2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
    Nov 28, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Student Support Services



Student Support Vision Statement:

  • Equipping students for success by developing competencies to support the pursuit of academic, career, social and personal goals.

Student Support Mission:

  • Provide access for educational opportunities.
  • Promote student engagement in activities that enhance learning.
  • Create opportunities for personal development, growth, leadership, and civic responsibility.
  • Build diverse and inclusive communities and model appreciation of differences.
  • Advocate for and ensure students’ rights,
  • Teach and encourage responsibility and develop effective life skills.
  • Assist students with career services.

Campus Resources

Accessibility Services

The Pitt Community College Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) is committed to equal opportunity for students with disabilities. We believe that students are responsible for their own academic success, but we know that begins with being afforded equal access. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Pitt Community College provides access to higher education for qualified students with disabilities. This ensures an equal opportunity to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from all PCC has to offer.

Students can request accommodations by contacting the Office of Accessibility and providing appropriate documentation about their disability- related needs. All documentation remains confidential. The most appropriate accommodations are determined after consultation with the student, review of documentation and consideration of previous accommodations in accordance with the law. Students with varying disabilities may receive accommodations and services from the point of admission through graduation. There is no cost to the student.

Accommodations that must be planned or arranged prior to the start of classes (such as placement testing, note taker services or interpreter services) should be requested as soon as possible after admission. Students with disabilities must meet the same academic standards as all other students. For additional information about accommodations and services provided, contact the Office of Accessibility Services at (252) 493-7595.

Career Services

Career Services assists students and alumni in career decision making, job search, and professional development. There is no charge for any of these services. In addition, students have access to many of these services through the PCC Career Service’s website.

Career Services helps students to identify interests, values, and abilities to empower their major and career selection. We utilize a variety of resources to assist students with learning about majors, careers, jobs, and internship prospects.

Our office also provides resume and cover letter preparation, practice interviews, and opportunities to connect with employers. Career Services is a liaison between Pitt Community College students and potential employers. All students and alumni are encouraged to use these services. For more information, contact Career Services at (252) 493-7784 or careerservices@email.pittcc.edu

Counseling

Counseling Services

Pitt Community College offers personal, mental health, and academic counseling services to enrolled students. Counseling services are available at no charge to every student from enrollment through graduation.

A student may be dealing with personal issues that are affecting their ability to adapt to the college environment. The counseling staff provides a confidential atmosphere in which the student may discuss these problems. Counselors can help students develop appropriate life skills to cope socially, emotionally, and academically to increase their chances in succeeding in college. Counselors can also make appropriate referrals to community agencies when a student has a long-term counseling need or is in need of additional resources.

Students may also meet with a counselor when they are struggling in their courses. Faculty often refer students for counseling when they realize the student is struggling in their academic performance. Counselors are able to assist students by helping them develop stronger time management skills and study skills. Counselors can refer students to on and off campus resources that can help students become more successful academically, such as tutoring resources. Counselors can also help students get connected to career resources if it is determined the student is struggling with subject areas that reveal a need to change their career pathway.

Students should schedule an appointment for counseling sessions, but it is possible for counselors to see students on a walk-in basis. Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They are located in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, Suite 170 and their phone number is (252) 493-7809.

Student Assistance Program

Personal Counseling and Mental Health Services for Currently Enrolled Students

Many college students entering PCC face academic pressures, relationship struggles, family difficulties and other personal issues or mental health challenges. College students need options and support for counseling.

Counseling by one of our professional counselors is available for currently enrolled curriculum students in need of counseling. Any instructor or college employee can refer students to the program or a student in need can self-refer to the Student Assistance Program Coordinator. The Student Assistance Program has qualified counselors available on campus. This program works in conjunction with a community agency for additional free counseling services when a student needs extensive therapeutic care.

Student confidentiality is important and protected except in circumstances explained in an established counseling session up front.

For additional information on this program and its services, contact the Student Assistance Program Coordinator at (252) 493- 7245 in the Goess Student Center, Suite 120.

Men’s Resource Center

The Men’s Resource Center focuses on creating an engaging environment for all men at PCC. Come out during the semester for friendly competitions, group outings, and relevant informational sessions aimed toward men.

The Men’s Resource Center intends to:

  • Provide services to men that enhance academic and personal success.
  • Offer a comfortable environment for men to discuss their challenges and aspirations.
  • Offer assistance to campus groups in developing programs that meet the needs of all students.
  • Increase enrollment and retention of men attending the college.
  • Assess and increase the participation of men in educational programs and services.

Services and events provided may include:

  • Video game tournaments/game nights
  • Mentoring roundtables/open forums, focused tutorial sessions, and lecture series
  • Economic and career counseling

For more information, contact Jasmin Spain, (252) 493-7769, jlspain@email.pittcc.edu

Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI): NEXT LEVEL

Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI) NEXT LEVEL is a place where any male student can come to discuss problems he may be having, get help with his course load, learn about the established programs on campus, or just relax in between classes. Any student, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs are welcome. Students are encouraged to stop past the MMSI Office to discuss issues pertaining to minority groups and learn more about diverse populations. Using weekly meetings, hands on activities, mentor relationships, peer tutoring, and self-evaluation, the program guides its participants toward achieving the highest levels of academic, professional, and personal development. In order to be eligible for the NEXT LEVEL program you must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA. For more information, contact the MMSI office at (252) 493-7506 or email: Jqfuller@my.pittcc.edu.

TRiO

Student Support Services

TRiO: Student Support Services is designed to advance outcomes and experiences of the program participants. The ultimate goal is to enhance the participants efforts to graduate and/or transfer from Pitt Community College to a four-year college or university.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Enrolled as a PCC student.
  • A United States Citizen
  • An academic need as demonstrated by low placement scores and/or low GPA.
  • Meet the income eligibility criteria and/or be a first generation college student and/or a student with a documented disability.

If accepted, the Student Support Services Program is committed to strengthening participants academic success and energizing the college experience. As a member of the Student Support Services Program, program participants will be able to engage in the following FREE services:

  • Academic Advising and Class Scheduling
  • Assistance in completion of the financial aid process
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Social Enrichment Activities
  • Study Skills Workshops
  • Mentoring - peer-to-peer and faculty/staff-to-student options
  • Enhanced Tutoring Services - virtual and face to face options
  • University and College Tours

If interested, contact Travis Kinsey, Director, TRiO Programs at trioprograms@email.pittcc.edu. Feel free to visit our office located in Warren Building, Suite 1306 or call (252) 493-7689. Website: https://pittcc.edu/academics/student-development-services/trio-student-support/

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center is designed to advance outcomes and experiences of program participants. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.

  • Counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults (18+)
  • Financial and Economic literacy
  • Counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills and Scholarships
Eligibility Requirements:
  • A United States Citizen
  • Meet the income eligibility criteria and/or be a first generation college student and/or a student with a documented disability.

If accepted, the Educational Opportunity Centers are committed to strengthening participant’s academic success as they pursue higher education and workforce training. Program participants will be able to participate in the following FREE services:

  • College application assistance
  • Financial Aid assistance
  • Financial literacy Training
  • University and College Tours
  • Mentoring- peer-to-peer and faculty/staff-to- student options

If interested, contact Travis Kinsey, Director, TRiO Programs or Vanessa Pippen, EOC Coordinator at pcceoc@my.pittcc.edu. Feel free to visit our office located in the Warren Building, Suite 1311, or call (252) 493-7503.

Website: https://pittcc.edu/academics/student-development-services/trio-student-support/index-d17/

Tutorial and Academic Success Center (TASC)

The Tutorial and Academic Success Center (TASC) is a free tutoring service for students enrolled in traditional, internet, evening, and weekend curriculum classes at PCC. Tutoring sessions have academically qualified peer tutors and professional tutors. TASC also assists students with time management, study skills, and test taking skills. This increases the probability of academic success for students. The primary goal of tutoring is to assist students in becoming independent and confident learners.

The TASC office is located in Trailer 19 behind the Everett Building (PCC Library). The Math Center is also in Trailer 19 and the Writing Center is in Trailer 21. The Science Center is located in the Williams Building, Room 130. Students can schedule an appointment for face-to-face, virtual, or walk-in tutoring during specified hours.

The Academic Skills Lab is a part of the Tutorial and Academic Success Center. The Lab is an open computer lab environment that offers academic skill-building using computerized tutorials. These tutorials offer extra practice needed to be successful in enrolled courses. Students can work independently and receive assistance with basic PC skills.

Note: Students must present a valid PCC identification card. For more information, call (252) 493-7258. Students can visit www.pittcc.edu/tutoring for more information regarding hours of operation and to schedule an appointment for tutoring.

Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center educates and empowers women for success by enhancing their academic performance and personal development. Services offered include information, advocacy, and support. Staff provide information by educating the PCC community about health issues, informing women about academic opportunities available, and by furnishing information about safety concerns of women. They also offer assistance to campus groups in developing programs to improve appreciation for and provide a greater understanding of women, and they serve as advocates for more campus services that respond to the needs of women. In addition, staff assist students in locating and utilizing campus and community resources and offers counseling services. In order to offer these services, staff work closely with various divisions on campus and seek input from other staff, students, and faculty.

The Women’s Resource Center posts events on the PCC website and myPittCC and distributes fliers across campus. In addition, members of the faculty receive fliers by email to post in classrooms and to announce to classes.

For additional information, contact Olivia Sutton (Counselor) at (252) 493-7222 or email at osutton@email.pittcc.edu.

Food Service

The Bulldog Cafe has a hot food service operated in the Goess Student Center. Hot meals, and short- order items, and fountain drinks are available. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Bulldog Cafe is closed when classes are not in session. Meal cards are available for purchase in the student store.

Vending machines for soft drinks and snacks are located in most buildings.

Health Services

Pitt Community College does not maintain health facilities. The responsibility for medical services rests with students and their spouses, parents, or guardians. Emergency facilities are available at Vidant Medical Center. New students are required to answer the health questionnaire on the Application for Admission form and student accident insurance is required.

The Pitt Community College Emergency Procedures Manual is available for review on the PCC website at (www.pittcc.edu).

Housing

The College does not provide housing facilities for students either on or off campus. For information on local apartment listings in the area, go to: http://offcampushousing.pittcc.edu

Identification Cards

All students should have a valid Pitt Community College ID card while on campus. Campus Police makes ID cards at the Campus Police Department located at 139 Bulldog Run across from the GREAT bus stop. For further information, call (252) 493-7777.

Lost and Found

Register all lost and found items with the Pitt Community College Campus Police Office located at 139 Bulldog Run.

Publications

Pitt Community College publishes the following:

  • Student Handbook
  • Program Sheets
  • PCC Profile
  • CareerFocus Magazine
  • Annual Report

The Media Relations Department also posts news, photos, and videos on the PCC website and social media pages.

Campus Tours

Campus tours are available for groups of 40 or less. Go online to https://pittcc.edu/about-pcc/visit/ to make an appointment. Admission counselors accept walk-in appointments daily at the Craig Goess Student Center to provide information on areas of study and to assist students with the enrollment process.

Class Rings

Students place orders for class rings through an official ring company representative. PCC posts notices relevant to dates for measurements.

Recreational Sports and Athletics

Recreational Sports

The Recreational Sports Program provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to have fun, socialize, manage stress, and improve personal health and wellness by participating in organized competitive sports and recreational activities.

The Recreational Sports program includes basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, and other competitive sports. General information and registration materials for Recreational Sports is at the Recreational Sports Office located inside the Charles Coburn Center and on the Pitt Community College website. Simply type the word “recreation” into the search bar on the school’s home page to find our webpage.

Open-Gym Free Play Recreation

Open-Gym free play is a designated time for students, staff, and faculty to enjoy the fitness facilities and various recreational activities. The posted hours of Open-Gym Free Play are outside the entrance of the Coburn Center located inside of the Edward and Joan Warren Building. The hours of activity and the open free play areas vary as to the many needs for academic classes, various sports and other activities scheduled in the Coburn Center. The free play areas are broken down into four groups:

  1. Cardio Area: (Located on the Mezzanine) Including treadmills, steppers, adaptive motion trainers and stationary cycles.
  2. Strength Conditioning Free-Weight Area: (Located on the Mezzanine) Including dumbbell and barbell free-weight equipment, along with the assorted benches to strength condition the body.
  3. Resistance Machine Room: (Located in the locker room hallway, beneath the Mezzanine) Houses the variable resistance strength machines.
  4. Sports Courts Area: (Located on the Multipurpose Floor) the Sports Courts are versatile to many sport activities such as volleyball and basketball, walking/jogging laps, etc.

NOTE: Academic instruction has the highest priority of using the Coburn Center. As a result, if an instructor needs a specific area of the center, all people shall stop all activities and leave that area immediately. Participation eligibility for facility use and Recreational Sports Program is limited to the following:

**Academic Students - Full and part-time currently enrolled and attending curriculum and special credit students.

**Basic Skills Students - Foundational Studies and Continuing Education students currently enrolled in and attending AHS, HSE, HRD, and ESL classes. Eligible basic skills students must obtain a PCC ID and pay the minimum student activity fee charged to academic students to use the facility and equipment.

**Faculty - Full and part-time employees engaged in curriculum and non-curriculum teaching.

**Staff - Full and part-time employees engaged in administrative and support roles in relationship to the instructional and community service functions of the college.
Spouse - The husband or wife of a faculty or staff member. Their faculty or staff spouse sponsor must accompany a spouse.

Dependents (IRS) - Children of faculty or staff ages 10 to 17 years. Restricted access to children under 10 years of age was established because adults, not small children, are the intended users of equipment in the Coburn Facility, and activities in the center could result in an injury to small children (flying balls, running players, etc.) For these reasons, faculty and staff should not bring children under 10 years of age to the facility during recreational free play. Parents or guardians must accompany dependents and directly supervise them when using the facility.

Board Members - Members of the PCC Board of Trustees and their spouses; members of the Pitt Community College Foundation, Inc., and their spouses.

Visitors - Individuals or special groups invited to PCC for official reasons other than to specifically use the facility. Visitor use requires the approval of the President (or their designee), or a vice-president (or their designee), or an assistant vice-president (or their designee).

Internal Groups and Organizations - A reservation form is on the Recreational Sports Program webpage.

External Groups and Organizations - See Vice President, Administrative Services for fees, rules, and scheduling.

Spectators - The public may enter the facility to view intercollegiate competitions.

All PCC affiliated users must bring their PCC ID card for entry to the Coburn Center.

Priorities of Usage of the Coburn Center (ranked in order of priority)

  1. Instruction of curriculum and non-curriculum courses
  2. Intercollegiate Athletics
  3. Intramural Sports
  4. Recreational Free Play
  5. Institutional/Community Service

If interested, contact the Coordinator of the Coburn Center and Recreational Sports Program at (252) 493-7399, or visiting the Coburn Center located in the Warren Building.

Intercollegiate Athletics Program

The mission of Pitt Community College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to “Educate and Empower Student Athletes for Success”. PCC Athletics strives to attain this mission by emphasizing the importance of:

  1. Higher Education
  2. Sportsmanship
  3. Character
  4. Life Skills
  5. Community Outreach

It is the philosophy of the athletics department at Pitt Community College that students can best be served in an environment that recognizes the contributions and importance of its faculty and staff. Thus, through the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association (SGA), Athletic Academic Advisory Committee, Athletic Department Advisory Committee and other campus organizations, the athletics program receives faculty, staff, and student feedback and evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the athletics program.

The athletics program meets the unique needs of a diverse group of student-athletes who come from both traditional and nontraditional backgrounds. Intercollegiate athletics include: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Softball and Volleyball. Pitt Community College accepts its responsibility to provide a fair and equitable process for selecting those who participate in athletic competition.

Pitt Community College believes that athletic participation is a privilege and seeks to provide an environment that is free from drug and substance abuse or any other performance enhancing drugs by any athlete engaged in competition. Student-athletes not only represent themselves and their families, they represent Pitt Community College and we strive for each student-athlete to embrace the responsibility that role entails and carry that label with pride and dignity.

Pitt Community College athletes must abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Athletics and its coaching staff and are subject to all rules governing the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Region Ten in which we participate. Student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average, which meets or exceeds the NJCAA requirements for participation as well as guidelines set forth by the Athletic Department and Pitt Community College. PCC Athletics is committed to providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes that will allow individual growth and team success as well as create opportunities. Additionally, athletes must communicate with faculty regarding scheduled events, which will involve being absent from class(es) and must be responsible for making up class work in a timely manner. Athletes are subject to the same academic requirements as all other students pertaining to admission, academic standing, and graduation requirements. No academic exceptions are made for student-athletes at Pitt Community College.

Code of Conduct for Intercollegiate Student-Athletes (adopted from Pursuing Victory with Honor, Six Pillars of Character)

We believe that athletic competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship and promote development of good character and other important life skills. We also believe that the highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor. The six-core principles are:

  1. Trustworthiness - be worthy in all you do.
  2. Respect - treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of other student-athletes.
  3. Responsibility - be a student first and be committed to receiving the best education you can.
  4. Fairness - live up to high standards of fair play, open-mindedness and willingness to listen and learn.
  5. Caring - demonstrate concern for others.
  6. Citizenship - play by the rules and honor the spirit of the rules.

PCC Academic Excellence Awards Program

The Academic Excellence Awards program highlights students’ academic achievements as well as their service to the College and their community. This program takes place during the spring semester. PCC selects one student from the 50 recipients to represent PCC in the N.C. Community College System’s Academic Excellence Awards program. PCC faculty/staff nominate students using the appropriate forms.

The criteria for nomination include:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a minimum of 9 semester hours
  • Must have completed at least 24 semester hours at PCC towards an Associate Degree
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.5 (not rounded)
  • Considerations in the selection of the 50 academic award recipients include community service, honors/awards, accomplishments, leadership positions, and extracurricular activities.

Contact the Office of the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services at (252) 493-7211 for more information.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Students are encouraged to get involved in activities outside of the classroom. Through participation in activities such as student organizations, sports, and community service, students gain valuable skills that will enhance their academic education. These opportunities also prepare students for responsible citizenship in a global and diverse society.

Policies for Clubs and Organizations

Student activities provide programs and opportunities to assist Pitt Community College students in becoming well rounded and in developing interpersonal communication and leadership skills. Campus organizations shall be open to all students, meeting membership criteria without respect to race, creed, national origin, sex, or disability. All clubs and organizations must conform to local, state, and federal laws. No club or organization shall interfere or support interference with the regular academic pursuit of any student. No club or organization shall cause or encourage nonattendance of classes or campus activities without prior consent of proper college officials. Clubs or organizations shall not encourage any action that might cause disrepute to a student, staff, instructor, or college activity.

Chartering Guidelines for Clubs and Organizations

Students are encouraged to take an active role in clubs on campus and to establish other clubs and organizations that fulfill the objectives of Pitt Community College. To charter a club or organization, the organizing group must file the following items with the Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.). The Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.) will review the documents prior to sending forward to the Assistant Vice President of Student Support.

  1. Name of club organization
  2. Purpose of the club or organization
  3. Name of the advisor
  4. Name of charter members. (Minimum of 10 charter members required)
  5. A constitution and/or a written statement that includes the following statements:
    1. Only students registered at Pitt Community College will be officers and/or voting members of the organization.
    2. No discrimination because of race, creed, gender, handicap, or national origin shall exist within the organization. (Please specify all criteria for membership)

PCC issues a charter to the organization upon approval of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support. The College shall disband any student organization found guilty of violating State or Federal law or the policies of Pitt Community College.

Chartered organizations must submit the following information to the Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.):

  1. Dates, times, and locations of regularly scheduled meetings
  2. Names, addresses, and phone numbers of officers
  3. Information on regional, state, and national affiliations
  4. Full roster of active members of the organization

Guidelines for Clubs and Organizations Bank Accounts

Student Development Services encourages clubs and organizations to utilize the Office of Institutional Advancement for all banking services. For more information in establishing your club account, contact Institutional Advancement’s administrative assistant at (252) 493-7210. This service is free of charge to all PCC recognized clubs and organizations.

The process for depositing funds into your club or organization account is as follows:

  • A student club officer AND advisor or just advisor MUST count the money and include documentation with the amount being deposited. EVERYONE who counts the money must sign documentation.
  • Deliver the funds to the Office of Institutional Advancement. Institutional Advancement’s administrative assistant will re-count and verify that the funds match club documentation and deposit those funds with the Cashier’s Office.

To spend your club or organization account funds, follow guidelines below:

  • Adhere to all procedures with PCC Purchasing.
  • Either a requisition/EP order must be completed or items/services purchased with a p-card by the club or organization advisor.
    • P-card users must complete appropriate logs.
    • P-card purchases should be coded as ‘Foundation Club/Program” in BOA Works with receipt attached allowing Institutional Advancement administrative assistant to approve purchases.
    • Requisitions must have VP of Institutional Advancement as next approver.
  • Remember clubs and organizations cannot access funds immediately because they can only be expended via p-card and purchase orders.

This process will provide clubs and organizations a seamless process when working with club and organization funds. Advisors are responsible for tracking their purchases and deposits and knowing how much money they have accessible in their account. For assistance in locating a p-card for purchases, contact Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.) at (252) 493-7440 or by visiting the S.E.A.L. office in Goess 180.

Procedure for Approval of Clubs and Organization’s Fundraising and/or Solicitation of Funds

Faculty/staff sponsor(s) must supervise all fund-raising activities for student organizations, and they must receive prior approval from the Assistant Vice President of Student Support or the Vice President, Institutional Advancement. Clubs and organizations must submit a written request for approval stating the purpose and type of fund-raising activity, where it will take place (on or off campus), and the targeted group (e.g., community, business/ industry, student body, staff, etc.) Specify the planned date the activity submit the request at least one week prior to the activity. The request submission goes to the Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L.) to place on the calendar and to oversee prior to approval from the Assistant Vice President of Student Support or the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education. Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold:

1) Recognize and encourage the academic achievement of twoyear college students and

2) Provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming. To be eligible for membership a student at PCC must complete a minimum of twelve hours of non-developmental course work and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students must maintain a high academic standing throughout their enrollment in the two-year college. For more information, go to ptk.org or contact Dr. Joy Moses-Hall (252) 493-7558 or Alison Davis (252) 493-7447.

Student Ambassadors

PCC selects ten to twelve each year to serve as student ambassadors for the college. The ambassadors serve as hosts and tour guides for special events. They also make presentations and assist with student recruiting. Students receive tuition scholarships and collegiate apparel to wear when representing the college. Applicants selected must be legal US citizens, perform 3-5 service hours per week, maintain full-time status with a 3.2+ GPA, and uphold the highest standards of conduct as ambassadors for the college. Applications are available exclusively online. Contact John Carrere at (252) 493-7380 for more information or visit the PCC Student Ambassador website at www.pittfoundation.com.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the student voice on campus. All students are encouraged to join. SGA elects officers annually, and the SGA president serves as an ex-officio member of the Pitt Community College Board of Trustees. Activities supported by the SGA include multi-cultural activities, school cookouts, leadership training and community projects. Funding for the activities of the Student Government Association comes from student activity fees. Contact the Coordinator of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) at (252) 493- 7440, pccstudentactivities@my.pittcc.edu, or visit the PCC Clubs and Organizations website.

Active Clubs and Organizations

  • American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)
  • Answering the Call
  • Association of Advertising and Graphic Design
  • Automotive Club
  • Bruiser’s Crew Peer Mentoring
  • Circle of Sisters (COS)
  • Collegiate DECA
  • Collegiate Recovery Association at Pitt Community College
  • CovenantPCC
  • Drama Club
  • Early Childhood Student Organization
  • Elements of Praise Gospel Choir
  • Engineering & Physical Science Club
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Gamma Beta Phi
  • Global Student Club
  • Health Information Technology Student Association (HITSA)
  • National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)
  • PCC Amateur Radio Club
  • PCC Association of Human Services Technology (PCCAHST)
  • PCC Association of Nursing Students (PCCANS)
  • PCC Association of Radiography Students
  • PCC Association of Respiratory Therapy Students (PARTS)
  • PCC Criminal Justice Association
  • PCC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Club
  • PCC Gender-Sexuality Alliance
  • PCC History Association
  • PCC Math Club
  • PCC Music Club
  • PCC Paralegal Association (PCCPA)
  • PCC Sociology and Psychology Association
  • PCC Student Veterans Association
  • Pitt Game Development Association
  • Pitt Paranormal Research Association
  • Psi Beta National Honor Society for Psychology
  • Rotaract
  • SkillsUSA
  • Scholars of Global Distinction Program (SGDP)
  • Student Leaders Embrace Education in Polysomnography (SLEEP)
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
  • Student of Fine Arts (SOFA)

Inactive Clubs and Organizations

  • Bulldogs for Christ
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Culture Student Club
  • Cycling Club
  • FUSE College Ministry
  • Healthy Living Active Living (HEAL)
  • Latter-day Saints Student Association
  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
  • Pitt Dance Team
  • Spirit Club

Public Safety Information

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act Report

As mandated by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, the Pitt Community College Campus Police Office produces an annual report that includes statistics on offenses and arrests. Copies of this report are available in the Office of Campus Police and on the College’s website under Campus Police.

Campus Watch Program

Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Campus Watch counts on students, faculty, and staff to organize themselves and works with PCC Campus Police to keep a trained eye and ear on their college campus, while demonstrating their presence at all times. Campus Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur and does not rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation. PCC Campus Police and the Division of Student Development Services ask all students, faculty, and staff to collaborate in a PCC Campus Watch Program with an emphasis on crime prevention, warning signs, emergency preparedness and response systems. While many faculty and staff are excellent about contacting the Campus Police to report suspicious activities/persons, this program enlists more eyes and ears for a safer campus. If You See It - REPORT IT. Campus Police - First choice for reporting suspicious persons/activities 493-7777. Put that telephone number in your cell phone and faculty/staff keep this number near your office phone.

Traffic Regulations

Students and college personnel are required to register all automobiles operated on the campus with the Pitt Community College Campus Police Department. Parking permits for each registered vehicle must displayed on the left side of the rear bumper. The operators of automobiles on the campus are subject to specific parking and traffic regulations. The College reserves the right to withdraw the privileges of operating an automobile on the campus for failure to abide by the regulations.

Music levels must be kept to a minimum in all vehicles on our campus. The campus parking lots and streets must be quiet zones to maintain decorum in classrooms. All criminal incidents and motor vehicles accidents are to be reported to the Campus Police located in the Campus Police Department, 139 Bulldog Run across from the GREAT bus stop, (252) 493-7777.

Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Use on Campus

Individual students, groups, or outside entities are not allowed to operate unmanned aircraft/drones on any campus or site of Pitt Community College. All law enforcement agencies are; however, exempt from this prohibition. Exceptions to this policy can be made for official institutional use or teaching purposes and those instances will be approved through the college President or the Vice President of Administrative Services and the Campus Police Department.

PCC Alerts and Messaging

Register for PCC Alerts and Messaging

Students are encouraged to register for PCC Alerts and messaging via their myPittCC account. PCC Alerts and Messaging will be used to send text messages to registered phones in the event of a campus emergency. Text messaging may also be used to send you notifications about campus events and deadlines. Your contact information will be treated confidentially. Text options may carry a nominal fee for recipients, depending on your mobile service provider. Questions or concerns about the service may be emailed to helpdesk@email.pittcc.edu.

You can register for it by clicking on the green “PCC Alerts” box under “Quick Launch” on the portal. Once you have logged in you will be prompted to add/or verify your contact information, including any additional email addresses you would like to add, your mobile phone number and mobile phone provider (carrier).

School Closure

The college administration will make the decision as to whether or not to hold classes during periods of inclement weather or other emergencies. Such actions will not always coincide with announced closings of local public schools or other local colleges. Announcements will be posted on the Pitt Community College (PCC) website (www.pittcc.edu) and sent to the following local radio and television stations:

Radio: WNCT-FM 107.9
Television: WNCT-TV 9, WITN-TV 7, WCTI-TV 12, and WRAL-TV 5
Internet: www.pittcc.edu, wcti12.com, witntv.com, wnct.com, reflector.com, or Facebook
PCC Telephone: (252) 493-7200
PCC Campus Alert: text message to your cell phone

When the college closes for inclement weather, all classes and activities at all locations are canceled. This includes classes taught at all off-campus locations. Health Science students should refer to program handbook for additional information. Students and employees should exercise personal judgment concerning highway conditions regardless of college announcements, particularly those commuting to outlying areas for clinical practice or other sites.

  • When local colleges, universities, and K-12 institutions close, all PCC classes in those schools are canceled, even if PCC remains open.
  • If PCC is open, Career and College Promise (CCP) students are expected to attend class, even if local K-12 schools are closed. This includes Technical Academy students.
  • Early College High School (ECHS) students will operate according to the current articulation agreement between PCC and Pitt County Schools (PCS.)
  • PCC classes taught on location at East Carolina University (ECU) will take place if PCC is closed but ECU remains open.

If there is a specific campus closure due to a circumstance other than inclement weather (gas leak, power outage, etc.) campuses and other college locations not impacted should continue to hold classes as scheduled.

If the college is closed, online classes may continue as scheduled, including online portions of hybrid and blended classes. If the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) becomes inaccessible or widespread power outages occur, assignment due dates may be extended at the discretion of the instructor and/or division dean.

Late openings will start with classes normally taught at that hour. Students should report to their assigned class scheduled at that time. For example, if the college opens at 10:00 a.m. and a student’s assigned class begins at 9:30, the student should report to that class at 10:00 a.m.

Curriculum and continuing education classes that are missed or not held for any reason, including inclement weather, will be rescheduled or the instruction will be made up by another alternative and documented on the Missed Class Make-Up Form. Alternatives may include extra class sessions, extended class sessions, individual conferences, alternate assignments, or other options approved by the college’s administration. The approved make-up schedule will be given to the deans for distribution.

Classes that must make up time using an alternate make-up day should abide by the following conditions:

  • Instructors requesting to meet for class make up on a holiday or during a college closure may do so only with prior written approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services.
  • Space must be scheduled through the scheduling office prior to make-up meeting day.

College closure may change the census date of a class(es); however, the census date will only change when absolutely necessary. If there is ample time to make up class time prior to census, the census date will not change.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are responsible for the proper completion of their academic program, for familiarity with all requirements of the curriculum from which they intend to graduate, for maintaining the grade average required and at all times knowing their academic standing, and for meeting all other degree requirements. Their advisors will counsel them, but the final responsibility remains that of the student.

Students are required to have knowledge of and observe all regulations pertaining to campus life and student behavior. They are responsible for maintaining communications with Pitt Community College by keeping on file with the Admissions and Records Office at all times their current address and telephone number.

All students have the following rights:
1) Freedom to pursue their educational goals; 2) Freedom to inquire, assemble, and express their opinions; 3) Due process as provided in the fourteenth amendment of the US Constitution; 4) Unprejudicial-prejudicial evaluation of academic performance (all students are entitled to an explanation of the basis for grades); 5) The expectation of personal safety and protection of property while on campus; and 6) Continuity of the educational process.

All students have the following responsibilities:
1) Follow the student conduct policy and observe College regulations and policies; 2) Acquaint themselves with the criteria to meet graduation requirements of the College in his or her program; 3) Practice good citizenship; and 4) Ensure that address of record is current and correct.

Unauthorized Persons in Classes/Labs/Clinical Settings

Only authorized persons and students registered for the course may attend classes, labs, or clinical settings. Children are not allowed in these instructional areas. It is further prohibited for children to be left on any main Campus locations, such as library, lounges, cafe, or campus grounds. It is also prohibited to leave children at any off-campus sites operated by Pitt Community College. College activities and events that invite or encourage children on campus, such as athletic and other special events, are, of course, exempt from this policy. Any use of college facilities and equipment by persons or groups who are not employees or students must be officially authorized by the President or his designees. Visitors (including vendors or recruiters) should not interrupt classes or labs unless prior arrangements have been made. All vendors should receive clearance through the appropriate administrative office prior to visiting an instructor in a classroom, lab, or clinical setting. Visitors seeking a student on campus should be directed to the Campus Police.

Children on Campus Policy

No visitor, student, faculty member, or employee of the college will bring their children or other children with him/her to class, to work, or to the college. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to arrange for their personal childcare away from the work site. Sick children are not to be brought on campus and unsupervised children must not be left in any area of the college including the cafeteria, parking lots, library, and athletic field, college activities and events that invite or encourage children on campus, such as athletic and other special events are, of course, exempt from this policy.

Violation of this policy at any of Pitt Community College’s class locations will result in appropriate disciplinary measures. Students who violate this policy may be subject to enrollment terminated.

Student Involvement in College Decision Making

The Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support will meet during Fall and Spring Semesters with a representative group of students to discuss issues, which directly affect students. The Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support may convene a larger group of students as needed for planning or problem-solving purposes. In addition, PCC conducts focus groups as needed to gather data for changes at the college that effect students.

Student representation and participation are encouraged for departmental advisory committees, staff meetings, quality improvement teams, and other related forums.

At least annually, the president and vice presidents will meet with a representative group of student leaders to express concerns and exchange ideas in a program called “Chat with the Chief”.

For further information, contact the SGA Office, (252) 493- 7440 or the Assistant Vice President of Student Support, (252) 493-7211.

Student Financial Aid Concerns

Student should direct concerns regarding Title IV Higher Education Act financial aid or NC State financial aid programs to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services. Student may also direct concerns regarding Title IV Higher Education Act guidelines to the US Department of Education by calling 1-800-433-3243. Student may direct concerns regarding the NC State financial aid program to the NC State Education Assistance Authority, P. O. Box 14223, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-4223.

Student Code of Conduct Policy

Statement of Expectation

Each student of Pitt Community College is expected to conduct him or herself in accordance with the college policy to preserve PCC’s safe and supportive learning environment. The term “student” includes all persons registered for or enrolled in one or more courses at PCC, either for credit or non-credit. Pitt Community College has the right and responsibility to take necessary and appropriate action to support and protect the health and safety of the college community.

Students have a responsibility to review the Student Code of Conduct Policy, and other policies, and to seek clarification, if necessary, from the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Support. The Student Code of Conduct Policy, and other related policies and procedures may be found in the General College Catalog and Student Handbook. This Policy addresses student conduct and creates developmental learning opportunities in an effort to engage students in ethical decision-making.

In addition, various academic units and administrative departments have policies specific to their area of responsibility. PCC students are expected to abide by local, state, and federal laws, as well as college policies. PCC has the discretion to proceed with disciplinary action under this Code, in addition to any criminal or civil judicial proceedings.

Application of the Student Code of Conduct Policy will be consistent with the following values: 1) to prevent and reduce behavior that undermines student success that negatively impacts the educational mission of PCC; 2) to improve the health and safety of the campus community; 3) to provide timely intervention, support, and resources for students and; 4) to address activities of a student that clearly conflicts with the College’s mission.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All students are assured the following rights:
1) freedom to pursue their educational goals; 2) freedom to inquire, assemble, and express their opinions; 3) due process as provided in the fourteenth amendment of the US Constitution; 4) unprejudicial-prejudicial evaluation of academic performance (all students are entitled to an explanation of the basis for grades); 5) the expectation of personal safety and protection of property while on campus; and 6) continuity of the educational process.

All students are expected to meet the following responsibilities:
1) follow the student conduct policy and observe College regulations and policies; 2) acquaint themselves with the criteria to meet graduation requirements of the College in his or her program; and 3) practice good citizenship.

Faculty and Staff Authority and Responsibility

The primary responsibility for managing the classroom and campus facilities rests with the faculty and staff of Pitt Community College. If a student violates the Student Code of Conduct Policy, the faculty or staff member is required to report these violations to the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support via the Student Code of Conduct Report Form.

Prohibited Student Conduct

Conduct for which students are subject to disciplinary sanctions includes but is not limited to:

  1. Academic Dishonesty (aiding and abetting, cheating, and/or plagiarizing)
  2. Alcoholic Beverage and Illegal Substances - Possession, sell, under the influence and/or use)
  3. Canvassing
  4. Coercing Behavior
  5. Complicity (accessory, aiding and abetting, attempt, conspiracy, hiring, and/or willfully encouraging)
  6. Computer Misuse (anonymous posts, degrading/disrupting, financial/commercial gain, illegal activity, inappropriate use, privacy invasion, unauthorized access/use, unwarranted use/display of inappropriate content, vandalism, and/or wastefully using finite resources)
  7. Damage (College, employee, and/or student property)
  8. Relationship/Dating Violence*
  9. Discrimination
  10. Disruptive Behavior (excessive talking, learning environment, and/or syllabus violation)
  11. Domestic Violence*
  12. Excessive Noise (driveways, hallways, parking areas, and/or walkways)
  13. Facilities Misuse
  14. Failure to Comply
  15. False Information
  16. Fighting
  17. Gambling
  18. Harassment (Non-sexual)
  19. Hazing
  20. Intimidating Behavior
  21. Peddling
  22. Profanity
  23. Sexual Misconduct (assault/battery, exploitation, harassment, non-consensual contact, or intercourse) *
  24. Soliciting
  25. Stalking*
  26. Theft (College, employee, and/or student property)
  27. Threatening Behavior
  28. Trespassing
  29. Tobacco Use
  30. Vandalism
  31. Violent Behavior
  32. Weapons (possession and/or use)

The violations that are labeled with an asterisk (*), are considered as violations to the College’s Title IX: Sex Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Policy.

If you have a concern of an immediate threat, call Campus Police at 252-493-7777 or 911.

Student Conduct in Online Courses, Discussions, and Chat Rooms

The instructor’s responsibility for managing online student behavior is no different from managing student behavior in a traditional classroom setting. Disruptive, intimidating, or uncivil student conduct that interferes with classroom procedures, the presentation of the instructor or other students, and another student’s right to pursue coursework in the online environment, is a violation of the Pitt Community College Student Code of Conduct Policy.

Instructors have ultimate control over online classroom behavior and may temporarily dismiss or remove from the classroom any student engaged in disruptive conduct. Consideration of the temporary suspension from the class must be discussed with the department chair or dean, and the Senior Director of Student Advocacy, and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support before a student is permanently removed from the class for conduct reasons.

PCC Campus Police, or other appropriate law enforcement entities, should be informed immediately if an online student communicates a threat or discloses that they are considering harming themselves or others.

Conduct Sanctions

Students who are found responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct Policy will be sanctioned. These sanctions are accompanied with a specific conduct status based on the nature of the violation. These conduct statuses are as follows:

  1. Conduct Warning
  2. Conduct Probation
  3. Conduct Dismissal (Suspension/Expulsion) - A student may be dismissed (suspended or expelled) from the College for conduct which is not in the best interest of the student, or of the College. Suspension is a temporary dismissal from the College for a designated period of time, which includes no trespassing on any sites operated by the College until the suspension term is complete, and the student disciplinary hold is removed. Expulsion is a permanent dismissal from the College, which includes no trespassing on any sites operated by the College. Suspended students who successfully petition their return to the College are immediately placed on conduct probation. If a student is dismissed (suspended or expelled), notification will be provided to the following: the student, Campus Police, and the President’s Leadership Team. The President’s Leadership Team is also informed to share this information with employees within their respective divisions.

Students that are sanctioned may also be subject to restrictions, obligations, and/or assigned tasks specific to their conduct violations. These restrictions, obligations and/or assigned tasks include but are not limited to no trespassing, no-contact orders, restitution, educational tasks, community service, and counseling. Students who fail to comply with the sanction guidelines that have been issued will have a disciplinary hold placed on their account, until their sanction(s) are complete.

Due Process

All students are entitled to due process. Due process provides students with the following rights:

  1. Be advised in writing of all alleged violations.
  2. Be advised of the identity of the individuals who will be present at the hearing.
  3. Be informed of any evidence provided at any stage of the investigation.
  4. Be provided written notification of the charges at least two (2) business days prior to any hearing or administrative review on the charge.
  5. If a student is a minor, a copy of the written notification shall be sent to the parents/guardians of this student.
  6. Inform the student that they are presumed not responsible until proven responsible by the preponderance of the evidence.
  7. Request a delay of the hearing for extenuating circumstances only, which will be granted at the discretion of the Hearing Officer.
  8. Admit responsibility for any, or all of the violations.
  9. Present relevant evidence and witnesses.
  10. Request an alternate Hearing Officer with the same disciplinary authority as the initial Hearing Officer, if it can be proven that there may be bias.
  11. Appeal a decision based upon the guidelines stated in the outcome correspondence received by the student.

Please note that these rights concerning due process are subject to differ from those incidents of alleged sexual misconduct. For more information, please review the Title IX: Sex Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Although students have rights throughout due process, the following responsibilities are expected:

  1. The responsibility to be honest and direct in communicating with individuals involved in the process.
  2. The responsibility to review pertinent conduct policy and procedures, and to seek clarification if necessary.
  3. The responsibility to respond in a timely manner to PCC’s requests for information, to promptly attend or schedule meetings when requested, and to arrive on time for scheduled meetings.
  4. The responsibility to provide the Hearing Officer with pertinent information that could be considered in the review of the alleged violation(s).
  5. The responsibility to participate in the conduct process in a manner that is civil and respectful.

Grade Appeals

Appeals for grades are not grievable unless the grade was determined by arbitrary, capricious, discriminatory, or otherwise unreasonable means. Students must provide sufficient evidence to support an appeal for a grade change. This appeal must be done within 10 days of receipt of the grade.

Conduct Appeals

Students who question the fairness of the disciplinary action taken against them are entitled to submit an appeal. This process is ignited via submission of a written appeal to the official listed in the student’s conduct outcome correspondence. The provisions of the appeal process will be applicable to all actions involving warning, probation, and dismissal (suspension/expulsion).

Students who appeal the initial sanction issued by the Senior Director of Student Advocacy are informed of their right to submit a written request for an appeal to the Assistant Vice President of Student Support. The Assistant Vice President of Student Support will then serve as the Appellate Officer. The Appellate Officer must receive this written request for an appeal within 10 business days of when the initial sanction was issued. Any student who submits a written request for an appeal may have their request granted, but it is not guaranteed. This decision will be made by the Assistant Vice President of Student Support, and if granted, the Appellate Officer’s decision is final.

There is the potential that an initial sanction could be issued by the Assistant Vice President of Student Support. Students who desire to appeal the initial sanction issued by the Assistant Vice President of Student Support are informed of their right to submit a written request for an appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services, who will then serve as the Appellate Officer. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services must receive this written request for an appeal within 10 business days of when the initial sanction was issued. Any student who submits a written request for an appeal may have their request granted, but it is not guaranteed. The Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Services’ decision is considered final.

Judicial Review Board and Hearing Process

In an effort to share the responsibility and ensure the due process that all students have a right to, there are also formal judicial board hearings. This Board is composed of two separate entities, which are tied to specific violations. The Judicial Review Board for violations of non-sexual misconduct are composed of the Board Chair, faculty, staff, as well as students. The Judicial Review Board for violations of sexual misconduct are composed of the Board Chair, faculty, and staff. This board also includes a host of alternates in the event there is a conflict of interest, including representatives from each of the College’s academic divisions.

Service on this Board has no term limit however, if one agrees to participate and at any point would like to be removed from the Board, they may. Upon acceptance to serve on this committee, members will participate in an official judicial board training.

Complainants and Respondents involved in the judicial review board process must be aware of the following:

  1. All participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the College’s Student Code of Conduct Policy printed in the Pitt Community College General Catalog.
  2. Participants and Board members will be informed of the convening of a Judicial Review Board hearing no less than 10 business days of the scheduled hearing.
  3. The purpose of the hearing is to address a student’s potential sanction of conduct dismissal (suspension or expulsion).
  4. If participants are unavailable to attend this hearing, they are required to request a reasonable postponement by contacting the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support in writing no less than five (5) business days prior to the hearing. This request should include a justifiable explanation for this request, as well as an alternate date and time. The approval of this postponement will be determined by the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support. If the postponement request is not received by this deadline, the Judicial Review Board Hearing will continue as scheduled and a determination will be made in the participant’s absence.
  5. If participants have any witnesses that will testify on their behalf relating only to the appeal in question, participants are required to submit those names to the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support no later than five (5) business days prior to the hearing, including the nature of his/her testimony.
  6. Participants have the right to bring an advisor/consultant to the hearing. This individual may not speak on the participants behalf; their role is only to counsel, advise and support. Participants are required to submit those names to the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support no later than five (5) business days prior to the hearing.
  7. Please note that the conduct sanctions that have been previously applied prior to the board hearing will remain until told otherwise based on the outcome of the hearing.
  8. Participants will be notified of the Board’s outcome no later than three (3) business days of the conclusion of the hearing. The Judicial Review Board’s decision is considered final.

Judicial Review Board Hearing Script

During a Judicial Review Board hearing, a script is drafted in order for the Board Chair to facilitate the meeting. The Judicial Review Board Hearing Script will be provided to all participants no later than five (5) business days of the convening of a Judicial Review Board Hearing.

For any questions regarding the Judicial Review Board or the Judicial Review Board hearing process, please contact the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support.

Petition to Re-Enroll

Students who seek to re-enroll after being dismissed from the College must petition for their return. The timeline in which a student may petition is listed in the dismissal correspondence issued to the student. This student requesting to return to PCC must submit this petition in writing at least two weeks prior to your anticipated clearance date. This petition should address the following: (1) why the student wishes to be cleared, (2)) how has the student utilized their time during their separation from the College, (3) what the student has learned about themselves while being separated from the College, (4) what the College can expect moving forward from the student and (5) what are the student’s personal and academic goals once they return. This petition must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Support. All students who are cleared to return to the College will return on conduct probationary status.

Written Student Complaints Policy

Student Complaint Purpose and Procedure

Students are encouraged to resolve issues at an informal level by discussing the concern with the other party identified as causing or contributing to the complaint.  If the issue/complaint is not resolved at the informal level - no later than 3 business days after the alleged incident - a written statement of the complaint should be filed with the Senior Director of Student Advocacy and/or Assistant Vice President for Student Support. Students are required to report these complaints via the Student Complaint Report Form.

Purpose

The purpose of the student complaint procedure is to provide a system to channel student complaints against faculty, staff (support and administrative) or students concerning the following:

  1. Alleged discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, disability or other conditions, preferences or behavior excluding sexual harassment complaints.
  2. Sexual misconduct.
  3. Academic matters, excluding individual grades except where the aforementioned conditions apply.

Procedure (Student - Faculty/Staff)

Step 1. The student must go to the instructor or staff member where the alleged problem originated, except complaints of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct (refer to Title IX: Sex Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Policy). An attempt will be made to resolve the matter equitably and informally at this level.

Step 2. If the complaint is not resolved at the conference with the instructor or staff member, the student should meet with the faculty or staff member’s direct supervisor after satisfying Step 1. As part of the effort to resolve the issue, the supervisor will consult with the Respondent in an effort to resolve the complaint.

Step 3. If the complaint is not resolved at the conference with the direct supervisor, the student may file a written complaint via the Student Complaint Report Form. As part of the effort to resolve the issue, the Senior Director of Student Advocacy and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support will begin the investigation process, which will include any bystanders and those alleged to be involved.

Procedure (Student - Student)

Step 1. The student must meet with the student with whom the alleged problem originated, except complaints of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct (refer to Title IX: Sex Discrimination & Sexual Misconduct Policy). An attempt will be made to resolve the matter equitably and informally at this level.

Step 2. If the complaint is not resolved at the informal conference between the students, the student should submit a grievance to the Senior Director of Student Advocacy and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support via the Student Complaint Report Form, explaining in detail the reasoning for the submission. As part of the effort to resolve the issue, the Senior Director of Student Advocacy and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support will begin the investigation process, which will include any bystanders and those alleged to be involved.

Step 3. If the complaint is not resolved after the investigation is complete, the complainant may be provided the opportunity to present their case to the Judicial Review Board but is not guaranteed. This decision will be made within the Senior Director of Student Advocacy and/or Assistant Vice President of Student Support. If a hearing is granted, the Board’s decision is considered final.

For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Williamson, Ed.D.
Senior Director, Student Advocacy
Telephone: 252-493-7217
E-mail: kwilliamson@email.pittcc.edu

Jasmin L. Spain, M.Ed.
Assistant Vice President, Student Support
Telephone: 252-493-7211
E-mail: jlspain@email.pittcc.edu