Challenged Courses Policy

Courses offered through Curriculum programs are selected from courses approved by the North Carolina Community College System through the Common Course Library. Each Curriculum program offered by RCC is approved by the Curriculum Committee of the College, the RCC Board of Trustees, the Department of Community Colleges, and the State Board of Community Colleges. This also is the process for changes in courses being offered within each Curriculum program. Challenges to the appropriateness of course content should be directed using the following sequence: instructor for the course, division chair, vice president for instructional services. If the complaint or concern regarding the course content is not resolved at any of these levels, the policy listed in items 1-4 below will be followed.

Courses offered through Continuing Education are approved by the vice president for workforce development and continuing education and/or other state agencies or accrediting bodies. Challenges to the appropriateness of course content should be directed using the following sequence: appropriate director and/or dean, vice president for workforce development and continuing education. If the complaint or concern regarding the course content is not resolved at either of these levels the following policy will be applied:

  1. The individual or group making the complaint will be expected to make a formal statement to the president of the College that specifies the nature of the inappropriate materials and present specific evidence that justifies the claim;
  2. The president will appoint an ad hoc committee that includes at least two individuals with academic or professional credentials in the field or a related discipline of the course under review;
  3. The committee must review the course and render a recommendation to the president within 10 working days after receipt of the complaint;
  4. The ad hoc committee will adhere to the following procedures:
    • Review the American Association of University Professor’s "Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure";
    • Review any professional standards of academic freedom or professional standards specific to the area of concern;
    • Examine the course outline, syllabus, or other class materials in addition to the specific elements of the complaint;
    • Solicit responses from the instructor(s) and students as necessary;
    • Evaluate the materials, instructional interpretations, or method of presentation in the context of the course, professional standards, or within the definition of academic freedom;
    • Seek guidance from appropriate academic or professional organizations if necessary;
    • Submit a report of the committee’s findings and recommendations to the president of the College.

The decision concerning the complaint will reside with the president unless he/she determines Board of Trustee action is appropriate.