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 HandbookListen (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.


Student Conduct

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 HandbookListen, 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.


Non-Discrimination Statement

Tarrant County College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the services and other programs at the College. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ricardo Coronado, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102


Title IX

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

Discrimination is defined as conduct directed against a student based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or age 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, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or age 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 race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, gender, physical or mental disability, veteran status, 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


Sexual Misconduct Protocol

The District is committed to maintaining a respectful, professional, academic and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This includes having an environment free from unlawful sexual misconduct. This protocol applies to all settings and activities of TCCD, whether on District property or off.

This protocol covers all students (“student” means a person who is currently enrolled in the College District, accepted for admission or readmission to the College District, or who has been enrolled in the College District during a prior semester or summer session and is eligible to continue enrollment in the semester or summer session that immediately follows, or who is attending an educational program sponsored by the College District while that person is on campus; (see Policy FLA LOCAL), employees (“employee” includes former employees  and applicants for employment), and other individuals who have a relationship with TCCD that enables TCCD to exercise some control over the individual’s conduct in places and activities that relate to the District’s work (e.g., contractors, vendors, etc.).

So that TCCD may foster a climate of respect and security on campus as it relates to preventing and responding to acts of sexual misconduct, this protocol has been created and serves to demonstrate the District’s commitment to:

  1. Foster a campus climate free from sexual misconduct: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and the acts of stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence;
  2. Disseminate clear strategies for responding to acts of sexual misconduct reported to the institution;
  3. Deliver training and education programs to students and employees so they may identify sexual misconduct and understand how to report such conduct;
  4. Engage in investigative inquiry and resolution of complaints that are prompt, fair and equitable and independent of other investigations that may occur;
  5. Recognize the inherent dignity and worth of each member of the TCCD community and the rights of persons to be safe in their bodies, which lends to the core values of this academic institution.

Lastly, it is the intent of this protocol to:

  1. Identify the Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Title IX Coordinators and Investigators and describe their roles in compliance with guidance from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
  2. Identify how students can report sexual misconduct to the District confidentially or privately and what resources are available both on and off campus to aid them.
  3. Identify how employees can report sexual misconduct to the District and what resources are available both on and off campus to aid them.
  4. Provide information about how complaints are assessed, investigated and resolved.
  5. Provide the District with a means to take all reasonable steps to identify harassment, prevent recurrence of any harassment, and to correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if appropriate.

Table of Contents

  1. Notice of Coordination with Non-Discrimination Policy & Notice of Non-Discrimination
  2. Definitions
  3. Consent & Incapacitation
  4. Title IX Coordinator & Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  5. Reporting
  6. Jurisdiction & Reporting Timeframes
  7. Confidentiality
  8. Sexual Assault
  9. Protection Orders & No Contact Orders
  10. Interim Measures & Protective Measures
  11. Investigation & Resolution
  12. Non-Retaliation
  13. Consensual Relationships
  14. Risk Reduction
  15. On- & Off-Campus Resources


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 FormListen(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 FormListen(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 January 13, 2016

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