College Policies

Community college polices are frequently being updated. Keep current on the latest bans, free speech initiatives and safety protocols. Learn what schools are doing to increase funding in the midst of widespread budget cuts, determine the best practices to ensure safety on campus and get the latest on school controversies and student rights.
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Updated   November 23, 2016 |
Learn about the new proposals and regulations that may allow students to carry handguns on community college campuses.
How safe are you on your community college’s campus? Many students have begun to express concern regarding their safety on campus, especially during off-peak hours. 
 
For example, to take a night course at a community college, students are typically forced to either enter or leave class after sunset. With less light visibility and decreased crowds on campus in the evening, some students feel concerned about violence. 
 
As a result, many students assert that they must take extra measures to ensure that they are well protected. In light of this argument, some community college campuses are beginning to permit the carrying of personal handguns on campus. 
 
The Debate over College Campus Gun Regulations
 
Currently, most community college campuses do not allow the possession of a concealed handgun on campus. However, according to The Facts publication, college students in the state of Texas, who are above the age of 21, are now permitted to carry a gun on college campuses! 
 
According to reports, in light of the public school and college violence in recent years, many students feel less protected when they’re attending classes. Specifically, upon the violent attacks on the Virginia Tech campus in 2007, many students began to protest school policies to fight for their rights to carry a gun for protection. As 32 people were killed in the Virginia Tech shooting, in addition to many student injuries, many students now assert that carrying a weapon on campus helps to make each individual safer and more able to fight off a potential attacker, in the unlikely case
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Updated   April 05, 2017 |
Learn about how fund raising efforts are boosting community college campus environments.
Community colleges receive a majority of their funding from tuition costs and student payments. Despite this income, however, community colleges across the country still strongly depend on effective fundraising venues and actions to boost the campus environment, programs, and academic offerings. As Council for Advancement and Support of Education asserts, “With economic stagnation and diminished tax revenues depleting the coffers of state and local governments nationwide, America’s community colleges must look beyond the public sector to fund their educational missions.” 
 
According to expert advisors and academic leaders, successful community college fundraising actions can help boost a school’s appealing qualities, student opportunities, and overall institutional successes.
 
The Current State of Fundraising Affairs
 
According to Community College Times, many community colleges could improve their overall successes by implementing more effective fundraising strategies and actions. As Donald Summers, an expert fundraising consultant with experience with working in community college development offices, asserts: “‘To my mind, nothing would be better for American democracy and education than for community colleges to rake in the billions they deserve.’” Community colleges often primarily strive to provide current and potential students with accessible and affordable courses and programs, but many community colleges struggle to bring in enough money to create sustainable and competitive programs. 
 
As Summers further argues, local governors need to become more attentive to the fundraising abilities of appointed board members, who need to become more active in the fundraising actions of community college institutions. As Community College Times further explains, the board members appointed by governors “Are integral to the
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Updated   August 29, 2017 |
Leading the Way in Living Smoke Free: Banning Tobacco on Community College Campuses
Learn about the growing trend among community colleges to ban tobacco use on campus.
As a societal approach to improving health conditions in public settings, many offices, community centers, and restaurants have initiated tobacco and smoking bans on their properties. While public schools, such as elementary and high schools, have banned tobacco products on their educational campuses for years, community colleges across the country are now beginning to follow in this health-driven trend. 
 
Banning Tobacco on Community College Campuses  
 
The Growing Trend
 
Institutions, businesses, and other settings possess the legal right to ban smoking and tobacco use on property grounds by the fact that private properties can be governed by owners / managers / leaders. As a result, those who own a private property often have the supreme authority over the rules and regulations of their grounds and boundaries. 
 
Community colleges, on the other hand, had to earn their right to ban tobacco in 2006, as community campuses are not necessarily “privately” owned properties. In 2006, as Katherine McDonald of the Chatham Journal explains, “The General Assembly adopted legislation exempting community colleges from a law requiring public institutions to set aside areas for tobacco use.”  
 
According to McDonald’s investigations, community colleges that have adopted smoke-free and tobacco free policies include schools such as Asheville-Buncombe Technical, Cleveland, Guilford Technical, Haywood, Pitt, Roanoke-Chowan, Stanly, Wake Technical, and Wilkes Community College.
 
Motivations Behind Tobacco-Free Schools
 
While the trend to ban tobacco on community college campus is on the rise, McDonald highlights the motivations, specifically, behind Central Carolina Community College’s (CCC) tobacco ban. According to McDonald, tobacco was outlawed on the Carolina campus beginning
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Updated   February 16, 2017 |
Learn about how you can stay safe and secure on your community college campus
To increase campus security and student safety, community colleges across the country are boosting their security efforts. With new technologies for added support, in addition to widespread tools for campus officials and student communication, community colleges are striving to provide all campus visitors with a safe and supportive environment. 
 
Community College Campus Safety Efforts
 
While each community college campus has its own unique safety and security protocols, most schools provide students with fundamental officers, resources, and security measures. 
 
 
Located near Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford Community College provides students with a specific office designated for campus safety. As the school describes, “Campus Safety is responsible for maintaining and releasing incident and accident reports, key control, issuance of employee and student ID cards, maintenance of the access control system, crime statistics, crime prevention and security awareness programs such as Campus Watch and Safe Walk, as well as overall control of all security and safety operations.” While Henry Ford certainly provides students with basic theft and safety efforts, their added security awareness programs help foster increased and widespread support. 
 
For example, Henry Ford Community College’s Safe Walk program was designed by both the Student Government and the Office of Campus Safety, is described as an “An integral part of a safe campus is the involvement of students in their campus community. Safe Walk student volunteers provide an escort to any student or staff member who requests it. Safe Walk volunteers are trained and dispatched by the Office of Campus Safety and serve as
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Published   August 15, 2008 |
Learn how community colleges are implementing eco-friendly technologies to build "green" campuses.
As a whole, the community college system is a major training ground for the nation's workforce and serves as a career-development incubator for today's jobs and future industries. The Green California Community College Summit, taking place October 8 – 9, 2008 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, will address the issues of building green campuses, creating green curriculum based on technology that is being developed at lightning speed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s green economy.

We are participating in the Summit to share our experience and learn from other community college districts and experts in the fields of green building, curriculum and technology. As we march into a more sustainable and technology-based culture, the community college system needs to continue to develop innovative teaching methods, academic programs, courses and content that address the needs of 21st century students - especially as it relates to green technology. Alternative energy solutions and renewable technology are in high demand and the need for green innovation is having a tremendous impact on how community colleges formulate policies, initiatives and programs to stay ahead of the curve.  
 
A significant number of all U.S. undergraduates pass through community colleges seeking training and education in a variety of fields.  With emerging green technology and the industries that support it rising steadily, training workers who understand these new standards and are skilled in applying them will be the best service we can give to students. These will be the same students who will make up a new
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College Funding

Community colleges are coping with major budget deficits, and this section covers how students are being impacted. From local fundraising efforts to federal grants, we’ll explore how community colleges are staying afloat despite funding cuts and cost increases.

Campus Safety

Community college campuses should be a safe place, and these policies, controversial or not, aim to achieve that goal. Schools have banned sex offenders from campus, allowed security to carry guns and installed surveillance cameras in an effort to keep students safe. Here we’ll cover the latest crime and safety policies in place on campuses across the country.

School Controversies

From controversial reform to cursing in the classroom, our articles provide the latest news on school controversies. Here you’ll find information on some of the hot button topics related to community colleges.

Student Rights

From free speech to free dress, what rights do students have or relinquish on campus? Smoking bans, faith based initiatives and rights violations are just a few of the topics covered here. Don’t miss out on the latest information on student rights on community college campuses.