Welcome to the Consumer Information home page! This section includes a summary of the information that Rockingham Community College must provide to the campus and public annually as required by state and federal regulations. This requirement enables the College to fulfill students’ right to know and to provide them with assistance in making informed choices regarding the institution they desire to attend. The information is organized below by category, and each category may include details on this page as well as links to other pages or sites where the appropriate information is to be found. Although much of the information below already appears in the various sections of the RCC web site, this page lists the categories of ‘consumer information’ that are to be communicated each year. If you have questions, please direct them to Ms. Kim Pryor, Director of Public Information: by email at email@example.com; by phone at 336.342.4261 ext. 2170; by mail at P.O. Box 38, Wentworth, NC 27375; or in person at the Public Information Office, located in the Administration Building on the RCC campus in Wentworth.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLEGE
Information related to the College’s accreditation, current programs of study, certificates/diplomas/degrees offered, admission policies, credit transfer policies, and lists of faculty and administrative personnel, can be accessed in the Rockingham Community College Catalog. The Catalog may be obtained by visiting the Student Development Division in the Whitcomb Student Center, or online at http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/student-services/catalogs-schedules-publications.htm. Information regarding the College’s GED program may be found online at http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/continuing-education/adult-basic-education/general-educational-development.htm.
ARTICULATION AND COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENTS BETWEEN RCC AND OTHER ENTITIES
Rockingham Community College participates in Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the NC Community College System and University of North Carolina System with regard to transfer of credits. Information is available in the RCC Catalog online at link to Articulation Agreement PDF or in the printed version available at the Student Development Division office. Rockingham Community College participates in agreements with the Greensboro College (Greensboro, NC) and Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem, NC), both of which offer a “2+2” program with RCC. The “2+2” program enables qualified RCC graduates to pursue a bachelor’s degree on the RCC campus as provided by the four-year institution. Students must satisfy the admission requirements specified by the four-year institutions as outlined in the program agreements. The programs of study and institutions offering the bachelor’s degree program are found in the RCC Catalog, Bachelor’s Degree Option or in the printed version available at the Student Development Division office.
Complaint Process for Students
It is the aim of Rockingham Community College to resolve student complaints and grievances in a manner that is orderly, non-threatening, and equitable. Students may file a complaint or grievance if they believe that an existing college policy has been misinterpreted, misapplied, or violated. This includes an allegation of discrimination based upon race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other personal characteristics.
For all types of complaints or grievances, students are first urged to seek resolution of the matter informally with the other individual who may be the subject of the complaint or grievance. Informal resolution of a complaint is always recommended as the desired step prior to taking formal action.
Complaints or grievances regarding final course grades are resolved according to the RCC Grade Appeal Policy, which is outlined in the RCC Catalog. Complaints regarding sexual harassment may be submitted to the Director of Human Resources (in the event the allegation involves a college employee), or to the Vice President for Student Development (in the event the allegation involves another student). Students filing a complaint or grievance pertaining to disability services are to use the Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedure, described online at the RCC web site under ‘Student Services – Disability Services.’
For complaints or grievances other than those types described above that are not resolved informally, students are to use the formal Student Grievance Procedure for both academic and non-academic complaints. This procedure is described in the RCC Catalog and Student Handbook, and grievance forms and information are also found on the RCC web site under ‘Student Services.’ The formal process requires a student to provide the complaint or grievance in writing according to the grievance procedure.
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting RCC’s grievance procedure, a student may file a complaint to the Director of Licensure, UNC General Administration, 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688; telephone 919-962-4558; fax 919-962-7139; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Complaints concerning any of the 58 North Carolina community colleges may also be submitted to the Senior Vice President, Programs and Student Services/Chief Academic Officer for the North Carolina Community College System, 5016 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-5016; telephone 919-807-7096; fax 919-807-7173; or email email@example.com.
Rockingham Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Rockingham Community College. The Commission may be contacted for the following reasons: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of Rockingham Community College, (2) to file a third party comment at the time of the Rockingham Community College decennial review, (3) to file a complaint against Rockingham Community College for significant non-compliance with a SACSCOC standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about Rockingham Community College, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, should be addressed directly to Rockingham Community College and not to the Commission on Colleges.
Information related to student financial aid includes: the cost of attending school, descriptions of need-based and non-need-based financial aid, procedures to apply for financial aid, eligibility requirements, student rights and responsibilities, the criteria for selection of recipients and awarding of funds, disbursement of funds, refund and repayment policies, satisfactory academic progress for financial aid recipients, appeal procedures, financial aid for students abroad, and VA/military benefits. This information is available on the financial aid office web page on the RCC web site http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/student-services/financial-aid/index.htm.This site also includes a tuition Net Price Calculator. Additional information on RCC’s financial aid program is available online at http://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/?q=rockingham+community+college&s=NC&id=199485#finaid
Rockingham Community College is located on 274 acres in Wentworth, at the center of Rockingham County, North Carolina. The college has a number of facilities dedicated to serving the training and education needs of our students. Instructional facilities include 18 buildings. Included in these 13 are the Gerald B. James Library, a gymnasium, and the Advanced Technologies Building, with a 247-seat auditorium. Other facilities include the Whitcomb Student Center, the Administration Building, the Apple Amphitheater, the Maintenance Building, and athletic fields. RCC’s campus map may be found at http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/about-rcc/our-campus/campus-area-maps.htm.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Information on the College’s services to students with disabilities may be found on the RCC web site online http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/student-services/disability-services.htm
RETENTION, COMPLETION, AND GRADUATION RATES
Information relates to student retention, completion, and graduation rates is available online at http://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/?q=rockingham+community+college&s=NC&id=199485#retgrad
Information regarding textbooks available through the RCC Bookstore may be found at http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/student-services/bookstore.htm. This information includes textbooks required or recommended for courses, ISBN numbers of these books, retail prices, and related information.
RCC annually reports information on student participation in intercollegiate athletics in its Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) report. The College reports participation of student-athletes in the institution’s athletics program. Information from this report is found online in http://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/?q=rockingham+community+college&s=NC&id=199485#sports RCC does not provide athletic grants to student-athletes.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION AND POLICIES
The College’s policy regarding drug and alcohol use and the designation of the College as a drug-free workplace are found in the following locations online: the RCC Student Handbook, http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/docs/Official_RCC_Student_Handbook.pdf and the RCC Faculty-Staff Handbook. This information includes the policy regarding conduct and sanctions for violation of the policy.
Additional resources regarding the health and safety effects and risks of drug and alcohol use/abuse, as well as resources available to students and employees, is available in the RCC Student Handbook and the RCC Employee Handbook.
CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY
Annually, RCC completes its annual campus safety and security report, which is available at the RCC web site online at http://www.rockinghamcc.edu/student-services/campus-safety.htm. This report provides statistics for the past three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on or around the campus. Additional statistics in this regard may be found online at http://nces.ed.gov/COLLEGENAVIGATOR/?q=rockingham+community+college&s=NC&id=199485#crime. Since RCC is a non-residential community college, students come and go from campus freely. If the college is made aware of the possibility of a missing student, RCC officials will cooperate and assist law enforcement authorities as fully as possible.
For regular admissions purposes, RCC does not require immunization and medical records for domestic students. Specific programs may require vaccinations. This information is available in the respective health sciences admission and program information published in the RCC Catalog and in admissions information packets available in the Office of Admissions.