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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, or
  • 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 (Link 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 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.


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, Chief Title IX Officer
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102


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


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.


Report a Student Concern

If you'd like to make a report about scholastic dishonesty, a distressed student, or a violation of the student handbook, please submit our online Incident Report form.

Contact Options

For assistance completing the Student Complaint Form, please contact:

Northeast Campus

Peter Fiannaca
Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education

Northwest Campus

Leon Minor
Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education

South Campus

Belinda Lopez
Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education

Southeast Campus

Kecia Baker
Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education

Trinity River & TCC Connect Campuses

Tim Cason
Director of Student Conduct and Prevention Education

Updated August 25, 2020