Student Services: General Policies and Procedures
Student conduct in the environment of an institution of higher learning is expected to be exemplary at all times. The regulations listed below pertain to students and student life at Bossier Parish Community College. The Code of Student Conduct is promulgated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services under the power and authority delegated by the Board of Louisiana Community and Technical College Supervisors and through the Chancellor of the College. The Chancellor has delegated the Vice Chancellor for Student Services and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs as the agencies responsible for the administration of discipline at Bossier Parish Community College.
In support of the mission of BPCC, the College expects its students, student organizations, and all members of the College community to respect the rights of others, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and to obey all federal, state, and local laws, the rules and regulations of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Supervisors and of Bossier Parish Community College.
BPCC affirms the rights of a student to fair and reasonable resolution of problems, which may accompany the condition of his/her enrollment. The handling of discipline on the College campus is not a criminal proceeding and will follow College procedures.
Each student is responsible for reading and obeying all rules outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. Regulations are designed to create and promote a wholesome educational environment, which includes honesty, integrity, citizenship, interacting/communicating with others in a respectful and civil manner. To this means, the College condemns hate speech, as well as epithets and slurs based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.
The Articles of Section One list the offenses which may be punished, whether they are committed by a student acting singly or with other students or by members of a student organization, whether the violation occurs on or off College property, and whether or not any action is taken by civil authorities.
Student organizations are accountable for any actions or activities by a member acting singly or in concert with others that result in a violation of conduct standards.
The College may also impose discipline sanctions if an off campus violation causes the student to be a clear and present danger or threat to the College community or deters the College from its purposes, function, or goals.
Students expelled from another college or university for severe disciplinary reasons may not be allowed to enroll in Bossier Parish Community College.
Academic misconduct represents a most serious type of student misconduct; therefore, the College must make a determined effort to prevent its occurrence. The College must also develop policies and procedures that assure students of due process protection when academic misconduct is alleged and that provide meaningful and consistent sanctions for students found guilty of academic misconduct.
Equal treatment guaranteed to students by the 14th Amendment to United States Constitution requires that the same College policies, procedures, and practices be used to consider all allegations of academic misconduct and also requires the imposing of "like sanctions for like violations" on all students found guilty of academic misconduct. This obligation of the College can be fulfilled only if each instructor reports all suspected academic misconduct to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services in accordance with the provisions of this Code.
Students may be asked to sign a Student Honor Code in each class at the beginning of each semester. The Student Honor Code is as follows:
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. The following definitions of and distinctions between unpremeditated and premeditated academic misconduct are established.
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 particular situation; and careless or incomplete documentation of sources.
Premeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct which grows out of advance contemplation or meditation, prior deliberation, or planning which may, but not necessarily, include the preparation of a written plan or notes. Although prior thought and planning is requisite to premeditation, this prior thought and planning need not exist for any particular period of time before it is carried into effect.
For purposes of filing formal charges, each of the following offenses will normally be considered an act of academic misconduct:
A. Sanctions for Academic Misconduct
The following sanctions for acts of academic misconduct may be imposed upon students participating in academic courses for credit or audit at BPCC by the instructor of record for the student:
The following sanctions for acts of academic misconduct may be imposed upon students in academic courses for credit or audit at BPCC only by decision of the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee within the venue of an Academic Misconduct Appeals hearing:
B. Assignment of Grade
If a student is charged with academic misconduct, and the case cannot be handled administratively or considered by the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee prior to the final date for filing a semester grade, the instructor bringing the charge shall report an "I" grade in the course in which the alleged academic misconduct occurred. If the student is found not guilty, a permanent grade will be assigned to remove the "I" grade on the basis of the quality of work done in the course. If the student is found guilty of academic misconduct, the sanction determined by the Vice Chancellor for Student Services and/or the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee will be applied.
C. Separation or Expulsion from the College
When separation from the College is the imposed sanction, students will receive an "F" in the course in which the academic misconduct has occurred. All other courses will be dropped and a "W" grade will be assigned. Repeat does not apply to grades imposed because of academic misconduct.
Due Process for Academic Misconduct
A. Applicable Geographical Jurisdiction
College disciplinary action shall be taken only for academic misconduct which takes place in the following areas or situations:
The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is responsible for the administration of discipline involving the academic setting. The Vice Chancellor for Student Services is responsible for administration of all non-academic cases, with the exception of those programs in the Economic Development division.
Initiation of Discipline Proceedings
Discipline sanctions may be imposed in response to sanctionable misconduct 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's 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 transcript until it is cleared. In 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.
Most violations and infractions of academic and behavioral standards are dealt with by administration sanctions. The College provides for formal hearing and appeals to be brought before the Academic Misconduct Appeals Committee and the Disciplinary Hearing Committee when appropriate. (For a complete description of the Disciplinary Policies and Procedures, see Section III of the Code of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.)
The purpose of the student grievance procedure is to afford students an orderly process for the redress of non-academic and non-financial grievances. Students are encouraged to resolve a grievance informally through direct contact with the employee or department involved. A student who cannot satisfy the grievance through informal methods may contact the Student Services Office as indicated in the Student Handbook.
Acts of discriminatory or derogatory nature in relation to race, sex, ethnic background, religious beliefs, age, and physical condition will not be tolerated. Students who believe that they have been subjected to discriminatory and/or derogatory acts may report the incidents to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
Although Bossier Parish 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 BPCC students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while on campus, while in the classroom, and while representing the College within the community.
Bossier Parish Community College offers equal education opportunities, services, and/or employment to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran or marital status, sexual preference, or any other non-merit factor in the application to, admission to, or participation in any of its courses, programs, or activities. Questions or complaints regarding equal opportunity at BPCC should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources.
PERSONS WITH FACILITY ACCESSIBILITY CONCERNS SHOULD CONSULT THE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT SERVICES FOR ASSISTANCE.
Harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, and state regulations (R.S.23:301,312,332), and therefore, it is the policy of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors and Bossier Parish Community College that unlawful harassment of employees and students is prohibited.
Harassment is physical, verbal, and visual conduct that creates an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment, which interferes with work/academic performance. This includes harassment because of race, sex, sexual orientation, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability or medical condition, age, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.
Sexual Harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature...when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment/academic success, (2) submission or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment/academic decisions affecting such individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose and effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work/academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working/academic environment.
LCTCS applies this definition to the areas of academic advancement, academic standing, or academic performance.
This policy applies to all members of the LCTCS Board of Supervisors, unclassified employees, students, supervisors, managers, faculty, vendors, and all other individuals doing business with LCTCS. It is the policy of LCTCS that no member of the LCTCS community may harass another. This includes harassment of an employee by another employee, of a student by an employee, of an employee by a student, of a student by another student. Additionally, under appropriate circumstances, LCTCS may take action to protect its employees and students from harassment, on LCTCS property, or at LCTCS sponsored events, by individuals who are not students or employees of LCTCS.
A complaint of harassment should be presented as promptly as possible after the alleged harassment occurs. Any employee who believes he/she is the subject of harassment or who has knowledge of harassing behavior must report such conduct to his/her direct supervisor, and the institution's human resource department. All institutions are required to develop a system of recording all formal written complaints to be submitted and kept on file in the institution's Chancellor's office and in the office of the System President for LCTCS office staff.
Any student who believes he/she is the subject of harassment or who has knowledge of harassing behavior must report such conduct to student services personnel. He/she also may submit a complaint to the institution's Chancellor. No student or employee is required to report or make a complaint of harassment to the person who is allegedly engaging in the problematic conduct. In the event that an individual feels uncomfortable making a complaint at the institution level, such complaints may be made at the system level with the LCTCS Director of Human Resources (225-219-8700), Louisiana Community and Technical College System, 265 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806. Each campus is required to provide to employees and students a copy of this policy and post a poster with contract list identifying individual names, titles, physical locations and telephone numbers where complaints may be filed.
Employee complaints of harassment should be reported to:
Student complaints of harassment should be reported to:
Complaints of harassment will be investigated promptly and in as impartial and confidential a manner as possible. A member of human resources will conduct investigations, unless otherwise deemed necessary, in order to assure an impartial and confidential investigation. LCTCS will not tolerate any type of discipline or retaliation, direct or indirect, against any employee or other person who, in good faith, files a complaint of or responds to questions in regard to having witnessed prohibited harassment. False charges are treated as serious offenses and may result in disciplinary and/or civil action.
Any employee/student or member of management who is found, after appropriate investigation to have engaged in harassing conduct is subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and/or student standing per the institution's current policies which govern students, the Code of Student Conduct.
Notification of Rights
In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P. L. 93-380) as amended (P. L. 93-568-Buckley Amendment), post-secondary students 18 years of age are hereby informed of the right to inspect and review their official education records. Students should submit to the Registrar or another appropriate College official written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
BPCC assumes that all students are independent unless the parents document dependence. Parents may so document by showing that the student is listed as a dependent on the parents' latest income tax return.
BPCC is responsible for maintaining student records and supervising the release of any information on its students. All records that contain information directly relating to a student and are maintained by BPCC or by a party acting for the institution are considered part of the student's permanent record. The academic records at BPCC are housed in the Registrar's Office. The discipline records are housed in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. The Campus Police Log is housed in the office of the Director of Campus Security. These records are used only for specified purposes. BPCC is committed to protect the right of privacy for all its students. When records are no longer pertinent to the student or the College, they are destroyed. Students are provided annual notification of FERPA rights in the Student Handbook. The College cannot deny a student access to the his/her records, but may deny a student a copy of his/her education records when the student has an unpaid financial obligation to the College or an unresolved disciplinary action against him/her.
As provided by law, the College may release directory information unless the student requests that any or all such information be withheld. Requests must be made to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office by the end of the second week of class. The College identifies directory information as student's name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous school attendance, and photograph.
The College may release student education records without the written consent of the student:
A student has the right to ask to have records corrected that he/she believes are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of his/her privacy rights. A student must notify the Admissions/Registrar’s Office or the Vice Chancellor for Student Services to request to amend the record.
If the College does not correct the student's record, the student is entitled to a hearing before an impartial officer of the College. Students who feel that their rights have been abridged may file a complaint with The Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education.
NOTE: Bossier Parish Community College is committed to protecting the privacy rights of students; even so, students must be cognizant of the limits to privacy protection inherent in the design of Internet communication technology.
The College is committed to preventing this violence through incorporation of educational programming and the adoption of clear guidelines informing students, faculty, and staff of the College’s procedures in handling such cases. Sexual assault crimes are heinous, and these crimes occurring on the College campus will not be tolerated under any circumstances. College community members found guilty of any sexual assault crime will be severely dealt with through the appropriate College office.
Students are encouraged to become familiar with the complete policy outlined in the Student Handbook. Counseling help is available.
BPCC has a full-time staff of police officers and is patrolled by off-duty, commissioned Bossier City police officers daily and by normal patrol of the Bossier City Police Department 24 hours a day. Police cars are visible on campus during these hours. Since campus police and Bossier City police are the same, BPCC benefits from their arrest authority.
BPCC was issued a radio station license by the FCC for operation of police radios. Each officer carries both Bossier City Police radios and Bossier Parish Community College radios.
To supplement campus police, BPCC has a Campus Watch Team of supervisors and students. Each campus watch personnel is equipped with a police radio and flashlight. This enables the monitoring of the hallways and walking other faculty or students out of the building at night.
Bossier Parish Community College strives to maintain a safe and secure atmosphere for members of the student body, faculty, staff, and general public. The College makes every effort to provide such an environment but stresses that campus safety is the responsibility of the entire campus community. Immediately report all crimes occurring in or on the facilities of BPCC to any campus police officer, faculty/staff member, or campus watch personnel.
The Campus Security is located in F-104.
In the event of a crime, accident, emergency, or injury occurring on campus, please do the following:
For Reporting Purposes:
Any Faculty/Staff member can complete an injury/incident report form. Submit the form to the Director of Campus Security in F-104.
Safety concerns and questions should be addressed to the following:
All criminal activity occurring in or on the facilities of BPCC, which includes off-campus locations of student organizations recognized by the institution such as their off-campus housing, has been reported to the Bossier City Police Department, the activity shall be promptly reported to the Director of Campus Security. The Director of Campus Security will track the case through its final disposition by the Bossier City Police Department and file his report accordingly. The Director of Campus Security shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining files used to report criminal activity for the monthly crime report in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. A memorandum of understanding between Bossier Parish Community College and the Bossier City Police Department is on file.
To ensure the safety and security of all our students, all BPCC students are required to have their student IDs in their possession at all times while on campus. BPCC Police Officers have direct authority to request students to produce student IDs.
The following statistics are provided in an effort to assure compliance with Public Law 102-542, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990. To review information on crime data for all higher education institutions visit the web site http://ope.ed.gov/security.
*Information containing the registered sex offenders as required by state law is available at www.dps.state.la.us/lsp.The Bossier City Police Department is the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for Bossier Parish Community College.
In an effort to assure compliance with Public Law 101-226, all facilities of BPCC are designated as Drug Free Zones. It is unlawful to possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs on BPCC 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. BPCC 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 counseling, referral services, and other assistance to students, faculty, and staff who seek help with substance abuse problems.
For additional information on legislation concerning drugs and area counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation available see the Student Handbook.
Bossier Parish Community College is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of all its staff, faculty, and students. Since the U.S. Surgeon General has identified smoking as the leading cause of premature death in the nation, and since recent medical studies indicate that long-term exposure to second-hand smoke may increase nonsmokers’ risk of developing severe lung disease, Bossier Parish Community College promotes a tobacco-free environment.
Use of all tobacco products is strictly prohibited in any College building. Smoking and use of smokeless tobacco products by employees, students, and visitors is permitted solely in designated smoking areas.
BPCC, in accordance with LCTCS policy 6.024, is a smoke free environment with the exception of the designated smoking shelters located on campus. ALL persons wishing to smoke must do so INSIDE the provided smoking shelters. There is a $25 fine for smoking outside the shelters and violators will be issued a ticket. The fine may be paid at the Business Office.
Food and/or drinks are not allowed in the theatre, classrooms, laboratories, library, and other instructional support areas. Events requiring refreshments in these areas require prior approval from the director of that designated area.
Cell phones and pagers must be 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.
Bossier Parish Community College does not assume responsibility for expenses incurred as a result of accident or injury to any person on College property. The State of Louisiana provides comprehensive general liability coverage for bodily injury and property damage claims resulting from operations for which the College could be held legally liable.
In order to maintain an academic environment conducive to the well being of all students, Bossier Parish Community College prohibits visitors to the academic classroom, the student lounges, the Library, the Technology Resource Center, and/or the Learning Center without prior approval from the instructor, or director of the service area, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and/or the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.
This policy applies to the presence of children or pets of enrolled students. Such a policy protects the children and eliminates distractions for other students.
Policy violations may result in class dismissal or College suspension.
All visitors to the campus must check in at the office of Campus Security located in Building F.
In the event that a person locks his/her keys in a vehicle, only a licensed locksmith may unlock the vehicle. No police officer or fire personnel can unlock a vehicle unless it is an emergency or there is no licensed locksmith within the city. (R.S. 36:409C (8) subsection F)
All students must have a valid student ID card. ID cards can be obtained or validated during registration or at times scheduled by the Office of Student Life. ID cards are used for admittance to various BPCC functions, are recognized by cooperating community businesses for student discount privileges, and are mandatory to use the BPCC Library and Technology Resource Center Lab. Your first ID card is free. Cost for replacement or remake of an ID card is $5.00. Payment must be made in the Business Office in Building F. If issue date of ID is over 2 years from current date, there will be no charge for the replacement. To ensure the safety and security of all our students, all BPCC students are required to have their student IDs in their possession at all times while on campus. Campus Security and College Administrative personnel have direct authority to request a student to produce a student ID. Failure or resistance on the part of the student to produce an ID may result in disciplinary action.
The student ID is the property of BPCC. Lending an ID to anyone or failure to show it to any College representative upon request is a violation of College regulations.
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