College Catalog: Student-Faculty Responsibilities

Durham Tech students and faculty members are obliged to meet a number of reciprocal responsibilities within the student-teacher relationship.

Students and faculty are responsible for reviewing and adhering to the College’s policies and procedures.

The student is responsible for the following:

  • Arriving at all classes on time and being prepared to participate in assigned work or activities;
  • Obtaining assignments from the instructor before an absence whenever possible so that work may be submitted upon returning;
  • Requesting to make up assignments missed due to legitimate absences according to procedures stipulated by the instructor at the outset of the course); and
  • Seeking instructor assistance when clarification or additional assistance is needed to complete an assignment.

The College does not permit a student to attend class with a child or leave a child unattended on campus.

Students are responsible for personal items. The College is not responsible if items that are lost, stolen, or damaged.

The instructor is responsible for the following:

  • Preparing for each class, starting the class on time, and providing a full period of effective instruction throughout the semester;
  • Providing students with complete information about the objectives and requirements of the course, including the resources available to students outside the classroom or laboratory;
  • Maintaining an accurate record of attendance for all students and consulting promptly with students about any attendance problems; and
  • Being available to students outside of class in the event additional assistance is needed in meeting course requirements.


Regular attendance is required for students to complete all course requirements and receive the optimum benefit of instruction. In the event of an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to make up all missed work in the timeliest manner possible. Failure to make up missed work will adversely affect the student’s course grade.

View the Class Absences policy and procedure.

Student Withdrawals, Faculty Withdrawals, and Class Absences

Student-initiated Withdrawals

Students may officially drop one or all courses prior to the 75 percent tuition refund deadline of each semester without the enrollment being shown on the transcript. The last date for students to withdraw with a refund and the last date to initiate a withdrawal with a grade of W are published on theDrop, Withdrawal, and Refunds web page. For irregular length courses, students should consult the syllabus for the last day they may withdraw with a grade of W. Students making registration changes prior to the 75 percent tuition refund deadline may be eligible for a refund and must complete the necessary refund request process. View the Course Cancellation and Refunds procedure.

During the traditional 16-week fall and spring semesters, the 60 percent date is ordinarily near the end of the tenth week of class or for an 8-week term, near the end of the fifth week. After the close of the drop period and prior to the 60 percent date in the semester, students may officially withdraw from one or all courses with a grade of W. To initiate an official withdrawal, students must complete a withdrawal form via eForms using their Self-Service login credentials. Students who fail to officially withdraw from a course may receive a grade of F2. Therefore, all students should refer to the instructor’s attendance requirements as noted on the course syllabus and should consult with their instructor regarding any questions or concerns.

Students with medical situations who must request withdrawal from all credit courses after the established deadlines must complete the Request for Medical Withdrawal form, attach appropriate documentation, and submit the form and documentation to Counseling, Accessibility, and Resources via email at

Military Students

Students who are called to active military duty should contact the College registrar for assistance with their enrollment needs.

View the Class Absences policy and procedure for more information.

Instructor-initiated Withdrawals
Consecutive Absences

Any student with consecutive absences equaling or exceeding 15 percent of the instructional hours for the course prior to the official withdrawal date for the course will be withdrawn from the class by the instructor with a grade of W.

If a student misses 15 percent of the class meetings consecutively such that the student’s last absence occurs after the first 60 percent of the instructional hours for that course, the instructor will assign the grade of F2. The last day of attendance is required for Web Grading when the F2 grade is assigned due to excessive absences. Excused absences are not counted when calculating the 15 percent absence threshold.

Intermittent Absences

Students should refer to the instructor’s attendance requirements noted on the course syllabus and should consult with their instructor regarding any questions or concerns.

A student who has withdrawn from a class may request reinstatement subject to the approval of and conditions set by the instructor. To be reinstated, the student must have been in good academic standing in the course at the time of withdrawal and must provide the instructor with evidence that the extenuating circumstances that necessitated the withdrawal have been resolved.

In certain Health and Wellness programs, if the student exceeds the 15 percent absence limit after the 60 percent date, penalty points may be imposed when the student is required to fulfill licensure certification or program accreditation requirements.

Class Absences

Absences are calculated from the first class meeting, not from the student’s first attendance date. Students entering late may have already accumulated part of the absence limit, which varies according to the contact hours of the class.

View the Class Absences policy and procedure.

Tardiness and Early Departure

Students should be on time for each class session and should be prepared to remain for the full duration of the class. Tardiness or early departure from a class that results in the student missing at least 20 percent of the instructional session may be considered an absence. Chronic tardiness and/or leaving class early may adversely affect the student’s course grade and may cause the student to receive a grade of F.

View the Class Absences policy and procedure.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Durham Tech upholds and enforces high standards of academic honesty and integrity both in and out of the classroom. The College establishes and follows a process for defining and addressing academic dishonesty when it occurs. The College recognizes plagiarism as a specific subset of academic dishonesty and follows a process for addressing plagiarism.

View the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy and procedure.


Student Code of Conduct

Durham Tech has an obligation to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The intent of the Student Code of Conduct is to protect the rights and safety of all individuals on campus.

View the Student Code of Conduct policy and procedure.

Tobacco-Free Campus

Employees, students, visitors, and contractors are prohibited from using tobacco products at any time on college property as well as on any spaces where college-sponsored or college-related activities are held, including during non-instructional and non-service hours.

View the Tobacco-Free Campus policy and procedure.

Drug and Alcohol

Durham Tech is committed to the well-being of the College community and to promoting and providing a safe and healthy environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances or alcoholic beverages is prohibited on College premises and at College-sponsored activities.

View the Drug and Alcohol – Students policy and procedure.

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX

Durham Tech does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation in its education programs, services, or activities. The institution is committed to maintaining and strengthening an environment founded on civility and respect, and providing a learning, working, and living environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, or other forms of sexual misconduct. Durham Tech is further committed to ensuring all parties are afforded the protections of due process in reviewing complaints of sexual misconduct.

View the Sexual Misconduct policy and procedure and Title IX web page.

Appropriate Use of Computing Resources

Durham Tech provides a variety of computing resources to employees, students, and the community. Restrictions or limits placed on the use of college computing resources are intended to protect the resources; maintain the integrity of the networks; and comply with appropriate policies, laws, and regulations. Persons using college computing resources are expected to use these resources responsibly.

View the Appropriate Use of Computing Resources policy and procedure.

Student Grievance

Students have the right to pursue timely, legitimate grievances against employees of the College. Therefore, the College shall establish, publish, and follow a procedure that delineates the rights and responsibilities of the aggrieved party and the College employee against whom a grievance may be lodged.

View the Student Grievance policy and procedure.

Safety and Security

Durham Tech Police and Public Safety provides 24-hour-a-day patrol protection for college buildings, grounds, and parking lots. It responds to crime reports, fires, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, and other incidents requiring police or security assistance. The Police and Public Safety office is located on Main Campus in Building 8. Students and employees may report emergencies by dialing extension 5555 from any campus phone or calling Durham City Police by dialing 9-911. To report security or safety hazards or other non-emergency situations, call Police and Public Safety at 919-536-7255, extension 5555.

In times of emergency, the College will provide appropriate College-wide response to assure safety and minimize losses. Up-to-date emergency information and communication options are posted on the Alert Notifications web page.

View the Safety and Security policy and procedure for information about identification cards, transportation options, campus safety tips, first aid, and lost and found.

Crime Statistics

Information about crime at Main Campus, Orange County Campus, Duke Street North, and Northern Durham Center is available online through the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education. The daily crime log is available upon request in the Police and Public Safety office on Main Campus or at the Security desk at Orange County Campus and the Northern Durham Center.

Your Guide to Safety on Campus, which serves as Durham Technical Community College’s Clery Report, provides information about safety and security on Durham Tech campuses.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, students have certain rights to inspect and review their education records, request that their records be corrected if they believe that they are inaccurate or misleading, and determine what information about their records can be released. Durham Technical Community College reserves the right to disclose directory information without consent.

View the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy and procedure.