Module 2: Policies & Procedures



Module 2: Policies & Procedures

Welcome to the next part of the Dallas College Dual Credit Orientation. This module will go over dual credit policies and procedures. Again, you are welcome to take notes as you are going through this module; it's highly recommended.

Who can enroll in dual credit programs? To participate in Dallas College's dual credit program you must: be enrolled, in good standing, in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade of a participating high school, private, charter, or home school; have approval from your high school counselor; fulfill appropriate admissions criteria to the college; meet minimum test scores and complete necessary paperwork such as an enrollment form and proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination. When you become a college student, you are considered a responsible adult... I know!

Your enrollment in Dallas College indicates your acceptance of the Code of Student Conduct and all the rights, responsibilities, and expectations that come with it. Making sure everyone follows the rules keeps the college healthy and safe, protects your rights as a college student, and helps create a positive educational environment designed to encourage student completion. All students are required and expected to maintain the highest standards of scholastic honesty in the preparation of all coursework and during examinations. If you are guilty of scholastic dishonesty, you will be given a warning, dropped from the course with a grade of F, or subject to further disciplines such as suspension or expulsion, disciplinary probation, legal issues or transcript notation.

Examples of scholastic dishonesty include: plagiarism, is taking passages from the writings of others without giving proper credit to the sources; collusion is using another's work as one's own or working together with another person in preparation of work unless such joint preparation is specifically approved in advance by the instructor; cheating is giving or receiving information on examinations. As a Dallas College student, the following is expected of you. Be respectful in how you conduct yourself and to the Dallas College community.

Wear your Dallas College student ID badge. Attend class without exhibiting behavior that disrupts the class. Do your own work and give credit if you use someone else's information. Be kind- no bullying, harassment or discrimination. This includes online, texting and other forms of digital communication. Avoid drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Use appropriate gesture and behavior- sexual or inappropriate behaviors or gesture are not allowed. Use words that help others- no abusive or foul language or gestures. And lastly, no weapons.

As a college student, you are expected to attend regularly all classes in which you enroll, which means you will need to balance class and study time with all other activities. Although online courses do not require you to report to a classroom at a given time, you are expected to maintain constant progress throughout the course. Instructors will describe attendance policies and procedures to you in the syllabus. But ultimately, you are responsible for understanding those policies for each course in which you enroll and meeting attendance requirements. Failure to meet the attendance requirements in a course may lower your grade for the semester or may result in failure of the course. When an absence occurs, it is recommended to consult with your instructor for appropriate arrangements beforehand. Regardless of the reason for the absence, you are responsible for completing all the coursework covered during an absence.

If you are unable to complete a course, or courses, in which you are enrolled, it is your responsibility to withdraw from the course by the appropriate date. If you do not withdraw, you will receive a performance grade, which is usually a grade of F. FERPA, or the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law that protects the privacy of your educational record. Your education record is any record that any Dallas College campus has maintained related to you as a student. This can include financial information, disciplinary files, student transcripts, and immunization and health records. FERPA gives parents rights to their children's educational records in grades K through 12, but those rights transfer to the student once they enroll at a college or university.

You have the right to review your educational records, request to amend your educational records, and control the disclosure of your educational records. Dallas College may disclose your student information to school officials who have legitimate educational interests, this includes your high school, officials of another school to which a student seeks to attend or intends to enroll, or state educational authorities. As a dual credit student, Dallas College cannot discuss or allow your parents access to your personal information without your written consent. Instructors cannot discuss your grades or personal information with your parents.

FERPA protects education records of students from public disclosure without written permission of the student. Although many exceptions to FERPA exist, exceptions are very limited. The U.S. Department of Education enforces FERPA and more information can be found on their website. You and your parent or guardian can complete a FERPA release or proxy authorization form. This will allow your parents or guardian to conduct official Dallas College business on your behalf, such as class registration, schedule changes and residency changes. This form does not grant parent or guardian permission to contact instructors on behalf of the student.

Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Texas law states all students under the age of 22 attending classes at Texas institutions of higher education must present proof of bacterial meningitis immunization or the appropriate exemption.

College should be a place where you can learn, grow, and explore the world around you without fear of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Title IX is another important policy to be aware of because it's federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. It protects people of any sex, gender, or identity from sexual assault including stalking, harassment, and rape. Sexual assault victims are encouraged to seek medical attention through the police, health center or local hospital. Victims are also encouraged to tell someone- your high school counselor, principal or teacher, the school nurse, police, parents, or any trusted faculty or school Title IX Coordinator. If you need assistance with finding where you go to report an incident, you can contact your campus Dual Credit office. Counseling services, health centers, student services, and high school services are available to help.

Dallas College wants Dual Credit and ECHS students and parents or guardians to be aware of your rights under Title IX. Know what can be done if a student has experienced or witnessed sex or gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment or assault, dating violence, stalking, or sexual misconduct. If a Title IX complaint is filed, the first step is remedial action, or an interim remedy to address short- term effects such as suspension, no contact order, counseling, medical service, academic support, escorts, safety measures, and community supported resources can be put in place. Anyone who believes they have been subjected to any Title IX offense has the right to seek support without fear of retaliation. Protection applies to the person filing the complaint and all the witnesses and individuals involved.

The Dallas College ID is a seven-digit number that serves as your student ID number. You will need to provide this unique identifier and not your high school ID number when conducting college campus business.

Dallas College has a grading system that corresponds to the calculation of your grade point average, or GPA. We adhere to a four-point grading system where the highest GPA you can achieve is 4.0. Final grades are reported for each student for every course according to this grading system. A letter grade of "A" equals a grade score of 90 to 100 and a grade point value of four points. A "B" equals a grade score of 80 to 89, and a grade point value of three points. A "C" equals a grade score of 70 to 79, and a grade point value of two points. And a "D" equals a grade score of 60 to 69, and a grade point value of one point. And finally, an "F" equals a grade score of 0 points.

Additional letter grades that do not have a great score or grade point value include: E, an effort grade; CR, stands means and equivalent- this is often given for courses a student transferred from another college and university; I, an incomplete; W, means a student has withdrawn from the course; and WX, which means progress, and the student is required to re-enroll in the course. Certain grades are utilized in particular courses. Each course syllabi will indicate the grades that may be issued in the course.

If you have any considerations about withdrawing from class, you must speak with your high school counselor first. Dallas College does not automatically withdrawal students who choose to stop attending class. Students who fail to officially withdraw will receive a failing or incomplete grade in the course. Check with your high school counselor and your college dual credit advisor to discuss how withdrawing from a dual credit course may affect your high school schedule and graduation plan.

IMPORTANT: Dropping and baling classes can impact your future financial aid and college or university's satisfactory academic progress requirements. Visit Dallas College's Financial Aid page for more information.

This has been an overview of Dallas College policies and procedures. If you have further questions, please contact your Dual Credit office for further information.

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