B7.1 Counseling and Advising: Offices are located on both the East and West campuses. A full range of counseling services is provided by persons licensed for the practice of counseling or for the practice of psychology.
A188.8.131.52 The goal of advisement is to assist the student in forming and achieving an educational goal.
A184.108.40.206 Toward Excellence, Access, and Success (TEXAS) Grant Program is a State funded grant available to Texas residents who graduated with the recommended or advanced high school curriculum. Students must receive their first disbursement of this grant within sixteen (16) months of graduating from high school.
A220.127.116.11.5 Texas College Work-study
Program is a State Funded work program similar to the Federal program.
Students must be Texas residents in order to work under Texas College Work-study.
Retention efforts include, but are not limited to, the maintenance of a
positive classroom environment, effective advisement, efficient recruitment
and registration, personal and career counseling, new student orientation,
mentoring, workshops, and specially-designed courses.
A18.104.22.168 Revisions Adopted July 19, 2004: Staff and in the Department of Counseling, Advising and Special Services will assist Department Chairs and departmental faculty advisors with information and resources, and will coordinate their advisement activities with those of teaching faculty.
A22.214.171.124 Revisions Adopted July 19, 2004: Faculty advising should include the mentoring of students, helping them to develop their education plans, providing them with materials, schedules, policies, and transfer criteria, and referring them to other student services when appropriate.
A126.96.36.199 Department Chairs should ensure that their faculty are thoroughly informed of their responsibilities as student advisors in their disciplines. This may be done through inservice workshops within the individual departments or collectively through the various programs of the College.
B7.4.2 Eligibility: Registration will be permitted only to those persons who wish either to convert to semester hours credit previous non-credit bearing studies in which the applicant has appropriate professional certification or to take advanced standing examinations and receive credit for courses offered in the current catalog.
B7.4.3 Cost: The cost of special registration will be the same as the minimum tuition.
B7.4.4 AA/AAS Associate's Degrees: In cases where an associate's degree is desired, all course and residency requirements stated in the Catalog must be met and validated.
A188.8.131.52 Files and records on each
veteran, including certification, tutoring, and dependents' certification
under the various G.I. Bills, are prepared and maintained.
A7.5.3 Graduation: Responsibilities include certification of graduates and oversight of graduation activities, including ordering and distributing graduation regalia and diplomas and planning programs, printing, and other related activities.
A7.5.4 Agency Reports: The office on the East Campus supervises the processing and obtaining of statistical and analytical reports for the Coordinating Board and other agencies as required.
A7.5.5 Room Reservations: The master room chart is located in the East Campus office, and reservations for classrooms are scheduled in this office.
A7.6.2 Support Service: The staff assists students in the development of pre-employment job search skills, resume writing, and interviewing techniques. Utilizing job market information, interest inventories, and other resources, the staff also assists individuals planning a new career, changing careers, or choosing a career.
A7.6.3 Opportunities: The office provides employment opportunities through off-campus job referral, open-table recruitment, job fairs, and individual appointment on-campus recruitment. Information on internship opportunities is also available.
A7.7.2 Services: Coordinating of various clubs and organizations, publishing a weekly bulletin, providing discount tickets to movies and other events, scheduling meeting rooms in the centers, and representing special events are some of the services offered.
A7.7.3 Participation: Student volunteers are encouraged to provide input in the planning and implementing of activities and events; anyone interested in participating should contact the Director of Student Activities.
A7.8.2 Child Care: Special Services Office staff administers child care assistance for students who are enrolled full time in vocational, technical, or health science programs and who are single heads of households with children needing care.
A7.8.3 Re-Entry Students: Students who are older than the average may receive help through Project Re-Entry, which supplies educational assistance, advice, and peer support systems for both men and women returning to school.
for Senior Citizens: Persons sixty-five years (65) of age and
older, regardless of educational background, may audit academic, adult
education, and vocational courses offered by the College (if space is available)
without charge except in courses using expendable materials, in which they
will be expected to pay the laboratory fee, and in courses of individual
instruction, for example, music lessons. Persons fifty-five (55) years
of age and older may participate in free, informal classes taught by volunteers
at the College. Satisfactory evidence as to the minimum age having been
attained must be provided to appropriate College officials.
A184.108.40.206 The administration will determine courses in which space is available and the dates and times at which persons may request access. Senior citizen students will not count in determining the minimum number of students necessary to conduct a class. Regular admission procedures are not required. The Special Services Office will register these students.
A220.127.116.11 The Special Services Office, with the concurrence of the administration, may arrange special participation for senior citizens in annual retirement enrichment seminars, social events, campus tours, cultural programs, and use of the Library and swimming pool.
A7.10 Student Publications: The journalism teacher is the editor of the College newspaper, The Foghorn, published weekly and distributed without charge to students and faculty.
A7.11 Sports at Del Mar: The College has an extensive intramural program, including flag football, handball, tennis, racquetball, superstar decathlon, weightlifting, gymnastics, swimming, badminton, volleyball, basketball, softball, table tennis, bowling, and golf. Student organizations field teams in various events in competition with other clubs.
B7.12 Student Grievance and Appeals Policy: A student grievance and appeals policy, applicable to all students of Del Mar College, is used to provide reasonable assurance that all practices and actions are pertinent and realistic and are applied in a nondiscriminatory manner. The policy is designed to help maintain good student relations, to handle grievances efficiently at the level closest to the problem, and to establish a problem-solving academic and non-academic environment with full student participation.
B18.104.22.168 A "complainant" is a student
who is dissatisfied with College-related problems which are not matters
of established College policy, but instead are practices of a particular
department or division.
B7.12.3 Reprisal: A student may enter a complaint or grievance without fear of interference, retaliation, or harassment from faculty or administration.
B22.214.171.124 If not satisfactorily
resolved at that level, the complaint must be submitted by the student
in writing to the next highest level of supervision as listed on the current
Del Mar College Organizational Chart, which may be obtained in the Office
of the Dean of Student Development and other offices on the campus. The
decision at this level is final.
B126.96.36.199 Step Two: The grievant, if dissatisfied with the decision, may appeal to the next higher level of supervision in writing within five (5) working days following the Step One decision. A written decision shall then be made by this supervisor within five (5) working days following the receipt of the grievant's written statement.
B188.8.131.52 Step Three: Grievances not settled at Step Two may be appealed in writing to the next administrative level (usually the Dean or other appropriate administrative official). This appeal must be filed within five (5) working days of the receipt of the Step Two decision. At this time, the Dean, or other appropriate administrator, may meet with the grievant to review the grievance. A written reply shall be made within five (5) working days following the day the appeal is received by the Dean or the appropriate administrator.
B184.108.40.206 Step Four: If the grievant
remains dissatisfied after Step Three, the grievant may then appeal, within
five (5) working days of the receipt of the Step Three decision to the
Student Grievance Review Board through The Office of the Dean of Student
Development. The Board shall hold hearings, assure due process, determine
the facts, produce a record, and make a written recommendation to the appropriate
B220.127.116.11.2 The Review Board shall
hold its hearings within ten (10) working days from the date the Dean of
Student Development is notified in writing that Step Three of the grievance
process is being appealed. The appropriate Vice President, within five
(5) working days after receipt of the Review Board's recommendation, shall
give the aggrieved party a written decision after a review of the Board's
B18.104.22.168 Step Six: A final appeal from a Step Five decision may be made in writing within five (5) working days to the Board of Regents of the Del Mar College. After reviewing all facts based upon policy and records obtained from prior steps, the Board shall provide a written decision within forty-five (45) working days after receiving the appeal. In all cases, the Board of Regents' decision is final.
B22.214.171.124 Time Limits: If the grievant
fails to meet the time limits at any step, the grievance is automatically
considered dropped; if the administration or College personnel, at any
step, fail to meet the time limits, the grievance is automatically advanced
to the next step. Extension of time limits for any step may be authorized
through the President, Del Mar College, upon written request.
B126.96.36.199 A student who has a non-grade-related academic grievance against a faculty or staff member may take the following action:
(2) The decision of the faculty or staff member should be made within five (5) working days of the student/instructor conference. That decision is final unless within five (5) days after the decision, the student completes the appropriate form, available in the departmental office or the Office of the Dean of Student Development, and presents it to the Department Chair for review.
(3) The Chair has five (5) days to investigate and reach a decision.
(4) If necessary, the actions indicated in Steps Two and Three above may be repeated through the appropriate Dean for a decision, which must be made within five (5) working days.
(5) The student then has five (5) working days to appeal the case to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development, who will review the grievance for matters of policy and procedure only. The decision of the VPI shall be made within five (5) working days and shall be final.
(6) A prospective student denied admission to any special program of
the College may, following Steps Two, Three, and Four, appeal to the appropriate
Division Dean or, in the cases of general admissions to Del Mar College,
to the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development, whose decision
B188.8.131.52 If the issue cannot be
resolved between the two parties, the student may file a formal grievance
in writing with the Chair of the department in which the grade was issued.
The student must file the appropriate form within five (5) working days
of the student-instructor conference. The Chair shall consider the arguments
of both parties and issue to both parties an opinion within five (5) working
days. The opinion shall be limited to the following alternatives:
B184.108.40.206 If the opinion of the Chair is that the grade should be reevaluated, and the faculty member is willing to change it to the mutual satisfaction of the student and the faculty member, the dispute is resolved. If the opinion of the Chair is that the grade should not be changed, or if the faculty member is not agreeable to changing the grade within five (5) working days after an opinion from the Chair recommending the change, the student may petition in writing the Dean of the division in which the grade was issued for a review. This must be done within five (5) working days of the Chairís recommendation not to change the grade, or within five (5) working days of the faculty memberís decision not to change the grade, whichever is relevant. The Dean shall consider the arguments of both parties and issue an opinion within five (5) working days. The opinion shall be limited to the following alternatives:
B220.127.116.11 If the opinion of the Dean is that the grade should be reevaluated, and the faculty member is agreeable to changing it to the mutual satisfaction of the student and the faculty member, the dispute is resolved. If the opinion of the Dean is that the grade should not be changed, or if the faculty member is not agreeable to change the grade within five (5) working days after an opinion from the Dean recommending the change, the student may petition in writing the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development for review. This must be done within five (5) working days of the Deanís recommendation not to change the grade, or within five (5) working days of the faculty memberís decision not to change the grade, whichever is relevant. The Vice President shall consider the arguments of both parties and issue an opinion within five (5) working days. The opinion shall be limited to the following alternatives:
B18.104.22.168 If the opinion of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development is that the grade should be reevaluated, and the faculty member is willing to change it to the mutual satisfaction of the student and the faculty member, the dispute is resolved. If the opinion of the Vice President is that the grade should not be changed, and if the faculty member is still not agreeable to changing the grade within five (5) working days after this opinion of the Vice President is tendered, then the grade assigned by the instructor stands. If the opinion of the Vice President is that the grade should be changed, and if the faculty member is still not agreeable to changing the grade within five (5) working days after this opinion of the Vice President is tendered, then the grade assigned by the instructor stands.
B22.214.171.124 Should the faculty member be unavailable to participate in this process due to reasons such as death, resignation, or incapacity, the Dean with the consent of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development shall form a committee comprised at least in part of the Chair and two (2) faculty members from the department. This committee shall be empowered to act in the place of the faculty member.
A certified return-receipt letter will be sent by the Dean to the last-known or assumed address of the faculty member who cannot be reached for participation, explaining that the aforementioned committee will he constituted by the Dean if a positive response is not received within ten (10) days of the delivery date.
B126.96.36.199 Time Limits: If the grievant fails to meet the time limits, the grievance is automatically considered dropped; if the administration or College personnel, at any step, fail to meet the time limits, the grievance is automatically advanced to the next step. Extension of time limits for any step may be authorized through the President, Del Mar College, upon written request. Completion of all of the steps will exhaust the College's due process procedure.
B188.8.131.52 The obligation to follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior commensurate with the aspiration implied by a college education.
B184.108.40.206 The obligation to respect
the rights and property of others.
B220.127.116.11 Furnishing false information to the College or filing or making known false charges against the College and/or a member of its faculty or staff.
B18.104.22.168 Destruction, damage, unauthorized possession, or misuse of College property, including Library and laboratory materials and equipment, or of private property on the campus.
B22.214.171.124 Forgery, alteration, unauthorized possession, or misuse of College documents, records, or identification cards.
B126.96.36.199 Physical or verbal abuse of another person in the College community. Any verbal threat or abuse or physical action against any College employee and/or student is considered sufficient grounds for suspension from the College, subject to a disciplinary hearing.
B188.8.131.52 Participation in hazing in contravention of the Texas Education Codes, Sections 4.51 to 1.58, inclusive.
B184.108.40.206 Use, distribution, or
possession of "alcoholic beverages"1/, "dangerous
drugs"2/, or "controlled substances"3/,
while on College property or at any authorized activity sponsored by or
for any College-related organization, whether on or off campus.
2/ As defined in Article 4476-14, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes.
3/ As defined in Article 4~76-15 (Texas Controlled Substances Act) Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes or in 21 U.S. Code Section 801 et seq.
B220.127.116.11 Disorderly conduct which inhibits or interferes with the educational responsibility of the College community or which disrupts the administrative or service functions of the College to include social-educational activities.
B18.104.22.168 Actions which violate State and federal law or city or county ordinances.
B22.214.171.124 Malfeasance or misuse of elected or appointed office in a student organization, or endangering its members, or the welfare of the College community.
B126.96.36.199 Incorrigible or persistently irresponsible behavior.
B188.8.131.52 Gambling on campus or on College property.
B184.108.40.206 Possession of any "weapon"4/
on campus or on College property or at any activity sponsored by the College
or in any vehicle owned by the College (see Board Policy B3.13).
B220.127.116.11 Personality problems which disrupt teaching with detrimental effects upon other students.
B18.104.22.168 Any disruption of on-going educational activities of the College which warrants disciplinary action.
B22.214.171.124 Sexual harassment of an employee, student, or applicant for a position or program at the College, or retaliation against a person for complaining of sexual harassment or for cooperating in a investigation of alleged sexual harassment. (For a statement of College policy and complaint procedures relating to sexual harassment, see B5.42.)
B126.96.36.199 Loss of privileges.
B188.8.131.52 Disciplinary probation with or without loss of designated privileges for a specified period of time. The violation of the terms of disciplinary probation or the infraction of any College rule during the disciplinary action will result in automatic suspension.
B184.108.40.206 Suspension from the College for a definite period of time.
B220.127.116.11 Expulsion from the College.
Students are expected to maintain the integrity of the College by avoiding dishonesty in their own behavior and by expecting honest behavior from their fellow students. One of the requirements for passing the courses students take at Del Mar College is that students do their own work. Meeting this requirement means avoiding plagiarism, collusion, and cheating.
A18.104.22.168.2 A student puts another's ideas into the studentís words but does not give the source.
A22.214.171.124.3 A student duplicates
anotherís structure of thought or organization of ideas but does not give
A126.96.36.199.2 Give the work a zero.
A188.8.131.52.3 Drop the student with a WF even during the automatic W period.
A184.108.40.206.4 Give the student an F for the course.
A220.127.116.11.5 Institute other disciplinary action against the student which may lead to the studentís suspension or dismissal from the College.
A18.104.22.168.6 The degree of presumed intent to commit an act of scholastic dishonesty will be a factor in the instructor's choice from among the penalties listed above.
A7.14.2Degree Requirements: The graduate must have completed the A.A.S. degree or certificate at Del Mar College (with a minimum of seventy-five percent [75%] of the credits being earned at Del Mar College) and must have completed the degree or certificate within a four (4) year time span.
A7.14.3 Employment: Graduates must be employed full-time in an area directly related to the area of program concentration as certified by the appropriate Division Dean.
A7.14.4 Date of Employment: Employment must have commenced within twelve (12) months of graduation.
A7.14.5 Additional Skills Training: A request to develop an educational plan for additional skills training by the College may be initiated by the graduate and employer through a written contact with the office of the appropriate Division Dean. The employer must certify in writing that the employee is lacking entry-level skills identified by Del Mar College as the employee's program competencies and must specify the areas of deficiency within ninety (90) days of the graduate's initial employment.
A7.14.6 Educational Plan for Retraining: The employer, graduate, and College representatives assigned by the College President will develop a written educational plan for retraining, which may include individually directed study in the area of deficiency and/or up to nine (9) credit hours of course work.
A7.14.7 Limitation on Enrollment: Enrollment in credit courses will be limited to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the educational plan.
A7.14.8 Retraining Time Limit: All retraining must be completed within one (1) calendar year from the time the educational plan is developed.
A7.14.9 Course-Related Expenses: The graduate and/or the employer is responsible for the cost of books, insurance, uniforms, fees, and other course-related expenses.
B7.14.10 Guarantee Limitation: The guarantee does not imply that the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.
B7.14.11 Limit on Claim for Remedy: The graduate's and/or the employer's sole claim for remedy against Del Mar College for skill deficiencies shall be limited to the enforcement of the obligation to provide nine (9) credit hours of tuition-free education under the conditions described within this policy.
A7.15.3 Transfer Courses Assessment Level: Revisions Adopted July 19, 2004: Most college-credit transfer courses will require an assessment level of 3 in at least one area (reading, writing, or math). If a Chair determines that a course does not require students to be at level 3 in any area (reading, writing, or math), a brief written rationale will be given to the appropriate Dean and the Vice President of Learning and Academic Affairs.
A7.15.4 REM Levels Not Required: Revisions Adopted July 19, 2004: REM assessment levels usually will not need to be stated for courses that have another course as a prerequisite. Only the prerequisite course need be stated, unless REMs higher than those needed for the prerequisite course are also required.
A7.15.5 Special Approval: Revisions Adopted July 19, 2004: A Chair may give ďspecial approvalĒ to permit a student who does not meet the assessment levels for a course to enroll in that course. This ďspecial approvalĒ may be used to enroll students only into courses in the Chairís department. (See A22.214.171.124)
A7.17 Del Mar College Developmental Education Plan: Adopted July 19, 2004: This plan identifies how Del Mar College will meet the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative. This plan receives oversight from the College-wide IMPACT (Improvement Activities) Committee.
A7.17.1 Exemptions: The following students are exempt:
A126.96.36.199 ACT: composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and the mathematics tests;
A7.17.2 Assessment.A188.8.131.52 Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT): a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on both the verbal and the mathematics tests;
ACT and SAT must have been taken no more than five (5) years prior to enrollment.
A184.108.40.206 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS): a minimum scale score of 1770 on the writing test, a Texas Learning Index (TLI) of 86 on the mathematics test and 89 on the reading test. TAAS must have been taken no more than three (3) years prior to enrollment.
A220.127.116.11 Graduates with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
A18.104.22.168 Transfer students from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education who have satisfactorily completed college-level course work. If these students do not have previous course work in English and mathematics that can determine assessment levels, they should take either the COMPASS or THEA to determine their placement levels. Students without a reading course who have college course work credit in any course equivalent to a course identified by Del Mar College as assessment level 3 in reading will be considered college-ready in reading.
A22.214.171.124 Students who have previously attended any institution and have been determined to have met readiness standards by that institution.
A126.96.36.199 Students continuing in a Level-One certificate program may complete their certificate without additional assessment.
A188.8.131.52 Non-degree-seeking students who register for ESOL classes only.
All students will be assessed in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, except students described above in A184.108.40.206 , A220.127.116.11 or A18.104.22.168. Students who have previously taken the TASP Test (or TASP alternative test) will not need to be reassessed.A22.214.171.124 Del Mar College assesses each entering student prior to enrollment. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may enroll in freshman-level academic course work without assessment but will be required to be assessed not later than the end of the first semester of enrollment in freshman-level academic course work.
A126.96.36.199 Del Mar College will not use the assessment or the results of the assessment as a condition of admission.
A188.8.131.52 Assessment Instruments. The following assessment instruments are used at Del Mar College:A7.17. 2.3.1 COMPASS offered by ACT;
A7.17. 2.3.2 Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) (formerly TASP Test) offered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc.
A7.17. 2.3.3 The standards used by the College to determine readiness for academic course work are shown on a placement chart, published in the Catalog and class schedule.
A7.17.4 Determination of College Readiness:A184.108.40.206 Appropriate developmental course work will be determined by a studentís test scores and the placement chart developed by DMC shown in the Catalog and Class Schedule.
Students who pass the developmental courses required by their test scores are considered ready for academic course work corresponding to their current placement levels.
A220.127.116.11 Each student who has earned 24 or fewer credit hours will be required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. The appropriate developmental education for that individual student is available to the advisor through the College Student Information System. Undeclared and liberal arts majors will meet with faculty from the Department of Counseling, Advising and Special Services. All other students will meet with faculty from their major.
Students may request a copy of their education plan from their advisor.
A18.104.22.168 Students with documented learning disabilities may not be able to complete the developmental education prescribed for other students. The specific developmental education plans for these students will be determined by a committee composed of a professional staff person from the Office of Special Services, the Chair(s) of the Reading, English, or Mathematics Departments (or their designee) for each section of the assessment test not meeting the college-readiness standard and the Chair (or designee) of the studentís major.
A22.214.171.124 All courses offered by Del Mar College have been assigned assessment levels for Reading, English and Mathematics. Students may concurrently enroll in developmental classes and college-credit classes as long as they meet all three assessment levels by assessment test scores or by passing the previous level of developmental class, unless they are given special approval by the Department Chair to enroll in a course in the department.
A126.96.36.199 Students who do not initially score at college-level according to the Del Mar College Assessment Chart shown in the College Catalog and Schedule of Classes must either retest and score at college level or complete the developmental education required to be eligible to enroll in courses in their degree plan.
Students who initially score below the deviation standard must retest in every area where the deviation standard was not met and complete the developmental education required by their degree plan to be considered college-ready in reading, writing or mathematics.
A188.8.131.52 Students who do not initially perform at or above the following scores on tests administered after September 1, 2003, will be required to retest on each section for which they do not meet the standard:A184.108.40.206.1 COMPASS: Reading Skills - 64; Algebra - 23; and Writing Skills (objective) - 44;
A220.127.116.11.2 THEA: Reading - 201; Mathematics - 206; Writing - 205;
A18.104.22.168.3 An essay with a score of 5 will meet these criteria if the student meets the objective writing test standard.
A22.214.171.124 Students may retest with either the THEA or the COMPASS. They must wait 30 days after taking the THEA QT before they may retake the THEA QT.
A126.96.36.199 Students with TASP (or TASP alternative) Test scores who have enrolled in a Texas public college prior to Fall 2003 are not required to retest but must complete the developmental education required by their degree plan.
A7.17.6 Evaluation: Overview of the Collegeís developmental education program is provided by the Department of Communications, Languages and Reading, the Department of English and Philosophy, and the Department of Mathematics and Physics. All developmental education and the student services that support it are coordinated by the College-wide IMPACT (Improvement Activities) Committee.