Oct 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Student Handbook

General Policy

A college, like any community, must have regulations by which its members abide and procedures by which its organizations function. The standards should provide order and an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and personal development. Policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook are intended to serve these purposes in the interest of all segments of Howard College. These policies and procedures apply to students at all Howard College locations, including students taking online or distance learning courses.

The college has a responsibility to maintain order within the college community and to discipline those who violate its rules and policies. Enrollment requires students to share this responsibility. Students agree to abide by the standards, rules and/or policies set forth in this handbook, the Howard College Catalog and, other official college publications, as well as Texas Education Code. Registered campus organizations also agree to follow all these rules and regulations. The college or its representative may amend this document at anytime without notice.

Students may be required to participate in annual programming and/or training designed to reinforce policies and procedures and to promote a safe and healthy learning environment. Students who do not complete the mandatory training will be subject to disciplinary action as described in the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process section of this handbook.

Disciplinary Authority

The authority to enact and enforce regulations of the college is vested in the Board of Trustees. The responsibility for enforcing regulations and imposing penalties is delegated to the President and any college officials the President may designate. The office of the Vice President Academic and Student Affairs is the principle agency for the administration of student discipline and the judicial officer on the Big Spring, San Angelo, Lamesa, and SWCD campuses shall implement student discipline procedures. All references to the President of the college, the Vice President Academic and Student Affairs, or the judicial officer on each campus shall also be interpreted to include persons designated to act on behalf of these officials.

Policy on Non-Discrimination

The Howard County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in educational programs, activities, admission, or employment practices. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area.

College Name, Document, and Records

The use of the college’s name by any person or organization in connection with any program or activity or any unauthorized use of college documents, records, or seal is prohibited without the prior written permission from the office of the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.