Student Governance Statements
This page is a summary for students of various policies and services listed in the Sandhills Community College General Catalog. Revised July 2017 per Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- Academic Honesty. The college believes that the pursuit of knowledge requires honesty. Students are expected to act appropriately and deal honestly in all aspects of their interactions with the college and their academic work. The college will not tolerate dishonest acts such as copying the work of another; using unauthorized help, books, or notes on examinations or projects; or intentionally representing the work of another as one’s own without proper reference (plagiarism). The consequences of academic dishonesty may vary according to circumstances. Actions that could be taken include, but are not limited to, the following: a failing grade for the work involved, failure in the course, or removal from the course. For additional information, please read “Academic Honesty” in the General Catalog.
- Accommodations for Students with Disabilities. The college strives to provide an equal educational opportunity to all. In compliance with college policy and equal access laws, professors are available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for a student with disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must contact the college disabilities coordinator in the Kelly Tutoring Center in Logan Hall.
- Annual Security Report. To comply with federal laws the college provides information about serious crimes that have occurred on campus during the last three years. Copies of the Campus Crime Statistics Report and Annual Security Report may be obtained by contacting the main campus switchboard (910-692-6185) or the director of the Hoke Center (910-875-8589). The information can also be found on the college’s Security & Emergencies website.
- Attendance. Because the College realizes that academic success is tied to regular attendance, students are expected to attend all class sessions, laboratories, and clinical experiences. Each course syllabus will describe the attendance requirements for the course, including any permitted absences. Please consult the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the General Catalog.
- Civility. The College defines “civility” as respect for others, courtesy, civil exchange of ideas, and human interactions that create a positive environment in which to learn. All members of the College community are expected to adhere to the Five Core Values, most notably Integrity and Respect. The College will set the tone for such practice using the following guidelines, and expects students to also follow these guidelines: Respect for the work and ideas of all persons; courteous oral, written, and nonverbal discourse (in personal and electronic forms); honest interactions and exchanges; fair and just treatment; open professional communications; recognition and respect for diversity; social responsibility: tolerance of differing points of view; zero tolerance for any forms of cyber stalking, cyber bullying, or cyber sexual harassment, especially as related to social networking while engaged in college-related activities or in courses online.
- Classroom Conduct. Faculty and students at Sandhills Community College — on the main campus or off-campus locations, including online — have the right to an instructional environment that is conducive to study, thought, and full concentration on study topics. Student behavior that threatens such an environment and disrupts learning and teaching activities — including unauthorized use of technology (e.g., cell phones, computers, hand-held devices) — will not be tolerated and will be subject to disciplinary actions, including removal from a course or program or denial of admission to a course or a program. For additional information, please read “Student Conduct” in the General Catalog.
- Computer Use. The college expects and requires ethical and responsible behavior of individuals using information resources, which include computers and the college network and Internet capabilities. Individuals using these resources must abide by the college’s Acceptable Use Policy, which requires respecting intellectual property rights, protecting private information, refraining from accessing inappropriate or offensive information, and ensuring open access to available resources.
- Student Grievance Procedure. The college assures Sandhills students that their grievances will be considered fairly, rapidly, and in a non-threatening atmosphere. Any student who feels unfairly treated may follow the “Student Grievance Procedure, described in detail in the General Catalog.
- Support for Student Learning and Progress. Academic advising is available to all students in the Advising Center, which will assist in developing an educational plan consistent with life goals and objectives. Academic tutoring is available to all students on an individual or small group basis. Students are encouraged to apply early in the semester for free tutoring service. Boyd Library has a wealth of print and online resources. The Learning Resources Computer Lab in Boyd Library provides computer access as well as staff assistance with online research. Counselors are available to assist students in coping with any concerns or difficulties they may experience while attending college. Career counseling and job placement services are also readily available.
- Distance Learning Support. In order to accommodate the needs of distance learning students, Sandhills Community College has implemented policies and procedures to protect student rights and to provide Student and Curriculum Support Services. These procedures are available on our website on the My SCC Student Cyber Connection page. Sandhills Community College Boyd Library provides access and instruction in the effective use of its resources to distance learning students. Through the Boyd library web site students can obtain more information about library resources and services. Students can access our on-line catalog for interlibrary loan, NCLIVE and other databases 24/7 anywhere there is Internet access. At faculty request, fully distance learning courses have an embedded librarian who will respond to your questions in a timely manner.
- Intellectual Property. The college provides an environment that supports the academic activities of the faculty, staff and students. The college’s intellectual property policy supports the College’s mission while it encourages and supports the intellectual property rights of the faculty, staff and students of the College. This policy and its supporting procedures are located in the General Catalog.