Campus Rules, Regulations and Policies
Vehicles left on campus for a period of 48 hours or more will be considered abandoned unless prior approval is given by the Campus Police. The vehicle will be tagged and if not removed within the specified time period it will be inventoried and turned over (towed) to a vehicle storage facility for further disposition. All towing charges incurred will be the responsibility of the owner/driver.
Central Texas College does not allow for the overnight parking of vehicles on campus unless prior permission is granted by the office of the campus police. To inquire about overnight parking rules, regulations and authorization call the campus police department at 254-526-1427 for information.
ANIMALS ON CAMPUS
Animals are not allowed in campus buildings or in campus housing, with the exception of service animals. Animals should never be left in vehicles and violations may result in criminal charges.
The College regulates the presence of animals in buildings and on campus grounds to maintain a safe, healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and guests. Pets are not permitted in College buildings or on-campus housing with the exception of service animals such as guide dogs for the blind.
All animals on College grounds must be on a leash and restrained from running loose on campus. Individuals are responsible for removal of any animal waste.
COMPUTER ETHICS GUIDELINES
Daily, thousands of users share CTCD computing resources. Everyone must use these resources responsibly since misuse by even a few individuals has the potential to disrupt CTCD business or the work of others. Therefore, you must exercise ethical behavior when using CTCD resources.
CTCD resources include mainframe computers, minicomputers, microcomputers, networks (WIFI), software, data, facilities and related supplies.
Anyone discovered misusing or abusing CTC computers or guidelines for computer use will be subject to college disciplinary action and/or arrest if the action violates federal, state or local law. Reports of use of College computer systems and/or personal computer systems in which the content in and of itself offends another person may be grounds for administrative disciplinary action.
Photographs taken of individual students or groups of students in classrooms, the student center or lounge areas, and outdoors on campus, may be used by the College for release to newspapers or other media and for reproduction in the College's publications.
If a student does not want a photograph to be used in promotion of the College, that student must notify the photographer at the time the photo is taken, or notify the Director of Community Relations and Technical Publications (526-1224) within 24 hours after the photograph is taken.
FISHING ON CAMPUS
Several areas on campus are devoted to the natural environmental beautification of the campus. Fishing in these areas by any means is strictly prohibited.
CLOSED CIRCUIT TV MONITORING
The Central Texas College District is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the campus community by integrating effective practices of policing by the use of closed circuit television monitoring and recording. It is recognized that CCTV can be an effective crime prevention program when it is part of a broader crime prevention and community safety strategy.
The Central Texas College Police Department oversees and coordinates the use of CCTV in sensitive areas on campus. Central Texas College Police Department also uses CCTV to monitor public areas in order to deter crime and to assist the College in providing for the safety and security of individuals and property belonging to the college district.
Video monitoring for security purposes will be conducted in a professional, ethical, and legal manner. Monitoring individuals based on characteristics of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected classification is prohibited. Monitoring will be based on suspicious behavior, no individual characteristics. Information obtained through video monitoring will be used exclusively for safety, security, and law enforcement purposes. Recorded images will be stored in a secure location with access by authorized staff members only.
Signage giving notice of the College’s possible CCTV monitoring of public areas may be posted as deemed necessary to enhance the crime prevention value of the CCTV system but is not required. The lack of signage in areas under surveillance does not justify violating campus rules and regulations, or State, Federal, or Local laws.
CCTV systems are used regularly in the hallways and common areas of the dormitory and in any area on campus deemed “sensitive” by the CTC Administration. An area may be considered sensitive by the nature of the college property or monies stored in or in use in the area under surveillance. Students and staff entering certain sensitive locations on campus may have an increased concern for privacy or confidentiality, however the use of CCTV systems in those areas are a necessity for the preservation and protection of college owned property and assets.
Information obtained through video surveillance will only be released when authorized by the CTCD General Counsel, CTC Administration or the Chief of Police. Excluded from release are those tapes directly related to a criminal investigation, arrest or subpoena. Those recorded devices which are no longer needed for criminal justice or administrative purposes will be destroyed or electronically erased.
Closed Circuit Television and Web camera surveillance on Campus is consistent with the highest standards, protections, and compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws.
CURFEW AND LOITERING POLICY
CURFEW: The safety of the entire college community is a primary concern of the CTCD Administration. The Campus Police determine curfew times for certain restricted areas on campus including, parking lots, housing, all parks, Eagle Trail, the duck pond and any other rural property owned or under the control of the college district. Curfew times for these areas vary with time change but are always enforced during the hours of darkness.
LOITERING: Any camping, sleeping or overnight stays on college-owned or controlled property, not previously authorized, is prohibited. Loitering on college-owned or controlled property, including buildings and parking lots is prohibited. Loitering on college premises is defined as lingering idly or aimlessly in any area of the campus without official authority. Hanging around in clusters and creating or causing unusually loud and disturbing noises and/or wandering aimlessly about campus (especially around residence hall) between the quiet hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. is a violation of college policy. Anyone identified loitering on campus may be cited for violating the campus loitering policy, asked to leave or arrested, and if currently attending, may also be subject to campus disciplinary action.
LOST AND FOUND PROPERTY
All abandoned or lost and found property is turned in to the Campus Police and if not claimed within 30 days by the owner will be disposed of in accordance with applicable state laws. After 30 days, the found property is transferred to the CTC Property/Inventory Control Manager for public auction or further disposition, including destruction.
To claim found property items, individuals must present a valid photo identification card to the office of the Campus Police and positively identify the property for which they are claiming ownership. For more information consult the office of the Campus Police.
CAMPUS RUNNING POLICY
CTCD maintains a paved trail and a track surrounding the football field located behind the Natatorium & Physical Education Building. The paved trail and the track are designated to be used for pedestrian exercise such as walking, jogging or running. Walking, jogging, running or otherwise using campus roadways for pedestrian exercise or foot traffic is prohibited Monday through Friday, except to cross roadways at designated crosswalks. During this time walking, jogging, running or other pedestrian activity will be limited to campus sidewalks, grass areas, and established trails and tracks designated for pedestrian use.
Pedestrian activity will be allowed on CTC roadways on Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to noon only, to ensure daylight hours and low traffic flow. Pedestrians are to stay on sidewalks when they are available and limit roadway use to two wide when no sidewalk is present; pedestrians will always travel toward oncoming traffic and move off the roadway when traffic approaches.
Except as otherwise stated in these policies, only lawfully operated vehicles are permitted on CTCD campus roadways. Skateboarding, rollerblading, and skating are prohibited at all times on campus.
Requests for an exception to the running policy for special events will be made in writing to the Director of Facilities Management for approval who will coordinate with the Campus police and Risk Management offices.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND HARASSMENT
Central Texas College and the Central Texas College District (CTCD) will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form. Sexual misconduct is a flagrant violation of the values and behavioral expectations of a college community. All reported violations within the jurisdiction of the college, including sexual assault and harassment, will be investigated and, as warranted, will be resolved through appropriate college disciplinary processes and/or criminal proceedings in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment are behaviors specifically prohibited by this policy. Definitions of these behaviors are available from the Office of Student Life Activities located in the Student Center, bldg.106, room 134.
Students who believe that they have been subjected to sexual assault or harassment should report their complaint to the Campus Police as soon as possible after the incident occurs. Reports of sexual misconduct by another student may be made to the Director of Student Life Activities in the Student Center, building 106 or to the Campus Police. Students' allegations involving college employees may be reported to the Director of Human Resource Management, building 103 or to the Campus Police.
Existing disciplinary and grievance procedures will serve as the framework for resolving allegations of sexual misconduct. Students found guilty of sexual misconduct will be subject to campus disciplinary penalties found in the Student Handbook. College employees found guilty of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action as specified by personnel policies. In addition, employees and students may face criminal prosecution in the event of violations of applicable state and federal laws.
The rights of both the accused and the complainant shall be protected, and the confidentiality of proceedings will be maintained to the fullest extent possible. The rights of the individual filing the grievance to pursue legal remedies through criminal or civil courts will not be infringed by use of College disciplinary or grievance procedures. Similarly, College disciplinary or grievance procedures will not be prejudiced by the initiation of such action.
ON-CAMPUS STUDENT MODES OF TRANSPORTATION
Although alternative modes of transportation on campus are encouraged, certain exceptions and regulations on their use must apply.
- Motor Assisted Scooter – a self-propelled vehicle with at least two wheels in contact with the ground during operation; a braking system capable of stopping the device under typical operating conditions; a gas or electric motor not exceeding 40 cubic centimeters; a deck designed to allow a person to stand or sit while operating the device; and the ability to be propelled by human power alone.
- Bicycle – a device that a person may ride that is propelled by human power and has two tandem wheels at least one of which is more than 14 inches in diameter.
- Rollerblades – shoe or device attached to a shoe, having a set of wheels (includes roller skates).
- Skateboard – non-motorized device where two or more wheels are attached to a platform upon which a rider stands.
- Pedestrian – a person on foot.
Motor scooters and bicycles on campus are subject to motor vehicle laws and regulations outlined by the Texas Transportation Code. Motor scooters must be registered and the operators licensed according to the Texas Transportation Code. All state laws concerning the operation, movement and storage to include parking of the above vehicles are in full force and effect while on college property.
Rollerblades and skateboards as defined, or any variance thereof, are strictly prohibited from being operated on campus grounds, buildings, hallways, parking areas, sidewalks, in or around pedestrians, on any stairway, wall, bench, fountain, tennis court or within any structure or facility; or on any property owned or occupied by Central Texas College District unless otherwise posted. Other prohibited areas include land, grass, shrubbery, gardens, flowerbeds, and other areas where pecuniary loss may occur.
Vehicle operators shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk. A pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle if crossing a roadway at a place other than a marked crosswalk. The operator of a vehicle approaching from the rear of a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross a roadway may not pass the stopped vehicle.
CAMPUS SMOKING AND TOBACCO USE POLICY
Central Texas College promotes a tobacco-free main campus. No tobacco product (cigars, cigarettes, including e-cigarettes and any type smokeless tobacco) or the use of vaping apparatus' or hookah's may be used in any central campus building, enclosed facility, grounds, sidewalk, CTC vehicle or rural property owned by the CTCD, and are strictly prohibited. Smoking inside one's personally-owned vehicle (POV) enclosed passenger compartment, is allowed however, smoking outside a vehicle in parking lots, parking areas or garages is also prohibited. A violation of this policy can result in a $25 fine and subject to disciplinary action.
It is unlawful for any person to trespass on the grounds of any state institution of higher education of this state or to damage or deface any of the buildings, statues, monuments, memorials, trees, shrubs, grasses, or flowers on the grounds of any state institutions of higher education. Texas Education Code, Chapter 51.98
Unauthorized Persons; Refusal of Entry, Ejection, Identification
The governing board of a state institution of higher education or its authorized representatives, Campus Police and/or administrators, may refuse to allow persons having no legitimate business to enter on property under the board's control, and may eject any undesirable person from the property on his refusal to leave peaceably on request. Identification may be required of any person on the property.
WARNINGS AND EMERGENCY BROADCAST MESSAGING
The Central Texas College District's Community Relations and Marketing Department coordinates and manages all information and media communication involving events and activities relating to the College District.
This institution will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff on campus. For more information, see CTC Emergency Alert (applies to TX Campuses only).
Warnings may only be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency; however, every effort will be made to issue crisis warnings without any delay following confirmation of an emergency.
FIREARMS AND WEAPONS POLICY
Central Texas College District promotes the highest level of safety and security in all of its activities.
In accordance with Texas Penal Code Ch. 46, it is a felony to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly possess a firearm, illegal knife or prohibited weapon (with or without a concealed handgun permit) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, to include any buildings or passenger transportation vehicles under the direct control of the educational institution.
Accordingly, no person, while on property controlled or owned by the Central Texas College District shall store or carry a weapon. A weapon is defined as a manufactured device designed to injure or kill another being, or a device designed to look like a weapon.
Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to:
Knives with blades 3 inches long or longer, firearms, bombs and explosives (or any incendiary device or component of any incendiary device), fireworks, air guns, pellet guns, stun guns, spear guns, BB guns, paintball guns, crossbows, long bows, swords, martial arts weapons, hunting or fishing knives (bowie), brass knuckles, chemical weapons or hazardous chemicals, slingshots, billy clubs, replica or imitation firearms or any other device defined as prohibited by the Texas Penal Code 46.05.
NOTE: A license issued by any state or municipality authorizing the carrying of a handgun, concealed or otherwise, does not apply to the property and premises of the Central Texas College District; i.e. State Issued CHL licenses.
POLICY EXCEPTIONS* see below: This policy does not apply to:
- Campus Police officers;
- Other Agency Peace officers in the official discharge of their duties;
- Licensed security personnel employed or contracted by the college; or
- Cadets training in the Central Texas Police Academy during the block of instruction on Firearms.
A student who possesses an item or material in violation of this policy will be subject to the laws of the State of Texas and discipline under the CTCD Student Code of Conduct.
An employee who possesses an item or material in violation of this policy will be subject to the laws of the State of Texas and disciplinary action as detailed in the Central Texas College Human Resource Management Safety Policies and Procedures Manual.
In addition to Administrative Disciplinary Action, persons whose possession of a prohibited item or material on campus which constitutes a violation of the criminal laws of the State of Texas may be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law.
The Office of the Chancellor may approve additional exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis for presentations or temporary displays used or needed for educational purposes only.
SIMULATED WEAPONS POLICY
Simulated weapon rules:
Simulated weapons may only be constructed of these materials:
- soft/flexible plastic
- paper/paper Mache’
All simulated weapons shall be inspected, inventoried and certified safe by campus police at least 7 days prior to the event. This includes weapons for display purposes only. Failure to have simulated weapons preapproved will result in denial of use of simulated weapon.
No simulated weapon constructed of metal or metal parts will be allowed, including but not limited to: any simulated weapon with a blade, simulated hand guns, or simulated long guns.
All simulated weapons must clearly be imitation. Any “real looking” simulated weapon is prohibited and subject to confiscation.