Summary of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of Institutional Disclosure Requirements
The summary provides information about the institutional disclosure requirements in the General Provisions (Title I), and the General Provisions for Title IV (Part G) of the Higher Education Act. It includes the requirements in the HEA prior to the enactment of the HEOA, and the revisions and additions to the disclosure requirements included in the amendments to the HEA in the HEOA and in the Higher Education Technical Corrections Act of 2009.
The disclosures include the information that institutions are required to provide to the general public, current students, current employees, prospective students, prospective employees, families of current or prospective students, or prospective student athletes and their parents, high school counselors and coaches. Requirements for reporting information to the Department of Education are included only when they overlap with disclosure requirements.
The overview provided for each disclosure requirement is based on statutory language, federal regulations and guidance from the Department of Education.
Student Financial Aid Assistance
General Institutional Information
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy
Consumer information on College Navigator website
Facilities and services for students with disabilities
Student body diversity
Net Price Calculator
Refund policy, requirements for withdrawal, and return of Title IV, HEA financial aid
Academic programs available
Transfer of credit policies
Institutional and program accreditation, approval, or licensure
Copyright infringement policies and sanctions (including computer use and file sharing)
Health and Safety
Drug and alcohol abuse prevention program
Security report (including emergency response and evacuation procedures)
Crime log ( Available for review in Brooks Student Center, BSC 131A )
Crime statistics report
Intercollegiate Athletic Program
Disclosure Requirements Relating to Education Loans
State grant assistance
Student loan information, from the Department of Education
Notice regarding use of National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Entrance counseling for student borrowers
Exit counseling for student borrowers
DCCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Davidson County Community College. In addition to this regional accreditation, individual programs have accreditation or licensing board criteria as listed in the college catalog or at www.davidsonccc.edu. Copies of these accreditations can be obtained from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, & Research located on the Davidson Campus in Mendenhall Suite 221.
The following programs have specific accreditation. More information can be found by clicking on the program listed:
Early Childhood Education
Automotive Systems Technology
Associate Degree Nursing
Cancer Information Management
Health Information Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Davidson County Community College is committed to a drug-free environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, or alcohol are prohibited on College premises and at any College-sponsored activities. Lawful consumption and possession of alcohol is also prohibited with the exception of catered use at special College or Foundation events as per DCCC Conference Center Policy.
If any student is found in violation of the College policy or convicted of violating any criminal drug or alcoholic beverage control statute while on College premises or at any College-sponsored activity, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Additionally any student found in violation of this policy may be subject to punishment to the full extent of the law under applicable local, state and federal law. It is further noted that the use of illegal substances poses a serious health risk including but not limited to severe reactions and death. Records of student drug and alcohol violations are maintained in the Office of Campus Safety and Community Standards; records of employee drug and alcohol violations are maintained in the Human Resource Services Office.
Students needing assistance for any reason related to the use of drugs, including alcohol, should contact a member of the DCCC Student Affairs staff, who will act as a referral source to an appropriate human services agency.
Twice per academic year, the College conducts drug and alcohol abuse programming open to all members of the campus community. Typical programming includes speakers (from law enforcement, health or counseling agencies) or demonstrations of the effects of drug and alcohol use.
To assist our employees and students in understanding the consequences of drug abuse, please review the following links:
Davidson County Community College is committed to providing the best possible education for all its students and a good working environment for all its employees. In striving to achieve this goal, it is important to assure the physical and emotional safety for all students, faculty, and staff. All College employees and students are responsible for taking safety seriously, preventing and/or reporting any unsafe conditions, and continuously practicing safety while performing any work or using any College facilities. Members of the campus community are encouraged to immediately report safety concerns of any kind to the following individuals:
• Campus Resource Officers, Davidson and Davie Campuses
• Security Personnel, Davidson and Davie Campuses
• Director, Campus Safety and Community Standards
• Director, Human Resources
• Vice President, Student Affairs
• Any supervisor of an academic program or campus service
Confidential crime reports may be made to the Davidson and Davie Campus Resource Officers.
Notification Systems: In the event of an emergency that may affect the safety of individuals, property or the continuity of college operations (Clery), the campus community will be notified in a timely manner through the following means, in the order listed:
1. An alert will be disseminated to the campus via an all-building audio mass-notification system. A phone message will also disseminate through this system to all campus phones.
2. An email, voice message, and text alert will be disseminated to the campus community via Blackboard Connect, a second mass notification system used by the College.
3. Emergency messaging will be displayed on desktop and mobile device versions of the College’s website. Messaging will appear on every page of the website.
Note: All forms of emergency messaging will contain the same information and directives for faculty, staff and students to follow. Messaging in all forms will be updated every half hour during an emergency.
Planning and Response: DCCC is committed to emergency preparedness and has engaged in response planning and practice emergency response drills. The College’s emergency plan is based on the National Incident Management System model. All employees have access to the College’s Emergency Response Handbook to assist with managing an emergency. Additionally, designated employees in each building assume leadership for building safety in the event of an emergency, and Maintenance staff members are assigned to buildings to assist during emergencies. These individuals receive training every August prior to the start of fall semester classes. The College’s emergency response procedures are tested and evaluated at least twice per year through practice drills facilitated by an external agency in the field of emergency preparedness. Additionally, the College’s evacuation building procedures are tested once per year through planned fire drills.
Disclosure: Twice per year, the College’s safety and emergency response procedures and crime statistics are disseminated to students, faculty and staff via email. Campus Resource Officers on the Davidson and Davie Campuses keep records of crime statistics and make these records available to the public upon request.
Education: The Director, Campus Safety and Community Standards, Campus Resource Officers and/or other community professionals conduct safety, crime prevention, and sexual assault prevention seminars open to all members of the campus community twice per year.
Other Security Concerns:
General Policies – Code of Conduct
A student who is involved in a Code of Conduct violation has the right to (1) review all information related to the case and ask questions, (2) respond to information and offer additional information related to the situation, and (3) present witnesses.
A student in the presence of a Code of Conduct violation and who is not actively involved has three choices: (1) leave the situation; (2) ask the student(s) to stop the behavior and/or leave the area; or (3) ask a College staff or faculty member for help. A student who does not choose any of these three options may be held responsible for the conduct violation.
In the event a conduct violation or student behavior concern poses a threat to the safety of individuals, college property or the continuity of college operations, a timely warning of the threat will be issued to the campus community through the College’s mass notification systems.
Code of Conduct
Mental or physical abuse of any person or any other such form of behavior on College premises or at College-sponsored or College-supervised functions, including communication in any form, (e.g. standard mail, electronic and digital media, or telephone), physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, sexual assault, stalking, coercion and/or conduct which threatens or endangers an individual’s health, wellbeing, or safety.
Violation of the No-Harassment and Consensual Relationship Policy
Excessive use of profanity; obscene and offensive language and conduct.
Sexual misconduct or inappropriate sexual behavior, both consensual and non-consensual, including but not limited to inappropriate displays of affection, sending graphic or sexually explicit materials through electronic and digital media, explicit behavior, sexual harassment, sexual assault, public sexual indecency, or indecent exposure on College property.
Code of Conduct Disciplinary Procedure
In instances where the student poses an immediate danger to self or others, the Care Team will be involved, and the process of the Team will serve as the student’s disciplinary due process.
In cases of sexual assault or harassment, the College reserves the right to contact law enforcement officials if necessary to ensure safety for the victim. Further, the College commits to evaluating and implementing changes to the victim’s academic situation that may be necessary for ensuring safety. Additionally, victims will be referred to Family Services of Davidson County for assistive services.