Institutional Policies (Fall 2017)

​​​​​​​​​​The following policies were effective from Aug. 21, 2017, through Jan. 15, 2018. Policies may be subject to change to meet federal, state, district or college policy updates.

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At Dallas College, our Advising team works side by side with you in (1) picking the right major/program, (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.

All students are eligible for free, convenient tutoring in a wide range of subjects.

If you are a student with a disability and/or special needs who requires accommodations, please contact the Disability Support​ Services Office (DSO) at Dallas College. If you are eligible for accommodations, please contact DSO to send your accommodation request to your instructor, preferably at the start of the semester or program. Please note that all communication with DSO is confidential.
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 Code of Student Conduct and Hazing.

We use the Student Survey of Instruction (SSI) 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 SSI is now being given online in some courses through a link in eCampus. If you receive a request to complete the SSI, 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 will remain strictly confidential and anonymous.
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.

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, relationship 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 college 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 college 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 college Title IX coordinator or district 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 college Title IX coordinator or visit dcccd.edu/TitleIX.

Each campus within Dallas College has a designated Title IX coordinator.

If you do not attend classes, you could lose your financial aid. You must attend and participate in your on-campus or online course(s) before the course certification date and continue beyond the course withdrawal date.

Your instructor is also required by law to validate/certify your attendance in your on-campus or online course(s) in order for you to receive financial aid. To meet this attendance requirement, you must participate in an academic-related activity pertaining to the course such as, but not limited to, the following examples: initiating contact with your instructor to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course, submitting an academic assignment, taking an exam, completing an interactive tutorial, participating in computer-assisted instruction, attending a study group that is assigned by the instructor, or participating in an online discussion about academic matters relating to the course.

In an online class, simply logging in is not enough by itself to demonstrate academic attendance. You must show that you are participating in your online class and are engaged in an academically related activity as described above.
If you are receiving any form of financial aid, you should check with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from classes. If you withdraw, it may affect your eligibility to receive aid in the future and could cause you to have to repay funds you received for the current semester. If you fail to attend or participate after the drop date, this policy will also affect you. To speak with someone, please contact the Financial Aid Call Center at 972-587-2599 or by email at facc@dcccd.edu, or visit one of our campus Financial Aid Offices.

If you are unable to complete this course, it is your responsibility to officially withdraw by the official drop date for this course. Failure to do so will result in a performance grade, usually an F. If you drop a class or withdraw from the college before the official drop deadline, you will receive a W (withdraw). Students sometimes drop a course when help is available that would enable them to continue. Before you make the decision to drop this course, please contact the instructor by email. If you are receiving any form of financial aid, check with the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from classes. International students on an F-1 visa cannot withdraw from classes without jeopardizing their official status. For more information, visit the Dropping or Withdrawing From Classes webpage.
Under a Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), if you drop too many classes without having an acceptable reason, your GPA could be affected. Be sure you understand how this law may affect you before you drop a class. The law applies to students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education (including the colleges of Dallas College) for the first time in fall 2007 or later. You may drop no more than six courses during your entire undergraduate career unless the drop qualifies as an exception. Your campus advising center will give you more information on the allowable exceptions. Remember that once you have accumulated six non-exempt drops, you cannot drop any other courses with a W. For more information, visit dcccd.edu/SixDrop.

Dallas College charges additional tuition to students registering the third or subsequent time for a course taken at any of the Dallas College campuses since the Fall 2002 semester. All third and subsequent attempts of the majority of credit and continuing education/workforce training courses will result in an additional tuition charge. Developmental Education and some other courses will not be charged a higher tuition rate. See Third Attempt to Enroll in a Course at dcccd.edu/ThirdCourseAttempt.
Sign up for Dallas College Emergency Alerts to receive a text message, email and/or phone call when there is an unscheduled evacuation or closure of a Dallas College campus or office because of weather, utility outages or police or other emergencies. Subscribing is free, but standard text message charges from your cell phone provider will apply. For more information, see Emergency Alerts.

Any person who holds a license to carry may carry a concealed handgun on college district property as permitted by law and college district policy. A license holder who carries a handgun on college district property must keep it concealed and on or about their person at all times. The open carry of a handgun (i.e., completely or partially visible) is prohibited on college district property, including any public driveway, street, sidewalk, walkway, parking lot, parking garage or other parking area.
The use, possession or display of a weapon in violation of law and college district policy is strictly prohibited. This prohibition applies to firearms, knives, clubs, fireworks of any kind, incendiary devices, razors, chains, throwing stars and any other device designed to expel a projectile or to inflict bodily harm.
 
Violations may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal penalties.
Instructors reserve the right to amend a syllabus as necessary.