Lone Star College System District ("LSCS" and/or the "System"), an open enrollment junior college system, shall implement uniform strategies to identify, attract, enroll, and retain students who reflect the population demographics of the System.
The following persons are eligible for admission:
A resident of Texas may seek admission to LSCS without consideration of courses undertaken ten (10) or more years prior to the starting date of the semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. The applicant must file a "Right to Academic Fresh Start" form with the Chief Student Services Officer. An applicant who elects to apply under this section and is admitted as a student may not receive any course credit for courses undertaken ten (10) or more years prior to enrollment.
Note: Such an election does not affect an applicant's academic probation or suspension standings for financial aid purposes.
Special admission requirements may be called for by certain programs of LSCS, as specified in the annual LSCS catalog.
Students age sixteen (16) years or younger seeking admission as college students must show proof of education indicating that the student graduated from public high school or completed secondary education according to the same general standards as those students who graduated from public high school. This requirement does not apply to a student in dual credit or college preparation classes or courses while in high school. In order to evaluate the student's academic needs for college-level instruction, the student's transcript9s) will be reviewed by a committee comprised of a LSC Vice President of Student Services, a LSC College Dean, and either the LSCS Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs or the LSCS Vice Chancellor of Student Success. One or more of the committee members may choose to meet with the student, the student's parent(s), and/or the student's legal guardian(s) as part of the evaluation process. After initial admission to LSCS, students age sixteen (16) years or younger will be required, prior to registering for classes each semester, to meet with the Vice President of Student Services, a LSC College Dean, or designee.
Students age sixteen (16) years or younger must have a parent or legal guardian at the System campus, center, or facility at all times to monitor the student's activities outside of class and to be immediately available in case of an emergency. Failure to have a parent or legal guardian at the System campus, center, or facility will cause the student to be removed from each enrolled class.
Students age seventeen (17) years or younger must complete and return a Parental Consent and Waiver Form prior to enrolling at LSCS. This applies to all students who take a class at LSCS that requires them to be present at a System campus, center, or facility during the semester.
It is a felony of the third degree under the Texas Penal Code to make, present, or use any public school record, report, or assessment instrument required under Chapter 39, Education Code, with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental record.
LSCS is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in its academic programs in balancing the safety and wellbeing of all students. Notwithstanding, LSCS shall not discriminate on the basis of age as LSCS is firmly committed to adhere to the letter and spirit of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, its implementing regulations, the Student-Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act and Clery Act, and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Procedures may be developed in implementing the requirements of this Policy Section.
This section applies only to a student who withdraws from LSCS to perform active military service as a member of the United States Armed Forces or the Texas National Guard. This section does not apply to a student who withdraws from LSCS solely to perform one or more training exercises as a member of the Texas National Guard.
For any academic semester that begins after the date a student described above is released from active military service but not later than the first anniversary of that date, LSCS shall readmit the student, without requiring reapplication or charging a fee for readmission, if the student is otherwise eligible to register for classes at LSCS.
Upon readmission of the student under this section, LSCS shall:
All LSCS students are afforded the following rights with respect to their education records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA):
Release of information pertaining to a student's records must be authorized by the student, except where allowed by law and this policy. A student requesting access to his or her education records must provide proof of identity (photo identification which may include student ID card, driver's license, passport, etc.). Directory information refers to the following information collected by LSCS with respect to each student enrolled:
Directory information may be released to an inquirer without the consent of the student, unless the student requests that such directory information not be disclosed by requesting such with the Office of Student Records and/or updating their privacy setting through MyLonestar. Unless otherwise directed by the student, as stated in the preceeding paragraph, directory information is subject to sale to outside purchasers. Personally identifiable information may not be released without the student's written consent, except under the following circumstances or to the individuals/organizations listed below:
LSCS Policy Manual Section adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 1, 2014