Student-Faculty Responsibilities

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

The student is responsible for arriving at all classes on time and preparing to participate in assigned work or activities; obtaining assignments from the faculty member before an absence whenever possible, so that work may be submitted upon returning; requesting to make up assignments missed due to legitimate absences (make-up assignments will follow procedures stipulated by the faculty member at the outset of the course); and seeking faculty 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 while attending class.

Students are responsible for personal items. The college is not responsible if they are lost, stolen, or if they are damaged due to electrical current variations.

The faculty member is responsible for being prepared 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 on 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 the student 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.

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 in the Registration section of the website. 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. For irregular length courses, consult the instructor’s syllabus for the last day students 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. Please review the refund procedures.

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, complete a withdrawal form. Use your Self-Service username and password to log in to the system. Failure on the part of the student to withdraw officially from a course could result in a grade of F2. Therefore, all students should refer to the instructor’s attendance policy included on the course syllabus, and students with questions or concerns should consult with their instructor.

Students with medical situations that necessitate requesting withdrawal from all credit courses past the normal deadlines should complete the Request for Medical Withdrawal form, attach appropriate documentation, and submit the form and documentation to the Counseling and Student Life office located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 10-209. For more information, call 919-536-7207, ext. 1413.

Military Students

Students who are called to active military duty should contact the college registrar for assistance with their enrollment needs. It is the intention of Durham Tech to make the transition in and out of the college as smooth and stress-free as possible. Refer to the Class Absences policy for more information.

Faculty-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 absence. Students enrolled in Developmental Education courses in this situation will be withdrawn with the grade of W. Excused absences are not counted when calculating the 15 percent absence threshold.

Intermittent Absences
If a student misses 15 percent of the class meetings intermittently within the first 60 percent of the instructional hours for that course, the instructor may withdraw the student from the course assigning the grade of W. If a student misses 15 percent of the class meetings intermittently such that the student’s last absence occurs after the first 60 percent of the instructional hours for that course, the instructor may assign the student the grade of F2. Students enrolled in Developmental Education courses in this situation may be withdrawn with a grade of W. Excused absences are not counted when calculating the 15 percent absence threshold.

Students should refer to the instructor’s attendance policy included on the course syllabus, and students with questions or concerns should consult with their instructor.

A student who has withdrawn from a class or been 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 which necessitated the withdrawal will no longer be a problem.

In certain Health Technologies 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.

Excused Absences

An excused absence is defined as a planned absence. Durham Tech students are allowed one excused absence per class per term for a planned event or observance. View the Class Absences policy and procedure.

Tardiness and Early Departure

The student 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 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.

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. Review the Academic Integrity and Plagiarism policy.

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 Code of Conduct is to protect the rights and safety of all individuals on campus. All students are required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.

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. Refer to Tobacco-Free Campus policy for more information.

Drug and Alcohol

Durham Technical Community College 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.

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 Title IX information..

Appropriate Use of Computing Resources

Durham Tech provides a variety of computing resources to employees, students, and our community. Restrictions or limits placed on use of college computing resources are intended to protect the resources; to maintain the integrity of the networks; and to comply with appropriate policies, laws, and regulations. Persons using college computer resources are expected to use these resources responsibly. For more information, consult the Appropriate Use of Computing Resources policy and procedures.

Student Grievance

Durham Tech 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 and Academic Appeal procedure.

Safety and Security

Durham Tech is concerned about the safety, welfare, and protection of all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and college property. The college is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to everyone.

Campus 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 office is located on main campus in Building 8. Students, faculty, and staff can report emergencies to Campus Police and Public Safety by dialing extension 5555 from any on-campus phone or calling the Durham City Police by dialing 9-911. To report security or safety hazards or other non-emergency situations, call Campus Police and Public Safety at 919-536-7255, extension 5555.

The college is committed to the safety and security of all members of the college community. In times of emergency, the college will provide appropriate campus-wide response to assure safety and minimize losses. Up-to-date information on an emergency situation and communication options are posted on the Alert Notifications web page.

Information about identification cards, transportation options, campus safety tips, first aid, and lost and found is available in the Safety and Security policy.

Consumer Information on Crime Statistics

Information about crime at the Durham Tech Main Campus, Orange County Campus, and Northern Durham Center is available to the public online through the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Type the name of the college in the search engine to access the reports. Also, the daily crime log is available for public inspection upon request in the college's Campus Police and Public Safety office at the Main Campus and at the Orange County Campus, or the Northern Durham Center.

Your Guide to Safety on Campus 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) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), 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 Tech reserves the right to disclose, without consent, “directory” information. View the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act policy and procedure.