The College does not have an open forum for solicitation, distribution of literature, public assembly, signs, sales, or fundraising. Solicitations, distribution of literature, public assembly, signs, sales, and fundraising by external groups in any of Carroll Community College's facilities are strictly prohibited unless official permission is authorized by the President or his/her designee.
Designated Public Forum
The College has designated space near the front of the Scott Center (T Building) and the Nursing and Allied Health Building (N Building), for free speech, peaceable public assembly and related activities. Other areas of the campus may be designated by the President or his/her designee as public forums to accommodate free speech and public assembly in special circumstances. The College reserves the right to limit certain activities, or to end the event, if it determines that public safety and/or the orderly conduct of college activities are at risk.
Procedures for Approval for Use of Designated Public Forum
The College places reasonable restrictions on the time, place, and manner in which individuals and groups may exercise rights of free speech and public assembly on College grounds. Groups wishing to receive approval to use the designated public forum for public gatherings or demonstrations or the distribution of literature must notify the President of their intentions. All requests must be made at least two weeks but no more than six weeks prior to date of the proposed activity. This is to allow an efficient and safe allocation of space, generally to the first group to request it for a particular time. College sponsored events have first priority on the use of campus grounds. The College reserves the right to relocate any assembly to ensure that the activity does not interfere with the normal operation of the College or interfere with the rights of others.
At the time of the request to the President, the following information will be required:
Assembly and petitioning activities may not interfere with or inconvenience College operations or programs and must be consistent with the College's educational purposes. Individuals engaged in assembly and petitioning activities must comply with the College’s Student Code of Conduct and/or policies governing staff and faculty and may not obstruct, disrupt, interrupt, or attempt to physically force the cancellation of any event or activity sponsored by the College or by users authorized to use the College facilities. Further, participants may not engage in harassing, physically abusive, threatening, or intimidating conduct toward any person. Participants shall comply with the directives of any College official acting in the performance of his or her duty.
Right to Dissent
The right to dissent is the complement of the right to speak, but these rights need not occupy the same forum at the same time. A speaker is entitled to communicate his or her message to the audience during his or her allotted time, and the audience is entitled to hear the message and see the speaker during that time. A dissenter must not substantially interfere with the speaker's ability to communicate or the audience's ability to hear and see the speaker. Likewise, the audience must respect the right to dissent.
Dissemination or Display of Printed Material
After receiving written approval from the President or his/her designee, individuals or groups may petition and/or distribute pamphlets, booklets, brochures, and other forms of printed material to individuals who desire such information. Materials may be displayed or distributed only within the designated area on the approved date and during the approved time on the condition that all such material is designed for informational (not commercial) purposes. The sponsoring individual or group must provide a receptacle for the disposal of any material distributed. The College does not assume any obligation or liability for the content of such distributed material. Any signs used must either be held by participants or be freestanding signs that do not stick into the ground. No signs or other materials may be mounted or posted on any buildings, walls, windows, doors, sidewalks, trees, light poles, or any other College owned equipment or property.
Distribution of the following materials is specifically not authorized by the College and may subject the sponsor to criminal prosecution or civil liability:
Care of Designated Area
Participants are responsible for the cleanliness and order of the designated area following its use. The designated area should be left in the condition it was in before the activity. Any materials used must be removed from the designated area. Individuals or groups who damage or destroy College property shall be held responsible for such damage or destruction. This includes but is not limited to any damage to the campus buildings, sidewalks, lawns, shrubs, and trees.
College Policy and Procedure
The College reserves the right to restrict any individual’s or group’s use of the designated public forum if such use violates other College policies or procedures.
Sales and Fundraising
No commercial (or for-profit) sales may be conducted. Commercial sales, to include goods and merchandise, to students and staff on the College premises is forbidden except through the Bookstore or other College-approved organizations or agencies. The solicitation of funds to support any activity or cause not sponsored by the College or the Student Government Organization is also prohibited. Fundraising activities by students must be approved by the Director of Student Life.
The College prohibits alcohol-related advertising and promotions. It also bans any promotional sponsorship of campus events or activities by alcohol-related companies and businesses.
Solicitations within campus facilities by businesses as a means to recruit students for employment are an allowed activity provided that activity is approved by the College administration.
The College reserves the right to charge individuals or groups wishing to use the designated public forum for additional security at a rate determined by the Chief of the College’s Campus Police. The Chief will determine the need for and the number of additional officers necessary to perform security functions during any public assembly event.
All individuals and groups participating in expressive speech, outdoor assemblies, and distribution/petitioning are subject to sanctions for failing to comply with these regulations or other College policies. Such sanctions may include payment of reasonable charges resulting from non-compliance, including, but not limited to, repairing; cleaning; painting; and/or replacement costs. College students, faculty, and staff may also be subject to institutional disciplinary or administrative action as outlined in the Student Handbook and/or policies governing staff and faculty. Violations that require police intervention will be reported to the Campus College Police who may enforce applicable laws of the State of Maryland or Carroll County.
Approved Carroll County Attorney’s Office 3/11/2013 Approved Carroll Community College Board of Trustees – May 15, 2013Revised by the Carroll Community College Board of Trustees - December 13, 2017
Commercial sales, to include goods and merchandise, to students
and staff on the College premises, is forbidden except through the Bookstore or
other College-approved organizations or agencies. The solicitation of funds to
support any activity or cause not sponsored by the College or the Student
Government Organization is prohibited. Fundraising activities by students must
be approved by the Director of Student Engagement and Completion.
The College prohibits alcohol-related advertising and
promotions. It also bans any promotional sponsorship of campus events or
activities by alcohol-related companies and businesses.
Approved Carroll County Attorney’s Office 3/11/2013
Approved – Carroll Community College Board of Trustees – May 15, 2013
All bulletin board notices must be approved and stamped by the
Office of Student Life at least one week prior to an event, with the exception
of notices for classroom bulletin boards and bulletin boards that are specific
to and managed by a college department. Unapproved and non-college related
postings will be removed.
All community postings must be stamped for approval by the
Office of Student Life, who will post to appropriate bulletin boards. Display
of College community postings will be limited to the bulletin board beside the
ATM machine located in the main level of the “A” Building and the lower level
of “A” Building near Room A015.
All posters, placards, and signs announcing activities and
events of interest to and related to the student body must be stamped for
approval by the Office of Student Life, who will post to bulletin boards found
in common areas throughout the campus facilities (excluding classroom and
departmental bulletin boards). At its discretion, Student Life may also place
information on tables and study desks, or leave in mail boxes. After posters
have become obsolete, they should be removed by the person or organization
responsible. The College prohibits alcohol-related advertising and promotions.
It also bans any promotional sponsorship of campus events or activities by
alcohol-related companies and businesses.
At times, it is necessary for faculty and staff to display
information to students advising of class scheduling, instructor illness,
assignments, etc. Understanding this need, please use the following guidelines
to prevent damage to walls and doors:
Note: Restrooms, elevators, entrance glass doors to any
building, and planters are not appropriate places for posting flyers.
Approved Carroll County Attorney’s Office, March 11, 2013
Carroll Community College recognizes and supports the full
enforcement of copyright laws for the protection of intellectual property
rights. All College faculty, staff, and students are expected to comply with
federal laws regarding the use of copyright protected materials. As an
institution of higher learning, Carroll Community College supports the fair use
exemption, whereby copyrighted materials may be legally used and reproduced for
the purposes of criticism, commentary, teaching, scholarship, and research as
noted in the federal copyright law (17 U.S.C. 107 at
Placing free magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals on
the campus of Carroll Community College is prohibited unless specifically
approved by the College. The College will consider approval of periodicals of
educational value and consistent with the mission of the College. Requests for
approval are to be directed to the Office of Planning, Marketing, and
If approved, it is the responsibility of the vendor to maintain
the papers in a neat and orderly fashion in racks approved by the College. Old
issues will be removed and new issues placed in the rack by the vendor.
Publications are not to be left by the vendor, either inside or outside college
buildings, for college staff to process. Failure by the vendor to properly
maintain publications in the approved racks terminates the agreement, and
further distribution on campus will be prohibited.
College facilities cannot be used by candidates for campaign
purposes. The College is a limited public forum for school sponsored events.
College faculty and approved student organizations may sponsor events within
the College’s educational mission. These events must be nonpartisan, and
require the prior approval of the appropriate Vice President and the President
of the College. The College cannot appear to sponsor or endorse any candidate
or political party.
During an election year, outside nonpartisan organizations may
use specified College facilities to sponsor political forums or debates for the
purposes of providing the community the opportunity to hear diverse political
views. The Theater in the Scott Center may be rented on a space-available basis
for this purpose by following all College Facility Use Guidelines and Theater
Rental Guidelines, including but not limited to a Lease Agreement, Lease Rider,
Application for Use, and Fee Schedule. The College will not charge fees for
nonpartisan political forums or debates sponsored by the State of Maryland, the
Federal Government or the Board of Carroll County Commissioners.
College classrooms are also eligible for use for this purpose
on a space-available basis. The Great Hall in the A Building and the
Conferencing Center in the K Building are not available for this purpose unless
sponsored by Carroll Community College.
With the exception of service animals accompanied by their
owners or trainers, animals are not permitted in buildings without proper
authorization. Service animal owners and trainers must be aware of the
college’s policies before any service animals or service animals in training
may enter a science lab. Requests for this accommodation must be made through
the Office of Disability Services due to the hazards that may be present in the
laboratory environment. Every effort will be made to accommodate this request;
however, for the safety of the dog and the college community standard
precautions must be taken.
The organization or individual responsible for literature
appearing on campus must be clearly identifiable within the publication.
Literature which is not identifiable may not be distributed on campus.
Children are invited to the Carroll Community College campus
and warmly encouraged to participate in College events and activities suitable
for children. They may also visit the campus on an exceptional basis,
particularly when extenuating circumstances interfere with normal childcare.
The presence of children shall always be subject to the following conditions:
Parents, whether students, faculty, or staff, are not to bring
their children to the College on a routine or regular basis. Only currently
enrolled College students, employees, and officially invited College guests are
permitted in classrooms and laboratories while classes and other educational
activities are being conducted. Bringing children to class is discouraged due
to the potential interruption of the learning environment. If an emergency
situation requires that a child accompany a student to class, approval from the
instructor is required. If an emergency situation requires an employee to bring
a child to work, approval of his/her supervisor is required.
Carroll Community College accepts neither responsibility nor
liability for injuries that may occur to a child or damages caused by the child
while on the Carroll Community College campus. Responsibility for damages and
any liability lie entirely and completely with the responsible parent or
In the event that any of the above conditions are violated, a
responsible College official may request the removal of the child from campus.
If a request to leave the campus is not honored, the responsible College
official may undertake such lawful measures as may be deemed necessary to
secure the child’s removal.
(Approved by the President’s Executive Team, November 5,
Carroll Community College is committed to offering accessible
educational opportunities to our community. In support of that commitment, the
College maintains an open door policy of admission. The college also provides
learning opportunities for the younger learners and houses a Child Development
Center. Therefore, the College prohibits the enrollment of Individuals listed
on any State Services Sex Offender registry and/or Maryland Department of
Public Safety and Correctional Services Sex Offender registry. This would
include online classes, programs, or attending any college-sponsored events, on
or off campus. Further, according to the Annotated Code of Maryland, Criminal
Procedures §11-722, a registered sex offender may not enter the grounds or
buildings of Carroll Community College for any reason.
Denial of access to College grounds – In accordance with the
Maryland Annotated Code, Education Article, Sections 26-102, the governing
board, president, or any person designated in writing by the board or any of
these persons, may deny access to the building or grounds of the College to any
• Is not a bona fide,
currently registered student, or staff or faculty member at the College and who
does not have lawful business to pursue at the College; or,
• Is a bona fide,
currently registered student at the College and has been suspended or expelled
from the College, for the duration of the suspension or expulsion: or,
• Is a registered sex
offender listed on any State Services Sex Offender registry and/or Maryland
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Sex Offender registry;
• Acts in a manner
that disrupts or disturbs the normal educational functions of the College.
• Staff may demand
identification – Administrative personnel and authorized employees of the
College may demand identification and evidence of qualification from any person
who desires to use or enter the premises of the institution.
• Agreement with law
enforcement agencies – The governing board of the College may enter into an
agreement with appropriate law enforcement agencies to carry out the
responsibilities of this statute when:
• College is closed;
• The governing
board, president, or any of their designees are not present in the buildings or
on the grounds of the institution
Penalty – Any person violating this statute is guilty of a
misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000,
imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or both if the person:
• Trespasses on the
grounds of any public institution of higher education;
• Fails or refuses to
leave the grounds of the institution after being requested to do so by an
authorized employee of the institution; or
• Willfully damages
or defaces any building, furnishing, statue, monument, memorial, tree, shrub,
grass, or flower on the grounds of the institution.
Persons authorized to enforce the above statute are:
• Executive Vice
• Vice President,
Academic and Student Affairs
• Vice President,
Planning, Marketing & Assessment
• Vice President,
Continuing Education and Training
• Integrity and
Judicial Affairs Advocate
• Director, Risk
• Chief, Public
Safety and Security
• Security Officers
(Carroll Community College employed)
• Or, any person
authorized by the above named individuals
Revised: November 18, 2016
At Carroll Community College, food and drink are permitted in
designated areas only. Food and drink are not allowed in the Theatre, labs
(i.e., computer, science, and art) or the Library.
Weather related closing information can be found on the Carroll
Community College website at carrollcc.edu, on Blackboard, or by calling our
inclement weather line, 410-386-8457 for general information; for non-credit information, then press 1.
IF NO ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE, YOU MAY ASSUME THAT THE REGULAR SCHEDULE IS IN EFFECT.
Register with e2Campus, the College’s Emergency
Notification System, at carrollcc.edu/alerts in order to receive
weather-related announcements through social media or by email or text message
on your mobile devices. This service will also post the message on the
College’s website and Blackboard. Be sure to visit the College’s website or
your email for the complete announcement due to the limited size of text
The following radio and TV stations in and around the
Carroll County/southern Pennsylvania area will carry the announcements for
Carroll Community College:
Announcements will be made, including weekends, beginning at
approximately 6:30 a.m. for day classes/events and at
approximately 4:00 p.m. or earlier for evening classes/events. When the College
is closed, all activities will also be canceled unless an announcement is made
to the contrary.
When the College closes due to
inclement weather, ALL credit and non-credit classes, including
evening courses, are canceled in ALL College
locations, including the Multi-Service Center, and Carroll County Public Schools.
When Carroll County Public School System
closes for the day or during the day, credit and non-credit College classes
being held in the public school facilities will be cancelled.
Openings/Closings: If the College opens late, all credit class
sessions starting prior to the scheduled opening time will be canceled. Credit lab
sections that begin after the opening time will be held even though the lecture
component of that course may have been canceled
for Announcements and/or Assignments: If a class
session is canceled or the college campus is closed for any reason, it is each
student’s responsibility to visit his or her course Blackboard site(s) for
announcements and/or assignments related to the canceled class sessions. If the
student is unable to access the Internet, he or she is to contact his or her
instructor(s) at the phone number on the course syllabus. It is strongly
suggested that the student do this as soon as notification is provided that a
class session will be canceled or the college campus closed so that any
alternative or makeup assignments may be completed prior to the next scheduled class
session(s). Please note that a student’s failure to access Blackboard or
otherwise contact his or her instructors may result in an unexcused absence and
lost credit for any work missed.
Education non-credit late openings/closings: Classes starting at the late
opening time or later will meet as scheduled. Unless notified otherwise,
full-day seminars and courses scheduled to run from morning into late afternoon
WILL begin at the late opening time and continue until their regularly
scheduled end time. All other continuing education classes are canceled. Come
to the next session as scheduled. If this is the last session, you will be
contacted by college staff about a make-up class.
Because Carroll Community College is a public institution,
photographs of students, staff, faculty, or visitors in common areas on campus
or at public ceremonies or events can be used by Carroll Community College in printed and
electronic public relations materials without permission. The individual
has no privacy rights in this instance and no model’s release is required.
However, every effort will be made by Carroll’s photographer to notify individuals
within the shoot area so that they may choose to exclude themselves from the
The Office of Public Safety and Security will provide
assistance to faculty, staff, students, and patrons who need their vehicle
battery recharged. If this service is required, contact the Information Center
staff, who will notify Security of your need for assistance.
Carroll Community College provides separate facilities on the
basis of sex at all campus buildings for restrooms and locker
rooms. Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals are free to access
these facilities consistent with their gender identity and are not required to
use facilities indicative of their sex assigned at birth.
• Transgender or
Trans describes a person whose gender identity does not correspond to their
assigned sex at birth.
Nonconforming describes people whose gender expression differs from stereotypic
expectations. The terms gender variant or gender atypical are also used. Gender
nonconforming individuals may identify as male, female, some combination of
both, or neither.
• Gender Identity
refers to a person’s deeply felt internal sense of being male or female,
regardless of their sex assigned at birth.
• Sex Assigned at
Birth refers to the sex designation, usually “male” or “female,” assigned to a
person when they are born.
BIKING, ROLLER BLADING, SKATEBOARDING, HOVERBOARDS,
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
Carroll Community College does not allow skateboarding,
roller blading, bicycling, sidewalk scooters, or hoverboards on campus with the
following exceptions: 1) a credit or noncredit program that may include their
use while using proper personal equipment protection and in accordance with
regulations and code; (2) as a method of transportation to and from work or
instruction. These methods of transportation may only be used outside, and if
brought inside, must be properly secured. Bicycles are to be kept outside in
approved bike racks. Hoverboards must be stored outside as they are never
allowed inside any building. NO EXCEPTIONS.
All unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which includes drones
and model aircraft are not permitted to be flown on college owned or leased
grounds without first receiving College approval, unless as part of a credit or
noncredit program that may include their use. For all other uses, including outside vendors requests must be made by
contacting the Office of Risk Management. Their use will be considered on a
case-by-case basis, following all Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
regulations. UAS must never be flown inside buildings unless as part of the College's drone program and then only in designated areas..
If a violation occurs, Campus Safety and Security will
advise that these activities are against College policy and politely request
that one refrain from the activity or leave campus.
Failure to respond to requests these requests may result
in faculty, staff, or student disciplinary action or police action in the case
of an individual who is not a faculty, staff, or student.