Brookhaven College is one of seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.
At Brookhaven College, a public, open-door, two-year institution dedicated to student success, we provide quality educational programs by offering a broad range of programs, learning opportunities and experiences. We prepare our students to value the individuals and organizations within our diverse community and to face the challenges as responsible and productive members of society. We achieve our mission through our goals and strategic directions.
The goals and purposes of Texas public community colleges is as set forth in Education Code 130.003, as follows:
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees, in the best interest of post-secondary education in Texas, may prescribe other purposes.
The mission statement also can be found at http://www.brookhavencollege.edu/college/mission.aspx.
The instructor has a primary role in the implementation of Brookhaven College’s educational mission. In that role, the instructor occupies a position of trust in relation to both students and the community, and the freedom to teach must be exercised responsibly. The district (and by extension Brookhaven’s) policy governing these important matters is quoted below in its entirety:
The district, like all other institutions of higher learning, serves the common good, which depends upon an uninhibited search for truth and its open expression. The points enumerated below are found in Board Policy Manual AD (LOCAL):
The academic freedom of faculty members is accompanied by equally compelling obligations and responsibilities to their profession, their students, their district and their community. Faculty members must defend the rights of academic freedom while accepting willingly the responsibilities enumerated below:
Brookhaven College faculty members have an active role in academic affairs and participate in decision making through division meetings and discipline workgroups, college committees, open forums, focus groups and Faculty Council. At the division and program levels, faculty members participate in decision making in curriculum and curriculum development, course scheduling, program management, planning, budgeting, facilities and facilities utilization, technology and equipment, resource development and search processes for staff. Serving as lead faculty or adjunct faculty supervisors are other ways faculty members take an active role in academic affairs. At the college level, an individual faculty member’s participation and input occur through committees and teams such as curriculum, planning and budget, institutional effectiveness, technology, resource allocation, commencement and Faculty Association.
Brookhaven College faculty members have legal and professional obligations that are detailed in the DCCCD Board Policy Manual. The
“Faculty Code of Professional Ethics” comes from the Texas Community College Teachers Association and is a comprehensive statement of the rights and responsibilities of the “Professional Educator.” The last item in the code gives a sense of the tone and substance of the document: “The Professional Educator shall accept all rights and responsibilities of citizenship, always avoiding use of the privileges of his or her public position for private or partisan advantage.”
A statement of the legal obligations of faculty members also is found in the Board Policy Manual DH (LEGAL). It cites the sections of the Penal Code that apply to faculty as “public servants.”
Sexual harassment is generally defined as any sexual attention that is unwelcome. Harassment means conduct amounting to more than an occasional, isolated or trivial act or remark.
Any faculty member who becomes aware of a faculty member or student who is being sexually harassed is required to report the alleged violation. Alleged violations concerning an employee should be reported to the campus human resources director. Alleged violations concerning a student should be reported to the vice president for student development.
A person who is malicious or intentionally dishonest in reporting a violation is subject to disciplinary action.
Copies of the complete DCCCD policy concerning sexual harassment may be obtained from the Human Resources Department. Questions also may be e-mailed to: bhcSHquestions@dcccd.edu.
Brookhaven College adheres to the district policy on alcohol and drugs (see Board Policy Manual DO and FLBE). The use of either is forbidden on campus or during college-related off-campus activities. The only exceptions are doctor-prescribed drugs and the serving of alcohol at certain college functions when explicitly approved by the chancellor.