The following policies apply beginning Summer 2020. Policies may be subject to change to meet federal, state or college policy updates.
Academic Advising and Degree Planning
At Dallas College, our Advising team works side by side with you in (1) picking the right career path, (2) enrolling in the right classes and (3) finishing on time. Degree planning is critical as you prepare to be successful in the workforce and/or to transfer to other institutions.
If you are a first-time-in-college student, you are required to meet with an advisor and are encouraged to file a degree plan. If you are a continuing student, you are also encouraged to meet with available advisors, faculty and program coordinators to ensure your continued success in maintaining a quality educational pathway.
Dallas College understands that to be successful in the classroom and at college, you may need help with challenges outside the classroom. If you don’t have enough food to eat, need a safe place to live, don’t have reliable transportation or have other personal problems, these things make it hard to concentrate on school. The college provides a variety of ways to access the help you may need.
Live Chat or Email: The college has Navigator staff available to help. Dallas College
Navigators provide students with one-on-one assistance and can offer guidance and referrals to college and community resources. You can contact them by phone (972-669-6599) or email (email@example.com). dcccd.edu/navigators
Self-Service Support: Dallas College provides a self-help website called My Community Services. You can use this website to find college and community resources available to our students and their families. This online directory lets you search for free and reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training and more. Many resources are available to help you when you encounter life barriers that may seem to stand in the way of your success. dcccd.edu/MyCommunityServices
Walk-In Services: Dallas College provides personal counseling services through its Counseling Centers. Counseling can help equip you with the tools, life skills and social service resources to help you get back or stay on track. dcccd.edu/Counseling
Online Outreach: Additionally, you can refer a peer or yourself to the CARE Team. The CARE Team was created to help people in distress, struggling with basic needs, experiencing unexpected crises or whose behavior raises concerns about their well-being or that of others. dcccd.edu/CARE or dcccd.edu/CARES
Emergency Aid Funds
Emergency aid funds are available on a limited basis for students in need. You can apply for emergency aid funds using the
Edquity mobile app or Edquity website.
Student Progress Reporting
If you are enrolled in a course at Dallas College that is longer than four weeks, you will receive one or two notices from your instructor providing a Student Progress Report. These reports are designed to inform you of your progress/performance in the class. When your Student Progress Report is available, you will receive an email notification with directions on how to access your report via eConnect.
All students are eligible for free, convenient tutoring in a wide range of subjects in addition to study skills coaching. Visit the Tutoring webpage for more information.
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Students With Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability and/or special needs who requires accommodations, please contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSO) at your campus. DSO reviews each student’s request for accommodations on a case-by-case basis, assessing the request and any relevant documentation. Disability-related documentation may include assessments, reports and/or letters from qualified evaluators, professionals or institutions. Documentation should provide information on the impact of the disability so that appropriate accommodations can be identified. Please note that all communication with DSO is confidential.
It may take up to four weeks for a request to be reviewed and accommodations put in place. New students are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services Office at least four weeks before classes begin. Returning students are encouraged to contact the DSO at least three weeks before classes begin to resume services.
Each Dallas College campus has a designated ADA/504 coordinator to serve as a resource to those with disabilities who believe that they are not receiving appropriate accommodations or are being treated in a discriminatory manner.
Cheating, Plagiarism and Collusion
Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and Hazing. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion.
Cheating includes copying from another student’s test or homework paper; using materials not authorized; collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test; knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting (asking for) the contents of an un-administered test; and substituting for another person to take a test.
Plagiarism is the appropriating (taking in a way that is illegal or unfair), buying, receiving as a gift or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work.
Collusion is the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense in college. You can be given a failing grade on an assignment or test, can be failed for the class or you can even be suspended from college.
Your enrollment indicates acceptance of the Dallas College Code of Student Conduct and Hazing.
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Computer Use Policy
For classes requiring the use of campus computers, review the college’s Computer Use Policy.
End of Course Survey
We use the End of Course Survey (ECA) to find out how students perceive the quality of courses, faculty and instruction and to get feedback for improvement. In order to minimize the disruption in the classroom, the ECA is available online through eConnect and becomes available each semester immediately after the last withdrawal date for a course. If you receive a request to complete the ECA, please do so as soon as possible. By completing this questionnaire, you will help the college and your instructors find out how we might improve your educational experiences. Your identity and responses will remain anonymous and confidential.
Final grade reports are not mailed to students. You may view your final grades via eConnect at econnect.dcccd.edu. From the Current Credit Student menu, select “My Grades” under “My Personal Information.” If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to do so. Select the grade type you wish to review. Press the submit button, and all grades for the selected grade type will be shown.
Religious and Ethnic Holiday Observance
Dallas College honors the right of each student to observe the practices of their belief system. It is your responsibility to provide your instructors a written justification for a religious accommodation promptly after the course begins. It is the responsibility of the instructor and student to negotiate completion of all missed assignments before the absence, if possible.
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Harassment, Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
We are committed to assure all community members learn and work in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Title VII, Title IX and Dallas College policy prohibit harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct. If you encounter harassment, sexual misconduct (sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence) or retaliation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, parenting, gender identity and/or gender expression, please contact your campus Title IX coordinator or the Office of Institutional Equity. We treat this information with the greatest degree of confidentiality possible while also ensuring student welfare and college safety.
We are concerned about the well-being and development of our students and are available to discuss any concerns. There are both confidential and nonconfidential resources and reporting options available to you. If you wish to keep the information confidential, please contact campus Counseling or Student Health Services. As required by Dallas College policy, incidents of discrimination and/or sexual misconduct shared with faculty will be reported to the campus Title IX coordinator or college Title IX coordinator. The Title IX coordinator will contact you and determine if further investigation is needed. For more information about policies, resources or reporting options, please contact your campus Title IX coordinator or visit dcccd.edu/TitleIX.
Each Dallas College campus has a designated Title IX coordinator.
Campus Title IX Coordinators
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students certain rights regarding their education records. Information about FERPA guidelines is available online in the college catalog.
Benefits of Being a Student
There are many perks to being a student at Dallas College. Free DART passes (for those who qualify), free Microsoft Office 365 and fitness centers are just a few. But there are many other benefits, including special events, scholarships, internships and the chance to study abroad.
You can find a complete list on our Services & Resources webpage.
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