III:00:05 Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions
Part I: Institution Policy Statement
- Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) students are considered citizens of their civic communities and of the VSCC academic community and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times. Admission to VSCC carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between VSCC and the academic community, which it seeks to serve, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has authorized the President of Volunteer State Community College, under its jurisdiction, to take such action as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of VSCC and its educational environment.
- Pursuant to this authorization and in fulfillment of its duty to provide a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits may flourish, Volunteer State Community College adheres to the following policies, consistent with the regulations developed by the TBR which are intended to govern student conduct and which may be expanded or supplemented by VSCC subject to TBR approval. In addition, students are subject to all national, state and local laws and ordinances. If a student's violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects VSCC's pursuit of its educational objectives, VSCC may enforce its own regulations regardless of any proceedings instituted by other civil or criminal authorities. Conversely, violation of any section of these Regulations may subject a student to disciplinary measures by Volunteer State Community College whether or not such conduct is simultaneously violative of state, local or national laws.
- The regulations, and related material incorporated herein by reference, are applicable to student organizations as well as individual students. Student organizations are subject to discipline for the conduct and actions of individual members of the organization while acting in their capacity as members of, or while attending or participating in any activity of, the student organization.
- Subject to the exceptions provided pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g and/or the Tennessee Open Records Act, T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(4), a student's disciplinary files are considered "educational records" and are confidential within the meaning of those Acts. [NOTE: MOVED FROM PART 2 TO COINCIDE WITH SYSTEMWIDE RULE]
- For the purpose of these regulations, a "student" shall mean any person who is admitted and/or registered for study at VSCC for any academic period. This shall include any period of time following admission and/or registration, but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It will also include any period which follows the end of an academic period through the last day for registration for the succeeding academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from VSCC. Finally, "student" shall also include any person subject to a period of suspension of removal from campus as a sanction which results from a finding of a violation of the regulations governing student conduct. Students are responsible for compliance with the Rules of Student Conduct contained in this policy and with similar VSCC policies at all times.
The purpose of this policy is to outline a Student Conduct and Discipline Policy, including disciplinary hearing procedures, academic misconduct, traffic and parking regulations applicable to the Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) community.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.01, Institution Policy Statement. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part II: Disciplinary Offenses
- VSCC disciplinary measures shall be imposed, through appropriate due process procedures, for conduct which adversely affects VSCC's pursuit of its educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community, or which endangers property or persons on property owned or controlled by VSCC.
- Disciplinary offenses are listed below and disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violation of the regulations which occur on VSCC owned, leased or otherwise controlled property, while participating in international or distance learning programs and off campus, when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or obstructs any VSCC activity or the mission, processes, and functions of VSCC.
- Conduct Dangerous to Self or Others. Any conduct, or attempted conduct, which constitutes a danger to any person's health, safety, or personal well-being, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Physical and/or verbal abuse,
- Threats and/or intimidation,
- Harm inflicted on self;
- Hazing. Hazing, as defined in T.C.A. § 49-7-123(a)(1), means any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property, of any higher education institution by an individual acting alone, or with others, which is directed against any other person(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that person(s), or which induces or coerces a person(s) to endanger such person(s) mental or physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization;
- Disorderly Conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs VSCC functions, operations, classrooms, other groups or individuals;
- Obstruction of or Interference with VSCC activities or facilities. Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any VSCC program, event, or facility including the following:
- Any unauthorized occupancy of facilities owned or controlled by VSCC or blockage of access to or from such facilities,
- Interference with the right of any VSCC member or other authorized person to gain access to any activity, program, event or facilities sponsored or controlled by VSCC,
- Any obstruction or delay of a campus security officer, public safety officer, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or any official of VSCC, or failure to comply with any emergency directive issued by such person(s) in the performance of his or her duty;
- Misuse of or Damage to Property. Any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property belonging to another including, but not limited to, any personal property, fire alarms, fire equipment, elevators, telephones, VSCC keys, library materials and/or safety devices;
- Theft, Misappropriation, or Unauthorized Sale of Property;
- Misuse of Documents or Identification Cards. Any forgery, alteration of or unauthorized use of VSCC documents, forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of any false information, or withholding of necessary information, in connection with a student's admission, enrollment or status in VSCC;
- Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons. Any possession of or use of firearms, dangerous weapons of any kind, or replica/toy guns, e.g. BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, water guns, cap guns, toy knives or other items that simulate firearms or dangerous weapons;
- Explosives, Fireworks, and Flammable Materials. The unauthorized possession, ignition or detonation of any object or article which would cause damage by fire or other means to persons or property or possession of any substance which could be considered to be and used as fireworks;
- Alcoholic Beverages. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on VSCC owned, leased, or controlled property. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning alcoholic beverages, on or off VSCC owned, leased, or controlled property, where an affiliated group or organization has alcoholic beverages present and available for consumption;
- Drugs. The unlawful possession or use of any drug or controlled substance (including, but not limited to, any stimulant, depressant, narcotic or hallucinogenic drug, or marijuana), sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession or use of drugs, on or off VSCC owned or controlled property;
- Drug Paraphernalia. The use or possession of equipment, products or materials that are used or intended for use in manufacturing, growing, using or distributing any drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, on or off VSCC owned or controlled property;
- Public Intoxication. Appearing on VSCC owned or controlled property or at a VSCC sponsored event while under the influence of a controlled substance or of any other intoxicating substance;
- Gambling. Unlawful gambling in any form;
- Financial Irresponsibility. Failure to meet financial responsibilities to VSCC promptly including, but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to VSCC;
- Unacceptable Conduct in Disciplinary Proceedings. Any conduct at any stage of an institutional disciplinary proceeding or investigation that is contemptuous, disrespectful, threatening, or disorderly, including false complaints, testimony or other evidence, and attempts to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body, verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of a judicial board member, complainant, respondent or witness;
- Failure to Cooperate with VSCC Officials. Failure to comply with directions of VSCC officials acting in the performance of their duties;
- Violation of General Rules and Regulations. Any violation of the general rules and regulations of VSCC as published in VSCC policies, the VSCC catalog and/or the VSCC Student Handbook, including the intentional failure to perform any required action or the intentional performance of any prohibited action;
- Attempts, Aiding and Abetting. Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed under this section or the aiding or abetting of the commission of any of the offenses listed under this section (an attempt to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission). Being present during the planning or commission of any offense listed under this section will be considered as aiding and abetting. Students who anticipate or observe an offense must remove themselves from the situation and are required to report the offense to VSCC;
- Violations of State or Federal Laws. Any violation of state or federal laws or regulations proscribing conduct or establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are incorporated herein by reference;
- Violation of Imposed Disciplinary Sanctions. Intentional or unintentional violation of a disciplinary sanction officially imposed by a VSCC official or a constituted body of VSCC;
- Sexual Battery or Rape. Committing any act of sexual battery or rape as defined by state law;
- Harassment or Retaliation. Any act by an individual or group against another person or group in violation of TBR policies, as well as federal and/or state laws prohibiting discrimination, including, but not limited to, TBR policies 5:01:02:00,(F), 5:01:02:00, 2:02:10:01 and TBR Guideline P-080;
- Academic Misconduct. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication. For purposes of this section the following definitions apply:
- Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one's own without proper attribution,
- Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours,
- Fabrication. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
- Unauthorized Duplication or Possession of Keys. Making, causing to be made or the possession of any key for a VSCC facility without proper authorization;
- Litter. Dispersing litter in any form onto the grounds or facilities of VSCC;
- Pornography. Public display of literature, films, pictures or other materials which an average person applying contemporary community standards would find, (1) taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (2) depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and (3) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value;
- Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities. Misusing and/or abusing VSCC computer resources including, but not limited to the following:
- Use of another person's identification to gain access to VSCC computer resources,
- Use of VSCC computer resources and facilities to violate copyright laws, including, but not limited to, the act of unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using VSCC information technology systems,
- Unauthorized access to a computer or network file, including but not limited to, altering, using, reading, copying, or deleting the file,
- Unauthorized transfer of a computer or network file,
- Use of VSCC computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence,
- Use of VSCC computing resources and facilities in a manner that interferes with normal operation of the VSCC computing system,
- Use of VSCC computing resources and facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or VSCC official,
- Violation of any published VSCC information technology resources policy,
- Unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing;
- Unauthorized Access to VSCC Facilities and/or Grounds. Any unauthorized access and/or occupancy of VSCC facilities and grounds is prohibited, including, but not limited to, gaining access to facilities and grounds that are closed to the public, being present in areas of campus that are open to limited guests only, being present in academic buildings after hours without permission, and being present in buildings when the student has no legitimate reason to be present;
- Providing False Information. Giving any false information to, or withholding necessary information from, any VSCC official acting in the performance of his/her duties in connection with a student's admission, enrollment, or status in the institution;
- Unauthorized Surveillance. Making or causing to be made unauthorized video or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without the prior effective consent of the individual, or in the case of a minor, without the prior effective consent of the minor's parent or guardian. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms, residence hall rooms, and men's or women's restrooms, and storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized images by any means;
- Smoking Violations. Violation of any TBR and/or VSCC smoking or other tobacco use rules or policies.
- Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations of the foregoing regulations which occur at or in association with enrollment at VSCC which is governed by the TBR for any academic period. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree including periods prior to or between semesters. Conduct occurring while a student is registered or enrolled at VSCC, but not discovered until after the awarding of a degree is actionable under these provisions and may result in the retroactive application of a disciplinary sanction. Should a student withdraw from VSCC with disciplinary action or academic misconduct action pending, the student's record may be encumbered by the Office of Records and Registration upon the recommendation of the Vice President for Student Services and/or the President until the proceedings have been concluded.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.02, Disciplinary Offenses. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part III: Academic and Classroom Misconduct
- The instructor has the primary responsibility for maintenance of academic integrity and controlling classroom behavior, and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct that violates the general rules and regulations of VSCC for each class session during which the conduct occurs. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom, beyond the session in which the conduct occurred, or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of the institution.
- Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor may make a decision regarding the appropriate action including assigning a grade of "F" for the exercise, examination, project or the course. In addition, other possible disciplinary sanctions may be imposed through the regular institutional disciplinary procedures. Other disciplinary sanctions will be imposed only through the appropriate institutional student disciplinary processes found in section VI, subsections (1) and (2) of this policy, which will include faculty reporting instances of academic dishonesty/misconduct to the Vice President for Student Services.
- Students may contest a grade assignment for the exercise, examination, project or the course associated with a finding of academic misconduct, as distinct from a student disciplinary sanction, through the applicable institutional academic misconduct procedures set forth in Sections VI, Disciplinary Procedures, below. The student shall be informed of his/her hearing rights, in writing, at the time the grade decision is made. Courses may not be dropped pending the final resolution of an allegation of academic misconduct.
- Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupts the flow of instruction or prevents concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), text messaging, and the continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, cell phones, palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.). In instances where it appears a student may be a physical threat to self and/or the campus community the Student Assistance Coordinating Committee will be consulted to conduct a threat assessment to ensure the safety of the individual and the campus community.
- Class attendance and punctuality requirements are established by individual faculty members in the printed syllabus for each course. Along with these requirements individual faculty members will outline in the course syllabus the consequences associated with a student(s) not meeting the class attendance and punctuality requirements. Students are expected to attend classes regularly and are responsible for absences or lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which they are enrolled.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.03 Academic and Classroom Misconduct. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part IV: Disciplinary Sanctions
- Upon a determination that a student or student organization has violated any of the disciplinary offenses set forth in these regulations, VSCC disciplinary policies, or the general policies of VSCC, disciplinary sanctions may be imposed, either singly or in combination, by the Vice President for Student Services or designee.
- Sanctions that may be imposed include, but are not limited to:
- Restitution. Restitution may be required in situations which involve destruction, damage, or loss of property, or unreimbursed medical expenses resulting from physical injury. When restitution is required, the student or student organization is obligated by the appropriate judicial authority to compensate a party or parties for a loss suffered as a result of disciplinary violation(s). Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to actual cost of repair, replacement or financial loss;
- Warning. The Vice President for Student Services or designee may notify the student or student organization that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action;
- Reprimand. A written or verbal reprimand or censure may be given to any student or student organization whose conduct violates any part of these regulations and provides notice that any further violation(s) may result in more serious penalties;
- Service to VSCC or Community. A student, or student organization, may be required to donate a specified number of service hours to VSCC performing reasonable tasks for an appropriate VSCC office, official(s), or the local community. The service required shall be commensurate to the offense (e.g., service for maintenance staff for defacing VSCC property);
- Specified Educational/Counseling Program. A student or student organization may be required to participate in specified educational or counseling program(s) relevant to the offense, or to prepare a project or report concerning a relevant topic;
- Apology. A student or student organization may be required to apologize to an affected party, either verbally or in writing, for the behavior related to a disciplinary offense;
- Fines. Penalties in the form of fines may be imposed against a student or student organization whenever the Vice President for Student Services or designee deems appropriate. The sanction of fines may be imposed in addition to other forms of disciplinary sanctions. Failure to pay fines may result in further disciplinary action;
- Restriction. A restriction upon a student's or student organization's privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include, for example, denial of the ability to represent VSCC at any event, ability to participate in VSCC or TBR sponsored travel, use of facilities, parking privileges, participation in extracurricular activities or restriction of organizational privileges;
- Probation. Continued enrollment of a student or recognition of a student organization on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to these regulations. Any student or organization placed on probation will be notified in writing of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon extracurricular activities, or any other appropriate special condition(s). Any conduct in further violation of these regulations while on probationary status or the failure to comply with the terms of the probationary period may result in the imposition of further disciplinary action;
- Suspension. Suspension is the separation of a student or student organization from VSCC for a specified period of time. Suspension may be accompanied by special conditions for readmission or recognition;
- Expulsion. Expulsion entails a permanent separation from VSCC. The imposition of this sanction is a permanent bar to the student's admission, or a student organization's recognition to VSCC. A student or organization that has been expelled may not enter VSCC property or facilities without obtaining prior approval from the Vice President for Student Services or designee with knowledge of the expulsion directive;
- Revocation of Admission, Degree, or Credential;
- Any alternate sanction deemed necessary and appropriate to address the misconduct at issue.
- Interim Suspension. As a general rule, the status of a student or student organization accused of violation of these regulations should not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges. However, interim suspension, pending the completion of disciplinary procedures, may be imposed upon a finding by the Vice President for Student Services or designee that the continued presence of the accused on campus constitutes an immediate threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused, any other member of VSCC its guests, property, or substantial disruption of classroom or other campus activities. In any case of interim suspension, the student, or student organization, shall be given an opportunity at the time of the decision and no later than seven (7) business days after the decision to contest the suspension;
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.04 Disciplinary Sanctions. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part V: Traffic and Parking
- The purpose of these traffic and parking regulations is to facilitate the orderly and efficient flow of traffic, to provide a safe atmosphere for both pedestrians and motor vehicle operators, and to provide order with regard to parking within limited space. The entry, operation and control of motor vehicles on college property are authorized by this policy. Enforcement of traffic and parking violations is for the purpose of controlling congestion, assuring that only authorized persons are using the facilities of Volunteer State Community College and controlling the proper utilization of parking spaces. Citations will be issued when, in the judgment of the officer, a specific vehicle is in violation of the College's parking and traffic policies. The Chief of Campus Police is responsible for the enforcement of this policy, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Laws and related city ordinances.
- Volunteer State Community College parking areas are restricted for use by its faculty, staff, students and guests for events approved by the College. Volunteer State Community College assumes no responsibility for the care or protection of any vehicle or vehicle contents while parked or driven on College property. In addition, the College assumes no responsibility for the care and protection of any vehicle or contents during its removal or subsequent storage for violation of College traffic and parking regulations. Any violation of these regulations by a VSCC student, faculty or staff is subject to appropriate disciplinary action. Additionally, all traffic accidents, which occur on campus and involve injury to persons or damage to equipment, property or vehicles, must be reported to one of the following offices:
- Campus Police Department, Wood Campus Center, Room 105, on campus ext. 3595 or 230-3595.
- Vice-President for Student Services, Room 217, Wood Campus Center, on campus ext. 3441 or 230-3441.
- Decals/Motor Vehicle Registration
- All VSCC employees, students and Foundation trustees will display a VSCC parking decal. Failure to display this decal will result in a citation and fine.
- Students can register a vehicle and obtain a decal at the following locations:
- Ramer Building, Business Office Rm. 181 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
- Wood Campus Center, Student Services, Rm. 217 from 8 am - 8 pm.
- Wood Campus Center, Campus Police, Rm. 105 from 7 am - 10 pm.
- Off-Campus Sites - McGavock High School, Wilson Central High School, Highland Crest, and VSCC Livingston Center.
- Each student must present current Student ID to obtain a decal.
- Campus Access Fee - A campus access fee is charged each semester to all students as part of the tuition and fees and covers the cost of parking decals.
- Each full time employee must pay the campus access fee annually through payroll deduction unless otherwise specified.
- Persons are expected to read and familiarize themselves with VSCC Traffic and Parking Regulations. Ignorance of the regulations is no defense for a violation.
- Part-time employees and adjunct faculty must come to Campus Police to obtain a parking decal.
- A student worker is eligible to obtain a staff parking decal provided the student is enrolled in only one class. In that case, the student worker would be considered predominately on campus for employment purposes. If the student worker is enrolled in more than one class, the student worker would be considered predominately on campus for educational purposes and would not be eligible for a staff decal (unless they are a full-time employee).
- Employees failing to pay parking violations within 30 days of the receipt of such violation will be subject to sanctions set forth in TBR Guideline B-010.
- Current VSCC employee parking decals are issued by Campus Police, Wood Campus Center, Rm. 105.
- Special guest parking permits are issued by Campus Police, Room 105, Wood Campus Center.
- The College has two types of parking decals available; exterior and interior display. Vehicles with tinted glass are not allowed to use the interior decals. When placing parking decals on vehicles other than jeeps and convertibles, the exterior decal is to be placed on the outside of the rear tinted window, bottom left corner on the driver's side. When displaying an interior decal, it is to be placed on the interior bottom left corner on the driver's side of the rear window. Jeeps and convertibles may display either an exterior or interior decal on the driver-side lower corner of the front windshield.
- A VSCC parking decal is valid for one year beginning each August.
- Guest parking permits are valid only when dated and signed by the Chief of Campus Police or designee and must be properly displayed on any non-registered vehicle, which is parked on campus. A guest-parking permit is properly displayed when it is face-up on the dashboard of the parked car or when hung from the rearview mirror.
- It is the responsibility of students and employees to notify Campus Police if any vehicles will be on campus left overnight or for an extended period of time.
- It is the responsibility of students and employees to notify Campus Police to obtain a temporary decal when using an alternate vehicle without a parking decal, etc. These individuals may obtain a day pass from the Campus Police Office, Wood Campus Center Rm. 105.
- Persons operating a vehicle on campus are responsible for compliance with all state, county and city ordinances relating to ownership registration and operation of motor vehicles.
- Lost or stolen decals must be reported immediately to Campus Police.
- Any person who obtains a decal through misrepresentation will be subject to disciplinary action.
- No person shall obtain a decal for anyone other than himself or herself to park in employee or designated restricted parking spaces.
- Any person who materially adjusts a traffic citation will be subject to disciplinary action.
- The following 12-campus organization officers will receive faculty/staff decals from Student Services entitling them to faculty/staff parking privileges during their tenure in the position specified below:
- SGA President
- SGA Vice President
- SGA Secretary
- ACE President
- ACE Vice President
- Settler Editor
- 2 Assistant Settler Editors
- Settler Distribution Editor
- Pioneer Editor
- 2 Assistant Pioneer Editors
- All work study personnel and employees utilizing the loading zone space to conduct college business (i.e. delivering computers, boxes, packages, etc.) will display a visitor pass, which can be obtained from the Campus Police Department.
- All vendors and contractors conducting college business on campus are required to obtain and display a visitor parking pass and a vendors ID badge, which can be obtained from the Campus Police Department.
- The Campus Police Department will recognize current parking decals from all university and colleges that hold class on Volunteer State Community College Campuses.
- Parking Regulations
- The inability to locate a legal parking space in an approved parking area on campus does not justify improper parking unless approved by the Chief of Campus Police or designee.
- Improper parking includes but is not limited to parking:
- Along painted curbs
- In driveways and intersections
- On grass or lawns
- On roadways
- On sidewalks
- Straddled on a painted line
- Too far from curb
- Which obstructs traffic as in double parking
- In a fire lane
- Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant
- Students and employees must not park in "Visitor" parking spaces.
- General parking is allowed after the hour of 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.
- "Accessible" parking is enforced 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The fine for a disabled/handicapped parking violation is established by statute, and will be adjusted as necessary to remain in compliance with State law (T.C.A. 55-21-108 Amendment Chapter 909 Bill No. SB2706). Disabled or wheelchair-confined persons displaying the appropriate license plate, placard, etc. may park in staff parking when the accessible parking area is occupied.
- Only persons who have mobility impairments or visual impairments are authorized to park in areas designated as "accessible". Persons with mobility or visual impairments must report parking needs to the ADA Coordinator. Students, staff and visitors with disabilities desiring to park in marked accessible parking spaces must have a state issued parking license plate or tag. For individuals with temporary disabilities, a VSCC temporary tag will be issued upon receipt of appropriate medical documentation. The expiration of the temporary tag will be dependent upon the expected duration of the disabling condition as indicated in the documentation. A temporary tag will additionally be issued to individuals who have made application to the state and are awaiting a state tag. Individuals requesting a temporary tag will complete the request form, providing vehicle registration information. The form will be forwarded to Campus Police and a tag will be issued by the Office of Disability Services. Except as authorized by the Chief of Campus Police, no one must not park a vehicle in areas designated as "no parking", "loading zone", and "VSCC car".
- Parking will be only within the designated lines.
- Any unattended vehicles will be considered as parked.
- Motorcycles, motorbikes and bicycles will park in designated areas. Only motorcycles and motorbikes may park in motorcycle spaces.
- No bicycles are allowed inside campus buildings unless secured in an office. Bicycles should be secured when left unattended. Parking in walkways or on the grass is prohibited.
- All parallel-parked vehicles should be parked in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
- Special Event parking requests are to be submitted to the Campus Police Department no later than one week prior to the event.
- Students attending off-campus degree centers and/or sites will adhere to that specific center and/or sites parking policies and procedures.
- Traffic Regulations
- Moving Vehicle Regulations
- Maximum speed on campus is 15 mph.
- All vehicles shall come to a complete halt at stop signs and crosswalks.
- Reckless driving (defined as the operation of a vehicle in a manner endangering life and/or property) is prohibited.
- Driving while under the influence of intoxicants or drugs is forbidden.
- Riding bicycles or other vehicles on the grass is prohibited. An exception is made for VSCC service vehicles including trucks, cars and gasoline powered utility vehicles.
- Failure to obey stop sign or traffic signal.
- Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalk.
- Operation of motor vehicle in violation of provisions of state motor vehicle license laws.
- Improper or no display of parking decal.
- Blocking access to trash dumpsters or recycle containers.
- Parking in such a way as to take up more than one designated parking space.
- Speeding (exceeding maximum speed limits).
- Failure to yield right-of-way.
- Operating or riding motorcycle without protective headgear.
- Failure to obey the lawful direction of an officer.
- Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.
- Failure to adhere to parking rules/regulations.
- Citations, Penalties & Fines
- Each citation for violation of traffic and parking regulations carries a fine. Citations issued for campus violations are to be paid at the Business Office, Ramer 181. The violator's copy of the citation must be presented at time of payment. State citation fines will be paid at Sumner County General Sessions Court, Gallatin TN.
- Automobiles bearing a faded or obliterated decal will be issued one warning citation. Additional citations will result in appropriate penalties.
- After a registered vehicle receives a third citation in one (1) semester, parking/driving privileges on campus may be suspended for the remainder of the semester. The registered student may also be referred for disciplinary action. The suspension of campus driving/parking privileges will occur after notice is issued to the registered owner/operator of the vehicle. The owner/operator of the vehicle will have ten (10) days to appeal the suspension of driving/parking privileges to the Student Traffic Appeals Committee. In the absence of an appeal, the suspension will go into effect and subsequently the vehicle may be towed if found on campus.
- The following violations may cause immediate suspension of parking privileges or other disciplinary action:
- Operation of a vehicle in such a manner to show complete disregard for the rights and safety of other members of the College community;
- Or receipt of three or more parking violations in one academic semester.
- A student who receives three (3) or more citations (regardless of whether or not the citations have been paid) may be charged under the student code of conduct and appropriate disciplinary action taken.
- Penalties for non-payment: Registration for subsequent semester will be blocked until all fines are paid. Transcripts will not be released until all fines are paid.
- Fines for traffic and parking violations are $25.00. The fine for disabled/handicapped parking violations is established by statute and will be adjusted to comply with state law.
- Towing, Booting and Impoundment
- Volunteer State Community College reserves the right to remove by towing and impounding any vehicle that is parked in such a way to constitute a serious hazard, impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic movement, hinder the operation of emergency equipment, hinder the making of essential repairs or services. A vehicle may be booted In instances where it is parked in a restricted area or in an authorized space. The owner/driver will be responsible for any costs or charges incurred for towing, the removal, impounding or storage of towed vehicles.
- Violations, which may result in towing of vehicles, include the following:
- Unauthorized vehicles parked in spaces designated "accessible".
- Parking in "no parking" or restricted areas.
- A car parked in such a manner as to block a driveway or roadway, block a service entrance, create a hazard to the safety of the public, or impede construction and/or maintenance requirements.
- After a registered vehicle receives a third citation in one (1) semester, parking/driving privileges on campus will be suspended for the remainder of the semester. The registered student may also be referred for disciplinary action. The suspension of driving/parking privileges will occur after notice is issued to the registered owner/operator of the vehicle. The owner/operator of the vehicle will have ten (10) days to appeal the suspension of driving/parking privileges to the Student Traffic Appeals Committee. In the absence of an appeal, the suspension will go into effect and subsequently the vehicle may be booted or towed if found on campus.
- If a vehicle displays a counterfeit, altered, transferred or otherwise fraudulent parking decal, or a decal obtained by an applicant giving false information on the application, the vehicle can be booted or towed.
- Operation of any vehicle used as an instrument in a crime or suspected of being stolen may be towed.
- Operation of a vehicle by a person under the influence of intoxicants or drugs may be booted or towed.
- Abandoned Vehicle - Any motor vehicle left unattended longer than five (5) business days without notifying Campus Police, will be considered abandoned. All efforts will be made by Campus Police to notify the owner.
- Traffic Appeals
- The Student Traffic Appeals Committee shall hear student citation appeals for second and subsequent traffic violations.
- There must be at least (3) members of the committee present in order to hear appeals.
- Hearings occur on an as needed basis. The appellant will be notified of hearing time and date two weeks prior to hearing.
- The student who wishes to appeal their ticket will come before the Student Government Association (SGA) Judicial Committee and SGA Attorney General, present testimony and related documents to support their appeal and answer any questions from the committee members.
- The committee will vote to uphold or invalidate the ticket by a majority of the committee members present.
- The decision of the committee will be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Services or designee, who will render the final decision on the appeal.
- Appellants will be notified of the committee's and the Vice President for Student Services' or designee's decision both verbally and in written form.
- All faculty/staff appeals will be filed with the Campus Police department and decided by the Chief of Campus Police or designee.
- During those times when the committee does not meet, the Vice President for Student Services or designee shall serve as the appellate authority. Students shall be notified by letter of the decision.
- Procedure for Appeals:
- Failure to file a traffic appeal within 10 business days from the date of the citation will constitute a waiver of the right to appeal a traffic citation.
- An official traffic appeal form must be secured from the Office of Student Life, Room 215, Wood Campus Center or from the Student Government Association Office in the Wood Campus Center.
- The student must complete the top portion of the appeal legibly and submit any evidence i.e.; doctors note, proof of tag, etc. at the same time the appeal is submitted. The Traffic Appeals Committee reserves the right to request additional information before a decision is rendered. The completed form must be submitted to Student Services.
- Hearings occur on an as needed basis. The appellant will be notified of hearing time and date two weeks prior to hearing. Meetings will be held in the SGA office located in the Wood Campus Center.
- Students may appeal to the committee in person or submit their statement in writing.
- The Student Traffic Appeals Committee must reach a final decision no later than fifteen (15) days after a student's case is heard.
- After the Student Traffic Appeals Committee renders a decision in writing, the appeal will be taken to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services by the committee's chairperson.
- A current file of all decisions by the Student Traffic Appeals Committee will be maintained by the recorder and kept in the SGA office.
- When an appeal has been denied, the prevailing traffic fine must be paid to the Business Office, no later than ten days after notification of decision.
- The Chief of Campus Police or designee is available for all appeal hearings for evidentiary and clarification purposes.
The following violations pertain to both students and non-students; and if arrested, he/she will be subject to booking at the Sumner County Jail and mandatory court appearance in the General Sessions Court of Sumner County, Gallatin, Tennessee.
Reckless Driving TCA-55-10-205
Driving while intoxicated TCA-55-10-401
Leaving the scene of an accident with injury TCA-55-10-101
Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage TCA-55-10-102
Racing or drag racing with motor vehicle TCA-55-10-502
School bus passing (loading or unloading) TCA-55-8-151
Operating a vehicle with a revoked or suspended license TCA-55-50-504
In compliance with the Digest of Tennessee Motor Vehicle Laws, any offense listed in the digest may require mandatory court appearance where there are personal injury or property damages in excess of $100.00 or where, in the opinion of the citing officer the incident was an aggravated offense.
**All fines for campus violations may be paid in the Business Office located in the Ramer Building.
Students wishing to appeal a student traffic citation given for the first offense will speak with the Chief of Campus Police and/or the Assistant Chief of Campus Police, and complete the proper paperwork and provide any required documentation. All first offense appeals will be examined on a case-by-case basis. The appellant can provide any pertinent evidence to support the appeal (i.e. photographs, eye witnesses, proof of parking decal and/or hardship, etc.). The Chief of Campus Police and/or Assistant Chief of Campus Police will review each appeal along with any pertinent evidence presented and reach a decision concerning the outcome of the appeal. First offense appeals will be reviewed, at minimum on a weekly basis. The Chief of Campus Police or designee will notify the student, in writing, of the outcome within 48 hours of the decision being made. The same appeals process will apply for a first offense by faculty, staff and community patrons.
Students wishing to appeal a student citation given for a subsequent violation must present their request to the Student Traffic Appeals Committee. The Student Traffic Appeals Committee is a Student Government Association (SGA) Committee charged to hear student traffic appeals and is comprised of the SGA Judicial Committee and the SGA Attorney General, as defined in the Student Government Association Constitution. Appeals must be filed within 10 business days after issuance of the second or subsequent citation.
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.05 Traffic and Parking. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
Part VI: Disciplinary Procedures
- Volunteer State Community College, which is governed by the TBR, in the implementation of TBR regulations pertaining to discipline and conduct of students, insures the constitutional rights of students by affording a system of constitutionally and legally sound procedures which provide the protection of due process of law.
- General Discipline
- Hearing Alternatives. The student shall be advised of his/her opportunity to elect one (1) of the following procedural options toward the disposition of the findings made by the Vice President of Student Services or his/her designee as specified below:
- Hearing before College Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline Pursuant to College Procedures. The Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline is comprised of two (2) faculty members, three (3) Student Services staff members, two (2) students (one (1) being a member of the Student Government Association) and three (3) at-large members . This committee is selected through the committee membership process which allows College faculty and staff to indicate a preference of which committee(s) he/she would like to be a member and it is subsequently approved by the President's Cabinet. Faculty and staff members shall serve a three (3) year term. Student members shall serve a one (1) year term. A chairperson shall be appointed on a bi-annual basis by the President's Cabinet. The Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline shall report to the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee in matters concerning disciplinary appeals of a non-academic nature. In all hearings, the Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline shall observe the procedures described in College Hearing Procedures below, consider all evidence, determine the facts, render a decision and recommend to the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee, the appropriate disciplinary sanctions. Hearings under this procedure are available to students or student organizations charged with any violation of College rules.
- Hearing Pursuant to Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedure Act. A hearing shall be held in accordance with uniform contested case procedures adopted by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Hearings under these procedures are available, only and, in all cases which may result in (i) suspension or expulsion of a student from the institution, a program, or a course for disciplinary reasons, or (ii) revocation of recognition of a student organization for disciplinary reasons and shall be utilized unless the student or student organization waives those procedures and elects to have his/her/their case disposed of in accordance with other procedures established by this policy.
- College Hearing Procedures. The following procedures shall apply to all College Hearings in matters of student disciplinary issues conducted by the Ad Hoc Committeeon Discipline or in matters of academic misconduct conducted by the Academic Integrity Committee:
- Hearings occur on an as needed basis.
- Prior to the Hearing:
- The student shall be advised on the time, date and place of the hearing at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing.
- The student shall be advised, in writing, of the conduct violation(s);
- The student shall be advised of the following rights:
- The right to present his/her case;
- The right to be accompanied by an advisor whose participation shall be limited to counseling the student and shall not include representation;
- The right to call witnesses on his/her behalf; and,
- The right to confront witnesses against him/her; and,
- The student shall be advised of the right and method and time limitations of the appeal.
- The Vice President for Student Services, or designee, will present the evidence supporting the initial determination and sanction to the Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline concerning disciplinary matters of a non-academic nature. In cases of academic misconduct, the faculty member alleging academic misconduct will present the evidence supporting the allegation to the Academic Integrity Committee.
- The student will be permitted the opportunity to present testimony and related documents to support their position, and will answer any questions from the Committee members.
- The Committee may hear any other witness testimony, or consider any other evidence, that it determines to be relevant to issues presented at the hearing.
- At the conclusion of the hearing, the Committee will render a decision by majority vote.
- The findings and decision of the Committee in relation to disciplinary matters of a non-academic nature will be issued in writing and forwarded to both the student and the Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee within ten (10) business days after the conclusion of the hearing. In matters of academic misconduct, the findings of the committee will be issued in writing and forwarded to both the student and the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee within ten (10) business days after the conclusion of the hearing.
- The student may appeal the decision of the Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline to the President of the College.
- Academic Misconduct
- The instructor shall notify the student, in writing, of the basis for the misconduct allegation once the misconduct has been verified.
- The instructor may then refer the matter directly to the Academic Integrity Committee for an investigation and hearing of the matter, or may proceed as described in 3 -5 below.
- The student shall have the opportunity to respond to the allegation and request a meeting with the instructor to discuss the matter. Decision by a student not to respond, or request a meeting, within ten (10) business days, shall constitute a waiver of the right to contest the finding or related grade sanction.
- When requested, the instructor shall document the response and /or meeting. Following the meeting the instructor may choose one of the following options:
- If the instructor and student agree on a resolution, the agreement should be written and signed by both parties. If the student is penalized, the Division Dean will be notified, regardless whether the student and instructor agree on the penalty.
- If the instructor and student do not resolve the matter at the meeting, notice of the instructor's determination will be sent to the student and the Division Dean within ten (10) business days. In all cases, the vice President for Student Services will be copied on the instructor's decision for review regarding any additional disciplinary procedures.
- The student may appeal the instructor's decision to the Division Dean. The appeal must be filed within ten (10) business days of the instructor's decision.
- The Division Dean will review the record generated by the instructor and student. The parties may request an in-person meeting with the Division Dean as part of the appeal review. The Division Dean will issue a written decision within ten (10) business days after receipt of the appeal or any in-person meeting. The Division Dean may sustain or reverse the instructor's decision, and may additionally reverse, sustain, or increase the related sanction.
- The student may appeal the Division Dean's decision to the Academic Integrity Committee. The appeal must be filed within ten (10) business days from the date of the Division Dean's decision.
- Academic Misconduct Hearings Before the Academic Integrity Committee Pursuant to College Procedures
- The Academic Integrity Committee hears all grade appeals including those related to academic misconduct. In matters of academic misconduct the committee membership shall consist of at least two (2) faculty members from each academic division, and two (2) students from the Student Government Association appointed by the SGA President. At least five (5) faculty members must be present in order to meet quorum. Faculty and students have voting rights in the committee in matters of academic misconduct. Hearing procedures for the Academic Integrity committee are the same as those outlined in section VI, D.3. a - h above. The Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee will attend the hearing to ensure proper due process. In matters of academic misconduct the Academic Integrity Committee will report to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.
- The student may appeal the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.
- The appeal must be filed, in writing, within ten (10) business days of receipt of the decision from the Academic Integrity Committee.
- The appeal document shall set forth the complete basis for the student's appeal from the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee as well as the relief the student seeks.
- Review by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee shall be limited to the original allegation of academic misconduct and the record created at the hearing before the Academic Integrity Committee. In addition, newly discovered evidence may be considered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee. If newly discovered evidence is included in the appeal, the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee may return the matter to the Academic Integrity Committee for review for the committee members involved in the original academic misconduct hearing to consider the new evidence and determine what impact it may have had on the original decision.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee will render a decision, in writing, within ten (10) business days after receipt of the appeal.
- The student may appeal the decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee to the President. Such appeal will be governed by the procedures set forth in section VI , G below.
- Academic Misconduct Appeals Procedures
- In instances related to academic misconduct, the student may appeal the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.
- The appeal must be filed, in writing, within ten (10) business days of receipt of the decision from the Academic Integrity Committee.
- The appeal document shall set forth the complete basis for the student's appeal from the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee will review the grounds submitted in the student's appeal document together with the Academic Integrity Committee written decision, and the information developed in the hearing.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee will render a decision, in writing, to uphold or deny the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee within ten (10) business days after receipt of the appeal.
- Appeals to the President
- A student may appeal the decision of the Academic Integrity Committee in cases of general student discipline, or in cases of academic misconduct, the decision of the Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee, to the President of the College.
- The appeal to the President must be filed, in writing, within ten (10) business days of receiving the decision.
- The appeal document shall set forth the complete basis for the student's appeal from the decision below.
- The President will review, in all cases, all of the information associated with the initial investigation, and decision, the subsequent hearing before the Ad Hoc Committee on Discipline or the Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.
- The President will reserve the right to speak with anyone involved with the disciplinary offense as well as anyone involved with the initial investigation and/or prior appeal procedures.
- The President shall issue a decision, in writing within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the appeal.
- The decision of the President shall be final, subject only to any appeal provided by policies of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
- Students found responsible for multiple acts of academic misconduct may be subject to further disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the College. In the event the sanction is suspension or expulsion, the student will have the additional option to appeal the decision pursuant to the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (TUAPA) found in Section VI, (c) subsection 3.
- All adverse findings of academic misconduct will be recorded on the student's academic record at the conclusion of all proceedings and at the direction of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The final decision shall additionally be copied to the Vice President for Student Services.
- Students may not drop or withdraw from any course while an allegation of Academic Misconduct remains pending. If the student receives a failing or diminished grade for the course, the student may not subsequently drop or withdraw from the course. If the student is found to have not committed academic misconduct, he or she may drop or withdraw even if the deadlines for such action have passed.
- In cases where more than one student is suspected of academic misconduct, each student's case will be adjudicated separately.
- Decision timeframes for institutional decision makers may be extended ordinarily with notice to involved parties.
- Privacy of Disciplinary Proceedings. Personal confidences and the identities of students involved in disciplinary proceedings will be protected to the extent reasonably possible [see Part 1 (5) of these policies].
- The President of Volunteer State Community College is authorized, at his or her discretion, to intervene in order to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to any disciplinary proceeding, or, subsequently, to convert any finding or sanction imposed to a lesser finding or sanction, or to rescind any previous finding or sanction, in appropriate cases.
The Vice President for Student Services, or his/her designee, is responsible for the enforcement of the College student disciplinary rules and procedures. When an allegation or charge of student misconduct is made, The Vice President for Student Services, or his/her designee, shall conduct an initial investigation. The investigation shall include, at minimum, an interview with any complaining witness, an interview with the responding student, and any witness identified by the responding student. In addition, the Vice President for Student Services, or his/her designee, may consider any other witness, or other evidence relevant to the allegations. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Vice President for Student Services, or his/her designee, will issue a written summary which will include a finding of essential facts, a determination of which student misconduct offenses or other policy violation, if any, has occurred, as well as any appropriate sanction.
When an adverse finding or disciplinary sanction(s) has been made/imposed by the Vice President for Student Services, or his/her designee, the student will be given notice of his/her hearing options. The student or student organization will have the option to accept the decision or to request an appropriate hearing. The student must make the election within ten (10) business days of receiving the Vice President's, or his/her designee's, decision. Once a student has made an election it shall be considered irrevocable. Failure to make an election within ten (10) business days constitutes a waiver of all hearing alternatives. Decision timeframes for institutional decision makers may be extended due to extenuating circumstances with notice to involved parties.
When an instructor determines a student has committed an act of academic misconduct (i.e. plagiarism, cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty) the following procedures shall apply:
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.06 Disciplinary Procedures and due Process. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.
TBR Source: 3:02:00:01: SBR Meetings, December 2, 1977; March 3, 1978; March 18, 1983; September 30, 1983; March 29, 2013
TBR Source: 3:02:01:00: TBR Meetings, August 17, 1973; September 30, 1983
VSCC Source: November 3, 2008, President's Cabinet; September 3, 2009, President; July 23, 2010, President; November 11, 2011, President's Cabinet by email, to be effective January 29, 2012; February 11, 2013, President's Cabinet, to be effective April 1, 2013