3. Emotional Support Animals can be a reasonable accommodation to No Pet Policies. In the residential setting an approved emotional support animal is allowed, when under the control of its handler, in the handler’s room or common spaces within the residence. Emotional support animals approved for the residential setting are not permitted in other buildings.
    1. Requesting Approval - To request approval for an emotional support animal as an accommodation you must provide a short letter from an appropriate medical provider or mental health professional. The letter must be sent directly from the provider to the Disability Services.
      1. Appropriate medical provider or mental health professional is someone who:
        1. Is a licensed medical or mental healthcare professional in the State of Ohio, the individual’s home state, or those immediate surrounding areas, who has an established clinical relationship with and personal knowledge of the individual’s mental health disability and their related treatment needs.
        2. The individual must have a record of an established therapeutic relationship with the requested animal.
      2. Letters from a medical or mental health provider must include the following:
        1. Identification the medical or mental healthcare provider, including name and qualifications.
        2. Identification of the student and stating the student has a disability;
        3. Identifies the animal (i.e. a Standard Poodle);
        4. Affirms that having the animal described alleviates identified impacts of your disability or serves a defined role in treatment;
        5. Affirms having the animal in residence is necessary to effectively benefit from TSCC’s residential program.
      3. Letters must be accompanied by documentation to prove that the service or assistance animal has had an appropriate medical exam and vaccinations. Documentation must include a vaccination certificate or letter identifying your animal and indicating a clean bill of health and up-to-date vaccinations from your veterinary health provider.
      4. Students must schedule an appointment directly with The Office of Disability Services, (419) 559 -2139, to establish reasonable accommodations.
      5. Employees can schedule an appointment directly Human Resources.
    2. Denial of a request for an Emotional Support Animal may be based on insufficient documentation of disability or the need for an emotional support animal as an accommodation; concerns about diagnosis; or demonstrated behavioral concerns. Letters purchased from the Internet for a set price rarely provide the information necessary to support an ESA request. Certificates, identification cards, vests, and/or tags do not lawfully designate an animal as an ESA and will not be accepted as appropriate documentation.
    3. Approved Requests will be communicated by the Office of Disability Services, who will inform the Director of Residence Life of each request and other information for establishing Emotional Support Animal accommodation.
    4. Removal of an Approved Assistance Animal
      1. The Office of Residence Life, in consultation with Disability Services, may remove an assistance animal if:
        1. The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others;
        2. The animal causes substantial damage to the property of others (including university property);
        3. The animal’s presence requires or results in a fundamental alteration of a program;
        4. The handler consistently fails to comply with this policy; or
        5. The animal or its presence creates an unmanageable disturbance or interference with the university community. Any removal of an assistance animal may be appealed through the student conduct appeal procedure.
  4. Visiting Therapy Animals: Visiting Therapy Animals may be allowed access to specific facilities with permission from the program/office occupying the facilities. You can arrange assistance with this process by contacting the Dean of Student Success. If you have questions or concerns related to these policies, please contact The Office Disability Services, (419) 559-2139.
     
  5. Definitions:
    1. Service Animal: As defined by the ADA (http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm) a service animal is a dog that has been trained to perform an active task that mitigates or partially mitigates the impact of the handler’s disability.
    2. Assistance Animals: Under Housing and Urban Development’s Rules (Fair Housing Act - http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=servanimals_ntcfheo2013-01.pdf) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act) Assistance animals include animals, other than dogs, that provide active support like a Service Animal as well as animals that provide passive support that alleviates or at least partially mitigates an impact of a person’s disability allowing them to benefit from OSU’s programs and services. Animals providing these passive services are referred to as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs).
    3. Emotional Support Animals: Assistance animals that provide passive support that partially ameliorates the impact of a disability are referred to as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs). Use of an ESA on campus is a potentially reasonable accommodation. Like all accommodations the university may ask that you document the need for the accommodation by an appropriate professional as providing passive support that alleviates one or more impacts of a person’s disability, serves a defined role in the person’s treatment, and is necessary for participation in particular programs.
    4. Visiting Therapy Animals: Animals in the company of their handlers that have been trained to make wellness, stress reduction or therapeutic short term visits and are made available to members of the university community on a transient basis in specific locations.
    5. Pets: All other privately owned animals.
    6. Handler: An individual with a disability who utilizes a service or assistance animal or the owner of a Visiting Therapy Animal.

Resources

  1. Terra State Disability Services
    Building B, Room 105
    419.559.2139
    https://www.terra.edu/disabilityservices
     
  2. Fremont Municipal Code | Animals - https://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Fremont/#!/Fremont06/Fremont06.html
     
  3. Fremont Municipal Code | Licensing & Vacination - https://www.codepublishing.com/CA/Fremont/#!/Fremont06/Fremont0620.html#6.20

Services for Students with Disabilities and Disability Discrimination Policy

Policy Statement

Terra State Community College (TSCC) is committed to creating an environment supportive for the success of all students, faculty, staff, and constituents. As such, TSCC provides services to assist all members of the community with their academic pursuits. TSCC also provides methods and processes to address discrimination.

Policy Details

  1. Notice of Non-Discrimination - Terra State Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, pregnancy, military status, or special disabled or Vietnam-era veteran status in provision of educational programs and services or employment opportunities and benefits pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1976, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code.
     
  2. Notice Against Disability Discrimination - Terra State Community College welcomes qualified students with disabilities and endorses the principles of non-discrimination and reasonable accommodation as described in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972 and Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. The policy has been developed to serve and accommodate students with disabilities to ensure equal opportunity to participate in its educational program, services, and activities. This policy provides guidance to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities without compromising academic standards and requirements. Additionally, it serves as a measure for the college to determine, after the fact, if behaviors have violated policy and provides general guidelines for the expectations the College has for non-discriminatory behavior.
     
  3. Filing a Complaint - A student who wishes to appeal an accommodation request that has been denied or who believes they have been subject to discriminatory treatment is encouraged to report these offenses to the Section 504 Coordinator. Any person who receives a complaint of disability discrimination, harassment or retaliation, is expected to report the incident promptly.
     
  4. Non-Retaliation - Terra State Community College strictly adheres to and enforces a non-retaliation clause. Retaliation against an individual who has reported discriminatory treatment and retaliation against individuals for cooperating with an investigation is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the College. Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination if they are an employee, and or dismissal if they are a student.
     
  5. Process

    1. Investigator - The following individual has been appointed by the President to handle inquiries regarding this policy:

      Mr. Tim Shaal, Dean of Student Success and Section 504 Coordinator
      Terra State Community College
      2830 Napoleon Road
      Fremont, OH 43420
      Office Location: Building B, Room 105
      Phone: (419) 559-2416 Email: tshaal@terra.edu

    2. Definitions

      1. COMPLAINANT is the individual making an allegation of a violation of College policy.

      2. RESPONDENT is the individual charged with an alleged violation of College policy.

      3. A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY is any person who: (1) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of the such person’s life activities; (2) has a record of such impairment; (3) is regarded as having such an impairment; or (4) is otherwise deemed disabled under applicable federal or state law. With respect to post-secondary education, a qualified person with a disability is one who, with or without accommodation, meets the standards for admission to or participation in an educational program, services, or activity.

      4. EXAMPLES OF DISABILITIES are physical, psychological, mental, neurologic, and learning. Certain cosmetic disfigurements and serious contagious and non-contagious diseases including, but not limited to, AIDS, AIDS-related complex, epilepsy, and tuberculosis can be classified as a disability.

      5. EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS are additional copies of handouts or supplementary materials for readers, note takers, and interpreters; enlarging and photocopying reading materials; extra time during writing assignments and tests; allowing; utilization of a distraction-free testing environment in a supervised environment; alternative seating arrangements in a classroom or lab; alternative access to course content, such as a video and audio recordings; additional time for tutoring or other services; and other accommodations deemed reasonable by the College.

      6. RETALIATION is any action, by any person, that is perceived as: intimidating, hostile, harassing, retributive or violent that occurred in connection to the making and investigation of the report.
         

    3. ​​​Accommodation Requests

      1. A student must disclose their claim of disability and request for accommodations to the Coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services through a formal consultation. While a student is free to disclose his or her condition and request to instructors or staff, and while instructors or staff is encouraged to refer such disclosures to the Coordinator, a student must not rely on disclosures to persons other than the Coordinator.

      2. At the initial consultation, students should provide current and valid documentation of the claimed disability. This documentation must specify the nature of the disability, how the disability affects the student in a college environment, and recommendations for accommodations to remediate competitive disadvantage. Examples of current and valid documentation include, but are not limited to: written assessment completed by a licensed or certified professional qualified to evaluate the disability or a written evaluation based on assessment reports from the student’s most recent secondary or post-secondary school.

      3. A student who believes they may have a disability that is undiagnosed, undocumented or insufficiently documented should consult with the Coordinator for referral assistance. The Coordinator may choose to perform IQ testing to validate an undocumented disability.

    4. Review and Determination of Request

      1. Reasonable accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis for otherwise qualified students who disclose a disability that causes significant functional limitations in a college setting. The accommodations may vary from class to class depending on course content and format. The College is not required to make an accommodation that substantially alters essential elements of a course or program.

      2. The Coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services will review all documentation, the student’s prior disability-related services and other pertinent information to determine appropriate accommodations. The Coordinator may also consult confidentially with the person(s) assessing the student’s disability and those College officials who the Coordinator deems necessary.

      3. If the Coordinator finds the student eligible for accommodations, the Coordinator will discuss their findings with the student during a formal consultation.

      4. Upon final agreement to the terms of accommodations, the student must sign a VISA form. The VISA form lists granted accommodations and gives the Coordinator permission to share confidentially with necessary College personnel information regarding the student’s accommodations.

      5. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their instructor(s) or appropriate College personnel to coordinate the implementation of accommodations.

      6. If the Coordinator finds the student ineligible for accommodation, or if a requested accommodation is denied the student will be notified through a formal consultation. The student may then choose to appeal the Coordinator’s decision.

      7. Faculty, instructors, staff and administrators are situated to play an important role in this process. They are encouraged to refer to the Coordinator students who disclose a condition that may be disabling or who request an accommodation. Such persons may be asked to participate in identifying and assessing possible accommodations. Such persons shall keep confidential all such information regarding the student, and shall implement the accommodation(s) deemed reasonable. Faculty, instructors, staff and administrators with concerns or questions regarding a disability or its accommodation should bring these concerns or questions to the attention of the Coordinator as soon as possible.

    5.  

      Accommodation Appeal Procedure

      1. If a student’s request for accommodation is denied by the Coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services, the student is afforded the right to appeal.

      2. A student must submit an Accommodations Appeal Form to the Associate Dean of Students/Section 504 Coordinator within five business days of the denial.

      3. The Dean of Student Success/Section 504 Coordinator will respond to the appeal within five business days with a decision

    6. General Grievance Procedures

      1. Terra State Community College encourages those who have experienced any form of disability discrimination, harassment or retaliation should report the incident as soon as possible after the incident(s) in order to be most effectively investigated. All reports and complaints of discrimination will be promptly investigated and appropriate action will be taken as expeditiously as possible.

      2. The College will make reasonable efforts to protect the rights of both the complainant and the respondent. The College will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witness(es) in a manner consistent with the College’s legal obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to comply with any discovery or disclosure obligations by required law.

      3. The College reserves the right to investigate and resolve a complaint or report of discrimination regardless of whether the complainant ultimately desires the College to pursue the complaint. In such cases, parties shall be informed of the status of the investigation at reasonable times until the College’s final disposition of the investigation.

      4.  Anonymous complaints will be accepted; however, Terra State Community College’s ability to obtain additional information may be compromised and the ability to investigate or resolve anonymous complaints may be limited.

      5. When a complaint is received, the College will take appropriate corrective action in an expeditious manner. Any investigation will be conducted in such a way as to maintain confidentiality to the extent practicable under the circumstance(s). When meeting with the investigator, information will be provided about the policy on equal opportunity and the complaint process.

      6. When the investigation is completed, the College will, to the extent appropriate, inform the person filing the complaint and the person alleged to have committed the conduct of the results of the investigation. If it determined that inappropriate conduct has occurred, the College will act promptly to eliminate the offending conduct and where it is appropriate, to impose disciplinary action through appropriate due process procedures.

      7. Intentionally making a false complaint or report of disability discrimination is a violation of this policy and constitutes misconduct subject to disciplinary action, and may also be a crime.

      8. In addition to the above options, if you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, you may file a formal complaint with any or all of the government agencies set forth below. Using the College’s complaint process does not prohibit you from filing a complaint with these agencies.

        1. THE UNITED STATES EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
          Detroit Field Office
          Patrick V. McNamara Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Room 865, Detroit, MI 48226
          1-800-669-4000

        2. OHIO CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION
          Toledo Office
          1 Government Center, Room 936, Toledo, OH 43604
          (419)-245-2900

        3. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

          Cleveland Office
          600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 750, Cleveland, OH 44114
          (316)-522-4970

    7. Investigative Procedure

      1. A complainant may initiate the investigative procedure by filing a complaint with the Section 504 Coordinator describing the details of the alleged harassment or discrimination. Upon receipt of such a complaint, the Section 504 Coordinator will promptly conduct an investigation to determine whether the complaint can be substantiated, and, if so, whether it can be effectively remediated or resolved by the Coordinator. If necessary, the Coordinator will take appropriate temporary measures to address the complaint pending further investigation.

      2. An investigation may include any of the following: interviews of the parties involved, including witnesses, and the gathering of other relevant information. Both the respondent and complainant may present witnesses and other evidence.

      3. At any time during the investigation, the investigator may recommend that interim protections or remedies for the parties involved or witnesses be provided by appropriate College officials. These protections or remedies may include separating the parties, placing limitations on contact between parties, suspension, or making alternative workplace or student housing arrangements. Failure to comply with the terms of interim protections may be considered a separate violation.

      4. If the investigation determines the claim is likely to be substantiated, and if the respondent is a student, the formal process will utilize the Student Discipline Committee, the hearing process outlined in Article G of the Student Code of Conduct.

      5. If the investigation determines the claim is likely to be substantiated, and the respondent is an employee, the Corrective Action policy will apply.

      6. In most circumstances, the investigative process shall be completed within 60 days of the initial written complaint.

    8. Confidentiality

      1. All College employees, excluding licensed professionals from the College Counseling Center, must report discrimination. Therefore, individuals who wish to discuss a situation in complete should work with an individual from the Counseling Center. Because the content of discussions with confidential resources is not reported to an office of record, such discussions do not serve as notice to the College to address the alleged discrimination.

      2. All inquiries, complaints, and investigations are treated with discretion. Information is kept confidential as law and College policy permit. However, the identity of the complainant is usually revealed to the person(s) accused of such conduct. Participants in the investigative process are asked to keep any information they have or may learn as confidential as practicable.

      3. The College shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of discrimination to the extent allowed by law and College policy. Confidentiality is an aspiration but is not always possible or appropriate. Confidentiality needs to be balanced with the legal obligation of the College to ensure a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination and the due process rights of the respondent to be informed of allegations and their source. Therefore, some level of disclosure may be necessary to ensure a complete and fair investigation.

    9. Special Provisions

      1. Attempted violations - The College may treat attempts to commit any of the violations listed in this policy as if those attempts had been completed.

      2. The College as Complainant - As necessary, the College reserves the right to initiate a conduct complaint, to serve as the complainant, and to initiate conduct proceedings without a formal complaint by the alleged victim or complainant.

      3. Third-Party violations - Discriminatory conduct by third parties, who are not themselves employees or students at the College (e.g., a visiting speaker or members of a visiting athletic team), may also be of a sufficiently serious nature to deny or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the education program. As such, if the College knows or should know of the harassment, the College is responsible for taking prompt and effective action to eliminate the hostile environment and prevent its recurrence.

        1. The type of appropriate steps taken by the College will differ depending on the level of control the College has over the third party. For example, if athletes from a visiting team harass the home college’s students, the home college may not be able to discipline the athletes. However, it could encourage the other school to take appropriate action to prevent further incidents or choose not to invite the other school back.

        2. Third-party visitors to campus may also be the subject of discrimination and are entitled to utilize the processes and procedures outlined in this policy.

Resources

  1. Terra State Disability Services
    Building B, Room 105
    419.559.2139
    https://www.terra.edu/disabilityservices
     
  2. The United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
    Detroit Field Office
    Patrick V. McNamara Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Room 865, Detroit, MI 48226
    1-800-669-4000
    https://www.eeoc.gov/field-office/detroit/location
     
  3. Ohio Civil Right Commission 
    Toledo Office
    1 Government Center, Room 936, Toledo, OH 43604
    (419)-245-2900
    https://civ.ohio.gov/about/regional-offices/ToledoRegionalOffice
     
  4. Department of Education, Office for Civil Right 
    Cleveland Office
    600 Superior Avenue East, Suite 750, Cleveland, OH 44114
    (316)-522-4970
    https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/addresses.html

Smoking Policy

Policy Statement

 Terra State Community College creates and promotes a healthy, first-and second-hand smoke-free and sustainable environment for the College community and to model the same for the community-at-large. Terra State Community College prohibits smoking or inhaling any substance, by any method, including, but not limited to, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and aromatic smoking products, such as clove cigarettes, herbal cigarettes, or any other similar device(s). Tobacco use is prohibited in all defined locations/areas at all times. Smoking is prohibited in any Terra State Community College building or immediate surrounding property with the exception of designated outdoor smoking areas. This policy applies to all Terra State Community College employees, students, vendors, and visitors.

Policy Details

The areas designated for smoking on Terra State Community College Campus will be the following:

  1. The smoking huts located in the quadrangle outside of building A, D, and E
  2. The parking lots
  3. Truck Driving/ Motorcycle pad

Terra State Community College will adhere to the State of Ohio Smoking Laws. Violations will not be tolerated. Employees that violate these laws are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Students who violate these laws are subject to the student code of conduct violations.  State of Ohio Smoking Laws can be found at Ohio Smoking Laws . Terra State Community College Student Code of Conduct can be found at Student Code of Conduct.

Student Code of Conduct

To support the mission and vision of Terra State Community College, we will implement restorative justice practices that allow students to experience taking personal responsibility for harm caused to an individual and/or community. These practices empower harmed parties to confront the actions that have occurred, and the individuals who acted as the offender. This will provide a way for college community members to take ownership of problems, further demonstrating a culture of responsibility and accountability.

In accordance with the Code of Student Conduct, restorative justice:

Provides an opportunity for interaction between the Respondent and any harmed party or Complaining Witness, but also may involve the community in the decision-making process.  Community participants may be anyone in the community concerned about the behavior.  The goal is to provide everyone a voice in the process and bring understanding to all parties.  Restorative conferences also facilitate collaboration in addressing any underlying problems that led to the incident, and deciding what is to be done.

Participation in a restorative conference is voluntary.  All parties must willingly agree to attend.  The Respondent must have previously accepted responsibility for the behavior in question in order for a restorative conference to occur. The Dean of Student Success or his/her designee provides annual training for restorative justice conference facilitators. Restorative justice may or may not result in additional restorative actions, depending on the outcome of the session.

ARTICLE A: DEFINITIONS

  1. The term “COLLEGE” means Terra State Community College.
  2. The term “STUDENT” includes all persons taking courses at the College both full-time and part-time, pursuing undergraduate, or non-credit studies and those who attend post- secondary educational institutions other than Terra State Community College. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the College are considered “students.”
  3. The term “RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATION” means any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirements for College recognition.
  4. The term “STUDENT GROUP” means a number of persons who are associated with the College and each other, but who have not registered, or are not required to register as a student organization (e.g., athletic teams, spirit groups, military organizations, honor societies, musical or theatrical ensembles, bands, or clubs).
  5. The term “FACULTY MEMBER” means any person hired by the College to conduct classroom or teaching activities or who is otherwise considered by the College to be a member of its faculty.
  6. The term “COLLEGE OFFICIAL” includes any person employed by the College performing assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.
  7. The term “MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE COMMUNITY” includes any person who is a student, faculty member, College official or any other person employed by the College. A person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Dean of Student Success.
  8. The term “COLLEGE PREMISES” includes all land, buildings, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, or controlled by the College including adjacent streets and sidewalks.
  9. The term “SERIOUS PHYSICAL HARM” Includes, but is not limited to, any harm that involves disfigurement; protracted loss of use of or impairment of the function of a bodily part, organ, or mental faculty; substantial risk of death or emergency hospitalization; and/or unconsciousness.
  10. The term “SHALL” is used in the imperative sense.
  11. The term “MAY” is used in the permissive sense.
  12. The term “STUDENT DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE” means any person or persons authorized by the Dean of Student Success to determine whether a student has violated the Student Code and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when a violation has been committed.
  13. The term “STUDENT CONDUCT OFFICER” means a College official authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Student Success to impose sanctions upon a student who has violated the Student Code. The Dean of Student Success may authorize a Student Conduct Officer to serve simultaneously as a Student Conduct Officer, the sole member, or one of the members of the Student Discipline Committee. The Dean of Student Success may authorize the same Student Conduct Officer to impose sanctions in all cases.
  14. The term “DISCIPLINE APPEALS COMMITTEE” means any persons authorized by the Dean of Student Success to consider an appeal from a Student Discipline Committee’s determination as to whether a student violated the Student Code.
  15. The term “POLICY” is defined as the written regulations of the College as found in, but not limited to, the College catalog, student handbook, College web pages and computer use policy.
  16. “LEVEL I” infractions of the Student Code are those for which the sanctions may be a warning, disciplinary probation, special restriction, loss of privileges, fines, restitution, imposed reassignment of course section, or assignments of discretionary sanctions. Level I violations will generally be heard by a Student Conduct Officer.
  17. “LEVEL II” infractions of the Student Code are those for which the sanctions may be, in addition to those listed in Level I, suspension, expulsion from the College, revocation, or withholding of a degree. Level II violations will generally be heard by the Student Discipline Committee.
  18. The term “HAZING” As defined by Ohio Revised Code, Section 2903.31 is Any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization or any act to continue or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person, including coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse, as defined in section 3719.011 of the Revised Code.
  19. The term “CHEATING” includes, but is not limited to (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
  20. The term “PLAGIARISM” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. Examples include:  the submission of an assignment purporting to be the student’s original work which has been wholly or partly created by another person; the presentation as one’s own, another person’s ideas, organization,  or wording without acknowledgment of sources; knowingly permitting one’s own work to be submitted by another student as if it were the student’s own; and the use of material from the Internet, videos, encyclopedias, books, magazines, student papers, and copyrighted material without indicating where the material was found. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  21. The term “SEXUAL HARASSMENT” is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and which, because of its severity and/ or persistence, interferes significantly with an individual’s or a group’s work or education, or adversely affects an individual or group’s living conditions.
  22. The term “SEXUAL EXPLOITATION” is defined as taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, such as prostituting another student, non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity, going beyond boundaries of consent, voyeurism, or knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student.
  23. The term “NON-CONSENSUAL INTIMATE TOUCHING” is defined as one person engaging in the intimate touching of another person, against such other person’s consent, or after such other person has withdrawn their consent, except that such intimate touching does not include oral, anal, or vaginal penetration or the fondling or manipulation thereof. This includes non-consensual kissing, or stroking, or fondling of a non-sexual body part, in an intimate way.
  24. The term “NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL CONTACT” is defined as the intentional touching, manipulation or fondling either of the victim by the perpetrator or when the victim is forced to touch directly or through clothing another person’s groin, genitals, breasts, thighs or buttocks or when a person is compelled to touch the above-named parts of their own bodies for the sexual gratification of another, against another person’s consent or after such other person has withdrawn their consent.
  25. The term ”NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE” is defined as any form of sexual intercourse with a person, without his or her consent, or after consent is withdrawn. This includes non-consensual anal, oral, or vaginal penetration, whether by a finger, tongue, penis, or an inanimate object, as well as compelling an unwilling person to perform any of the above-named acts.
  26. The term “INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE” (domestic violence and dating violence) is defined as violence by a current or former spouse, cohabitant, significant other, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.
  27. The term “STALKING” is defined as the repeated following of or communicating with another person with the intent to kill, injure, harass, or intimidate in a manner causing that person to be under emotional duress and/or in reasonable fear of death or injury to his/herself.
  28. The term ”VOYEURISM” is defined as invading the privacy of another to videotape, film, photograph, or otherwise record the other person in a state of nudity and/or in a manner where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
  29. The term “REPORTING PARTY” means any person who submits a charge alleging a violation of this Student Code. When a person believes that they has been a victim of another student’s misconduct, the student who believes they has been a victim will have the same rights under this Student  Code as are provided to the Responding Part, even if another member of the College community submitted the charge itself.
  30. The term “RESPONDING PARTY” means any student accused of violating this Student Code.

ARTICLE B: STUDENT CODE AUTHORITY

  1. The Dean of Student Success is that person designated by the College President to be responsible for the administration of the Student Code. The Dean of Student Success or designee shall develop procedures for the administration of the student conduct system and rules for the conduct of conferences, which are not inconsistent with provisions of the Student Code.
  2. The Dean of Student Success shall determine the composition of the Student Discipline Committee and Discipline Appeals Committee and determine which Student Discipline Committee, Student Conduct Officer, and Discipline Appeals Committee shall be authorized to hear each case.
  3. Decisions made by the Student Discipline Committee and/or a Student Conduct Officer designated by the Dean of Student Success, shall be final, pending the normal appeal process.
  4. A Student Discipline Committee may be designated as arbiter of disputes within the student community in cases, which do not involve a violation of the Student Code. All parties must agree to arbitration, and to be bound by the decision with no right of appeal.

ARTICLE C: JURISDICTION OF THE TERRA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT CODE

The Terra State Community College Student Code shall apply to conduct that occurs on College premises, at College-sponsored activities, and to off-campus conduct that adversely affects the College community and/or the pursuit of its objectives. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct and conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded). The Student Code shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is pending.

The Student Code of Conduct applies to guests of community members, whose student hosts may be held accountable for the misconduct of their guests. Visitors and guests of Terra State Community College are also protected by the Student Code of Conduct, and may initiate a grievance.

The Dean of Student Success or designee shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus, on a case-by-case basis, in his/her sole discretion.

ARTICLE D: PROHIBITED CONDUCT

Any student found to have committed the following misconduct is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article I: 

  1. Violation of Published College Policies - Violation of any College policy, rule, or regulation published in hard copy, posted on campus or available electronically on the College’s website.
  2. Violation of Federal, State, or Local Law - Violation of federal, state, or local law on or off College premises or at College-sponsored or supervised activities.
  3. Actions that Endanger - Actions that endanger the student, the College or local community, or the academic process, or cause harm to others.
  4. Acts of dishonesty - Any act of dishonesty including but not limited to the following:
    1. Academic Dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty.
    2. Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member, or office.
    3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of any College document, record, or instrument of identification.
    4. Helping or attempting to help another student commit an act of dishonesty.
    5. Any form of academically unethical behavior involving misuse of College computers.
    6. Tampering with the election of any College recognized student organization.
  5. Disruptive Behavior - Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other College activities, including its public-service functions on or off campus, or other authorized non-college activities, when the act occurs on college premises.
  6. Harm to Others - Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, bullying, harassment, coercion, stalking and/ or other conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, academic performance, or creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive working or educational environment. This includes the utilization of technology as a vehicle to exhibit the above-mentioned behaviors.
  7. Sexual Misconduct - Acts of sexual misconduct, including but not limited to the following: sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual intimate touching, non-consensual sexual contact, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, voyeurism, and non-consensual sexual intercourse.
  8. Theft - Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College, property of a member of the College community, or other personal or public property.
  9. Hazing - Hazing, is defined by Ohio Revised Code, Section 2903.31 is Any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any student or other organization or any act to continue or reinstate membership in or affiliation with any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person, including coercing another to consume alcohol or a drug of abuse, as defined in section 3719.011 of the Revised Code. Acts of hazing include but are not limited to:
    1. Purposefully, knowingly, recklessly, or negligently hazing any person.
    2. Involvement in the planning of hazing and/or being present during hazing.
    3. Failing to intervene to prevent or stop hazing if the individual has prior knowledge of a planned hazing activity.
    4. Failing to assist or seek assistance if the individual knows or reasonably should know that another is in danger from effects of hazing.
    5. Knowingly making a false accusation of hazing.
    6. Failing to report any information about suspected Prohibited Conduct if required to do so in Section 4 Mandatory Reporters and Reporting Requirements of the college Hazing policy.
    7. Failing to cooperate in an investigation of hazing, as defined as noncompliance with the Conduct Process as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
    8. Retaliating against or taking adverse action toward any reporting party and/or person participating in a hazing investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
  10. Failure to Comply - Failure to comply with directions or reasonable requests of college officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself when requested to do so.
  11. Unauthorized Entry & Trespassing - Unauthorized possession, duplication, use of keys to any College premises, or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises.
  12. Controlled Substances - Distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law; use or possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  13. Alcohol - Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, except as permitted by the law and College regulations, or public intoxication. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under the age of 21.
  14. Weapons - Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on College premises, or any object by its intended or actual use may be used to threaten or harm people, or damage or destroy property.
  15. Interference with College Activities - Participation in a campus demonstration which disrupts the normal operations of the College and infringes on the rights of other members of the College community to the extent that participation in such a demonstration is not protected by applicable law; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/ or normal activities within any campus building or area; intentional obstruction which unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or vehicular on campus.
  16. Obstruction of Traffic - Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises or at College- sponsored or supervised functions.
  17. Disorderly Conduct - Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent breach of peace, aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or social media platforms, functions sponsored by, or participated in by the College or members of the academic community. This includes but is not limited to public urination and streaking. 
  18. Theft or Abuse of Computer Facilities and Resources - Theft or other abuse of computer time, including but not limited to:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password.
    4. Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or college official.
    5. Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages.
    6. Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the college computing system.
  19. Tampering with Telecommunication Services - Tampering with any telecommunication service, including but not limited to: telephone, cable television, and/or voice mail; providing unauthorized service to another room or suite by any means through unauthorized installation of wiring jacks or extensions.
  20. Abuse of the Student Conduct System - including but not limited to:  
    1. Failure to obey the summons of a Student Discipline Committee, Discipline Appeals Committee, Student Conduct Officer, or College official to appear for a meeting or conference as part of the Student Conduct System.
    2. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information before a Student Discipline Committee, or Student Conduct Officer.
    3. Disruption or interference with the orderly conduct of a proceeding.
    4. Attempting to discourage an individual’s proper participation in, or use of, the Student Conduct System.
    5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of a member of a Student Discipline Committee or Discipline Appeals Committee prior to, and/or during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
    6. Harassment (verbal or physical), and/or intimidation of a member of a student conduct body prior to, during, and/or after a student conduct proceeding.
    7. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under the Student Code.
    8. Influencing or attempting to influence another person to commit an abuse of the Student Conduct System.

ARTICLE E: VIOLATION OF LAW AND COLLEGE CONDUCT

  1. College disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Code (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Dean of Student Success. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts that gave rise to violation of College rules or regulations were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.
     
  2. When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the College will not request or agree to special consideration for that individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Code, the College may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how much matters are typically handled within the College community. The College will cooperate with law enforcement or other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with applicable law). Individual students and other members of the College community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.
     
  3. If a student is charged with an off-campus violation of federal, state, or local laws, but not with any other violation of this Code, disciplinary action may be taken by the College and sanctions imposed for grave misconduct which demonstrates flagrant disregard for the College Community. In such cases, no sanction may be imposed unless the student has been found guilty in a court of law or has declined to contest such charges, although not actually admitting guilt (e.g., “no contest” or “nolo contendere”).

ARTICLE F: STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT PROCESS

All suspected violations of the Code will be reviewed in accordance with the procedures outlined below. 

  1. Disciplinary Correspondence - All disciplinary correspondence will be sent to the student’s official Terra State Community College e-mail address and/or current mailing address as listed with the Office of Student Records. The College reserves the right to use other reasonable means to notify students.
  2. Filing Complaints - Any member of the College community may file charges against any student for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Dean of Student Success or designee. Any charge should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within forty-eight hours. The Dean of Student Success will designate himself/herself or a Student Conduct Officer to investigate the complaint. In cases of academic dishonesty and plagiarism, the Student Conduct Officer designated may be an academic official such as an academic dean. While action on a complaint of violating a College rule or regulation is pending, the status of the student shall not be altered except for reasons outlined in Section J.
  3. Presumption of Non-Violation - Any student charged with a violation under this Code shall be presumed not responsible until it is proven that, more likely than not, the violation of the rule or regulation occurred.
  4. Preliminary Investigation - When the Dean of Student Success or designee receives information, a student has allegedly violated College rules, regulations, local, state, or federal law, they shall investigate the alleged violation and determine whether further action is necessary. After completing a preliminary investigation, the Dean of Student Success or designee may:
    1. Find no basis for the complaint and dismiss the allegation as unfounded, or
    2. Contact the student for a discussion and either:
      1. Dismiss the allegation.
      2. Identify if the alleged violation(s) is equated to a Level I infraction and assign the case to a Student Conduct Officer to conduct a Student Conduct Meeting with the student(s).
      3. Identify if the alleged violation(s) is equated to a Level II infraction and schedule a conference with the Student Discipline Committee.
    3. Summoning a Student for a Student Conduct Meeting

ARTICLE G: STUDENT CONDUCT MEETING (INFORMAL RESOLUTION)

A Student Conduct Meeting is a meeting between the student(s) involved in an alleged violation of the Code and a Student Conduct Hearing Officer and may include sanctions. In some cases, the meeting may resolve the matter.

  1. The Student Conduct Officer shall provide the student with:
    1. Written notice of the charge(s) and an outline of rights.
    2. Review of all available information, documents, exhibits, and a list of witnesses that may testify against the student.
  2. Following receipt of the notice of charges, a student:
    1. May elect not to contest the charges and to accept responsibility for them. If this election is made, the student must sign a waiver of the right to a conference, and must accept the sanction imposed by the Student Conduct Officer. The decision to waive a conference and accept the sanction is final and not appealable.
    2. May contest the charges and elect to proceed to a conduct conference. The conference shall be scheduled not less than five (5) and no more than 20 calendar days from the student conduct meeting.
    3. A Student Conduct Meeting will be held and a Hearing Officer may make a decision of finding and issue sanctions even in the student’s absence, if the student fails to attend after two notifications. The student maintains their right to appeal such outcome to the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning.

ARTICLE H: STUDENT CONDUCT CONFERENCE (FORMAL RESOLUTION)

A Student Conduct Conference provides the forum where parties to an allegation are afforded the opportunity to present information for review by a Student Discipline Committee presided over by the chair of the Committee and moderated by the Dean of Student Success. The Dean of Student Success is an ex-officio member of the committee. A time shall be set for a Student Discipline Committee conference, not less than five (5) nor more than 20 business days after the student (complainant, respondent, or both) has been notified. The maximum time limit for scheduling of conferences may be extended at the discretion of the Dean of Student Success or designee.

Conferences shall be conducted by the Student Discipline Committee according to the following guidelines, except as provided by Article K below:

  1. In cases in which the Student Discipline Committee has been authorized by the Dean of Student Success to conduct a conference, the recommendations of the members of the Student Discipline Committee shall be considered in an advisory capacity by the Dean of Student Success in determining and imposing sanctions.
  2. Composition: The Student Discipline Committee is composed of six members, including two faculty appointed by the Dean of Student Success or designee, one staff member and one administrator appointed by the Manager of Human Resources or designee, and two students appointed by the Terra State Student Government.
  3. Term of service: Members shall serve for one academic year and may continue to serve at the discretion of the Dean of Student Success.
  4. Student eligibility: All students, full-time or part-time, shall be eligible for recommendation to the Student Discipline Committee provided they have maintained a 2.50 cumulative grade point average, are not currently on disciplinary probation, and have not been suspended from the College.
  5. Training: All members of the Student Discipline Committee, upon receiving notice of appointment, shall be given all necessary information about their responsibilities and the means for carrying them out.
  6. Three members from the Student Discipline Committee will be chosen by the Dean of Student Success to hear a proceeding. The conference panel should consist of a faculty member, administrator or staff, and a student.
  7. Conferences normally shall be conducted in private.
  8. The Reporting Party and their advisors, the Responding Party and their advisors, if any, shall be allowed to attend the entire portion of the Student Discipline Committee conference at which information is received (excluding deliberations). Admission of any other person to the conference shall be at the discretion of the Student Discipline Committee and/or the Dean of Student Success, or designee.
  9. In the case of Student Discipline Committee conferences involving more than one student as the Responding Party, the Dean of Student Success or designee, at his/ her discretion may permit the Student Discipline Committee conference concerning each student to be conducted either separately or jointly.
  10. The Reporting Party and the Responding Party have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. Reporting Party and the Responding Party are responsible for presenting his or her own information, and therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any conferences before the Student Discipline Committee. A student should select an advisor whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled date and time for the Student Discipline Committee because delays will not normally be allowed due to the scheduling conflicts of an advisor.
  11. The Reporting Party, Responding Party, and the Student Discipline Committee may arrange for witnesses to present information to the Student Discipline Committee. The College will try to arrange the attendance of possible witnesses who are members of the College community, if reasonably possible, and who are identified by the Reporting Party and/or Responding Party at least two (2) business days prior to the Student Discipline Committee conference. Witnesses will provide information to and answer questions from the Student Discipline Committee. Questions may be suggested by the Reporting Party and/or Responding Party to be answered by each other or by other witnesses, with such questions directed to the chairperson, rather than to the witnesses directly.  This method is used to preserve the educational tone of the conference and to avoid creation of an adversarial environment. Questions of whether potential information will be received shall be resolved at the discretion of the chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee, in consultation with the Dean of Student Success or designee.
  12. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements (including Student Impact Statements) may be accepted as information for consideration by the Student Discipline Committee, at the discretion of the Dean of Student Success.
  13. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the Dean of Student Success.
  14. After the portion of the Student Discipline Committee conference concludes in which all pertinent information has been received, the Student Discipline Committee shall determine by majority vote whether it was more likely than not that the accused student violated each section of the Student Code that the student is charged with violating.
  15. The Student Discipline Committee’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code.
  16. Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Student Code proceedings.
  17. There shall be a single verbatim record, such as a transcription or tape recording, of all conferences before a Student Discipline Committee (not including deliberations). Deliberations shall not be recorded. Transcriptions and/or tapes made during Student Discipline Committee conferences shall be the property of the College. These materials are confidential. They are made available in case of appeal and, upon request, to the Discipline Appeals Committee deliberating the appeal.
  18. If the Responding Party, with notices, does not appear before a Student Discipline Committee conference, the information in support of the charges shall be presented and considered even if the Responding Party is not present. If the Responding Party fails to attend the conference, it shall be deemed that they deny all allegations. When appropriate, a sanction will be determined and both the Responding Party and Reporting Party will be notified in writing.
  19. The Student Discipline Committee may accommodate concerns for the personal safety, well-being, and/or fears of confrontation of the complainant, accused student, or other witness during the conference by providing separate facilities, by using a visual screen, and/or by permitting participation by telephone, videophone, audio tape, written statement, or other means, where and as determined in the sole judgment of the Dean of Student Success to be appropriate.

ARTICLE I: SANCTIONS

  1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon any student found to have violated the Student Code:
    1. WARNING - a notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.
    2. PROBATION - a written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanction if the student is found to be violating any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period.
    3. LOSS OF PRIVILEGES - denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
    4. LOSS OF ACADEMIC CREDIT - forfeiture or reduction in the grade assigned for an assignment, project, quiz, test, or course due to academic dishonesty.
    5. FINES - previously established and published fines may be imposed.
    6. RESTITUTION - compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
    7. DISCRETIONARY SANCTIONS - work assignments, service to the College, or other related discretionary assignments (such assignment must have the prior approval of the Student Conduct Officer.)
    8. COLLEGE SUSPENSION - separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
    9. COLLEGE EXPULSION - permanent separation of the student from the College.
    10. REVOCATION OF ADMISSION AND/ OR DEGREE - Admission to or a degree awarded from the College may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of College standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
    11. WITHHOLDING DEGREE - The College may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion of the process set forth in this Student Code of Conduct, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.
  2. Multiple Sanctions - More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
  3. Academic Dishonesty Sanctions - Sanctions imposed for acts of academic dishonesty typically will follow a three-step progression. The sanctions for the first offense will include loss of academic credit for the assignment or loss of academic credit for the course and a warning. The sanctions for the second offense will include loss of academic credit for the assignment or loss of academic credit for the course and probation status for the duration of the student’s enrollment at the College. The sanction for the third offense is college expulsion. The instructor of record for the course in which the academic dishonesty took place may recommend to the conference officer whether a loss of academic credit for the assignment or course should be sanctioned. The Dean of Student Success or designee maintains records of Code of Conduct offenses.
  4. Parental Notification - Terra State Community Colleges reserves the right to notify parents or guardians of any conduct situation when alcohol and or narcotic/substance/ inhalant abuse or violations are suspected. The College may contact parents/guardians of dependents or non-dependent students who are under the age of 21. Terra State may also contact parents/guardians to inform them of situations in which there is an imminent health and/or safety risk.
  5. Conduct Records - Other than College suspension, expulsion, or revocation or withholding of a degree, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s disciplinary record. Upon graduation, the student’s disciplinary record may be expunged of disciplinary actions other than College suspension or College expulsion, upon application to the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning. Cases involving the imposition of sanctions other than College suspension, expulsion, revocation, or withholding of a degree shall be expunged from the student’s disciplinary record three (3) years after the student completes all requirements for graduation.
  6. Education Records - In situations where both the Responding Party and Reporting Party are both students (or student group[s] or recognized student organization[s]), the records of the process and the sanctions imposed, if any, shall be considered to be the education records of both the Reporting and Responding Parties because the educational career and chances of success in the academic community of each may be impacted.
  7. Loss of Privileges or Recognition - The following sanctions, in addition to those listed above, may be imposed upon groups or student organizations: community service, including service to the College, loss of selected rights and privileges for a specified period of time, and/or deactivation/ loss of all privileges, including College recognition, for a specified period of time. 
  8. Sanctioning - In each case in which a Student Conduct Officer determines a student has violated the Student Code, the recommendation of the Student Conduct Officer shall be considered by the Dean of Student Success or designee in determining and imposing sanctions. In cases in which the Student Discipline Committee has been authorized to determine a student has violated the Student Code, the recommendation of all members of the Student Discipline Committee shall be considered by the Dean of Student Success in determining and imposing sanctions. The Dean of Student Success is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the Student Discipline Committee.
  9. Notice of Outcome - Following the Student Discipline Committee conference, the Dean of Student Success shall simultaneously advise the Responding Party and Reporting Party (including groups and organizations) in writing of the determination and/or the sanction(s) imposed, if any, and how to appeal. A copy of the notification will be retained in the Responding Party’s disciplinary record. Cases involving suspension, expulsion, revocation, or withholding of a degree will also be filed in the student’s academic record.

ARTICLE J: APPEALS

  1. Right to Appeal - A decision reached by a Student Conduct Hearing Officer or the Student Discipline Committee or a sanction imposed may be appealed by the accused student(s) or complainant(s) to the Discipline Appeals Committee within ten (10) school days of the decision. Such appeals shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning.
    1. The Discipline Appeals Committee is composed of three members:
      1. the president of the Terra Faculty Association;
      2. an administrator appointed by the College President; and
      3. the president of the Terra State Student Government or designee.
  2. Grounds for Appeal - Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, an appeal shall be limited to review of the verbatim records and supporting documents of the conduct process for one or more of the following purposes:
    1. To determine whether the Student Conduct Meeting or the Student Conduct Conference was conducted fairly in light of the charges and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures, giving the Reporting Party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and present evidence that the Student Code was violated, and giving the Responding Party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of these allegations.
    2. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the Responding Party was based on substantial evidence, that is, whether the facts in the case were sufficient to establish that it was more likely than not that a violation of the Student Code occurred.
    3. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code, which the student was found to have committed.
    4. To consider new evidence, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts because such evidence and/ or facts were not known and could not have been known to the person appealing at the time of the original conference.
  3. If the Discipline Appeals Committee upholds an appeal, the matter may be returned to the original Student Conduct Hearing Officer or the Student Discipline Committee for reopening of the Student Discipline Committee conference to allow reconsideration of the original determination and/or sanction(s).
  4. In cases involving appeals by students accused of violating the Student Code, the Discipline Appeals Committee may, upon review of the case, reduce but not increase the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Hearing Officer or the Student Discipline Committee.
  5. In cases involving appeals by persons other than student(s) accused of violating the Student Code, the Discipline Appeals Committee may, upon review of the case, reduce or increase the sanctions imposed by the Student Conduct Hearing Officer or the Student Discipline Committee.
  6. Following the appeal, the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning shall simultaneously advise the Reporting Party, Responding Party, Groups, and/or Organizations in writing.

ARTICLE K: INTERIM AND SUPPORTIVE MEASURES

When evidence exists that the ongoing presence of a person on the college premises may pose a threat to any person or may substantially impede the functions of the College, the Dean of Student Success may impose interim measures for a period of time pending action taken under the Student Code of Conduct. Interim measures may include but are not limited to suspension, separation from a class or classes, restriction from participating in athletic practices and competitions, restriction from participating in student organizations, restriction of access to College programs, services, or facilities; or barring the student from campus.

  1. For interim measures related to Title IX allegations, please refer to “Number 8, Emergency Removals” of the College’s Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  2. A student will be notified of an interim measure by phone and/or in writing and the measure will take effect immediately. The interim measure will remain in effect until all student conduct proceedings have been completed. Every effort will be made to schedule the student conduct hearing as soon as possible.
  3. The interim measure does not replace the regular student conduct process, which shall proceed on the normal schedule, up to and through a student conduct hearing board.

 

  1. Interim Suspension - In certain circumstances, the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee may impose a College suspension prior to a student conduct meeting or a conduct conference before the Student Discipline Committee. Interim suspension is an action requiring a student immediately leave the campus and College property
    1. Interim suspension may be imposed only: a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property; b) to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or c) if the student poses an ongoing threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College.
    2. During the interim suspension, the student shall be denied access to the campus (including classes) and/ or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee may determine to be appropriate.
    3. An interim suspension may not be appealed.
       
  2. Voluntary Withdraw Agreement - In certain cases where a student’s behavior and continued enrollment may adversely affect his or her well-being or the College, the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee may work collaboratively with the student and his/her family to agree to discontinue the student’s attendance at Terra State for a specified period of time and agree to conditions for re-admittance to the College. In such instances, the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee and the student will sign a written withdrawal agreement.
     
  3. Temporary Restriction from Personal Contact - The Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee may temporarily restrict a student from any personal, verbal, written, telephone, electronic, and third- party contact with another person pending an investigation and/or conference whenever the contact could constitute a danger to the person or to the safety of the person or property, or the seriousness of the allegations warrants such action. Any student so restricted may obtain an explanation of the basis for such restriction upon request.
     
  4. General Restrictions - In certain cases where a student’s continued presence or involvement may adversely affect his or her well-being or the College or whenever the contact could constitute a danger to the person or to the safety of the person or property, or the seriousness of the allegations warrants such action, the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee may restrict the student involvement or presence in certain activities, events, or services. This may include separation from a class or classes, restriction from participating in athletic practices and competitions, restriction from participating in student organizations, restriction of access to College programs, services, or facilities; or barring the student from campus
     
  5. Withdrawal Prior to Student Conduct Proceedings - The student who withdraws or fails to return to the College while disciplinary action is pending will be ineligible for readmission until the outstanding matter is resolved. The College reserves the right to formally restrict individual(s) from the campus grounds while such action is pending.
     
  6. Supportive Measures - The Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning or designee may temporarily take Supportive Measures which are individualized plans to assist those who report incidents of gender-based or sexual harassment or sexual assault to continue their education at Terra State. For interim measures related to Title IX allegations, please refer to Number 8 “Emergency Removals” of the College’s Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Procedures and Guidelines. This may include changes for either/both the Reporting Party and Responding Party. Supportive measures may include but are not limited to:
    1. Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator
    2. Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of campus
    3. Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
    4. Timely warnings
    5. Academic support, extensions, or other course or program-related adjustments
    6. Implementing contact limitations between parties
    7. Providing campus security escorts
    8. Safety planning
    9. Altering work agreements for employees or student-employees
    10. Education to the community or community subgroup(s)
    11. Student financial aid assistance
    12. Visa and immigration assistance
    13. Referral to community-based service providers
    14. Referral to the Employee Assistance Program
    15. Referral to counseling services, mental, and/or other health services

ARTICLE L: INTERPRETATION AND REVIEW

  1. Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Code shall be referred to the Dean of Student Success for final determination.
  2. The Student Code will be reviewed every three years under the direction of the Senior Vice President for Innovation and Strategic Planning.