Handbooks

Chapter III: Other Policies of Interest to High School Students

UNCSA policies are gathered in a variety of locations, including the UNCSA Policy Manual, the various yearly UNCSA Bulletins, the Student Handbook, and the yearly student handbooks of the various arts schools and/or programs. Students are encouraged to review the table of contents of pertinent publications to aid them in locating and identifying policies of importance to students and their individual situations.

This chapter does NOT cover all policies students need to know. In addition, while the following chapter contains brief summaries of some policies, students should read and familiarize themselves with the actual policy documents, as all students are responsible for complying with the policies.

  1. 18 Years or Older High School Student Policy: Students 18 or older understand that during their matriculation in the high school program, the fact that they have had or will have their 18th birthday does not make them independent of their parents/guardians.
    1. Students 18 or older agree that their parents/guardian may be contacted for all routine transactions in which UNCSA officials would normally involve a minor child's parents and parents/guardians may receive this information and may be contacted by UNCSA officials for these purposes.
    2. UNCSA will communicate directly with parents/guardians for all matters pertaining to matriculation at UNCSA, regardless of age.
    3. This policy is applicable to both parents/guardians designated upon admittance, unless custody arrangements dictate otherwise.
    4. This policy does not affect a High School student's protections as they pertain to medical and mental health confidentiality, except when it is deemed necessary for the health and safety of others or the student.
    5. Upon request, UNCSA staff will inform a student of all contact they have made with the student's parents/guardian on their behalf regarding a specific issue
  2. Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. (FERPA Policy – #803)
  3. Inclement Weather: The decision whether to close or delay school will normally be made before 6 a.m. In addition to information sent via the Campus Updates for Key Emergencies System (UNCSA ALERT), UNCSA will also contact the following television and radio stations: WXII (Channel 12/Cable 11); WFMY (Channel 2/Cable 9); FOX8 (Channel 8/ Cable 10); WFDD (88.5 FM); WTQR (104.1 FM); and WSJS (600 AM). Current closing information is also available by calling the UNCSA’s after-hours answering machine at 336-770-3399. (Adverse Weather Policy – #101). If campus is closed, High School students are not permitted to walk off campus or sign-out with anyone other than their parents/guardian.
  4. Information and Technology Policies: Connection to the UNCSA network constitutes acceptance of the terms of these policies. (Technology Use Policy – #508)
  5. Animals on Campus: Generally, all animals on campus must be attended and leashed, and no animals except approved and documented service/comfort animals and small fish are allowed in buildings. (Animals on Campus Policy – #103)
  6. Student Commons Poster Policy: See Appendix F of this Student Handbook.
  7. Policy for the Prevention of Bias-Related Harassment and Procedures for Investigations of Alleged Infractions: Generally, this policy sets forth UNCSA’s prohibitions on harassment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or political affiliation, including sexual harassment, and this policy also sets forth reporting and investigation requirements. (Prohibited Harassment Policy – #117)
  8. Facilities Use Policy: Students desiring to reserve campus facilities should consult this policy in the UNCSA policy manual. (Facilities Use Policy – #402)
  9. Center Stage Tunnel Wall Regulation: The walls and ceilings inside the pedestrian tunnel under Haled Street are a University venue for use by students to communicate their messages and artwork to those passing through the tunnel. Students should exercise good judgment, safe practices, and respect for the rights of others when expressing themselves artistically in this venue. Subject to constitutional limitations and applicable laws, the UNCSA administration reserves the right to remove statements or art that are illegal or in violation of UNCSA policies. No lead-based paint is allowed.
    1. All are encouraged to show courtesy and respect to others by allowing new messages to remain for a reasonable period of time, but students should understand that painting the tunnel does not ensure sole access to its use, and others may paint over your information or art.
    2. The Statement, “No Painting Beyond This Point” shall be placed at the northern and southern extremes or the tunnel. Campus Police shall enforce restrictions associated with this regulation. Persons or parties established as being in violation, may be found in violation of laws of the State of North Carolina (including General Statute 14-132(a)(2)) and of the UNCSA Student Code of Conduct. Reimbursement for any restoration costs (e.g., paint removal, cleaning, removal of residual substances) will be responsibility of the violating party.
    3. Please contact the Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs’ office for further information.
  10. Smoking Policy: High School students are not permitted to smoke anywhere on campus. 
  11. Solicitation Policy: Consult this policy, the Code of Conduct, and the Facilities Use Policy before attempting any solicitation activities on campus. (Solicitation Policy – #204)
  12. Improper Relations Between Faculty and Students: This policy protects students and prohibits relationships between faculty and students in certain contexts. State law prohibits sexual relationships between high school students and education personnel. (Improper Relations Policy – #616)
  13. Drug Education: In compliance with federal law, UNCSA has programs concerning drug abuse education and prevention.
  14. Visitor Policy: Visitors are welcome in public areas (performance spaces, dining hall, snack bar, library, etc.) Visitors to the campus who are not attending a public event or who do not have specific business with a member of the School staff or faculty are subject to the following guidelines:
    1. Residential daytime visitors must register at the High School Life Office located in the Connector Building. Overnight visitors must complete a UNCSA Visitor Registration Form, and the resident hosting the visitor must be present and sign the form. The visitor must retain a copy of the form during the visit.  
    2. Visitors must comply with all policies and regulations applicable to residential students. The host student is responsible for the guest’s actions.