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Student Handbook

The Housatonic Community College Catalog & Student Handbook is published each year before the start of the fall semester.

› Statement Regarding Sexual Violence (Word Document)

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Confidentiality of Student Records


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

These rights are included in the college Policies section in Appendix XVII.

From the 2014-2015 Catalog


Please refer to the Faculty/Staff Reserve shelf in the Library or to the College Policies section of this catalog for the complete policies and texts concerning the following:

Academic Dishonesty

Students of Housatonic Community College are expected to do their own work on assignments, laboratory exercises, quizzes, examinations and any other academic work. Cheating in any form is viewed by the faculty, the students and the administration as a most serious offense. See The Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct, Part D in Appendix I.

Academic dishonesty can result in your receiving an “F” grade on the paper or exam in question and/or an “F” grade in the course. “F” penalties are invoked by faculty members. Academic dishonesty can result in suspension from college or expulsion from college. The last two penalties can only be invoked through the Academic Dean.

Faculty members explain to students exactly what is meant by academic dishonesty and plagiarism and what the penalties are at the beginning of the semester. If you have any question on these issues, consult with the faculty member prior to undertaking the action or submitting the paper.

Housatonic Community College Copyright Policy for Students

Copyright refers to exclusive legal rights authors or owners have over their works for a specific period. These rights include copying whole or parts of works, creating derivative works, and distributing or performing the works. Copyright laws are legal offenses and can result in serious college penalties (see the Student Code of Conduct) and broader federal offenses. The full description of Copyright Policy for Students is in Appendix X.

Additionally, all copyright-protected material used must include the complete source citation and the rights holder. This information should appear on the same page as the material itself.

For copyright questions not answered by this information, please contact a librarian for assistance.

See Appendix X for the complete policy.

Class Cancellations

Housatonic has the right to cancel any class or to change instructors. Upon course cancellation, a student will be notified and referred to an advisor or counselor who will meet with the student to select another ongoing course in which the student will be enrolled provided he/she meets the pre-requisites/parallels. Restrictions apply in equipment-related courses, and ENG* 101 and ENG* 102.

Weather (or Other) Cancellations

Occasionally classes have to be cancelled because of extreme weather conditions or other emergencies. The most detailed information is on the HCC website or by calling 203-332-5200. Students should login to myCommNet to sign up for myCommNet Alert text messages to receive weather cancellations and closings.

Faculty Absences

If a faculty member is going to be late or cannot meet a class because of an emergency, he or she will make every effort to have someone inform you. However, if any faculty member is late arriving for class (more than 20 minutes), you can:

  1. Go to the Academic Dean (LH- A204a), the Evening Division Office in Beacon Hall (BH- 116) or the office of the department chair for that academic area (refer to “Where To Go For Help”) and ask for guidance;
  2. Circulate an attendance sheet with the course number and section for each student to sign. Provide this information to the offices listed above .At that point you are free to leave if you have received no other directions.

Computer Policies

Using computers is a very important part of your education. The HCC computer laboratories in both Lafayette Hall, Beacon Hall, and in the Library are available for use by current HCC students. The lab hours are posted on the college web site. Labs are usually open when the classes are in session and at specific times when the college is open and classes are not in session.

The college Board of Regents for Higher Education , and the State of Connecticut have endorsed uniform policies regarding computer use and computer software ownership. Under these policies, you cannot use the laboratory facilities to create software for any illegal activity nor can you use these facilities for personal work whether for a profit or non-profit purpose. You cannot duplicate or load software unless the duplication or loading is directly related to a course and is under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Further, college policy forbids viewing pornographic or other potentially offensive material on the college computers. Violation of any of these policies may result in disciplinary action.

For the complete policy see Appendix IV.

Bringing Your Children to School

Generally, visitors are not allowed in the classroom. However, if, in an emergency situation, you need your child with you when you are attending class, you are required to receive permission from the instructor. If approved, you must have the child or children with you in the classroom at all times. You cannot leave your children unattended anywhere in the college.

Drug-Free Workplace

The Board of Regents for Higher Education adopted the policy on drug-free workplaces for the system of community colleges.

No student or employee shall knowingly possess, use, distribute, transmit, sell, or be under the influence of any controlled substance on the college campus or off the college campus at a college-sponsored activity, function, or event. Use or possession of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be a violation of this provision.

For the complete policy see Appendix XII.

Standards and Procedures for Student Discipline

The Board of Regents for Higher Education has adopted the policy on student discipline for the system of community colleges.

For the complete policy see Appendix I.

Student Rights

As a student, you are entitled to an atmosphere conducive to learning and to impartial treatment in all aspects of the teacher/student relationship. This includes the right to be evaluated solely on academic performance and not on any matter irrelevant to that performance. As a student you are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course, but you are responsible for learning the content of the course of study as defined by official college publications, such as the college catalog.

For the complete policy see Appendix II.

Change of Address

The college must have your correct address and your correct name at all times. Therefore, you are required to report any change of address or name to the Registrar’s Office immediately, using a Change of Personal Data form.

Cell Phones/Pagers

Cellular telephones/pagers are disruptive in the classroom. When in class or in the library, cellular telephones and pagers must be turned off or muted. All cellular telephones and paging devices must be turned off or muted before class begins. Students may be asked to leave the classroom if a cell phone, pager or other electronic device is audible.


Gambling of any type on the college campus or at a college sponsored activity, function, or event subjects you to disciplinary action. Connecticut General Statutes state that “any person who plays at any game for any valuable thing, or solicits another to do the same, upon any public conveyance, or wins or loses any valuable thing by so playing or betting on such play or by sharing in any stake or wager of those who bet or play, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars and imprisoned not more than six months.” See Student Code of Conduct, Part D in Appendix I.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere in Housatonic Community College.

People with Disabilities

This policy is put forth to ensure that no qualified person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to, discrimination under any program or activity on a community college campus.

For the complete policy see Appendix VI.

Racism and Acts of Intolerance

The community colleges have long been committed to providing educational opportunities to all who seek and can benefit from them, as evidenced in the mission statements and policies concerning student rights, affirmative action, and equal opportunity. The Board of Regents and the colleges recognize that an important part of providing opportunity is creating a welcoming environment in which all people are able to work and study together, regardless of their differentness.
See Appendix VI for the complete policy.

Policy Against Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is illegal under state and federal law and is also prohibited by the Board of Regents for Higher Education Non-Discrimination Policy.

In accordance with the Board policy sexual harassment may be described as:

Any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors, or any 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 education, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment.

For the complete description of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment see the Board of Regents Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, and Intimate Partner Violence Policy and the Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct in Appendix I.

Should you find yourself in a situation which you suspect may be a type of sexual harassment, you are urged to speak with the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Development and Services, or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer. Any of these individuals will advise you of appropriate channels available to you and will respect the confidentiality of the situation.

Violence in the Workplace Prevention

The Board of Regents for Higher Education has adopted a zero tolerance for violence in the workplace policy. “Violence” is defined as an overt act or threat of harm to any person or property, or any act that poses a substantial threat to the safety of any person or property.

For the complete policy see Appendix VII.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence knows no gender, class, religion, education, or economic standing. At Housatonic we are a community, and domestic violence needs to be addressed by the community. Knowledge and understanding are important and effective tools that faculty, students and staff can call upon to help a victim stay safe.

The following staff members are Safety Network Liaisons and are trained in domestic violence facilitation:

  • Deloris Curtis
    Director, Admissions
    203-332-5102, Room LH-A106a
  • Janet Lanci
    Assistant Professor
    203-332-8548, Room BH-249
  • Mickey Reed
    Coordinator, OTA Program
    203-332-5214, Room LH-C226
  • Heidi Szobota
    Director, Early Childhood Lab School
    203-332-5030, Room LH-B137a

In addition, resource material is available for viewing or loan in the Women’s Center, room BH-371 in Beacon Hall.

AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases

The community college system reaffirms its commitment to provide a safe and healthy educational environment, safeguard the rights of individuals, and comply with state and federal anti-discrimination laws and regulations. Students and employees with AIDS, HIV infection, and other communicable diseases must be accorded the same rights and assume the same responsibilities as all other members of the community college community.

For the complete policy see Appendix V.