Isothermal Community College

Learning College Manual

Governance of the College

Organizational Groups

The College’s committees, councils, ad hoc groups, and teams provide a means whereby the faculty, staff, and support personnel may effectively contribute to the decision-making process of the College. Recognized groups within the Isothermal Community College structure include Standing Committees, Councils, Ad Hoc Groups, and Teams. A description of each of these types of groups follows. 

I. STANDING COMMITTEES

Descriptors of a Standing Committee:

  • Appointed Membership (or elected if Faculty Senate)
  • Part of the formal organization of the college
  • Clearly defined purpose that is ongoing and cyclical
  • Establishes goals as part of strategic planning
ACA STEERING COMMITTEE

The function of the ACA Steering Committee is to monitor course effectiveness based on student evaluations, revise course content as appropriate, identify and provide professional development in support of ACA, suggest guidelines for instructor selection and training, and recruit and orient new champions for ACA. To ensure representation of Isothermal Community College, the Committee will be appointed by the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment. Membership is representative of each academic area and the Isothermal Community College community to include instructors of the course; however, additional voluntary members will be recruited annually as part of the TALC taskforce membership effort. The Committee will be chaired by the Dean of Students. Annually, the Committee will identify the goals for the coming year and the Chair will submit any requests for funding as part of the departmental budget for Student Services. 

ADMISSIONS, ACADEMIC CONTINUATION, AND RECORDS COMMITTEE

The function of the Admissions, Academic Continuation, and Records Committee is to approve or deny petitions for Academic Fresh Start, to hear student appeals on matters of admission to programs, acceptance of transfer credits or academic progress, to hear appeals for re-entry of suspended students, to hear student concerns for educational records, and to review and recommend, as necessary, amendments to admission and academic progress procedures. Amendments to procedures must have the approval of the Dean of Students, the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, and the President. The Committee is appointed and chaired by the Director of Enrollment Management and includes the Registrar, Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology representative, Health & Public Services representative, Arts & Sciences representative, Business Sciences representative, Academic Development representative, Dean of Students, Disability & Career Services Counselor, and other service area staff as deemed necessary by the Chair.

ADVISORY COMMITTEES FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Program advisory committees are appointed by the Deans/Directors and meet for the purpose of providing exchanges of information between the institution and business/industry fields concerning the needs and capabilities of the College and the community in specific program areas. These committees are composed of the appropriate Deans/Directors, ex officio faculty and members of the business/industry community. See Policy 401.03.01AP for details.

ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE  (formerly Assessment Taskforce)

The Assessment Committee exists to guide the continuous improvement of programs and services at Isothermal Community College. The Committee will accomplish this mission by providing ideas and support for: 

  • Improvement of student learning outcomes
  • Program and service area assessment
  • Employee and student self- assessment
  • Improvement of the assessment process

The Committee is chaired by the Director of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation and an appointed Vice-Chair. The Committee will include Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, the Dean/Director of each academic department, an assessment liaison from each academic area, the Information Systems Analyst, the Dean of Students, a Library representative, and the Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning. Voluntary members will be recruited annually as part of the TALC taskforce membership effort.

CALENDAR COMMITTEE

The function of the Calendar Committee is to develop the official college calendar and recommend it to the President for adoption. The Committee is appointed and chaired by the Dean of Students and includes the Registrar, the Dean of Continuing Education, the Vice President of Administrative Services, and representatives from Arts & Sciences, Business Sciences, Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology, Health & Public Services, Academic Development, the Polk Center, and the Business Office. 

COMPLIANCE AND ACCESSIBILITY COMMITTEE

The Compliance and Accessibility Committee exists to evaluate, monitor, and address compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and NC Senate Bill 866. The Committee addresses compliance issues related to College electronic information, including websites and e-learning content. The purpose of the Committee is to ensure people with disabilities shall not be discriminated against and that equivalent learning experiences and services be integrated into the learning process. Membership of the Committee is appointed by the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment and includes the following: Director of Marketing & Community Relations (Chair), Webmaster, Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning, Disability & Career Services Counselor, Chief Information Officer, Director of Enrollment Management, Director of Bookstore Operations, Purchaser/Equipment Coordinator, and a faculty member appointed by Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment.

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The functions of the Curriculum Committee are (1) To review properly-submitted requests for new curriculum programs, and for additions, deletions, and changes to existing curricula, (2) To verify proposals do not have a negative impact on or interfere with other programs offered at the College, (3) To ensure all programs are in compliance with state-established curriculum standards, articulation agreements, and the Combined Course Library, (4) To ensure all programs are in compliance with SACS/COC guidelines, and (5) To submit recommendations of the Committee to the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment and to the President for further actions. Membership is permanent and based on positions as follows: Registrar, Director of Library Services, Distance Learning Team Representative, and one faculty member appointed by respective Dean/Director of each instructional area: Arts & Sciences, Business Sciences, Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology, Health & Public Services, and Academic Development. 

DISABILITIES SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The area of disabilities services is a complex area which is guided by local policy and procedure as well as federal law. Decisions made in this area may impact student learning, establish precedent, result in litigation, and/or inspire a review from the Office of Civil Rights. At the same time, best practices and interpretations of the law are constantly changing. In this regard, at times it is helpful to convene the Committee to assist in decision making. These members are cross-trained in disability services. Members includes the Disability & Career Services Counselor (Chair), Counselor, Dean of Students, Director of Learning Support & Retention, and the Director of College & Career Readiness. Other participants are included on an “ad hoc” basis, depending on the areas impacted by the discussions and related decisions. 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW COMMITTEE

As a condition of receiving federal financial assistance, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires institutions of higher education to develop, distribute, and enforce policies for preventing unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.  The regulations also require colleges to conduct a review of these policies on a biennial basis. The Drug and Alcohol Review Committee is responsible for the oversight of the College’s biennial drug and alcohol review processes. Reviews are conducted in even numbered years. Members of the Committee are the Director of Learning Support & Retention (Chair), Dean of Students, Dean of Continuing Education, an Academic Development representative, Director of Foothills Nursing Consortium, Director of Human Resources, Director of Plant Operations & Maintenance, Director of Performing Arts & Conference Center, and Campus Enforcement. 

EAVES AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Eaves Award Selection Committee is responsible for ensuring the Robert Wendell Eaves Distinguished Teaching Award is administered in accordance with the wishes of the donor, the late Robert Wendell Eaves.  The objective of this award is to identify and individually recognize faculty who have consistently demonstrated excellence in teaching to their students and the College. Recognition and a monetary award is given to the winning instructor each year during the graduation ceremonies held in the spring semester. The winner of the Award is the nominee for the College for the North Carolina Community College Excellence in Teaching Award. The Eaves Award Selection Committee shall consists of the last five recipients of the Eaves Award and two non-faculty members (Director of Library Services and the Dean of Students). 

FACULTY SENATE

The Faculty Senate of Isothermal Community College exists to enable the faculty to perform more effectively its role of formulating, recommending, and implementing policy concerning faculty affairs. All full-time instructional personnel under the supervision of the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, excluding all deans and directors, shall be eligible for membership in the Faculty Senate. Should a member be appointed to an administrative position, that member shall forfeit membership in the Faculty Senate immediately upon appointment. Questions of eligibility shall be decided by the Senate immediately upon appointment. The Senate shall be composed of twelve (12) members elected by all full-time instructional personnel from a list of eligible full-time persons as follows: three (3) from Business Sciences, three (3) from Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology, three (3) from Arts and Sciences, two from Health & Public Services, and one (1) from Academic Development.

INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Institutional Advancement and Development Committee is to cultivate valuable relationships between the College and our various stakeholders and increase financial support for college needs. Members of the Committee are the Vice President of Community and Workforce Development, College Advancement, and Director of Alumni Affairs (Chair), the President, the Director of Customized Training & Development, the Executive Director and the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Isothermal Community College Foundation, the Chair of the Polk County Campus Foundation, the Director of Marketing & Community Relations, and the Coordinator of Grants, College Development, & Fundraising. In addition to coordination of fund-raising activities, the Committee will organize the annual golf tournament for the New Century Scholars (NCS) program in Rutherford County and provide support for the NCS golf tournament sponsored by the Polk County Campus Foundation. The Committee will meet at a minimum of quarterly.

LEWIS STAFF AWARD SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Lewis Staff Award Selection Committee is responsible for ensuring the Willard L. Lewis Staff Award is awarded annually.  The objective of this award is to identify and individually recognize staff who have consistently demonstrated commitment and contributions to the mission of the college, exhibiting consistent excellence on the job far above normal requirements, and providing significant contribution to the College and its students. Recognition and a monetary award is given to the winning staff member each year during Convocation held in the fall semester. Membership of the Committee includes the Vice President of Administrative Services (Chair), Chair of Professional Development Staff Taskforce (non-voting member), the three (3) most recent recipients of the Award, and a staff representative chosen by the Vice President of Administrative Services from an area without present representation on the Committee.

MARKETING COMMITTEE

The Marketing Committee’s purpose is to bring together the Director of Marketing & Community Relations, the Director of Enrollment Management, and the Lifelong Learning Coordinator to develop and implement strategies to ensure that information about college programs, success, and opportunities for learners are widely publicized. The Committee will help build community support for the College through sharing and celebrating its many and varied accomplishments. The Committee will be chaired by the Director of Marketing & Community Relations with membership to include the Director of Enrollment Management, the Coordinator of Lifelong Learning, and other members as needed. 

POWERS SCHOLARSHIP ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Powers Scholarship Advisory Committee is responsible for ensuring scholarship funds are administered in accordance with the donor’s wishes, the late Martha Jane Powers. The Committee will meet at least twice a year to discuss funding levels, scholarship guidelines, awarding procedures, and other issues that may arise. The Committee is chaired by the Powers Scholarship Coordinator with membership to include the Director of Financial Aid, the Vice President of Administrative Services, the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, the Dean of Students, the Director of College & Career Readiness, and a Business Office representative. 

SACSCOC STEERING COMMITTEE

The purpose of the SACSCOC Steering Committee is to review and validate the internal institutional assessment of compliance with all Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, and Federal Requirements. The Committee’s responsibilities include coordinating and managing the internal review process, coordinating the completion of the Compliance Certificate, ensuring the institutional community is engaged in the review process, overseeing the completion and ensuring the accuracy of the Institutional Summary Form, developing the Focused Report, overseeing the development and implementation of the Quality Enhancement Plan, overseeing arrangements for the on-site visit, and ensuring the appropriate follow-up activities are in place to address compliance issues. The Committee is chaired by the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment and co-chaired by the Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation/SACSCOC Liaison. Membership includes all academic deans, the Dean of Academic Development, Director of Library Services, Dean of Students, and the Director of Learning Support & Retention.

SACSCOC QEP IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE

The purpose of the SACSCOC QEP Implementation Committee is to ensure the College develops and implements an acceptable Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that includes an institutional process for identifying key issues emerging from institutional assessment and focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. In doing so, the Committee will oversee a demonstration of the College’s capability for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP. It will include broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies in the development and implementation of the QEP. Lastly, it will identify goals and a plan to assess their achievement. The Committee will participate in the process of submitting the Fifth Year Impact Report. The Committee is co-chaired by the Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation/SACSCOC Liaison and co-chaired by the QEP Coordinator. Membership includes, at minimum, an instructor from each academic division and Academic Development, representatives from both Student Services and Learning Support and Retention, and a student representative. The QEP Coordinator will be chosen from the Committee members. 

CAMPUS SAFETY COMMITTEE

The Campus Safety Committee exercises responsibility as it pertains to campus safety and health.  The Committee is chaired by Campus Safety Coordinator. Committee members are comprised of employees appointed by administration and employee volunteers, with the majority of committee members being comprised of non-managerial employees.  See Safety Manual for details.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY COMMITTEE

The Occupational Safety committee exercises responsibility as it pertains to occupational safety and health. The Committee is chaired by the Occupational Safety Coordinator. Committee members are comprised of employees appointed by administration and employee volunteers, with the majority of committee members being comprised of non-managerial employees.  See Safety Manual for details.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE

The Scholarship Committee is chaired by the Financial Aid Counselor responsible for scholarships and consists of a representative from each academic division of the College. The Committee meets once a year during the fall semester. Prior to the meeting each member receives, for their review, the application for all qualified students and descriptions of all possible scholarships to be awarded. The Committee meets to discuss applicants and choose recipients for the scholarships during the annual meeting. 

STUDENT HANDBOOK COMMITTEE

The function of the Student Handbook Committee is to revise, edit, and publish the student handbook each year. Members include the Dean of Students (Chair), the Director of Marketing & Community Relations, the Print Shop Manager, Director of Library Services, the Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning, a Student Services’ representative, and a student appointed by the Dean of Students. 

STUDENT ORIENTATION ADVISING AND REGISTRATION COMMITTEE (SOAR)

The function of the Student Orientation Advising and Registration Committee (SOAR) is to facilitate discussion concerning processes related to new and returning student orientation, academic advising, placement testing, registration, and the integration of all these activities. Additionally, the Committee assesses each activity and process to determine effectiveness and overall support of learning. The Committee is chaired by the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment and membership of the Committee includes the Director of Enrollment Management, Registrar, Dean of Students, Director of Learning Support & Retention, College Liaison for High School Programs, Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning, Academic department representatives, Academic Deans/Directors, and the Academic Advising Taskforce Chair. 

TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE

The function of the Technology Committee is to advise on the utilization of technology to enhance our learning college mission, explore ways in which information technology can assist in the formation and maintenance of our learning focus, and assist personnel in achieving goals related to information technology. Included are course delivery exploration, the elimination of time and place barriers of course delivery, facilitating registration and access to information, exploring software options to enhance learning, establishing and maintaining technology hardware standards, and provide opportunities for collaboration and discussion on various technology issues. The Committee is chaired by the Chief Information Officer and membership of the Committee includes the Webmaster, Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning, Registrar, Director of Learning Support & Retention, Director of Enrollment Management, Continuing Education Registrar, Server Administrator, Distance Learning Media Coordinator, a Business Office representative, and a Faculty representative. Additional faculty and staff provide input upon request.

TESTING COMMITTEE

The Testing Committee, appointed by the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, includes the Dean of Academic Development, math and English faculty representatives, representatives from each academic division of the College, and the Testing & Career Services Specialist serves as the Chair. Procedures affecting program or course access (cut-off scores) are reviewed by the Committee and recommendations are made to the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment. Test data is utilized for research and institutional effectiveness purposes; therefore, the Information Systems Analyst serves as a resource to the Committee. Additional faculty and staff provide input upon request.

UNCOMMON LEADERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (formerly Minority Male Mentoring Advisory Committee)

The charge of the Committee is to continue an ongoing dialogue regarding the future direction and focus of the Uncommon Leaders Advisory Committee mentoring program, providing guidance to mentoring personnel, etc. The Committee is chaired by the Dean of Health & Public Services with membership to include the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, the Vice President of Community & Workforce Development, College Advancement & Director of Alumni Affairs, the Dean of Students, the Disability & Career Services Counselor, the Dean of Arts & Sciences, as well as faculty members involved in mentoring and/or instruction within the program. Each committee member is also responsible for the promotion of this program, both campus-wide and in their respective functional areas, informing faculty/staff of mentoring opportunities, and nominating prospective candidates for the program.

II. COUNCILS 

Descriptors of a Council:

  • Membership by administrative position or role.
  • Ongoing – Part of the formal organization of the College.
  • Established goals as part of strategic planning.
  • Responsible for policy review.
  • Responsible for communication of approved policies, procedures, and guidelines to personnel in areas of responsibilities.
PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

The President’s Executive Council includes all direct reports to the President and the Director of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation/SACSCOC Liaison. The Council meets twice monthly. The Council reviews and discusses organizational issues and each member shares updates from his/her area of responsibility. 

COLLEGE COUNCIL

The purpose of the College Council is to increase communication and collaboration among the various areas of the College and serve as a recommending body to the President. The Council will report on activities and initiatives to keep the college community informed and to provide input as needed. The Council will meet monthly to discuss educational and operational matters affecting the College and to facilitate dialogue between constituency groups. The Council will:

  • Facilitate two-way communication between the group and the President, and between the individual members of the group and all college employees.
  • Assist in the development of the Strategic Plan, Institutional Effectiveness Plan, Facilities Master Plan, Long Range Plan, and other College plans as necessary.
  • Make recommendations to the President regarding program, budgetary, policy, and operational needs of the College.
  • Monitor the College’s progress on accreditation and auditing matters.
  • Perform other specific tasks, as directed by the President.

The Council will meet monthly, or as needed, with components of the meeting including a Board of Trustee (BOT) overview (when following a BOT meeting), a presidential update, budget information (when appropriate), short informative reports (3-4 minutes) from major areas with updates and sharing new developments from across campus, announcements, and spotlighting/profiling an area/program/accomplishment of the College. Council membership is determined by the President and includes: the President of the College (Chair), Administrative Assistant to the President, Vice President of Administrative Services, Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, Vice President of Community & Workforce Development, College Advancement & Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of Accreditation &  Assessment, Dean of Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology, Dean of Students, Dean of Academic Development, Dean of Business Sciences, Dean of Health & Public Services, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dean of Continuing Education, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Director of Library Services, Director of Polk Center, Chief Information Officer, Controller, Director of Learning Support & Retention, Director of Performing Arts & Conference Center, Director of Human Resources, Director of Institutional  Assessment & Accreditation, WNCW representative, Faculty Senate Chair, Chair of TALC Leadership, Coordinator of Grants, College Development & Fundraising, Director of Customized Training & Development, and a staff member (Professional Development Staff Taskforce appointee).

ACADEMIC AND STUDENT LEARNING COUNCIL

The functions of the Academic and Student Learning Council are (1) to plan and implement procedures to assure the coordinated delivery of curriculum programs and services that support academic student learning, (2) to oversee the development and implementation of distance learning courses, (3) to uphold academic policies and procedures, (4) to establish ad hoc committees for academic policy revision as necessary, and (5) to make recommendations to the President for policy revisions. Any revisions to academic policy require the recommendation of the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment and the approval of the President. The Council will meet monthly with additional meetings as necessary. Membership includes all direct reports to the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment.

COMMUNITY AND WORKFORCE EDUCATION COUNCIL

The function of the Community and Workforce Education Council are (1) to plan and implement procedures to assure the coordinated delivery of non-curriculum programs, (2) to uphold policies and procedures, (3) to establish ad hoc committees for policy revisions as appropriate and necessary, and (4) to make recommendations to the President for policy revisions. Policy revisions require the recommendation of the Vice President of Community & Workforce Development, College Advancement & Director of Alumni Affairs, and the approval of the President. The Council will meet monthly with additional meetings as necessary. Membership includes all direct reports to the Vice President of Community & Workforce Development, College Advancement & Director of Alumni Affairs, the Director of Career & College Readiness, and the Small Business Center Director. 

III. AD HOC GROUPS

Descriptors of an Ad Hoc Group:

  • Membership by position, role, or appointment.
  • Temporary until purpose fulfilled as part of the formal organization of the College.
  • Clearly defined purpose.
  • Appointed as needed.
DISCIPLINARY REVIEW GROUP

The function of the Disciplinary Review Group is to hear student appeals regarding disciplinary actions and to assure and provide due process. Appointments shall be made on an as-needed basis consistent with the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook (Policy 601-02-00B).

IV. TEAMS 

Descriptors of a Team:

  • Membership by position, role, or appointment (may be voluntary).
  • Serves to guide, coordinate, or collaborate.
  • Part of the formal organization of the College.
  • Ongoing.
  • Evaluated as part of strategic planning.
  • Established goals as part of strategic planning.
DATA ANALYTICS TEAM

The Data Analytics Team shall assist in the coordination of report generation from various computer information systems across the College. The Team will evaluate report goals, develop report formats, produce agreed-upon reports, and present reports depicting resource utilization, comparative cost analyses, trending, and outcomes required for monitoring program performance and identifying opportunities to enhance cost, quality, and utilization of resources. Membership of the Committee is appointed by the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment and includes the following: Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation/SACSCOC Liaison (Chair), Server Administrator, Registrar, Continuing Education Registrar, Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning, Human Resources’ representative, Financial Aid representative, Business Office representative, and Faculty representative.

DISTANCE LEARNING TEAM

The Distance Learning Team shall assist faculty and staff in the planning, development, implementation, and improvement of distance learning technology resources that enhance student learning. The Team is responsible for securing state authorization for Online/Distance Education Program/Courses policy (Policy 402.01.03AP). Membership shall include the Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning (Team Leader), Chief Information Officer, Course Technology Training Coordinator, Distance Learning Media Coordinator, Help Desk representative, Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, and Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation/SACSCOC Liaison.

DISTANCE LEARNING ADVISING TEAM

The Distance Learning Advising Team shall advise the Distance Learning Team by overseeing the development and expansion of distance learning courses, monitoring evaluations for course completion rates and course quality, and recommending policy regarding distance learning development and delivery. The Team will be chaired by the Coordinator of Technology-Enhanced Learning and membership shall include Distance Learning Team members and the Dean/Director or their designee from the following areas: Academic Development, Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology, Arts & Sciences, Assessment, Planning & Research, Business Sciences, Continuing Education, Health & Public Services, Polk Campus, Student Services, Learning Support & Retention, and Webmaster.  (See Policy 402.01.02AP)

CRISIS MANAGEMENT TEAM

To assure the College manages major crises in a responsible and timely manner, the President will designate a Crisis Management Team (CMT), which will respond to serious crimes, emergencies, and major events that, if not managed, could have a detrimental effect on the college community. The CMT will be chaired by the President and membership will include: Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment, Vice President of Community & Workforce Development, College Advancement & Director of Alumni Affairs, Director of Marketing & Community Relations, Dean of Students, Dean of Continuing Education, Director of Plant Operations & Maintenance, Director of Human Resources, and Campus Enforcement. The President may include other personnel whose experiences and authority are critical to the particular crisis. The following are considered the minimum essential functions of the CMT and may be adjusted as the situations dictate: 

  1. Short-term Functions
    1. Gather facts, discuss options, recommend options and do what is necessary for the victim comfort
    2. Provide the community, and the media if appropriate, with as many facts as possible as quickly as possible
  2. Long-term Functions
    1. Provide support strategy for a victim’s return to campus life
    2. Investigate the incident to its completion
    3. Assess liability exposure and develop a lawsuit strategy if needed
    4. Evaluate the process at the conclusion of the incident to determine whether there were problems
    5. Recommend changes for future responses when appropriate
    6. Develop follow-up educational programs for the campus community, as necessary.
TEAM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE LEARNING COLLEGE (TALC)

In the spring of 1996, Isothermal Community College made a commitment to become a learning-centered college. An early initiative was the empowerment of a committee on learning, which evolved into the Team for the Advancement of a Learning College (TALC) Leadership group.

Subsequently, taskforces were developed to respond to institutional barriers identified by faculty and staff. Since the implementation of the TALC learning initiative, taskforces have been added, merged, or dissolved as needed to accomplish our mission. During an assessment of TALC in 2010, additional taskforces were added and TALC became a part of the organizational structure. TALC was formed to seek input from the stakeholders of the college and continues to guide College efforts to keep learning at the forefront of our mission. The current structure of TALC includes the Leadership Team and taskforces. See Policy 201.03.05 for details

THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM

The Threat Assessment Team is comprised of a select group of college administrators and staff charged with the responsibility of identifying, investigating, assessing, and monitoring high-risk behaviors exhibited by the College’s students. In addition, the Team attempts to determine, based on behaviors exhibited by the student, whether the student may pose a threat to the college community. Membership on the Team is determined by the President and includes the Vice President of Academic & Student Services & Institutional Assessment (Co-Chair), the Vice President of Community & Workforce Development, College Advancement & Director of Alumni Affairs (Co-Chair), Vice President of Administrative Services, Campus Enforcement, Counselor(s), Dean of Students, Dean of Continuing Education, Director of College & Career Readiness (when appropriate), Director of Human Resources, College Liaison for High School Programs (when appropriate), and President ex officio.

SEXUAL ASSAULT TEAM (SART)

The College has taken a proactive stance for safety and security by establishing a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). SART has developed procedures for responding to students who report they are victims of sexual assault. SART consists of the Vice President of Administrative Services, Title IX Coordinator (Director of Human Resources), Deputy Coordinators (Dean of Students and Dean of Continuing Education), Director of Learning Support & Retention, and Campus Enforcement as appropriate. Any SART representative as well as counseling staff may provide students and employees with information regarding community assistance programs and supplemental college services in areas such as personal safety, domestic violence, sexual assault, etc. Also, educational programs and material are made available to assist students and employees in managing personal safety and sexual assault prevention. For more information, contact Student Services, Human Resources, and/or Campus Enforcement. 

Policy No: 201-03-04

Cross Reference: 201.03.05; 401.03.01AP; 402.01.03AP; Safety Manual
Amended Date: 
January 2015