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Syllabus Attachment

Your success as a student at CVCC is our major concern. This information is provided to answer questions most often asked by students.

How to contact a faculty member

If you have questions regarding your class, talk to your instructor. Faculty members usually include their office hours and phone number in the class syllabus. If you cannot locate this information, set a time to meet with your instructor by speaking with them prior to or immediately following your class session, or contact the Dean. You may also call 1-800-562-3060 to reach faculty or staff if you are out of the local calling area.

Class attendance is important!

Attendance usually has a high correlation with your course grade. Absences should be discussed with your instructor. Many instructors consider attendance so essential that your grade will be affected by your absence. SOME PROFESSORS HAVE MANDATORY ATTENDANCE POLICIES. Check your course syllabus or ask your instructor for this information. The College policy on attendance is in the Catalog under Academic Information.

Time management is a must!

Students will find that they need to allow approximately two hours of study time for each hour in class in order to do homework and outside preparation for classes. Some courses require more time and some less. A student employed full-time should plan to be a part-time student. For information on managing your time and improving your study habits, contact the Counseling Center at 832-7800.

Where to go for help

  • Academic Advising - All program plan students should have an assigned ADVISOR. All students will benefit by conferring with their assigned advisor on a regular basis.
  • Counseling Center - Professional counselors offer free academic, career and personal counseling. The Counseling Center is open Mon-Thur 8 am-7 pm and Fri 8 am-5 pm. Call 832-7800 for an appointment.
  • Financial Aid - Financial assistance is available for full-time or part-time students who demonstrate financial need. Both federal and state grants, which do not have to be repaid, are available. Contact the Office of Financial Aid Services at 832-7814 for information.
  • Graduation Applications - Paper graduation applications are available in a rack outside the Office of Admissions and Records as well as in the Counseling Center. See the last day to apply for graduation in the Academic Calendar.
  • Lost and Found - is located in the Institutional Police Office.
  • Students with Disabilities - Students with documented needs have a right to accommodations in the classroom. Contact the Counseling Center at 832-7800 if you need assistance.
  • Student Health Insurance - is available from People’s Benefit Life Insurance Co. for CVCC students. More information may be obtained by calling ABCO100 at 1-800-222-5780, or visiting their web site at www.abco100.com.
  • Technical Support for Web Courses - Technical support for web courses can be obtained by contacting the instructor.
  • Transcript Requests - Transcript request forms are available in a rack located outside the Office of Admissions and Records as well as in the Counseling Center.
  • Student Success Center – in room 3223 Bedford Hall, is where tutoring services are available for selected courses. The service is free and is open to all CVCC students who need assistance in meeting their academic goals. For more information stop by, call 832-7827, or visit our web page.
  • Testing Center – effective fall 2005, testing services will be handled through the Student Success Center. Types of testing include: testing for distance education courses; make-up testing for on-campus classes; and test proctoring for students that are taking courses from local community colleges or universities. To take a test in the Testing Center, students must show a picture I.D. and will be asked to leave all personal materials (cell phones, purses, books, etc.) with the staff to be secured during testing. The Testing Center hours during the regular fall and spring semesters are Mon-Thur, 8 am-9 pm; Fri, 8 am-5 pm; Sat, 9 am -1 pm and Sun, 1 pm-5 pm. Holiday/Break hours will be posted on the Library door. For more information call 832-7827 or contact Joy Adams at 832-7827 or adamsj@cvcc.vccs.edu for a test proctor.
  • Library - is the place to do research, find information, or study on your own. Their computer network includes its automated library catalog, newspaper and magazine indexes, encyclopedias, access to Internet, as well as many databases and unique resources available through the VIVA consortium. Effective fall 2005, the Library will house the audiovisual collection; video and audiocassettes for individual research or study. The hours of operation for the Library are Mon-Thur, 8 am-9 pm; Fri, 8 am-5 pm and, Sun, 1 pm-5 pm. For more information call 832-7750.

Special evening hours

An administrator is on duty Mon-Thur until 9 pm. Call Boxes, with instructions for their use, are located throughout the College. An evening phone operator is on duty at the counseling desk Mon-Thur until 7 pm. Accounting, Admissions & Records, Apprenticeship, Counseling and Financial Aid Services Offices are open late during the first week of each semester.

Student honor code

All students are bound by the Student Honor Code found in the Student Catalog and Handbook.

Children on campus

The College requests parents make appropriate plans and not bring children to campus.

Dropping, withdrawing or late withdrawing

  • Dropping a course(s) may occur through the last day to drop with a refund as outlined in the Important Dates section at the beginning of this publication and students shall be eligible for a refund of the tuition and student fees paid during that period by submitting an Enrollment Change Form to the Office of Admissions and Records or by going to myCVCC and completing the steps to drop a course. Courses dropped are deleted and do not become a part of the student's official record. Special session refund dates are included in the course footnote.
  • Withdrawing from a course(s) may occur between the last day to drop a class and the last day to withdraw with a “W” grade date as listed in the Important Date section of this publication. The student receives a "W" grade by submitting an Enrollment Change Form to the Office of Admissions and Records. Special session withdrawal dates are included in the course footnotes in the Semester Schedule. When it is impossible for the student to appear in person, a written request must reach the Office of Admissions and Records by the withdrawal deadline. Admissions and Records assign “W” grades.
  • Late Withdrawal with Grade Penalty occurs after the last day to withdraw with a “W” grade as listed in the Important Date section of this publication and the footnotes for special session courses will result in the student receiving an "F" except under mitigating circumstances that must be documented in the student's academic file. Mitigating circumstances must be evaluated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services or designee and include a certification by the instructor that the student was making satisfactory progress at the time of withdrawal. Mitigating circumstances must be reasons beyond the control of the student such as illness or accidental injury not poor performance in class.

Repeating A Course

Students are limited to two enrollments in the same credit course. A grade of withdrawal “W” counts as a time taking a course in this regard. The appropriate Dean must approve all exceptions to this policy. When a course is repeated, only the most recent course, with its grade, will be used in computation of total hours completed and the cumulative and curricular grade point averages. Courses identified as repeats must have the same credit hours.

Computer labs

Locations and uses:
  • Business and Allied Health Division - This computer lab is located in Amherst Hall, Room 2414. Hours are Mon- Thur, 8 am-9 pm, Fri, 8 am-5 pm, and Sun, 2 pm-5 pm.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences - Computer labs, located in the Bedford Learning Resources Building, Room 3204 and 3217, serve the needs of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. The labs are equipped with IBM-compatible computers loaded with Microsoft Office software. They are reserved for use by English classes but are available for independent use by students when classes are not scheduled. A MacIntosh computer lab in Campbell Hall, Room 4201, is open Monday-Thursday, 8 am-9 pm, and Fri, 8 am-5 pm for use by art students who qualify by signing an agreement sheet with Lee Greever.
  • Science, Math, and Engineering - The mathematics computer labs located in Rooms 5216 and 5219 of Merritt Hall are equipped with IBM-compatible computers, which are loaded with mathematics software including tutorials. The labs are used for scheduled mathematics classes and are available at other times (hours posted each semester) for math related student use, subject to the availability of staff to monitor the labs. The engineering CAD lab, loaded with Auto CAD, in room 4215 of Campbell Hall, is available when classes are not scheduled and on Saturdays and Sundays during the semester. This lab is restricted to technology students.

The college bookstore

Textbooks and materials may be purchased from the bookstore. Bookstore hours are extended during the first week of the semester. Regular bookstore hours are Mon-Tues, 9 am-7 pm, Wed-Thur, 9 am-6 pm and Fri, 9 am-2 pm. cvcc.bkstore.com

Snow/Ice advisory

During snow or icy road conditions please listen to the radio or television, or log on to the CVCC website for information on school closings or delays. Cancellations will be announced as soon as the decision is made. “CVCC Closed” indicates there are no day or night classes at any campus. An announcement of a “CVCC on a 2 hour delay” indicates the school will be opening at 10 a.m. on all campuses. All early morning classes starting prior to 10 a.m. are cancelled and students should attend their regularly scheduled classes from 10 a.m. forward. After hours, log on to the website or call 832-7600 for a recorded message regarding delays or cancellations for the next day.

Seek answers to your questions

The faculty and staff at CVCC want you to be successful in your educational pursuits. College policies and procedures are detailed in the College Catalog; however, if you have any questions or concerns, seek help EARLY. We are here to assist you.

Have a great semester!


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