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Notices & Disclaimers
While the College attempts to give students proper advice, the individual student is responsible for knowing and following the rules and regulations of the College, as well as her or his program of study.
Mississippi Delta Community College offers a variety of academic programs leading to an Associate in Arts degree. Also offered are numerous career and technical programs leading to either a vocational certificate or Associate in Applied Science degree. Mississippi Delta Community College is an “open-door” admissions institution.
Admission requirements for students applying to academic or technical programs:
- Completed Admission Application
- Official High School Transcript or GED Score
- Read and understand the Student/Patron Use Agreement
- For placement purposes only - if your composite ACT score is less than 16 (12 or better if taken before October 1989), you may be placed in General Education courses.
- Allied Health and Technical Programs may have additional requirements (contact the department for details).
Admission requirements for students applying to career programs:
- Completed Admission Application
- Official High School Transcript
- Read and understand the Student/Patron Use Agreement
- High School Graduate, or have successfully taken the GED
Statement of Privacy
Mississippi Delta Community College will not disclose your personal information, except as required to do so by law, or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) comply with legal process served on Mississippi Delta Community College; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Mississippi Delta Community College or (c) act in emergency circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Mississippi Delta Community College, its Web site, or the public.
Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a Student’s academic and financial files at Mississippi Delta Community College will not be released to any third party without the written consent of the Student.
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Links to Other Websites
Mississippi Delta Community College provides links to other websites that may be useful for our students and/or employees. The College cannot make any representation of guarantee regarding the linked sites, their content or their security. For your protection, the College suggests that you review the privacy and security policies of the company websites for each link.
Security of your Personal Information
Mississippi Delta Community College secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The College secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled environment protected from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. These measures include Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software during the transmission of your information, which encrypts this data. However, we cannot guarantee that your submissions to our website, any content residing on our servers, or any transmissions from our server will be completely secure.
Canvas, and online exams can only be accessed with a valid student identification number. Our Student Information System (SIS), Banner, assigns each student a unique student ID at the point of application. Students may access their personal information via the MyBanner web portal. The portal forces students to change their default password/PIN when logging in for the first time. It is highly recommended that students change their password/PIN to something very secure by utilizing a mixture of letters, numbers and special characters in their password/PIN. Students are responsible for keeping their student PIN number secret and confidential, and for notifying the College if they believe that their student PIN number has been stolen or might otherwise be misused.
Changes to this Statement
Because Mississippi Delta Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy working and learning environment for the students, faculty and staff on its campus, it hereby adopts the following smoke-free policy.
Section 1. Findings and Intent
The 2006 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, has concluded that (1) secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children and adults who do not smoke; (2) children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks, and that smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children; (3) exposure of adults to secondhand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer; (4) there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke; (5) establishing smoke-free workplaces is the only effective way to ensure that secondhand smoke exposure does not occur in the workplace, because ventilation and other air cleaning technologies cannot completely control for exposure of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke; and (6) evidence from peer-reviewed studies shows that smoke-free policies and laws do not have an adverse economic impact on the hospitality industry. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006.)
Electronic smoking devices, commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking by having users inhale vaporized liquid that typically contains nicotine, heated through an electronic ignition system. ESD emissions are made up of a high concentration of ultrafine particles, and the particle concentration is higher than in conventional tobacco cigarette smoke. (Fuoco, F.C.; Buonanno, G.; Stabile, L.; Vigo, P., “Influential parameters on particle concentration and size distribution in the mainstream of e-cigarettes,” Environmental Pollution 184: 523-529, January 2014.) The January 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine publication states that there is conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most ESDs contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances and increase airborne concentrations of particulate matter and nicotine in indoor environments. Studies show that people exposed to ESD aerosol absorb nicotine (measured as cotinine) at levels comparable to passive smokers. Many of the elements identified in the aerosol are known to cause respiratory distress and disease. ESD exposure damages lung tissues. Human lung cells that are exposed to ESD aerosol and flavorings — especially cinnamon — show increased oxidative stress and inflammatory responses. (Lerner CA, Sundar IK, Yao H, Gerloff J, Ossip DJ, McIntosh S, et al. “Vapors Produced by Electronic Cigarettes and E-Juices with Flavorings Induce Toxicity, Oxidative Stress, and Inflammatory Response in Lung Epithelial Cells and in Mouse Lung,” PLoS ONE 10(2): e0116732, February 6, 2015.) Their use in workplaces and public places where smoking of traditional tobacco products is prohibited creates concern and confusion and leads to difficulties in enforcing the smoking prohibitions. The World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recommend that ESDs not be used in smoke-free environments, in order to minimize the risk to bystanders of breathing in the aerosol emitted by the devices and to avoid undermining the enforcement of smoke-free laws. (World Health Organization (WHO), “Electronic nicotine delivery systems,” World Health Organization (WHO), 2014.)
Secondhand smoke from combusted marijuana contains fine particulate matter that can be breathed deeply into the lungs, which can cause lung irritation and asthma attacks, thus making respiratory infections more likely. Exposure to fine particulate matter can exacerbate health problems especially for people with respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, or COPD. (“Air and Health: Particulate Matter.” National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency; Brook, R.D., Rajagopalan, S., Pope, C.A., 3rd, Brook, J.R., Bhatnagar, A., Diez-Roux, A.V., Holguin, F., Hong, Y., Luepker, R.V., Mittleman, M.A., Peters, A., Siscovick, D., Smith, S.C., Jr., Whitsel, L., and Kaufman, J.D. Particulate matter air pollution and cardiovascular disease: An update to the scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2010; 121: 2331-78.) Secondhand smoke from marijuana also has many of the same chemicals as smoke from tobacco, including those linked to lung cancer. (“Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Marijuana Smoke.” Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency. August 2009; Moir, D., Rickert, W.S., Levasseur, G., Larose, Y., Maertens, R., White, P., and Desjardins, S. A comparison of mainstream and sidestream marijuana and tobacco cigarette smoke produced under two machine smoking conditions. Chemical Research in Toxicology. 2008. 21: 494-502.) More research is needed, but the current body of science shows that both tobacco and marijuana smoke may have similar harmful cardiovascular effects. (Springer, M.L.; Glantz, S.A.” Marijuana Use and Heart Disease: Potential Effects of Public Exposure to Smoke,” University of California at San Francisco. April 13, 2015; Wang, X., Derakhshandeh, R., Liu, J., Narayan, S., Nabavizadeh, P., Le, S., Danforth, O.M., Pinnamaneni, K., Rodriguez, H.J., Luu, E., Sievers, R.E., Schick, S.F., Glantz, S.A., and Springer, M.L. One minute of marijuana secondhand smoke exposure substantially impairs vascular endothelial function. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2016; 5: e003858.) Thus, in the interest of public health, the use of combustible or aerosolized marijuana should be prohibited wherever tobacco smoking is prohibited.
The smoking of tobacco, hookahs, or marijuana and the use of ESDs are forms of air pollution and constitute both a danger to health and a material public nuisance.
Accordingly, the Mississippi Delta Community College Board of Trustees finds and declares that the purposes of this policy are (1) to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking, including the use of ESDs, on the Mississippi Delta Community College campus; (2) to guarantee the right of nonsmokers to breathe smoke-free air, while recognizing that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority over the desire to smoke; and (3) to encourage a healthier, more productive living/learning environment for all members of our campus community; (4) and to follow Mississippi Laws.
Section 2. Definitions
A. “Electronic Smoking Device” means any product containing or delivering nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person in any manner for the purpose of inhaling vapor or aerosol from the product. The term includes any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, e-hookah, or vape pen, or under any other product name or descriptor.
B. “Hookah” means a water pipe and any associated products and devices which are used to produce fumes, smoke, and/or vapor from the burning of material including, but not limited to, tobacco, shisha, or other plant matter.
C. “Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, hookah, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an electronic smoking device which creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Article.
Section 3. Smoking Prohibited on Mississippi Delta Community College Campus
In light of the above findings, the Mississippi Delta Community campus shall be entirely smoke-free effective January 14, 2020.
The Smoke-Free Policy applies to all Mississippi Delta Community College facilities, property, and vehicles, owned or leased, regardless of location. Smoking shall not be permitted in any enclosed place, including, but not limited to, all offices, classrooms, hallways, waiting rooms, restrooms, meeting rooms, community areas, performance venues and private residential space within Mississippi Delta Community College housing. Smoking shall also be prohibited outdoors on all Mississippi Delta Community College campus property, including, but not limited to, parking lots, paths, fields, sports/recreational areas, and stadiums, as well as in all personal vehicles while on campus. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, and other persons on campus, regardless of the purpose for their visit.
Section 4. Promotion and Sale of Tobacco Products Prohibited on Mississippi Delta Community Campus
In further recognition of the incompatibility of Mississippi Delta Community College’s educational mission and the promotion of tobacco products:
No tobacco-related advertising or sponsorship shall be permitted on Mississippi Delta Community College property, at Mississippi Delta Community College sponsored events, or in publications produced by the Mississippi Delta Community College, with the exception of advertising in a newspaper or magazine that is not produced by the Mississippi Delta Community College and which is lawfully sold, bought, or distributed on Mississippi Delta Community College property. For the purposes of this policy, “tobacco related” applies to the use of a tobacco brand or corporate name, trademark, logo, symbol, or motto, selling message, recognizable pattern or colors, or any other indicia of product identical to or similar to, or identifiable with, those used for any brand of tobacco products or company which manufactures tobacco products.
Cigarettes, including ESDs, cigars, and pipes, including hookah pipes, shall not be sold or distributed as samples on college grounds, either in vending machines, the student union, or any area on campus.
Section 5. Dissemination of Policy; Signage
Copies of this policy shall be distributed to all faculty and staff and shall be included with information given to all admitted students. Information about the policy and how to comply with it shall also be posted on the Mississippi Delta Community College website. Announcements concerning the policy and any changes to it shall be printed in campus newspapers and posted on the Mississippi Delta Community College website to ensure that everyone fully understands the policy. No Smoking signs shall be posted at all points of entry to the Mississippi Delta Community College campus and at all Mississippi Delta Community College building entrances. No ashtrays shall be provided at any location on campus.
Section 6. Transition Period
This policy is being announced 60 days prior to its implementation in order to give smokers time to adapt to its restrictions and to facilitate a smooth transition to a smoke-free environment. On-site smoking cessation programs shall be made available to assist and encourage individuals who wish to quit smoking. Questions and problems regarding this policy should be handled through existing departmental administrative channels and administrative procedures.
Section 7. Enforcement of Policy; Penalties
This policy shall be enforced by the Mississippi Delta Community College Campus Police Department. Each violation of this policy is punishable by a fine not exceeding fifty dollars ($50) and/or appropriate campus disciplinary procedures.