General Course Information
Texas law previously permitted public and private universities to ban the carrying of concealed handguns on their campuses. On June 13, 2015, Governor Abbott signed into law S.B. 11 which adds section 411.2031 to the Government Code and authorizes a concealed handgun license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the campus of a public or private university in Texas, subject to rules and regulations adopted by the institution. HCC has designated certain areas as weapons-free zones in which concealed carrying of handguns by licensed individuals is prohibited. The effective date for HCC and community colleges across the state was August 1, 2017.
- Open carry of handguns (or other firearms) on a college campus continues to be prohibited.
- Applicable signage is posted to conform with applicable law.
- Reference: Texas Penal Code §30.06; Texas Penal Code §46.035(b)(2).
- For detailed information http://www.hccs.edu/departments/police/campus-carry/.
Equal Educational Opportunity Statement
Houston Community College is committed to providing an educational climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. HCC does not discriminate and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity and gender expression, national origin, age disability, sex, sexual orientation, Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the school, administration or its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Emerging English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission to and participation in career and technical education programs. To ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws, the College has developed policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination in all forms. Such policies can be found at https://www.hccs.edu/about-hcc/policies/hcc-board-policy-manual-section-f.
Houston Community College is committed to cultivating an environment free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual or gender-based nature, including sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Sex discrimination includes all forms of sexual and gender-based misconduct and violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity.
David Cross, Director of EEO/Compliance is designated as the Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator. All inquiries concerning HCC Policies, compliance with applicable laws, statues, and regulations (such as Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and ADA), and complaints may be directed to:
David Cross, Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator
3100 Main Street, Suite 702
Houston, TX 77002 713.718.8271 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on these policies and programs follows in this Handbook.
Sexual Misconduct Information and Reporting
Any student who believes that he or she has experienced prohibited conduct or believes that another student has experienced prohibited conduct should immediately report the alleged acts to a responsible employee. The College District designates the following persons as responsible employees for the purposes of reporting prohibited conduct: any instructor, any administrator, or the Title IX Coordinator or College Title IX Contact. For additional information please use the following links:
- Title IX Know Your Rights: https://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/title-ix-know-your-rights/
- Title IX Complaint Form: https://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/title-ix-know-your-rights/title-ix-complaint-form/
- Speak with a Title IX Contact: https://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/title-ix-know-your-rights/speak-with-a-title-ix-contact/
The Sexual Assault Policy for Students is available at: https://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/title-ix-know-your-rights/sexual-assault-policy-for-students/
Office of Institutional Equity
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) was established to ensure that all individuals have an opportunity to have full participation in the life of Houston Community College. Services provided by OIE include, but are not limited to:
- Ensuring compliance with HCC’s policies and law prohibiting discrimination and illegal harassment based on protected characteristics.
- Investigating complaints of discrimination initiated by students, faculty, staff, and the community, promptly and impartially.
- Providing training and education materials regarding Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity compliance issues.
- Developing new programs and metrics to advance diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism at HCC.
For more information about OIE and its services, please see: https://www.hccs.edu/departments/institutional-equity/
Equal Educational Opportunity Statement
A semester credit hour (SCH) student is full-time if the student is enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and part time if enrolled in fewer than 12 hours. Half-time is six hours. To be considered full-time during the summer, a student must enroll in both summer terms or the ten-week session for a total of nine or more semester hours. A student is considered part-time if enrolled in only one summer session or for less than nine hours. During the fall and spring terms, students wishing to enroll in more than 18 credit hours must have special approval by a counselor. During each short summer session, students may schedule a maximum of seven semester hours or two academic courses. Students taking a long summer session only (10 or 11 weeks) or a combined long session and a six- or five-week session may schedule no more than 13 semester hours or four academic courses for the summer. During mini sessions, students are limited to one course. The Physical Education (PHED) Department limits enrollment in the number of physical activity classes per semester to two classes. Generally, a student in academic courses needs two hours of preparation outside of class for each hour of classroom instruction. Consequently, a student who is employed while attending college should consider the total demands on time from work, classes, and activities when deciding on a course load. Students who overload themselves may have scholastic difficulties.