Section XII - Student Services

XII A 1

Enrollment Matters - "Open Door" Policy

To define and state the parameters of the “open door” policy

All branches of the North Carolina Department of Community Colleges operate under an “open door” admission policy. This means that any person, whether a high school graduate or non-graduate, who is eighteen years old or older and who is able to profit from further formal education will be served by the institution.

The “open door” policy does not mean that there are no restrictions on admission to specific programs. It does mean that these restrictions are flexible enough to allow students opportunities to improve their educational status by eliminating deficiencies through remedial work. New students seeking admission to a specific program must provide appropriate transcripts and participate in placement testing to meet prerequisites/co-requisites. When new students are able to meet the specific admission requirements for a given curriculum, they may then be enrolled in that curriculum and remain in the program as long as they make satisfactory progress and remain enrolled on a continuous basis as required by their curriculum. (For students transferring to RCC, see Transfer Student Admissions, XII A2).

Although the College follows an “open door” policy, there will be no compromise with academic standards set by the State Board of Trustees.

The college offers curriculum programs for current high school students within the parameters set by the State Board of Community Colleges.

The College reserves the right to limit enrollment in a curriculum to a number that can be accommodated by the resources of the College. The Vice President for Student Services is designated as the Admissions Officer for the College. (Specific admission requirements are enumerated in the College Catalog.)

The College may refuse admission to applicants who meet at least one of the following exceptions:

  1. Admission may be denied to any applicant during any period of time that he/she is suspended or expelled from any other educational entity.
  2. Admission may be denied to any applicant to protect the safety of the applicant or other individuals when there is an articulable, imminent, and significant threat by documenting (a) the detailed facts supporting the rationale for denying admission, (b) the time period within which the refusal to admit shall be applicable, and (c) the conditions upon which the applicant would be eligible to be admitted.
  3. Admission into a program, other than basic law enforcement training, that requires students to possess a firearm may be denied to any applicant who is not eligible to possess a firearm as outlined in state board community colleges code 400.2(h).
If admission is denied, the applicant may appeal using the Standard Grievance Procedure (XII D 2) beginning with the Vice President for Student Services.

 

Adopted: 07/15/1999

Revised: 07/27/2000, 01/20/2010, 03/17/2011, 01/19/2012, 07/19/2012, 03/17/2016