Student Rights, Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility. As members of the academic community, students are subject to the obligations that accrue to them by virtue of this membership. As members of the larger community of which the college is a part, students are entitled to all rights and protection accorded them by the laws of that community. By the same token, students are also subject to all laws, the enforcement of which is the responsibility of duly constituted authorities. When students violate laws, they may incur penalties prescribed by legal authorities. In such instance, college discipline will be initiated only when the presence of the student on campus will disrupt the educational process of the college. However, when a student’s violation of the law also adversely affects the college’s pursuit of its recognized educational objectives, the college may enforce its own regulations. When students violate college regulations, they are subject to disciplinary action by the college whether or not their conduct violates the law. If a student’s behavior simultaneously violates both college regulations and the law, the college may take disciplinary action independent of that taken by legal authorities.

Student Rights

  • All rights and privileges guaranteed to every citizen by the Constitution of the United States and by the state of North Carolina shall not be denied any student.
  • Students have the right to have their academic performance evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards, see polices
    contained in Policy 6.13 – Attendance.
  • Students have the right to freedom of expression, inquiry, and assembly without restraint or censorship subject to reasonable and nondiscriminatory rules and regulations regarding time, place, and manner. For more information, consult the Campus Free Speech, Distribution of Material, and Assembly Policy.
  • Students have the right to inquire about and to propose improvements in policies, regulations and procedures affecting the welfare of students through established student government procedures, campus committees, and college offices.
  • Students and former students have the right to review their official records and to request a hearing if they challenge the contents of these records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”) provides safeguards regarding the confidentiality of and access to student records and the College shall adhere to the FERPA laws and regulations. Students and former students have the right to review their official records and to request a grievance if they challenge the contents of these records. No records shall be made available to unauthorized personnel or groups outside the College without the written consent of the student involved or if a legal exception applies. For more information, consult Policy 6.21 – Student Records – FERPA.
  • No disciplinary sanctions other than temporary removal from class or activity (only for duration of said activity) may be imposed upon any student without due process. For more information concerning student due process rights with respect to disciplinary situations, consult Policy 6.22 – Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students have the right to voluntarily withdraw from courses under certain criteria. For more information, consult Policy 6.14 – Withdrawal from Courses.
  • Students have the right to be free from discrimination, harassment and sexual violence while attending the College and accessing the College’s programs and opportunities. For
    more information, consult Policy 6.23 – Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment.

Confidentiality of Student Records

CCC&TI protects the privacy of students in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of students and allows for the accessing of student records by the student. All records must be current and maintained with appropriate measures of security and confidentiality. The college is responsible for complying with all legal requirements pertaining to the maintenance, review and release of records retained by the college.

A. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students with certain
     rights to privacy of their educational records and rights of access by others to their  
     educational records. College employees are expected to fully comply with this Policy.
B. For purposes of this Policy, “student” means an individual who is or has been in
    attendance at the College. It does not include persons who have not been admitted,
    who have been admitted but did not attend the College. “Attendance” starts when
    the individual matriculates or declares their intention to enroll at the College,
    whichever comes first.


The College shall provide every student with an annual notice of their rights under FERPA. The Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, is responsible for preparing and delivering this annual notice.


Students who wish to inspect their educational records should direct their requests to the executive director of enrollment management.The student has the right to inspect and review their educational records within forty-five (45) days of the date the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the executive director of enrollment management a written request that identifies the record(s) to be inspected. The Executive Director of Enrollment Management will plan for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by Student Services the student will be directed to the correct official to whom the request should be made.

Students may obtain copies of their educational records if circumstances make on-site inspection impractical. When copies are provided, the student may be charged a reasonable fee for the actual copying expense.


A. The College may release Directory Information without student consent. The College designates the following information as Directory Information:
1. Student's name;
2. Major field of study;
3. Dates of attendance
4. Degrees, honors and awards received and awards received.

B. CCC&TI considers the date of birth, enrollment status, participation in officially recognized
     activities and sports, and student contact information (mailing address, telephone
     number, and email address) to be limited directory Information that will only be disclosed
     under certain circumstances. These circumstances

          1. Dates of birth may be disclosed only as a means of verifying a student’s identity when
             a College employee has no other means of doing so.

          2. Mailing address, telephone number, email address, enrollment status, participation
              in officially recognized activities, and sports may be disclosed only for educational
              purposes, at the discretion of College administration.

 C. The college shall only release directory information to individuals and organizations
     that demonstrate, in the college’s opinion, a legitimate, educational interest in the
     information or provide a direct service to the college; however, the college shall
     release directory and limited directory information to military recruiters in
     compliance with the Solomon Amendment unless the student specifically
     restricts the release of their directory information.

D. Students who do not wish to have their directory information released to the
    individuals and organizations identified above shall comply with the “opt out”
    provisions designated in the annual notice.



A. The college will not release a student’s educational records, aside from Directory
     Information, to any third-party unless the student consents to the release or a valid, legal
     exception applies.

B. Disclosures may be made to school officials which include any of the following when that
    person has a legitimate educational interest in having access to the information:

  • CCC&TI faculty and staff who are determined to have a legitimate educational interest may access student records. Faculty/staff are considered to have a legitimate educational interest if they might reasonably need to access information to conduct official college business.
  • A member of the Board of Trustees
  • To comply with a lawfully issued subpoena or judicial order
  • To officials of another college in which a student intends to enroll or has enrolled
  • To authorized representatives on the Comptroller General of the United States, the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of the Department of Education, or state and local education authorities
  • In connection with the application for, or receipt of, financial aid
  • To accrediting organizations
  • To appropriate officials in case of a health and safety emergency
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law
  • To authorized officials for audit or evaluation purposes
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Outcomes of disciplinary proceedings may be released to the victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense
  • To parents, as defined in 34 C.F.R. 99.3 of a dependent student under the Internal Revenue Code*
  • Directory Information**

*Under the Act, CCC&TI may not disclose personally identifiable information to the parents of an “eligible student” without the written consent of the student unless the disclosure is to parents of a dependent student as defined in Internal Revenue Code. An “eligible student” means a student who is 18 years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education. Parents must provide appropriate tax return information documenting the dependent status of the student before disclosure will be made without their written consent.


**A part of FERPA states that certain information called “directory” information can be disclosed without the written consent of the student. Directory information includes information contained in the educational record of a student that would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.


C. In compliance with Title IX, the college may disclose the final results of campus
    disciplinary proceedings in which a responding party is charged with a violent crime
    or non-forcible sex offense. Upon the request of the reporting party, disclosure may
    be made regardless of whether the respondent was found responsible. Disclosures to
    third parties may be made only if the student respondent is found responsible.
    Disclosure in this situation is limited to the name of the violator, the type of student

    code violation found to have occurred, and the sanction imposed by the college.

D. The college shall release a student’s educational records to the student’s parents when
    requested by the parents and: i) the student is listed as a dependent on the parents’ tax
     returns; ii) the student violated a law or the college’s policies regarding drugs and alcohol
     and the student is under the age of 21; or iii) the disclosure is needed to protect the
     health or safety of the eligible student or other individuals in an emergency situation.


          A.You have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education
              concerning alleged failures of the School District to comply with the
              of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is the:


 Family Policy Compliance Office

 U.S. Department of Education
 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
 Washington, DC 20202-5901

B.  A hold may be applied to the release of an official transcript, diploma or other
     information requested from an official record for a student who has an overdue
     indebtedness to the college. A hold may be applied for failure to comply with
     a disciplinary directive. Such a student continues to have the right to see and
     photocopy his official record  upon request.

C. The college shall only destroy student records in accordance with federal and state
     laws and regulations and as allowed by the
Records Retention & Disposition
for North Carolina Community Colleges. The college shall not destroy
     student records if there is an outstanding request, grievance or legal matter
     related to those records.