Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities Statement

TCC has the administrative responsibility to control and regulate student conduct and behavior that tends to impede, obstruct or threaten the:

  • Fulfillment of the educational goals of the College
  • Legal rights of others on the campus

Therefore, TCC has the responsibility and authority to create and enforce rules of student conduct necessary to maintain order and property where such rules are reasonable and necessary to further the educational goals of the College.

In order to create a positive climate for learning, students are expected to abide by all rules and regulations. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College.

TCCD Student Handbook (PDF will open in a new window)


Student Rights Statement

Students are encouraged to discuss concerns and complaints with College personnel and should expect a timely and appropriate response.

When possible, students should first address their concerns through informal conferences with those immediately involved. Formal due process is available when informal resolution cannot be achieved.


Due Process

(TCCD Student Handbook, page 40)

TCC upholds all federal, state and local laws and considers violation of these laws on College property or at any function authorized by the College, even if held off campus, as a cause for disciplinary action in addition to any action that might be taken by our criminal justice system.   

Any student accused of violating TCC regulations concerning student conduct will be accorded due process as provided under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and accorded all other citizens of the United States.


Student Conduct

(TCCD Student Handbook, pages 40-45)

By enrolling in TCC, students assume responsibility for their own behavior. The lack of consideration for others shown by students who create disruptions and distractions on campus or during College-sponsored activities are not tolerated.


Disciplinary Actions

When students accept responsibility or are found responsible for violating the policies of the TCCD Student Handbook, the College may impose, based on the severity of the violation, the following:

  • Warning or Reprimand
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Disciplinary Suspension
  • Disciplinary Expulsion


Student Conduct Appeals

The written decision of the initial hearing is subject to appeal by the student to the campus president. A written request to appeal the decision must be filed by the student with the vice president for student development services within 10 days after the initial decision was made.

The campus president may:

  • Affirm the initial action
  • Refer the case back to the initial hearing agent for further hearing in part or whole
  • Request further findings and recommendation
  • Reduce the discipline imposed upon the student involved

The campus president's decision is final and ends the appeal process.


Title IX

(TCCD Student Handbook, pages 36-38)

The College prohibits discrimination perpetrated by any College employee or representative.

Discrimination is defined as conduct directed against a student based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis prohibited by law that adversely affects the student.

The College prohibits harassment of any student, including sexual harassment, whether perpetrated by any College employee, College representative or another student. Prohibited harassment is defined as physical, verbal or nonverbal conduct based on the student’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or on any other basis prohibited by law that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the conduct:

  • Affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity or creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile or offensive educational environment
  • Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with the student’s academic performance
  • Otherwise adversely affects the student’s educational opportunities

The District designates the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination and harassment of students.

If students feel they have been discriminated against based on sex, race, color, national origin, veteran status, handicap or age, they are to file a complaint with the College District compliance officer for Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Name: Dr. Ricardo Coronado
Position: Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Address: 1500 Houston Street Fort Worth, TX 76102-6599
Telephone: 817-515-5234


Grievance Process

If an informal conference fails to reach a satisfactory outcome, students may submit in writing, on a Grievance Form provided by the College, a formal complaint to the department’s supervisor or academic dean.

The form may be submitted by the deadline indicated for each Level via:

  • Hand delivery
  • Fax (must be dated by the deadline)
  • Email attachment
  • U.S. mail (must be postmarked by the deadline)

Any documents that support the claim should be attached to the form or may be presented at the Level One conference. 

Steps for the Grievance Process

  • Complete Student Complaint Form(PDF will open in a new window) and submit to the appropriate TCC staff member.
  • Appeal the outcome to the next level by completing the Student Appeal Form(PDF will open in a new window)if a student is not satisfied with the outcome of the grievance process.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

For more details, see the U.S. Department of Education: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act


Academic Grade Appeal

Student grades will be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic situations.

Students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled and have the right to appeal a grade.



For assistance completing the Student Complaint Form, please contact:

Northeast Campus
Magdalena de la Teja
VP for Student Development Services

Northwest Campus
Joe Rode
VP for Student Development Services

South Campus
Larry Rideaux
VP for Student Development Services

Southeast Campus
Lyvier Leffler
VP for Student Development Services

Trinity River Campus
Adrian Rodriguez
VP for Student Development Services



Updated August 08, 2014

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