2018-2019 Catalog & Student Handbook 
  
    Mar 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog & Student Handbook

Appendix



Academic Load, Statement of

Germanna Community College Policy 60200 (Instructional Services)

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to specify the requirements for full-time status in the statement of academic load. This revision is in accordance with the Virginia Community College Policy Manual.

Policy:

The normal academic load for students is 15-17 credits. The minimum full-time load is 12 credits and the normal maximum full-time load 18 credits excluding Orientation (SDV 100). Students wishing to carry an academic load of more than 18 credits must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and the approval of the Dean of Instruction. Students placed on academic warning or academic probation may be required to take less than the normal course load.

Procedures:

n/a

Definitions:

n/a

References:

5.6.4 Academic Load (SB) VCCS Policy Manual

Point of Contact:

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services

Approval and Revision Dates:

  • College Council: November 21, 2014
  • President’s Council: December 15, 2014
  • College Board: January 15, 2015

Access Policy for Students with Disabilities

Germanna Community College Access for Students with Disabilities Policy 10570 (Human Rights)

Purpose:

Germanna Community College is committed to the full and total inclusion of all individuals and is dedicated to the principle of individual empowerment. To this end, services are provided to ensure equal access to all aspects of the college experience for students with disabilities through the most appropriate accommodations. Services are provided based on each student’s individual needs.

Policy:

Services are available to students who self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of their disability. Through accommodations and other support services on campus, Germanna Community College strives to provide a quality experience for all qualified students with disabilities. All appropriate services are provided at no charge. Services for Dual Enrollment students taking classes at a high school will be provided by their high school.

Students who feel they have been denied equal access to all programs and services offered by the College may refer to the Grievance Procedure for Students with Disabilities.

Procedures:

Disability Services is located within the Counseling Center at the Fredericksburg Area Campus and the Locust Grove Campus.

Grievance Procedure for Students with Disabilities: A student with a documented disability shall have an internal means of resolving any claim of discrimination on the basis of disability in the programs or activities of the College.

Any student with a documented disability who has requested reasonable accommodation through Disability Services and feels he/she has been denied access to programs and services offered by the College may submit a written statement to the ADA Compliance Coordinator within 20 business days of the alleged violation. The ADA Compliance Coordinator is located in the Counseling Center at the Fredericksburg Area Campus.

At level one of the grievance, the ADA Compliance Coordinator may choose to resolve the complaint informally by consulting with the appropriate instructor, Dean of Student Development, Coordinator of Disability Services, relevant Academic Dean, and/or Vice President for Academic and Student Services. If the ADA Compliance Coordinator is unable to resolve the grievance at level one, the student may submit a written statement of his/her grievance to the Dean of Student Development. The student may choose to have their grievance heard by the Dean of Student Development or he/she may elect to have a hearing with an ADA Grievance Review Panel.

Level 2: If the student chooses to have his/her grievance heard by the Dean of Student Development, the Dean of Student Development will have 10 business days to review the grievance and notify the student of his/her decision in writing. If the student elects to have the grievance heard by an ADA Grievance Review Panel, the Dean of Student Development will convene a Panel comprised of one Dean (not involved with the level 1 grievance), one faculty member, and one staff member. The Chair of the Panel is responsible for distributing the documentation provided by the grieving party, determining the issues of the case to be heard, and conducting the hearing in an orderly, efficient, and equitable manner.

At the beginning of the hearing, the Chair will review issues of the case with the group and establish the procedure by which the testimony will be presented. The Chair may decide on the length of time needed to explore an issue, set time limits for speakers, and ask for testimony by any person deemed important to the investigation of the facts.

The student may bring one non-participatory observer to the hearing. If the nonparticipating observer is an attorney, the party retaining the attorney must notify the Chair of the ADA Grievance Review Panel at least five business days prior to the hearing. The attorney’s role is as an observer; he/she may not speak to the Chair or the Panel. The attorney may consult with the party who engaged him/her while the meeting is in session, but any consultations must take place outside the hearing room and should be kept within reasonable limits, as determined by the Chair of the Panel, with regard to their frequency and duration.

The Chair of the ADA Grievance Review Panel will provide a written decision of the panel to the student, and parties involved in the grievance within five business days after the completion of the hearing.

Decisions of the Dean of Student Development or the ADA Grievance Panel are final and any further appeal must be pursued through external channels.

Appeals processed through this policy cannot be heard under any general grievance procedure.

At any level, both parties may request an extension of time in writing. Both parties must agree to the extension. The ADA Compliance Coordinator shall maintain records of all grievance proceedings.

Procedures for Employees: Discrimination on the basis of disability is a violation of the Americans with Disability Act of 1991 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 as well as the State’s Standards of Conduct as set forth by the Department of Human Resources Policy Manual, and is specifically addressed in Policy 2.05. Employees may seek resolution of discrimination issues through the State’s Employees’ Discrimination Complaint Procedures (administered by the Department of Human Resource Management’s Office of Equal Employment Services), utilize the Grievance Procedure for State Employees (if eligible to do so), or file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Employees may also seek resolution of discrimination issues through the aforementioned internal process.

Definitions:

n/a

References:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Point of Contact:

Coordinator of Disability Services

Approval and Revision Dates:

  • College Council: November 21, 2014
  • President’s Council: December 15, 2014
  • College Board: January 15, 2015

Contagious Diseases of Public Health Significance Policy

Germanna Community College Policy 70230 (Safety and Security)

Purpose:

Germanna Community College (GCC) is committed to providing, to the extent possible, a healthy and safe educational environment for all students, employees and visitors (the “College community”). The purpose of this policy is to help prevent the spread of communicable/contagious diseases of public health significance through measures that focus on safety, prevention and education.

The College reserves the right to remove from College property any visitor, student, or employee believed to be positive for a communicable disease transmitted by air, object or through casual contact. The College further reserves the right to request written documentation from his/her treating physician or primary care provider declaring that the individual is medically cleared before returning to College property. The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator will make available to its College community information about the transmission of diseases and precautions that infected persons should take to prevent the spread of disease. Reliable sources of information may be obtained from the Virginia Department of Health http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/LHD/rappahan/index.htm. This policy does not address the common cold or seasonal allergies. This policy will be reviewed annually.

Policy:

2.1 All members of the College community are responsible for adhering to the Contagious Diseases Policy and procedures.

2.2 The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination and enforcement of this policy and associated procedures.

2.3 Persons who know or have reason to believe they are infected with a contagious disease should seek expert medical advice and advise local health authorities of a possible public health threat. They must follow the directions of local health authorities in order to prevent the spread of infection and to protect their own health. The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator (or designee) may serve as the point of contact between the health department and the college as it relates to the campuses. The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator should be immediately made aware of any reported contagious diseases as reported by the health department or others. The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator will provide guidance and direction as necessary. All public communications as it pertains to Contagious Diseases must be approved by the College President or his designee.

Procedure

3.1 Protocol for Infected Students

3.1.1 Students who know or suspect they are infected with a contagious disease must notify the Dean of Student Development’s Office and/or instructor(s).

3.1.2 The Deans of Student Development and Academic Deans have the authority to temporarily remove students from the classroom pending receipt of documentation by a physician that they pose no threat or danger to themselves, others at the college or to the learning process. If students fail to follow the Dean’s instructions, they will be considered in violation of the student code of conduct and will be subject to disciplinary action.

3.1.3 Before returning to GCC, students who have been diagnosed as having a contagious disease as listed above must present written documentation from their treating physician or primary care provider documenting that they are medically cleared (i.e., is no longer infectious to others) and is able to return as of a specified date. This information must be presented to the Dean of Student Development. All records regarding this medical information must remain confidential and be filed separately from all other general student records and/or personnel files.

3.1.4 Students are encouraged to stay in touch with faculty regarding class assignments and progress as appropriate. Students are responsible for meeting course attendance standards and requirements. See the Germanna Student Handbook for Attendance Standards and Withdrawal Under Mitigating Circumstances.

3.2 Protocol for Infected Employees

3.2.1 Employees who know or have reason to believe they are infected with a contagious disease must notify their supervisor and the college’s Department of Human Resources.

3.2.2 Before returning to GCC, employees who have been diagnosed as having a contagious disease as listed above must present written documentation from his/her treating physician or primary care provider documenting that the individual is medically cleared (i.e., is no longer infectious to others) and is able to return to work as of a specified date. This information must be presented to Human Resources and their supervisor.

3.2.3 As per GCC policy, employees need to follow all policies and procedures pertaining to sick leave and supervisor notification with regard to their status.

3.2.4 Supervisors have the authority to send employees home if they do not comply with this policy. Employees will be charged sick or annual leave if sent home. Failure to follow a supervisor’s directive is considered insubordination and is subject to formal disciplinary action under the DHRM Standards of Conduct.

3.2.5 When the State Health Commissioner and the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia declare a Communicable Disease of Public Health Threat as defined in Section 31.1-48.06, et. Sec. Code of Virginia, GCC employees, as per DHRM Public Health Emergency Leave policy (policy 4.52), are permitted or required to attend to the medical needs of themselves and immediate family members and provided up to 80 hours of paid leave per leave year for this purpose.

3.3 Protocol for Supervisors and Faculty

3.3.1 Supervisors and faculty who become aware of an employee or student under their supervision who is diagnosed with a communicable disease must take reasonable precautions to protect that person’s privacy and health information (HIPAA). Student Health concerns should be forwarded to the Dean of Student Development and their respective Academic Dean. All employee health care concerns must be forwarded to the college Department of Human Resources. Supervisors and employees can contact the Department of Human Resources with any questions or concerns they may have regarding workplace issues surrounding communicable diseases.

3.3.2 Please note: In the event that the Commonwealth declares a communicable disease or public health threat or public health emergency, the Public Health Emergency Leave Policy may be partially or fully implemented http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/hrpolicy/web/Pol4_52.pdf.

3.4 College

3.4.1 Should any disease reach a pandemic stage, The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator will monitor the situation by communicating with local and state health officials and review media sources in order to provide appropriate information to the College community. College officials may temporarily close the College or a campus, if such closure serves the best interest of the College community.

3.4.2 The Executive Policy Group (Presidents Council), College Spokesperson, PIO and if possible, in collaboration with the Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator will inform the College community of plans to provide continuity of operations/instruction that will minimize educational and social disruption.

3.4.3 The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator may require infected persons to isolate themselves from the College community until the danger of infection is no longer present.

3.4.4 The Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator will consult with local and state health officials to provide any specific instructions for individuals returning to the College following infection of a contagious disease.

3.5 Confidentiality Statement

No person, group, agency, insurer, employer, or institution should be provided any medical information without the prior specific written consent of the student, employee, or other College community member unless required by state and/or federal law. Furthermore, all medical information relating to contagious diseases of students, employees, or other College community members will be kept confidential, according to applicable state and federal law. Medical information relating to contagious diseases of persons within the College community will only be disclosed to responsible college officials on a need-to-know basis.

3.6 Sanctions

3.6.1 Students who fail to comply with this policy are subject to sanctions, as appropriate, through the GCC Student Code of Conduct and applicable state and federal laws.

3.6.2 Employees who fail to follow all applicable GCC, VCCS, and DHRM policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws may be subject to formal disciplinary action.

3.7 Interpretation

3.7.1 Students: Authority for interpretation of this policy rests with the Vice President for Academic and Student Services.

3.7.2 Employees: Authority for interpretation of this policy rests with the Vice President of Administrative & Financial Services and the Associate Vice President of Human Resources.

Definitions

Contagious disease of public health significance: means an illness caused by a specific or suspected infectious agent that may be transmitted directly or indirectly from one individual to another; for the purpose of this policy an infectious disease that is spread from person to person through casual contact or respiratory droplets, which may lead to an epidemic or pandemic situation and threaten the health of the campus community. These diseases include but are not limited to: tuberculosis (TB), measles or German measles (rubella), certain strains of hepatitis and meningitis, as well as SARS and certain strains of influenza. Other potentially less serious infectious diseases, such as chicken pox and pneumonia will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Epidemic: means the occurrence in a community or region of cases of an illness clearly in excess of normal expectancy.

References:

VCCS Policy 6.0.8.1
Section 31.1-48.06, Code of Virginia
DHRM Public Health Emergency Leave Policy 4.5.

Point of Contact:

Chief of Police/Emergency Coordinator

Approval and Revision Dates:

  • College Council: May 29, 2015
  • President’s Council: March 16, 2015
  • College Board: July 16, 2015

Change of Curriculum

Germanna Community College Policy 80440

Purpose

In accordance with best practices and to be compliant with Federal regulations pertaining to Financial Aid Course Audits (FACA), the Change of Curriculum Policy has been established for students who wish to change their program or course of study while at Germanna Community College. The policy is designed to ensure students maintain eligibility for financial aid and to allow Germanna to remain compliant with best practices and Federal regulations. Students have the flexibility to change their program or course of study while at Germanna but in a timely way that does not interfere with either their ability to qualify for Financial Aid and Veterans benefits or their progression to degree and certificate attainment.

Policy

Students who wish to add, remove or change their curriculum (program of study) while at Germanna Community College must complete a Request for a Change of Curriculum or Advisor form available at the Welcome Centers and Online and submit to any Welcome Center. The change will be effective during the current term if submitted prior to the census date. All requests received after the identified date will be effective for the next term.

Procedure

3.1 Students who wish to change their program or course of study while at Germanna Community College should discuss their intentions with an academic advisor.

3.2 Once a decision to transfer to another program has been finalized, the student must submit a Change of Curriculum or Advisor form to any Welcome Center.

3.3 Students who have transferred in credits from another institution must request a new evaluation of their transcript based on their new program.

3.4 Graduation requirements will be determined by the catalog in effect at the time of the curriculum change. Please see “Catalog Used for Graduation ” under “Graduation Requirements and Procedures ” in the current catalog.

3.5 Admissions and Records will update the program within 10 business days, students will see the change during the term for which it is effective.

Definitions

4.1 Census date: Last Day to Withdrawal with a Refund

References

Federal Code 34 CFR 668.34

Point of Contact

Vice President for Student Success

Approvals

  • College Council: November 18, 2016
  • President’s Council: December 12, 2016
  • College Board: January 12, 2017

Domicile Appeal Process

Germanna Community College Policy 80310

Purpose

Germanna Community College is guided by the Virginia Community College System, the Code of Virginia and the State Council of Higher Education on determining domicile.

Policy

The College makes an initial determination of a student’s eligibility for in-state tuition rates based on the information provided by the applicant and/or the applicant’s parent, legal guardian or spouse on the Application for Virginia Domicile. Eligibility is determined using State Council of Higher Education guidelines pertaining to Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Procedure

3.1 Determination
Upon completion of the application process an initial tuition determination of whether the student has been domiciled in the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least one year immediately prior to the commencement of the semester for which in-state tuition is sought will be made.
A student who has been classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes will be notified in writing of the domicile determination within 10 business days of the application.
Students classified as out-of-state, who can provide clear and convincing evidence that they were eligible for Virginia domicile on the first day of class for a term, may have their tuition status changed for the current term. Students should follow the Community College’s domicile appeal process outlined below.
In the event that a student’s circumstances change after a semester has begun, the student’s tuition may be eligible for reclassification. This reclassification shall be effective for the next academic semester or term following the date of the application for reclassification. Students should follow the College’s domicile appeal process outlined below.

3.2 Appeal
A student who disagrees with the initial tuition classification may make a written appeal to an Associate/Assistant Registrar within ten business days of the initial notification. The student may be asked to provide additional domicile information to supplement the Application for Virginia Domicile. An Associate/Assistant Registrar will respond to the appeal via email notification within fifteen business days.
If the student disagrees with the tuition classification, the student may file a final written appeal with the Registrar for consideration by the Domicile Appeals Committee. The Domicile Appeals Committee shall consist of two members of the Student Success Committee and the Registrar. No person who serves at one level of this appeals process shall be eligible to serve at any other level of this review. This written appeal must be made within five business days of the student’s notification of the first appeal. The Domicile Appeals Committee will review the domicile
determination to ensure the decision is in compliance with relevant state legislation and state guidelines.
A student who is not satisfied with the outcome of the review by the Domicile Appeals committee may appeal to the appropriate circuit court. The student must file a petition for review with the court within thirty business days of receipt of the decision made by the Domicile Appeals Committee.

Definitions

Domicile: A technical, legal concept which means more than simple residency in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Domiciliary: In order to be considered a Virginia domiciliary, a student must demonstrate through clear and convincing evidence his/her intention of remaining in Virginia indefinitely.
Demonstration of Intent: is usually accomplished through objective evidence. A student under the age of 24 generally assumes the domicile of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s), unless the student has been legally emancipated or meets criteria for independent student status.

References

Code of Virginia, Section 23-7.4
State Council for Higher Education Guidelines
VCCS Policy Manual 6.1 - Student Domicile

Point of Contact:

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Approval and Revision Dates

  • College Council: October 28, 2016
  • President’s Council: November 21, 2016
  • College Board: January 12, 2017

Expressive Activity - Students Policy 80400

Purpose

1.1 This policy addresses organized and spontaneous expressive activity by students and student organizations at Germanna Community College.

Policy

2.1 This policy applies to all buildings, grounds, and other spaces owned or controlled by a college. The term “expressive activity” includes:

  • Meetings and other group activities of students and student organizations;
  • Speeches, performances, demonstrations, rallies, vigils, and other events by students, student organizations, and outside groups invited by student organizations;
  • Distributions of literature, such as leafleting and pamphleting; and
  • Any other expression protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

2.2 College property is primarily dedicated to academic, student life and administrative functions. But it also represents the “marketplace of ideas,” and especially for students, many areas of campus represent a public forum for speech and other expressive activities. The College may place restrictions on expressive activities occurring indoors, but especially for students and student organizations, the outdoor areas of campus remain venues for free expression, including speeches, demonstrations, and the distribution of literature.

2.3 Indoors or outdoors, the College shall not interfere with the rights of individuals and groups to the free expression of their views or impermissibly regulate their speech based on its content or viewpoint. Nevertheless, the College may establish reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on expressive activity. Such restrictions must be content-neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant governmental interest, and allow ample alternative channels for communication of the information.

2.4 No event or expressive activity shall be permitted to violate or hinder the rights of others within the campus community or substantially disrupt normal college operations.

2.5 The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services is responsible for implementing this policy. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services.

Procedures

3.1 Reserving Campus Facilities:

  1. If students or student organizations desire to reserve campus facilities, they shall submit their requests to the Dean of Student Development. The College normally may not require more than twenty-four hours advance notice for reservation requests. More notice may be required to allow for sufficient logistical support and to ensure the safety and security of the campus.
  2. If individuals or organizations who are not members of the college community (i.e., not students or student organizations) desire to reserve campus facilities, they must be sponsored by a recognized student organization or the college to conduct expressive activities or events on campus. These individuals or organizations should contact the Dean of Student Development, if interested in being sponsored by the College.
  3. No indoor facilities, other than those listed below, shall be used by students or student organizations for the purpose of expressive activity:
    Daniel Technology Center - Front lobby, next to grand stairwell. Dickinson Building - Student lounge and lobby adjacent to student lounge
    French Slaughter Building - Student lounge and lobby adjacent to student lounge Science Engineering and Information Commons - Second floor, near elevator Stafford Automotive Center - Front lobby
  4. Students and student organizations may request to reserve campus facilities on a first-come, first-served basis. These requests may be denied for the following reasons only:
    1. The requested venue is an indoor facility that the college has designated as not available for expressive activity under section 6.5.2.0(a)(3) of this policy;
    2. The requested venue is an indoor facility and the request conflicts with restrictions enacted pursuant to section C of this policy;
    3. The venue is already reserved for another event; 1
      1 In the event that multiple individuals or organizations submit conflicting reservations requests, the following order
    4. The activity will attract a crowd larger than the venue can safely contain;
    5. The activity will substantially disrupt another event being held at a neighboring venue; 2
    6. The activity will substantially disrupt college operations (including classes);
    7. The activity is a clear and present threat to public safety, according to the college’s police or security department;
    8. The activity will occur during college examination periods; or
    9. The activity is unlawful.
  5. During an event, the student or student organization requesting the reservation is responsible for preserving and maintaining the facility it reserved. If it causes any damage to those facilities, the person(s) or organization (and its officers, if applicable) shall assume responsibility.
  6. When assessing a request to reserve campus facilities, Germanna Community College and its administrators will not consider the content or viewpoint of the expression or the possible reaction to that expression. The College and its administrators will not impose restrictions on students or student organizations due to the content or view-point of their expression or the possible reaction to that expression. In the event that other persons react negatively to a student’s or student organizations, college officials (including college police or security) shall take all necessary steps to ensure public safety while allowing the expressive activity to continue.

3.2 Spontaneous Expressive Activity:

  1. No indoor facilities, other than those listed below, shall be used by students or student organizations for the purpose of spontaneous expressive activity:
    Daniel Technology Center - Front lobby, next to grand stairwell. Dickinson Building - Student lounge and lobby adjacent to student lounge
    French Slaughter Building - Student lounge and lobby adjacent to student lounge
    Science Engineering and Information Commons - Second floor, near elevator Stafford Automotive Center - Front lobby of precedence shall govern: (1) official college sponsored activities and events; (2) recognized student organization activities and events; (3) student activities and events; and (4) all other activities and events.
    1. For outdoor campus facilities and areas, students, student organizations, and their sponsored guests may freely engage in spontaneous expressive activities as long as they do not (a) block access to campus buildings, (b) obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic, (c) substantially disrupt previously scheduled campus events,3 (d) substantially disrupt college operations, (e) constitute unlawful activity; or (t) create a clear and present threat to public safety, according to the college’s police or security department.
  2. Banners used in expressing speech should comply with the provisions of this policy and cannot be used to block, obstruct or otherwise deny access to any pedestrian or to block or obstruct vehicular traffic.
  3. Distribution of commercial advertising or the placement of commercial material is prohibited in the following areas:
  • Administrative offices
  • Classrooms, computer rooms, laboratories, and other places where instruction takes place
  • Libraries

Definitions

1. References -VCCS Policy 6.5. l

Point of Contact:

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services

Approval and Revision Dates

  • College Council: April 25, 2014; July 25, 2014
  • President’s Council: April 21, 2014; August 18, 2014
  • College Board: September 18, 2014

Financial Aid Bookstore Purchasing Policy

Germanna Community College Policy 80430

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to clarify how students may use financial aid funds to charge items in the college bookstore directly to their financial aid.

Policy

2.1 Students using financial aid in the College Bookstore may purchase only required books and supplies that correlate with registered courses for the term. Such items may include laptops, tablets, cameras, scientific calculators, uniforms, lab kits, test review materials, and tools if these items are deemed required by an instructor of the class or program head.

2.2 Types and frequency of electronic items: Students may purchase course related computers or electronic items no more than once each academic year without approval by the Financial Aid Director or designee. Rare exceptions to this policy may be made by the college’s Director of Financial Aid.

2.2. Items not approved for purchase with financial aid include but are not limited to apparel, food, cell phones, household or gift items, and gift/prepaid cards.

2.3 During the book purchase period, books and supplies purchased using financial aid cannot be returned to the College Bookstore for cash. Amounts for returned items must be credited back to the aid items that paid for the books and supplies on the student’s account.

Procedures

3.1. The period during which students may charge books for each semester is limited and changes each semester. Students must follow deadlines and charging limits posted by the Financial Aid Department or the College Bookstore.

3.2 The amount available for financial aid charge is based on individual student eligibility and the number of eligible credits students are enrolled in during a semester.

3.3 Students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards may not charge books to their financial aid.

3.4 Students must notify the cashier at the bookstore that they are using financial aid to pay for bookstore charges and must come prepared to sign authorization with their class schedule and a valid photo ID.

Definitions

4.1 Financial aid: Grants, loans, and scholarships obtained through Germanna Community College.

References

State Board Policy 4.3.5, effective 7/16/15

Point of Contact

Director of Financial Aid

Approval and Revision Dates

  • College Council: November 2, 2015
  • President’s Council: November 9, 2015
  • College Board: November 19, 2015

General Admission to the College

Germanna Community College General Admission Policy 80360

Purpose

1.1 This policy shall establish the general admission process to Germanna Community College.

Policy

2.1 Individuals are eligible for admission to Germanna Community College if they are high school graduates or the equivalent, or if they are eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at the community college, as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics. Minimum scores are noted in the chart below:

  VPT Compass Asset

Reading ENF 1 62 35
Writing ENF 1 32 35
Math MTE 1 25 33

Exceptions to this policy may be made by the college president only for documented reasons.

The college reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the college determines that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the college. The college also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger or significantly disruptive by, another college. Students whose admission is revoked after enrollment must be given due process. Each college must have a procedure for determining when denial is warranted.

Individuals may be admitted to VCCS colleges as curricular or non-curricular students.

Procedure

3.1 For all curricular students, the following items are required:

  1. A completed official application for admission with social security number requested.
  2. Unless otherwise specified by the college, official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended. Graduates who complete secondary school in a home school setting must provide a graduation date and may be required to provide documentation of coursework. The VCCS Student Information System academic records will be sufficient for colleges within the Virginia Community College System.
  3. Additional information as stated by the college for admission to specific programs or curricula.

3.2 For all non-curricular students, a completed official application for admission is required with social security number requested. Non-curricular students must satisfy all required course pre-requisites or placement testing requirements before enrolling in specific college-level courses.

3.3 It is the policy of the VCCS to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, handicap, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

By accepting an offer of admission, the student agrees to adhere to the statement of student rights and responsibilities outlined in the Student Handbook.

Definitions

References

VCCS Policy 6.0.1 - General Admission to the VCCS Colleges

Point of Contact

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services

Approval and Revision Dates

  • College Council: September 27, 2013
  • President’s Council: January 22, 2014
  • College Board: March 20, 2014

Human Rights Policy 10560

Policy 10560: Title IX-Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Notice of Nondiscrimination.

As a recipient of federal funds, Germanna Community College is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (“Title IX”), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities, admission and employment. Under certain circumstances, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and similar conduct constitute sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The Title IX Coordinator is Assistant Dean Mark Haines whose office is located in Room 201F of the Dickinson Building at the Fredericksburg Area Campus and may be contacted by phone at 540-891-3026 or by email at MHaines@germanna.edu. The Deputy Title IX Coordinator is Associate Vice President of Human Resources Ms. Laurie Bourne whose office is located in Room 102B at the Locust Grove Campus and may be contacted by phone at 540-423-9055 or by email at LBourne@germanna.edu.

Policy.

Germanna Community College is committed to providing an environment that is free from harassment and discrimination based on any status protected by law. This Policy supplements the following general policy statement set forth by the Virginia Community College System: This institution promotes and maintains educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, ethnicity, religion, gender, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), disability, national origin, or other non-merit factors. This Policy also addresses the requirements under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, (also known as the Campus SaVE Act).

This Policy is not intended to substitute or supersede related criminal or civil law. Individuals should report incidents of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to law enforcement authorities. Criminal and civil remedies are available in addition to the potential remedies that the College may provide.

Purpose.

The purpose of this Policy is to establish that the College prohibits discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and retaliation and to set forth procedures by which such allegations shall be filed, investigated and resolved.

Applicability.

This Policy applies to all campus community members, including students, faculty, staff and third parties, e.g., contractors and visitors. Conduct that occurs off campus can be the subject of a complaint or report and will be evaluated to determine whether it violates this Policy, e.g. if off-campus harassment has continuing effects that create a hostile environment on campus.

Definitions[1].

Advisor: An individual who provides the complainant and respondent support, guidance, or advice. Advisors may be present at any meeting or hearing, but may not speak directly on behalf of the complainant or respondent.

Campus: The term “campus” refers to (i) any building or property owned or controlled by the College within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the College and used in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the College’s educational purposes, and (ii) any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area described in clause (i) that is owned by the College but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes, such as a food or other retail vendor.

Complainant: A complainant refers to an individual who may have been the subject of a violation of this Policy and files a complaint against a faculty member, staff member, student, or third party.

Consent: Any sexual activity or sex act committed against one’s will, by the use of force, threat, intimidation, or ruse, or through one’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness is without consent. Consent is knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action, to engage in mutually-agreed upon sexual activity. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent. Past consent to sexual activities, or a current or previous dating relationship, does not imply ongoing or future consent. Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (such as intercourse). An individual cannot consent who is under the age of legal consent. The existence of consent is based on the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred.

Mental incapacity means that condition of a person existing at the time which prevents the person from understanding the nature or consequences of the sexual act involved (the who, what, when, where, why, and how) and about which the accused knew or should have known. This includes incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol. Intoxication is not the same as incapacitation.

Physical helplessness means unconsciousness or any other condition existing at the time which otherwise rendered the person physically unable to communicate an unwillingness to act and about which the accused knew or should have known. Physical helplessness may be reached through the use of alcohol or drugs.

Dating Violence: Dating violence is violence, force, or threat that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury committed by a person who is or has been in a close relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the other person. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is violence, force, or threat that results in bodily injury or places one in reasonable apprehension of death, sexual assault, or bodily injury and that is committed by a person against such person’s family or household member, which includes a current or former spouse, a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, or who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the person as a spouse or intimate partner.

Respondent: A respondent refers to the individual who has been accused of violating this Policy.

Responsible Employee: A responsible employee is one designated for purposes of initiating notice and investigation of alleged violations of this Policy or who has the authority to take action to redress violations of this Policy. A responsible employee also is any employee who a person reasonably believes is a responsible employee. [Any employee with supervisory authority is a responsible employee. Alternatively, the College may name responsible employees by title, or name employees who are CSAs as responsible employees.]

A responsible employee shall not be an employee who, in his position at the College, provides services to the campus community as a licensed healthcare professional, (or the administrative staff of a licensed health care professional), professional counselor, victim support personnel, clergy, or attorney.

Review Committee: Review committee refers to the committee consisting of three or more persons, including the Title IX Coordinator or his designee, a representative of campus police or campus security, and a student affairs representative, that is responsible for reviewing information related to acts of sexual violence.

Sex Discrimination: Sex discrimination is the unlawful treatment of another based on the individual’s sex that excludes an individual from participation in, separates, denies the individual the benefits of, or otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, or participation in college program or activity.

Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is defined as the intentional physical sexual contact with a person against that person’s will by the use of force, threat, or intimidation, or through the use of a person’s mental incapacity or physical helplessness. Sexual assault includes intentionally touching, either directly or through clothing, of the victim’s genitals, breasts, thighs, or buttocks without the person’s consent, as well as forcing someone to touch or fondle another against his or her will. Sexual battery is a type of sexual assault.

Sexual Exploitation: Sexual exploitation occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to invasion of sexual privacy; prostituting another person; non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity; going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex); engaging in voyeurism; exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances; inducing another to expose their genitals, and knowingly transmitting HIV or an STD to another.

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment shall be considered to have occurred in the following instances:

Quid Pro Quo: The submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for educational or employment decisions affecting the student or employee either explicitly or implicitly; or

Hostile Environment: Conduct so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it undermines and detracts from an employee’s work performance or a student’s educational experience.

Sexual Misconduct: Sexual misconduct encompasses a range of behavior used to obtain sexual gratification against another’s will or at the expense of another. Sexual misconduct includes rape, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual violence.

Sexual Violence: Sexual violence is any intentional physical sexual abuse committed against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, and sexual battery.

Stalking: Stalking occurs when someone, on more than one occasion, engages in conduct directed at another person with the intent to place, or knows or reasonably should know that the conduct places that other person in reasonable fear of death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily injury to that other person or to that other person’s family or household member. Such conduct can occur in person or online, Colleges first must establish whether off campus conduct has continuing effects that create a hostile environment on campus.

Third Party: A third party is any person who is not a student or employee of the College.

Retaliation.

Any form of retaliation, including intimidation, threats, harassment, and other adverse action taken or threatened against any complainant or person reporting a complaint alleging a violation of this Policy, or any person cooperating in the investigation of allegations of violations of this Policy, to include testifying, assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation pursuant to this Policy and the resolution procedures is strictly prohibited by this Policy. Action is generally deemed adverse if it would deter a reasonable person in the same circumstances from opposing practices prohibited by this Policy. Retaliation may result in disciplinary or other action independent of the sanctions or interim measures imposed in response to the underlying allegations of violations of this Policy.

Reporting Incidents.

  1. Members of the campus community who believe they have been subjected to a crime should immediately report the incident to campus or local police. All emergencies or any incident where someone is in imminent danger should be reported immediately to campus police/security or local police by dialing 2911 from any college VoIP College Phone or 540-727-2911 from any external or cellular phone.
    In non-emergency situations, members of the College community may also report violations via the TIPs reporting system located on the Germanna homepage. Reports submitted in TIPS automatically notify members of the College Threat Assessment Team that includes College Police, Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
  2. Whether or not a report is made to law enforcement, members of the campus community should report alleged violations of this Policy to the Title IX Coordinator if the violation involves students only or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator if the violation involves employees, during normal business hours. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator are solely responsible for overseeing the prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints filed with the College. To help ensure a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution, individuals are encouraged to complete a Complaint Form, found in Appendix A. The written complaint will be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator if the violation involves students or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator if the violation involves an employee of the College. Although strongly encouraged, a complainant is not required to submit a complaint on the Complaint Form or in writing.

Germanna Community College Title IX Campus Resources

Title IX Coordinator: Mr. Mark Haines
201E, Dickinson Building
10000 Germanna Point Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
40-891-3026
MHaines@germanna.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator: Ms. Laurie Bourne 102B, French Slaughter Building
2130 Germanna Highway
Locust Grove, VA 22508
540-423-9055
LBourne@germanna.edu
After normal business hours, members of the campus community should report alleged violations of this Policy to:
  College Police Department
540-727-2911

Members of the College community may also report violations by submitting a report via the TIPS reporting system located on the Germanna Community College website. This will notify members of the College Threat Assessment team including the College Police, Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

  1. There is no time limit for filing a complaint with the College. However, complainants should report possible violations of this Policy as soon as possible to maximize the College’s ability to respond effectively. Failure to report promptly could result in the loss of relevant evidence and impair the College’s ability to respond to the allegations.

Handling of Reports and Investigations.

The Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will assist members of the campus community in reporting incidents to law enforcement authorities upon request. When allowable under Virginia law the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will request the consent of the complainant (or alleged victim if different from the complainant) to report incidents of alleged sexual violence that occur on campus property to law enforcement. Under Virginia law, the College may determine that the disclosure of information to local law enforcement regarding the alleged incident of sexual violence, including personally identifiable information, is necessary to protect the health or safety of the complainant or other individuals. The College also is required to notify the local Commonwealth’s Attorney of alleged incidents of sexual violence that constitute a felony.

Confidentiality and Anonymous Reports.

  1. Individuals may be concerned about their privacy when they report a possible violation of this Policy. The College has a responsibility to end conduct that violates this Policy, prevent its recurrence, and address its discriminatory effects. For this reason, some College employees may not keep secret any report of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. The College expects employees to treat information they learn concerning incidents of reported violations of this Policy with respect and with as much privacy as possible. College employees must share such information only with those College and law enforcement officials who must be informed of the information pursuant to this Policy.
  2. Responsible employees must report all alleged violations of this Policy obtained in the course of his or her employment to the Title IX Coordinator (students) and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator (employees) as soon as practicable after addressing the immediate needs of the complainant.
    Other campus employees have a duty to report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking for federal statistical reporting purposes (Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act). CSAs include student/conduct affairs personnel, campus law enforcement, local police, student activities staff, human resources staff, and advisors to student organizations. Reports received by the College concerning the abuse of a minor must be reported in compliance with state law.
  3. If a complainant wishes to keep the report confidential, it is recommended that he or she reports the alleged conduct to someone with a duty to maintain confidentiality, e.g., mental health counselor or clergy. Employees also may contact the Employee Assistance Program. If the complainant requests that the complainant’s identity is not released to anyone else, the College’s ability to investigate and take reasonable action in response to a complaint may be limited. In such cases, the College will evaluate the request(s) that a complaint remain confidential in the context of the College’s commitment to provide a reasonably safe and non‐discriminatory environment. In order to make such an evaluation, the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator may conduct a preliminary investigation into the alleged violation of this Policy and may weigh the request(s) against the following factors:
    The seriousness of the allegation(s);
  • The complainant’s or alleged victim’s age;
  • Whether there have been other similar complaints against the same respondent;
  • The respondent’s right to receive information about the allegations if the information is maintained by the College as an “education record” under FERPA; and
  • The applicability of any laws mandating disclosure.

Therefore, the College may pursue an investigation even if the complainant requests that no action is taken and the College will not be able to ensure confidentiality in all cases. The College will notify the complainant in writing when it is unable to maintain confidentiality or respect the complainant’s request for no further action.

  1. Additionally, upon receiving a report of an alleged act of sexual violence against a student or one that allegedly occurred on property owned or controlled by the College or on public property within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus, the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall convene the College’s review committee within 72 hours to review the information reported and any information obtained through law-enforcement records, criminal history record information, health records, conduct or personnel records, and any other facts and circumstances, including personally identifiable information, related to the alleged incident known to the review committee. The review committee may try to reach a consensus, but it is the law enforcement representative of the review committee that ultimately determines whether the disclosure of the information, including the personally identifiable information, is necessary to protect the health or safety of the alleged victim or other individuals. The College shall disclose such information to the law enforcement agency that would be responsible for investigating the alleged incident immediately. The Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will notify the alleged victim in writing that such disclosure is being made.
  2. If the report of an alleged act of sexual violence would constitute a felony sexual assault, within 24 hours of the first review team meeting, the law enforcement representative of the review committee shall notify the local Commonwealth’s Attorney and disclose the information received by the review committee, including personally identifiable information, if such information was disclosed pursuant to Paragraph I(4). The law enforcement representative usually will make this disclosure; however, any member of the review committee may decide independently that such disclosure is required under state law and within 24 hours of the first review team meeting shall disclose the information to the local Commonwealth’s Attorney, including personally identifiable information, if such information was disclosed pursuant to Paragraph I(4). If the Title IX Coordinator is aware of such disclosure, the Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will notify the alleged victim in writing that such disclosure is being made. In addition, law enforcement will notify the local Commonwealth’s Attorney within 48 hours of beginning an investigation involving a felony sexual assault. Either campus police, the local law enforcement agency, or the State Police will notify the Commonwealth’s Attorney pursuant to an MAA/MOU.
  3. The College will accept anonymous reports, but it will be limited in its ability to investigate and take reasonable action. The College must have sufficient information to conduct a meaningful and fair investigation. A respondent has a right to know the name of the complainant and information regarding the nature of the allegations in order to defend against the complaint.
    The College, when reasonably available and when requested, may arrange for changes in academic, parking, transportation, or work arrangements after an alleged violation of this Policy. When such accommodations are provided, the College will protect the privacy of the complainant to the extent possible while still providing the accommodation.

Amnesty.3

The College encourages the reporting of incidents that violate this Policy. The use of alcohol or drugs should not be a deterrent to reporting an incident. When conducting the investigation, the College’s primary focus will be on addressing the alleged misconduct and not on alcohol and drug violations that may be discovered or disclosed. The College does not condone underage drinking; however, the College will extend limited amnesty from punitive sanctioning in the case of drug or alcohol use to complainants, witnesses, and others who report incidents, provided that they are acting in good faith in such capacity. The College may provide referrals to counseling and may require educational options, rather than disciplinary sanctions, in such cases.

Timely Warnings.

The College is required by federal law to issue timely warnings for reported incidents that pose a substantial threat of bodily harm or danger to members of the campus community. The College will ensure, to every extent possible, that an alleged victim’s name and other identifying information is not disclosed, while still providing enough information for members of the campus community to make decisions to address their own safely in light of the potential danger.

Interim Measures.

  1. Prior to the resolution of a complaint, the College may suspend or place on disciplinary or administrative leave the respondent when it is determined that the respondent’s continued presence on campus threatens the safety of an individual or of the campus community generally; may hamper the investigation into the alleged misconduct; or is necessary to stop threatening or retaliatory contact against the complainant or complainant’s witnesses. The College shall provide advance notice of such measures, except in cases where the individual’s presence constitutes a threat. In all cases, however, the College shall notify individuals subject to these interim measure(s) in writing of the specific facts and circumstances that make such interim measure(s) necessary and reasonable. Individuals subject to proposed interim measures shall have the opportunity to show why such measure(s) should not be implemented.
  2. Notwithstanding the above, the College may impose a “no contact” order on each party, requiring the parties to refrain from having contact with one another, directly or through proxies, whether in person or by electronic means. The College also will enforce orders of protection issued by courts on all College property to the extent possible.
  3. The College may implement other measures for either the complainant or the respondent if requested, appropriate, and reasonably available, whether a formal complaint has been filed or whether an investigation by either campus administrators or law enforcement agencies has commenced. Such measures may include, but are not limited to, course schedule adjustments, reassignment of duty, changing work arrangements, changing parking arrangements, rescheduling class work, assignments, and examinations, and allowing alternative class or work arrangements, such as independent study or teleworking.

Sexual and Domestic Violence Procedures. 4

Anyone who has experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking should do the following:

  • Safely find a place away from harm.
  • Call 911 or if on campus, contact campus police/security at 2911 or 540-727-2911.
  • Call a friend, a campus advocate, a family member or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.
  • Go to the nearest medical facility/emergency room. It is important to seek appropriate medical attention to ensure your health and well-being, as well as to preserve any physical evidence.
  • If you suspect that you may have been given a drug, ask the hospital or clinic where you receive medical care to take a urine sample. The urine sample should be preserved as evidence. “Rape drugs,” such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.
  • For professional and confidential counseling support, call the Rappahannock council Against Sexual Assault at 540-371-1666, Virginia Family Violence & Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-838-8238, Services to Abused Families, Inc. (SAFE) at 800-825-8876, or Empowerhouse Hotline at 877-734-7238. Help is available 24 hours a day.[3]

You should take steps to preserve any physical evidence because it will be necessary to prove criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or to obtain a protective order.

  • Do not wash your hands, bathe, or douche. Do not urinate, if possible.
  • Do not eat, blow your nose, drink liquids, smoke, or brush your teeth if oral contact took place.
  • Keep the clothing worn when the incident occurred. If you change clothing, place the worn clothing in a paper bag.
  • Do not destroy any physical evidence that may be found in the vicinity of the incident by cleaning or straightening the location of the crime. Do not clean or straighten the location of the crime until law enforcement officials have had an opportunity to collect evidence.
  • Tell someone all the details you remember or write them down as soon as possible.
  • Maintain text messages, pictures, online postings, video and other documentary or electronic evidence that may corroborate a complaint.

Written Notification of Rights and Options.6

Members of the campus community who report incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking whether the incident occurred on or off campus, shall receive a written explanation of their rights and options, including the (i) the available law-enforcement options for investigation and prosecution; (ii) the importance of collection and preservation of evidence; (iii) the available options for a protective order; (iv) the available campus options for investigation and resolution under the College’s policies; (v) the complainant’s rights to participate or decline to participate in any investigation to the extent permitted under state or federal law; (vi) the applicable federal or state confidentiality provisions that govern information provided by a victim; (vii) information on contacting available on-campus resources and community resources, including the local sexual assault crisis centers, domestic violence crisis centers, or other victim support services with which the College has entered into a memorandum of understanding; (viii) the importance of seeking appropriate medical attention; and (ix) options related to changes in academic, parking, and working arrangements, when requested and when reasonably available.7

Support Services.8

  1. All students and employees will receive information in writing of available counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available in the community and on campus.
  2. For more information about available resources, go to: http://www.germanna.edu/catalog/student-handbook/referral-services.asp

Education and Awareness.9

  1. The College conducts a program to educate students and employees about this Policy and its procedures. The education and awareness program is designed to promote awareness of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  2. The program, at a minimum, shall include:
  • A statement that the College prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
  • The definition of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking;
  • The definition of consent;
  • Safe and positive options for bystander intervention that may be carried out by an individual to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against a person other than such individual;
  • Information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior and how to avoid potential attacks;
  • Information on possible sanctions, procedures to follow after an incident of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, disciplinary procedures, and the protection of confidentiality; and
  • Written notification about available resources and services, and options for academic and work accommodations, if requested and reasonably available.
  1. The College offers the prevention and awareness program to all new and exisiting students and employees. Delete the rest of the paragraph.

Resolution of Complaints.

  1. The College has an obligation to the entire College community. Accordingly, the College may pursue an investigation even if the complainant requests that no action is taken and the College will not be able to ensure confidentiality in all cases. The College will notify the complainant in writing when it is unable to maintain confidentiality or respect the complainant’s request for further action.
  2. The College must provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of alleged violations to this Policy and is committed to so doing. Title IX Coordinator(s), investigators, and hearing officials must receive annual training on sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, and the conduct of investigations and hearing. The College may resolve complaints either by an informal or formal resolution process.
  3. Suspending an investigation. The College will comply with all requests for cooperation of campus police or local law enforcement in investigations. The College may be required to suspend the Title IX investigation while the campus police or the local law enforcement agency gathers evidence. The College will resume it’s Title IX investigation as soon as the campus police or local law enforcement agency has completed gathering evidence. Otherwise, the College’s investigation will not be precluded or suspended on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been filed or that charges have been dismissed or reduced.
  4. The parties may agree to proceed under the informal resolution process in matters not involving sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking. The formal resolution process will be applied (i) when any party that participated in the informal resolution process chooses to terminate the process, and (ii) to all matters that are not eligible for informal resolution.

Formal Resolution Process.

  1. Complainant’s Initial Meeting with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.10 As soon as is practicable, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will contact the complainant to schedule an initial meeting. If the complainant is not the alleged victim, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator also will contact the alleged victim as soon as possible to schedule an initial meeting. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall inform the complainant that he or she may be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choosing at the meeting.
    At this initial meeting, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will:
    1. Provide the complainant a copy of this Policy;
    2. Provide the complainant with a Complaint Form, if necessary;
    3. Provide a written explanation of the complainant’s rights and options related to changes in academic, parking, and working arrangements;
    4. Explain avenues for formal resolution and informal resolution of the complaint;
    5. Explain the steps involved in an investigation;
    6. Discuss confidentiality standards and concerns with the complainant;
    7. Determine whether an informal resolution is permissible, and whether the complainant wishes to pursue a resolution (formal or informal) through the College or no resolution of any kind;
    8. Refer the complainant to campus and community resources, including the local sexual assault crisis center, domestic violence crisis center, or other victim support service with which the College has entered into a memorandum of understanding;
    9. Discuss with the complainant, as appropriate, possible interim measures that may be taken or provided when necessary during the pendency of the investigative and resolution processes;
    10. Discuss the right to a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of the complaint; and
    11. Discuss the College’s obligation to disclose information about the complaint, including personally identifiable information, to campus/local law enforcement or to the local Commonwealth’s Attorney, or both, under certain conditions.
  2. Respondent’s Initial Meeting with the Assigned Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator.11 As soon as is practicable, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will schedule an initial meeting with the respondent. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall inform the respondent that he or she may be accompanied by an advisor of his or her choosing at the meeting. During the initial meeting with the respondent, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will:
    1. Provide the respondent, in writing, sufficient information to allow him or her to respond to the substance of the allegation;
    2. Provide the respondent a copy of this Policy;
    3. Provide a written explanation of the respondent’s rights and options related to changes in academic, parking, and working arrangements;
    4. Explain the College’s procedures for formal resolution and informal resolution of the complaint;
    5. Explain the steps involved in an investigation;
    6. Discuss confidentiality standards and concerns with the respondent;
    7. Discuss non‐retaliation requirements;
    8. Inform the respondent of any interim measures that may be imposed on the respondent;
    9. Refer the respondent to campus and community resources, as appropriate;
    10. Discuss with the respondent, as appropriate, possible interim measures that can be provided to the respondent during the pendency of the investigative and resolution processes;
    11. Discuss the respondent’s the right to due process and a prompt, fair, and impartial resolution of the complaint; and
    12. If the respondent is a student and the complaint involves an alleged act of sexual violence, explain to the respondent that the College will include a notation on the academic transcript if the respondent is suspended or dismissed after being found responsible, or if the respondent withdraws while under investigation, that the investigation may continue in the respondent’s absence, if possible, while being afforded notice of the charges (and hearing, if applicable) and an opportunity to respond to all the evidence.
  3. Title IX Coordinator’s Initial Determination.
    1. The College shall conduct an investigation of the complaint unless (i) the complainant does not want the College to pursue the complaint and the Title IX Coordinator of Deputy Title IX Coordinator has determined that the College can honor the request; (ii) it is clear on its face and based on the Title IX Coordinator’s initial meetings with the parties that no reasonable grounds exist for believing that the conduct at issue constitutes a violation of this Policy. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will consider the following factors in determining whether it is reasonable to investigate the complaint: the source and nature of the information; the seriousness of the alleged incident; the specificity of the information; the objectivity and credibility of the source of the information; and whether the individuals allegedly subjected to the conduct can be identified.
    2. In the event that the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator determines that an investigation of the complaint should not be conducted, he or she will document (in consultation, as necessary, with the complainant, respondent, and other College officials) the appropriate resolution of the complaint and inform the parties of the same. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall provide specific and clear written reason(s) why an investigation should not be conducted. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall provide the determination that the College will not investigate the matter to the complainant and the respondent, concurrently, within five (5) workdays of the completion of the initial meetings. This decision is final.
  4. Appointment of the Investigator and Conduct of the Investigation.
    1. If the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator determines that an investigation should be conducted, he or she will appoint an investigator within five (5) workdays of the completion of the initial meetings. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will share his or her name and contact information with the complainant and respondent and will forward the complaint to the investigator. Within three (3) workdays of such appointment, the investigator, the complainant or the respondent may identify to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator in writing any potential conflict of interest posed by assigning such investigator to the matter. The Title IX Coordinator will consider such statements and will assign a different individual as investigator if it is determined that a material conflict of interest exists.
    2. The investigator will contact the complainant and respondent promptly. In most cases, this should occur within three (3) workdays from the date of the investigator’s appointment or the conclusion of the informal resolution process, whichever is later. The investigator will schedule meetings with the parties. The parties may provide supporting documents, evidence, and recommendations of witnesses to be interviewed during the course of the investigation. Each party may have one advisor present during any meeting with the investigator; however, the advisor may not speak on the party’s behalf.
    3. In the conduct of the investigation, the investigator should weigh the credibility and demeanor of the complainant, respondent, and witnesses; the logic and consistency of the evidence, motives, and any corroborating evidence.
    4. The investigation of any alleged violation of this Policy should be completed within 60 days of the filing of the complaint or the date on which the College becomes aware of the alleged violation, unless good cause exists to extend the timeframe. The 60 calendar day timeframe refer to the entire investigations process, which includes conducting fact finding investigation, holding a hearing or engaging in another decision making process to determine whether the alleged incident occurred, and determining the actions the College will take in response, including the imposition of sanctions. The 60 calendar day timeframe does not include appeals. If the process must be suspended or delayed for any reason or more time is necessary, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will notify the parties in writing and give the reason for the delay and an estimated time of completion.
    5. Both complainant and respondent will have the opportunity to review and respond to evidence obtained during the investigation. Each party also will have the opportunity to review and comment on the written investigative report within seven (7) workdays of receiving the report. The final written investigative report and the parties’ responses thereto shall be part of the record.
    6. The investigator will complete a written investigative report that includes summaries of all interviews conducted, photographs, descriptions of relevant evidence, the rationale for credibility determinations, summaries of relevant electronic records, and a detailed report of the events in question. The written investigative report shall include at minimum, the following information:
      • The name and gender of the complainant and, if different, the name and gender of the person reporting the allegation;
      • A statement of the allegation, a description of the incident(s), and the date(s) and time(s) (if known) of the alleged incident(s);
      • The date that the complaint or other report was made;
      • The date the respondent was interviewed;
      • The names and gender of all persons alleged to have committed the alleged violation;
      • The names and gender of all known witnesses to the alleged incident(s);
      • The dates that any relevant documentary evidence (including cell phone and other records as appropriate) was obtained;
      • Any written statements of the complainant or the alleged victim if different from the complainant;
      • The date on which the College deferred its investigation and disciplinary process because the complainant filed a law enforcement complaint and the date on which the College resumed its investigation and disciplinary process (if applicable); and
    7. The investigator will forward the written investigative report to the Title IX Coordinator.
    8. The withdrawal of a student from the College while under investigation for an alleged violation of this Policy involving an act of sexual violence in most cases, should not end the College’s investigation and resolution of the complaint. The College shall continue the investigation if possible as set forth under this Policy. The College shall notify the student in writing of the investigation and afford the student the opportunity to provide evidence, to review and respond to all the evidence against the student, and to the written investigative report prior to making a final determination. The student also shall receive notice in writing of any hearing, including the day, time, and location. Upon the student’s withdrawal, the College shall place a notation on the student’s academic transcript that states, “Withdrew while under investigation for a violation of [name of community college’s] sexual misconduct policy.” After the College has completed its investigation and resolution of the complaint, the College shall either (1) remove the notation if the student is found not responsible or (2) change the notation to reflect either a suspension or dismissal for a violation of the Policy if either was imposed. The College shall end the investigation and resolution of the complaint if the College cannot locate the respondent and provide him or her notice and the opportunity to respond. In such cases, the College shall maintain the withdrawal notation on the student’s academic transcript. Upon a final determination, the Title IX Coordinator immediately shall notify the registrar and direct that the appropriate notation is made.

Determination of Title IX Coordinator and Corrective Action Report.

  1. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will determine whether there is a preponderance of the evidence to find that the respondent violated this Policy as alleged. In most cases, this should occur within five (5) workdays of receiving the written investigative report from the investigator. The “preponderance of the evidence” standard requires that the weight of the evidence, in totality, supports a finding that it is more likely than not that the alleged violation occurred.
  2. If the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator finds that the evidence does not prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the respondent committed the alleged violation, the matter will be closed. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will make the determination in writing and distribute the written investigative report with such finding to the complainant and the respondent concurrently. All parties to whom the written investigative report is distributed pursuant to this Policy should maintain it in confidence. Both the complainant and the respondent may appeal the finding under the procedure described below.
  3. If the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator finds by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation of this Policy did occur, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will make the determination in writing and distribute the written investigative report with such finding to the complainant and the respondent concurrently. All parties to whom the written investigative report is distributed pursuant to this Policy should maintain it in confidence. Both the complainant and the respondent may appeal the finding under the procedure described below.
  4. When the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator finds that a violation has occurred, he or she also shall write a separate written corrective action report that will contain recommendations for steps that should be taken to prevent recurrence of any such violation and to remedy any discriminatory effects. If interim measures as described above have been taken, the written corrective action report shall include a recommendation regarding continuation, suspension or modification of any such interim measures. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall distribute the written corrective action report to the complainant and respondent concurrently. In most cases, the written corrective action report should be completed within five (5) workdays after the distribution of the written investigative report. The written investigative report and the corrective action report may be submitted concurrently. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator also shall provide the written investigative report and the written corrective action report to the appropriate College official, as described below.
  5. If the respondent is a student, the Title IX Coordinator will forward the reports to the Dean of Student Development. Within ten (10) workdays, the Dean of Student Development shall determine and impose appropriate sanctions, as described below. The respondent and the Title IX Coordinator shall receive written notification of sanction(s). When the respondent is a student, within five (5) workdays of receipt, the Title IX Coordinator may disclose to the complainant the sanctions imposed on the respondent that directly relate to the complainant as permitted by state and federal law, including the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, when such disclosure is necessary to ensure the safety of the complainant. The Title IX Coordinator also may disclose in writing to the complainant the final results of a disciplinary proceeding involving the respondent with regard to an alleged forcible or non-forcible sex offense, act of stalking, domestic violence or dating violence on the complainant, as permitted by state and federal law including FERPA and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. The disclosure of final results must include only the name of the student, the violation committed, and any sanction imposed by the College against the student.
  6. If the respondent is an employee, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator will forward the reports to Vice President of the respective area that brought the third party into Germanna Community college, College Chief or Police, or any other college official. Within ten (10) workdays, the College Chief of Police (in consultation with the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services and the Associate Vice President of Human Resources) shall determine and impose appropriate sanctions, as described below. The respondent and the Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall receive written notification of sanction(s).[8]
  7. If the respondent is a third party, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will forward the reports to Vice President of the respective area that brought the third party into Germanna Community college, College Chief of Police, or any other college official. Within ten (10) workdays, the College Chief of Police (in consultation with the Vice President for Financial and Administrative Services and the Associate Vice President of Human Resources) shall determine and impose appropriate sanctions, as described below. The respondent and the Title IX Coordinator shall receive written notification of sanction(s). The Title IX Coordinator may disclose to the complainant information as described above.
  8. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will advise the complainant and the respondent of their right to appeal any finding or sanction in writing. The written notification also shall provide information on the appeals process. If the complainant or respondent does not contest the finding or recommended sanction(s), he or she shall sign a statement acknowledging such. The signed statement shall be part of the record.

Informal Resolution.

  1. After receiving a request from both parties to resolve the complaint with the informal resolution process, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will appoint a College official to facilitate an effective and appropriate resolution. Within three (3) workdays of such appointment, the College official, the complainant or the respondent may identify to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator in writing any potential conflict of interest posed by assigning such official to the matter. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will consider such statements and will assign a different individual to facilitate if it is determined that a material conflict of interest exists. Within five (5) workdays of the appointment, the College official will request a written statement from the parties to be submitted within ten (10) workdays. Each party may request that witnesses are interviewed. Within ten (10) workdays of receiving the written statements, the College official will hold a meeting(s) with the parties and coordinate informal resolution measures. The College official shall review the information that is covered in the initial meeting under the formal process as provided in Paragraphs R1 and R2. The College official shall document the meeting(s) in writing. Each party may have one advisor of his or her choosing during any meeting; however, the advisor may not speak on the party’s behalf.
  2. The informal resolution process should be complete within thirty (30) days in most cases, unless good cause exists to extend the timeframe. The parties will be notified in writing and given the reason for the delay and an estimated time of completion. Any party may request in writing that the informal resolution process be terminated at any time, in which case the formal resolution process will commence.
  3. Any resolution of a complaint through the informal process must address the concerns of the complainant and the responsibility of the College to address alleged violations of the Policy, while also respecting the due process rights of the respondent. Informal resolution remedies might include mandatory education, counseling, written counseling by an employee’s supervisor, or other methods. The College official will provide the complainant and respondent with a copy of the final written report concurrently. The final written report shall include the nature of the complaint, a meeting(s) summary, the informal resolution remedies applied, and whether the complaint was resolved through the informal resolution process.

Sanctions & Corrective Actions.

  1. The College will take reasonable steps to prevent the recurrence of any violations of this Policy and to correct the discriminatory effects on the complainant (and others, if appropriate). Sanctions for a finding of responsibility depend upon the nature and gravity of the misconduct, any record of prior discipline for similar violations, or both.
  2. The range of potential sanctions and corrective actions that may be imposed against a student includes but is not limited to the following: required discrimination or harassment education, a requirement not to repeat or continue the discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct, verbal or written warning, a no-contact order, written or verbal apology, verbal or written warning, probation, suspension, and dismissal from the College.
    1. If a student is found responsible for an act of sexual violence under this Policy and is suspended or dismissed, the student’s academic transcript shall be noted as follows: “Suspended/Dismissed for a violation of Germanna Community College’s sexual misconduct policy.” In the case of a suspension, the College shall remove such notation immediately following the completion of the term of suspension and any conditions thereof, and when the student is considered to be in good standing. The student shall be considered to be in good standing for the purposes of this section following the completion of the term of suspension and satisfaction of all conditions thereof. Upon completion of the suspension, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) shall meet with the student to confirm completion of the conditions and upon such confirmation, direct the registrar to remove the notation from the student’s academic transcript.
    2. If a student withdraws from the College while under investigation involving an act of sexual violence under this Policy, the student’s academic transcript shall be noted as follows: “Withdrew while under investigation for a violation of Germanna Community College’s sexual misconduct policy.” Students are strongly encouraged not to withdraw from the College.
    3. The College shall immediately remove the notation from the student’s academic transcript upon a subsequent finding that the student is not responsible an offense of sexual violence under this Policy. Upon such a finding, the Title IX Coordinator (or designee) shall direct the registrar to remove the notation from the student’s academic transcript.
    4. Notations on academic transcripts regarding suspensions and dismissals shall be placed on the student’s academic transcript after resolution of all appeals.
  3. Sanctions for faculty and staff shall be determined in accordance with the VCCS Policy Manual and the Department of Human Resource Management Standards of Conduct, respectively. Possible sanctions and corrective actions include required discrimination or harassment education, informal or formal counseling, reassignment, demotion, suspension, non-reappointment, and termination from employment.
  4. Third parties, e.g., contractors, will be prohibited from having access to the campus. Depending on the violation, this prohibition may be permanent or temporary.
  5. Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will determine the final accommodations to be provided to the complainant, if any.
  6. Sanctions imposed do not take effect until the resolution of any timely appeal. However, sanctions may take effect immediately when the continued presence of an individual on campus may threaten the safety of an individual or the campus community, generally. Sanctions will continue in effect until such time as the appeal process is exhausted in such cases.

Appeals.

(Please note that appeals are not required by Title IX or the Campus SaVE Act. However, an appeals process that provides a formal hearing is recommended. Colleges may use procedures already in existence or develop a separate appeals process if they provide the opportunity for an appeal.[9]

  1. The complainant and the respondent have the opportunity to appeal the outcome of the written investigative report or the sanction(s) recommended. Individuals must submit a written request for appeal to Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator within ten (10) workdays of the outcome of the investigation or imposition of sanction(s), whichever is later. The appeal request must cite the reason(s) for the appeal and provide evidence to support those reason(s).
  2. Appeals shall be granted for the following reasons only:14

The investigator exhibited unfair bias which influenced the results of the investigation;

  • New evidence, unavailable at the time of the investigation that could substantially impact the investigator’s finding. The appeal should explain why the evidence was unavailable previously and why such evidence may substantially impact the investigator’s finding;
  • Error in the conduct of the investigation that is of such magnitude as to deny fundamental fairness;
  • The sanction(s) are unjustified by the evidence and/or mitigating factors warrant a lesser sanction or aggravating factors warrant a greater sanction.
  1. Within five (5) workdays of receipt of the written request for appeal, the Vice President for Academic Affairs (for students) and the Associate Vice President of Human Resources (for employees) shall notify the parties whether the appeal is granted. This decision is final and may not be appealed. If the appeal is granted, the parties shall be notified in writing. The Hearing Committee Chair will be notified to schedule a hearing when the parties are notified that the appeal has been granted. The Hearing Committee Chair will notify the parties of the time and place of hearing before the Hearing Committee[11] concurrently. Within three (3) workdays, the complainant or the respondent may identify to the Title IX Coordinator in writing any potential conflict of interest with the Hearing Committee Chair or Committee members. The Title IX Coordinator will consider such statements and will assign a different individual if it is determined that a material conflict of interest exists. Such hearing typically will be scheduled within fifteen (15) workdays of the decision to grant the appeal. If an extension beyond fifteen (15) workdays is necessary for good cause, both parties will be notified of the expected time frame concurrently.
  2. Within five (5) workdays of scheduling the hearing, parties must submit a written statement to the Hearing Committee Chair that (i) identifies the names and addresses of witnesses that are requested to be called at the hearing; (ii) identifies and includes copies of any documents that will be used as evidence at the hearing; and (iii) requests a specific remedy. A party not appealing the findings or sanction(s) may choose not to submit information. If a non-appealing party elects not to participate in the hearing, the Hearing Committee shall use evidence and statements from the record.
  3. The Hearing Committee Chair shall provide the witness list and copies of any documents that will be used as evidence at the hearing to each party no later than five (5) workdays prior to the hearing.
  4. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall forward the written investigative report and the written corrective actions report to the Chair of the Hearing Committee as soon as possible, but no later than ten (10)  workdays prior to the hearing.
  5. Each party may retain an attorney at his or her own expense or designate a non-attorney advisor to accompany him or her at the hearing. If either party has retained legal counsel or a non-attorney advisor, the party must immediately notify the Hearing Committee Chair of such and provide contact information. The role of the attorney or advisor for the parties shall be limited to advice and consultation with the parties or the parties’ witnesses. Attorneys and advisors may not question witnesses, raise objections, or make statements or arguments to the Hearing Committee at the hearing. If either party is represented by an attorney, the College may receive assistance from the Office of System Counsel.
  6. The Hearing Committee Chair shall preside over the hearing. The rules of evidence shall not be strictly applied. All evidence and testimony relevant to whether a violation of this Policy occurred and whether the grounds for appeal are met by a preponderance of evidence shall be considered. The hearing shall be conducted in a fair and impartial manner. The Hearing Committee Chair and its members will question the parties and witnesses. The parties may not question one another, but may submit questions to be asked by the Hearing Committee, no later than five (5) workdays prior to the hearing. The Hearing Committee Chair will be the final decision-maker on all matters of procedure during the hearing. All hearings will be closed to the public.
  7. The past sexual history of either party with anyone other than each other is not admissible. Either party may call character witnesses, however.
  8. The Hearing Committee Chair will arrange for the hearing to be recorded. Each party will receive a copy of the recorded hearing upon request. Parties may prepare a transcript of the recording at their own expense.
  9. Within ten (10) workdays of the hearing, the Hearing Committee Chair will submit a written decision to the parties, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and the president of the College, concurrently. The decision shall include: (i) a description of the grounds for appeal; (ii) whether such grounds are accepted or rejected and the rationale for such determination; (iii) the Committee’s decision to uphold or reject the findings of the written investigative report and/or the sanction(s) and the rationale for such determination; (iv) if the written investigative report’s findings and/or sanction(s) are rejected, the findings of the Committee and resolution.
  10. Either party may appeal the Hearing Committee’s decision to the president of the College. The president’s decision is final.

Academic Freedom and Free Speech.17

  1. This Policy does not allow censorship of constitutionally protected expression. As a “marketplace of ideas,” the College encourages intellectual inquiry and recognizes that such inquiry may result in intellectual disagreements. Verbal or written communications constitute sexual harassment only when such communications are sufficiently severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that they undermine and detract from an employee’s work performance or a student’s educational experience. Verbal or written communications, without accompanying unwanted sexual physical contact, is not sexual violence or sexual assault.
  2. In addressing all complaints and reports of alleged violations of this Policy, the College will take all permissible actions to ensure the safety students and employees while complying with any and all applicable guidance regarding free speech rights of students and employees. This Policy does not apply to curriculum, curricular materials, or abridge the use of particular textbooks.

False Allegations.18

Any individual who knowingly files a false complaint under this Policy, who knowingly provides false information to College officials, or who intentionally misleads College officials who are involved in the investigation or resolution of a complaint may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal for students and termination of employment for faculty and staff. An allegation that cannot be proven by a preponderance of the evidence is not necessarily proof of knowingly filing a false complaint.

Consensual Relationships.19

Pursuant to VCCS Policy 3.14.2, consenting romantic or sexual relationships between employees and students for whom the employee has a direct professional responsibility are prohibited. Consenting romantic or sexual relationships between employees where one employee has a direct professional responsibility also are prohibited. Consenting romantic or sexual relationships between other employees (not in a supervisory position), or with students for whom the employee does not have a direct professional responsibility, although not expressly forbidden, are unwise and are strongly discouraged. The relationship may be viewed in different ways by each of the parties, particularly in retrospect. Furthermore, circumstances may change, and conduct that was previously welcome may become unwelcome.

Record Keeping.

The Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator shall maintain, in a confidential manner, for at least five (5) years, paper or electronic files of all complaints, witness statements, documentary evidence, written investigative reports, review committee records, written corrective action reports, sanctions, appeal hearings and associated documents, the responses taken by College personnel for each complaint, including any interim and permanent steps taken with respect to the complainant and the respondent, and a narrative of all action taken to prevent the recurrence of any harassing incident(s), including any written documentation.

AA. All community colleges of the Virginia Community College System shall use this template.

Approval and Revision Dates
College Council: September 19, 2014; June 15, 2015
President’s Council: September 15, 2014
College Board: First Reading - November 20. 2014; Approved - January 15, 2015; Revised March 19, 2015; Revised July 16, 2015; Revised September 21, 2017.

[1] Colleges must use the definitions set out in this Policy.

[2] Either campus police, the local law enforcement agency, or the State Police will notify the Commonwealth’s Attorney pursuant to an MAA/MOU.

[3] Colleges may use the local area’s domestic violence/sexual assault hotline number.

[4] This is required to be addressed in the policy under the Campus SaVE Act and Virginia law.

[5] The information required by the Campus SaVE Act is included in this Policy: (a) possible sanctions or protective measures that the College may impose following a final determination of a disciplinary procedure regarding sexual violence, domestic or dating violence, or stalking (b) procedures individuals should follow if sexual violence, domestic or dating violence, or stalking has occurred; (c) procedures for disciplinary action in cases involving sexual violence, domestic or dating violence, or stalking, including a clear statement that the College’s proceedings shall provide a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution; (d) information about how the College will protect the confidentiality complainants; (e) written notification of students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available for victims both on-campus and in the community; and (f) written notification about options for, and available assistance in, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations, if so requested and if such accommodations are reasonably available, regardless of whether the complainant chooses to report the crime to campus police or local law enforcement. Therefore, Colleges may fulfill this requirement by providing anyone who makes a report a copy of this Policy.

[6] The College may request a meeting with a third party respondent, but it may not be able to require his or her attendance.

[7] The College may request a meeting with a third party respondent, but it may not be able to require his or her attendance.

[8] The complainant shall not receive information that would constitute personnel records; however, the College will take appropriate steps as necessary to protect the safety of the complainant while also complying with state law and policy.

[9] Colleges may not deny the procedural rights afforded by law to classified employees. The procedural rights afforded to faculty under the VCCS Policy Manual still apply unless and until the VCCS Policy Manual is revised by the State Board. Therefore, if a college’s process includes a formal hearing under this Policy, it still must provide staff and faculty the right to grieve any disciplinary sanction imposed against them under the applicable grievance process. With respect to students, colleges should clearly indicate whether the complaint resolution procedures outlined in its sexual misconduct policy supersede the regular student grievance procedures.

[10] This is optional. Colleges may confer a right to an appeal in all cases.
[11] Colleges may choose the composition of the hearing committee and the selection thereof. All members of the committee must receive training on how to conduct a hearing.

New Student Required Orientation

Germanna Community College Policy 80340

Purpose

1.1 Effective Fall 2014, new Germanna Community College students are required to complete an Orientation session before registering for classes.

Policy

2.1 Orientation sessions are designed to introduce students to the College, provide essential information on programs and course selection, and present available support services necessary for student success. Students may complete Orientation in person or online.

2.2 Exceptions to the policy:

  • Dual Enrollment students are not required to complete Orientation until after they complete their secondary program.
  • Students who intend to enroll for 15 credits or less are not required to complete Orientation.
  • Students who have already completed an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s degree are not required to complete Orientation.
  • Transfer students who can demonstrate that they transferred in academic good standing from their previous institution are not required to complete Orientation.

Procedure

Definitions

References

Point of Contact

6.1 Students may contact Germanna’s Welcome Centers regarding exemptions to this policy.

Approval and Revision Dates

  • Curriculum Committee: n/a
  • College Council: November 22, 2013
  • President’s Council: December 16, 2013
  • College Board: January 16, 2014 first reading; March 20, 2014 approval

On-Time Registration

Germanna Community College On Time Registration Policy 60210 (Instructional Services)

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to specify that students may not register for a course section after posted deadlines. The College Calendar specifies registration dates and deadlines for all courses offered for credit. On-time registration is a well-researched practice that demonstrates students are more likely to complete a course successfully when they register early or at least on time.

Policy:

Students may not register for a course section after posted deadlines. Late registration for a course section outside the specified registration dates may be considered only under exceptional circumstances such as the following:

  • Incorrect placement in a course
  • Recommendation by instructor or dean
  • Emergency change in the College Schedule of Classes

Procedures:

The College Calendar publishes registration dates and deadlines for registration at least one academic year in advance. Students are advised of those registration dates and deadlines through multiple sources, including the college web site, Admissions and Records, information sessions, required orientation sessions for new students, required Student Development Classes in the first semester, the Welcome Center, faculty advisors, success coaches, financial aid advisors, and counseling staff. Students are encouraged to register early and are required to register by posted deadlines. Requests for exceptions to this policy may be directed to a dean or designee.

Definitions:

To register for a course section means to enroll formally as a student to receive instruction for college credit.

References:

n/a

Point of Contact:

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services

Approval and Revision Dates:

  • College Council: November 21, 2104
  • President’s Council: December 15, 2014
  • College Board: January 15, 2015

Service Animals

Germanna Community College Service Animals Policy 80220

Purpose

1.1 Background

Germanna Community College is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. In addition, Germanna strives to comply with the Virginians with Disabilities Act and other state laws pertaining to individuals with disabilities. In accordance with these state and federal laws, service animals are permitted in all of the college’s facilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act 2010 Revised Requirements defines a service animal as “a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability”. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.

If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government or training program.

Virginia state law 51.5-44 part E states, “Every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog, in harness, trained as a guide dog, every deaf or hearing-impaired person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog trained as a hearing dog on a blaze orange leash, and every mobility-impaired person shall have the right to be accompanied by a dog, in a harness or backpack, trained as a service dog in any of the places listed in subsection B without being required to pay an extra charge for the dog; provided that he shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog. The provisions of this section shall apply to persons accompanied by a dog that is in training, at least six months of age, and is (i) in harness, provided such person is an experienced trainer of guide dogs; (ii) on a blaze orange leash, provided such person is an experienced trainer of hearing dogs; (iii) in a harness or backpack, provided such person is an experienced trainer of service dogs; or (iv) wearing a jacket identifying the recognized guide, hearing or service dog organization, provided such person is an experienced trainer of the organization identified on the jacket.”

Policy

2.1 This policy applies to students, employees, and the public who utilize Germanna Community College’s programs and services. It sets forth the College’s requirements for use of service animals by qualified individuals with a disability or disabilities for access to facilities and programs or as a reasonable accommodation in compliance with State and Federal legislation regarding persons with disabilities. It is the College’s intention to ensure that persons with disabilities who have a legitimate and/or documented basis for utilizing service animals on College premises are permitted to do so (with appropriate exceptions listed below).

Procedures

3.1 Types of Service Animals/ Service Dogs

Service Animal - A dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Other animals specifically trained to perform similar tasks may be approved on a case by case basis.

Guide Dog - a carefully trained dog that serves as a travel tool for persons with severe visual impairments or who are blind.

Hearing Dog - a dog who has been trained to alert a person with significant hearing loss or who is deaf when a sound, e.g., knock on the door, occurs.

Service Dog - a dog that has been trained to assist a person with a mobility or health impairment. Types of duties the dog may perform include carrying, fetching, opening doors, ringing doorbells, activating elevator buttons, steadying a person while walking, helping a person up after a person falls, etc.. Service dogs are sometimes called assistance dogs.

Sig Dog - a dog that is trained to assist a person with autism. The dog alerts the partner to distracting repetitive movements common among those with autism, allowing the person to stop the movement (e.g., hand flapping). A person with autism may have problems with sensory input and need the same support services from a dog that a dog might give to a person who is blind or deaf.

Seizure Response Dog - a dog trained to assist a person with a seizure disorder; how the dog serves the person depends on the person’s needs. The dog may stand guard over the person during a seizure, or the dog may go for help. A few dogs have somehow learned to predict a seizure and warn the person in advance.

Therapy or Companion Animal - an animal with a good temperament and disposition, that has reliable and predictable behavior. These animals are selected to visit or serve as companions for people with non-physical/non-sensory disabilities, emotional impairments, or people who are experiencing the frailties of aging. Often such animals are utilized as part of formalized animal therapy programs. Therapy animals generally do not demonstrably assist persons with disabilities in the activities of daily living, or directly with the major life activities as defined by law. The therapy animal does not provide fundamental assistance all or most of the time (as for example, a guide dog for the blind typically does). Emotional dependency on companion animals, pets, or therapy animals does not generally rise to the standard of service animals as defined in the ADA. Such animals are thus generally not considered service animals for the purposes of the College’s regulation and are not permitted on GCC premises.

Exceptions are possible when the individual requesting the assistance of a therapy animal provides appropriate documentation to the College from a qualified diagnostician or medical professional that demonstrates the animal ameliorates a condition that qualifies as a disability.

3.2 When a Service Animal Can be Asked to Leave

Service animals under state and federal law are permitted in College facilities except under limited circumstances. Service animals may be excluded from College facilities under certain circumstances when necessary to protect legitimate College interests. These circumstances may include:

  • Interfering with the work of another service animal
  • Causing a “fundamental alteration” of curricula, services, activities or programs due to the presence of an animal
  • The animal or handler failing to maintain appropriate behavioral standards
  • Maintaining and protecting the rights of others under the ADA/504
  • Protecting College property
  • When the presence of the animal poses a ‘direct threat” to the health and safety of the public, employees, and students

3.3 Registration of Service Animals Utilized for Ongoing Access or Accommodation

Any student or member of the public wishing to use a service animal to provide ongoing accommodation or access to College facilities, programs or activities must register the animal with the Coordinator of Disability

Services or Special Needs Counselor at the appropriate campus. The registration procedure includes:

  • Providing sufficient evidence verifying the animal meets the definition of a service animal
  • Providing evidence that the service animal has satisfactory health
  • Developing a plan for maintenance of the animal while on GCC property, including toiletry and disposal. Students may not assume that College personnel are responsible for this service.

3.4 Requirements for Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • Allow a service animal to accompany the partner at all times and everywhere on campus except where service animals are specifically prohibited.
  • Do not pet a service animal; petting a service animal when the animal is working distracts the animal from the task at hand.
  • Do not feed a service animal. The service animal may have specific dietary requirements.
  • Do not deliberately startle a service animal
  • Do not separate or attempt to separate a partner/handler from his/her service animal.

3.5 Requirements of Service Animals and Their Partners/Handlers . The service animal should wear a harness, cape, identification tag or other gear that readily identifies its working status.

  • Vaccination - The animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal
  • Licensing - Virginia law (3.1-796.85) states that all dogs four months or older must be licensed
  • Under Control of Partner/Handler - The partner/handler must be in full control of the service animal at all times. The care and supervision of service animals is solely the responsibility of the partner/handler.
  • The animal must be on a leash or controlled by a harness at all times
  • Clean up and Maintenance - Always carry equipment sufficient to clean up the animal’s feces. If the partner/handler is unable to physically clean up after their service animal, a plan must be developed to ensure the proper disposal of the animal’s waste.

Point of Contact

Win Stevens
Counselor/Coordinator of Disability Services
(540)891-3019

Approval and Revision Dates

Approved by President’s Council March 6, 2006

Student Activities, Requirements for

Germanna Community College Requirements for Student Activities Policy 80390 (Student Services)

Purpose:

Germanna Community College encourages the development of a student activities program designed to promote educational and cultural experiences. Through participation in clubs and organizations, or other planned activities, students develop a wide range of abilities, including intellectual, communication, athletic, and leadership skills. Students develop self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and an appreciation for other cultures and lifestyles. Finally, students develop a sense of integrity, purpose, and social responsibility that empowers them to be productive within and beyond the college community.

Policy:

The College shall recognize and encourage honorary, scholastic, service organizations, and sports clubs that do not restrict membership based on race, color, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation or other non-merit factors. Private clubs, private associations, social fraternities, and social sororities shall not be recognized by the College.

Procedures:

  • The student activities shall be under the College’s supervision.
  • There shall be a faculty or staff sponsor for each student club or organization.
  • All student activity funds shall be deposited with and expended through the college business office, subject to all policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to such funds.
  • All student activity programs and recognized organizations must comply with the College’s nondiscrimination policy, except as follows: Any recognized religious or political student organization shall be authorized to limit certain activities only to members who are committed to furthering the mission of such organization. Such activities include ordering the organization’s internal affairs, selecting the organization’s leaders and members, defining the organization’s doctrines, and resolving the organization’s disputes.

Definitions:

Student activities are out-of-classroom activities that support the mission of the colleges and provide students avenues for personal growth and enrichment.

References:

VCCS Policy Manual Number 6.4.5, Requirements for Student Activities.
http://cdn.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Sec61.pdf

Point of Contact:

Dean of Student Development

Approval and Revision Dates:

  • College Council - October 31, 2014
  • President’s Council - December 15, 2014
  • College Board - January 15, 2015

Student Development Course Requirement

Germanna Community College Student Development Course Requirement Policy 80350

Purpose

1.1 Effective fall 2014, all curricular students, except those in a career studies certificate program, must take a student development course in their first semester of enrollment at Germanna Community College.

Policy

2.2 Exceptions to the policy

  • Students enrolled in career studies certificate programs that do not require an SDV course.
  • Non-curricular students - transient, non-degree, etc.
  • Transfer students who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours and who gain advanced standing through the SDV Assessment by Local Examination (ABLE) test.
  • Students who already have an Associate Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Dual enrollment, joint enrollment, and home schooled students who have not already completed the Student Development Skills requirement prior to completing secondary school. These students must take a student development course in their first post-secondary semester of enrollment.

Procedure

Definitions

References

Point of Contact

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services

Approval and Revisions Dates

  • Curriculum Committee: December 7, 2012
  • College Council: November 22, 2013
  • President’s Council: December 16, 2013
  • College Board: January 1, 2014 first reading; March 20, 2014 approval

Student Services

Policy 80420: Student Discrimination Grievance

Purpose:

This policy provides an equitable and orderly process to resolve complaints made by students for improper treatment based on unlawful discrimination. This policy does not apply to complaints or appeals regarding tuition refunds, academic grades, sexual misconduct, or student conduct which are handled under separate policies and procedures.

Policy :

Germanna Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors, or disability in its education programs, recruitment efforts, employment opportunities, programs or activities.

2.1. Germanna Community College shall provide a reasonable, prompt, orderly, and fairly administered resolution of complaints by an active student, credit or non-credit, for alleged discriminatory treatment by Germanna employees, or employees under contract to Germanna Community College.

2.2 A reasonable effort shall be made by the College to guide and support students through the complaint procedure to facilitate early and effective resolutions. The procedures herein described shall be conducted on a confidential basis.

2.3 Any student raising a complaint shall be treated with respect and shall receive a response as delineated in the following procedure. Retaliation against anyone involved in a complaint process, including the complainant, witnesses, or institutional representatives, is strictly prohibited. Any person found to have retaliated against anyone involved in a complaint is subject to disciplinary action.

2.4 The College will maintain a record of all formal student complaints against the institution.

2.5 The Dean of Student Development shall be responsible for developing and maintaining procedures that are consistent with this policy. All supervisors or administrators have a duty to act in accordance to this policy and shall ensure that the faculty, students, and staff, including visitors and contractors in their areas of responsibility, are aware of and in full compliance with this policy. The Dean of Student Development may appoint a designee to carry out all responsibilities detailed in this policy. The Dean of Student Development may be contacted as follows: Dean Pam Frederick, pfrederick@germanna.edu (540-423-9125..

Procedure

3.1 The following procedures shall be followed by active students for a fair and equitable process to present an issue of discriminatory treatment by Germanna employees or contractor employees. A complaint may be resolved through either an informal or a formal process.

3.2 The College may investigate any incident of possible discrimination upon being placed on notice that a discriminatory act might have occurred, even if a formal complaint is not filed. Further, verbal notice of possible discriminatory conduct from a student will trigger an investigation. The College will request that the student complete the formal complaint form to ensure accurate record keeping. The College may conduct an investigation when a student elects the informal complaint process depending on the seriousness of the allegations.

Definitions

4.1 Students are encouraged to make reasonable efforts to have their concerns addressed informally if they feel comfortable doing so. Students should notify the Dean of Student Development that they wish to resolve the matter informally. The Dean of Student Development along with two members of the Germanna Affirmative Action Committee shall mediate the matter and document the resolution of the process. Documentation shall include the complaint made and the resolution of the complaint.

4.2 The complainant must initiate the informal phase of the student complaint process within twenty (20) business days from when the complainant knew or should have known of the action or inaction.

4.2.1 If the problem is resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, the matter is closed. If the problem is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant, the student may elect to move to the formal process.

4.2.2 While the complainant is encouraged to resolve the issue(s) in question through the informal process, he/she may elect to move to the formal process at any time after starting the informal process. The time frame for filing the informal complaint may be extended for good cause to be determined by the Dean of Student Development.

4.3 Formal Student Complaint Process

4.3.1 If the complainant does not wish to attempt a resolution of the complaint through the informal process, or, in the event the student believes the informal process has been unsuccessful, the complainant may use the formal complaint process. At each step of the formal process, the respondent(s) shall be advised by the Dean of Student Development of the details of the complaint, have a full and fair opportunity to prepare and present his or her position, and to offer evidence and witness testimony.

4.3.2 Complainants enrolled in non-credit courses through the college’s Center for Workforce and Community Education shall have the same rights and be entitled to the same processes as complainants enrolled in credit courses.

4.3.3 A student with a complaint should complete the Formal Student Complaint Form (Appendix A) within thirty (30) business days of the action or inaction or within ten (10) business days of the conclusion or termination of the informal process, whichever is sooner. The formal complaint must be filed with the Dean of Student Development.

4.3.4 The time frame for filing the formal complaint may be extended for good cause to be determined by the Dean of Student Development.

4.3.5 The formal complaint must include:

  • Complainant’s name and Germanna identification number;
  • Complainant’s contact information;
  • Respondents’ name and contact information (if known);
  • Date of the complaint;
  • Date of the contested action, inaction, decision, or situation;
  • Description of the allegedly discriminatory event;
  • Description of what, if any, other steps have been taken by the complainant to attempt to address the complaint; and
  • Supporting documentation and/or any other information the student would like to be considered (including the identities of witnesses concerning any facts in the alleged violation).

4.4 Resolution of Formal Complaint

4.4.1 The Dean of Student Development shall meet with the complainant within fifteen (15) business days following receipt of the formal complaint to attempt to achieve resolution of the issue and to obtain any additional information necessary to achieve such resolution.

4.4.2 The Dean of Student Development shall conduct an investigation of the issues raised by the complainant. The process may include gathering evidence from college/contractor employees or other students and statements of the witnesses and ordinarily should be completed within thirty (30) business days of the Dean of Student Development’s meeting with the complainant. Witnesses shall complete the Witness Statement Form (Appendix B). The Dean of Student Development may extend the time frame to complete the investigation for good cause. If the time frame is extended, all parties will be notified of the extension and an estimate of when the investigation will be completed. The complainant and the respondent shall receive notice that the investigation has concluded.

4.4.3 The Dean of Student Development may determine that the formal complaint is without merit and conclude the investigation after consulting with two representatives from Germanna’s Affirmative Action Committee if the complaint involves students only or with Germanna’s EEO officer if the complaint is against a college employee. Additionally, the Dean of Student Development may determine that the facts as alleged are true, but do not constitute a violation of the college’s policies or procedures.

4.4.4 The Dean of Student Development shall provide the complainant and the respondent with a draft of the findings from the investigation. The parties shall have ten (10) days to provide additional information or to clarify information (review period). The Dean of Student Development shall provide the complainant and the respondent with a final written response of the determination of findings and resolution within fifteen (15) business days after the review period.

4.4.5 In the event that the investigation reveals conduct on the part of any party that may be considered misconduct not based on discrimination, the Dean of Student Development shall refer the matter and provide a copy of the complaint record to the appropriate authority for a misconduct investigation.

4.5 Appeal Process

4.5.1 Any outcome from the formal complaint process by the Dean of Student Development with which the complainant or respondent disagrees, either because of a belief that the process was not followed or a belief that errors were made in the process, may be appealed in writing by the complainant or respondent to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs or designee. Any such appeal must be submitted using the Formal Student Complaint Appeal Form (Appendix C) within ten (10) business days of the complainant’s/respondent’s receipt of the written response.

4.5.2 The appeal must identify one of the following grounds as its basis:

4.5.2.1 A claim that the investigation was not conducted in conformity with the prescribed procedures.

4.5.2.2 A claim that the decision reached by the Dean of Student Develop ment was not supported by substantial evidence.

4.5.2.3 A claim that new evidence sufficient to alter a decision, but unknown at the time of the investigation, should be considered. The appeal should explain why the evidence was unavailable previously and why such evidence may substantially impact the findings or resolution.

4.5.3 The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs shall review the record of the complaint, the response, and any new evidence, if applicable, and affirm, deny, modify, or recommend reconsideration of the matter within ten (10) business days of the receipt of appeal. The review may or may not involve interviews of individuals involved in the complaint process at the discretion of the Vice President.

4.5.4 The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs may return the response to the Dean of Student Development and direct remedial actions that can be taken to effectively and fairly correct any procedural errors that he or she concludes have been made in prior phases of the formal grievance process.

4.5.5 The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs shall dismiss the appeal in the event that any of the following circumstances exists:
The appeal does not identify a legitimate basis as delineated above.
The appeal does not set forth written policies or procedures to which the complainant was entitled but were not afforded during the prior phases of the process.

4.5.6 The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs’ determination shall be based on a review of whether a reasonable inquiry was made concerning the alleged action or inaction about which the student complained and whether the findings were appropriate based on the facts determined in the investigation and the goals of this procedure.

4.5.7 Should more time be needed to render a decision, the complainant and respondent shall be notified in writing of the delay and expected completion date of the review, which shall not to exceed twenty (20) business days from the time of the appeal.

4.5.8 The complainant, respondent, and Dean of Student Development, shall receive a written explanation of Vice President’s decision on the appeal. The Vice President’s decision is final.

4.6 Student Complaint Records

4.6.1 The Dean of Student Development will maintain a record of all complaints, appeals, and outcomes in a secure location. Electronic retention of these records is encouraged. These files shall be maintained by the Dean of Student Development for a period of three (3) years from the date of the final outcome.

4.7 Retaliation

4.7.1 If a student or institutional representative believes that he/she has been subjected to adverse treatment because of filing or participating in a complaint, the Dean of Student Development shall be notified immediately.

4.7.2 The Dean of Student Development shall investigate the alleged retaliation and meet with all involved parties and attempt a resolution to the situation.

4.7.3 If the person claiming retaliation is dissatisfied with a resolution issued by the Dean of Student Development, he/she may appeal to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. The Vice President’s decision is final.

4.8 External Agencies

4.8.1 This procedure is not intended to impede any student’s right to file a timely complaint with an appropriate external state or federal agency.

4.8.2 Students may seek resolution through the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education (“OCR”). A complaint filed with OCR must be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged discrimination. Or, if the college complaint procedure was utilized by the student, the OCR complaint must be filed within 60 calendar days from the date of the final decision, unless the time for filing is extended by the OCR for good cause shown. Information on how to proceed may be accessed on OCR’s website at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

4.9 Sanctions

4.9.1 Sanctions that may be imposed under this policy include:
Students: Admonition, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal
Employees: Suspension or dismissal

Definitions

5.1 Active Student: individuals are considered “active students” for two (2) years after their initial admission or readmission to the College or most recent enrollment, including in a non-credit course, whichever is later.

5.2 Complainant: an individual who is an active student with the college who has a complaint against the college as a result of the action or inaction of a college employee or student.

5.3 Complaint: an unwritten or written claim raised by a student alleging discriminatory action by an employee or a student involving the application of a college rule/regulation or a board policy or procedure (Virginia Community College System Policy Manual section 6.5.0.1). The complainant must be personally affected by the alleged violation and unlawful action.

5.4 Discrimination/Discriminatory Action: the unlawful treatment of another based on a non-merit factor that excludes an individual from participation in, denies the individual the benefits of, or otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s education or participation in college program or activity. Harassment is a form of discrimination. Harassment is created by conduct so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it undermines and detracts from an employee’s work performance or a student’s educational experience.

5.4 Formal Complaint: the written stage of the student complaint process.

5.5 Informal Complaint: the unwritten stage of the student complaint process.

5.6 Respondent: Germanna employee, or employee of a firm under contract to Germanna Community College identified by the complainant as causing or contributing to the complaint.

Point of Contact

Dean of Student Development

Approval and Revisions Dates

  • College Council: September 25, 2015
  • President’s Council: October 19, 2015; Revision January 19, 2016
  • College Board:

Weapons Policy

Germanna Community College Weapons Policy 70220 (Safety and Security)

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to promote a safe learning and working environment for all college locations by minimizing the risk of violence by use of a weapon. This policy provides rules and procedures for the possession of weapons on campus grounds, in campus buildings, and at campus events. It is consistent with the Regulation of Weapons (Appendix A) adopted by the State Board for Community Colleges, Policy 3.14.6, Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment Policy Guidelines of the Virginia Community College System, and the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1.2 Application: This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors entering campus buildings or attending college-sponsored events.

1.3 Authority: The State Board for Community Colleges is authorized by Virginia Code §§ 23-215 and 23-217(g) to promulgate regulations for carrying out its responsibilities. State Board for Community Colleges Regulation 8VAC95-10-10 et seq. (Appendix A) sets out prohibitions for weapons possession on all college campuses within the VCCS. College boards may approve policies consistent with guidelines set by the State Board for Community Colleges.

1.4 Definitions:

1.4.1. “Police officer” means law-enforcement officials appointed pursuant to Article 3 (§ 15.2-1609 et seq.) of Chapter 16 and Chapter 17 (§ 15.2-1700 et seq.) of Title 15.2, Chapter 17 (§ 23-232 et seq.) of Title 23, Chapter 2 (§ 29.1-200 et seq.) of Title 29.1, or Chapter 1 (§ 52-1 et seq.) of Title 52 of the Code of Virginia or sworn federal law-enforcement officers.

1.4.2. “College property” means any property owned, leased, or controlled by a member college of the Virginia Community College System and the administrative office of the Virginia Community College System.

1.4.3. “Weapon” means (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; (iii) any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; (iv) any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or (v) any weapon of like kind, to include but not limited to, Tasers.

Students and employees may possess and use appropriate tools, such as saws, knives or other such implements, necessary for the performance of their job duties. Contractors and others on campus whose duties require possession and use of construction equipment, including but not limited to pneumatic nail guns, may possess and use such equipment only in performance of their job duties through a valid contractual or legal relationship with the College.

“Weapon” does not mean knives or razors used for domestic purposes, pen or folding knives with blades less than three inches in length, or knives of like kind carried for use in accordance with the purpose intended by the original seller.

Policy

2.1. Possession or carrying of any weapon by any person, except a police officer, is prohibited on college property in academic buildings, administrative office buildings, student centers, child care centers, dining facilities and places of like kind where people congregate, or while attending any college-sponsored sporting, entertainment or educational events. Entry

upon the aforementioned college property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.

2.2. Faculty, staff, and students may not possess or carry any weapon anywhere on college property except as outlined in Section F of this policy.

Exceptions

3.1. Current sworn and certified local, state, and federal law enforcement officers with proper identification, may possess or carry a weapon on college property, inside all campus buildings, and at all campus events.

3.2. Faculty, staff, and students may secure handguns, rifles, and shotguns in a compartment or container of parked vehicles. Faculty, staff, and students who wish to secure a weapon in their vehicle must possess a valid concealed weapons permit. The compartment or container may be a trunk, glove compartment or other secured storage area in the vehicle. At no time shall a weapon to include handguns, rifles and shotguns be loaded or visible in plain view while inside a vehicle. Furthermore, at no time shall faculty, staff and students possess the weapon (except while in their vehicle) while on college property.

3.3. Visitors and contractors may secure weapons to include handguns, rifles, and shotguns in parked vehicles. Visitors and contractors are encouraged to secure weapons in the trunk of vehicles or otherwise out of sight of passersby. If visitors and contractors store weapons to include handguns, rifles and shotguns in a parked vehicle, the weapon must be secured in a compartment or container inside the vehicle. Furthermore, at no time shall contractors possess the weapon (except while in their vehicle) while on college property.

3.4. The Germanna Community College Chief of Police or designee may authorize in writing a person to possess, store, or use a weapon: (i) when used for educational or artistic instruction, display, parade, or ceremony sponsored or approved by the college (unloaded or disabled only and with other specified safeguards, if appropriate); or (ii) for any college-approved training, course, or class. Because of the seriousness of the request to bring a weapon the following will be required for authorization. Thirty days prior to the date requested, a written request must be received by the Chief of Police. The written request must have been already approved by the requestor’s Dean/ Program Head or as appropriate Department Head/Vice President or will result in an automatic denial. Each request will be considered in totality of other on-going events and circumstances for the specific request. As such, each request must contain the date and times, reason, location, audience, handler of weapon and type of weapon. Any deviation, to include any change in date, time, reason, location, audience, handler of weapon or type of weapon will require a new submission and approval through the aforementioned procedure.

Procedures

4.1. If college police and/or security observe or receive a report of a violation of this policy, the college police and/or security will direct the individual to leave the campus building or event immediately. (This includes requiring faculty, staff and students possessing a firearm in open areas to comply.)The individual, including faculty, staff, and students, may secure the weapon inside his or her vehicle and return. In the event the individual fails to comply, college police will take appropriate action, to include potential arrest or internal disciplinary referral.

4.2. In cases involving an immediate threat of violence, members of the campus community are encouraged to immediately call the college police at 2911from any college phone or 540-727-2911 from any cellular phone. College police may make an arrest or take other action as appropriate.

4.3. Persons observed on the open grounds of campus (streets, sidewalks, and other open areas on college property) may be asked by the college police and/or security to identify his or her relationship with the college to confirm whether a violation of this policy has occurred, (i.e., determine whether the individual is a student, employee, or visitor). If the individual is a visitor who intends to enter a campus building or event where weapons are prohibited, college police and/or security shall advise that, pursuant to regulation (Appendix A), it is unlawful to enter such places while possessing or carrying a weapon. The individual shall be advised to secure the weapon inside his or her vehicle prior to entering the building or event. Faculty, staff and students shall be advised of same prohibitions and shall be advised to secure the weapon inside his or her vehicle prior to entering the building or event or anytime while on College Property.

Violation of Policy

5.1. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action under the student conduct code up to and including, dismissal.

5.2. Employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination, using existing policies and procedures including Section 3 of the VCCS Policy Manual or DHRM Policy 1.60, Standards of Conduct.

5.3. Pursuant to the Regulation of Weapons (Appendix A), visitors and contractors in violation of the prohibitions on the possession of weapons are subject to arrest and may be barred from the College.

Approval and Revision Dates

Approved by Student Government Association (SGA) on February 11, 2013
Approved by College Council on February 22, 2013
Approved by President’s Council on March 18, 2013
Approved by College Board on March 21, 2013

State Board For Community Colleges Weapons Regulations

Chapter 10 - Regulation Of Weapons

8VAC95-10-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

“Police officer” means law-enforcement officials appointed pursuant to Article 3 (§ 15.2-1609 et seq.) of Chapter 16 and Chapter 17 (§ 15.2-1700 et seq.) of Title 15.2, Chapter 17 (§ 23-232 et seq.) of Title 23, Chapter 2 (§ 29.1-200 et seq.) of Title 29.1, or Chapter 1 (§ 52-1 et seq.) of Title 52 of the Code of Virginia or sworn federal law-enforcement officers.

“College property” means any property owned, leased, or controlled by a member college of the Virginia Community College System and the administrative office of the Virginia Community College System.

“Weapon” means (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; (iii) any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; (iv) any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or (v) any weapon of like kind, to include but not limited to, tasers.

“Weapon” does not mean knives or razors used for domestic purposes, pen or folding knives with blades less than three inches in length, or knives of like kind carried for use in accordance with the purpose intended by the original seller.

8VAC95-10-20. Possession of weapons prohibited.

  1. Possession or carrying of any weapon by any person, except a police officer, is prohibited on college property in academic buildings, administrative office buildings, student centers, child care centers, dining facilities and places of like kind where people congregate, or while attending any sporting, entertainment, or educational events. Entry upon the aforementioned college property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.
  2. Any individual in violation of this prohibition will be asked to remove the weapon immediately. Failure to comply may result in a student conduct referral, an employee disciplinary action, or arrest.

8VAC95-10-30. Exceptions to prohibition.

  1. The prohibition in 8VAC95-10-20 shall not apply to current sworn and certified local, state, and federal law enforcement officers with proper identification, nor shall it apply to possession of a weapon when stored securely inside the vehicle of properly permitted students and employees.
  2. The chief of the college police department or head of security department, or his designee, may authorize in writing a person to possess, store, or use a weapon: (i) when used for educational or artistic instruction, display, parade, or ceremony sponsored or approved by the college (unloaded or disabled only and with other specified safeguards, if appropriate); or (ii) for any college-approved training, course, or class.

8VAC95-10-40. Person lawfully in charge.

Campus police officers or security, and other police officers acting pursuant to a mutual aid agreement or by concurrent jurisdiction, are lawfully in charge for the purposes of forbidding entry upon or remaining upon college property while possessing or carrying weapons in violation of this chapter.

Policy 80470: Administrative Withdraw due to Non-Attendance or Non-Participation

Purpose

This policy establishes a clearly defined process and procedure for administratively withdrawing a student for non-attendance or non-participation in an online course after initial attendance. This process does not apply to students being removed from a course due to initial non-attendance.

2. Policy

2.1. Germanna Community College recognizes the importance of attendance and participation in the success of its students. For this reason, faculty identify specific class attendance policies and other requirements of the class in the syllabi, which is distributed at the beginning of each term. Regular classroom attendance, or regular participation in the case of a nontraditional course format, is generally part of these requirements.

2.2. If a student is going to be absent, it is their responsibility to inform the instructor prior to the absence occurring whenever possible. Students are also responsible for making up all coursework missed during the absence.

2.3. In the event of unexplained absences, or a violation of the instructor’s attendance policy, after initial attendance by the student, the instructor may withdraw a student administratively, resulting in a grade of W for the course.

2.4. The administrative drop is only to be used after census date, and the student will be assigned a W. If a student does not initially attend, this should be reported directly to the Roster, who will administratively delete the student from the course with no letter grade. If a student does initially attend, but has multiple absences after this, this will be reported to the Registrar.

2.5. The student’s class load will also be reduced by the course credits, which may affect the student’s full-time or part-time status. Tuition will not be refunded.

2.6. Students who are withdrawn from a course by the instructor for non-attendance cannot be reinstated unless instructor error is determined.

Procedure

3.1 Students who have initially attended their course, but have since had multiple unexplained absences or violated the professor’s attendance policy outlined in the syllabi may be administratively withdrawn by the instructor after census date.

3.2 In order to do this, the instructor must submit a completed Administrative Withdraw due to Non-Attendance Form to Admissions and Records for processing.

3.3 The student will be withdraw from the course, and notified by the Admissions and Records Office.

3.4 The student will not be eligible for a tuition exception.

Definitions

References

Point of Contact

Registrar

Approval and Revision Dates

Leadership Council: February 23, 2018
College Board: March 15, 2018

Policy 80480: Request to Audit Course

Purpose

This policy establishes a clearly defined process and procedure for students who wish to audit a course at Germanna Community College.

Policy

2.1 In accordance with VCCS policy 5.6.0., students requesting to audit a course must have the approval of the division dean or another appropriate academic administrator.

2.2 Audited courses do not bear any credit, and do not apply toward the student’s program of study. If a student desires to earn credit for a previously audited course, they must re-enroll, and pay regular tuition for the course.

2.3 As outlined in VCCS policy 5.6.0, students wanting to go from credit to audit or audit to credit for a course must do so by the last date to drop the class with a refund.

2.4 Advanced standing credit should not be awarded for a previously audited course.

2.5 Financial aid cannot be applied towards an audited course. Students utilizing financial aid are strongly encouraged to consult the financial aid office prior to changing from credit to audit, as this change may impact their financial aid award.

2.6 If a student who is auditing a course becomes disruptive to the learning process of other students, the instructor does reserve the right to ask the student to leave.

Procedure

3.1 To audit a course, the student should first register for the course through their student center.

3.2 The student will then complete an Auditing a Class form, and have acquire the signature of an academic dean or another appropriate academic administrator per VCCS policy 5.6.0.

3.3 The form will then be returned to the Welcome Center no later than the last date to drop the class being requested for audit for a refund.

3.4 The Welcome Center will process the student’s request to audit the course, and assign a “grade” of X.

Point of Contact

Registrar

References

Approval and Revision Dates

Leadership Council: February 23, 2018
College Board: March 15, 2018

Policy 80490: Request for an Exception to Academic Policy

Purpose

This policy shall establish a process and procedure by which Germanna Community College can document instances where an exception to academic policy is necessary.

Policy

2.1 In instances of acceptable mitigating circumstances, or error on the part of Germanna administrators, faculty, or staff, exceptions to academic policies.

2.2 Academic policy is defined as those policies listed in the Germanna Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

2.3 Mitigating circumstances are those considered to be beyond the student’s control, and cannot include pre-existing conditions.

2.4 All mitigating circumstances and errors by Germanna personnel must be documented officially (i.e. a letter from the student’s doctor on official letterhead, documented acknowledgement by the responsible personnel about the error made, etc.).

2.5 The exception to policy cannot be used to override state or federal policies or regulations.

2.6 Any exception to policy must be approved by the Vice President of Academics and Workforce.

Procedure

3.1 An exception to academic policy may be requested by the student, or on behalf of the student, and must be submitted to the appropriate academic dean for review.

3.2 Once the appropriate academic dean has signed the form with their recommendation, the form will then go to the Vice-President of Academics and Workforce for evaluation.

3.3 The Vice-President of Academics and Workforce will make a final determination, and provide the form to the Office of Admissions and Records with specific instructions for processing.

3.4 The Office of Admissions and Records will notify the student of the outcome of the request for an exception via their VCCS student email account.

Definitions

References

Point of Contact

Vice President of Academics and Workforce

Approval

Leadership Council: February 23, 2018
College Board: March 15, 2018