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Schenectady County Community College 2011-2012 Student Handbook


78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, New York 12305 518-381-1200 www.sunysccc.edu

Accreditation Schenectady County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680. Tel: 267-284-5000. Fax: 215-662-5501 www.msche.org

Schenectady County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, religion, or marital status in admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the business of the College. For more information, contact: Carolyn Pinn, Affirmative Action Officer (Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator), Elston Hall, Room 126, Schenectady County Community College, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, N.Y., 12305, Phone: (518) 381-1331, pinnct@sunysccc.edu. The College reserves the right at any time to make appropriate changes deemed advisable in the policies and procedures contained in this publication. All information in this publication pertains to the 2011-2012 academic year to the extent that information was available at time of printing. For complete information regarding College policies and academic policies, please refer to the College Catalog, www.sunysccc.edu. Complete information regarding the Student Code of Conduct may be obtained in the Student Affairs Division Office, Elston Hall 222. Please forward your comments or suggestions regarding the Handbook, Planner and Campus Resource Guide to the Office of Planning and Development, (518) 381-1323. Mission Statement Schenectady County Community College provides quality, comprehensive education for transfer, careers, training and workforce development to a diverse population in a student-centered environment. We are committed to accessible and affordable education. Utilizing innovative practices and contemporary technology, SCCC fosters success through excellence in teaching and support services.


Table of contents

15 Month Calendar Welcome Academic Calendar Important Campus Phone Numbers Finals Week Class and Exam Schedule 2011-2012 Planner and SCCC Activity Calendar

STUDENT AFFAIRS DIVISION 2 Academic Advisement 3, 5 ADA Transition Services 3, 5 Admissions 3, 8 Athletics 3,8 Campus life and Safety 3 Career and Employment Services 3, 9 Counseling 3, 10 Educational Opportunity Program 3, 11 Multicultural Affairs 3, 11 Financial Aid 4, 11 Liberty Partnership Program 4 Smart Scholars 4 Student Activities 4, 12 SUNY College and Career Counseling Center 4 Student Activities Board 13 Student Government Association 13 Clubs and Organizations 14-15 College Committees 15-16 CAMPUS LIFE/ACTIVITIES Add/Drop 16 ANGEL 16 Athletic Team Name/Colors 16 Attendance 17 Binnekill 17 Campus E-mail Account 17 Caps and Gowns 18 Casola Dining Room 18 Certificate of Residence 18 Change of Name/Address 18 Child Care Center 18 Class Rings 18 College Hour 18 College Store (Book Store) 18-19 The Commons 20 Computer Help Desk 20 Crime Statistics Availability Statement (Clery Act) 20 Gateway Montessori 20 Graduation Application 20 Lost and Found 21 NYS Voter Registration 21 New York Times Program 21 Off-Campus Housing 21

Publicity Off-Campus 22 SCCC website 22 Smoke-Free Environment 22 Student Accident/Sickness Insurance 22 Student Activity Fee 22 Student Business Office 22 Student Center/Activity Forum 22 Student ID Cards/Number 22-23 Student Lounge 23 SUNY NY Alert Emergency Contact Information System 23 Veteran’s Affairs 23 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 24 Academic Probation 24 Academic Status 25 Pursuit of Program 26 Dismissal and Readmission 26 Minimum Standards NYS TAP Awards 27 Waiver 28 Computing G.P.A. 28 Final Exams 28 Grades Online 29 Independent Study 29 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, HONORS AND AWARDS 29 Dean’s List 29 Phi Theta Kappa 29 President’s List 30 Special Awards 30 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards 30 Who’s Who 30 ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES Academic Computing Lab 31 ADA Transition Services 31 Begley Library 31 Accounting/Computer Tutor Lab 32 Language Lab 32 Learning Center 32 Math Lab 32 Testing Center 32

ii iv v vi vii Tutor Services 32 TRIO Program 33 POLICIES and PROCEDURES/ CAMPUS SAFETY Bias Crimes Prevention 34 Building Evacuation 35 Campus Notification-Threat of Suicide 35 Disruption on Campus 36 Child Safety 37 Cultural Diversity 37 Computer Use Policy 37 Crime Statistics Availability 37 Emergency Closing 37 Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act 38 Food and Beverage 38 Immunization 39 Parking Regulations 39 Poster Policy 40 Resolving Complaints of Sexual Harassment 40-41 Section 504/Title IX- Resolving Complaints of Disability/Gender Discrimination 42-43 Smoking Policy 43 Student Complaint Procedures, Academic/Administrative 43 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 44 Campus Space/Reservation 44 Workplace Violence Policy 45 Campus Safety 46-51 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Guide 49-50 ASSISTANCE SERVICES 51 STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT 52-58

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Welcome Welcome to Schenectady County Community College! As a student at SCCC, you are embraced into our SCCC Royals community! This 2011-2012 Schenectady County Community College Student Handbook is designed to provide you with information on programs, services, policies, and campus traditions. The purpose of the Student Handbook is to assist you in your ability to navigate your way through Schenectady County Community College in the years ahead. You will find links to the services the College offers, campus resources that can assist you when questions arise, information about campus life and expectations of you as a citizen of the SCCC Royals community. I encourage you to take every advantage of your education and be part of all that SCCC has to offer you. Your faculty and staff are partners with you in building a strong and vibrant campus community that is enriched by each and every student. I am sure you will find the Royals community to be an interesting place, filled with thoughtful, committed students and employees engaged in the best of academic life. You will see much that may change at SCCC over the next few years with regard to student housing, technology, the pipeline to education, and the development of new academic programs that further address the ever-changing needs of our community. You will, however, find a lot that will remain the same: the challenging academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students, the high levels of student involvement in the life of the College, and an indelible sense of community, which are the hallmarks of the SCCC experience that are greatly valued. Your voice is welcomed into the conversation as we work continually to fulfill the educational contract we establish with each of our students. Please review the Student Handbook, and bookmark this as a resource should you have a question or concern about any practice or policy in the future. If you have suggestions about information that should be included in future updates of the handbook, please submit your ideas to any member of the Student Affairs Division. Best wishes for a rewarding and challenging academic year,

Martha J. Asselin Vice President of Student Affairs iv


Fall Semester 2011

Spring Semester 2012

Summer Session 2012

General Registration Begins Monday, May 23

General Registration Begins Monday, November 21

General Registration Begins Wednesday, March 28

Faculty Institute Monday, August 29– Friday, September 2

Martin Luther King Day– College Closed Monday, January 16

Summer Session I (3 weeks) May 21 – June 8 Late Registration/Add, May 21

New Student Orientation Tuesday, August 30– Wednesday, August 31

Faculty Institute New Student Orientation January 17-20

June 11 Grades due for Summer Session I

Labor Day– College Closed Monday, September 5

Classes begin Monday, January 23

Summer Session II (3 weeks) June 11- June 29 Late Registration/Add, June 11

Late Registration/Add Monday, January 23– Friday, January 27

Summer Session III (6 weeks) May 21– June 29 Late Registration/Add, May 21

Late Start Classes Begin February 6

July 2 Grades due for Summer Session II and Summer Session III

Graduation Application Due Friday, February 10

Summer Session IV (6 weeks) Monday July 9 – August 17 Late Registration/Add, July 9

Classes Begin Tuesday, September 6 Late Registration/Add Tuesday, September 6– Monday, September 12 Late Start Classes Begin September 19 Online (Only) Registration Begins for Continuing Students November 2 Spring 2012 Priority Registration For Continuing Students November 7 Faculty Professional Development Day No Classes Friday, November 11 General Registration Begins November 21 Last Day to Withdraw from Fall (full-term) Classes Tuesday, November 22 No Classes After 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 23

Faculty Professional Development Day No Classes February 20 Spring Break March 12-17 Online (Only) Registration for Continuing Students March 23 Fall & Summer 2012 Priority Registration For Continuing Students March 28

August 20 Grades due for Summer Session IV Summer Session V (3 weeks) Monday July 9 - July 27 Late Registration/Add, July 9 Summer Session VI (8 weeks) June 4-July 27 Late Registration/Add, June 4 July 30 Grades due for Summer Session V and VI

Last Day to Withdraw from Spring (full-term) classes Monday, April 16

Fall Semester 2012: Tuesday, September 4 Classes Begin

General Registration Begins for Fall and Summer 2012 April 17

Note: For courses offered in a shortened session or a special time frame, the equivalent registration periods, refund dates, etc. will be determined and announced by the Registrar’s Office

Thanksgiving Recess Thursday, November 24–26

Finals Week Monday May 14-Saturday May 19 (See Final Week Class Schedule)

Finals Week Saturday, December 17–23

Monday, May 21 Final Grades Due

Wednesday, December 28 Final Grades Due

Tuesday, May 22Thursday, May 24 Professional Days

For the 2012-2013 Academic Calendar, please visit: www.sunysccc.edu.

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Important Campus Phone Numbers

General Information...................................................................................................................................381-1200 Voice and TDD Communications/ NYS Relay Services.................................................................................................................. 1-800-421-1220 Academic Advisement.................................................................................................................................381-1277 Academic Computing.................................................................................................................................381-1272 Academic Affairs.........................................................................................................................................381-1374 ADA Transition Services (Voice/TDD) ......................................................................................................381-1344 Administrative Services................................................................................................................................381-1210 Admissions..................................................................................................................................................381-1366 Athletics......................................................................................................................................................381-1356 Bookstore (College Store)............................................................................................................................377-1606 Business and Criminal Justice......................................................................................................................381-1386 Business Office, Student Accounts...............................................................................................................381-1346 Cafeteria......................................................................................................................................................381-1330 Career and Employment Services................................................................................................................381-1365 Casola Dining Room...................................................................................................................................381-1391 College Store, (Bookstore)...........................................................................................................................377-1606 CLEP Information......................................................................................................................................381-1293 Computer Lab.............................................................................................................................................381-1213 Counseling (Transfer and Personal).............................................................................................................381-1365 Daycare Center, YWCA..............................................................................................................................381-1375 Educational Opportunity Program/Multicultural........................................................................................381-1279 Faculty Student Association.........................................................................................................................381-1281 Financial Aid...............................................................................................................................................381-1352 Foundation, Alumni....................................................................................................................................381-1323 Gateway Montessori Preschool....................................................................................................................381-1455 Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism...............................................................................................................381-1390 Humanities and Social Sciences...................................................................................................................381-1387 Immunization.............................................................................................................................................381-1336 Learning Center..........................................................................................................................................381-1246 Liberal Arts.................................................................................................................................................381-1387 Library........................................................................................................................................................381-1240 Mathematics, Science, Technology and Health ...........................................................................................381-1267 Music..........................................................................................................................................................381-1231 Non-credit Programs...................................................................................................................................381-1315 Peer Tutoring...............................................................................................................................................381-1461 Personnel Office..........................................................................................................................................381-1218 Public Relations..........................................................................................................................................381-1250 Registration and Records.............................................................................................................................381-1348 Security and Parking Information................................................................................................................381-1308 Student Activities........................................................................................................................................381-1335 Student Affairs...........................................................................................................................381-1344, 381-1365 SUNY College Career Counseling Center...................................................................................................370-2654 TRIO Program............................................................................................................................................381-1465 Vendor Accounts.........................................................................................................................................381-1212 Veterans Affairs...........................................................................................................................................381-1351 Workforce Development.............................................................................................................................381-1315 vi


Finals Week Class and Exam Schedule The Finals Week Class and Exams Schedule (daytime) includes a required 90 minute class session for each course according to the following schedule. Find the time your class meets below. Use that number to find the time of your final exam or final class on the chart below. Evening and Saturday final exams are scheduled at regular class ties during exam week which begins Saturday, December 17, 2011. Any exception to this schedule must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Chart 1 Monday/Wednesday/Friday Classes

Tuesday/Thursday Classes

Class Time Code Number 7:45/8:00 a.m. 1 9:00 a.m. 3 10:00 a.m. 5 11:50 a.m. 7 12:50 p.m. 9 2:40 p.m. 11 4:30 p.m. 13

Class Time Code Number

8:00/8:25 a.m.

2

9:50 a.m.

4

12:30 p.m.

8

2:20 p.m.

10

4:10/4:30 p.m.

12

Chart 2 Class/Exam Time

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs Fri

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

1

2

3

Make-ups

Make-ups

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5

4

7

or

and

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

9

8

11

combined

grading

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

13

10

12

exams

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STUDENT AFFAIRS DIVISION:

A Guide to Offices, Services and Programs Schenectady County Community College 78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, New York 12305 Phone: (518) 381-1344 Fax: (518) 381-1456 and (518) 381-1477 http://www.sunysccc.edu/student/student.htm

Schenectady County Community College’s Student Affairs Division The Student Affairs Division provides a diversity of programs and services focused on assisting SCCC students in successfully fulfilling their dreams and aspirations. Student Affairs fosters the principle that a student’s total educational experience embraces quality instruction shared with valuable opportunities that facilitate intellectual and personal growth, fulfillment, and a sense of community. Our dedicated Student Affairs staff advances our institutional efforts to maintain a safe, positive, respectful and healthy community. The Student Affairs staff encourages students to explore the different aspects of student life while building their own personal and remarkable SCCC experience.

Shaping the Future Success Student Affairs is integral to the mission of SCCC The committed Student Affairs staff serves as collaborative partners in pursuit of institutional goals and objectives. With tremendous pride and dedication, these individuals pursue the institutional vision, mission, and values. Student Affairs Vision - The vision of the Division of Student Affairs is to create an unparalleled experience where students embrace learning and diversity to become leaders in the service of the global community. Student Affairs Mission - The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to provide opportunities for student engagement, learning and discovery in a diverse environment that will optimize their college experience and prepare individuals to serve a global community. Student Affairs Values - As members of an inclusive community, we value excellence in our programs and services, as well as in our student achievements. We support the core values identified by the College as essential for institutional effectiveness to include: Student Success, Leadership/Teamwork, Assessment, Access, Diversity, Partnerships and Collaboration, Civility and Service, Lifelong Learning, Respect for Self and Others, Informed Decision Making, Student Centeredness, and Engagement.

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The SCCC Student Affairs Division at a Glance Academic Advisement and Counseling Academic Advisement and Counseling offers career and personal counseling, academic advising, special services and support to special populations (such as part-time students, student-athletes, international students, 24 credit hour students, transfer students). Counselors and advisors help students evaluate their educational plans, answer questions about exploring major fields, provide general information about academic policies and procedures, and refer students to appropriate resources. Services are designed to assist students in achieving academic and personal success through informed decisionmaking and academic planning.

Admissions Office The Admissions Office is a starting point for all new degree and certificate-seeking students. The Office processes applications for admission, accepts qualified applicants, and assists students in signing up for new student registration programs. Our professional staff is continually traveling, visiting high schools, human service agencies, fairs, and festivals to promote SCCC, its quality programs and dynamic campus life.

ADA Transition Services Office ADA Transition Services provides a variety of resources and services for students with permanent and/or temporary disabilities. Collaborative efforts ensure programs and opportunities are accessible. Those individuals who would benefit from accommodations due to their disabilities must meet with the ADA Transition Coordinator. Accommodations are personalized for each student. Some students, for example, may perform best if they take exams in a distraction-reduced location; others might benefit if educationally relevant information about their disability is communicated to their instructors, or others may require some form of assistance during a fire drill or other times of evacuation.

Athletics Office The Athletics Office seeks to foster an environment that will provide student athletes with the opportunity to develop their full potential academically, athletically and physically. Through athletics, we strive to teach such lifelong skills such as discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, self-control, cooperation, hard work, playing by the rules and respect for authority through athletic competition and recreational activity. Intercollegiate athletics is open to all students meeting the eligibility requirements of the National Junior College of Athletics Association (NJCAA), the College and the Athletics Office. SCCC has varsity teams in basketball (men and women), baseball (men), bowling (men and women) and crew (women). All are invited to cheer on the SCCC Royals at all events.

Campus Life and Safety SCCC strives to advance the safe and intellectually challenging setting for all in an environment that continuously educates all on the College’s Code of Conduct, academic integrity, student rights and responsibilities, the Critical Incident Management Plan, policies and procedures.

Career and Employment Services Education alone does not guarantee employment. Employers seek to hire people who have invested time and energy in perfecting their skills, achieving goals, and working successfully with others. Career and Employment Services helps students navigate the world of work by establishing community partnerships that offer strategies to master talents, behaviors and knowledge. Internships, volunteer and seasonal work and professional associations are opportunities to further growth as one becomes an expert in your field of study.

Educational Opportunity Program and Multicultural Affairs The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) assists talented students whose educational and economic circumstances present a challenge to goal achievement by opening the door to a lifetime of career options, professional advancement and 3


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personal enrichment. EOP serves students who have the potential and motivation for academic success by providing aid and academic support services. The Multicultural Affairs Office creates a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment based on knowledge, acceptance and respect for all. We teach and foster understanding and appreciation of different ways of life shared by groups of people through intellectual discourse, leadership and social justice.

Financial Aid Office The primary purpose of this office is to provide financial assistance within available resources to those students who, without such assistance, would be unable to attend SCCC. The dedicated staff works with students to develop an understanding of financial aid and navigate through the application process.

Liberty Partnerships Program The Liberty Partnerships Program is founded on the belief that students will achieve academic success and lead productive lives as adults if they are provided with support, encouragement, information and effective interventions. This program is designed to offer these opportunities to students in fifth through twelfth grades in Schenectady City School District who are at-risk of dropping out of school for many reasons, including unsatisfactory academic performance, inconsistent school attendance and/or behavioral problems.

Schenectady Smart Scholars Early College High School Located at: Schenectady High School, 1445 The Plaza, Schenectady, NY 12308 Schenectady Smart Scholar Early College High School (Schenectady SSECHS), which began in September 2010, is a mutual partnership among the State University of New York (SUNY), Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) and Schenectady High School (SHS) with the intent to establish a collaborative learning and teaching environment for about 120 ninth-grade students. All partners are committed to facilitating positive, transformational changes that provides for a more successful and wide-reaching program for a target student population that is traditionally underrepresented in college. Students enrolled in Smart Scholars will graduate high school with a Regents Diploma and will successfully transition into college with at least 20 credit hours earned and transferred.

Student Activities Office Student Activities complements students’ academic experiences by providing services and resources that engage students in creating campus culture through social, cultural, intellectual, spiritual, athletic, recreational, artistic, political, and service opportunities. Our commitment is to provide quality advising, resource materials, leadership development and governance opportunities, and administrative support services to impact students’ growth and development and enhance the success of each student organization.

SUNY College and Career Counseling Center Located at: 120 Emmons Street, Schenectady, NY 12304 The SUNY College and Career Counseling Center provides career and educational counseling services to Capital District residents 16 years or older interested in making decisions about their educational and career goals. The center is located at the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority’s Family Investment Center. The center provides referral and placement services to various educational and employment training resources in the Capital District and elsewhere in New York State. We offer technical assistance to those persons interested in applying for college admissions, securing financial aid and pursuing employment or training opportunities.

Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs is geared to be a “one stop service center” to serve SCCC student-veterans, VA-supported veteran dependents, and reservists in any way that may enhance their opportunities for achieving their educational goals. The office, through the Department of Veterans Affairs Work-Study Program, provides various types of assistance that include educa4


Veteran financial aid verification forms, provides assistance with completing these financial aid forms and the 1990 application/college applications.

Vice President of Student Affairs Student Affairs assumes a major responsibility for helping to create a positive campus environment that enhances and supports learning. The quality of student life is significantly affected by the availability, variety, and integrity of services and extra academic support programs on campus. Alliances are built between the classroom and campus life to provide an opportunity for students to experience the excitement and responsibility that comes from being an active member of a community of higher learning.

STUDENT AFFAIRS DIVISION Elston Hall, Room 222 Ms. Martha Asselin, Vice President of Student Affairs

email address: asselimj@sunysccc.edu

The Division of Student Affairs provides programs and services to assist students in fulfilling their educational objectives and personal goals. The Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to enriching student life outside of the classroom. A student’s total educational experience is made up of quality instruction combined with opportunities for growth, fulfillment and enjoyment in the non-academic aspects of campus life. Because the SCCC population is so diverse, Student Affairs provides assistance to students just out of high school, as well as those returning after a break from formal education.

Academic Advisement Center Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1277 Ms. Heidi Borofsky, Academic Advisor Ms. Bernice Dunn, Counselor IV Ms. Mitzi Espinola, Academic Advisor Mr. Stephen Fragale, Counselor IV Mr. Michael Mastrella, Academic Advisor Ms. Robyn Posson, Counselor II Ms. Margaret Anne Williams, Non-Traditional Counselor

email address: borofshl@sunysccc.edu email address: dunnbv@sunysccc.edu email address: espinoma@sunysccc.edu email address: fragalsa@sunysccc.edu email address: mastremj@suny.sccc.edu email address: possonrm@sunysccc.edu email address: williama@sunysccc.edu

The Academic Advisement Center serves as an academic information center for all students attending SCCC, as well as all prospective students needing advising assistance. Staff in the Advisement Center serve as the academic advisors for parttime matriculated students, all non-matriculated students and all students admitted under the 24 Credit-Hour Program. Advising assistance includes academic/program planning, course scheduling and registration, program changes and withdrawals.

Tips for Creating a Semester Class Schedule

• Register during Advance Registration – save seats in the classes you want with no bill payment required until later in the semester. • Be aware that courses are offered during the days, evenings, Saturdays, and online. • Balance your schedule with other obligations in mind, such as family and work. • Don’t overload your schedule – take 12 credits instead of 15 if you are questioning how much time you will have for coursework. • Be prepared for more challenging academic work than you had in high school. • Don’t register for early morning classes if you are not a morning person. The same applies for evening courses. 5

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• Take courses in the correct sequence. Be sure to complete any pre-requisites (courses that prepare you for a higher level course) if applicable. • Know the course requirements for your program of study. Enroll in classes that meet your degree requirements. The information is available in the College Catalog, on the SCCC website, and on individual curriculum worksheets located outside of Elston Hall, Room 223. See your academic advisor. • If transfer to a four-year institution is a possibility, be sure to register for courses that will transfer to the institution you have in mind. If you are not sure about the institution, connect with the transfer Counselor (Elston Hall, Room 222) soon.

WHEN TO SEE YOUR ADVISOR

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

To discuss problems which affect academic performance. To discuss academic progress. To withdraw from a course or courses. To explore change of major. To explore off-campus learning opportunities (internships, study abroad). To select courses for the upcoming semester.

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR ADVISOR

1. Be familiar with your advisor’s office hours and schedule. 2. Whenever possible, call to make an appointment instead of dropping by without one. 3. If it is necessary to drop by without an appointment, try to do so at a time when your advisor has posted office hours, and allow plenty of time in case you have to wait to see your advisor. 4. Because the first and last two weeks of each semester are the busiest for students and faculty, schedule longer conferences during the middle portion of the semester. 5. You may obtain a “Request for Change in Advisor” form from the Registrar’s Office if you need to change advisors.

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT: STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES KNOW COLLEGE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Students should own and be familiar with the College Catalog and their SCCC Student Handbook. Both contain necessary policies and procedures, as well as requirements and deadlines.

PREPARE FOR ACADEMIC ADVISING CONFERENCES Students are expected to obtain class schedules, review possible course options and prepare a trial schedule before meeting with an advisor. Students are expected to schedule and keep advising appointments. Students should also contact advisors with any concerns about academic progress in any class during the course of a semester.

PROCESS ALL NECESSARY PAPERWORK Students must obtain all necessary forms and signatures for dropping and adding classes. It is also the student’s responsibility to apply for graduation.

BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT FINANCIAL AID REGULATIONS Students receiving financial aid must be knowledgeable about the consequences of no longer attending or withdrawing from classes in which they are enrolled.

ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR DECISIONS Students are actively responsible for their college experience. Although an advisor may assist in providing advice, encouragement, or support, ultimately each decision rests with the student. As a result, students must accept the consequences of these decisions.

CLARIFY PERSONAL VALUES AND GOALS Just as it is a student’s responsibility to make decisions, it is also the student who must clarify personal values and academic 6


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and career goals. When students make these decisions, they empower themselves and prepare for post-graduation lives.

ADA Transition Services Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1345 Dr. Ellen Wertlieb, Coordinator

email address: wertliec@sunysccc.edu

The Office of ADA Transition Services coordinates resources and accommodations on the SCCC campus for students with permanent and/or temporary disabilities. The academic accommodations that are developed are designed in a collaborative manner with students so as to remove barriers and level the academic playing field. Official accommodation notifications are sent to each student’s professors through the ADA Transition Services Office every semester upon the request of the student. Students may visit the Student Affairs Office (Elston 222) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get additional information about the ADA Transition Services Office. Students are also invited to schedule a meeting with Dr. Wertlieb to get further information.

HOW TO OBTAIN ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS: Students who would like to request academic accommodations should contact the Office of ADA Transition Services to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wertlieb. It should be noted that accommodations that are provided at previous schools are not automatically transferred to SCCC since guidelines vary from institution to institution. It is best to send documentation describing the disability and its impact in the school setting to the Office of ADA Transition Services prior to scheduling a meeting about accommodations. Those individuals who are enrolling in classes at SCCC immediately after high school are asked to forward their School Psychologist’s Report along with their IEP (Individualized Education Program). Those who are entering college as returning adults should obtain disability documentation from their health care provider (e.g., psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, orthopedist, ophthalmologist, audiologist, or other diagnosing health care provider as appropriate to the disability). The Disability Certification Packet available in the Student Affairs Office (Elston Hall 222) provides a guideline regarding the type of information to be included in the documentation. Students should ask their health care provider to complete the Packet or provide a report that includes the key pieces of information outlined in the Disability Certification Packet. The disability documentation that each student submits provides an important foundation from which to begin discussion about the kinds of resources and accommodations that might be appropriate. However, these reports give only one small part of the picture. Dr. Wertlieb emphasizes joint discussion and creative problem solving when accommodations are generated. Students are expected to take the lead role in discussion about accommodations and their disability; but, when appropriate, they can invite additional interested parties into the conversation.

WHERE TO SUBMIT DISABILITY DOCUMENTATION: Office of ADA Transition Services Schenectady County Community College 78 Washington Avenue Schenectady, NY 12305 FAX: 518-381-1477

WHEN TO REGISTER WITH ADA TRANSITION SERVICES: Students are encouraged to register for accommodations with the Office of ADA Transition Services upon admission to SCCC. However, sometimes disability-related barriers are not discovered until after coursework has begun. Students should not hesitate to contact Dr. Wertlieb to discuss accommodations at any point in time if they begin to realize that accommodations may make their classes more educationally accessible to them.

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for them. SCCC recognizes that there are a variety of situations that can impact safe evacuations, such as orthopedic injuries and a lack of elevator access as well as panic attacks that may lead to confusion about procedure. Dr. Wertlieb collaborates with all students registering with the ADA Transition Services Office to determine strategies that can address any likely evacuation issues that a person might confront. This evacuation assistance information is listed on the faculty notification letters along with any other accommodations that may be appropriate for the student.

VOTER REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE: Voter registration assistance is offered to students registered with the Office of ADA Transition Services.

Admissions Office Elston Hall, Room 221, 381-1366 Mr. David Sampson, Director of Admissions email address: sampsodg@sunysccc.edu Ms. Kathleen Dowd Freese, Associate Director of Admissions email address: freesekd@sunysccc.edu Mr. Walter Simpkins, Admissions Recruiter email address: simpkiw@sunysccc.edu The Office of Admissions provides:

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Admissions counseling Assistance with admissions application and procedures Assistance with special admissions programs and events SCCC Open Houses and Instant Admission/Information Nights Sign-up for New Student Testing and Registration Programs

Athletics Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1356 Mr. David Gonzalez, Athletic Director

email address: gonzaldm@sunysccc.edu

Intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the College’s extracurricular activities. Athletics are open to all students who meet the basic eligibility requirements of the National Junior College of Athletics Association (NJCAA), the College and the SCCC Athletic Office. SCCC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III and the Mountain Valley Conference. Competing teams come from New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut. For student athletes to maintain high quality academic work, regular attendance at class is required. Absence from class is considered a serious matter. Student athletes are encouraged to complete all assignments and other requirements of each course. If an absence is anticipated due to an athletic event, the student has the responsibility of informing the instructor well in advance of the event. All student athletes must work with their instructors to understand how an absence(s) due to an athletic game will count in the overall grading of each course. All athletes are expected to demonstrate effort in their classes and to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner (both on and off campus). The College has varsity teams in: • Basketball (Men and Women) • Crew (Women) • Bowling (Men and Women) • Baseball (Men) Announcements for tryouts for each team are issued for each sport. For more specific information on each of the SCCC teams, check out the College’s website: www.sunysccc.edu/student/athletics.htm.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV, federal student financial assistance program, and have an intercollegiate athletic program, to prepare an annual report to the U.S. Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men’s and 8


Schenectady County Community College is in compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act. Annually the College reports information about all our intercollegiate athletic programs. Equity in athletics data is now available on the Web at: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics. This site also provides data from thousands of colleges and universities in a convenient searchable format so as to provide for comparisons to be made.

Career and Employment Services Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1365 Mr. Robert Frederick, Coordinator Ms. Dawn Jones, Educational Assistant

email address: frederrg@sunysccc.edu email address: jonesda@sunysccc.edu

Education by itself, does not guarantee employment. Employers want to hire people who have invested time and energy in honing their skills, accomplishing goals, and working successfully with others in environments that reflect similar working conditions. That’s why our staff has dedicated themselves to helping students navigate the world of work by establishing community partnerships that offer students a chance to master their unique talents, behaviors, and knowledge while at the same time practicing these attributes in settings related to their ultimate goal. Many of our students are hired after successfully participating in internships, volunteer and seasonal work and professional associations. The exploration of work environments is very important when making decisions on future employment or educational attainment. Let us help you become an expert in your field of study by starting early and creating a strategy for success. Career and Employment Services focuses on the following activities: • Coaching students to identify, appreciate, and improve upon their natural strengths • Teaching students how to establish a vision, think “out-of-the-box,” set daily habits, and develop a strategy to achieve their goals • Teaching students how to use research skills and resources that link them to opportunities • Teaching students how to communicate their value to others • Coordinating networking events, experiential learning, and online resources that bring together students, alumni, employers and faculty for the purpose of answering important questions and identifying opportunities related to their field of study Areas of Office Expertise: Alumni/Employer Relations Career Exploration Career Resources Internships and Jobs Online Resources Professional Networking Researching Employers Business Communications Industry and Employment Data Job Search Strategies Résumés and Cover Letters Interviewing Skills Career Event Coordination Professional Presentations Community Partnerships Online Services for Students: • Office website: www.sunysccc.edu/ces • Register to use the Career Service Management System called EASE. • Gain access to employers, jobs, internships and career information. • Review Career Events and Recruiting Opportunities on-campus and in the Capital Region.

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women’s teams. The Department will use this information in preparing its required report to the Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics.


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Counseling Services Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1365 Ms. Bernice Dunn, Counselor IV Mr. Stephen Fragale, Counselor IV Ms. Robyn Posson, Counselor II Ms. Margaret Anne Williams, Non-Traditional Counselor

email address: dunnbv@sunysccc.edu email address: fragalsa@sunysccc.edu email address: possonrm@sunysccc.edu email address: williama@sunysccc.edu

Counseling is available for all students in the following areas: • Academic concerns • Personal growth and development • Career decision making and planning • Transferring to other colleges and universities • Crisis intervention • Educational decision making and planning • Interpersonal relations, social interaction and family matters • Special issues: relaxation; managing time; returning-to-college issues; goal-setting • Referrals for additional support can be made to further assist with reaching full potential

2011-12 Programs Presented by Counseling Services – SAVE THE DATES (Note: All meet during College Hour, from 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.) Fall 2011 Semester

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Mon. Sept. 12, Stockade101: Remembering 9/11: Ten Years Later Mon. Oct. 3, Activity Forum: Depression Screening Mon. Oct. 17, Stockade 101: Domestic Violence Awareness Program Mon. Nov. 14, Activity Forum: Smoking Cessation Information Session Mon. Dec. 5, Activity Forum: Final Exam Boot Camp

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Mon. Feb. 13, Activity Forum: Loving Yourself First Mon. April 2, Activity Forum: Attitude of Gratitude Workshop Mon. April 9, Activity Forum: Alcohol/Drug Screening Mon. May 7, Activity Forum: Final Exam Boot Camp Mon. May 14, Activity Forum: Smoking Cessation Information Session

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Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1279 Jason Benitez, Coordinator

email address: benitejf@sunysccc.edu

The SCCC Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides academic and financial assistance to disadvantaged New York State residents who show promise for mastering college level work, given assistance. Determination of eligibility is made when a student is first accepted to the College as a freshman. Apply for EOP through the Financial Aid Office, Elston Hall, Room 221 or visit us online at www.sunysccc.edu/adm-fin/admeop.htm. • Counseling referrals • Monitoring student progress • Stipend disbursement • Referral and assistance services • Academic assistance, tutoring • Mandatory EOP meetings and and support services workshops • EOP Orientations Multicultural Services supports the belief that the strength of any organization lies in its diversity. It is important to create and maintain a welcoming, supportive environment and to promote acceptance and appreciation for difference. Multicultural Services is committed to making SCCC a campus community that promotes a culture of inclusion in which all feel valued, respected and supported to perform to their full potential. • Educational and cultural programming • Multicultural resources • Support services • Community liaison • Workshops and presentations • Referral and assistance • Student outreach and retention • Diversity awareness programming • Admissions and recruitment programs

Financial Aid Office Elston Hall, Room 221, 381-1352 or 381-1354 Mr. Brian McGarvey, Director of Financial Aid Ms. Cynthia Russell, Associate Director of Financial Aid Ms. Mary Dornbush, Financial Aid Assistant Ms. Cynthia Astemborski-Decker, Financial Aid Assistant

email address: mcgarvbf@sunysccc.edu email address: russelca@sunysccc.edu email address: dornbumd@sunysccc.edu email address: astembc@sunysccc.edu

The Office of Financial Aid provides:

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Assistance in applying for all Federal and State grants and scholarships General financial aid advisement Assistance with financial aid applications Assistance with special circumstances Tuition or book deferrals Emergency loans Assistance with student loan applications Student Work-study Connections

Please be aware of the following dates for the 2011-2012 academic year: Fall 2011 Financial Aid Disbursement Date (Grants and Loans): October 11, 2011 EOP Disbursement Dates: October 24, 2011 and November 21, 2011 Scholarship Refund Disbursement Date: October 24, 2011 60% Attendance/Withdrawal Date for Financial Aid Recipients: November 8, 2011 Financial Aid Disbursement Date (Grants and Loans): February 27, 2012 Spring 2012 Scholarship Applications for 2012 Available: March 1, 2012 EOP Disbursement Dates: March 12 and April 9, 2012 11

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DROP/REFUND DATES (for full-term courses) September 6: Last day for 100% refund September 13: Last day for 75% refund September 20: Last day for 50% refund September 27: Last day for 25% refund (Withdrawal)

FINANCIAL LITERACY College is a time of new found freedom for many students. However, that can spell trouble if that freedom applies to personal finances too. Students need to understand basic money management skills such as living within a budget and handling credit and debt. A solid financial foundation can lead to a lifetime of financial success.

KNOW THE FACTS TO AID IN YOUR FINANCIAL LITERACY: American children, teens and young adults (ages 8-21) earned about $211 billion in 2003. This group spends at a rate of approximately $172 billion per year and is saving at a rate of $38 billion per year. [Harris Interactive, Generation Y Earns $211 Billion and Spends $172 Billion Annually, September 3, 2003] On average, 65.5% of students who participated in a 2004 Jump$tart Coalition survey on Personal Financial Literacy failed the exam! Jump$tart Coalition, Personal Financial Survey, April, 2004 The average undergraduate student loan debt was $18,900 in 2003. Up 66% from 1997. Nellie Mae, College on Credit: How Borrowers Perceive their Education Debt Results of the 2002 National Student Loan Survey, February 6, 2003 55% of college students acquire their first credit card during the first year of college, and 83% of college students have at least one credit card. 45% of college students are in credit card debt, with the average debt over $3,000. Senator Akaka, Credit Card Minimum Payment Warning Act, May 21, 2004 Bankruptcy filings for those in the 18 to 25 age bracket numbered 150,000 in 2000. A ten-fold increase in just five years. Testimony of Dara Duguay, Executive Director Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, for the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Financial Management, the Budget, and International Security, March 30, 2004 Consumer debt is now equal to 110% of disposable income. Ten years ago it was 85%, and 20 years ago, it was 65%. Daily Bankruptcy News as excerpted from Senator Akaka, Credit Card Minimum Payment Warning Act, May 21, 2004 For more information on financial literacy, visit the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy website for a Net Price College Calculator and Basic Financial Calculator for College Students at http://www.360financialliteracy.org/Life-Stages/College-Students.

Student Activities Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1335 Mr. Justin Cook, Student Activities Assistant

email address: cookjp@sunysccc.edu

The Student Activities program at SCCC complements the academic program of studies and enhances the overall educational experience of students. Student Activities provides services and programs to assist students in becoming more broadly educated and in developing more meaningful interpersonal relationships. This is accomplished through such activities and programs as: • Support services for students • Student Government Association clubs and organizations (SGA) • Student Activities Board (SAB) • Intercollegiate athletic program • New Student Orientation • Educational and cultural programming • Social and recreational events • Student immunization • Liaison with YMCA and YWCA • Student insurance 12

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• Housing Referral and Assistance • Student Volunteer Organization • Leadership Development • Voter Registration • Service learning opportunities

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Student Activities Board (SAB) Student Activities Board (SAB) is the major activities planning organization on campus. SAB plans a variety of events that include cultural, social, educational and recreational activities. Some examples include: • Concerts and comedy showcases • Speakers and lecturers • Campus programming events • Spring Week • Novelty acts • Theme of the Month Celebrations Students are always needed to help plan and execute various events. Student Activities Board is an exciting way to spend some of your time. The advisor to SAB is Justin Cook, email address: cookjp@sunysccc.edu.

Student Government Association (SGA) Elston Hall, Room 220, 381-1338 email address: sga@sunysccc.edu SGA President, Ms. Deryle McCann SGA Vice President, Mr. Anthony Galea Jr. SGA Treasurer, Mr. Derrick Tusang Student Trustee, Ms. Erin Pelkey Advisor: Ms. Martha Asselin, Vice President of Student Affairs Co-Advisor: Mr. Justin Cook, SGA Bookkeeper: Ms. Jan Libbon

email address: sgapresident@sunysccc.edu email address: sgavicepresident@sunysccc.edu email address: sgatreasurer@sunysccc.edu email address: sgatrustee@sunysccc.edu email address: asselimj@sunysccc.edu email address: cookjp@sunysccc.edu email address: libbonjb@sunysccc.edu

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the “voice of the students.” The SGA Senate is the vehicle through which projects, real change and improvement can occur on campus. This doesn’t happen without your involvement. The Senate fulfills the legislative functions of SGA, and includes the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, eight Senior Senators, eight Freshman Senators and the Student Trustee. Each week the Senate meets to review and vote on major resolutions concerning the students’ general welfare. Senate meetings are open to everyone. Check in the SGA office for the date and time of the next meeting. SGA committees include: Awards Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, Election Board, Athletic Board, Student Organization Board, Constitution and Judicial Committee and Abilities Awareness Committee. SGA is responsible for appropriately disbursing the Student Activity Fees. These funds are used for club programs, Student Activities Board events, athletics and campus improvement projects and programs initiated by SGA, such as your membership to the YMCA. SGA elections will be held in September and April. Anyone interested in running for a seat on the SGA Senate must see any member of the SGA Executive Board (noted above). New members are always welcome. For more information, visit the website at www.sunysccc.edu/student/activities/htm.

Student Government Association Agreement with the YMCA - Schenectady Branch The YMCA of Schenectady offers a membership to currently enrolled SCCC students. To receive a YMCA membership card, bring a photo ID and your SCCC student ID with current validation sticker to the membership desk. Once issued, this membership card will be required every time you wish entrance to the YMCA. No guests are allowed unless they have a membership or are a student at SCCC w/ valid ID. This membership is only valid during the Fall and Spring semesters. For a small fee, summer memberships for students are 13


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available at a minimal fee. For more information, see the Program Office at the YMCA-Downtown Schenectady Branch. In addition, the Student Government Association has agreements with Proctors and CDTA. Such agreements help our students get access to a wide array of activities within our community at large.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Clubs and Organizations

The Student Government Association Senate oversees all recognized clubs and organizations at SCCC. All recognized clubs/organizations have an approved constitution on file in Student Affairs. Constitutions define the club or organization, describe the activities and membership of the group, and define the role of all officers of the club/organization. The Student Government Association recognizes clubs and organizations which are formed for one or more of the following purposes: • for special or departmental interests, including those which are established with a common educational purpose, • for honorary groups where membership is earned as an award for achievement and • for service learning groups which exist to serve our college and/or community Alliance for Students with Disabilities - To increase awareness about disabilities and to create a network of people for friendship, support, and advocacy. American Culinary Federation - To promote, develop and carry out the goals, work and program of the American Culinary Federation; to promote the best interests of the culinary profession generally and the interests and welfare of chefs, cooks and others engaged in the culinary profession. Aviation Club - To promote an appreciation for aviation science and operations, the profession and safety. To further personal development through competition, through networking and through various activities. Black and Latino Student Alliance - To promote a common bond for African-American students and other ethnic groups on a social level based on culture, economics and experience while encouraging social activity with all. Business and Law Club - To develop competence, develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, encourage improvement in scholarship and establish standards for entrance into business occupations with support of the national chapter. Cheerleading Club - To further enhance the campus spirit and level of pride for SCCC and for our intercollegiate athletic program. Christian Fellowship Club - To worship God through song, prayer and the study of His word and provide fellowship and spiritual support for other Christians. Circus Club - Teach members skills commonly found in the circus (juggling and unicycle), facilitate cooperative learning while skills are developed, and increase the performance repertoire of interested theater students. Computer Help and Support Club aka Computer Clubhouse - To help students learn basic computer skills and to help one another with computer problems through a creative and safe environment where all students work together and as mentors while exploring computers and building self confidence. Criminal Justice Club - To further the knowledge and understanding of the criminal justice field and to enhance the student’s knowledge pertaining to career development. Drama Club - To sponsor trips, locally and in New York City, to provide an arena for both professionals and non-professional companies to express their views through the drama media. Early Childhood Education - To use our education and knowledge within the community and to expand our education through community. Father Time Club - To raise awareness in our community about the importance of the fathers’ role in the development of a healthy family and community. Horse Club - To enhance the knowledge of horse behavior and care requirements by direct interaction with these animals and possibly other similar animals as well. Hospitality Club - To embark on education activities to promote self-development as well as exploring career opportunities within the hospitality industry IE3 Club - To address the career path of information, engineering and electronics. 14


To learn more about the various clubs and organizations at SCCC, visit us on the web at www.sunysccc.edu/student/clubs.htm.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY and COLLEGE COMMITTEES

One avenue for becoming an involved student leader on our College campus is to become a member of one of our Faculty or College Committees. Student representation on these committees is most important and valued. Students are nominated by faculty to serve on these committees based on leadership skills, matriculation and grade point average. According to the SCCC Faculty By-Laws, no student shall be eligible to serve on more than one faculty committee concurrently. Contact Martha Asselin, Elston Hall, Room 222, for more information regarding service on any of these committees. To aid in understanding the purpose of each Faculty and College Committee, please read the following descriptions: ACADEMIC POLICIES COMMITTEE: A Faculty Committee whose purpose is to receive or initiate recommendations which ensure the orderly conduct of instruction as provided in the Academic Code of the College and to review the criteria used to evaluate student appeals regarding academic status. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE: Assist the Affirmative Action Officer in monitoring the Affirmative Action Plan. Advise the AAO, as to the College’s performance in meeting program goals and recommend actions to correct any inequities with regard to employment practices. (One student representative is appointed in August for academic year term.) 15

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society - To recognize and reward student achievement; promote high standards in academics and leadership The Pride Alliance - To improve and increase awareness, education, self-pride and support for all members of our community through various activities held in a respectful, positive and productive manner. RESTART Club - To provide support for returning adult students in an online format where advice, information and ideas can be shared. RHYTHMS Literary Magazine - Encourage and support creative writing and artistic endeavors of students, faculty and staff and publishes for the community a literary magazine. Science Club - To promote the sciences and encourage the studies in this field through field trips and experiences outside of classroom activities. Slow Food Club - To represent the interests, further the social and personal growth and promote the general welfare of the members. Spanish Club - To band together students involved in or interested in the study of Hispanic cultures, customs and language while promoting an appreciation for Hispanic culture on campus. Students for Social Consciousness - To connect our campus community members with service learning opportunities within our surrounding community while raising awareness and social consciousness. Student Activities Board (SAB) - The major activities planning organization on campus. The events that SAB plans are many and varied, and they include cultural, social, educational and recreational activities. Student Veterans of America - To establish and develop student veteran support systems advocating for student veteran issues at the state and national level. Student Volunteer Organization - To represent the interests, further the social and personal growth, and promote the general welfare of the members of the organization and to create a positive attitude about community service on campus as well as create a placement system that will connect student and faculty volunteers with agencies in need of their help. Technology Club - To further the knowledge and understanding of the members in the field of technology and electronics while enhancing members experience pertaining to scholastic and career development. Tutor Networking Club - To provide training and support for peer tutors and tutees; to plan activities in order to raise money for two student scholarships *Any club/organization wishing to submit a new constitution or make changes or amendments to an existing constitution must provide a written copy to Student Government Association Senate for review and approval


CAMPUS LIFE AND ACTIVITIES AT SCCC Add/Drop

Add/drop occurs when students who have completed registration make changes to their schedule. Students may add available courses through the first week of fall and spring semesters. Students may drop classes without a grade appearing on their transcript during a specific period of time for each term (fall, spring, and summer). For all semesters/sessions, please refer to the appropriate schedule of classes for exact drop/add dates.

ANGEL

Students can utilize ANGEL, a free course management and information system for registered students at SCCC, by going to the SCCC website, www.sunysccc.edu, and clicking on the ANGEL icon on the main page. Log on using your SCCC User Name and Password. Be sure to log out when you are done. For all ANGEL and long distance learning, please contact the SLN Helpdesk at 800-875-6269 or visit http://sln.suny.edu/help/help_overview.shtml

Athletic Team Name and Colors for SCCC

Effective Aug. 1, 1998, the SCCC Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to rename the SCCC athletic teams the ROYALS. The Student Government Association solicited entries from the College community for recommended name changes. From all entries submitted, four were selected to go before the College community for a vote. The name, ROYALS, was recommended as a result of votes received from members of the College community-at-large. Schenectady County Community College colors: Royal Blue and Gold. 16

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CAMPUS SAFETY COUNCIL: A College Committee whose purpose is to serve as an advisory board for campus critical incident management; to initiate and implement the plan; to assess and review outcomes, and to update campus safety procedures annually. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL EVENTS COMMITTEE: A Faculty Committee whose purpose is to foster the development of the College’s programming of community and cultural events. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) CURRICULUM COMMITTEE: A Faculty Committee whose purpose is to deal with those matters involving the adoption, revision, and review of academic programs, courses and curricular policies. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) ENROLLMENT SERVICES COUNCIL: A College Committee whose purpose is to provide vision, leadership, planning and coordination for campus-wide student centered enrollment and retention systems based on cost-effective services to include a comprehensive evaluation of all current activities/services related to student enrollment followed by an analysis and appropriate recommendations for improvement and change. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) FACULTY-STUDENT ASSOCIATION: A College Committee whose purpose is to promote and sponsor programs for the good and welfare of the entire college community. The committee of faculty, students, and administrators oversees the operations of the Commons and the College Bookstore. (Three student representatives serve on the Board by virtue of their officer position on the Student Government Association Senate and an additional four student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) PROFESSIONAL POLICIES, NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE: A Faculty Committee whose purpose is to inform Faculty regarding legislation, policies and other matters affecting Faculty welfare; to make recommendations concerning policies for academic rank, appointment, promotion, tenure, sabbatical leave and evaluation of the Faculty; and to solicit nominations for professional awards and for service as officers of the Faculty and for at-large membership on Standing Committees. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.) STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: A Faculty Committee whose purpose is to receive recommendations and make recommendations on matters concerning the College and its community. (Two student representatives are appointed in August for academic year term.)


Regular attendance is essential for successful study. Specific attendance regulations are established by individual instructors and are presented to students at the beginning of the semester as noted on the course syllabus. A poor attendance record can result in failing a course (FX grade), receiving a lower grade, and jeopardizing eligibility for financial aid.

Binnekill - Campus Monthly Newsletter

The BINNEKILL is a monthly publication produced by the Public Relations Department in the Office of Planning, Accountability and Advancement. It is your source for information about College news, upcoming events, sports, student profiles and faculty/staff news. Hard copies of the BINNEKILL are available near the Security Desk in Elston Hall and outside the Library in the Begley Building. The online edition of the BINNEKILL is available by visiting the College website at www.sunysccc.edu, and clicking on News, Calendars and Employment. So why is it called the BINNEKILL? The BINNEKILL was a quiet channel of the Mohawk River which ran behind what is now the main campus. The BINNEKILL was closed at one end when I-890 was built. It was later filled in and adjoining properties were converted for use by SCCC. The College later began producing this newsletter, named after the BINNEKILL. Do you have an idea for a BINNEKILL story, a question about the BINNEKILL, or would you like to write or take photos for the BINNEKILL? If so, please see Public Relations Specialist Heather Meaney in the Stockade Building, Room 108, or call 381-1250.

Campus E-mail Account

As a Fall 2011, all students will have a mandatory SCCC e-mail account through the College at Microsoft’s Live@edu. Your SCCC email is the official way that the College will communicate with you electronically regarding important due dates, events, etc. All students must use this account. Your username and password information can be retrieved securely by following the next few steps: 1. Go to SCCC website at http://www.sunysccc.edu 2. Click on “Student Registration & Records” link on the left hand side of the page 3. Log in to the student registration system (Banner Self-Service)* at https://bweb1.sunysccc.edu:8065/pls/PROD/ twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin using your SCCC 9-digit ID and your PIN established upon registration 4. Click on the “User Login Info for Email, ANGEL, and Network” link at the bottom of the page 5. When you are finished, please Exit and close your browser to protect your privacy. *Please note that three unsuccessful login attempts will disable your access. Enter User ID and click “Forgot PIN” button before this happens. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at (518)381-1348 if you disabled your Banner PIN. In order to access your new e-mail account, you can go to: http://outlook.com/edu, and enter your SCCC assigned full email address in the format (username@live.sunysccc.edu) as the user ID and the password as retrieved previously. If you encounter difficulties accessing your SCCC email at Live@edu, please call SCCC helpdesk at 381-1487 option 5 or email to helpdesk@sunysccc.edu. Advantages of your new email account: • Student can use email through graduation and beyond • A very large 10 GB inbox and 18 MB attachments • Use instant messaging services with Outlook Live • Use mailbox aggregation to consolidate other personal e-mail accounts within Outlook Live • Get access to email, contacts, and calendar from anywhere including smartphone/tablets • Easily store files and documents online in a password protected environment: Windows Live SkyDrive is available for free and provides you with 25 GB of online storage • Access, view and edit your online documents from any computer connected to the Internet • View and perform basic editing functions on your online documents even from a computer that doesn’t have Microsoft Office installed • Be able to control who has permission to view or edit any one of your documents and simultaneously edit • When you need to access additional features, it takes just one click from any Office Web App to open the file in 17

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the corresponding Microsoft Office program on your desktop • Access and view your files from your mobile device.

Caps and Gowns

Cap and gown orders for those graduating in December or May will be taken at The College Store from mid-February through mid-March. Look for more information on this in the College Store.

Casola Dining Room

The Casola Dining room is adjacent to the Hotel and Restaurant Management laboratories located on the first floor of Elston Hall. Its primary function is to provide opportunities for students to gain experience in a wide range of dining room and banquet service activities, including table side preparation. Students gain practical experience by preparing and serving meals in the Casola Dining Room, which is open to the public for á la carte service and banquets.

Certificate of Residence

Students registering for credit courses at SCCC are required to document their county of residence since counties partially fund student enrollment at community colleges in New York state. In order to qualify for resident tuition, you must have resided in New York state for the past 12 months, and you are required to provide county residence documentation for the last six months. The Student Business Office, Elston Hall, Room 517, is responsible for collecting the Certificate of Residence from students. For instructions and a copy of the Application for Certificate of Residence, Form B-80, go to the Certificate of Residence webpage at www.sunysccc.edu/academic/acadser/certresi.htm.

Change of Name and/or Address Notification

It is essential that you notify the Registrar Office (Elston Hall, Room 212) of any legal change in your name (due to marriage, divorce etc.) and/or address. This is important because all correspondence from the College (such as refund payments, midterm warnings and grades) will be mailed directly to your permanent address.

Child Care Center

Gateway Building, phone 381-1375 An on-campus Child Care Center operated by the YWCA is available for children of students, faculty and staff. The center is in the process of pursuing NAEYC accreditation. Open to children between 6 weeks and five years of age, the Center is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. A summer program for children ages 6 through 12 is also available. Space is limited.

Class Rings

Rings can be viewed at The College Store at any time throughout the academic year. They may be ordered when the Art Carved representative is on campus (in September and April), or at any time by calling 1-800-952-7002.

“College Hour”

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. The SCCC community strongly believes in the value of college life outside of the classroom. Special time is set aside when few classes are scheduled. The College Hour is designed for participation in extra-curricular activities, student clubs or organizational meetings. You will notice a lot going on during this time, so watch the campus news sources (the Binnekill, websites, calendars and bulletin boards) for details on what is happening. College Hours on Mondays and Wednesdays are set aside especially for student clubs and organizations. College Hours on Fridays are set aside especially for committee meetings and departmental meetings.

The College Store

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and other items. The College Store strives to provide students with quality products and services at reasonable prices. Hours vary in summer and during registration periods. Photo ID Cards are available through the College Store. These cards are also SCCC Library cards and may be needed for student internships and other specific activities related to your academic program of study. Course Materials. The College Store also carries most course materials such as art supplies, music supplies and all culinary uniforms as well as knives and pastry supplies. Student Account Bookstore Credit may be used to purchase any materials that are required for a course. The College Store now has course materials available online for classes that have requirements for them, and are listed along with that class’s textbooks on the Ordering Textbooks page. Credit at the College Store. This store credit is activated two weeks before the first day of each semester. The Student Accounts credit is available for eligible students only for the first four weeks of fall and spring semesters and the first week of the summer semester. Each time you charge something to your Student Account, you will receive a detailed receipt including your current balance. KEEP ALL RECEIPTS. You will need them for any exchanges or returns. Credit Card Orders. Course materials will be available for online ordering by credit card on the same day registration begins, and available for shipment or in-store pickup within 48 hours of ordering. http://fsacollegestore.com/../storeImages/71-newglow.gif! eBooks. eBooks are now available through The College Store. eBooks are convenient, less expensive than print books, and delivered right to your desktop. Features and capabilities include: printing, note taking, highlighting, searching, underlining, and read-out loud. Minimum Requirements: Windows 98 SE, XP, Vista, or MacOS 10.2.9 or above, High-Speed Internet connection, and FREE reader software (available online). How eBooks work. Purchase the card through the bookstore cashier just as you would purchase a print textbook. Purchasing an eBook card authorizes the card, but does not activate it. When you’re ready to read your eBook, go to the computer where you’ll use it. Log in or register at http://www.DigitalTextbooks.com/download, and enter the card and receipt numbers. Your eBook is now activated and cannot be returned. Follow the easy on-screen prompts to download your eBook. You will need the latest version of the free reader software to read your eBook. See http://www.DigitalTextbooks.com/download for additional information. Online Courses. The College Store sells all required textbooks and materials for online courses. Online Purchases. Each semester course materials will be listed in the Order Textbooks section by course number. Orders must be prepaid by Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover), or Student Accounts (Financial Aid). Along with course textbooks, required materials such as calculators, culinary uniforms and cutlery, and biology items, are now available online, and appear with the course’s textbooks on the Ordering Textbooks page. NOTE: Textbook orders with split tenders (part credit card, part Financial Aid, part cash, etc.) can only be processed in store only. Purchasing Textbooks. Textbooks may usually be purchased in-store approximately 1 1/2 months prior to the start of each semester, subject to availability. Students qualifying for Financial Aid Bookstore Credit, may purchase their books and supplies online and in-store beginning two weeks prior to the first day of classes for Fall and Spring semesters. Financial Aid Bookstore Credit will begin for the summer semester two weeks before classes begin. Please bring your course schedule. The Bookstore staff will be happy to locate your books for you. If you forget your schedule, the Registrar’s Office (Elston Hall 215) can print one for you. An SCCC Student Photo ID card is not required for Non-Student Accounts textbook purchases. Student Accounts (Financial Aid) Orders. Student Accounts (Financial Aid) orders are available the first day Student Accounts open, and will be filled within 48 hours after they are placed. Pick up your books at the College Store, or have them shipped via FedEx. See the Order Textbooks page for more information on when the current semester’s Student Accounts open. Student Accounts (Financial Aid) Bookstore Credit. Eligible students may have Student Accounts (Financial Aid) Bookstore Used Textbooks. We obtain as many used books as possible. Used books will save you about 25% of the new book price. When purchasing used books, you will not have the access codes necessary for any Web-enhanced materials.


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The Commons

Elston Hall, ground level The College Commons is operated by the College’s food service provider, Prestige Services, Inc. The Faculty-Student Association of Schenectady County Community College, Inc., oversees the vending/food service operation. The Commons provides breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a variety of short-order and snack items. The food service is available from morning through evening when classes are in session, and on a selected basis at other times. Look for daily specials. Vending machines are located in the College Commons, Elston Hall and the CST building lobby. A microwave is available in the College Commons for student use.

Computer Help Desk; username/password

Please contact the SCCC Computer Help Desk at 381-1487 external, internal x1111 or helpdesk@sunysccc.edu.

Crime Statistics Availability Statement (Clery Act)

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (1998), Schenectady County Community College annually provides information relating to campus crime statistics and security measures to the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of Schenectady County Community College’s statistics, as reported annually to the U.S. Department of Education, will be provided upon request by the Office of Planning, Accountability and Advancement. Elston Hall, Room 120, and can be obtained electronically from the U. S. Department of Education website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/.

Gateway Montessori at SCCC

Gateway Montessori at SCCC strives to create an individualized learning environment that promotes positive self-esteem and respect for all participants. Children, 2 1/2 to 6 years of age, of SCCC students, faculty, staff and community at large, are eligible for enrollment in the Gateway Montessori at SCCC. Gateway Montessori operates Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., as per the SCCC academic calendar. At the Gateway Montessori, the development of the whole child is honored; a child’s social and emotional development is considered as vital as academic readiness. Children are active participants in their education, learning through hands-on exploration with teachers facilitating, modeling and guiding. The Gateway Montessori curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, creative and cognitive development of the child. One-way creative development is promoted through the application of open-ended art. Music, world studies and diversity are vital components of the classroom. Drama activities and literature experiences are offered daily. Formal instruction is given in the areas of math, literacy and science, as well as informally when children explore these concepts through block and water play, caring for the environment, listening to stories, completing puzzles, being exposed to cultures around the world, designing experiments and exploring topics from botany to zoology. For information please call (518) 381-1295, (518) 381-1402, or E-mail calhout@sunysccc.edu or aholada@sunysccc.edu.

Graduation: Application for a Degree

Students planning to complete requirements for a degree or a certificate must file a degree application with the Registrar’s office. Please see the schedule of classes for the exact date in which this is due. Students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony will be required to pay a graduation ceremony fee. For specific graduation requirements, students should contact their academic advisor or visit the Registrar’s Office, located in Elston Hall 212. Immunization Information New York State Health Law requires all students to provide immunity against measles, mumps and rubella prior to the first day of classes. A response to receipt of information on the meningococcal meningitis disease or a record of vaccine is required of all students. Early Childhood majors must have additional immunization information required prior to participation in field experiences. All this information is confidential and kept in the Student Services Office, Elston Hall 222. To request this information to be sent to another college, stop by the Student Services Office. This service is provided free of charge. For the entire policy and other more specific information, visit www.sunysccc.edu/student/imreg.htm. International Students International students who entered the country with an F-1 visa or who changed their immigration status to F-1 while in 20


Lost and Found

Report any lost or found items to Security. The Security station is located at the main entrance of Elston Hall near the Commons area.

New York State Voter Registration

In accordance with the National Voter Registration Act, Schenectady County Community College has established a voter registration program to ensure the College community understands the importance of voting and that eligible students and staff have the opportunity to vote. Here is some important information about registering to vote: To register to vote you must: • be a citizen of the United States; • be at least 18 years of age by December 31 of the year in which you file the voter registration form (NOTE: you must be 18 years of age by the date of the general, primary or other election in which you want to vote.); • not be in jail or on a parole for a felony conviction and; • not claim the right to vote elsewhere. You can register in person at your County Board of Elections office on any business day, except Election Day. If you want to vote in an election you must mail or deliver the registration form to your County Board of Elections no later than 25 days prior to the election in which you want to vote. Your eligibility to vote will be based on the date you file the form and your county board will notify you of your eligibility. Need a Registration Form to Vote? You can obtain a voter registration form: • at most state agency offices and post offices and; • at any County Board of Elections office, and on the SCCC campus in the Student Government Association Office (Elston Hall, Room 220) and the Student Affairs Office (Elston Hall, Room 222). ADA Transition Services is available to assist. Individuals requesting assistance with completing the voter registration form are encouraged to stop by ADA Transition Services, located in Elston Hall, Room 222. Questions? Call your County Board of Elections, or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE. Hearing impaired individuals with TDD may call 1-800-533-8683.

The New York Times Readership Program

The Student Government Association and the Faculty-Student Association sponsor a Readership Program at SCCC which provides daily copies of The New York Times weekdays while classes are in session to members of the SCCC community. Free issues are distributed at various locations on campus: • Begley Building Lobby • Gateway Building • Center for Science and • Stockade Building Lobby Technology Lobby • Elston Hall Lobby

Off-Campus Housing

All off-campus housing is privately owned and considered separate and independent of the College. Although College officials maintain working relationships with area landlords, the College does not own, operate, or supervise these properties. Information regarding off-campus housing is available through the Student Activities Office, Elston Hall, Room 222, and on the College’s website at www.sunysccc.edu/student/housing.htm.

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the United States must apply for an SCCC SEVIS I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) prior to registering for classes. Additionally, these students are required to report to the Office of Student Affairs (Elston Hall, Room 223) before the 15th day of each registered semester to maintain status.


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Publicity Off-Campus

The College community may publicize events to off-campus media through the College’s Office of Planning, Accountability and Advancement. Information may be submitted to the Public Relations Specialist, Stockade Building, Room 108, 381-1250.

SCCC Website

For up to date and specific information about SCCC check out the College’s website at www.sunysccc.edu.

Smoke-Free Environment

As per New York State law, smoking is prohibited inside campus buildings, within 20 feet in front of any building entrance, in the quad and on campus walkways. Smokers can use the external smoking shelter located between Elston Hall and the Stockade Building.

Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan

The College provides an avenue for all students to obtain, at a reasonable cost, accident and sickness insurance. Full-time students are automatically billed for accident insurance (plan is mandatory for all full-time students). An optional sickness medical insurance is available for all full-time and part-time students as well. This insurance plan must be obtained within the first two weeks of the start of classes. Insurance information is available in Student Services, Elston Hall, Room 222. Payment for student insurance can be made in the Business Office, Elston Hall, Room 517.

Student Activity Fees

Each semester, student activity fees are collected from enrolled students. The Student Government Association Senate approves and oversees the expenditures of the Student Activity Fee. Student Activity Fees are used to support and enhance programs for the benefit of the campus community to include: cultural, educational, social and recreational programs. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of activities supported by Student Activity Fees. For more information, please stop by the Student Activities Office, Elston Hall, Room 222.

Student Business Office

Elston Hall, Room 517, 381-1346 The Student Business Office processes student tuition, fees and parking fines. Each semester all students, including those who receive financial aid, are required to process their tuition bill with the Student Business Office. The tuition bill may also include insurance fees, activity fees and any lab fees. In addition, payments such as transcript fees and graduation fees are paid in the Student Business Office. Student Business Office Hours are posted on the College’s website: www.sunysccc.edu.

Student Center, Activity Forum Elston Hall, ground level

The Activity Forum is the glass-enclosed room located next to the Lounge in the Student Center. This room is open at all times for quiet study when not reserved for a function. Food and beverages are permitted in this room. Your help is appreciated to keep the room neat and clean so others can enjoy this space. This room is also used for student activities, programs, discussions and events. The room must be reserved by contacting Student Affairs, Elston Hall, Room 222, at least one week prior to an event.

Student Photo Identification/Library Cards

All students are required to obtain an SCCC Student Photo Identification/Library Card. This photo ID card issued is a permanent card for SCCC students. This card is used for library purposes, access to the computer lab and for admission to athletic events, lectures, student activities and use of the YMCA facilities. The card is initially obtained at the College Store and an activated barcode will be attached in order for the ID to serve as a library card. Lost cards can be replaced for a charge. Lost cards must be reported to the Library so a replacement card can be issued along with a newly activated bar code. • Students who have paid the Student Activity Fee and who wish to utilize the YMCA Downtown Schenectady 22


Branch facilities must show their current student ID card in order to access these facilities. • The use of another student’s Card is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Properly validated cards are to be carried at all times and must be produced, upon request, to any authorized College authority (administrators, faculty member or security personnel). • Student Photo ID Cards are available through the College Store. These cards may be needed for student internships and other specific activities related to one’s academic program of study. To obtain a photo ID card, students will need to show photo identification (such as a driver’s license).

Student Identification Number

Upon initial registration or application to SCCC, each student is provided an individualized student identification number. This generated number consists of nine digits beginning with the number nine. This number will appear on the student’s schedule and all correspondence from admissions and financial aid.

Student Lounge

Elston Hall, ground level The Student Lounge is a place for students to relax, study, and meet. The lounge is located in the lobby of Elston Hall’s main entrance, next to the Commons and Security/Information Desk. In Spring 2010, the Student Government Association and the Faculty-Student Association renovated this space. The television monitor in the lounge provides information specific about the current week regarding activities and events on campus. Food and beverages are permitted in this area. Your help is needed to keep the lounge looking neat, clutter-free and presentable for all others (to include visitors) on our campus.

SUNY NY Alert Emergency Contact Information System

SUNY NY ALERT is an emergency contact system that enables the College to send out critical information about serious campus emergencies. This information can be disseminated concurrently through email, phone and text messaging to multiple addresses and phone numbers provided to the system by the participants. Members of the College community are provided an opportunity to “opt out” of this emergency notification system during the registration period each semester (please go to the Elston Hall, Room 212 to complete the appropriate paperwork for “opting out”). Participation in SUNY NY Alert is strongly encouraged, but voluntary. The information provided to SUNY NY Alert is completely confidential and this alert system will only be used to send information regarding SERIOUS CAMPUS EMERGENCIES. For more information about SUNY NY Alert, go to www.albany.edu/sunynyalert.

Veterans Affairs

All persons who served honorably, or who currently serve in the regular U.S. Armed Forces or Reserve, may be eligible for Federal or State Educational benefits. Eligibility for benefits includes children or spouses of an individual who died as a result of a service connected disability or an individual who is disabled. New York state also has programs to aid veterans. These include the Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award Supplement, the Vietnam Veterans Tuition Award Supplement and the child of a (disabled) Veteran Award Program. The New York State National Guard also offers up to free tuition at CUNY or SUNY for all its members. Individuals may be eligible for both Federal and State benefits. Questions as to eligibility for Federal Benefits may be answered by contacting the Registrar’s Office, Elston Hall, Room 212. Information on New York State Veterans benefits is available at www.hesc.org. Information on the New York State National Guard Tuition Incentive Program is available at the Financial Aid Office, Elston Hall, Room 221.

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Academic Integrity and Student Scholarships Affairs

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic integrity is the foundation of institutions of higher learning, and students will act in accordance with the academic integrity guidelines of the College. The following guidelines apply to all courses offered by the College. • Each student’s work will be her/his own work. • Each student will appropriately identify the work of others when it is incorporated into the writing of her/his papers, examinations, or oral presentations. This includes both direct quotations and paraphrased opinions and ideas. • Each student will follow the directions of the instructor with regard to permissible materials in a room at the times of tests and examinations. • Each student will proceed during examinations without any assistance whatsoever and without communicating in any way with another student while an examination is being conducted. • Each student will refrain from obtaining or disseminating the content of any examination prior to distribution by the instructor. • Except as directed by the instructor, students enrolled in laboratory sections will complete all observations and reports based solely on their own processing of the experiment or demonstration. • Each student will submit her/his work to only one instructor, unless s/he has the prior approval of all instructors involved. • Students will represent data and sources appropriately and honestly. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: Plagiarism: The intentional or unintentional representation of another person’s work as one’s own. Examples include, but are not limited to: • Quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing another’s work without appropriately acknowledging the source; • Using another’s research without acknowledging the source; • Submitting another’s paper, purchased or otherwise obtained, as one’s own. Cheating on Examinations: Looking at another’s work, using or bringing materials not permitted by the instructor during the exam, communicating with another student, receiving any kind of assistance, including but not limited to assistance from electronic devices, during an examination, and obtaining or disseminating the content of an examination prior to its distribution by the instructor. • Multiple Submission: Submitting any work, even one’s own, to more than one instructor, without the permission of those instructors • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Knowingly allowing another student to use one’s work or cheat from one’s exam • Fabrication: Falsifying or inventing information in any situation, including but not limited to data for a lab or researched project Consequences of Violating Academic Integrity: The following are the College’s guidelines for consequences for violating academic integrity, but the student must consult the course syllabus, since the instructor will determine the consequences for each course. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, one or a combination of the following penalties: • Oral or written warning • Deduction of points, grade of “F” or 0 for the assignment, project, or exam • Failure of the course • Disciplinary action by the Student Affairs Office. Results of disciplinary actions are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Academic Probation

Since a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is one of the requirements for graduation from a degree or certificate program, matriculated students who fall below this level at the end of any academic term are placed on academic probation. Such students remain eligible to register for coursework but lose eligibility to hold student office, participate in intercollegiate functions or serve as a public representative of the College. 24


Grading System. The following grades are assigned by course instructors and carry the grade points indicated. Grade Grade Grade Points/ Meaning Credit Hour A Excellent 4.00 A- 3.67 B+ 3.33 B Good 3.00 B- 2.67 C+ 2.33 C Average 2.00 C- 1.67 D+ 1.33 D Poor 1.00 D- 0.67 F Failure 0.00 FX Failure (attendance-related) 0.00 The following grades are not counted in determining the grade point average: I Incomplete W Withdrawal AU Audit NC No Credit NR Not Reported P Pass CR Credit for previous experience or by examination T Transfer Grade Point Average (G.P.A.). A student’s grade point average is determined by dividing the total grade points earned by the total credit hours attempted. All grades from repeated courses are indicated on the student transcript, although only the highest grade achieved is calculated in the G.P.A. Credit hours attempted by students normally include all those taken in residence credit-bearing courses. Incomplete Courses. Course requirements are expected to be met within the time limits established for the term. An instructor may grant a student an extension, normally not to exceed 60 calendar days from the last day of final examinations, by submitting a grade of “I” for that student. Extensions may be given only when necessitated by circumstances beyond the student’s control. Grades of “I” automatically become “Fs” after 60 calendar days from the end of the final exam period if not otherwise changed by the instructor. Term Honors. Only matriculated students are eligible for term honors. Students who receive a grade of “I” will not be considered for term honors in that semester, with the following exception: students who complete the course within three weeks of the end of the final exam period may apply for term honors. A full-time student’s name is placed on the President’s List for each term in which the student has earned a G.P.A. of 3.70 or higher while earning at least 12 credit hours for that term. Part-time students earning six credit hours in a term and having accumulated 12 credit hours are also eligible. A full-time student’s name is placed on the Dean’s List each term in which the student has earned a G.P.A. from 3.20 to up to 3.70 while earning at least 12 credit hours that term. Part-time students earning six credit hours in a term and having accumulated 12 credit hours are also eligible. Graduation Honors. Degree recipients with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.70 or higher graduate with High Honors. Degree recipients with a cumulative grade point average from 3.20 to up to 3.70 graduate with Honors. Mid-Term Warnings. At the end of the seventh week of classes in the fall and spring semesters, faculty submit warning grades. Students performing below the “C” level are notified of their status by mail. Academic Standing. The academic status of matriculated students is determined by the total credit hours attempted, 25

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semester and cumulative grade point averages and number of credit hours completed as prescribed by the Academic Standing Tables below. Such determination will be made at the end of each semester of study. The action described will be assigned to the student’s transcript, and the information regarding this status will be transmitted to the student. Good Academic Standing. A matriculated student is considered to be in Good Academic Standing at the end of a term and for the subsequent term if the student meets the criteria for Satisfactory Progress and Pursuit of Program. Satisfactory Progress. A student is considered to be making Satisfactory Progress if he/she maintains a cumulative G.P.A. above the level of dismissal defined in the table below. Total Credit Dismissal Hours Attempted Cumulative G.P.A. 0-11 0.00 12-23 Below 1.00 24-35 Below 1.50 36-47 Below 1.70 48-59 Below 1.90 60 and Above Below 2.00 Total Credit Hours above include all credit hours attempted in residence at Schenectady County Community College. In addition, applicable transfer credits are included in the Total Credit Hours Attempted, but they are not included in the calculation of the G.P.A.

Pursuit of Program.

Students are considered to be in Pursuit of Program if they maintain a level above the point of dismissal by completing the specified number of hours indicated in the following table. Successful completion is defined as receiving a grade of “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” “I” or “P” for any course taken in residence. Total Credit Hours Registered Minimum Number of Credit Hours (Dismissal) Required to Be Successfully Completed 0-22 0 23-35 12 36-47 21 48-59 30 60-71 42 72-83 54 84 and above 66 When a student has not met the requirements of Good Academic Standing, he/she will be notified by the Registrar. Registration does not become official until the College determines whether the student meets the requirements for Good Academic Standing.

Dismissal and Readmission

Students who have lost their matriculation, whether through academic dismissal or through interruption of their program of study, may apply for readmission to the College. Students initiate the process by completing the application form provided by the Registrar’s Office to re-examine their goals. These initial steps in the application process must be completed prior to the last day of general registration for the term in which readmission is to take place. Academic dismissal remains in effect until the student has been readmitted by the Readmission Committee. Readmitted students will be subject to the program requirements in effect at the time they are reinstated as matriculated students. Any change in program requirements resulting from the readmission process is subject to evaluation by the appropriate Dean.

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This table illustrates SUNY’s minimum standards for pursuit of program and satisfactory progress for purposes of determining eligibility for New York State financial aid. To be eligible for state awards, both standards must be satisfied. In addition, the student must be matriculated and in good academic standing as defined by the College, and the student must be taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester in courses that satisfy requirements in the student’s academic program. If a student is repeating a course that was previously completed with a passing grade, that course cannot be counted for purposes of New York State awards. 1 - TAP Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for 2011-12. Applies to nonremedial Associates Degree students who first received TAP or other NYS Aid in 2010-11 and thereafter. Before Being Certified for This Semester Payment 1. For Pursuit of a Program of Study A student must have completed this number of credit hours in the preceding semester* 2. For Satisfactory Progress A student must have earned at least this many credit hours With at least this grade point average (G.P.A.)

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The requirements above are for full time students and would be prorated for part time students eligible for APTS or part time TAP. ** Under certain circumstances, students may qualify for the TAP Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress 2 if they meet the criteria to be considered a “remedial student”. A “remedial student” is defined as a student: (a) whose scores on a recognized college placement exam or nationally recognized standardized exam indicated the need for remediation for at least two semesters, as certified by the College and approved by the State Education Department (SED); or (b) who was enrolled in at least six semester hours of non-credit remedial courses, as approved by SED, in the first term they received a TAP award; or (c) who is or was enrolled in an opportunity program (EOP, HEOP, SEEK). Students who meet the definition of “remedial student” will need to meet the academic standards in chart 2.

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Waiver

Provisions have been made for students who do not meet the requirement for program pursuit and/or academic progress to apply for a one-time only waiver. According to SED waiver guidelines, a student may ask for and receive a one-time waiver if the student can document that extraordinary or unusual circumstances prevented him/her from achieving the abovedescribed minimum standards. Waiver requests are available in the Financial Aid Office.

Computing Your Grade Point Average

To compute your grade point average, you will need a list of all classes attempted and grades earned. To determine your G.P.A., divide the total grade points earned by the total credit hours attempted. Repeated courses are counted only once, with the highest grade achieved being used. Developmental CSS courses are not computed in the G.P.A. The chart below indicates the grade points associated with the grade earned based on the number of credit hours the class was worth. For example, a 3-credit-hour course with a grade of B+ is worth 9.99 grade points. If you need additional assistance computing your G.P.A., your advisor will be happy to assist you. Number of Credits Grade 4 3 2 1 4 A 16.00 12.00 8.00 4.00 3.67 A- 14.68 11.01 7.34 3.67 3.33 B+ 13.32 9.99 6.66 3.33 3 B 12.00 9.00 6.00 3.00 2.67 B- 10.68 8.01 5.34 2.67 2.33 C+ 9.32 6.99 4.66 2.33 2 C 8.00 6.00 4.00 2.00 1.67 C- 6.68 5.01 3.34 1.67 1.33 D+ 5.32 3.99 2.66 1.33 1 D 4.00 3.00 2.00 1.00 0.67 D- 2.68 2.01 1.34 0.67 0 F 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Final Examinations

A final examination, if required, will be specified in the course requirement as determined by the academic department. All final examinations will be held during the final exam week. Students will not be held liable for more than two final examinations during a single day. Students performing at the “A” level may be exempted from the final examination if their instructor has so provided in the grading policy for the course. Repeating Courses. A student may repeat a course twice, with no additional credit earned. Only the higher grade will be used in all future cumulative grade point average computations; however, all grades will be retained on the transcript. Once the highest possible grade has been achieved, a student may not repeat the course. Withdrawal. A student may officially withdraw from a class without a grade penalty anytime up to the end of the 11th week of full semester classes by completing the appropriate course withdrawal form in the Registrar’s Office. For summer and time shortened courses, refer to the appropriate schedule for withdrawal dates. For such withdrawal, a grade of “W” is assigned. Students who stop attending without officially withdrawing receive the academic grade earned at the completion of the term. Academic Leave. Matriculated students in good academic standing who find it necessary to interrupt their program of study at the College are automatically granted an academic leave for a period not to exceed two semesters. Such students maintain their matriculated status and, upon return, may choose to pursue program requirements in effect at the time of their matriculation provided that the College continues to offer those courses and/or that program. Coursework completed while on academic leave is subject to the policies and procedures governing non-residence credit. Students who fail to register for the first semester after the academic leave has expired will have their matriculation suspended. Such students will, on return, be required to apply for readmission to the College. 28


To find your grades, click grades and class schedule from the tab Registration & Records under the main SCCC page, www.sunysccc.edu. Please enter your user Identification Number (ID) and your Personal Identification Number (PIN), which equals your birthday (six characters - mmddyy). You will be prompted to change your PIN after the first time you log in. When you are finished, please Exit and close your browser to protect your privacy.

Independent Study

An independent study project is an organized experience independently pursued by a student under the direction of a faculty member. Matriculated students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 are eligible to request an independent study course through a faculty member willing and able to supervise the project. An independent study proposal must be recommended by the appropriate Department Chairperson and subsequently approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs prior to the student registering for the course.

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, HONORS AND AWARDS Academic Scholarships and Awards

SCCC administers a number of scholarships provided through the Schenectady County Community College Foundation, Inc. as well as by community members, service organizations and the Student Government Association. These scholarships and awards vary in amount and are based on a variety of factors, including grade point average, financial need, academic program, number of earned credits and participation in campus life and activities. Applications for most of these scholarships are made available during early spring, beginning in the month of March through the Financial Aid Office. For additional information about these scholarships and awards visit the College’s website at www.sunysccc.edu/adm-fin/ finschol. There are a number of departmental and special awards given to students in recognition of their academic achievement and service to the College and the community. These are listed in the College Catalog and are awarded generally to graduating students.

Dean’s List

A full-time student’s name is placed on the Dean’s List each term in which the student has earned a G.P.A. from 3.20 to up to 3.70 while completing at least 12 credit hours that term. Part-time students completing six credit hours in a term and having accumulated 12 credit hours are also eligible.

National Honor Society - Phi Theta Kappa

SCCC’s Alpha Zeta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, recognizes and rewards student academic achievement. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among community/junior college students. Opportunities are provided for the development of leadership and service, for a stimulating intellectual climate, for exchange of ideas and ideals, for the lively fellowship for scholars and for students continuing their academic excellence. Phi Theta Kappa promotes high academic standards and scholarship, prepares future leaders, and promotes the good name and image of SCCC. Students invited to join this prestigious group have achieved a grade point average of 3.7 or higher and have taken a minimum of 30 credits while matriculated in one of the College’s Associate’s degree programs. They are entitled to wear a distinctive gold tassel at Commencement; their degree bears a special seal; and their transcripts note the honor. They are also eligible for special scholarships at 500 four-year colleges throughout the world and may be nominated for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges. For more information on Phi Theta Kappa, see Carol DeFries, Professor/Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Elston Hall, Room 311.

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A full-time student’s name is placed on the President’s List for each term in which the student has earned a G.P.A. of 3.70 or higher while completing at least 12 credit hours for that term. Part-time students completing six credit hours in a term and having accumulated 12 credit hours are also eligible.

Special Awards:

The Student Affairs Committee selects graduating students for the following three awards which are announced at the Annual Honors Convocation held in May: • President’s Award: presented to a graduating student who has achieved at least a 3.0 grade-point average and has demonstrated excellence in community and or College service. • College Service Award: presented to a graduating student who has contributed most to the general welfare of the College through support of its activities and programs. • Community Service Award: presented to a graduating student who has contributed most to the general welfare of the off-campus community. In addition, the Student Affairs Committee selects a graduating student to be a speaker at the College’s Commencement. This process (announced in early Spring) provides students the chance to apply for this opportunity.

State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The most gifted and talented students attending the State University of New York are honored annually with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Each student honored receives a framed certificate and a medallion, which may be worn at Commencement. Each campus President establishes a selection process to nominate exemplary members of their college community who are graduating. Campus Presidents nominate graduating students.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges is a nationwide annual directory of outstanding students at twoyear colleges. Students are nominated for this honor on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular endeavors, and service to the community. For information, contact Student Affairs, Elston Hall, Room 222.

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Elston Hall, Rooms 529 and 530, 381-1487

Outer lab computers are available for use starting at 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. The Academic Computing Lab provides state-of-the-art computers with the latest Windows and Microsoft Office software in a user friendly environment. Through the lab, students have access to the Internet and may establish their own E-mail accounts. Lab assistants are on duty during all available lab hours to answer students’ hardware and software questions. In addition, workshops are provided to orient new students to the operations of the computer facilities and equipment. Additional academic computer facilities are available in the Library, departmental labs, the hallway outside the main computer lab and in the Learning Center. SCCC’s wireless network provides access to the Internet from personal laptop computers. The locations of access are as follows: the Main Computer Lab in Elston Hall, the first and second floors of the Begley Library, the Begley Building Lobby, the Commons in Elston Hall, the Lobby of the Center for Science and Technology, and the Math Science and Technology lobby located on the third floor of the Center for Science and Technology. For information about our wireless network, including access instructions, go to www.sunysccc.edu/academic/acns/wireless. To log on to any of the SCCC Computers to access College storage space: Press Ctrl Alt Del - The Log On to windows screen will appear. Type your SCCC User ID (first six letters of your last name, plus your first initial and your middle initial; i.e., Christopher F. Columbus would be columbcf ) and Password (your date of birth; i.e. MMDDYY@sccc) into the boxes and make sure the Log On box says SCCC. Make sure to log out when you are done. If you have any problems using our computers, please see the lab monitor/staff person who is on duty.

ADA Transition Services

Elston Hall, Room 222, 381-1365 or 381-1345 Dr. Ellen Wertlieb, Coordinator email address: wertliec@sunysccc.edu The ADA Transition Services Coordinator provides information and referral to programs and services that may be appropriate for students with disabilities. In addition, the Coordinator serves as liaison with community agencies that sponsor students with disabilities. See the ADA Transition Services listing under the previous Student Affairs section for information about how to register with this office to obtain academic accommodations. To register with the ADA Transition Services and obtain more information about its services, please call (518) 381-1345 or visit Elston Hall, Room 222. Visit the College’s website for more specific information about ADA Transition Services at www.sunysccc.edu/student/sds.htm

Begley Library

Begley Building, Reference Desk, 381-1239 Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hours of operation are posted on the Web page, ANGEL, and in the library. Begley Library offers a selection of resources and services including: • Ask Us - Chat online or e-mail questions to a network of college librarians, including SCCC’s librarians. • Books - Borrow from our collection of over 87,000 print volumes. • E-Books: - Use books, even when the Library is closed. • E-Reserves - Access Library reserve material online, via ANGEL, from on-or off-campus. • Find Articles - Search our online collection of thousands of licensed periodical titles, any time of night or day, from on- or off-campus; or access our print collection of magazines, journals and newspapers during Library hours. • Individual Reference Consultations - Work individually with a Librarian on your research. 31

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• E-Interlibrary Loan - Make online requests for items not owned by our Library, including e-desktop delivery of articles. • Library Computers - Research, write papers, or access the Internet during Library hours. • Library Laptops - Borrow one of our wireless laptops for use in a comfortable spot in the Library. • Reference - Ask our friendly Reference Librarians for assistance in using the Library. • Wireless Access - Access the Internet and Library materials on your own laptop using the College’s wireless network, available in the Library or in the lobby seating outside the Library. • Work or relax in a comfortable building with a variety of seating and study spaces, plus technology, information and assistance at your fingertips.

Academic Support

Other Valuable Resources for Students Accounting/Computer Tutor Lab, Elston Hall, Room 427, 381-1246 These tutor labs are designed for short-term, drop-in assistance in accounting and computer-related courses. Students can stop in during the hours scheduled for help with a particular class to receive tutorial assistance without an appointment.

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Language Lab, Elston Hall, Room 520, 381-1373 The Language Laboratory provides academic support in the learning of languages other than English. Audio, video and computer equipment assist students in the learning and mastering of three languages: Spanish, French and Italian. Use of the Language Laboratory is required for all students taking these languages.

Learning Center/Writing Lab, Elston Hall, Room 523, 381-1246 Contact Siu Ng, Learning Center Coordinator, at 381-1249 or ngst@sunysccc.edu. The Learning Center provides academic assistance to students who need extra help with reading, writing or study skills. Assistance is available through individualized instruction by professional and peer tutors, computer-assisted instruction, study groups in content areas and workshops. The Learning Center also serves as a writing lab to all students who need assistance in written assignments including research papers. Computers are available for word processing and using educational software. Adaptive computer technology is available for students with disabilities. Free workshops are scheduled throughout the semester for all students.

Math Lab, Elston Hall, Room 518 or 519, 381-1435 or 381-1398 The Math Lab offers individualized tutoring on a drop-in basis in most mathematics courses. Professional tutors assist students who have problems with homework, who need to refresh their mathematics skills or who want help going over material not clearly understood in class. In addition to tutors, computer-software tutorials are available.

Testing Center, Elston Hall, Room 427, 381-1293 Contact Michelle Aydinian, Testing Center Coordinator, at 381-1293 or testingcenter@sunysccc.edu.

Tutor Services, Elston Hall, Room 328, 381-1461 Contact Ronalyn Wilson, Tutor Services Coordinator, at 381-1461 or wilsonrg@sunysccc.edu. Tutor Services provides weekly tutoring sessions in most courses as scheduled by the Tutor Coordinator, Ms. Ronalyn Wilson. Tutoring is FREE to students enrolled in the College. Faculty-approved peer tutors are trained in effective tutoring techniques. Applications are available in Elston Hall, Rooms 328, 400, 518 and 523. Individuals can apply online at www. sunysccc.edu. In addition, if you would like to become a tutor, please contact Ms. Wilson at 381-1461. NOTE: Schedules for the Computer Tutor Lab and Accounting Tutor Lab will be posted around campus at the start of each semester, and online at www. sunysccc.edu/academic/devstudy/acc_cis_labs.html.

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Elston Hall, Room 328, 381-1465 Mr. Daniel McCrea, MSED, NCC, LMHC, Director The TRIO Student Support Services Program offers individualized services to give students an extra edge in their college studies. TRIO provides personal attention through academic counseling, career guidance, tutoring skills building and personal development workshops, use of a computer lab and cultural activities. An additional service is educational consulting for students with learning difficulties. Admission to the program is by application only and all services and activities are free. You are invited to any of our activities to find out more about the TRIO program. Workshops and programs will be offered throughout the year. Please stop by the TRIO Office for details. Services provided include: tutorial services; academic, financial, or personal counseling; resources for students with learning disabilities; assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in four-year institutions; information about career options; mentoring, and direct financial assistance (grant aid) to a limited number of current TRIO SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.

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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Basic Emergency Procedures for Safety and Medical Purposes

(For medical or other type of emergency) 1. Call Security at 381-1308 or 1309, or pick up a red emergency phone. Tell Security: • the nature of the emergency, • the location, and • whether or not Emergency Medical Services are needed. (Someone should stay with the injured or ill person. Tell him/her that help is being called.) 2. The College has installed emergency phones in the parking lots. 3. If you need EMS, dial 911. (Note: To access an outside line from any campus telephone, you must first dial 9* and listen for a dial tone. Then proceed with dialing 911.) Say that you are calling from SCCC and describe the emergency and the exact location in the building. If possible, arrange to meet them at the building entrance and escort them to the scene of the emergency.

Schenectady County Community College Rath Emergency Telephone User Instructions

Emergency telephones have been strategically installed throughout the College’s parking areas. The emergency telephones have a blue light to assist users with identifying the location of the phone at night. Instructions are on the emergency phone directly above the call button. Instructions are also provided in Braille. Using the emergency telephone is simple: 1. Press call button. Once the button is depressed, the blue strobe light atop the unit will flash. The call is answered by campus security who will immediately be able to identify the emergency telephone that has been activated. 2. State the emergency. Security will assist the caller in gaining as much information as possible in order to assist in the emergency. Security will stay in contact with the caller continuously until the appropriate responders (Police, paramedics, Security) arrive to the scene. 3. Responder is sent to the scene. Responders will be sent to the aid of the caller and/or individual(s) in need of care. Once the responders are at the scene, Security will end the call. The blue flashing light will remain active until the call is ended and responders are present. 4. An incident report is filed. Follow up on the incident will be done as appropriate to the specific incident.

Bias Crimes Prevention Statement Hate Crimes and the Law

It is a Schenectady County Community College and Police mandate to protect all members of the Schenectady County Community College community by preventing and prosecuting bias or hate crimes that occur within the campus’s jurisdiction. Hate crimes, also called bias crimes or bias-related crimes, are criminal activity motivated by the perpetrator’s bias or attitude against an individual victim or group based on perceived or actual personal characteristics, such as their race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or student activities disability. Hate/bias crimes have received renewed attention in recent years, particularly since the passage of the federal Hate/Bias Crime Reporting Act of 1990 and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (Penal Law Article 485). Copies of the New York Law are available from the Student Services

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Campus Notification Procedures in the Event of Building Evacuation

1. The signal for evacuation will be the continuous sounding of the fire alarm system. 2. All faculty, staff and students shall evacuate the building. (Faculty and staff should inspect the area for which they have responsibility to insure that everyone has promptly evacuated the area.) 3. In the event of fire: a. Activate the nearest emergency fire pull station. b. Do not attempt to extinguish the fire. c. Do not use elevators. Use fire tower stairwells. d. Assemble outside at designated assembly areas. e. Individuals physically unable to use the stairway can remain in a fire tower/area of refuge. Use red phone to alert security of your location Officials will aid in safely evacuating t hese individuals in areas of refuge. f. If heavy smoke prevents you from reaching a fire exit: • go to the nearest classroom or office; • close the door and open the windows; • seal the cracks around the door to keep smoke out; • stay near the window until firefighters can reach you. All information concerning the emergency should be directed to the College Security. Dial extension 1308 or 1309; or use the red emergency phones to report your location and/or any additional information. Dialing 911 is also an option.

Campus Notification Procedures in the Event of Concern or Threat of Suicide All suicide threats/attempts must be taken seriously. Warning signals include: • recent dramatic personality change; • psychosocial stressor (trouble with family, friends, or disciplinary crisis);

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Office, located in Elston Hall, Room 222. Penalties for bias-related crimes are very serious and range from fines to imprisonment for lengthy periods, depending on the nature of the underlying criminal offense, the use of violence or previous convictions of the offender. Perpetrators who are students will also be subject to campus disciplinary procedures where sanctions including dismissal are possible. In addition to preventing and prosecuting hate/bias crimes, Schenectady County Community College’s Student Services Office, Personnel/AAO Office and Security also assist in addressing bias-related activities that do not rise to the level of a crime. These activities, referred to as bias incidents and defined by the State University of New York as acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation directed at a member or group within the College community based on national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, student activities disability, veteran status, color, creed, or marital status, may be addressed through the College’s Discrimination Complaint Procedure or the campus Code of Conduct. Bias incidents can be reported to Campus Security as well as to the Affirmative Action Office, which is located in Elston Hall, Room 121. If you are a victim of, or witness to, a hate/bias crime on campus, report it to Campus Security, either in person or by dialing extension 1308 or 1309 on campus or using a Red Emergency Phone located throughout our campus. Security will investigate and follow the appropriate adjudication procedures. Victims of bias crime or bias incidents can avail themselves of counseling and support services from the campus through Student Affairs, located in Elston Hall, Room 222. Counselors are available to assist. For general information on Schenectady County Community College security procedures, or to obtain a copy of the College’s Responding to Campus Life and Safety Issues or the Handbook: Planner and Campus Resource Guide, stop by Student Affairs, located in Elston Hall, Room 222 or visit the College’s website at www.sunysccc.edu. More information about bias-related crimes, including up-to-date statistics on bias crimes is available. For more information, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs, at (518) 381-1344.


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• writing, thinking, or talking about death or dying; • altered mental status (agitation, hearing voices, delusions, violence, and intoxication). These steps are to be followed should the individual make the threat in person: 1. The individual is to be kept under observation during the time of the immediate threat and will be supervised at all times. 2. Security is to be contacted immediately (extension 1308 or 1309) and directed to either: a. respond to the scene immediately so as to assist with supervision of the individual while police are called (911) OR b. call the Schenectady Police (911) immediately and then respond to the scene to assist with supervision of the individual. 3. If the individual is a student, the student will be provided contact information of a College administrator or SCCC Counselor. The student will be encouraged to share this information with the paramedics/hospital. The student also will be encouraged to contact this individual should s/he be out of classes for a period of time and upon his/her return to campus. 4. The situation will be turned over to the police, the paramedics, and or the hospital for the necessary medical attention. 5. A complete incident report is to be filed by all parties involved in addressing the situation. Incident reports will be collected by Security. 6. Should the individual return to campus, a longer term monitoring of the student by an SCCC Counselor may need to be arranged. 7. The Vice President of Student Affairs will work with the appropriate campus staff to determine if any additional notification or action is appropriate. These steps are to be followed should the individual make the threat by phone: 1. Keep the person on the telephone by encouraging the person to talk while simultaneously gathering as much information as possible. 2. While the person is on the telephone try to enlist help, if possible, from someone else (written notes). Have person contact police (911) if the situation is extremely critical (examples: person has a weapon, person has taken pills). 3. If not possible to keep the person on the phone, and/or no one else is available to assist, make contact with the police (911). 4. The Vice President of Student Affairs will work with the appropriate campus staff to determine if any additional notification or action is appropriate.

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1. Security is to be notified immediately. (Dial ext. 1308, ext. 1309 or use an emergency phone.) 2. Security will respond to the scene and will relocate the individual(s) involved. 3. The Security Desk Guard will contact the appropriate offices and/or the Schenectady Police depending on the severity of the disruption and individuals involved (e.g., student, non-student, employee). 4. The College administrator will establish contact with the appropriate staff to address the issue and restore campus order. 5. Security and the College administrator will collect statements from all parties involved (to include any witnesses). An Incident Report will be initiated by and filed with Security. 6. Recognizing that each situation is unique, potential actions could include (but are not limited to): • Situation is resolved at the scene. • Deans/Vice Presidents meet with individual and all parties involved. Possible actions include (but not limited to): behavioral contract, reprimand with warning, mediation or counseling, disciplinary action, referral to an outside agency. • Individual (particularly if not a student) is escorted off campus by College Security. • Depending on the severity of the disruption, Schenectady City Police are called to take appropriate action based on the information collected/witnessed by Security or College staff.


• Student is excluded and summarily suspended from campus (as per The College’s Student Code of Conduct). • Student is referred to the Student Affairs Committee on Discipline and a hearing is scheduled. 7. Following the situation, the appropriate Dean/Vice President will work with the staff involved and with Security to evaluate the response to the situation, to review the actions taken, and, where appropriate, make recommendations for responding to future situations.

Child Safety Procedures

For the safety of children and to maintain an academic environment, children are not permitted in any instructional areas, to include classrooms, laboratories and library, and children are not to be left unattended in any area of the College. Parents will be asked to accompany their children off campus under these circumstances. Photographing children while in the Child Care Center or while on campus is permitted only with consent by the Child Care Center and the parents of the child(ren). Information regarding child care may be obtained from the campus Child Care Center, 381-1375.

Commitment to Cultural Diversity

Schenectady County Community College seeks to achieve a culturally diverse environment where the contributions of all individuals are recognized and valued. It is our goal to work toward achieving an appreciation for cultures and contemporary issues related to the inclusion of multicultural experiences. The College continues to strengthen avenues for better understanding and appreciation of individual differences. Schenectady County Community College affirms that bias-related incidents related to race, creed, gender, national origin, age, student activities disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status will not be tolerated on campus. Every effort is made to provide opportunities for prevention and awareness programs to the College community that foster a climate inclusive of all people and to minimize bias-related incidents. The College Affirmative Action Officer can answer questions or concerns related to cultural diversity and affirmative action.

Computer Use Policy

Registered students are encouraged to apply for a campus E-mail account by contacting the Academic Computing Office, Elston Hall, Room 530. Users of College computer accounts and systems are required to abide by the SCCC Computer Policies and Procedures, copies of which are available in the Academic Computing Lab, Begley Library and on the SCCC website. This policy outlines both appropriate and unacceptable uses of the College’s E-mail system, responsibilities of users and privacy policies relating to SCCC’s website. E-mail accounts remain valid during the period of enrollment at SCCC. For complete Computer Use Policies and Procedures, visit the College website, www.sunysccc.edu/academic/acns/polproc.html.

Crime Statistics Availability Statement (Clery Statement)

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (1998), Schenectady County Community College annually provides information relating to campus crime statistics and security measures to the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of Schenectady County Community College’s statistics, as reported annually to the U.S. Department of Education, will be provided upon request by the Office of Planning and Development, Elston Hall, Room 120, and can be obtained electronically from the U. S. Department of Education website at http://ope.ed.gov/security/. Approved by the Board of Trustees - Resolution #08-78, July 21, 2008

Emergency Closing Procedures

In the event that it is necessary to cancel or delay classes due to weather or other conditions concerning safety, the College notifies the School Closing Network. The decision to cancel DAYTIME classes is made by 6 a.m. The decision to cancel EVENING classes is made by 2 p.m. However, if the weather worsens between 2 and 4 p.m. the College will reassess condi39

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tions and cancel EVENING classes by 4 p.m.

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WOFX-AM 980 JAMZ-FM 96.3 WTEN-TV Channel 10 WTRY-FM 98.3 WNYT-TV Channel 13 WRVE-FM 99.5 WXXA-TV FOX 23 MAGIC-FM 100.9 WKKS-FM 102.3 WHRL-FM 103.1 WPYX-FM 106.5 WGNA-FM 107.7 The stations are asked to read the following: “Classes at Schenectady County Community College are cancelled/delayed. The College is open for the conduct of other business.” If classes are delayed a specific start time will be announced. An announcement regarding class cancellation and delays is also provided on the College phone system, (518) 381-1200 and the College website: www.sunysccc.edu. SCCC utilizes NYAlert for notification of emergency situations to include class cancellations due to inclement weather.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires co-educational institutions of postsecondary education that participate in a Title IV, federal student financial assistance program, and have an intercollegiate athletic program, to prepare an annual report to the U.S. Department of Education on athletic participation, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men’s and women’s teams. The Department will use this information in preparing its required report to the Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. Schenectady County Community College is in compliance with the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act. Annually the College reports information about all our intercollegiate athletic programs. Equity in athletics data is now available on the Web at: http://ope.ed.gov/athletics. This also site provides data from thousands of colleges and universities in a convenient searchable format so as to provide for comparisons to be made.

Food and Beverage Policy

One of the issues of primary concern at Schenectady County Community College has been the attractiveness and cleanliness of campus facilities. This issue is also one which has been identified in the College Directions with a goal as follows: “To provide a quality educational environment including well-maintained facilities of sufficient capacity to support the teaching/learning/service offerings; an atmosphere of safety, security and cleanliness; and a campus which generates a pride of association among students employees, and the community.” In an effort to maintain facilities, reduce maintenance costs and provide an attractive environment which is conducive to the educational purposes of the College, the following policy has been adopted by the Board of Trustees: Consumption of food and/or beverages will not be permitted in the following areas of the College campus: • Classrooms/Lecture Halls • Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium • Laboratories Individuals are encouraged to use the Commons area located in Elston Hall which provides facilities for dining. Should there be a need to transport food/beverages from that area, containers must be properly covered. 40


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Immunization Procedure

New York State Public Health Law requires that all students, whose birth date is on or after January 1, 1957, MUST provide official documentation of immunizations prior to the first day of classes. A student NOT in compliance with the law within 30 days of the beginning of the semester WILL be withdrawn from the College with loss of the semester’s course credit and no tuition refund, and will not be permitted to register for an ensuing semester until proof of immunity is provided. For the College’s Procedures for Implementation of NYS Public Health Laws on Immunizations and Meningococcal Meningitis, visit www.sunysccc.edu/student/imreg.htm or contact the Student Affairs Office, Elston Hall, Room 222. Phone: (518) 381-1344, OR Fax: (518) 381-1477. NOTE: To assist with your needs, Schenectady County Public Health Services offers immunization clinics for Schenectady County residents. Call 346-2187 to schedule an appointment.

Parking Regulations

Campus Security will enforce these regulations. Violators of these regulations will be subject to disciplinary action. 1. All motor vehicles parked on campus by students, faculty or staff (full- and part-time, day or evening students) must be registered with campus security and the appropriate College issued parking tag displayed. Motorcycles must be registered with security. Failure to register your vehicle and properly display your College issued parking tag will result in the ticketing and/or towing of your vehicle (at owner’s expense). 2. Unregistered vehicles driven on a temporary basis must be registered upon arrival with security. Security will issue the appropriate parking tag and/or a temporary pass to park in the proper area. Students, faculty/staff driving an unregistered vehicle may not park in the visitor’s spaces. 3. The campus speed limit is 15 mph. Speeding, reckless driving or other moving violations are grounds for disciplinary action. 4. Students, faculty, and staff will be ticketed, and/or towed (at owner’s expense) if they park in the following areas: • Fire and emergency lanes • Loading zones and service entrances • Visitor parking area • In roadways Schenectady County Commission Opportunity Commission Email: OCR.New York@ed.gov of Human Rights 6 Fountain Plaza, Suite 350 Coordinator of Personnel Services/ 612 State Street Buffalo, NY 14202 Affirmative Action Officer Schenectady, NY 12305 (716)551-4441 Elston Hall, Room 126 (518)388-4290 TTY (716)551-5923 Schenectady County FAX (716)551-4381 New York State Division Community College of Human Rights Corning Tower, 25th Floor Albany, NY 12220 (518)474-2705 Mailing Address: PO Box 2049 Albany, NY 12220-0049 U.S. Equal Employment

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• Disabled parking spaces (unless the vehicle is properly labeled with an SCCC “Special” parking tag. A New York State Disabled Parking Permit must be accompanied by an SCCC “Special” parking tag.) Failure to obey verbal parking instructions from College security will result in the issuing of a parking violation. First violation: $10; second violation: $20; unauthorized disabled parking: $50. Failure to pay parking fines will result in the student’s name being placed on the College hold and obligation list, which will prevent the issuing of grades and transcripts to that student as well as prohibiting him/her from registering for additional classes. Individuals who accumulate three or more unpaid parking violations will be advised, by certified letter, to pay those outstanding violations within ten (10) class days. Individuals whose parking violations remain unpaid after those ten days have elapsed will have their parking permit revoked; a vehicle with a revoked parking permit will be subject to towing (at owner’s expense) from the campus. Tickets are issued to students in violation of parking regulations. Students who have questions regarding a ticket should contact Campus Security. An appeal of a parking ticket must be forwarded in writing to the Office of the Vice President of Administration within five (5) class days of when the ticket was issued; the appeal should enclose a copy of the ticket and the reasons the student believes the ticket is invalid. The student will receive a written response regarding the disposition of the appeal within five (5) class days of when the appeal was received.

Poster Policy

• All posters, to include information for posting on the computer, must be approved by Student Affairs. The poster will be stamped and initialed if approved for posting. • All publicity must bear the name of the sponsoring group. Please have the sponsoring group name stand out on each poster. • The sponsoring group must be affiliated with SCCC. • Posters are to be placed on designated bulletin boards only — not on windows, doors, walls or pillars. • Publicity must be removed by the sponsoring group within 24 hours after the conclusion of the advertised event. Failure to do so can result in a fine of $1 per sign left posted. • The neatness of material and the maintenance thereof are the responsibility of the sponsoring group. Posters must be no larger than 8 1/2”x 11”, unless approved otherwise by Student Affairs.

Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Sexual Harassment Introduction

In order to comply with federal and state requirements proscribing sexual harassment, the following policy is to provide for the processing of claims alleging sexual harassment.

Definitions Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: 1. Submission to such conduct is made (either explicitly or implicitly) a term or condition of an individual’s employment or enrollment; 2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual; 3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or academic environment; 4. Expressed or implied requests or demands are made in exchange for keeping or advancing in a job or receiving a higher grade.

Hostile Environment It is recognized that supervisors and faculty members, by the nature of their positions, necessarily embody unequal power relationships with their subordinates and students respectively. Because of the inherent power differences in these relationships, the potential exists for the less powerful to perceive a coercive element in suggestions of activities outside those appropriate to the professional relationship. In light of this, all members of the College community are urged to be conscientious 42


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1. Any student or employee at Schenectady County Community College who alleges that an act of discrimination based upon sex has been committed shall notify the Affirmative Action Officer and complete the complaint forms provided by the College within ten (10) business days after the alleged event occurred. Forms are available in the Personnel/Affirmative Action Office, which is located in Elston Hall, Room 126. The complainant will be provided with information regarding alternate dispute resolution procedures. 2. Within 20 days after receipt of the complaint, the Affirmative Action Officer will investigate the reported complaint of sexual harassment. The goal of this informal phase is to resolve the issues to the satisfaction of all concerned. Every effort will be made to resolve complaints on an informal basis among the parties involved. Only those individuals with a need to know will be made aware of the complaint. 3. The Affirmative Action Officer will render a written decision and forward the decision to the President. The complainant will be notified in writing of the Affirmative Action Officer’s decision.

Appeal Process:

1. Appeals shall be initiated in writing by the complainant and must be submitted to the President or designee within five (5) business days of receipt of the decision. a. The President of the College will review the file of the complaint and render a decision in writing within ten (10) business days. b. The complainant will be notified in writing and provided a copy of the President’s decision. 2. Contractual obligations will be complied with throughout these procedures.

Approved by the Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees, Resolution #91-62, June 17, 1991 Amended by the Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees Resolution 08-59, June 16, 2008 and Resolution #09-25, March 16, 2009 The following is a list of agencies with which students and employees may file complaints alleging discrimination based on disability and gender. Each agency has specific rules and deadlines for filing complaints. It is recommended that the particular agency be contacted for additional information regarding agency procedures.

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in evaluating their own behavior. A hostile environment may include, but is not limited to, such actions as: 1. Sex-oriented humor or abuse that includes derogatory or dehumanizing gender reference; 2. Physical contacts such as patting, pinching or frequently and intentionally brushing against another’s body; 3. Subtle or overt pressure for sexual activity. Retaliation is any adverse action taken to try to threaten or penalize someone for reporting or opposing a claimed discriminatory act or practice or to prevent the complainant from participating in a discrimination proceeding. Retaliation against anyone who has filed a sexual harassment complaint whether the complaint is found to be valid or invalid is prohibited under this Policy and will be processed as a separate, independent complaint whether the retaliation is initiated by the harasser or anyone participating in or involved in the discrimination or the investigation of the discrimination complaint. Encouraging or promoting retaliation against a complainant also violates this Policy. Examples of retaliation include, but are not limited to, unfair grading, unfair performance evaluations, unfair assignments, the withholding of or delay in providing necessary information, ridicule, oral or written threats, bribes, the unfair increase or decrease of work loads, the arbitrary denial of leave, or the cancellation of classes. In addition to the protections against retaliation identified herein, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also protects individuals from coercion, intimidation, threats, harassment, or interference in the exercise of rights granted to him/her by the ADA. Anyone intentionally filing a complaint in retaliation or bad faith to penalize or threaten a student, employee, contractor or intern or who encourages another to file such a complaint will be subject to formal action under this Policy and/or the SCCC Student Code of Conduct.


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Section 504/Title IX Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Disability and Gender Discrimination Commitment to Cultural Diversity Schenectady County Community College seeks to achieve a culturally diverse environment where the contributions of all individuals are recognized and valued. It is our goal to work toward achieving an appreciation for cultures and contemporary issues related to the inclusion of multicultural experiences. The College continues to strengthen avenues for better understanding and appreciation of individual differences. Schenectady County Community College affirms that bias-related incidents related to race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status will not be tolerated on campus. Every effort is made to provide opportunities for prevention and awareness programs to the College community that foster a climate inclusive of all people and to minimize bias-related incidents. The College Affirmative Action Officer can answer questions or concerns related to cultural diversity and affirmative action. Retaliation is any adverse action taken to try to threaten or penalize someone for reporting or opposing a claimed discriminatory act or practice or to prevent the complainant from participating in a discrimination proceeding. Retaliation against anyone who has filed a sexual harassment complaint whether the complaint is found to be valid or invalid is prohibited under this Policy and will be processed as a separate, independent complaint whether the retaliation is initiated by the harasser or anyone participating in or involved in the discrimination or the investigation of the discrimination complaint. Encouraging or promoting retaliation against a complainant also violates this Policy. Examples of retaliation include, but are not limited to, unfair grading, unfair performance evaluations, unfair assignments, the withholding of or delay in providing necessary information, ridicule, oral or written threats, bribes, the unfair increase or decrease of work loads, the arbitrary denial of leave, or the cancellation of classes. In addition to the protections against retaliation identified herein, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also protects individuals from coercion, intimidation, threats, harassment, or interference in the exercise of rights granted to him/her by the ADA. Anyone intentionally filing a complaint in retaliation or bad faith to penalize or threaten a student, employee, contractor or intern or who encourages another to file such a complaint will be subject to formal action under this Policy and/or the SCCC Student Code of Conduct

Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Disability and Gender Discrimination (Section 504/Title IX)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability in every federally-assisted program or activity. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities by recipients of federal financial assistance. Qualified persons with a disability are also protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). 1. Any student or employee at Schenectady County Community College who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination based upon disability or gender shall notify the Affirmative Action Officer* and complete the complaint form provided by the College within ten (10) business days after the alleged event occurred. The form is available in the Personnel/Affirmative Action Office which is located in Elston Hall, Room 126. The complainant will be provided with information regarding alternate dispute resolution agencies. 2. Within 20 business days after receipt of the complaint, the Affirmative Action Officer will investigate the reported 44


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1. Appeals shall be initiated in writing by the complainant and must be submitted to the President or designee within five (5) business days of receipt of the decision. a. The President of the College will review the file of the complaint and render a decision in writing within ten (10) business days. b. The complainant will be notified in writing and provided a copy of the President’s decision. 2. Contractual obligations will be complied with throughout these procedures. *The College’s Affirmative Action Officer also serves as the 504/ADA Compliance Officer.

Approved by the Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees Resolution #92-135, November 16, 1992 Amended by the Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees Resolution #08-59, June 16, 2008 and Resolution #09-25, March 16, 2009

Procedures for Resolving Complaints of Disability or Gender Discrimination

The following is a list of agencies with which students and employees may file complaints alleging discrimination based on disability or gender. Each agency has specific rules and deadlines for filing complaints. It is recommended that the particular agency be contacted for additional information regarding agency procedures.

Smoking Policy

The SCCC Smoking Policy, as per New York State Law, prohibits smoking inside all College buildings, as well as on College grounds, including entrances to buildings, the quad area and campus walkways. Smoking is only permitted within the two external smoking shelters located between Elston Hall and the Stockade Building, and near the Begley Building parking lot. Smokers are encouraged to be considerate and dispose of their cigarette butts properly and safely.

Student Complaint Procedures for Academic and Administrative Matters

A student wishing to file a complaint regarding an academic matter should complete the following steps: • Consult with the instructor of the course in question. If an understanding or resolution is not achieved, or if this step is not feasible, the student may then… • Consult with the appropriate Dean. The Dean will consult with the involved faculty member and with the student and attempt to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. If an understanding or resolution is not achieved, the student may then… • Appeal in writing to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The written appeal, detailing both the complaint and the results of the consultations with the instructor and with the department chairperson, should be delivered to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. An appointment for consultation with the Vice President may be scheduled at that time. The faculty member involved will be notified that the student has appealed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and be given a copy of the student’s written appeal. A student wishing to file a complaint regarding an administrative matter should complete the following steps: • Consult with the staff member who has responsibility for the matter in question. If an understanding or r esolution is not achieved, the student may then… • Consult with the supervisor of the office or unit for a resolution of the complaint. If a resolution is to be appealed, the student may then… • Appeal in writing to the Vice President of the division which has administrative responsibility for that office or unit. 45

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complaint of disability or gender discrimination. The goal of this informal phase is to resolve the issues to the satisfaction of all concerned. Every effort will be made to resolve complaints on an informal basis among the parties involved. Only those individuals with a need to know will be made aware of the complaint. 3. The Affirmative Action Officer will render a written decision and forward the decision to the President. The complainant will be notified in writing of the Affirmative Action Officer’s decision.


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The written appeal, detailing both the complaint and the results of the consultations with the staff member and supervisor should be delivered to the Office of the Vice President. An appointment for consultation with the Vice President may be scheduled at that time. Determination and Disposition of a Complaint. The Vice President will respond to a written complaint within 30 days of receipt. The Vice President will consult with and notify the President of determinations and dispositions. The student will be notified in writing of the decision. Complaint Resolution for Distance Education Students. Students taking courses through a distance learning format may also file a complaint with their home state agency. The State Higher Education Executive Office (SHEEO) has provided a directory of Student Complaint Information by State and Agency at the following link: http://www.sheeo.org/stateauth/ Complaint%20Process%20Links_October%202011.pdf All Other Matters. A student who wishes to file a complaint regarding a College matter but is uncertain where to begin the process should begin with the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs for referral to the appropriate office.

Student Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are: 1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) that they wish to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, the College official will advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the College to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. 3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee). 4. The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 600 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605 For more information about the “Release of Student Information” refer to the Schenectady County Community College Catalog.

Utilization of Campus Space and Reservations

Here’s a guide to reserving an appropriate space on campus for your meeting or special event. All room usage must be approved and appropriate paper work filed to reserve the space. • Classrooms - Contact Registrar’s Office, 381-1388 or 1348 46


Workplace Violence Policy

In 2006, the New York State Legislature mandated that all public employers establish and implement programs to prevent violence in the workplace. In response to the mandate, the following workplace violence policy and procedure has been approved by the Schenectady County Community College Board of Trustees on March 16, 2009 (Resolution #09-26).

Policy Statement Schenectady County Community College prohibits workplace violence. Violence, threats of violence, intimidation, harassment, coercion, or other threatening behavior toward people or property will not be tolerated. This includes violent actions and harassment by College employees directed against supervisors, directed against other employees, by employees against students or visitors, or by visitors directed against College employees or students. The workplace violence policy pertains to all individuals employed by the College, and to all individuals who do business with the College or attend any function or participate in any activity sponsored or held on College property, including but not limited to, employees, visitors, students, and contractors. Individuals violating this policy may be removed from College property and are subject to disciplinary action which may include termination, consistent with College policies, rules and collective bargaining agreements, and/or referral to law enforcement authorities for criminal prosecution.

Scope The workplace violence policy applies to students employed by the College, as do the Schenectady County Community College Student Code of Conduct and Campus Safety policy/procedures. The Schenectady County Community College Student Code of Conduct and Campus Safety policy/procedures are applicable to all students and are available to students through the Student Affairs Office, Elston Hall, Room 222. If you observe or experience violent, threatening, harassing, intimidating, or other disruptive behavior by anyone on SCCC premises, whether he or she is an SCCC employee or not, report it immediately to your supervisor, Personnel/AAO office, security guard or another manager or official. All reports will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Carolyn T. Pinn, Coordinator of Personnel Services/AAO, 381-1331 or pinnct@sunyscc.edu. 47

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• Library Conference Room (Begley 104) - Contact The Library, 381-1240 The Library Conference Room is used for library instruction classes, and faculty/staff committee meetings. The room will accommodate a group of 12-14 seated around a large conference table, or the seating may also be arranged in rows to accommodate an additional 18-25 people. Maximum capacity of the room is just under 40. The room is equipped with a computer and DVD/video projector, a PC, wireless connectivity and a touch screen Smart Board. When visitors are attending they must also fill out a facility request form (green sheet.) Please note that the conference room is only available when the library is open. • The Terrace, Conference Room, 222Q (Alumni Room) or Activity Forum, Elston Hall Contact Student Affairs Executive Secretary, 381-1344 These rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. The Alumni Room has a long table, and seats 20. The Activity Forum seats about 80, and has a TV monitor, podium and two long tables. The Terrace has a very large table and seats 30. • Lally Mohawk and Van Curler Rooms, Elston Hall; Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium, (Begley Building), Contact the Assistant Vice President of Administrative Services, 381-1211 The Lally Mohawk Room accommodates up to 70 people and the Van Curler Room can accommodate up to 175, depending on how it is arranged. The Community Auditorium has 388 seats. Facility request sheets must be completed for each of these locations. • Lecture Halls 101 and 102, Stockade Building Contact the Assistant Vice President of Administrative Services, 381-1211 Stockade Building, Room 101 can accommodate up to 120 individuals and Room 102 can accommodate up to 80 people.


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At Schenectady County Community College, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is a high priority. Historically, SCCC has been a safe campus with few major incidents; however, a safe and secure environment can only be maintained through the cooperation of all members of the campus community. All individuals must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking common sense precautions. Providing this information is part of our effort to ensure that this collaborative endeavor is effective. We hope that you will read it carefully and use the information to help foster a safe environment for yourself and others.

Access to Campus Facilities Schenectady County Community College is a public institution with an “open access” campus. College buildings and grounds are open to the public for individual use during College business hours. Building entrance doors are opened on a varying schedule depending on the activities occurring on campus. At night and during the times that the campus is officially closed, College buildings are locked and only authorized faculty and staff are admitted.

Awareness Programs The College Safety Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to review safety and security concerns and issues. Recommendations to improve and strengthen the safety and security of the campus are submitted by the Committee to the President of the College. If you have any concerns or ideas regarding campus safety and security, please contact Martha Asselin, Committee Chairperson, Elston Hall, Room 222, telephone 381-1344. The Division of Student Affairs presents several programs concerning sexual assault and information about campus safety during each academic year. All new students receive information about campus safety at orientation, and returning students obtain the information at registration and in the Office of Student Affairs during the year. Safety programming for students includes presentations on crime prevention, personal safety and self-defense. These programs are designed to help develop assertiveness skills and to enhance logical thinking during emergencies. Look for notices of upcoming programs and workshops on campus.

College Response Team (CRT) The College Response Team (CRT) meets regularly to address situations in an organized, forthright and professional manner. Although it may be impossible to be prepared to address every situation which is unknown, it is prudent to develop a process and response strategy enabling the College’s leadership to take the necessary steps to deal with any unfamiliar, novel or emergency situation. On an annual basis, at least, the CRT guidelines are updated, revised and distributed. Additional copies of the College’s Critical Incident Management Plan(the College’s guidelines for addressing various critical incidents) can be requested by contacting the Student Affairs Office, Elston Hall, Room 222.

Description of Campus Security SCCC maintains a contract with a private security firm to provide security services on a 24-hour basis. The security force consists of both part-time and full-time security officers. The number of officers is adjusted periodically, depending on the numbers of persons on campus. There is one site supervisor working an 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift. The shift supervisor is required to be certified in CPR and community first aid. Security officers may be reached at 381-1308 or 381-1309, or beeper number 887-0594. Security officers are the first responders to an emergency. Officers who are assigned to the College are empowered by the College to enforce the institution’s rules and regulations. One of their primary responsibilities is the prevention of all forms of loss. Security officers serve as escorts from campus buildings to the parking lots in the evening hours. Another primary responsibility of security officers is to serve as campus resource persons, providing information to the College community. Security officers are knowledgeable about the campus and are able to relay information in a courteous and professional manner. The campus security force works closely with the College administration and local law enforcement agencies both in the investigation of crimes and in crime prevention. Campus security has the authority to take whatever steps are necessary to resolve situations and ensure the safety and security of all involved. Security officers may investigate incidents, 49

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question victims and witnesses, ask persons for identification, ask persons to explain their actions, and acquire as much information as necessary to provide the College with a complete report of the situation. A security officer has the authority to contact local law enforcement agencies, EMT services, or the fire department, if warranted. If an individual refuses to present identification, the security officer has the authority to have that person to immediately leave the College campus. Security officers are required to complete an incident report upon receiving a complaint or a report of a criminal act or emergency. All incident reports are delivered to the Office of the Vice President of Administration for review, appropriate action, and compilation of statistical reports. According to the Student Code of Conduct, failure to respond to the directions of a security officer constitutes grounds for disciplinary action. All security officers are certified in first response aid.

How to Access the Campus Escort Service If you need an escort to your vehicle, please contact the security desk, located at the ground floor main entrance to Elston Hall, or call 381-1308 or 381-1309, or beeper number 887-0594.

How to Report a Criminal Incident Emergency calls to report a crime or an unusual incident can be made to the security office by calling 381-1308 or 3811309 or beeper 887-0594. If you are unable to contact the security office, dial “0” for the College telephone operator, who will contact security. Reports of campus crime incidents can be made in person at the security desk at the ground floor main entrance of Elston Hall. The red emergency phones located throughout the campus are linked to the campus communications area, and may also be used.

How to Report an Emergency Concerning Suspicious Activity or Threat to Personal Safety Students, faculty, and staff should report any suspicious persons or unusual incidents that are observed to College security. Also, if you feel that your or another person’s personal safety is threatened, call security at 381-1308 or 381-1309, or beeper number 887-0594, or access the campus communication center by using the red emergency phones. If you are unable to contact the security office, dial “0” for the College telephone operator, who will contact security. Advise security or the College operator of the nature of the emergency and the location of the problem. Security will investigate the situation, make appropriate contacts, file an incident report and follow up as warranted.

How to Report a Fire or Other Facility Emergency The signal for evacuation will be the continuous sounding of the alarm system (horns and strobe lights). In case of a power failure or a failure of the main system, an auxiliary system will be activated automatically. Maps showing the location of fire towers and exits are posted prominently on each floor of every campus building. Please read these maps and learn the location of the nearest exit. The Security Desk is the designated control point during an evacuation. All information concerning the emergency should be directed to the switchboard.

How to Report a Fire or Other Facility Emergency An individual who discovers a fire should immediately advise others in their immediate area and activate the closest fire alarm pull station. This will alert other areas of the building, the security / maintenance departments and the City Fire Department. Under no circumstances should an attempt be made to extinguish the fire; firefighting will be left to Fire Department personnel. In case of fire or other facility emergency, for example a power failure, there are emergency lights installed throughout SCCC facilities that will activate automatically. These emergency lights operate on auxiliary battery power. All areas have evacuation floor plans posted prominently. These floor plans indicate the primary evacuation routes that will lead to a designated fire tower or exit. Faculty, staff, and students should familiarize themselves with the primary evacuation route from their assigned areas. Elevators are not to be used. All faculty, staff, students and visitors shall evacuate the building. (Faculty and staff should inspect the area for which they have responsibility to insure that everyone has Promptly evacuated the area.) Evacuate using designated primary and alternate evacuation routes. Close classroom/office doors when you leave. Leave building in an orderly fashion. Report to a 50


How to Report a Medical Emergency The following procedure is to be used when an individual is injured or ill and emergency medical service (EMS) is required: Contact security via telephone 381-1308 or 381-1309, or beeper number 887-0594. If you are unable to contact the security office, dial “0” for the College telephone operator, who will contact security. Reports of medical emergencies can also be made in person at the security desk at the main entrance of Elston Hall. You may also use the red emergency phones located throughout the campus, which are linked directly to the campus communications area. Advise security or the College operator of the nature of the emergency, the location, and whether or not EMS is required. Security will: 1. Contact EMT or request that a paramedic unit (EMS) be sent immediately to the College. An ambulance, as necessary, will be dispatched by the EMS. 2. Advise the Office of Student Affairs so that a staff member may proceed to the location of the emergency. The staff member will remain with the injured or ill person. The College operator (if security cannot be contacted initially) will: 1. Contact the College EMT or request that a paramedic unit (EMS) be sent immediately to the College. An ambulance, as necessary, will be dispatched by the EMS. 51

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designated assembly area. If heavy smoke or fire prevents you from reaching your primary fire tower: • Attempt to use alternative exiting routes / fire towers. • If unable to reach a Fire tower, go to the nearest classroom or office; • close the door and open the windows; • seal the cracks around the door to keep smoke out; • Hang clothing or other obvious indicator from and stay near the open window until firefighters can reach you. • If there is a telephone in the room, contact security at 1308 or 1309 or call 911 and advise them of your location. Mobility Impaired individuals who are not able to leave by using the stairs should go directly to a designated Fire Tower Area of Refuge. Please wait for others to clear the floor before you move into the stairwell. If you are in a Fire Tower with a Red Emergency Call box or phone, push the button to activate it so that Campus Security can identify you and your location. If you are carrying a cell phone, please call 381-1309 immediately to alert Campus Security to your location and situation. If you have neither of these, call 911. Staff, faculty, and other students should be alerted to your situation. They shall notify security and emergency personnel of your location and need for assistance. In the event of fire, the individual detecting the fire will immediately activate the nearest emergency fire alarm box, thus notifying the fire department and activating the alarm system. Under no circumstances should an attempt be made to extinguish the fire; firefighting will be left to trained personnel. All faculty, staff and students are to evacuate the building. Elevators are NOT to be used. Everyone will use the fire towers for evacuation. Faculty and staff should inspect the area for which they have responsibility to ensure that everyone has promptly evacuated the area. Staff in the administrative offices should lock office doors prior to evacuating the building. If heavy smoke prevents you from reaching a fire exit: 1. Do not panic. 2. Return to your classroom or office. 3. Close the door and open the windows. 4. If possible, seal the cracks around the door to keep the smoke out. 5. Stay near the window and wait for firefighters to reach you. It is the responsibility of each instructor to make arrangements for the evacuation of disabled students. The assignment of this responsibility should be made at the first session of the class. Instructors will remain with the disabled students in the corner of the fire tower until fire officials arrive. Fire officials will be notified upon their arrival of the evacuation location for disabled students; this information will be obtained at the beginning of each semester by the Coordinator of ADA Transition Services, and be available to fire officials upon their arrival on campus. Individuals may return to the building upon notification by a College official.


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2. Advise the Office of Student Development Services so that a staff member may proceed to the location of the emergency. 3. Arrange for a staff member to meet the EMS and accompany them to the scene of the emergency. The College operator will notify security or the Vice President of Administration of the emergency as soon as possible, and of the action that has been taken. In the event that neither security nor the College operator can be contacted during an emergency, contact EMS directly (telephone 911); give your name, indicate you are calling from Schenectady County Community College and advise them of the nature and location of the emergency. Arrange for the EMS to be met upon their arrival at the campus and escorted to the scene of the emergency. Advise the Vice President of Administration or security of the emergency as soon as possible and inform them of the action that has been taken. Note: To access an outside line from any campus telephone, you must first dial 9* and listen for a dial tone. Then proceed with dialing 911. The staff or faculty member involved will file an incident report with security within one work day of the incident.

Response to an Emergency, Criminal or Threatening Incident Upon receipt of a call, security officers are dispatched to the location of incident. Simultaneously, the appropriate College officials are directed to the scene. If the incident involves a student, the security officer will contact Student Affairs, who will take appropriate action. All reported incidents are investigated by the College and appropriate action is initiated, which may include referral to local law enforcement agencies or implementation of the Student Code of Conduct. Further, the campus community is notified of situations that pose a threat to the safety and well-being of our community through special notices or meetings called by the College President.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG: SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Substance abuse has a harmful and often devastating effect upon individuals, families and our communities. Consequently, Schenectady County Community College has developed a substance abuse program to assist our students. This section was developed to provide you with a greater awareness and understanding of the health risks and some of the legal sanctions under local, state and federal laws that are associated with substance abuse. In addition, information is provided to identify various local agencies where assistance services are available to those individuals with substance abuse concerns. During the academic year many programs and activities will be presented to help you to learn more about and deal with substance abuse.

College Drug and Alcohol Policy

• ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE. Except for appropriate classroom activities or approved student activities, the possession and/or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Possession and/ or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students participating in a college club or college sponsored trip or an off-campus activity is also prohibited. • DRUGS AND/OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Possession or use of any illegal controlled substance, drug, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited and will be reported to local and state authorities and will also be subject to disciplinary action by the College. The College will cooperate with local and state authorities on any cases of suspected illegal use, possession or distribution of state- controlled drugs.

Overview of Local, State and Federal Alcohol and Drug Laws Schenectady County Community College believes that it is important for you to know about the laws against illegal drugs and alcohol. Therefore, the following is a brief overview of local, state and federal laws governing the possession, use and distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs. It is not intended as a complete listing of every applicable drug and alcohol statute.

Alcohol Laws: Open Container Law The City of Schenectady, like many other cities, towns and villages, has an ordinance prohibiting the consumption of or possession of an open container with the intent to consume an alcoholic beverage in any public place or in any vehicle. Violation of this law is punishable by a fine of up to $250 or imprisonment up to 15 days. Second offenses warrant a fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days of imprisonment. 52


New York prohibits selling or giving any alcoholic beverage to a minor (anyone under 21) or to a person already intoxicated. A violation of this law can be punished by a fine of up to $200, five days in jail, or both. Any minor using false identification to purchase alcohol faces a maximum fine of $100; or up to 30 hours of community service; or participation in an alcohol awareness program. If the I.D. used is a New York state driver’s license, the minor faces a 90-day suspension.

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law It is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of at least $350 and/or imprisonment for up to one year, plus suspension and/or revocation of your driver’s license, to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.8%. Multiple convictions result in more serious penalties.

Drug Laws: New York Public Health Law It is a violation of this law to: a. sell or possess a hypodermic needle without a doctor’s written prescription; b. grow marijuana or allow it to be grown; c. manufacture or sell an imitation controlled substance; d. inhale any glue that produces vapors; e. sell glue for this purpose. The above are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in a local penitentiary. Any private vehicle, boat or plane used to transport an illegal substance can be seized and forfeited under the law.

New York Vehicle and Traffic Law The rules and penalties for drinking and driving also apply to driving while impaired by the use of a drug.

New York Penal Law Most crimes involving the unlawful possession and distribution of drugs are defined under the New York state Penal Law. The Penal Law contains exhaustive lists of various controlled substances, specific types of offenses, and sanctions ranging from a fine of not more than $100 to imprisonment for life. Examples of crimes under New York state law include loitering with the intent to use drugs, using or possessing drug paraphernalia, and selling or possessing actual controlled substances. A person with no previous drug or marijuana convictions in three years who is found guilty of possessing less than 25 grams (about 9/10 of an ounce) of marijuana for private use may be fined up to a maximum of $100, whereas conviction of possessing even one gram of a controlled narcotic substance can result in imprisonment for up to one year. The criminal sanctions become more serious depending on the amount possessed and whether or not it is possessed with the intent to distribute. For example, possession of even one gram of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. A person who is convicted of the sale of more than two ounces of a controlled narcotic substance in New York state can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for life. However, the Penal Law also provides for a variety of sanctions depending on the offense.

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ASSISTANCE SERVICES Counseling and Treatment Services Self-Help Information Alcoholics Anonymous Schenectady 463-0906 Alcoholism Treatment Center Saratoga Springs 587-8800 New Choices Recovery Center 302 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305 346-4436 Carver Community Counseling Services 846 State Street Schenectady, NY 12307 382-7838

Treatment Centers/Residential Bridge Center 72 Union Avenue Schenectady, NY 12308

346-1277

Conifer Park 79 Glenridge Road Glenville, NY 12302

399-6446

Hope House Adult Residential Program 261 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207 465-2441

Comprehensive Alcoholism Services Cocaine Helpline/Substance Abuse Treatment The Cocaine Helpline is an around-the-clock information and referral service staffed by trained counselors who are also recovering cocaine abusers. 1-800-662-HELP 1-800-662-4357

Schenectady County Community College Counseling Assistance Counselors Robyn Posson and Stephen Fragale of Student Affairs Services, Elston Hall, Room 222, provide referral assistance to individuals seeking help. 381-1365

County of Schenectady Joint Labor-Management Employee Assistance Program Jack Cadalso, Community Services 356-4272

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I. POLICY STATEMENT Students enrolling at SCCC assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the college’s academic standards, policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the college and its entities. The SCCC Student Code of Conduct (The Code) defines the expectations, rights and responsibilities of all members of the student body. Students are members of the College community and are expected to act responsibly and to not interfere with the rights, comfort, or safety of other members of the College community. All students are held accountable for their actions. Behavior, which adversely affects the student’s responsible membership in the academic community, shall result in appropriate disciplinary action.

II. PURPOSE OF THE CODE The Student Code of Conduct and the accompanying student disciplinary processes are intended to assist students in their personal development by providing a fair conduct review procedure that issues consistent penalties for behaviors that are incongruent with the College’s expectations. In furthering the educational aims of the college and maintaining compliance with the provisions of Article129-A of the Education Law of the State of New York, the Code outlines the practices to be utilized in administering the student disciplinary system at SCCC.

III. PHILOSOPHY The Code embraces several core philosophies: preservation of the freedom of speech and the rights of peaceable assembly; respect for academic freedom and constructive criticism; a conviction that honesty and integrity are key values to the College community; and the belief that all members of the institution should be part of a campus environment that respects and appreciates differences. Procedures used to enforce standards contribute to teaching appropriate individual and group behaviors as well as protecting the rights of individuals and the campus community from disruption and/or harm. The disciplinary experience is intended to make clear to students the limits of acceptable behavior and to provide students who violate the Code an opportunity to more fully understand the rules and incorporate the experience into his/her personal growth and development. The disciplinary experience is designed to be both educational and corrective.

IV. JURISDICTION The College will have jurisdiction over misconduct that occurs on College premises and/or at College sponsored activities but may also address off campus behavior if the College determines that the behavior, or the continued presence of the student, impairs, obstructs, interferes with or adversely affects the mission, processes or functions of the College.

V. VIOLATIONS The subsequent behaviors are subject to disciplinary action under the Schenectady County Community College Student Code of Conduct but are not limited to the following infractions.

A. REFERRALS Complaints, incidents or referrals regarding student behavior as hereinafter described in paragraph “B” should be reported to the Division of Student Affairs (Room 222, Elston Hall). The Vice President of Student Affairs or the his/her designee, will investigate each report and determine the action to be taken.

B. BEHAVIOR SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINE All of the following behaviors are a violation of the SCCC Student Code of Conduct and may subject a student to disciplinary action as set forth below. 1. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT. Commission of an act which violates the academic integrity of Schenectady County Community College, including, but not limited to, academic cheating; plagiarism; the sale, purchase or exchange of papers, or research; or theft of another’s work from any source is a violation of the Code. The developments of

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intelligence and strengthening of moral responsibility are two of the most important aims of education. Essential to the accomplishment of these purposes is the duty of the student to perform all of his or her required work without illegal or unethical help. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE. Except for appropriate classroom activities or approved student activities, the possession and/or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is a violation of this Code. Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students participating in a college club or college sponsored trip or an off-campus activity is also prohibited. COMPUTER MISUSE. Engaging in any unauthorized use of the College’s hardware, software or network systems is prohibited, including: • unauthorized access, entry, or use of the computer, computer system, network, software, password, account or data, • unauthorized alteration or tampering with computer equipment, software, network, or data • unauthorized copying or distribution of computer software or data • use of computer facilities of equipment to send obscene, harassing, threatening or abusive messages • use of computers to falsify records, tamper with records or commit any act of academic dishonesty. • Any other act in violation of the law and/or the College policies and guidelines regulating computer-related use. CRIMINAL ACTS. Any alleged criminal act committed by a student off campus, which is of such serious nature that it threatens the health or safety of the College community, is a violation of this Code. DEMONSTRATIONS. A demonstration which endangers life, public or private property or violates local, state or federal law is a violation of the Code. DISHONESTY. The falsification of information which includes any form of providing false or misleading information in writing, orally, or electronically in a manner which has the intent or effect of deceiving college personnel, or altering or falsifying official College records or documents; and/or the misrepresentation of oneself as an agent of the College is a violation of the Code. DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT. Any disruptive conduct which substantially threatens, harms, or interferes with the peace and good order of the College community, students, visitors, personnel and/or other College processes and functions, including but not limited to, lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression; unreasonable and disruptive noise; public intoxication; or prohibited athletic activity on College owned or controlled property or at a College sponsored or supervised function is a violation of the Code. DRUGS AND/OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Possession or use of any illegal controlled substance, drug, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited and will be reported to local and state authorities and will also be subject to disciplinary action by the College. The College will cooperate with local and state authorities on any cases of suspected illegal use, possession or distribution of state- controlled drugs. FAILURE TO COMPLY. The willful obstruction and/or the failure to comply with the directions of an authorized College official acting in performance of his/her prescribed duty; failure to provide valid student identification upon request of a College official; failure to comply with all regulations regarding student conduct on campus, and/ or any violation of a College policy or procedure is a violation of the Code. FIRE SAFETY. Violation of campus safety regulations, including but not limited to, setting unauthorized fires, tampering with fire safety and/or firefighting equipment or rendering such equipment inoperable, turning in a false fire alarm, tampering or improper use of campus emergency phones, or failure to evacuate facilities upon the sounding of a fire alarm or drill is a violation of the Code. GAMBLING. Gambling is prohibited on College owned or controlled property and at any College sponsored or supervised function and is a violation of the Code. IDENTIFICATION CARDS. Photo student identification cards are validated each semester. Properly validated cards should be carried at all times and must be produced, upon request, to any authorized College authority-administrator, faculty member or security personnel. The use of a another student’s identification card by anyone else other than the rightful owner is a violation of the Code. REMOVAL OF BOOKS AND MATERIALS. Removal of books and other materials from a College library in violation of the normal checkout procedures is a violation of the Code. Students with such materials and books in


their possession will be considered as knowingly participating in the use of stolen materials. 14. SANCTION VIOLATION. Violations of a College judicial sanction including, but not limited to, failing to meet the terms of the sanction, failure to complete a specified condition or assignment of a sanction, or violating the Student Code of Conduct when on disciplinary probation is a violation of the Code. 15. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/HARASSMENT. Any sexual act that occurs without the consent of the other person or occurs when the other person is unable to give consent is a violation of the Code. This offense includes any conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for another person; such as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, inappropriate sexual or gender-based activities, comments or gestures, or other forms of verbal or physical conduct or communications constituting sexual harassment. 16. SOLICITING. The advertisement, solicitation or sale of any item or service on College property is a violation of the Code unless the prior approval of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of Administration or College President has been secured. 17. THEFT. Theft or attempted theft of the property or services of the College, any organization, or any individual by means of taking, selling, deceiving, misappropriating, or misusing, as well as receiving and or possessing such stolen property is a violation of the Code. 18. THREAT OF HARM. Conveyance of threats or the commission of any act which results in, or which may result in, harm to any person or the damage to College property or the property of others by willful and deliberate means is a violation of the Code. This offense includes any form of harassment, stalking, physical assault, verbal abuse, threatening or attempting physical assault upon any person, or threats to destroy College property or the property of others. Any action or behavior that endangers the health, safety or welfare of any member of the College community or visitors is a violation of this Code. 19. TRESPASSING. Unauthorized entry, use or occupancy of any building, structure, facility or college grounds is a violation of the Code. 20. VANDALISM. The intentional and/or reckless, but not accidental, destruction of property; damaging, destroying, defacing, tampering, misuse, or abuse of student, staff or College property, including rentals or leased facilities, is a violation of the Code. 21. WEAPONS. The possession, storage, use or threat of use of any weapon on campus is strictly prohibited and will be reported to local and/or state authorities. For purposes of this provision, a weapon is defined as: ∙ anything within the definition of a weapon set forth in Penal Law 265.00; ∙ any instrument, device, or object designed or specifically adapted for the purpose of inflicting physical harm or death; ∙ any instrument, device or object possessed, carried, or used for the purpose of inflicting or threatening physical harm or death. 22. EXPLOSIVES. The possession, storage, or use of firecrackers or other explosive device of any description for any purpose is a violation of this Code. 23. PETS. With the exception of service animals registered with Campus Security and ADA Transition Services Office, pets are not permitted in campus buildings. 24. OTHER ACTS OF MISCONDUCT (NOT SPECIFICALLY LISTED ABOVE). Any act not specifically listed above which willfully, knowingly, or negligently endangers the health, safety or welfare of any member of the College community or visitors is a violation of the Code. 25. VIOLATION OF LAW. A violation of any municipal, state or federal criminal law or engaging in behavior that is a civil offense, or a violation of any policy, procedure, rule, regulation or directive of the College or any of its affiliated entities is a violation of this Code, even if the specific conduct is not listed as a prohibited act in the Code. The College regards criminal conduct/civil offense as a violation of the Code regardless of whether the criminal violation/civil offense are pursued in a court of law. The College may, to the extent permitted by law (including without limitation to FERPA), inform law enforcement agencies of perceived criminal violations and may elect to defer internal disciplinary action until prosecution of the criminal violation has been completed. Proceedings under the Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the College. 57

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Academic Year Calendar AUGUST 2011 M T W T F 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 10 11 12 15 16 17 18 19 22 23 24 25 26 29 30 31

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SEPTEMBER 2011 s M T W T F 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30

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OCTOBER 2011 s M T W T F 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 30 31

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DECEMBER 2011 s M T W T F 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30

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JANUARY 2012 M T W T F 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 30 31

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FEBRUARY 2012 s M T W T F 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29

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MARCH 2012 s M T W T F 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30

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MAY 2012 T W T F 1 2 3 4 8 9 10 11 15 16 17 18 22 23 24 25 29 30 31

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JULY 2012 T W T F 3 4 5 6 10 11 12 13 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27 31

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SEPTEMBER 2012 s M T W T F 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 30

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APRIL 2012 T W T F 3 4 5 6 10 11 12 13 17 18 19 20 24 25 26 27

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Week of August Month xx, 29, 2009 2011 Monday, August 29 n n n

Faculty Convocation Faculty Institute Week New Faculty Orientation

Thursday, September 1 n

Faculty Institute Week

Tuesday, August 30 n n

Faculty Institute Week New Student and Family Orientation

Friday, September 2 n

Wednesday, August 31 n n

Faculty Institute Week New Student Orientation

Saturday, September 3

Faculty Institute Week

Sunday, September 4


Week of September Month xx, 2009 5, 2011 Monday, September 5 Labor Day College Closed

Thursday, September 8 n

Late Registration/Add

Tuesday, September 6 n n

Classes Begin Late Registration/Add

Friday, September 9 n n

Wednesday, September 7 n

Late Registration/Add

Saturday, September 10

Late Registration/Add Immunization Records for all new students must be submitted to Student Affairs, Elston Hall 222.

Sunday, September 11 n

10th Anniversary of 9-11-01


Week of September Month xx, 2009 12, 2011 Monday, September 12 n n

Tuesday, September 13

Wednesday, September 14

Friday, September 16

Saturday, September 17

Late Registration/Add Remembering 9/11: Ten Years Later, College Hour, Stockade 101

Thursday, September 15

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Make your reservation beginning today, 10:00 a.m. for School of Hotel, Culinary Art and Tourism’s German Buffet. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

Sunday, September 18


Week of September Month xx, 2009 19, 2011 Monday, September 19 n n

Late Start Classes Begin Brass Quintet In Concert 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

Thursday, September 22 n

Flying Words Project, 7 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Flying Words Project is an American Sign Language (ASL) poetry duo comprised of deaf poet Peter Cook and hearing co-author Kenny Lerner. Tickets: general admission-$5; non-SCCC students/seniors-$3; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets on sale Sept. 1 through the College Store. Buy online (www.fsacollegestore.com) or in person.

Tuesday, September 20 n

Transfer Fair, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Student Center, Elston Hall

Friday, September 23 n

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Wednesday, September 21

Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101

Saturday, September 24 n

Women’s Crew - Head of the Hudson, TBA, Albany

Sunday, September 25


Week of September Month xx, 2009 26, 2011 Monday, September 26 n

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Activity Forum, Elston Hall

Thursday, September 29 n

Tuesday, September 27

SCCC Foundation, Richard Marx Benefit Concert. Join us for a very special acoustic performance by singer/songwriter Richard Marx, to benefit the new Music Building at SCCC. Tickets include seats at $125 (VIP seating which includes a pre-concert reception), $75, and $50. Tickets will be available after August 15 through the Proctors Box Office by visiting www.proctors.org or by calling (518) 346-6204 (online and telephone fees apply). Visit www. sunysccc.edu for more information or call the SCCC Development Office at (518) 381-1324.

Wednesday, September 28 n

Friday, September 30 n

Chamber Series Concert- Ensemble Chaconne presents, European Masters in 18th Century London, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

Setting Goals – The SMART Way, College Hour, Activity Forum, Elston Hall

Saturday, October 1 n

Women’s Crew - Head of the Mohawk, TBA, Schenectady

Sunday, October 2


Week of October Month xx, 3, 2009 2011 Monday, October 3 n

Tuesday, October 4

Wednesday, October 5

Friday, October 7

Saturday, October 8

Depression Screening, College Hour, Activity Forum, Elston Hall

Thursday, October 6

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The Spanish Club presents guitarist Maria Zemantauski, 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

Sunday, October 9


Week of October Month xx, 10,2009 2011 Monday, October 10 Columbus Day Classes are in session n Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room

n Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101 n Nanotechnology and Lab Tour, 1:00 p.m., Center for Science and Technology, Room 104 n School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The Polish Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

Thursday, October 13

Tuesday, October 11 Financial Aid Disbursement (Grants and Loans) n The American Shakespeare Center Touring Company in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Tickets: General admission-$5; non-SCCC students/seniors-$3; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Suitable for all. Tickets on sale September 23 through the College Store. Buy online (www.fsacollegestore.com) or in person. n School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The Fall Harvest and Local Bounty Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room. Visit www.sunysccc. edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

Wednesday, October 12 Musician’s of Ma’alwyck present, Macabre Music: The Prequel, 11:20 a.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Activity Forum, Elston Hall Domestic Violence Awareness Program, College Hour, Stockade Building 101

Tuesday, October 18 n

Empire Jazz Orchestra In Concert, 8 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Tickets: $20-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets.

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Ricki Lewis discusses, Gene Therapy: A Forever Fix, 11:30 a.m., Stockade Building 101. Free. Third Annual Chef ’s for Success Dinner to benefit the Delhi LEAP scholarship program, Van Curler Room. Please visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event and ticket information.

Friday, October 21

ADA Transition Workshop, 9:00 a.m. Meet in Stockade Building, Room 101 Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101 Nanotechnology and Lab Tour, 1:00 p.m., Center for Science and Technology, Room 104

Saturday, October 22

Sunday, October 23 n

Capital Region Wind Ensemble presents, Ritual Dance, 3 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Tickets: $8-general admission; $6-non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students. Please call (518) 381-1231 for tickets.


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EOP Disbursement Scholarship Refund Disbursement School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The German Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

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Women’s Basketball vs. Davis College (scrimmage), 6:00 p.m., Home School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The German Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room.

Friday, October 28 n

Men’s Basketball vs. MCLA (scrimmage), 5:30 p.m., Away

Wednesday, October 26 n

The Spanish Club presents Fiesta Latina, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Lally Mohawk Room, Elston Hall

Saturday, October 29 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. Rockland CC (scrimmage), 1:00 p.m., Away Women’s Crew - Head of the Fish, TBA, Saratoga

Sunday, October 30 n

Men’s Basketball vs. Paul Smith’s College (scrimmage), 12:00 p.m., Away


Week of October Month xx, 31,2009 2011 Monday, October 31 Halloween

Thursday, November 3

Tuesday, November 1 n

Air Force Band of Liberty’s New England Winds Woodwind Quintet, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free. Sponsored by the SCCC Wind Ensemble.

Friday, November 4 n

Wednesday, November 2 n

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Online Registration (only) Begins for Continuing Students Fall Open House 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Herkimer County CC, 7:00 p.m., Away

Saturday, November 5

Women’s Basketball vs. Word of Life, 5:00 p.m., Home

Sunday, November 6


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Spring 2012 Priority Registration for Returning Students Musician’s of Ma’alwyck present, A Delightful Musick, 11:20 a.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

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Thursday, November 10

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Women’s Basketball vs. Davis College, 5:00 p.m., Home 60% Attendance/Withdrawal for Financial Aid Recipients School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The Gluten Free Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

Friday, November 11 Veterans Day n

Wednesday, November 9

Faculty Development Day No Classes

Men’s Basketball vs. Columbia Greene CC, 5:00 p.m., Away

Saturday, November 12 n

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Men’s Basketball vs. Clinton CC, 3:00 p.m., Away Women’s Basketball vs. Clinton CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, November 13


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Smoking Cessation Information Session, College Hour, Activity Forum School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The Italian Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

Thursday, November 17 n

SCCC Players present Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, 8 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Not suitable for children. Tickets: $5-general admission; $3-seniors/non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Men’s Basketball vs. TC3, 7:00 p.m., Home Women’s Basketball vs. TC3, 5:00 p.m., Home School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series presents The Italian Buffet, 6:30 p.m. (doors open), Van Curler Room. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $22.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

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SCCC Players present Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, 8 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free. Not suitable for children. School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Special Event Dining Series Lunch, 11:30 a.m. (doors open). Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for event menu. Tickets: $16.00 inclusive; $3.00 wine corkage. Reservations will open for all buffets on Friday, September 16, at 10 a.m. For reservations please call (518) 381-1391.

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Men’s Basketball vs. Word of Life, 1:00 p.m., Home Women’s Basketball vs. Davis College, 1:00 p.m., Away SCCC Players present Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, 8 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Not suitable for children. Tickets: $5-general admission; $3-seniors/non-SCCC students; free for SCCC students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Sunday, November 20


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EOP Disbursement

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Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving College Closed

General Registration Begins Last Day to withdraw from Fall (full-term) Classes Women’s Basketball vs. Onondaga CC, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Onondaga CC, 7:00 p.m., Home

Friday, November 25 n

Thanksgiving RecessCollege Closed

Wednesday, November 23 n

No classes after 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 26 n

Thanksgiving RecessCollege Closed

Sunday, November 27 n

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Men’s Basketball vs. Jefferson CC, 3:00 p.m., Away Women’s Basketball vs. Jefferson CC, 1:00 p.m., Away


Week of November Month xx, 28, 2009 2011 Monday, November 28 n

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Activity Forum

Thursday, December 1 n

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Men’s Basketball vs. RPI JV, 3:00 p.m., Away Women’s Basketball vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5:00 p.m., Away

Tuesday, November 29 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. SUNY Delhi, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. SUNY Delhi, 7:00 p.m., Home

Friday, December 2 n

SCCC Foundation Annual Gala, All Aboard With SCCC: On Track for the Future, 6 to 11 p.m., Glen Sanders Mansion. Please contact the SCCC Development Office at 381-1324 for ticket information and reservations.

Wednesday, November 30 n

Chamber Series Concert featuring Esopus Musicali, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

Saturday, December 3 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. Broome CC, 1:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Broome CC, 3:00 p.m., Home

Sunday, December 4


Week of December Month xx, 5, 2009 2011 Monday, December 5 n

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Tuesday, December 6

Final Exam Boot Camp, College Hour, Activity Forum SCCC Chorus Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

Wednesday, December 7 n

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Thursday, December 8 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. North Country CC, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. North Country CC, 7:00 p.m., Home

Friday, December 9

Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101 Music Audition Workshop, 6:30 p.m SCCC Jazz Ensemble and SCCC Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

Saturday, December 10 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. Cayuga CC, 1:00 p.m., Away Men’s Basketball vs. Cayuga CC, 3:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, December 11


Week of December Month xx, 13, 2009 2011 Monday, December 12 n

Tuesday, December 13

Wednesday, December 14

Friday, December 16

Saturday, December 17

School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism’s Slow Food USA Student Chapter presents Terra Madre, Elston Hall Culinary Arts Wing. Visit www.sunysccc.edu/culinary for details and speaker information.

Thursday, December 15

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SCCC Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium. Free.

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Finals Week

Sunday, December 18


Week of December Month xx, 19, 2009 2011 Monday, December 19 n

Finals Week

Thursday, December 22 n

Finals Week

Tuesday, December 20 n

Finals Week

Friday, December 23 n

Wednesday, December 21 n

Finals Week

Saturday, December 24

Finals Week

Sunday, December 25 Christmas


Week of December Month xx, 26, 2009 2011 Monday, December 26

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28 n

Thursday, December 29

Friday, December 30

Final Grades Due

Saturday, December 31

Sunday, January 1 New Year’s Day


Week of January Month xx, 2, 2012 2009 Monday, January 2

Tuesday, January 3

Wednesday, January 4 n

Thursday, January 5

Friday, January 6

Instant Information/Admission Night, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 7

Sunday, January 8


Week of January Month xx, 9, 2012 2010 Monday, January 9

Tuesday, January 10 n

Thursday, January 12

Wednesday, January 11

Men’s Basketball vs. Columbia Greene CC, 5:00 p.m., Home

Friday, January 13

Saturday, January 14 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. Hudson Valley CC, 1:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Hudson Valley CC, 3:00 p.m., Home

Sunday, January 15 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Mohawk Valley Invitational, 9:00 a.m., Utica


Week of January Month xx, 16,2010 2012 Monday, January 16 Martin Luther King Day College Closed

Tuesday, January 17 n n

Faculty Institute New Student Orientation

Wednesday, January 18 n n n

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Thursday, January 19 n n

Faculty Institute New Student Orientation

Friday, January 20 n n

Faculty Institute New Student Orientation Men’s and Women’s Bowling vs. Columbia Greene CC, 3:00pm, Away Women’s Basketball vs. Adirondack CC, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Adirondack CC, 7:00 p.m., Home

Saturday, January 21

Faculty Institute New Student Orientation

Sunday, January 22 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. SUNY Delhi, 1:00 p.m., Away Men’s Basketball vs. SUNY Delhi, 3:00 p.m., Away


Week of January Month xx, 23,2010 2012 Monday, January 23 n n

Late Registration/Add Classes Begin

Thursday, January 26 n n

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Late Registration/Add Women’s Basketball vs. Clinton CC, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Clinton CC, 7:00 p.m., Away

Tuesday, January 24 n n

Late Registration/Add Men’s Basketball vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, 7:00 p.m., Away

Friday, January 27 n n

Late Registration/Add All new students must submit records of immunizations to Student Affairs, Elston Hall 222.

Wednesday, January 25 n n

Late Registration/Add Men’s and Women’s Bowling vs. Hudson Valley CC, 3:00 p.m, Away

Saturday, January 28 n

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Men’s and Women’s Bowling, 13th Annual Blue and Orange, 9:30 a.m., Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Women’s Basketball vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, January 29


Week of January Month xx, 30,2010 2012 Monday, January 30

Tuesday, January 31

Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room n Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101 n Setting Goals – The SMART Way, College Hour, Activity Forum n

Thursday, February 2 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. Adirondack CC, 5:00 p.m., Away Men’s Basketball vs. Adirondack CC, 7:00 p.m., Away

Wednesday, February 1 n

Friday, February 3 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 3:00 p.m., Away

Men’s and Women’s Bowling vs. Adirondack CC, 3:00 p.m., Away

Saturday, February 4 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Mardi Bob Invitational, 9:00 a.m., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Sunday, February 5 n

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Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Westchester Classic, 9:30 a.m., Wappingers Falls, N.Y. Women’s Basketball vs. Finger Lakes CC, 11:00 a.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Finger Lakes CC, 1:00 p.m., Home


Week of February Month xx,6,2010 2012 Monday, February 6 n

Late Start Classes Begin

Tuesday, February 7 n

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Thursday, February 9 n

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Men’s and Women’s Bowling vs. Herkimer CC, 3:30 p.m., Away Women’s Basketball vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 5:00 p.m., Away Men’s Basketball vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 7:00 p.m., Away

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Activity Forum, Elston Hall Men’s Basketball vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, 7:00 p.m., Home

Friday, February 10 n

Wednesday, February 8

Graduation Application Due

Saturday, February 11 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Boulevard Bowl Collegiate Classic, 11:00 a.m., Schenectady

Sunday, February 12 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, 17th Annual SCCC Invitational Boulevard Bowl, 8:00 a.m., Schenectady


Week of February Month xx,13, 2010 2012 Monday, February 13 n

Tuesday, February 14

Loving Yourself First, College Hour, Activity Forum

Valentine’s Day n

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Thursday, February 16 n

Women’s Basketball vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, 5:00 p.m., Home

Wednesday, February 15 n

Women’s Basketball vs. Herkimer CC, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Hudson Valley CC, 6:00 p.m., Away

Friday, February 17

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Conference Match, 2:45 p.m., Boulevard Bowl, Schenectady

Saturday, February 18 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. North Country CC, 1:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. North Country CC, 3:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, February 19 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Region III Playoffs, 9:00 a.m., Utica, N.Y.


Week of February Month xx,20, 2010 2012 Monday, February 20

Tuesday, February 21

President’s Day n

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Faculty Professional Development Day - No Classes

Thursday, February 23 Women’s Basketball vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 5:00 p.m., Home Men’s Basketball vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 7:00 p.m., Home

Wednesday, February 22

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Friday, February 24

Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101

Saturday, February 25 n

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Women’s Basketball vs. Herkimer CC, 1:00 p.m., Away Men’s Basketball vs. Herkimer CC, 3:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, February 26


Week of February Month xx,27, 2010 2012 Monday, February 27 n

Financial Aid Disbursement (Grants and Loans)

Tuesday, February 28 n

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Thursday, March 1 n

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Scholarship Applications for 2012 Available Men’s and Women’s Bowling, NJCAA National Championships, 8:00 a.m., Buffalo

Men’s Basketball Sub-Regional Playoffs Women’s Basketball Sub-Regional Playoffs

Friday, March 2 n

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Men’s and Women’s Bowling, NJCAA National Championships, 8:00 a.m., Buffalo Men’s Basketball Regionals, Jefferson CC Women’s Basketball Regionals playoffs

Wednesday, February 29 n

Leap Into College Day, Instant Admission Day, 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m., Admissions Office, Stockade Building

Saturday, March 3 n

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Men’s and Women’s Bowling, NJCAA National Championships, 8:00 a.m., Buffalo Men’s Basketball Regionals, Jefferson CC Women’s Basketball Regionals playoffs

Sunday, March 4 n

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Men’s Basketball Regionals, Jefferson CC Women’s Basketball Regionals playoffs


Week of March Month 5, xx,2012 2010 Monday, March 5

Tuesday, March 6

Wednesday, March 7 n

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Thursday, March 8 n

American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Activity Forum, Elston Hall

Friday, March 9

ADA Transition Workshop, 9:00 a.m. Meet in Stockade Building, Room 101 Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101

Saturday, March 10 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, USBC Sectional Qualifiers, Allentown, Penn.

Sunday, March 11 n

Men’s and Women’s Bowling, USBC Sectional Qualifiers, Allentown, Penn.


Week of March Month 12, xx, 2012 2010 Monday, March 12 n n n n

Spring Break EOP Disbursement Scholarship Refund Disbursement Men’s and Women’s Bowling, USBC Sectional Qualifiers, Allentown, Penn.

Thursday, March 15 n

Spring Break

Tuesday, March 13 n

Spring Break

Friday, March 16 n

Spring Break

Wednesday, March 14 n

Spring Break

Saturday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday, March 18


Week of March Month 19, xx, 2012 2010 Monday, March 19

Tuesday, March 20

Wednesday, March 21

Thursday, March 22

Friday, March 23

Saturday, March 24

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Online (Only) Registration for Continuing Students

Sunday, March 25


Week of March Month 26, xx, 2012 2010 Monday, March 26

Tuesday, March 27

Wednesday, March 28 n

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Thursday, March 29

Friday, March 30 n

Scholarship Applications for 2012 Due

Fall and Summer 2012 Priority Registration for Continuing Students General Registration Begins

Saturday, March 31 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, April 1 April Fool’s Day n

Men’s Baseball vs. Fulton Montgomery CC, 1:00 p.m., Home


Week of April Month2,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, April 2 n

Attitude of Gratitude Workshop, College Hour, Activity Forum

Tuesday, April 3 n

SCCC’s Annual Food for Thought and All That Jazz

Wednesday, April 4 n

n

Thursday, April 5 n

60% Attendance/Withdrawal Date for Financial Aid Recipients

Friday, April 6

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Luncheon - invitation only SUNY Chancellors Awards for Student Excellence, 3:00 p.m., The Egg, Albany

Saturday, April 7 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Columbia Greene CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, April 8


Week of April Month9,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, April 9 n

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American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Activity Forum, Elston Hall Alcohol/Drug Screening, College Hour, Elston Hall 222Q EOP Disbursement

Thursday, April 12 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Hudson Valley CC, 2:00 p.m., Away

Tuesday, April 10 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Hudson Valley CC, 2:00 p.m., Home

Wednesday, April 11 n

n

Friday, April 13

Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101

Saturday, April 14 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, April 15 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Mohawk Valley CC, 1:00 p.m., Home


Week of April Month16, xx,2012 2010 Monday, April 16 n

Last day to Withdraw from Spring (full-term) Classes

Tuesday, April 17 n

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Thursday, April 19 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Herkimer CC, 2:00 p.m., Away

Wednesday, April 18

General Registration Begins for Fall and Summer 2012 Men’s Baseball vs. Herkimer CC, 2:00 p.m., Home

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Jefferson CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, April 22 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Jefferson CC, 1:00 p.m., Home


Week of April Month23, xx,2012 2010 Monday, April 23

Tuesday, April 24 n

Thursday, April 26 n

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Open House for High School Juniors, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Men’s Baseball vs. Adirondack CC, 2:00 p.m., Away

Wednesday, April 25

Men’s Baseball vs. Adirondack CC, 2:00 p.m., Home

Friday, April 27

Saturday, April 28 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Clinton CC, 1:00 p.m., Away

Sunday, April 29 n

Men’s Baseball vs. Clinton CC, 1:00 p.m., Home


Week of April Month30, xx,2012 2010 Monday, April 30

Tuesday, May 1

Wednesday, May 2 n

Thursday, May 3

Friday, May 4

Men’s Baseball vs. Columbia Greene CC, 2:00 p.m., Home

Saturday, May 5 Cinco de Mayo n

Men’s Baseball Sub-Regional (Best of 3)

Sunday, May 6 n

Men’s Baseball Sub-Regional (Best of 3)


Week of May Month 7, xx, 2012 2010 Monday, May 7 n

n

Wednesday, May 9

Friday, May 11

Saturday, May 12

Final Exam Boot Camp, College Hour, Activity Forum

Thursday, May 10 n

Tuesday, May 8

Culinary Tour, 1:00 p.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 2:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101

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Men’s Baseball Regional Tournament, Little Falls, N.Y.

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Men’s Baseball Regional Tournament, Little Falls, N.Y.

Sunday, May 13 Mother’s Day n

Men’s Baseball Regional Tournament, Little Falls, N.Y.


Week of May Month 14,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, May 14 n n

Finals Week Smoking Cessation Information Session, College Hour, Activity Forum, Elston Hall

Thursday, May 17 n n

Finals Week Instant Admission Day, 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m., Admissions Office, Stockade Building

Tuesday, May 15 n

Finals Week

Friday, May 18 n

Finals Week

Wednesday, May 16 n

Finals Week

Saturday, May 19 n n

Finals Week Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas

Sunday, May 20 n

Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas


Week of May Month 21,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, May 21 n n

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Final Grades Due Summer Session I (3 weeks) May 21 - June 8 Late Registration/Add Summer Session III (6 weeks) May 21 - June 29 Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas

Tuesday, May 22 n n n

Professional Days Late Registration/Add Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas

Wednesday, May 23 n n

Professional Days Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas

Thursday, May 24 n n

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Professional Days SCCC Honors Convocation, 9:00 a.m. SCCC 42nd Commencement, 4:30 p.m., Proctors Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas

Friday, May 25 n

Saturday, May 26

Men’s Baseball NJCAA DIII World Series, Tyler, Texas

Sunday, May 27


Week of May Month 28,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, May 28

Tuesday, May 29

Wednesday, May 30

Friday, June 1

Saturday, June 2

Memorial Day College is Closed

Thursday, May 31

Sunday, June 3


Week of June Month 4, xx, 2012 2010 Monday, June 4 n

n

Tuesday, June 5

Summer Session VI (8 weeks) June 4 - July 27 Late Registration/Add

Thursday, June 7

Wednesday, June 6 n

n

Friday, June 8

Culinary Tour, 10:00 a.m. Meet at entrance to Casola Dining Room Admissions Group Information Session including a Campus Tour, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Meet at Stockade Building, Room 101

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10


Week of June Month 11,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, June 11 n

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Tuesday, June 12

Wednesday, June 13

Friday, June 15

Saturday, June 16

Summer Session II (3 weeks) June 11 - June 29 Late Registration/Add Grades Due for Summer Session I

Thursday, June 14

Sunday, June 17 Father’s Day


Week of June Month 18,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, June 18

Tuesday, June 19

Wednesday, June 20

Thursday, June 21

Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23

Sunday, June 24


Week of June Month 25,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, June 25

Tuesday, June 26

Wednesday, June 27

Thursday, June 28

Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

Sunday, July 1


Week of July Month 2, 2012 xx, 2010 Monday, July 2 n

Tuesday, July 3

Grades Due for Summer Session II and III

Thursday, July 5

Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day College is Closed.

Friday, July 6

Saturday, July 7

Sunday, July 8


Week of July Month 9, 2012 xx, 2010 Monday, July 9 n

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Tuesday, July 10

Wednesday, July 11

Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14

Summer Session IV (6 weeks) July 9 - August 17 Summer Session V (3 weeks) July 9 - July 27 Late Registration/Add

Thursday, July 12

Sunday, July 15


Week of July Month 16,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, July 16

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18

Thursday, July 19

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, July 22


Week of July Month 23,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, July 23

Tuesday, July 24

Wednesday, July 25

Thursday, July 26

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

Sunday, July 29


Week of July Month 30,xx, 2012 2010 Monday, July 30 n

Tuesday, July 31

Wednesday, August 1

Friday, August 3

Saturday, August 4

Grades Due for Summer Session V and VI

Thursday, August 2

Sunday, August 5


Week of August Month xx, 6, 2012 2010 Monday, August 6

Tuesday, August 7

Wednesday, August 8

Thursday, August 9

Friday, August 10

Saturday, August 11

Sunday, August 12


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