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Policies and Procedures


Drug and Alcohol Policy

The users of drugs or alcohol may impair the well-being of all employees, the students and the public at large; drug and alcohol uses may also result in an injury or damage to College property.

Therefore, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of a controlled substance or of alcoholic beverages shall be prohibited while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activities.

Any student violating this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution.

Policy Provisions

Drug Usage

The College shall not differentiate between drug users, drug pushers or sellers. Any student who possesses, uses, sells, gives or in any way transfers a controlled substance to another person, or manufactures a controlled substance while on college premises or as part of any college sponsored activity shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution. Any student who is in a state of intoxication or any influence which may be attributed to the use of drugs or of alcoholic beverages shall not in any way limit the responsibility of the individual for the consequences of his or her actions and will be subject to disciplinary actions.

The term “controlled substance” shall mean any drug in 21 CFR 1308 and other federal regulations, as well as those listed in Article V, Chapter 90 of the North Carolina General Statutes. Generally, these are drugs which have a high potential for abuse. Such drugs shall include, but are not limited to: Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine, PCP, “Crack”, Methamphetamine and any other hallucinogenic, narcotic, synthetic or illegally manufactured substances. They also include “legal drugs” which are not prescribed by a licensed physician.

Any student convicted of violating any criminal drug statute while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activity shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

The Vice President of Students Services may require the student to successfully finish a drug abuse program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution as a precondition for continued enrollment at the College.

Each student shall be required to inform the Office of the Vice President of Student Services, in writing, within five (5) days after being convicted for violation of any federal, state or local criminal drug statute where such violation occurred while on College premises or as part of any College sponsored activity. A conviction shall mean a finding of guilt (including a plea of no contender) or the imposition of a sentence by a judge or jury in any federal or state court.

Federal Grant Provisions

Students employed under the College Work Study Program shall be considered to be employees of the college, if the work is performed for the college. In addition, for work performed for federal, state or local public agency, a private nonprofit agency or a private for-profit company, students shall be considered to be employees of the College unless the agreement between the College and the organization specifies that the organization is considered to be the employer. Students considered employees of the College should refer to the Drug and Alcohol Policy 2.17 in the College’s Personnel Manual.

College employees should review Personnel Manual Policy 2.17 Drug and Alcohol Policy on the Information for Faculty and Staff page of the website for additional employee-related policy.

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Educational Rights and Privacy

Johnston Community College recognizes the rights and privacies afforded each student under Public Law 93-380, entitled the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and is in compliance with the provisions of the Act.

The statute governs access to records maintained by educational institutions and the release of such records.  In brief, the statute requires:

  1. That the College must provide student access to official records directly related to the student and an opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate;
  2. That the College must obtain the written consent of the student before releasing personal identifiable data about the student from records.

The student's record may not be revealed to any party without written consent from the student except in the following cases:

  • Faculty members of administrators at Johnston Community College may have access to a student's academic record if they can demonstrate justification.
  • Release of student information to local, state, or investigative/law enforcement agencies will be permitted only to those designated by law.
  • A duly authorized representative of the College may release student information which is specifically requested to lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant upon subpoena issued by proper court authorities.
  • Names and academic records of those students who graduated the previous spring may be forwarded to their respective high schools for statistical purposes.

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, certain directory information may be released for currently enrolled students.  This directory information will only be released exercising extreme caution, so as not to cause harm to our students.  If students wish not to have this information released, they must make the request in writing each academic year.  This request must be filed with the Office of the Registrar.

Further information concerning student records and institutional policies for the implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is available in the Student Services Office.

Minors on Campus

College policy does not allow minors to be left unattended in vehicles or on campus, or brought to class.  Although minors may accompany parents or guardians to the campus during registration and other appropriate times, minors are not allowed on campus unattended while parents are attending class.  The practice of bringing minors to class is a potential disruption for others and places the College in a position of liability.

Students bringing minors to class, the Learning Resource Center, or during any inappropriate time will be asked to leave.

Student Records

Upon receipt of the application for admission from a prospective student, a student record file is established by the Admissions Office.  It is the policy of the College that this student record file shall be used throughout the student's enrollment to collect and maintain pertinent basic data relative to the individual's admission and academic progress.

The contents of the student record file are as follows:

  • application for admission
  • transcripts of the student's previous educational records
  • placement test results
  • summaries of admissions and academic progress interviews
  • medical history records
  • residency questionnaire
  • correspondence related to admission and academic progress

The contents of the student record file are the property of Johnston Community College and are maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

Student Right to Know Act

The Student Right to Know Act requires Johnston Community College to disclose information about completion, graduation and transfer rates to current and prospective students and the public.  This information is provided to the students and prospective students in the student handbook, email confirmation to students, and through other publications.

Student Use of Mobile Phones or Electronic Devices

The use of cell phones, pagers or other electronic devices while attending class or participating in class-related activities without prior approval of the instructor is prohibited. The devices must be silenced before entering the classroom or during participation in a class-related activity.

Transcripts

  • Upon written request of the student, an official transcript of a student's educational record will be provided by the Registrar's Office to the student or to other institutions, individuals, firms, or agencies.
  • There is a $3 charge for each official transcript. Unofficial transcripts are available on Webadvisor at no charge.
  • A 24-hour notice is required for preparation of transcripts. 
  • Transcripts are not released until all financial obligations to the College have been paid in full and the student's account is cleared with the Business Office.

You may print out the Request for Transcript of Educational Records (PDF: 5KB/1 page) form to submit your request.  This form requires Acrobat® Reader.

 
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