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​Student Rights and Responsibilities

Tallahassee Community College is dedicated to creating a learning environment that promotes excellence, respect for others, the free exchange of ideas, and responsibility to our community. By registering at TCC, each student assumes responsibility to become familiar with and abide by College regulations and acceptable standards of conduct. TCC has established a College Ombuds to provide confidential, impartial, independent and informal assistance to students in addressing academic and nonacademic issues in a safe and comfortable environment.

Academic Freedom

The TCC District Board of Trustees has adopted Board Policy 08-01: Academic Freedom - Students and subscribes to the following statement on academic freedom for students: 

The minimal standards of academic freedom of students outlined below are essential to any community of scholars.

  1. Students shall be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
  2. Students shall have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
  3. Information about student views, beliefs, and political associations that faculty acquire in the course of their work as faculty members, advisors, and counselors shall be considered confidential. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances, normally with the knowledge or consent of the student.
  4. Students and student organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They shall always be free to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the College. At the same time, it shall be made clear to the academic and the larger community that in their public expression or demonstrations, students or student organizations speak only for themselves, with the exception of the Student Government Association, which is the official voice of the student body of the College.
  5. Students shall be allowed to invite and to hear any person of their own choosing. Those routine procedures required by the College before a guest speaker is to appear on campus
    shall be designed only to ensure that there is orderly scheduling of facilities and adequate preparation for the event, and that the occasion is conducted in a manner appropriate to an academic community. The institutional control of campus facilities will not be used as a device of censorship. It shall be made clear to the academic and larger community that sponsorship of guest speakers does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement of the views expressed either by the sponsoring group or the institution.

Academic Honor Code and Standards of Student Conduct

The TCC District Board of Trustees, faculty and staff are determined that the campus be a place of learning, safety, shared responsibility and harmony. It is expected that all members of the educational community will share respect for the law and adhere to the highest ethical and moral standards of conduct. In accordance with Board Policy 10-12: Student Code of Conduct, TCC has established regulations which are considered necessary to preserve and maintain an environment conducive to learning, to insure the safety and welfare of members of the College community, to encourage students in the development and practice of good citizenship and self-discipline, and to protect property and equipment of the College. A copy of the Student Code of Conduct is printed annually in the Student Handbook.

Equal Opportunity, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Unlawful Harassment

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, disability, or age in its programs and activities. As an institution of higher education, the College reaffirms its policies of equal opportunity and open admissions, and is committed to maintaining and promoting nondiscrimination in all aspects of its programs and activities. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Renae Tolson, Equity Officer, at (850) 201-8510 or tolsonr@tcc.fl.edu. (See DBOT 03-01: Equal Opportunity, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct and Unlawful Harassment.)

Political Speech on Campus 

Students are entitled to the following freedoms and/or rights provided that their exercise is accomplished responsibly, in accordance with Board Policy 03-16: Political Speech on Campus and Administrative Procedure 03-16: Political Speech on Campus, and does not result in disruption or disturbance:
  • Right to freedom of expression.
  • Right to hold public forums.
  • Right to peacefully assemble.
  • Right to participate in the College's educational process and learn in a safe and non-threatening environment. 

Student Activities, Clubs and Organizations

The Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) office is building a community of learners and inspiring the growth of the whole student by facilitating extracurricular and co-curricular activities which support student engagement, leadership, involvement, teamwork, retention and life-long learning opportunities. Any person enrolled as a student and currently registered in a credit-bearing course and/or paying the Student Activity and Service fee at Tallahassee Community College may create and/or participate in a student events, clubs and organizations. A student club or organization may be created for any educational purpose including the fostering of academic, social, recreational, religious, political, or other special interests. For additional information regarding the policy and procedure for establishing student organizations on campus, contact the SLICE office at (850) 201-9967. The office is located in Student Union, Room 185.  

Student Complaints, Disputes and Grade Appeals

To ensure students have the ability to address academic issues, including concerns associated with academic freedom, the College has adopted policies that describe the Written Student Complaint Procedures (Board Policy 10-08: Student Complaints, Appeals and Grade Disputes). Students wishing to dispute a grade should follow the grade dispute process outlined in the catalog. Students wishing to appeal for cancellation of classes, late withdrawal, full-cost-of-instruction waiver, to enroll in a fourth attempt, or to repeat a course in which they earned a grade of C or higher should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 850-201-8490 or stuservices@tcc.fl.edu.

Student Privacy Rights and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

To fulfill the College's educational mission, the TCC District Board of Trustees has adopted Board Policy 10-18: Student Right of Privacy to outline the provisions by which the institution collects and maintains, through a variety of mechanisms, personal information and data about its students. With the exception of standard directory information, all material that uniquely identifies students is confidential, and will only be released, when necessary, to the following agents: to faculty, staff, and authorized third parties engaged in the educational program of the student; to individuals identified by the written permission of the student; and to agencies empowered by lawful mandate to demand such information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provide certain rights to students with respect to their educational records. Those rights are as follows:

  • Right to inspect and review their education records.
  • Right to request to amend their education records.
  • Right to limit disclosure of "personally identifiable information" (information that would directly identify the student or make the student's identity easily traceable) known as directory information.
  • Right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning an alleged failure by the institution to comply with FERPA.

Students may choose to withhold all, or some, of the designated directory information by completing a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information in the Admissions and Enrollment Services office. Once this occurs, any future release of such information requires written permission of the student. For more information on FERPA, visit Student Privacy Rights or contact Admissions and Enrollment Services at (850) 201-8555.

Additional Resources

Students may find these College documents and policies, which include links to the respective procedures, helpful in understanding the College processes which impact their experiences at TCC:   
 
College Catalog (includes academic calendars)
2013-2014 Student Handbook and Planner (includes academic calendars and final exam schedules)
2014-2015 Student Handbook and Planner (includes academic calendars and final exam schedules)
 
Contact Information

For more information contact the Division of Student Affairs by phone (850) 201-8490 or e-mail studentaffairs@tcc.fl.edu.

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