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Academic Advising for Evening classes:
Academic counseling is available for all students as well as prospective students. If you are planning to pursue a degree or certificate of completion, you should schedule an initial appointment with a counselor by calling the Academic Advising Office at 755-4857, before beginning your studies, or as soon as possible thereafter. Your planned course of study will be reviewed for you at that time. Counseling on a walk-in basis is available during the open registration period, as well as throughout the semester. Appointments may be scheduled after the open registration period by calling 755-4857.
Policy of Confidentiality of Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts 1974, as amended, provides for students to have access to their educational records, to challenge anything in the records which they consider inaccurate or misleading, and to limit the release of such information.
The complete text of this policy is available in the Admissions Office and the Registrar's Office.
Applying to STCC
Complete the application for admission to the college. If you previously applied and were accepted to STCC, a new application for admission is still required. You can apply online at /, or drop off your application at the Admissions Office in Garvey Hall, or mail your application with a check or money order for the nonrefundable application fee ($10 for Massachusetts residents, $35 for out-of-state or international students) to:
Springfield Technical Community College
One Armory Square, Suite 1, P.O. Box 9000
Springfield, Massachusetts 01102-9000
If you have previously paid the application fee to STCC or to another Massachusetts community college, you do not have to pay it again.
Benefits of applying to the college: All students must be enrolled in a degree-granting or approved certificate program to be eligible for any financial aid.
Policy on Grade of Incomplete
The grade of incomplete (I) indicates that a major requirement of the course has not been completed. The following policy shall apply to incompletes:
- An "I" (incomplete) is a temporary grade assigned to students who fail to complete the requirements of a course. The grade of "I" is to be assigned only to the few students who have valid, approved reasons for their inability to complete the course work. An "I" is not to be assigned to a potential failure.
- An "I" (incomplete) will change to "F" (failure) four weeks after the beginning of the next regular semester.
- Fall semester students who receive the grade of "I" will have until February to complete course requirements. Spring semester students would have until October to complete course requirements and, based on those results, petition a grade change from the original instructor. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the original instructor to complete course requirements.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
All students are eligible to join the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College if they complete 30 graduation credits with a Quality Point Average of at least 3.5. Students who meet these requirements will be contacted by chapter advisors.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Policy
The Executive Office of Health/Human Services (EOHHS) requires a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check on all persons hired or volunteering to provide services at all state hospitals, mental health facilities, day care centers, schools or other sites serving "populations at risk." (Mass General Laws, Chap. 6, Section 167-178B.)
Each student accepted into any STCC program or offering in the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing, or the Early Childhood Education program must undergo a CORI check once a year. This policy also applies to students participating in laboratory experiences on or off campus, including field trips and site visits. Any student who does not pass the CORI check or who refuses to consent to a CORI check, will be precluded from participating in the corresponding clinical fieldwork, practicum course, and/or laboratory experience. Students who do not complete the required clinical, laboratory, or practicum courses, on or off campus, will be unable to fulfill requirements for graduation, and may be withdrawn from the program. Alternative clinical/practicum experiences, on or off campus, are not an option.
In addition to CORI checks, students may be subject to drug or other tests as required by clinical/practicum affiliates. Any student who does not pass drug or other tests, or who refuses to consent to drug or other tests as required by the clinical practicum facility or experience, will be precluded from participation in the corresponding clinical affiliation, laboratory experience, and/or practicum course. Alternative clinical/practicum experiences, on or off campus, are not an option. Students who do not complete required clinical, laboratory experience and/or practicum course, on or off campus, will be unable to fulfill program/college requirements and may be withdrawn from the program. Certification of drug or other test results is the responsibility of the student.
Verification of CORI Report
If a student contends that his/her CORI report contains erroneous information, or has any questions, the student should immediately contact: Criminal History Systems Board, 200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA 02150, (617) 660-4600.
Refusal to Allow Required Record Checks or Other Testing
Any student who refuses to allow required record checks or other testing will be removed from the involved clinical affiliation, laboratory experience, and/or practicum course, and may be withdrawn from the program. Under most circumstances, the CORI check cannot be processed without a written permission. The CORI Request Form must be returned within ten (10) days of receipt, and it must be on record at STCC before the student can register for classes.
Repetition of Courses
A course may be attempted a maximum of three times unless department guidelines stipulate a fewer number. All grades will appear on the transcript, but only the last grade will be used in calculating the quality point average (QPA.)