TARRANT COUNTY SHERIFF'S ACADEMY RULES
Class Attendance: No absences will be permitted unless
excused by the Training Coordinator, or his designee, and then only
if provisions for make-up exist. Tardiness will not be condoned and
will be subject to make-up. Supervisors will be notified when
students do not report to class.
Meals: Meals are not provided on the Academy premises.
Students who bring a lunch may eat in the Student Lounge or outdoor
areas. Candy, snack and soft drink machines are located in the break
room. Food is not allowed in the classrooms. You may carry your
drinks into the classroom. No food or drinks are allowed in the
Weapons: Peace Officers in Departmental Uniform shall carry
their weapons in compliance with Departmental Policy. Students who
are not Peace Officers shall not be armed.
Dress: Dress for a professional training environment.
Departmental uniform or appropriate civilian attire only will be
worn. No sweats, shorts, tee shirts or tank tops will be permitted
unless otherwise instructed by Academy personnel. Students shall be
clean-shaven (as appropriate to duty assignment) and shall comply
with the dress code pertaining to earrings, studs and all similar
items. Students attending a Basic Licensing Course shall be dressed
in Departmental uniform.
Identification: All students in civilian attire shall wear
their Department issued photo identification where it is clearly
Academics: All examinations become the property of the
Academy. No grades are published. The Class Instructor will advise
each class of the grading criteria used in that particular class.
Written examinations for Basic Licensing Courses require a minimum
score of 75 percent on unit examinations with one retake permissible
and a minimum score of 80 percent on final examination first attempt
to be considered passing. All other courses require a minimum score
of 70 percent with one retake permissible. Performance examinations
are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
Attentiveness: In order to receive TCOLE credit for a course,
student attentiveness is required.
Student Entrance: Students are to enter and exit the Academy
through the glass door on the north side of the building. Students
shall not enter or exit the building through the business
Conduct: Professional demeanor is respected and
Cell Phones/Pagers: Pagers and cellular telephones shall be
set on vibrate mode during classroom instruction. Except during an
emergency, pager responses shall be made during breaks only. Text
messaging is prohibited except during breaks. Students attending
Basic Licensing Courses are prohibited from possessing cellular
telephones in the Academy building.
Tobacco use: We are a non-tobacco use facility. Tobacco use
is prohibited in and around all Academy buildings.
Alcoholic Beverages: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on
Newspaper/Other reading material: Newspapers and reading
material other than that required as course material shall not be
read in the classroom.
Profanity: Students shall not use profane, vulgar or obscene
Orderliness: Students shall be responsible for maintaining a
neat and orderly classroom, break room, range area or any areas
where a student might visit or travel during their assigned training
period with the Academy.
Administrative Areas: Administrative areas of the academy are
restricted to official business only. Students are not to enter
these areas without prior coordination by an academy
Complaints: All complaints and concerns by a student shall be
addressed appropriately, beginning with the instructor, course
coordinator and the Academy Coordinator.
Illness: Illness or injuries shall be reported in a timely
manner to the instructor.
Prescription Medication: Use of any type of medication
(prescription or over-the-counter) with notices warning the user
that the medication may affect alertness or impair judgment must be
reported to the instructor and/or the training supervisor.
Messages: Emergency messages are delivered immediately. All
other messages are posted outside the classroom door.
Penalty: Violation of these rules shall be cause for dismissal from
the Training Academy. The Academy Coordinator shall make the final determination.