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Student Services: General Policies and Procedures

Introduction

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.

The Code of Student Conduct

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.

Section I: Acts That Constitute Sanctionable Misconduct

1.1
Failure to comply with behavioral standards of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System and Bossier Parish Community College, as well as abide by local, state, and federal laws.
1.2
Violation of the rights of individuals as established in the United States and Louisiana Constitutions.
1.3
Verbal abuse in the form of "fighting words," abusive messages either written, verbal, or by email, or words directed at an individual, which tend to incite an immediate breach of peace.
1.4
Harassing conduct of any kind including acts based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.
1.5
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.
1.6
Cyber stalking, that is, use in electronic mail or electronic communication 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.
1.7
Physical abuse or threat thereof 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.
1.8
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.
1.9
Disregard for the property rights of others including theft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud, the temporary taking or unauthorized use of the property of another (including the property of the College), and/or possession of stolen goods.
1.10
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.
1.11
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.
1.12
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.
1.13
Setting a fire on campus or campus-related premises without proper authority.
1.14
The intentional making of a false report of a bomb, fire, or other emergency.
1.15
Failure to comply with fire or safety procedures (including failure to evacuate for fires drills and weather alarms) whenever the alarm sounds.
1.16
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.
1.17
Failure to answer a College summons or to appear for a discipline hearing as notified by College officials.
1.18
Failure to meet any College-related financial obligation. Passing worthless checks in order to fulfill financial obligations.
1.19
Participation in any group demonstration, sit-in, or disorderly conduct which disturbs the orderly activities and processes of the College.
1.20
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage in any form on campus or while participating in a College activity or on a College-sponsored trip.
1.21
Carrying a firearm, or dangerous weapon, by a student or non-student on school property, at school-sponsored functions or firearm-free zone. This includes ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous substances or materials of any kind.
1.22
Unauthorized or illegal possession, use, or transportation of narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogenic drugs, marijuana, or other illegal drugs on campus or while on a College-sponsored event or trip.
1.23
Obstructing or restraining the passage of any person at an exit or entrance to the College campus or property.
1.24
Academic dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism (see Academic Dishonesty policy).
1.25
Personal conduct which does not comply with socially accepted behavior in the academic community (e.g. drunkenness, use of profanity, disorderly conduct, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct).
1.26
Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or College-authorized activities or events. Severe or repeated disruption of class/lab activities.
1.27
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.
1.28
Disturbing the peace by unreasonable loud noise or behavior.
1.29
Failure to display valid vehicle registration permit when on campus.
1.30
Smoking and/or the use of smokeless tobacco in College facilities.
1.31
Gambling of any type.
1.32
Conviction of any criminal ordinances or laws.
1.33
Excessive noise.
1.34
Retaliation against any complainant, witness, or College employee.
1.35
Repeated or accumulated violations of any part of the code.

Section II: Academic Misconduct

General

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:

I, (student name), agree to abide by the BPCC policies and procedures as stated in the Student Handbook regarding types of academic misconduct, the disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct, and the due process procedures. I agree that all assignments that I do for this course, including tests, will be my own and that I will neither give nor receive any unauthorized assistance.

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

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

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:

  1. Copying from another student's test;
  2. Allowing another student to copy from a test paper;
  3. Using unauthorized materials or documents. Having such forbidden material open in sight of the student will be considered prima facie evidence of use;
  4. Failing to thoroughly follow instructions related to the preparation and presentation of work submitted for credit in a manner that results in submitting as one's own the work of another, or misleading faculty members as to the condition under which the work was prepared, e.g., working with another on a project that was to be done individually;
  5. Collaboration during a test with any person by giving or receiving information without authority;
  6. Using specially prepared materials, e.g., notes, formula lists or notes written on the student's clothing or body, during a test. Bringing such forbidden material to a test will be considered prima facie evidence of use or attempted use;
  7. Stealing, buying, or otherwise obtaining all or part of an unadministered test, including answers to an unadministered test;
  8. Selling or giving away all or part of an unadministered test, including answers to an unadministered test;
  9. Bribing any other person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test;
  10. Substituting for another student, or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself, to take a test;
  11. Submitting as one's own, in fulfillment of academic requirements, any work such as, but not limited to, a theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic art work prepared totally or in part by another;
  12. Any selling, giving, or otherwise supplying to another student for use in fulfilling academic requirements any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer software, other written work, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other scholastic art work;
  13. Breaking in and/or entering a building or office for the purpose of changing a grade in a grade book, on a test paper, or on other work for which a grade is given;
  14. Changing, altering, or being an accessory to changing and/or altering a grade in a grade book, on a test paper, on other work for which a grade is given, on a "drop slip," or on other official academic records including computer files of the College which relate to grades;
  15. Proposing and/or entering into an arrangement with an instructor to receive a grade of "F" or any other reduced grade in a course, on a test, or any other assigned work instead of being charged with academic misconduct under the Code of Student Conduct;
  16. Plagiarism is defined as using another's work as one's own including words, ideas, or data of others, and/or information from the Internet. The source of this information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific footnote or comparable references, and, if word-for-word statements are included, through quotation marks as well. Failure to identify any source, published or unpublished, copyrighted or uncopyrighted, from which information, terms, phrases, or concepts have been taken, is plagiarism. Only universally available facts such as the date of Abraham Lincoln's death are excluded from such documentation requirements. By placing his or her name on work submitted for credit, the student certifies the originality of all work not otherwise identified in references;
  17. Attempting to commit, or being an accessory to the commission of, an offense listed above.

Disciplinary Sanction for 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:

  1. Probation and an Academic Misconduct Counseling Form (AMCF) filed. A "0" on the assignment/test will be given.
  2. Removal from the course in which the academic misconduct has occurred. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.

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:

  1. Separation from the College for one semester. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.
  2. Separation from the College for not less than two semesters or more than two calendar years. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.
  3. Expulsion from the College. A letter grade of "F" in the course will be given.

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:

  1. College-owned or controlled property, all other remote sites, and all electronic learning venues.
  2. Divisions and programs may also establish conduct standards for the student-department relationship, as long as these standards are consistent with the provisions of the Code of Student Conduct.

To View the policy in its entirety, see Section II of the Code of Student Conduct located in the Student Handbook.

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Section III: Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

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

3.1
When the Vice Chancellor receives information alleging that a student(s) has violated any rule or regulation of this Code, the Board of Supervisors, the College, or its various divisions, the Vice Chancellor shall investigate the alleged violation.
3.2
The Vice Chancellor 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.
3.3
A student who fails, without good cause, to comply with a summons or letter of notice issued by the Vice Chancellor may be charged with a violation of Sub-section 1.17; may be placed on disciplinary probation, temporarily suspended, or barred against readmission.
3.4
The Vice Chancellor may dispose of a violation as being unfounded, may impose administrative sanctions without a hearing, or may refer the violation to a formal disciplinary hearing or formal academic misconduct hearing.

Sanctions

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.)

Student Grievance

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.

Discriminatory and Derogatory Acts

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.

Dress Code

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.

Equal Opportunity Statement

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.

Sexual Harassment Policy

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.
Workplace/academic harassment infringes on employees/student's rights to a comfortable work/academic environment and it is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of the employment/academic relationship. No employee/student, male or female, should be subjected to unsolicited and unwelcome overtures or conduct, either verbally, visually, physically, or electronically transmitted. Although this list is not all-inclusive, examples of conduct that is prohibited includes:

  • Taking any personnel/academic action on the basis of an employee's/student's submission to or refusal of sexual overtures
  • Unwelcome or unwanted conversation
  • Unwelcome or unwanted touching
  • Continued or repeated verbal abuse of sexual nature
  • Explicit or degrading verbal comments, suggestions, or slurs about another individual or his/her appearance
  • Offensive comments regarding sexual or private matters
  • Display of sexually suggestive pictures, objects
  • Offensive jokes
  • Verbal abuse, comments, names, or slurs that in any way relate to an individual's race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or disability
  • Any other offensive or abusive physical, visual or verbal conduct

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:

Teri Bashara, Director of Human Resources
Human Resources Office, A-105; Phone 678-6040

Student complaints of harassment should be reported to:

Vice Chancellor for Student Services, Karen Recchia
Student Services Office; Phone 678-6036
Chancellor Tom Carleton, A-233; Phone 678-6003

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.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

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:

  1. To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, security, academic or research, or support staff position; or a student who is serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility;
  2. To officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll;
  3. To certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and state and local education authorities in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs;
  4. In connection with the student's request for receipt of financial aid;
  5. If required by state law;
  6. To organizations conducting studies;
  7. To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions;
  8. To parents who claimed the student for income tax purposes;
  9. To comply with a judicial order or a lawful subpoena;
  10. To appropriate parties in health or safety emergencies;
  11. For directory information so designated by the College; or
  12. As otherwise permitted by FERPA.

Correction of Educational Records

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.

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 - 4605

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.

Sexual Assault Policy

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.

Campus Safety Enforcement

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.

Campus Safety: Getting Help

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:

  • Call 911 if there is a fire or life threatening medical emergency.
  • Report the incident as soon as possible to any of the following:
    • Campus Police 678-6195, 678-6318, or 286-4922
    • Campus Operator 678-6292
    • Bossier City Police Department 741-8605
    • Notify any uniformed campus police officer.
    • Notify any campus watch personnel or faculty/staff member.

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:

Director, Environmental Health and Safety:
David Jones
Office: J-109
6220 East Texas
Bossier City, LA 71111
678-6287

Security Policies

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.

Annual Report of Crime Statistics

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.Will open new browser window or tab

  1-1-04 to
12-31-04
1-1-05 to
12-31-05
1-1-06 to
12-31-06
Occurrence of:
Murder 0 0 0
Sexual Offenses (forcible or nonforcible) 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 3 1 1
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 1
Hate Crimes 0 0 0
Arrests for:
Liquor Law Violation 0 0 0
Drug Abuse Violation 4 2 0
Weapons Possessions 0 0 0
Hate Crimes 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 3 2

*Information containing the registered sex offenders as required by state law is available at www.dps.state.la.us/lsp.Will open new browser window or tabThe Bossier City Police Department is the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction for Bossier Parish Community College.

Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus Policy

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.

Smoking Tobacco Policy

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 Drink in the Academic Areas

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 Phone and Pager Policy

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.

General Liability Claims

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.

Visitors to Academic Classes

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.

Parking Regulations

  1. Parking permits may be obtained daily during all school hours in Building F, Room 104.
  2. STUDENT PARKING IS ALLOWED ONLY IN THE WHITE STRIPED AREAS.
  3. FACULTY AND STAFF PARKING IS DESIGNATED BY YELLOW STRIPED AREAS.
  4. Parking permits are to be displayed on the bottom corner of the back glass on the driver’s side. If there is no back glass, place the permit on the rear bumper, driver’s side.
  5. Parking violation fines may be paid at the Business Office, Building F, 1st floor. Fines may also be paid online. Fines are listed on the violation citation.
  6. If a student does not have a BPCC parking permit, a vehicle registration check will be conducted through the State of Louisiana or officers will identify the student through other means.
  7. In the event that a person locks his/her keys in a vehicle, only a licensed locksmith may unlock the vehicle unless it is an emergency or there is no licensed locksmith within that city. (R.S. 36:409C (8) subsection F)
  8. Students indebted to the College will not receive official transcripts and will not be able to
    register for school until all fines are paid.

Vehicle Unlocking

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)

Identification Cards

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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