Sep 19, 2020  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
    
2020-2021 College Catalog

Student Success Services


   

Alcohol & Drug Statement Office of Student Activities
Career Services Search and Seizure
Cell Phones and Pagers Student Concerns
Code of Student Conduct Student Clubs and Organizations
Communication Procedures for Students Student Handbook
Counseling and Disability Services Student Life
Dress Code Title IX
Free Expression Statement Tobacco-Free Campus
Hazing Policy Visitors in Classroom/Children of Students/Animals on Campus
Identification Cards Weapons
Office of Retention Services  

 


 

 

Welcome to Department of Student Success Services

The Department of Student Success Services and Title IX provide students with essential college wraparound services that support student development and learning and serves as advocate for students and ensure equitable treatment to students. The Department of Student Success Services is responsible for the following offices: Career Services, Conduct Administration, Retention Services, Student Activities, and Title IX. The Office of Counseling and Disability Services also provides wraparound services and work closely with the Department of Student Success Services to support student success.

 

Free Expression Statement  

Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) deems the free and open inquiry into all matters fundamental to the mission of higher education and is committed to the preservation of the lawful, free expression of ideas at all of its campuses, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.  LDCC’s Campus Free Expression Policy can be found on the LDCC Website in the Department of Student Success Services tab.

 

Identification Cards  

All LDCC students are required to obtain College identification cards.  The card allows students to access to College services such as library services. 

Cards must be shown when requested by College staff. Identification cards are non-transferable and students who misuse these cards are subject to disciplinary action. There is no cost to students to receive the card. If an identification card is lost, it must be reported and replaced.

 

Alcohol & Drug Statement  

Alcohol & Drug Statement

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) requires the College to certify to the Department of Education that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.

This program must include the following:

  • Standards of conduct concerning the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs, and the illegal use of alcohol by students and employees on College property or at any College activity
  • Description of legal sanctions
  • Clear statement of the College’s sanctions for violations
  • Description of any drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation services; 5. Description of the health risks associated with use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol.

The information below follows the requirements of the Act.

It is unlawful to possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs on LDCC property or at any College-sponsored event. Alcohol and drug use is a major issue in the community and on college campuses. Alcohol and drugs can seriously damage physical and mental health, as well as jeopardize personal and public safety. In addition, excessive alcohol consumption may lead to physical abuse, date rape, auto accidents, violence, and other behaviors which lead to self-destruction.

The College abides by all state, federal, and local laws pertaining to alcohol and will enforce underage drinking laws. LDCC policy prohibits the consumption, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages or other drugs in or on any College property or while participating in any College-sponsored trip or activity. All state, local, and federal laws are enforced and may result in disciplinary action by the College as well as criminal prosecution. Violation of the underage drinking laws will be enforced.

The College provides drug awareness seminars throughout the year as well as referral services to students, faculty, and staff who seek help with substance abuse problems.

LDCC is a drug and alcohol-free campus and recognizes that drug and alcohol abuse is a major societal concern and problem. Such abuse leads to health problems, decreased productivity, crime and general weakening of our nation’s social fabric. Alcohol and drug abuse is especially destructive to education and learning, inhibiting educational, social and interpersonal development. It is the purpose of this policy to establish a comprehensive program to address the abuse of alcohol and drugs.

The following conduct is prohibited:

  • The use, consumption, possession, manufacture, furnishing, sale and/or distribution of illicit drugs, narcotics or other controlled substances, including marijuana.
  • The use, possession, manufacture, purchase, sale, furnishing and/or distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  • The use, consumption, possession, manufacture, purchase, sale, furnishing, and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages on College property, or at any of its activities, except as expressly permitted by College regulations and the law.
  • The use, consumption, possession and/or purchase of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age.
  • Operating or attempting to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
  • Public intoxication on College property.
  • Furnishing, serving and/or otherwise providing alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age. College Sanctions

Students who violate the provision violates the College’s Code of Student Conduct and will be subject to sanctions, which could include criminal prosecution, suspension and/or expulsion.

 

Drug and Alcohol Prevention:

Area programs available for drug and alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or support services can be located by contacting the Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services, located in Office 155 on the Monroe campus or by calling 318-345-9152. Additionally, informational literature is available as well as various educational activities are provided annually to increase student’s awareness of alcohol and other drug related problems.

 

Cell Phones and Pagers  

Cell phones and pagers must be set on vibrate or turned off while students are in the classrooms. In an emergency situation, the instructor may give a student permission to use a cell phone or pager.

 

Communication Procedures for Students  

LDCC student e-mails shall be the College’s official means of communication with all students. The College also retains the right to send official correspondence via traditional methods.

All enrolled students will be assigned an official Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) e-mail account. Official college communications shall be sent to their individual e-mail account, including, but not limited to, announcements of college-related activities, and student services notifications (student activities, student workshops, financial aid notifications, etc.) and actions (notification of probation, suspension, disciplinary actions, etc.)

Student Obligations:

  • This method of communication places certain obligations on each student.
  • Students understand they have a college e-mail account by attending LDCC.
  • Students shall responsibly manage their e-mail account in a frequent and consistent basis (i.e. archiving attachments, deleting old messages, and reviewing new messages, etc.)
  • Students understand that the College may supplement electronic communication with traditional mail.
  • Students are expressly forbidden from soliciting and receiving e-mails containing pornography or any other illicit materials. Violations will result in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be subject to disciplinary actions, including possible suspension or expulsion from the College.

College Obligations:

This method of communication places certain obligations on the College and employees.

  • The College will never lease or sell a student e-mail address to any advertisers and will take a pro-active approach to blocking unsolicited-bulk e-mail messages that could clutter a student’s e-mail account.
  • The College will provide access to computers with Internet capabilities on campus (e.g. open computer labs)

Forwarding of e-mail

The college will not automatically send or forward e-mail messages to non-college accounts. However, students can merge their LDCC emails with their personal emails. Students can go to Student Success Services on each campus for assistance.

Management of Student Accounts

The Information Technology Department is responsible for the establishment of the student e-mail accounts. Accounts will be provided with 30mg of storage space per students. Accounts will be active if a student is enrolled at LDCC. When students are within 90% of their mailbox quota, they will receive a message notifying then that their mailbox is almost full.

Examples of Appropriate Student Wide Distribution

  • Communicating student information from the Student Success Services Offices; 
  • Notification concerning students’ change of course schedules (drop/adds) general petitions and withdrawals;
  • Notification of cancellation of registration;
  • Academic Department information such as class changes, registration issues, new courses and events;
  • New student information about academic support services and academic policies and procedures;
  • Payment deadlines and other business office/cashier information;
  • Surveys

Privacy of e-mail

LDCC uses various methods to protect the security of its computers and network resources and its users’ accounts.

 

Dress Code  

Although Louisiana Delta Community College does not have an official policy concerning dress code, the students, faculty, and staff of the College take pride in exhibiting an appropriate and professional appearance while on campus and while representing the College.  Therefore, all LDCC students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while one campus, while in the classroom, and while representing the College within the community.  This would include shirts, shoes, and pants/shorts/dress.  Student’s apparel should be neat, clean and in good taste.  Clothing bearing profane or offensive language will not be allowed on any LDCC campus.  Also “sagging” pants are not appropriate and not allowed on campuses.  Offenders may be asked to leave campus, change clothing and/or issued violation citations.  Repeat offenders will be referred to the Department of Student Success Services for appropriate disciplinary action.  Some Departments maintain a student dress code based on the program curriculum, such as Process Technology. Contact the Division Chair for more information.

 

Search and Seizure  

Lockers and desks are the property of LDCC campuses and are loaned to students for the purpose attaining an education.  As the property of the College, they are subject to search for contraband at any time upon the reasonable belief of the Campus Security that said lockers and desks may contain material that is not allowed on the College campus.  Having a toolbox and operating a motor vehicle on campus are privileges granted to students. The granting of these privileges is conditioned upon the agreement that these articles may be searched by Campus Security if the student is suspected of having contraband materials such as weapons, illegal substances or drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other similar material.  Local law enforcement authorities may be included in this process if Campus Security determines a need for such involvement.         

 

Student Concerns  

Student Concern Procedure

Purpose

The purpose is to provide students with a fair and efficient process to present and resolve concerns arising out of their academic and non-academic interactions with faculty, staff and students.

Non-Academic

Students who wish to file a non-academic concern must direct the concern in writing to the Department of Student Success Services at their campus.  Concerns can also be submitted by completing the incident report/student concern form that is located on LDCC’s website.

Procedures:

  1. Dean of Student Success Services will investigate incidents/concerns that take place on the Monroe Campus, and Campus Directors will investigate incidents/concerns on their respective campuses. These representatives will determine a resolution and respond in writing within 10 working days.
  2. If the student is not satisfied with the response he/she may appeal the decision within 10 working days to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management, who makes the final decision.

Academic

Concerns from students about faculty members should be handled by the department involved.

Procedures:

  1. Students who wish to file an academic concern about faculty should first contact the faculty member involved in effort to reach an informal solution.
  2. If the concern is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student is to make an appointment with the  Program Coordinator/Director who may then:
  3. Talk to the faculty involved
  4. Arrange a joint meeting between faculty member and student
  5. Appoint a departmental committee to investigate the situation
  6. If there is no solution at the departmental level, the student may take the concern to Academic Division Chair
  7. If no solution at the faculty, departmental and Division Chair levels, the student may appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

All written concerns are kept at the Campus Student Services Office written format and electronic format through the online student conduct software.

 

Tobacco-Free Campus  

All buildings of Louisiana Delta Community College are smoke-free and tobacco-free.  Smoking, chewing, snorting and or any use of tobacco products or tobacco “like” products (such as e-cigarettes) by employees, students, and visitors are prohibited in buildings and on the college grounds. Students who violate the LDCC Tobacco Policy is subject to sanctions based on the College’s Code of Student Conduct.

 

Visitors in Classroom/Children of Students/Animals on Campus  

To maintain an academic environment conducive to the well-being of all students, Louisiana Delta Community College prohibits visitors to the academic classroom without prior approval from the instructor or Academic Division Chair.  

This protocol applies to the presence of children or pets of enrolled students. Children should not be left unattended in the parking lots, the student area, the buildings’ lobbies, or any of the service areas. Such a protocol protects the children and eliminates distractions student learning. All types of animals are prohibited on campus with the exceptions of those animals that assist students with disabilities and those animals that are used as part of teaching or instruction.

 

Weapons  

Louisiana Delta Community College is a firearms-free campus.  The possession of firearms, explosives, knives, weapons, or any item that may be construed as such is expressly prohibited on all College campuses. The possession of such weapons may result in disciplinary action based on the College’s Code of Student Conduct. These actions may include dismissal from the College and could also include criminal prosecution. There are some limited exceptions to this policy; for example, certified and licensed law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry a firearm and select students attending law enforcement training classes and approved to carry a firearm by the administrators of those training sessions.

 

Career Services  

LDCC Office of Career Services is committed to providing free career counseling services and offers a holistic approach to serving students by involving Campus Directors, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinators, and support services offices in planning and administering services to students. Career Services resources assist students in exploring and defining their career options. Career Coach, a website for career development, is available for students to complete career assessments and identify career goals. College Central Network is a Career Services Platform that students, alumni, and employers can utilize when they sign up for the service. Once registered, students receive valuable career centered advice, career podcasts, access to building a career portfolio and resume, and access to employer placement by applying for open job postings online. Employers have access to student resumes and the ability to post their organization’s employment positions on the College Central Network site. This may further give students chances of securing employment.  

In addition, students and alumni can find help with the job search process through workshops, job placement support, LDCC Career Services webpage, and annual Career Fairs.  Students on all campuses have consistent access to the Office of Career Services processes through direct and online support.

 

Counseling and Disability Services  

Counseling Services

Personal counseling services are offered to LDCC students to help them realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential which will allow for maximum benefit of their college experience. Confidential and individual counseling appointments are available for students to help manage the challenges of college life, including balancing personal and academic responsibilities. Students may present for counseling to address concerns such as, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug use, stress, self-esteem, eating and body image, grief and loss, issues about sexuality, and relationship issues.  The goal of counseling services at LDCC is to promote the overall educational programs by helping students strengthen communication skills, establish goals, and adjust to their academic and social environment. Students are asked to make an appointment with the counselor during regular office hours.

Classroom visits, workshops, and seminars are offered annually including topics such as stress management, sexual assault awareness, alcohol and substance abuse, breast cancer awareness, and healthy relationships..

 

Disability Services

Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) strives to serve students with disabilities through compliance with Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. These laws mandate that postsecondary institutions provide equal access to programs and services for students with disabilities without creating changes to the essential elements of the curriculum. While students with disabilities are expected to meet our institution’s academic standards, they are given the opportunity to fulfill learner outcomes in alternative ways. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to, testing accommodations (i.e., tests read aloud, extended time), sign-language interpreters, relocation of inaccessible classrooms, permission to record lectures and note-taking assistance.

LDCC students requesting reasonable accommodations must self-identify with the Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services, a department located within the Department of Student Success Services. LDCC provides reasonable accommodations and services to ensure access to all qualified students with disabilities who self-identify for services. The requested academic adjustments and auxiliary aids must relate directly to the disability and the relationship must be documented in the student’s medical or psychological reports.

Students must complete an Application for Services Form, which is located on the College’s website, and provide documentation of the disability in order to initiate disability services. Each student’s request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that individual needs are met.  Also, students requesting accommodations must complete a Semester Accommodation Request Form, located on the College’s website, to renew academic adjustments and auxiliary aids each semester.  Campus Directors or their designated representative at each of the community campuses will notify the Director of Disability Services, who will travel to the campus to meet with the student seeking assistance through Disability Services.

 

 Office of Retention Services  

LDCC Office of Retention Services is committed to provide support for students to help them persist to graduation. This is accomplished by providing students assistance in securing community resources, tutoring resources, degree planning and providing referrals to campus resources and support services. The Office of Retention also monitors students’ academic progress and coordinate activities with Career and Technical Education (CTE) Coordinators that will foster academic and technical student success. The Office of Retention is ready to serve students with general success strategies that lead to completion of their educational goal.

 

Student Handbook  

A copy of the Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) Student Handbook can be downloaded from the Delta website at www.ladelta.edu. It contains important information that every LDCC student needs to know, including the Code of Student Conduct, Academic Integrity expectations, college rules and regulations, as well as policies and procedures that govern student life. Students are responsible for understanding their rights and responsibilities and becoming familiar with the contents of the publication.

 

Code of Student Conduct  

Statement of Authority

The College has the legal right and moral obligation to establish rules for academic and personal conduct and to deny admission to applicants or continued enrollment to students who do not meet/maintain these standards identified as “responsibilities” as well as the rules of the College and its departments. Counseling and/or sanctions will be imposed on students or student organizations that are found in violation of these standards. The College reserves the right to review any action taken by civil or judicial authorities regarding any LDCC student or student organization.

All students admitted to the College accept the responsibility to conform to all LDCC rules and regulations. The College will make every reasonable effort to make the rules and regulations available. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with and abiding by them.  This academic misconduct policy serves as a procedural reference for the entire institution.  However, these guidelines for disciplinary sanctions and the student appeal process do not supersede student misconduct policies associated with specific programs of study as governed by state or national oversight boards.

 

Students will not give or receive any unauthorized aid or assistance on any graded assignment or assessment.  If a student witnesses anyone else doing so, the witnessing student is obligated to report the infraction to the faculty member and/or the appropriate College administrator.

 

SECTION ONE – ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT

Types of Academic Misconduct

  1. Types of Academic Misconduct

 

Although all academic misconduct is wrong, premeditated acts of academic misconduct represent a greater threat to the integrity of the College than do unpremeditated acts of academic misconduct.  Louisiana Delta Community College establishes the following definitions and distinctions between the two types of academic misconduct.

1.01:01

Unpremeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct taken without advance contemplation, prior determination, or planning, or full understanding that the act is considered academic misconduct:  e.g., on the spur-of-the-moment; seizing the opportunity to cheat; collaboration to a greater degree than is permitted in a situation; careless or incomplete documentation of sources and references.

 

1.01:02

Premeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct which grows out of advance contemplation or meditation, prior deliberation, or planning which may include the preparation of a written plan or notes.  Although prior thought and planning is requisite to premeditation, the prior thought and planning need not exist for any period of time before it is carried into effect.

 

1.02     Categories of Academic Misconduct

 

1.02:01

Cheating is the intentional use of inappropriate and unauthorized assistance, information, materials, or study aids in any academic exercise; and includes multiple submissions of the same or part of the same work to different instructors for different assignments in the same semester or in a different semester.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the use of unauthorized assistance, information, or materials on tests, homework, quizzes, papers, projects, and all other academic assignments.  Additionally, the act of conspiracy for the purpose of defrauding also constitutes cheating.

 

1.02:02

Fabrication is the misrepresentation of a signature or a document as original (authentic) and includes the fabrication of any part of an individual or group academic assignment;  or of official documents of the college or outside agencies, including drop/add slips, excused absence slips, and medical documentation.  Fabrication also includes making up or changing data or results or relying on someone else’s results in experiments or laboratory assignments.  The citing of sources that have not actually been used or consulted is also an offense.

 

1.02:03

Plagiarism constitutes the use of another person’s ideas, words, data, arguments, or sentence structure in any academic assignments as the student’s own without proper documentation or citation.  

 

1.02:04

Misrepresentation is intentionally presenting oneself as someone else, or intentionally representing the condition or the situation as more or less than what it actually is to gain credit or special concessions on individual or group academic work including make-up tests, projects, and class assignments.

 

1.02:05

Violation of class rules is the intentional failure to follow the rules of each individual class concerning academic assignments and class behavior as referenced in the course syllabus.

 

1.02:06

Complicity is the willing involvement with others in any academic misconduct.

 

1.02:07

Software Fraud is the unlawful downloading and copying of computer software used in the creation of academic work.

 

1.02:08

Multiple submissions of work involve handing in academic work that was done previously by the student for another class, or by someone else.

 

1.03        Academic Offenses and Sanctions

The instructor reserves the right to levy the following sanctions which are dependent on the frequency and gravity of the alleged offense:

1.03:01

Reduced grade for the assignment

1.03:02

Failing grade for the assignment

1.03:03

Reduced final grade for the course

1.03:04

Failing grade for the course

 
The following sanctions may be levied against the student by the Academic Division Chair or the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. If the offense warrants the following disciplinary actions, instructor consultation with the appropriate academic supervisor is required:   
 

1.03:05

Referral for counseling

1.03:06 Dismissal from program of study 
1.03:07 Suspension from the College
1.03:08 Expulsion from the College
 

1.04    DUE PROCESS FOR ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT AND STUDENT APPEALS

1.04:01         

The faculty member will notify the student in writing of the academic misconduct charges, a description of the evidence, and the disciplinary sanction.  Email will suffice as written correspondence.  If the penalty resides with an authority higher than the instructor, then the faculty member will confer with the Division Chair/Program Director and then communicate the intended sanction with the student.
1.04:02

Students who not agree with the charges and/or sanctions may appeal in writing to the appropriate Division Chair/Program Director within (5) calendar days of the date of the notification. While an appeal is in progress, the student is permitted to continue active participation in the course as long as the student remains compliant to the Code of Student Conduct.

1.04:03  Division Chairs/Program Directors may meet with the student and/or faculty member to discuss   the evidence and disciplinary sanctions.  Division Chairs/Program Directors must respond, in writing, to the student and instructor within seven (7) calendar days of receipt.  The response will communicate the conditions for either granting or denying the student’s appeal.
1.04.04 

Students who do not agree with the charges and/or sanctions as decided by the Division Chair/Program Director may appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  Appeals to the VCAA must be submitted in writing  within five (5) calendar days of notification from the Division Chair/Program Director that the appeal had been  denied.  The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs must respond, in writing, with a decision regarding the student’s appeal within ten (10) calendar days of receipt.  The student, faculty member, and Division Chair/Program Director will be included on the correspondence.  The Vice Chancellor’s decision will be final and binding.

 

SECTION TWO – ACTS OF MISCONDUCT OTHER THAN ACADEMIC

2.01:01

Failure to comply with behavioral standards of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Louisiana Delta Community College, as well as abide by local, state and federal laws.   

2.01:02

Violation of the rights of individuals as established in the United States and Louisiana Constitutions.

2.01:03

Harassing conduct of any kind, including acts based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.

2.01:04

Stalking, that is, the repeated following or harassing of another person accompanied by the making of a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or serious injury.

2.01:05

Cyber stalking, that is, use of electronic mail or electronic communication of any words or language threatening to inflict bodily harm, physical injury to the property of, or extortion of money or other things of value to any person or the person’s family or dependents; use of electronic mail or electronic communication for the purpose of threatening, terrifying, or harassing any person; use of electronic mail or electronic communication to make false statements to any person or the person’s family or dependents with the intent to threaten, terrify, or harass.

2.01:06

Bullying, that is, severe or repeated use by one or more individuals of written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture or exclusion directed at another individual. Bullying may cause physical or emotional harm, may create a hostile environment, and may infringe on an individual’s rights, and/or may disrupt the campus environment

 

2.01:07

Physical abuse or threat there of including acts of intimidation against any person or persons, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person or persons including hazing, domestic violence or offensive touching.

2.01:08 Sexual offenses, including offensive touching (sexual battery), nonconsensual intercourse (rape), and intercourse with a person who is not capable of giving consent due to some form of intoxication or who is otherwise incapable of giving consent, and performing sexual acts to self on college property, college activities and events on or off-campus.

2.01:09

Unauthorized entry or use of College facilities or any violation of College rules regarding the use of College property. Unauthorized use, access to, manipulation of, tampering with or duplication of any College computer hardware, software programs, and/or associated documentation including, but not limited to, telecommunications equipment, computer equipment, etc.

2.01:10

Using the College’s computing resources for personal or financial gain; allowing non-college personnel access to computing resources on campus; displaying obscene, lewd, or sexually harassing images or text in use of the College’s computers; or modifying or copying records or data belonging to the College.

2.01:11

Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, defacing, misuse, or abuse of College, public, or private property, including library materials, computer equipment and software, vending/games machines, and vehicles.

2.01:12

Setting a fire on campus or campus-related premises or setting the fire alarm without proper authority.

2.01:13

The intentional making of a false report of a bomb, fire, or other emergency.

2.01:14

Failure to comply with fire or safety procedures (including failure to evacuate for fire drills and weather alarms) whenever the alarm sounds.

2.01:15

Falsification of academic records, identification cards, financial aid records, academic forgery, altering official academic documents, misusing College documents, or withholding information relating to admission, transfer credits, financial aid, academic status, records, etc (refers to academic transcripts).

2.01:16

Failure to answer a College summons or to appear for a discipline hearing as notified by College officials.

2.01:17

Failure to meet any College-related financial obligation. Passing worthless checks or counterfeit money or transactions in order to fulfill financial obligations.

2.01:18

Participation in any group demonstration, sit-in, or disorderly conduct which disturbs the orderly activities and processes of the College.

2.01:19

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage in any form on campus or while participating in a College activity or on a College-sponsored trip.

2.01:20

The possession of a firearm, explosives, knives or weapons or any item that may be construed as such by a student or non-student on school property, at school-sponsored functions. This includes ammunition, fireworks, or other dangerous substances or materials of any kind.

2.01:21

Unauthorized or illegal possession, use, sale, or transportation of narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana, or other illegal drugs on campus or while on a College-sponsored event or trip.

2.01:22

Personal conduct which does not comply with socially accepted behavior in the academic community (includes but is not limited to: engaging in drunkenness, use of profanity, disorderly conduct, lewd, indecent, or obscene gestures or conduct, etc.) on or off-campus.

2.01:23 Disturbing the peace by unreasonable loud noise or behavior and or disruptive and disorderly behavior.
2.01:24 Convicted of a felony.

2.01:25

Formally charged by civil authorities with the commission of a felony of such nature that the student’s presence at the College is potentially dangerous to the health, safety, and educational environment of the College community.

2.01:26 When there is strong convincing evidence that the student against whom civil authorities have brought charges or imposed penalties has committed a felony of such nature that the student’s continued presence at the College is potentially dangerous to the health, safety, and educational environment of the College community. 

2.01:27

Smoking in College facilities. All buildings of LDCC are smoke-free and tobacco-free. Smoking, chewing, snorting and/or any use of tobacco products or tobacco “like products (such as e-cigarettes) are prohibited in buildings and on the college grounds.

2.01:28

Gambling of any type.

2.01:29

Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or college-authorized activities or events. Severe or repeated disruption of class/lab activities.

2.01:30 Disobedience to lawful order or directive from campus police, an instructor in the classroom, and/or insubordination or disrespect to an instructor and/or administrator when they are functioning in their official capacity.
2.01:31 Disrespect or inappropriate behavior at any time when dealing with students, College employees, and/or the general public.  This includes various degrees of obscenities and profanities, e-mails, text messaging and voice mail. 
2.01:32 Theft, larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement or the temporary taking of the property of another.
2.01:33 Repeated or accumulated violations of any part of the code. 
2.01:34 Disruptive behavior that interferes with learning on campus.
2.01:35 Retaliation against any complainant, witness, or College employee.
2.01:36 The possession and use of unmanned aircraft systems (drones) on all College campus grounds.
 

2.02        Disciplinary Standards and Procedures:

Initiation of Discipline Proceedings:

2.02:01

When the Dean of Student Success Services/ Campus Director or Designee/AdultED Director receives notification that a student has violated any rule or regulation of the Code of Student Conduct, the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director/AdultED Director shall investigate the alleged violation within 5 calendar days of receiving the notification.         

2.02:02

The Dean of Student Success Services/ Campus Director or Designee/AdultED Director may summon a student (either orally or in writing) to appear in connection with an alleged violation. The summons shall direct the student to appear at a specified date, time, and place.

2.02:03

A student who fails to keep an administrative appointment or who fails to appear without just cause within 24 hours or one class/business day shall forfeit the right to present their case and will have said charges considered in absentia by Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director or Designee/AdultED Director. Thereupon, the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director or Designee/AdultED Director will review the case, conduct investigation, and submit case to the College’s Disciplinary Hearing Committee for ruling.

2.02:04

The Disciplinary Hearing Committee will give written report of outcome of case with imposed sanctions if determined to Dean of Student Success Services who will notify the student of the outcome from the Disciplinary Hearing Committee within 5 calendar days.

2.02:05

Within 5 calendar days of receiving the letter with disciplinary sanctions, the student may appeal in writing to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management whose has the final ruling on the case.

 

   2.03   Definitions:

2.03:01

Student: any person enrolled in college classes (full-time, part-time, audit, or credit).

2.03:02

College employee: any person employed by the College including student employees.

2.03:03

College facilities: all lands, buildings, and facilities owned, leased, or controlled by the College

2.03:04

College activity, event, or trip: any activity, event, or trip that is sponsored by the College or any division/organization of the College.

2.03:05

Student Disciplinary Hearing Committee: Committee may have up to 5 members, not including the chairman or the Dean of Student Success Services (ex-officio member), faculty/staff members, Members are selected from a campus wide pool of committee members who are randomly selected for each case.

 

2.04     Sanctions

Discipline sanctions may be imposed in response to misconduct acts committed by students or a student organization. The purpose of imposing sanctions is to promote educational and social development of the student and the College community, to provide appropriate penalties, and to deter other acts of misconduct which thwarts the aims, purposes, and policies of the institution.

No refund or credit of tuition, fees, or other costs associated with attendance of the College will be made to students when discipline sanctions are imposed which result in the student being deprived privileges and/or access to services.

In the case of serious violations, a notation of the discipline matter will be placed on a student’s academic transcript until it is cleared. In the case of dismissal from the College, the record is permanent.

Discipline records are confidential in accordance with federal and state laws. The contents of the student discipline record may not be released to anyone not associated with campus discipline except upon written approval of the student or a court-ordered subpoena or by the administration of FERPA.

2.04:01

Written Reprimand: from the appropriate administrator to the student on whom the penalty is imposed, placed in the student’s permanent discipline record.

 

2.04:02

Warning probation: written notification that further violations of any sub-section of this code will result in more severe discipline action. Warning probation may be imposed for a period of not more than one calendar year.

 

2.04:02

Warning probation: written notification that further violations of any sub-section of this code will result in more severe discipline action. Warning probation may be imposed for a period of not more than one calendar year.

 

2.04:03

Disciplinary probation: written notification that further violations of any sub-section of this code may result in suspension. The terms of disciplinary probation shall be determined Disciplinary Hearing Committee.

 

2.04:04.

Suspension of privileges: prohibits participation in or attendance at certain events, activities, or class/lab; restricts specific campus student privileges.

 

2.04:05

Community Service: assigned a specific number of hours of service.

2.04:06  Counseling: student directed to Student Counseling and Disability Office for time period designated by the Counselor.  In the case where the College is not qualified or equipped to handle severe personal, psychological or emotional problems, the Counselor will refer the student to an off-campus agency to meet the student’s needs.  

2.04:07

Restitution: repair or replacement of property damaged.

 

2.04:08

Fines: monetary fines to fit the case. If the fine is not paid, it remains on the student’s record as indebtedness to the College, which then renders the student ineligible to register for subsequent semesters or to receive official transcripts.

 

2.04:09

Cancellation of registration or denial of credit may be imposed in cases where the student is found responsible of withholding information relating to the student’s admission, transfer credits, academic status, records, etc.

 

2.04:10

Suspension: may be used in the event of a threat of safety to the College community or if a student refuses to answer a summons.

 

 

2.04:11

Expulsion: may be used in the event of a threat of safety to the College community.

 

 
 

If the student is suspended or expelled before the published automatic “W” grade deadline date, the student will receive a “W” in currently enrolled course(s). If the student is suspended or expelled after the published automatic “W” grade deadline date, the student will receive an “F” in currently enrolled course(s).  

A written report is made indicating the imposed sanctions. The student may appeal the sanctions of the administrator and request a hearing before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee. Requests for appeals must be submitted in writing to the administrator within 5 calendar days of the notification of the administrative sanction.

2.04:12

Bar Against Readmission: written notification issued to a student who has left the College that he/she will not be allowed to re-enroll until the pending discipline matter has been resolved. The penalty terminates on clearance of the discipline matter. This sanction may also be imposed in cases of severe disciplinary infractions and/or in the event of a threat of safety to the College community. Students may appeal to the Student Disciplinary Hearing Committee for readmission to the College after one year.

 

2.05        Appeal Procedures

The student has the right to submit a written appeal to the decision or any sanction imposed within 5 calendar days to the Executive Director of Enrollment Management  if any of the following apply: insufficient evidence to support the charge(s); sanctions imposed were inappropriate; information discovered that indicates that the administrator or committee members were not impartial. The appeal is based on the records of the investigation/hearing. No new evidence may be presented.

 

SECTON THREE – STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

Introduction
LDCC affirms the rights of students to fair and judicial resolution of problems which may accompany conditions of their enrollment. Toward this end, the College maintains informal and open access to instructors and administrators as an avenue by which grievances may be discussed.

 

3.01 Definitions:

3.01:01

Grievance -Defined as an expression of alleged unfair or inequitable treatment with respect to the application of policy, procedure, or regulation.

 

3.01:02

Discrimination Complaint - Written complaint alleging any policy, procedure, or practice that discriminates on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

3.01:03

Student Grievant- Individual enrolled in academic courses part-time, full-time, “credit,” or “audit” who files the grievance.

3.01:04

Applicant Grievant (under ADA) - Applicant for admission to postsecondary education who submits a complaint alleging discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

3.01:05

Respondent- Person alleged to be responsible for the violation.

3.01:06

Day- Calendar days in which the College is open for business, excluding holidays and week-ends.

 
 
3.02         Formal Filing Procedures
 

3.02:01

Student files a written grievance. Forms are available from the Department of Student Success Services and/or the Office of Human Resources.

3.02:02

Student grievant submits written grievance to the Department of Student Success Services within 5 days after the attempt at informal resolution has failed. The grievance must include name, nature, and date of alleged violation; names of persons responsible (where known); and requested action.

3:02:03

Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director notifies respondent within 5 days and asks respondent to:
a. Confirm or deny facts;
b. Indicate acceptance or rejection of student or applicant requested action;
c. Outline alternatives.

3.02:04

Within 5 days, respondent submits answer to the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director.

3.02:05 Within 5 days after receiving respondent’s answer, the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director Services refers the written complaint and the respondent’s reply to the Appeals Committee.

 

3.03           Disciplinary Hearing Procedures

3.03:01

The Grievant and Respondent meet with the Appeals Committee, who conducts the hearing. In cases of academic related grievances, the appropriate Academic Division Chair is notified.

3.03:02

Within 5 days after the hearing, the Appeals Committee issues a written decision to the student or applicant.

3.03:03

If the Grievant or Respondent is not satisfied with the decision, he/she must notify the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director within 5 days and must request a hearing with the Governing Board.

3.03:04

Within 5 days after receiving the request, the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director the Governing Board to establish a hearing date. The hearing is to be conducted within 30 days from the date of notification to the Governing Board.

 

Board of Supervisors

Louisiana Community & Technical College System

265 S. Foster Dr.

Baton Rouge, LA  70806- 4104

Phone (225)922-2800

 

3.04      Rights of the Grievant and/or Victim

3.04:01                            

The grievant and/or victim shall be informed of the due process rights as outlined below.

3.04:02

The grievant and/or the victim have the right to a closed hearing.

3.04:03

The grievant and/or victim have the right to appear at the hearing alone or with an attorney, advisor, or friend. the attorney, advisor, or friend may advise the defendant or vistim but may not address the committee, witnesses, or other parties. 

3.03:04

The grievant has the right to know what documentary evidence will be offered against him/her.

3.04:05

The grievant has the right to know the identity of each witness who will testify against him/her.

3.04:06

The grievant and the Dean of Student Success Services/Campus Director have the right to offer evidence.

3.04:07

The grievant has the right to argue on behalf of himself or herself.

3.04:08

Victims of cases involving violence and/or sexual offenses will be informed of the outcome of the hearing and subsequent appeals.

 

3.05        General Provisions

3.05:01

Grievance records will remain confidential unless permission is given by the parties involved to release such information. Grievance records are destroyed at the end of the semester in which the case is resolved.

3.05:02

LDCC will not tolerate any type of discipline or retaliation, direct or indirect, against any person who, in good faith, files a complaint or responds to questions in regard to having witnessed a prohibited incident.

3.05:03

False charges are treated as serious offenses and may result in disciplinary action.

 
SECTION FOUR – STUDENT’S RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITES
 
4.01 Specific Rights for Students

In addition to the basic rights and freedoms guaranteed all citizens, the College recognizes the following specific rights of students in the student/College relationship:

 

4.01:01 The right to participate in academic, co-curriculuar and extracurricular activities and benefit functions of the College, free from all legal discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, secual orientation, national origin, age, political belief, disability, marital status or verteran status. 

4.01:02

The right to the opportunity for a quality education.

4.01:03

The right to know the College’s regulations, rules and policies by which students are governed.

4.01:04 The right to a formal appeals procedure by which reconsideration of an action by the College through one of its employees, which adversely affects a student may be requested. 
4.01:05 The right to utilize the appeal procedure without fear of coercion, harassment, intimidation or reprisal for the act of making the appeal. 

4.01:06

The right of substantive and procedural due process in all student disciplinary procedures.

4.01:07

The right to advocate, through reasonable and lawful means, changes in College regulations, rules and policies.

4.01:08

The right to reasonable participation in the formation of College policies.

4.01:09

The right to organize, join, and participate in recognized campus organizations.

4.01:10 The right to use College facilities, subject to reasonable rules and regulations governing the time, place and manner of such use. 
4.01:11

The right to invite and hear any speaker chosen by students, subject to reasonable rules and procedures established for the orderly scheduling of facilities and for making adequate preparation for the event. 

 

 

Office of Student Activities  

Welcome to the Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) support students to successfully navigate the college experience. OSA provides an environment for student collaboration, leadership opportunities, and involvement through programmatic experiences, shared governance, and student organizations.  The goal of the office is to advocate for students as well as empower students by promoting intercultural understanding and preparing students to positively impact their communities.

 

Student Clubs and Organizations  

Student Government Association 

The Student Government Association (SGA) advocate as well as act as an organized voice of LDCC students.  The SGA participate in the College’s decision making process and provide students with educational and leadership experiences that encourages citizenship on campus and within the community.  Additionally, the SGA provides guidance for all LDCC clubs and organizations.  SGA Officers are elected each year while each LDCC campus has student SGA representation through the SGA yearly Senator-selection process. Each club and organization’s president is represented on the SGA Board by their participation in monthly SGA meetings.      

 

Student Clubs and Organizations

Student’s college experience is much more than books, lectures, homework, and tests. Students can get involved in a Campus club or organization, which is an important part of education.  LDCC’s clubs and organizations allow students to explore their special interests, develop qualities integral to success in the workplace, develop decision making skills, strengthen ability to work as a team player, develop organizational and leadership skills, and interact with other students and faculty/staff members in an informal setting.

Several chartered student organizations are available to students.  All college policies and procedures as well as the Code of Student Conduct will be adhered to while participating in any student activity or organization.  Students will be allowed freedom of association with organizations that promote the interests of the academic community or College.  The membership and actions of student organizations will be determined by vote of only those persons who hold bona fide membership in the College community.  Each student organization must have a staff or faculty advisor.  The advisors will not have the authority to control the policies of organizations.

Student organizations are open to all students without regard to race, creed, or national origin. Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and are free to express, within the Code of Student Conduct, opinions publicly and privately.  Organizations can invite and hear any person of their choosing, in keeping with educational objectives of the College.  As members of the academic community, students are free to express their views on issues of institutional policy and procedures and on matters of general interest to the student body.

 

Current LDCC Clubs and Organizations:

  • American Criminal Justice Organization-Lambda Alpha Epsilon
  • Anime (Otaku Host Club)
  • Behavioral and Social Science Organization (B.S.S.O.)
  • Black Male Mentoring Program (B2 MP)
  • Delta Christian Fellowship Club (D.C.F)
  • Delta Early Childhood Organization (D.E.C.O.)    
  • Fine Arts Organization: Cultural Understanding and Services (FOCUS)
  • Jobs for America’s Graduate Career Association (JAG) – Winnsboro Campus
  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)     
  • National Technical Honor Society   
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • SciQuest
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Nursing Association (SNA)

 

How to Start a Club or Organization

  • Students, advisors or staff members interested in starting an organization must submit their Constitution and By-Laws and fill out a Prospective Student Organization Form with the Department of Student Success Services.
  • The Dean of Student Success Services must approve and sign the constitution, bylaws, and Prospective Student Organization Form and must send the request to the Chancellor for final approval.
  • Club members and advisors are required to follow all club and organization guidelines and maintain standings of the college Student Handbook.
  • Club advisors must maintain and update the application on file with the Department of Student Success Services.
  • An expense report of all funds should be reported to the Department of Student Success Services at the end of each activity. The report should include the name of the activity, date, monies collected, and expenditures.
  • Records are to be kept of fundraiser activities and expenses. These files are subject to be audited by the Accounting Department quarterly.
  • The recommendations and procedures mandating club accounts at Louisiana Delta Community College must be followed always. This documentation is on file in the Department of Student Success Services.

 

Scheduling Activities and Meetings

  • All activities require approval by the Department of Student Success Services.  Applications for activities must be submitted to the Department of Student Success Services no later than two weeks preceding the scheduled activity.  
  • Whenever an area of the institution, such as the Commons Area, or a classroom, is used for college activities, the group or organization sponsoring the event is held responsible for restoring the area to its previous condition. Steps to schedule an activity or meeting:
  1. Scheduling must be two weeks prior to sponsoring each event.
  2. The club president and the club advisor musts sign the Student Activity Request Form.
  3. The appropriate individuals must approve the space needed for the event.
  4. The Dean of Student Success Services must approve the Student Activity Request Form.

 

Club and Organization Flyers Approval and Posting Guidelines

Clubs and Organizations can post a maximum of 8 flyers two weeks prior to the event. The Department of Student Success Services must stamp these flyers before they are posted. Glass display cases can be used monthly to showcase events, accomplishments, or promotion of the club/organization. All unauthorized postings will be thrown away. Organizations are not allowed to place any flyers in the Administrative hallways. Removed flyers will be thrown away. Flyers will not be approved until the Student Activity Form is completed. 

 

Communication and Student Club/Organization Representation

  1. All organizations are given the privilege of appointing a Club Representative to the Student Government Association. Check with the Department of Student Success Services to confirm SGA meeting days and times. Each club representative must maintain a cumulative 2.0 cumulative grade point average and 8 semester hours of class work.
  2. A complete roster of all current members of each organization is due by the third week of school each semester.  Additions to the roster can be made at any time. Any organization without a completed form in their file will lose their organizational rights until the form has been forwarded to the Department of Student Success Services.
  3. Each club and organization member is required to complete hazing training in the CANVAS portal once a year. 

 

Hazing Policy  

In accordance with LDCC Policy SS_007.0 and Louisiana Revised Statute 17.1801, hazing is prohibited in any form on the Louisiana Delta Community College campuses.

For a definition of hazing, and what activities it may include, please refer to LDCC Policy SS_007.0. Additionally, this policy advises any violation of this policy, including knowledge of and failure to report, may result in expulsion in the case of students and termination in the case of employees, and a suspension of activities for a minimum of one academic year of any student organization that participates in hazing.

If you believe hazing has occurred or is ongoing, file a report online on the LDCC website or contact the Dean of Student Success Services/Title IX Coordinator, the Campus Director, or Campus Police to make a report.  

 

Student Life  

Monroe Campus  

Amphitheater: Concerts, theatrical performances, Fall Welcome Week, SpringFest Activities, and other events are held at the Amphitheater

Clubs and Organizations: A number of chartered student organizations are available to students. All College policies and procedures and the Code of Student Conduct will be adhered to while members are participating in any student activity, club, or organization. Student clubs and organizations are open to all students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation.

Subway: Breakfast, lunch and snack items are available for students to purchase on the Monroe campus.

LDCC Theater: The Delta Theater is located on the third floor of the Louisiana Purchase Building on the Monroe campus. Theatrical and musical performances are held throughout the year, such as the SGA sponsored Black History Program and the FOCUS sponsored Celebration of the Arts.

LDCC’s Children Lab School: The Monroe campus houses a Children’s Lab School that is open to children ages 3 and 4 years old. Applications are available at the operator’s desk or contact Ms. Sandee Clawson: (318) 345-9159 sclawson@ladelta.edu

Student Commons Area: Each campus offers a designated student lounge area with wireless Internet access where students can relax, study, watch TV or just hang out with friends. Study tables, cell phone charging stations, snack machines and microwaves are available.

Student Government Association: The Student Government Association (SGA) is elected to represent and to execute the student will and to promote the general welfare of all students. Through the SGA, students are encouraged to provide input into the decision-making process of the College.

Campus Housing: LDCC does not offer on-campus housing at this time. 

 

Community Campuses

LDCC’s community campuses offer students co-curricular learning opportunities through various activities and events that are held throughout the year such as Fall Welcome Week, Spring Fest, and SGA sponsored Black History Events and much more.  Community Campuses have Student Government Association Senators that represent the interests of LDCC community campus students. Each community campus offers a designated student lounge, study tables, snack machines and microwaves.   

 

Title IX  

Title IX protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Under Title IX and Louisiana Delta Community College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, gender-based harassment and sexual assault will not be tolerated by the College. If you or someone you know has been hurt by sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, sexual harassment or stalking, we are here to help. We encourage those who choose to report to come forward and receive information about resources.

To report sexual misconduct for gender misconduct which includes but is not limited to, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment, Submit a Title IX Report on the LDCC website or in person to the Dean of Student of Student Success Services, Title IX Coordinator, Louisiana Purchase Building, Monroe Campus, Suite 144, 318-345-9145, athomas@ladelta.edu or to the Student Services Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Room 223, West Monroe Campus, 318-397-6102, meltidawilson@ladelta.edu.

Campus Police are located on each LDCC campus and are trained in trauma informed victim centered care and are available to answer questions.  Contact phone number is 318-345-9105 or email to harryblack@ladelta.edu.