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Blackboard Student Policies

Student Attendance Policy:

Each student is expected to attend class regularly. The College believes that when students attend class regularly they are demonstrating responsibility and commitment to their education. Students must be in attendance during the first 10 percent of the class to be considered enrolled. A student will be withdrawn from a course when absences exceed 20% of the total course hours, or 14 consecutive calendar days, whichever comes first.  Attendance in online educational courses is defined as a graded activity. Absences due to late registration are counted as regular absences. Students should refer to course syllabi for specific attendance requirements.

For developmental classes, (level below 100), students must attend at least 90 percent of all scheduled contact hours. If absences exceed 10 percent, the faculty member may drop the student from the course. More information on attendance can be found under “Things You Should Know” in the current FTCC Student Handbook.

Withdrawal Policy:

A student may withdraw from a class following these procedures:

  • Students who wish to drop prior to the 10 percent date must see the Registrar.
  • Students who are unable to continue attending class after the 10 percent date must submit a request to be withdrawn by using the “Student Course Withdrawal Form” found under the “Registration” section of the “Students Menu” tab on WebAdvisor. For instructions on using the form, please refer to the the Online Course Withdrawal section on the College website. Students who withdraw between the 10 percent date and the 90 percent date of the term will receive a grade of “W”.
  • After the 90 percent date of the term, a letter grade will be assigned based upon the student’s average on all course requirements. Course requirements/tests not completed in the remainder of the class will be averaged into the final grade as a zero. After the 90 percent point, when students have exceeded the allowable number of absences for the course, instructors are not required to accept assignments/tests.

Student Code of Conduct:

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarship and conduct. The purpose of this code is not to restrict student rights but to protect the rights of individuals in their academic pursuits. Students should review the Student Code of Conduct under “Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Process” in the current FTCC Student Handbook.

Smoking Prohibitions:

Smoking is prohibited in all College buildings and at the entrance to any College building. Smoking is also prohibited on any property owned by the college except in the seventeen designated smoking areas located around campus. Students found to have violated the College’s smoking policy are subject to disciplinary action under the “Student Code of Conduct” listed in the current FTCC Student Handbook.

Dress Code:

While on campus, students are expected to dress in clothing that is appropriate for the educational environment of the College or in accordance with specific rules established to protect the health and safety of students. Under no circumstances should a student’s attire be distracting to others. For additional information please refer to the current FTCC Student Handbook .

Academic Integrity:

FTCC students are expected to exhibit academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is considered to be a serious offense and may result in probation, suspension, or expulsion from FTCC. Students should review the Student Code of Conduct under “Students Rights, Responsibilities, and Judicial Process” in the current FTCC Student Handbook .

Americans with Disabilities Act:

Any FTCC student who feels that he or she needs special accommodations or services due to a disability are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services, located in the Tony Rand Student Center, phone number 910-678-8479 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. More information may be found in the “Services” section in the current FTCC Student Handbook .

Nondiscrimination Statement:

Fayetteville Technical Community College does not practice nor condone discrimination in any form against students, employees, or applicants on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or political affiliation. Fayetteville Technical Community College commits itself to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of those characteristics. View the full Nondiscrimination Statement in the current FTCC Student Handbook .

Protection of Privacy:

Fayetteville Technical Community College ensures the protection of students’ privacy taking distance education courses. FTCC does not share distance education students’ protected and identifying information with third parties. To protect the privacy of all students, including distance learning students, FTCC complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. All students enrolled in distance education courses are required to verify their identity through several methods of verification to include requiring a secure login and pass code to the learning management system and related resources, proctored examinations, use of test proctoring technologies, and employing authentic assessments.

Safety and Security:

The College is very concerned about protecting its students, employees, and visitors at all campus locations. Students can help the college protect everyone by reporting immediately any threats received or heard to their instructors, security, or any college staff member. The college always takes steps to protect students who have reason to believe that they are in any type of danger. Also, students should remember to keep their belongings in secure places and to report any suspicious activities to college officials. “Together, we can help our campus to be a safer place.”
Public Safety & Security’s Web Page
Main Campus: 910-678-8433
or use the emergency call boxes located around campus.
Spring Lake Campus Security
Phone: 910-678-1012
Cell Phone: 910-303-1208
Horticulture Education Center Security
Phone: 910-678-0064

Inclement Weather:

Scheduled classes which are missed due to inclement weather or not held for any reason, e.g. natural disasters, emergencies, etc., will be rescheduled or made up with an assignment posted on Blackboard. Students should listen to local radio stations or look for an announcement on the FTCC website to learn if the college is closed. In the event that class is canceled, students are required to check the announcements on the Blackboard site for the course to receive further instructions.


FTCC considers plagiarism to be a serious offense. A student found guilty of plagiarism may be given a failing grade in the course and additionally may be placed on probation or suspension, or expelled from FTCC. Students are responsible for knowing what constitutes plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism is using another person’s ideas and/or writing without acknowledging that you are doing so. All students should take all precautions to ensure that no plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, is present in their writing.
  • A student who contributes to plagiarism by allowing another student to copy their work is considered to be as guilty as one who submits the work. A student found guilty of allowing another student to copy their work may be held accountable for plagiarism whether or not they intended this work to be copied. Students are expected to control the access to their online materials and email accounts and are accountable for all work submitted in their name. The claim that someone else submitted work in the student’s name does not relieve the student of any penalties associated with plagiarism. The intent of a student is not the issue. Those who plagiarize unintentionally are likely to be punished just as severely as those who plagiarize intentionally.
  • Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:
    • to quote a source word-for-word without enclosing the material in quotation marks (even if you cite the source).
    • to summarize an article by copying from the abstract or critical summary (even if you cite the article).
    • to paraphrase closely another’s writing (e.g., slight modifications in sentences, but expressing the same ideas with the copied phrases) even if you cite the source.
    • to use another author’s points about a topic without acknowledging that you are doing so, and/or reviewing exactly the same studies in the same way (e.g., using a criticism or essay or textbook treatment of a topic as the basic outline for your paper and reviewing only the studies that the author used and making the same criticisms that the author does). It is fine to get a general idea for a topic from a text or other source, but you must then develop and cover the topic in your own way.
Students are expected:
  • to use their own ideas and their own words in any paper they write.
  • to write about material they have read, but what they say about it should reflect their own understanding and their own comments on it.
  • to use occasional quotations but to identify them as quotations.
  • to avoid close paraphrasing which is not their own writing. Using more than five (5) consecutive words from the original source without using quotation marks reflects close paraphrasing (i.e., to take an author’s writing and to change a few words here and there). This is not acceptable even if they cite a reference.

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