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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Should Instructors Be Allowed to Carry Guns on Campus?

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Should Instructors Be Allowed to Carry Guns on Campus?
With the growing number of on-campus shootings, some states are debating whether or not community college instructors should carry concealed weapons on campus. Learn about both sides of the heated debate.
In the last decade, college campuses have become the crime scene for too many violent shootings. From the University of Arkansas and Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law to Arizona Nursing College and Virginia Tech, dozens of students, professors, and deans have been killed or wounded by gunmen. In the last five years, 35% of American college campuses have experienced at least one gun incident, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The violence on campus has sparked a rigorous debate: should instructors and professors be allowed to carry guns on campus?  Currently, 13 state legislatures are reviewing bills that would permit concealed weapons on campus.   
 
This video from WJZ television in Baltimore reports on the issue of staff carrying guns on campus.
 
 
The Current Law
 
The Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 currently makes it illegal for anyone to carry a gun in a school zone, which is on campus or within 1000 feet of a school.  State legislators reviewing pro-gun laws are considering revoking gun-free school zones, allowing permit holders to bring firearms onto campus. Proponents rhetorically argue, “Why can’t people protect themselves on campus, just like they do throughout the state?” 
 
Proponents of Concealed Weapons on Campus
 
The supporters of the proposed legislation argue that allowing instructors to carry concealed weapons would keep campuses safer, giving the potential victims an ability to defend themselves against shooters. 
 
Right-to-Carry Laws Decrease Violent Attacks
 
Proponents argue that allowing concealed carry on campus prompts would-be attackers to think twice about shooting,
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Budget Crisis: Will Community Colleges Be Declared Financial Emergencies?

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Budget Crisis: Will Community Colleges Be Declared Financial Emergencies?
Amidst state budget crises, community colleges are constantly looking for ways to cope with reduced budgets, often at the cost of students' pocketbooks.
While students enrolled in community colleges across the country in record numbers, these same campuses are simultaneously facing drastically reduced budgets. Because community colleges receive a large portion of their funds from the state, community colleges in states that are experiencing budget crises are hard hit financially. From California to Maryland, two-year institutions are skating on thin ice financially, and the students are feeling the toll of their states’ budget crises.
 
This video reports on what to expect with budget cuts.
 
 
California: Students Paying More as Community Colleges Deal with Overcrowding
 
In July 2009, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger cut funding to the state’s community colleges by $812 million, writes Dean Murakami in Perspective, the quarterly publication of the Community College Council of the California Federation of Teachers.
 
Unfortunately, the situation gets worse. Over $1 billion of the budget for January to June 2010 is being deferred until July 2010, the next fiscal year. Murakami writes that this deferral means that many districts will struggle to pay their employees and meet other institutional costs. Additionally, the Community College Council is concerned that the deferred money may end up being cut in order to balance the 2010-2011 budget.
 
Students at California’s community colleges are feeling the direct results of this budget crisis. Student fees have increased to $26 per unit, and classes and programs are being cut as community colleges scramble to make ends meet with their newly reduced budgets. As Murakami puts it, “Students will
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How Community Colleges are Working to Stop Drunk Driving

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How Community Colleges are Working to Stop Drunk Driving
Learn about the innovative programs, curriculum, and parades that community colleges are creating to prevent drunk driving on campus.

Each day, 36 individuals in the United States die from drunk driving, and another 700 are injured.  In 2019 alone, nearly 10,500 individuals died in alcohol-impaired accidents, equivalent to one-third of all traffic accident deaths in total, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The college student population, unfortunately, accounts for a disproportionate amount of these tragic statistics.  In 2001 alone, more than 1,700 college students were killed in alcohol-involved incidents, and 80% of these cases involved drunk driving.  In the same year, more than 31% of college students admitted to drinking and driving, according to AAA of Southern California.
 
Thankfully, community colleges are playing an important role in reducing and preventing instances of drunk driving.  Through various substance awareness programs, informative classes, and even volunteer designated driving programs, community college students are being commended for their role in the fight against drunk driving.    
 
This video illustrates some of the drunk driving training a community college can offer.
 
 
The initiatives at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
 
The initiatives which the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges have put in place are fairly typical of the initiatives other colleges have taken to make their communities aware of substance abuse programs. From their website: "It is our intent and obligation to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure campus environment in order to promote an optimum learning environment.

The college recognizes drug abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem. Students needing help in dealing

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Faith Based Initiatives at Community Colleges: Faux Pas or Politically Correct?

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Faith Based Initiatives at Community Colleges: Faux Pas or Politically Correct?
Learn about how religious initiatives at community colleges are growing in popularity and how these programs will impact the dynamics on campus.
While mixing religion with education was once reserved for private schools, some community colleges have created faith-based programs for their campuses. These community colleges hope to provide the right environment for students who desire both a comprehensive spiritual and educational experience. 
 
However, many school leaders are cautiously questioning how the more spiritually minded community colleges will fare amidst a diverse population of both “faith based” and non-practicing students across the country.
 
Faith Based” Models in Higher Education Institutions
 
There are over 1,200 higher education institutions that are underpinned by religious denominations, but each “faith based” school can function in a variety of unique ways.  For example, as College View further reveals, “The opportunities for spiritual growth vary from school to school—as do the requirements for participation. At some schools, religious services and classes are simply offered…at other schools, participation is required or at least expected.” 
 
Students often make their decisions not only on the underlying religious denominations, but also how strictly these religious beliefs structure the campus environment.  Students considering a “faith based” school can choose from several types of structural options, including:   
  • Schools that celebrate a religious history dating back to the school’s founders.  However, these schools may or may not include the particular origin of religion as a major part of their modern-day instruction or campus functions. 
  • Schools that are dedicated to traditional evangelical values, wherein the campus structures their conduct guidelines based on a set of religious beliefs and values.  For example, some community colleges affiliate with Southern Baptist, Mennonite, and
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How Community College Campuses are Preparing for the H1N1 Virus

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How Community College Campuses are Preparing for the H1N1 Virus
Learn about how community colleges are putting plans in place to prevent and combat the spread of H1N1 on campus.
With the H1N1 spreading across college campuses from Washington to Massachusetts, community colleges are taking action to shelter their students from any potential outbreak.
 
As reported by CNN, according to a presidential advisory panel, the potential spread of the virus could contribute to as many as 90,000 U.S fatalities this season.  Expected to break out in the fall, experts estimate that 30 to 50 percent of the U.S. population may become infected.  
 
Advisors further predict that schools and shared community areas pose the greatest threats for contamination and contagiousness.  To prepare for an array of plausible H1N1-related challenges, community college leaders are avidly making plans to confront the virus on campus.   
 
Community College Preparation for the H1N1 Virus
 
As reported by the Gazette News, Prince George Community College (PGCC), located in Largo, Maryland, is one of many community colleges making preparations against the H1N1 virus.  Considering that Prince George Community College enrolls more than 40,000 students, leaders are concerned that the large number of students enclosed in shared common areas can lead to rapid virus outbreak.  To proactively address the H1N1 threats, “The college has a pandemic team in place composed of about nine people from different departments.” 
 
PGCC has developed guidelines to help the school employ specific responses for an array of potential H1N1 campus issues.  For example, the leaders have established regulations for when and if the campus should shut down amidst an H1N1 outbreak and how many students should have confirmed cases before classes are cancelled. 
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College Policies

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.
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California Community College System Slammed with Budget Cuts
How Community Colleges Fundraise to Improve Campuses
How Community Colleges Fundraise to Improve Campuses
Community College Curriculum: Drastically Changed by Today's Economy
Community College Curriculum: Drastically Changed by Today's Economy
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.
Sex Offenders: Banned on Community College Campuses
Sex Offenders: Banned on Community College Campuses
Campus Safety on Community Colleges
Campus Safety on Community Colleges
Does Your Community College Allow Guns on Campus?
Does Your Community College Allow Guns on Campus?
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.
Changes Coming to Nevada Community Colleges
Changes Coming to Nevada Community Colleges
California to Reform Community College System
California to Reform Community College System
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.
Faith Based Initiatives at Community Colleges: Faux Pas or Politically Correct?
Faith Based Initiatives at Community Colleges: Faux Pas or Politically Correct?
Should Students be Banned from Preaching on Campus?
Should Students be Banned from Preaching on Campus?
How Free is Free Speech on Community College Campuses?
How Free is Free Speech on Community College Campuses?