Archive | October, 2013

Marvin Gaye’s Children Sue Robin Thicke, Others

30 Oct

The catchy underpinnings of “Blurred Lines” are giving pop singer Robin Thicke legal trouble. R&B superstar Marvin Gaye’s children are suing Thicke along with singers Pharrell Williams and T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.) over copyright infringement. You can read up on the story at WRAL and have a listen to Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” here on YouTube. The composers–Thicke, Williams, and Harris, Jr.–had originally sought declaratory relief, which would’ve determined the rights of the parties.


Last day to Withdraw Coming Up!

29 Oct

Don’t forget — the last to receive a “W” for regular courses is this Friday, November 1st. For more information, go to DTCC’s web site page that covers advising and registration.


Get Ready to Register

24 Oct

Spring Semester 2014 classes begin Monday, January 13.

For a complete description of how to register, visit the DTCC registration page or the Paralegal Blog’s Advising page. Make sure you read the complete guide first if you are new to the college, and remember to use your Program Plan of Study to look ahead beyond each semester–planning ahead will help you avoid being in a jam later with required courses that may conflict with each other. If you’re familiar with the process, here’s a quick overview:

All students must be cleared by their academic advisor prior to registration. It is strongly recommended that you see your advisor early; prior to November.

Early Registration
Early registration is reserved for continuing students who have been admitted to a program as of Fall Semester 2013 or prior, have an assigned academic advisor, and have enrolled in classes during at least one of the past three semesters. Eligibility is determined by the amount of credit hours completed.

  • Early registration for enrolled admitted program students with 35 or more credit hours is November 4.
  • Early registration for enrolled admitted program students with 17 or more credit hours is November 6.
  • Early registration for enrolled admitted program students with 4 or more credit hours is November 8.
  • Early registration for eligible students with fewer than 4 credit hours is November 12.

General Registration 
General online registration is open the following dates for all advised students including those new to the college, newly admitted to a program, visiting students, or those who did not register during priority registration. Students who need to meet with an advisor should schedule a time as early as possible.

  • Open WebAdvisor (online) registration for all advised students is November 13 – January 12.
  • The last day to receive assistance with registration at the Admissions and Enrollment Services office is January 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Waitlist function (via WebAdvisor online) available to advised students November 4 – January 9.

Payment Deadlines 
Full payment of tuition and fees is due the same week that you register. During the week before classes start, full payment is due daily. If you do not pay on time, your courses will be de-registered and made available for other students on the waitlist.

  • If you register the week that begins November 4, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. November 10.
  • If you register the week that begins November 11, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. November 17.
  • If you register the week that begins November 18, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. November 24.
  • If you register the week that begins November 25, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. December 1.
  • If you register the week that begins December 2, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. December 8.
  • If you register the week that begins December 9, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. December 15.
  • If you register between December 16 – January 1, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. January 1.
  • If you register January 2 – 5, full payment is due by by 11:59 p.m. January 5.
  • If you register January 6 – 9, full payment is due by by 11:59 p.m. the same day.
  • If you register January 10 – 12, full payment is due by 11:59 p.m. January 12.

Payments may be made online through WebAdvisor from 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. Mondays – Saturdays or from 8 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. on Sundays. Payment may also be made in person at the Cashier’s Window in the White Building, lobby area, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays – Fridays, unless the college is closed.

Academic Honesty Policy

23 Oct

Please take time to review the Academic Honesty Policy, located here.

Durham Technical Community College establishes and follows a process for defining and addressing academic dishonesty when it occurs either inside or outside the classroom.

Student Violation Procedure
Academic dishonesty is the participation or collaboration in specific prohibited forms of conduct. Participation or collaboration may be active (such as submitting a term paper which includes plagiarized work) or passive (such as receiving a copy of a test before class). Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  1. Unauthorized copying, collaboration, or use of notes, books, or other materials on examinations or other academic exercises such as
    1. Sharing information about an exam with a student who has not taken that exam;
    2. Obtaining information about the contents of a test the student has not taken;
    3. Unauthorized use of PDAs, programmable calculators, or other electronic storage devices;
    4. Text messaging or other forms of communication during an exam;
    5. Unauthorized or inappropriate file sharing and use of Internet and computer resources as specified in the Appropriate Use Policy; and
    6. Unauthorized use of translation software and assistance from native speakers or advanced-level students in foreign language classes.
  2. Plagiarism, which is defined as the representation of another person’s work, words, thoughts, or ideas, including material from the Internet, as one’s own. This includes, but is not limited to, copying material and using ideas from an article, book, unpublished paper, or the Internet without proper documentation of references.
  3. Unauthorized use and/or possession of any academic material, such as tests, research papers, assignments, or similar materials.

Reports of Academic Honesty Policy violations are kept on file in the office of the Chief Instructional Officer. Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy do not expire.

The following violation procedure applies to alleged instances of academic dishonesty.

Any student who commits acts of academic dishonesty as described above shall be disciplined in the following manner:

  1. In the case of a first offense of classroom dishonesty as described above, a grade of zero shall be given on that particular classroom exercise. The instructor must notify, in writing, the student and the Chief Instructional Officer via the instructor’s immediate supervisor of the assigned grade of zero within seven working days. The Chief Instructional Officer will then notify the instructor in a timely manner about any prior violations of classroom dishonesty against the student.
  2. Upon notification that the student’s offense is a second offense of academic dishonesty, the instructor shall withdraw the student with a grade of F for the course, and the student shall become ineligible for any and all scholarships funded by the college.Students who are removed from a class for academic dishonesty cannot receive a grade of W for the course. The Office of the Chief Instructional Officer will notify the student about the assignment of the grade of F and the scholarship ineligibility in writing.If the student appeals the second finding of academic dishonesty via the Student Grievance Procedure, the student shall be allowed to remain in the class until the appeal is resolved.
  3. Upon notification that the student’s offense is a third offense of academic dishonesty, the Office of the Chief Instructional Officer will request that the student meet with the Chief Instructional Officer for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The student must meet with the Chief Instructional Officer within three working days after notification by the college. If, upon review of the evidence, the Chief Instructional Officer deems the student to be not guilty of the act of dishonesty, the student will be allowed to resume class attendance immediately and allowed to make up any work missed due to the suspension. If the Chief Instructional Officer finds that the student has committed a third offense of academic dishonesty, a punishment for the student will be recommended to the college’s President. Punishment will normally include suspension from the college for a period of time that the President determines to be appropriate. If a student is found guilty of an Academic Honesty Policy violation and suspended from the college due to the violation, the student’s suspension will be recorded on the student’s official college record.
  4. Any instance of academic dishonesty in a clinical practicum or workplace setting shall be treated as equivalent to a third offense of academic dishonesty in the classroom. The student shall be referred to the Office of the Chief Instructional Officer for a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. 
  5. Students may appeal decisions concerning issues addressed by this policy through the Student Grievance Procedure.

Was the Defendant Wrongly Hounded by the Plaintiff?

23 Oct

A rule of civil procedure may help spring the accused from death row, but now he’s nowhere to be found. The WSJ Law Blog and St. Louis Post-Dispatch report on the case of Phineas, a “collared” criminal who may have been wrongly accused.

NCPA Student Scholarship Essay Contest

23 Oct

ImageThe North Carolina Paralegal Association, Inc. (“NCPA”) will be sponsoring its annual Student Scholarship Essay Contest opening October 1, 2012.  Any paralegal student enrolled in an accredited North Carolina paralegal educational program is eligible.  An essay competition will be the basis of the scholarship.

 Essay Topic: “I have chosen to be a paralegal…”

Essay Requirements:    The essays must be typed, double spaced, and on letter sized paper.  They may not exceed two pages in length.  Please be aware that spelling, grammar and punctuation will be taken into consideration, so please review your work before submitting.  The essays will be judged anonymously, so do not reference your name or your paralegal program within the body of the essay.

Awards**:  First Place:     $400.00

Second Place:  $300.00

Third Place:    $200.00

Fourth Place:  $100.00

In addition to the scholarship, all awards include one free student registration to NCPA’s 32nd Annual Seminar and Meeting to be held April 2013.

Send your typewritten essays by January 1, 2013 to:

Charlotte A. Ward, CLA, NCCP
Student/School Relations Chair
PO Box 36264
Charlotte, NC  28236-6264

Please contact Charlotte A. Ward at (919) 906-1822 with any questions.

**All award scholarship checks will be made payable to the winners’ educational facility

Learn How to Protect Your Reputation on Social Media

17 Oct

Social media has the power to bring people together, but it also carries risks. Invest a bit of your time and find out how to protect yourself by attending a Student Senate Lunchtime Leadership Learning Lab: The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media – Protecting Your Reputation Online. The session is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m., in the Wynn Center Multi-Purpose Room.