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Classification of Programs of Study Transfer Credit Standards of Progress Attendance
Classifications of Students Grading System Academic Recognition Academic Honesty Policy
Plan of Study Credit by Examination Student-Faculty Responsibilities Transfer to Senior Colleges and Universities

Student-Faculty Responsibilities

At Durham Technical Community College, the student and the faculty member are obliged to meet a number of reciprocal responsibilities within the student-teacher relationship.

The student is responsible for arriving at all classes on time and preparing to participate in assigned work or activities; obtaining assignments from the faculty member before an absence whenever possible, so that work may be submitted upon returning; requesting to make up assignments missed due to legitimate absences (make-up assignments will follow procedures stipulated by the faculty member at the outset of the course); and seeking faculty assistance when clarification or additional assistance is needed to complete an assignment.

The college does not permit a student to attend class with a child or leave a child unattended on campus while attending class. The college is not responsible for students’ laptop computers, calculators, PDA’s, or other devices if they are lost or stolen or if they are damaged due to electrical current variations while in use at the college.

The faculty member is responsible for being prepared for each class, starting the class on time, and providing a full period of effective instruction throughout the semester; providing students with complete information about the objectives and requirements of the course, including the resources available to students outside the classroom or laboratory; maintaining an accurate record of attendance for all students and consulting promptly with students on any attendance problems; and being available to students outside of class in the event additional assistance is needed in meeting course requirements.


Regular attendance is required for the student to complete all course requirements and receive the optimum benefit of instruction. In the event of absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all missed work in the most timely manner possible. Failure to make up missed work will adversely affect the student’s course grade. For more information, refer to the Student Withdrawals, Faculty Drops, and Class Absences section.

Tardiness and Early Departure

The student should be on time for each class session and should be prepared to remain for the full duration of the class. Tardiness or early departure from class that results in the student missing at least 20 percent of the instructional session may be considered an absence. Chronic tardiness and/or leaving class early may adversely affect the student’s course grade and may cause the student to receive a grade of F.

Academic Honesty Policy

Durham Technical Community College establishes and follows a process for defining and addressing academic dishonesty when it occurs either inside or outside the classroom.

Student Violation Procedure

Academic dishonesty is the participation or collaboration in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Participation or collaboration may be active (such as submitting a term paper which includes plagiarized work) or passive (such as receiving a copy of a test before class). Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  1. Unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, or other materials on examinations or other academic exercises such as
    1. Sharing information about an exam with a student who has not taken that exam;
    2. Obtaining information about the contents of a test the student has not taken;
    3. Unauthorized use of PDAs, programmable calculators, or other electronic storage devices;
    4. Text messaging or other forms of communication during an exam;
    5. Unauthorized or inappropriate file sharing and use of Internet and computer resources as specified in the Appropriate Use Policy; and
    6. Unauthorized use of translation software and assistance from native speakers or advanced-level students in foreign language classes.

  2. Plagiarism, which is defined as the representation of another person’s work, words, thoughts, or ideas, including material from the Internet, as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, copying material and using ideas from an article, book, unpublished paper, or the Internet without proper documentation of references.

  3. Unauthorized use and/or possession of any academic material, such as tests, research papers, assignments, or similar materials.

Reports of Academic Honesty Policy violations are kept on file in the office of the Chief Instructional Officer. Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy do not expire.

The following violation procedure applies to alleged instances of academic dishonesty.

Any student who commits acts of academic dishonesty as described above shall be disciplined in the following manner:

  1. In the case of a first offense of classroom dishonesty as described above, a grade of zero shall be given on that particular classroom exercise. The instructor must notify, in writing, the student and the Chief Instructional Officer via the instructor’s immediate supervisor of the assigned grade of zero within seven working days. The Chief Instructional Officer will then notify the instructor in a timely manner about any prior violations of classroom dishonesty against the student.

  2. Upon notification that the student’s offense is a second offense of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall withdraw the student with a grade of F for the course, and the student shall become ineligible for any and all scholarships funded by the college.

    Students who are removed from a class for academic dishonesty cannot receive a grade of W for the course. The Office of the Chief Instructional Officer will notify the student about the assignment of the grade of F and the scholarship ineligibility in writing.

    If the student appeals the second finding of academic dishonesty via the Student Grievance Procedure, the student shall be allowed to remain in the class until the appeal is resolved.

  3. Upon notification that the student’s offense is a third offense of academic dishonesty, the Office of the Chief Instructional Officer will request that the student meet with the Chief Instructional Officer for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The student must meet with the Chief Instructional Officer within three working days after notification by the college. If, upon review of the evidence, the Chief Instructional Officer deems the student to be not guilty of the act of dishonesty, the student will be allowed to resume class attendance immediately and allowed to make up any work missed due to the suspension. If the Chief Instructional Officer finds that the student has committed a third offense of academic dishonesty, a punishment for the student will be recommended to the college’s President. Punishment will normally include suspension from the college for a period of time that the President determines to be appropriate. If a student is found guilty of an Academic Honesty Policy violation and suspended from the college due to the violation, the student’s suspension will be recorded on the student’s official college record.

  4. Any instance of academic dishonesty in a clinical practicum or workplace setting shall be treated as equivalent to a third offense of academic dishonesty in the classroom. The student shall be referred to the Office of the Chief Instructional Officer for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

  5. Students may appeal decisions concerning issues addressed by this policy through the Student Grievance Procedure.

Employee Violation Procedure

Academic dishonesty is considered “conduct unbecoming a member of the faculty or staff” and is addressed through the college’s Due Process Policy.


Transfer to Senior Colleges and Universities

The following information concerning transfer credit to senior institutions is subject to change without notice. Transferring students should contact admissions offices at four-year institutions concerning admission requirements and transfer credits for specific programs of study.

Associate in Arts and Associate in Science

Either the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree or the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded for the University Transfer program. Students who began their program Fall Semester 1997 or later and who complete the University Transfer program (for courses with a grade of C or above), will transfer as a junior upon acceptance to all University of North Carolina (UNC) System institutions. After being accepted at the four-year university, students who complete the general education core (for courses with a grade of C or above) will meet general education requirements for all UNC System institutions. University Transfer student advisors and faculty in the University Transfer Department can assist students with most basic transfer information for public and private institutions in North Carolina.

Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is awarded for two-year technical programs which focus on preparing the student for a profession. There are senior institutions which accept some of these degrees as the first two years of a four-year program. Other senior institutions evaluate the Associate in Applied Science degree on a course-by-course basis.

Counseling and Student Development staff assist students with transfer to other educational institutions. Information about the colleges and universities that offer transfer credit for courses in the Associate in Applied Science degree programs completed at Durham Tech is available in the Counseling and Student Development office and on this website.

Associate in General Education

The Associate in General Education (AGE) is a highly flexible degree program which a student may structure to meet individual needs. Courses for the A.G.E. degree may be selected from either the University Transfer program or from technical programs, provided that a minimum of 18 credits in a general education core is included. Transferability of courses depends on which specific courses are selected for the degree. Additional information is available from the Admissions office or the General Education program director and on this website.

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