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Glossary of Definitions

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Campus: All land and buildings owned or leased by the San Jacinto Community College District.

College: The San Jacinto Community College District and also referenced as San Jacinto College.

Concealed Carry: The Texas Department of Public Safety defines a concealed handgun as a handgun not openly discernable to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person.

Employee Organization: a College defined and recognized organization representing a group of employees that may include: (a) Faculty Organization, (b) Administrative Organization, and (c) Staff Organization.

Employee: a full-time or part-time employee of the College as defined by Human Resources policy and procedure.

Exclusion Zones: An area of a campus, building, or room where the possession of a handgun is prohibited by current Texas statute; or an area of a campus, building, or room designated and approved by the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and Board of Trustees in which the possession of a handgun is prohibited. 

Handgun: A handgun is any firearm that is designed, made, or adapted to be fired with one hand.

License to Carry Holder: A person licensed to carry a concealed handgun under Chapter 411 of the Texas Government Code.

"On or about their person": Means a person licensed to carry a handgun must carry a handgun in a manner that the handgun is close enough to the license holder that he or she can reach it without materially changing position. 

Patient-Care Areas: An area, including research areas, that involves the treatment or evaluation of a medical or mental health condition of a patient by a licensed health care provider or under the supervision or direction of a licensed health care provider and that results in a formal record of treatment.

Policy: a statement by the Board requiring and/or authorizing action used to guide and determine present and future decisions.

Policy draft: a draft of a new or revised policy or justification for rescinding a policy that addresses elements of a policy request.  

Policy recommendation: a recommendation to the Board of Trustees of a new or revised policy or justification for rescinding a policy that addresses elements of a policy request.  

Policy request: a proposed change to policy submitted by a member of the College community.

Policy team: subject matter expert(s) or a team of employees charged by the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) to develop a policy draft.

Practice: an operational process conducted within a specific functional area of the College; practice may be defined in operational manuals, forms, methods, process documents, or in some cases, through verbal communication.

Primary Owner: the Strategic Leadership Team member to which the Board via the Chancellor has delegated primary responsibility for implementing, interpreting, and monitoring the accuracy and timeliness of the policy.

Procedure: a statement that provides specific actions that must be taken to implement and to conform to a policy. Procedures are developed and recommended by designated College employees and approved by the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) to implement and to comply with policy.

Secondary Owner: the position to which the Board via the Chancellor has delegated secondary responsibility for implementing, interpreting, and monitoring the accuracy and timeliness of the policy. The Secondary Owner may be a direct report of the Primary Owner.

Strategic Leadership Team: the Chancellor’s leadership team that acts as the central body for making recommendations to the Board regarding the development, review, revision, or rescission of a College policy or who approves a College procedure.

Student Government Association: a formally recognized student government organization from one of the College campuses, e.g., Central Campus Student Government Association.

Student: a currently enrolled student of the San Jacinto Community College District as defined by instruction policy and procedure.