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    Louisiana Delta Community College
   
 
  Aug 22, 2017
 
 
    
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2016-2017 College Catalog

Student Success Services


   

Free Expression Statement      Visitors in Classroom/Children of Students/ Animals on Campus
Career Placement   Weapons
Identification Cards   Counseling and Disability Services
Alcohol & Drug Statement   Campus Safety, Security, and Conduct
College Sanctions   Library and Student Success Center (SSC) Services
Cell Phone and Pagers   Student Handbook
Communication  Procedures for Students   Student Organizations/Activities
Dress Code   Campus Bookstore
Search and Seizure   Student Life
Student Concerns   Children’s Center
Tobacco-Free Campus    

 


Delta is committed to providing student services to assist and support students and to provide enrichment of their College experiences. Further Information about student success services is available from the Department of Student Success Services, which includes the Office of Financial Aid, Career Services, Counseling and Disability Services, and Student Life, under the supervision of the Dean of Student Success Services.

Free Expression Statement Top

Louisiana Delta Community College supports free expression as stated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The college in no way supports, fails to support, agrees, or disagrees with ideas that may be voiced but does make provision for the expression of diverse viewpoints.

Career Placement Top

The LA Delta Office of Career Services facilitates many career-related programs throughout the academic year to assist students wherever they are in their career development. The programs include a variety of workshops and seminars including topics such as Job Search Strategies, Interviewing Techniques, Job Fair Etiquette, Resume Development, and Dressing for Success.

Other services include: 

  • Kuder Journey an online career resource available for students to take career assessments, conduct career and major exploration, select and save their career, major, and educational goals as well as receive information on resumes, interviewing and job searching.
  • Mock Interviews are facilitated by Career Services staff and are designed to help students develop and enhance their interviewing skills. 
  • Students can receive help in finding employment after graduation by completing the Job Search Assistance and Release Form. Students are notified when employers post full-time and part-time positions with LA Delta Office of Career Services.
  • Career Exploration and Job Fairs, Health Sciences Career Fairs, Technology Career Fairs and on-campus interviews are provided annually to Delta students and alumni to help them gain experience and make valuable connections with recruiters from various occupations.
  • Career Services staff assist students with employment opportunities on-campus through the federal work study program. Interested students complete the Federal Work Study Job Application to gain work experience while pursuing their degrees.
  • Individual career and job search counseling are provided as well as assistance with resumes and cover letters.
Identification Cards Top

All LA Delta students are required to obtain College identification cards. Students are given information about obtaining identification cards from the Office of Student Services during pre-registration activities. The card allows students to use College facilities. Students must validate their identification cards each semester or summer term with the Office of Student Services on the campus they are taking classes.

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. The cost of the identification card is $5.00. If an identification card is lost, it must be reported and replaced; a $5.00 replacement fee will be assessed.

Alcohol & Drug Statement Top

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:

  1. 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
  2. Description of legal sanctions
  3. Clear statement of the College’s sanctions for violations
  4. 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 following conduct is prohibited:

  1. The use, consumption, possession, manufacture, furnishing, sale and/or distribution of illicit drugs, narcotics or other controlled substances, including marijuana.
  2. The use, possession, manufacture, purchase, sale, furnishing and/or distribution of drug paraphernalia.
  3. 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.
  4. The use, consumption, possession and/or purchase of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age.
  5. Operating or attempting to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
  6. Public intoxication on College property.
  7. Furnishing, serving and/or otherwise providing alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age.
College Sanctions Top

Students who violate the provisions stated above will be subject to sanctions, which could include criminal prosecution, suspension and/or expulsion.

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 SERVICE, LOCATED IN SUITE 144 OF STUDENT SERVICES   PHONE 318-345-9152.

Cell Phones and Pagers Top

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 Top

Delta assigned student e-mail accounts 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 Delta 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 Obligation

This method of communication places certain obligations on each student.

  • Students understand they have a college e-mail account by virtue of attending Delta Community College.
  • 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 have to 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 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 have the ability to merge their Delta 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 as long as a student is enrolled at Delta.  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 Service Information
  • 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

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

 

Dress Code Top

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 LA Delta 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 LA Delta 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 Director of Student Services/Coordinator for Student Affairs for appropriate disciplinary action.  Some Departments maintain a student dress code based on the program curriculum, such as Process Technology. Contact the Departmental Supervisor for more information.

Search and Seizure Top

Lockers and desks are the property of LA Delta Community College 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 Top

Each student has the right to express an opinion, make a suggestion, or submit a concern.  Students who wish to lodge a concern must submit a formal written concern to the Department of Student Success Services by completing the Incident Report/Student Concern Form that is located on www.ladelta.edu. The Dean of Student Success Services/Coordinator for Student Affairs will investigate the incident, determine a resolution, and respond in writing to the student within ten working days.  In addition, students always have the option of contacting the Department of Student Success Services at each of the campuses with their concerns

Tobacco-Free Campus Top

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.

Visitors in Classroom/Children of Students/Animals on Campus Top

 In order 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, Academic Dean 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 protcol protects the children and eliminates distractions for other students. 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 Top

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 up to and including dismissal, 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.

Counseling and Disability Services Top

Counseling Services

 Personal counseling services are offered to Delta students to help them realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their college experience. Confidential and individual appointments are available for students to help them manage the challenges of college life including if they have concerns such as but not limited to depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse assistance, stress, self-esteem, eating and body image, grief and loss, issues about sexuality, and relationship issues.  The goal of counseling services at Delta 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 directed to make an appointment with the counselor during regular office hours.

Classroom visits, workshops, and seminars are offered annually including, but not limited to such topics as stress management, sexual assault awareness, breast cancer awareness, and healthy relationships.

Disability Services

Louisiana Delta Community College (LA Delta) strives to serve students with special needs 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 special needs 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 (tests read aloud, extended time), sign-language interpreters, relocation of inaccessible classrooms, permission to record lectures and note-taking assistance.

LA Delta 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. LA Delta provides reasonable accommodations and services to ensure access to all qualified students with disabilities who self-identify with the counselor. The requested accommodations 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 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 every semester and can be found on the College’s website.  Coordinators for Student Affairs at each LA Delta Campus are responsible for receiving the intake forms for students seeking assistance through Disability Services.

 

Campus Safety, Security and Conduct Top

Campus Safety/Security

Campus Alerts. Delta uses FirstCall, an emergency notification system that alerts students through voice mail, email or text messaging in the event of a campus emergency. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register for this service at the time of registration or on the www.LaDelta.edu website.

Parking Regulations

All students who park a motor vehicle on College property must display a valid parking decal on the vehicle. The cost of the parking decal is $ 45 and is good for fall, spring, and summer. Students attending spring to summer pay $30 and those attending summer sessions only pay $ 15 for the decal. Students purchase and receive parking decals at the Student Billing Window.

On autos or trucks, parking decals should be placed or affixed on the driver’s side rear window. Vehicles that do not have the decal will be issued a citation.

If there are questions or problems concerning the parking permit, please contact the Safety Department 345-9105.

Parking Procedures for Students with Special Needs

Students with special needs are provided parking accommodations on the campus. The student must provide documentation of the special need to the Office of Student Services or Campus Safety.  Campus Safety will assign a Special Needs Parking decal if the subject doesn’t have a disabled placard and has purchased a campus parking decal as described previously. 

Library and Student Success Center (SSC) Services Top

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is a learning resource and tutoring center that provides students with the opportunity to develop academically.  There is a center at all Delta locations which was established in 2002 and has progressed into a center with many electronic resources to support student learning.  The centers are equipped with computers with online access to enhance diverse learning, access tutorials, participate in online classes and take online exams.  Students are privileged to free tutoring without the need of an appointment.  As well as a comfortable study atmosphere and information gathering location to ensure life-long learning.  The center’s staff provide encouragement, coaching, and learning strategies to assist students in becoming independent learners.

Hours of operation:

  • Main Campus 7:00AM – 7:00PM Monday – Thursday; Friday 7:30AM – 4:00PM; closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • The operating hours vary at off-site campuses base on program schedules.

Library

The Delta Library is completely operational on all campuses. The collection holds many core items for the curriculums offered by the college.  The collection to date has total of 79,216 items records which includes:  books, serials, e-books, magazines, e-magazines, journals, e-journals, anatomy models, and databases some from the LOUIS consortium and other independent resources.  Students have access to two computer labs and printers on the main campus for their educational needs.  The off-site locations also provided printing and copying along with the use of computers. Off-site locations have access to print items from the main library within 24 hours of request.  All locations have the option of getting a LALINC card upon request from the main campus; which will provide students, faculty and staff with access to check-out items from other LOUIS member libraries.  Delta students have additional access to librarians via phone and/or email.

Hours of operation:

  • Main Campus 7:00AM – 7:00PM Monday – Thursday; Friday 7:30AM – 4:00PM; closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • The operating hours vary at off-site campuses base on program schedules.

 

Student Handbook Top

A copy of the LA Delta Student Handbook can be downloaded from the Delta website at www.ladelta.edu. It contains important information that every LA Delta 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

A copy of the Code of Student Conduct can be found within the LA Delta Student Handbook. It describes student’s rights and responsibilities and the expectations for behavior and conduct in the LA Delta community. The procedures that are followed when these expectations are not met are outlined as well. All students must abide by the rules and regulations in the Code of Student Conduct.

 

Student Organizations/Activities Top

Student Activities and Organizations

A well-rounded education involves more than simply attending classes or seeking academic pursuits. LA Delta offers extracurricular activities to satisfy students’ needs and to promote life skills. Offering something for everyone, these organizations give students ample opportunity to become involved in planning activities, making new friends, developing leadership qualities and social skills, and receiving recognition for exceptional performance. Students should adhere to all college policies and procedures and the Code of Student Conduct while enrolled at Delta.

Each organization must register its bylaws and constitution with the Department of Student Success Services to become a chartered organization of LA Delta. Each organization must have a faculty advisor who will assist in the development of protocols of the organization and who will serve to advise students. Student organizations may be chartered based upon the recommendation of the Department Chair, Student Government Association and Dean of Student Success Services.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is comprised of students elected to represent the ideas of the students and promote the general welfare of the LA Delta campus community. Through the SGA, students are encouraged to provide input into the decision-making process of the College. SGA also has a voice in the College governance through representation on the College Council, Academic Support Committee, Student Life Fee Committee, Student Technology Fee Committee, and Student Disciplinary Hearing Committee. The open-door policy of campus administrators also allows for student input.

Other Student Organizations 

ANIME (Otaku Host Club)
Behavioral and Social Science Organization (BSSO)
LA Delta Christian Fellowship Club (DCF)
LA Delta Early Childhood Organization (DECO)
Fine Arts Organization: Cultural Understanding and Services (FOCUS)
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
SciQuest
LA Delta Student Nurses Association
Spanish Club

LA Delta Bass Fishing Club

National Technical Honor Society

 

Campus Bookstore Top

Students have a variety of options in purchasing textbooks. Students may use our campus bookstore, LA Delta Bookstore, or any online book vendor may serve textbook and supply needs for Delta students.

Students who choose to use the LA Delta Bookstore may pay for books with cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover cards. Students may complete the Textbook Reserve Form and books will be ready for pick-up. (Ext. 9009).

LA Delta Bookstore hours

8:00 – 6:00 PM Monday-Thursday
8:00 – 4:00 PM Friday

Store hours the first week of class

8:00 – 7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
8:00 – 4:00 PM Friday

Book Refunds

Copies of the book refund processes and buyback procedures are available at the respective bookstores.

Book Store Credit

Students eligible for financial aid and who have credit balances after tuition and fees are paid may receive a bookstore credit at the Delta Bookstore beginning the first day of class. Students must complete a Title IV authorization form to receive the credit. Forms are available on Delta’s website under Financial Aid Forms. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.

 

Student Life Top

There is much more to a LA Delta education than just study and research in classrooms, work areas, and laboratories. The Department of Student Success Services provides numerous events, activities, and services that complement academic pursuits and provide opportunities for students to grow, develop new interests, and support student success.  Students can participate in student organizations and clubs, work in the student government, or perform in theatrical productions. Such activities are an integral part of your education and many are funded by the Student Life Fee. 

  • Amphitheater: Concerts, theatrical performances, SpringFest, and other events are held at the Amphitheater which is located on the grounds of the main campus in Monroe.
  • 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.
  • LA Delta 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.
  • LA Delta’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. Donna Guice at dguice@ladelta.edu.
  • Student Commons Area: Each campus offers a designated student lounge area with wireless Internet access where students can relax, study, watch T.V. or just hang out with friends. Study tables, 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: LA Delta does not offer on-campus housing; however, ULM campus housing is made available to LA Delta students who wish to live on-campus provided space is available.  Students must be enrolled full-time and purchase a meal card in order to live on-campus.  Application for housing can be obtained from ULM’s Office of Residential Life.  Applications must be submitted to ULM’s Office of Residential Life.  All payments of fees are made in advance to ULM.  For more information call 318-342-5240. 

 

Children’s Center Top

The Louisiana Delta Children’s Center, a Class A, 5 Star early childhood laboratory, is located at the Monroe campus.  The Center provides enrolled children an opportunity to engage in high quality early experiences that will enhance life-long learning.  The Lead Teacher has an AAS in Care and Development of Young Children and oversees practicum students studying early childhood education.  Enrollment is open to 3 and 4 year olds.  Applications can be picked up at the front desk of the Monroe campus or by emailing the director, Donna Guice, at dguice@ladelta.edu.