Carteret Community College Policies & Procedures

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The details of the following policies, procedures and statements can also be located in the Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

Students must attend a minimum of 80 percent of a course including class hours, laboratory periods, and shop sessions. For specific programs or courses, more stringent minimum attendance requirements apply as indicated on the student’s syllabus.

Hybrid and web supported course students must meet on the published meeting dates and times indicated by the instructor as well as complete course work as assigned by the instructor.

Withdrawal Policy

Courses officially dropped by the student before the 10 percent date of the semester will not appear on the student’s transcript and no grade will be assigned.

Student initiated course or program withdrawals after the 10 percent date of the semester, but prior to the 61 percent point of the semester will be issued a course grade of “WD” (Official Withdrawal). The “WD” grade is non-punitive and does not affect the student’s grade point average.

Instructor initiated course or program withdrawals after the 10 percent date of the semester due to a violation of the attendance policy will earn a course grade of “UW,” (Unofficial Withdrawal). The “UW” grade is punitive and is factored into the grade point average as a grade of “F.”

A student officially withdrawing from a course or program after the Last Day to Drop Without Academic Penalty will be issued the course grade earned reduced by the work missed in the remainder of the class, which in most cases will be an “F.”

Adverse Weather Policy

Policy: In the case of inclement weather and emergencies, the final decision to close the College will rest with the President. In the event of a weather or emergency related schedule interruption, instruction will either be rescheduled or delivered by using the college’s Learning Management System (LMS) or an alternative method.

Procedures: Students can contact the college’s main telephone number (252) 222-6000 for the latest information 24 hours a day. In the event of closing, a recorded message will be prepared giving as much information as possible. Closing information will also be posted to the college web page and through the college’s emergency text messaging system to student/staff cell phones. Employees and students can follow closings via area news media organizations.

Should the college need to close the following news media organizations will be contacted:

WTEB-FM | 89.3 or 91.3 | New Bern
WERO-FM | 93.3 | Washington
WRNS-FM | 95.1 | Kinston
WIKS-FM | 101.9 | New Bern
WSFL-FM | 106.5 | New Bern
WTKF-FM | 107.1 | Morehead City

WITN | Channel 7 | NBC | Washington
WNCT | Channel 9 | CBS | Greenville
WCTI | Channel 12 | ABC | New Bern

An approaching storm system can cause a great deal of confusion and emotional stress for coastal residents as they try to balance work obligations and prepare for the safety of their families and personal possessions. In the event the approaching storm system requires Carteret Community College to cease operations temporarily, every effort will be made to close the college in a timely manner allowing employees and students time to make personal preparations.

The decision to close the College will rest with the President, and will take into account many factors, in particular, the safety of students and employees.
If the college is closed due to adverse weather or other emergency, instruction will continue using the college’s learning management system (LMS). Instructors are required to post alternative assignments in the LMS and notify students of the posted assignments at the next scheduled class meeting. Instructors will also immediately send alternative assignments as posted in the LMS to the Registrar or designee of the Vice President of Instruction and Student Support for audit purposes.

Exceptions to this procedure include the following:

  • Basic law enforcement training and cosmetology classroom and lab instruction will be re-scheduled.
  • Health Science clinical hours will be re-scheduled.


Carteret Community College abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education solely by reason of a disability. Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, health impairments, hearing, sight and mobility problems. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your performance in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services Coordinator by calling 252-222-6237, emailing disabilityservices@carteret.edu , or visiting room 135, located in the Student Counseling Center, McGee Building. The Disabilities Coordinator will be able to provide additional information regarding requirements for arranging accommodations.

Emergency Exit Procedures

In order to insure the safety of each person who comes to the campus, an emergency evacuation plan has been developed for each individual building.
Each building has an emergency evacuation plan with all emergency routes from each of the various rooms in the facility specified on the plan. Copies of each plan are posted in each classroom. The elevators are not to be used in drills or real emergencies where the building must be evacuated quickly.

After the buildings have been evacuated, each individual should report to the Emergency Rally Point designated for their location, and should not enter the building again until all danger (or the drill) is over. A large red and white rectangular sign identifies Emergency Rally Points. College staff and faculty should become familiar with proper escape routes from each building and lead students and guests from the building during either a drill or real emergency

Active Shooter/Shelter in Place Procedures

Police tactics have changed in recent years and so have school polices regarding an active shooter threat. Authorities will respond immediately and assertively to a report of an active shooter. They will expect you not to run, but to shelter in place.

In the event you hear shots, believe there is an active shooter or active threat, or hear the emergency alert, please do the following:

  1. Do not run
  2. Stay calm
  3. Shield yourself in your immediate surroundings (nearest classroom, bathroom, etc. that can be locked or barricaded)
  4. Turn off lights
  5. Remain still, quiet, and out of sight (do not be in the line of sight of a window; power down cell phones)
  6. Stay in place, away from windows, with lights out
  7. Remain in place until released by authorities (police or security)
  8. Note: in an actual event, it may be some time before you are able to contact friends and family – inform them about the college policy ahead of time.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy

In an effort to maximize our students’ positive college experience, Carteret Community College adheres to an Honor Code. The goals of the honor code are to (1) recognize that academic integrity is a core value of Carteret Community College and (2) to promote student awareness of their responsibilities in the educational process. The Honor Code states:

“By my signature, I pledge that I will neither give, receive, nor support inappropriate, dishonest or illegal assistance while participating in the activities associated with this class.”

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