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HCC Main Campus
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD, 21044
Laurel College Center
312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205
Laurel, MD 20707
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Background
 
 

Student Handbook Policies and Procedures

Academic Honesty


Academic Standards


Student Code of Conduct


Standards of Classroom Behavior


Student Conduct Process 


Campus Crime Reports and Registered Sex Offender Information 


Sexual Misconduct 


Sexual Misconduct Procedures


Discrimination Complaint Procedures 


Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

  • Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

    Howard Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity through its employment practices, educational programs, admissions and the many services to the community. It is the policy of the college to abide by all applicable requirements of federal and state law so that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, ethnic background, marital status, sexual orientation, political persuasion or disability. The college will adhere to applicable laws and regulations affecting affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.

    The board of trustees has committed the college to undertake an affirmative action program to expand equality of opportunity and to initiate the recruitment of minorities. The program has been designed to ensure equality of opportunity in employment as well as to develop and maintain educational programs and services for our many diverse populations.

Drug and Alcohol Free Campus 
 

Emergency and Closing Information

  • Emergencies and Closings

    HCC works to maintain the safety and security of students by providing the following resources and policies.

    Mobile Alert System

    Students can quickly receive notices of emergencies, college closings and other urgent information via text messaging, email or RSS feeds. Sign up for this service at howardcc.edu/alert. College closings also will be announced on the HCC website (howardcc.edu) and main phone number (443-518-1000).

    Public Safety Website

    Valuable information and tips can be found at howardcc.edu/publicsafety.

    Late Opening Policy

    If the college has a late opening and more than 30 minutes remains for a scheduled class, that class will meet for the remainder of the class time. For example, if a class runs from 11-12:50 and the college opens at 12, the class would meet from 12-12:50.

    Early Closing Policy

    If the college will be closing early and more than 30 minutes of time is available for a class before the closing, that class will meet during the available time. For example, if a class meets from 4:30-5:50 and the college closes at 5:30, your class would meet from 4:30-5:30. 

    Laurel College Center Policy

    The Laurel College Center follows the closings and delays of Prince George’s Community College. In inclement weather, watch for announcements for Prince George’s Community College or call 1-866-228-6110 or 443-518-4162.

    Emergency Quick Reference Guide

    Howard Community College has developed three basic protocols to respond to all emergencies and protect the life and well-being of the college community. Please click here for the quick reference guide.

Learning Outcomes Assessment and Accountability

Howard Community College (HCC) is committed to the philosophy of educational accountability. In order to determine that students are attaining the knowledge and skills appropriate to various courses and programs, regular and planned assessment activities are ongoing and include standardized assessments, placement tests, faculty-developed evaluations, focus sessions, and surveys. These measures may require the use of class time. When that is the case, students are expected to participate. Confidentiality of responses is ensured.

Grading and Attendance

  • Grading and Attendance

    Grading and Attendance

    The methods for evaluation and grading within a course are clearly stated in the course syllabus. Evaluation procedures are objective and appropriately related to the course’s objectives and content.

    HCC does not have a college-wide attendance policy. Regular class attendance, however, is expected. Attendance expectations or requirements will be clearly stated in the course syllabus and discussed by the instructor.

    Class Cancellation

    Faculty are expected to conduct all assigned classes as scheduled. Classes will be cancelled only in the case of an emergency or with prior approval by the appropriate division leader as identified by each division’s guidelines. In the case of an emergency, the faculty member is required to contact the division office as soon as the faculty member becomes aware of the emergency and the inability to meet with the class. The faculty member should work within the division to find an appropriate substitute. An official class cancellation notice will be posted on the class door by the division office or in the learning management system to notify students. In the event that a faculty member needs to be absent from class for other professional reasons, the faculty member should discuss the reasons with the appropriate division leader as soon as possible to decide on provision of alternate faculty coverage. It is important that the division leader and the division office be aware of such class changes so that student questions or concerns can be properly addressed.

  • Class Cancellation

    Faculty are expected to conduct all assigned classes as scheduled. Classes will be cancelled only in the case of an emergency or with prior approval by the appropriate division leader as identified by each division’s guidelines. In the case of an emergency, the faculty member is required to contact the division office as soon as the faculty member becomes aware of the emergency and the inability to meet with the class. The faculty member should work within the division to find an appropriate substitute. An official class cancellation notice will be posted on the class door by the division office or in the learning management system to notify students. In the event that a faculty member needs to be absent from class for other professional reasons, the faculty member should discuss the reasons with the appropriate division leader as soon as possible to decide on provision of alternate faculty coverage. It is important that the division leader and the division office be aware of such class changes so that student questions or concerns can be properly addressed.

Complaints and Appeals

  • Academic Complaints

    To maintain the integrity of the academic environment and to ensure the rights of students in such matters, HCC’s administrative policies and procedures provide a framework to resolve student complaints of an academic nature. An academic complaint is defined as an issue related to classroom instruction or a grade dispute in which the student believes a grade was assigned in an arbitrary or inconsistent manner. A student who has an academic complaint, including a specific academic complaint involving a faculty member, that remains unresolved through informal means, may enter into a formal process of problem resolution. The student academic complaint procedures and the appropriate form may be obtained from the division offices. A student who wants to initiate a formal academic complaint must submit an academic complaint form no later than the end of the seventh week of the next major term. All written correspondence concerning this matter will be sent to the student using their HCC email account.

    1.  The student must discuss the problem with the instructor prior to beginning the formal complaint process. Many times misunderstandings can be resolved by honest, open dialogue.

    2.  If the issue is not resolved after discussing it with the instructor, the student may pursue the matter further by submitting a formal written complaint. The student should contact the division office to schedule an appointment with the appropriate designated division representative. A meeting will be scheduled ¬between the division representative and the student to discuss the problem and outline the formal complaint process. The student may then file a formal, written complaint that must include:
    • a written description of the academic issues in dispute;
    • any supporting evidence;
    • the specific academic complaint form with the student and faculty signatures or record of the electronic communications;

    The written complaint must be submitted by the student to the division representative no later than the seventh week of the next full semester. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. This decision will be communicated to the student in a formal correspondence, and the faculty member and division leader will be notified of the decision.

    3. If the student wishes to appeal the division resolution, the student must notify the division representative within one week of receiving the written resolution from the division or meeting with the division representative regarding the resolution, whichever occurred last. The student’s written complaint, the instructor’s written response, and the division representative’s written recommendation will be forwarded to the vice president of academic affairs. The student has the right to meet with the vice president of academic affairs but is not required to do so. The student who wishes to have a meeting must contact the vice president’s office directly within two weeks of notifying the division representative of their intention to appeal, to schedule the meeting. The decision of the vice president of academic affairs is final and will be conveyed in writing to the student.

  • Non-academic complaint procedures

    Procedures for Howard Community College (HCC) students to address non-academic complaints are addressed here and in the catalog, which is available on the college website. These procedures are reviewed annually by the office of the vice president of student services prior to publication of the student handbook and the catalog. There is a separate process for filing each type of non-academic complaint.

    Procedures related to filing complaints regarding violations of college policy on non-discrimination, equal employment opportunity or affirmative action and violations of sexual misconduct are outlined in the procedures 63.01.01, Discrimination Complaint and 63.01D.01, Sexual Misconduct.

    HCC students with disabilities who have complaints regarding physical accessibility of campus or provisions for academic accommodation can follow the grievance procedures outlined in the Disability Support Services Student Handbook available on the HCC website.

    Procedures for complaints regarding the requirements of FERPA are outlined in college policy 50.05, under “Right to Challenge Student Records.” If after following these procedures, a student alleges failure by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA, the student can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

    The procedures for handling complaints regarding the student services area (i.e., academic support services; admissions, advising and transfer athletics; Children’s Learning Center; counseling and career services; disability support services; financial aid services; records, registration, and veterans affairs; student life; test center, and campus services) are outlined below.

    1. Students should make an appointment with the appropriate administrator or staff member to discuss the problem (refer to the Offices and Departments website)
    2. If the student cannot resolve their problem by meeting with the administrator or staff person, the student may make an appointment with the staff member’s immediate supervisor.
    3. If the concern is not resolve at the administrator or supervisor level, the student may make an appointment to see the vice president of student services or designee.
    4. The vice president of student service’s decision is final.

    The vice president of student services or designee is available for advocacy or advice should students feel the need for additional assistance relative to college policy and regulations.

  • Records and Registration Appeals Committee

    A student who has an unexpected life event or other extenuating circumstances during a term may request an exception to HCC’s dates and deadlines. To initiate the appeal process, the student must submit a registration appeal to RRVA. A complete appeal includes the appeals form, which is available through RRVA and online, a personal statement, and appropriate supporting, dated documentation. Appeals must be submitted to RRVA no later than the end of the seventh week of the next fall or spring semester following the term for which the student is appealing. Students whose appeals are denied are entitled to submit a second-level appeal to the attention of the registrar. A final appeal may be made to the vice president of student services; the decision of the vice president of student services is final. For the full policy see the Records and Registration Procedure.

Insurance

  • Health Insurance

    Howard Community College does not provide medical coverage for students who are accidentally injured during classes or who suffer injuries as a result of incidents between students. All students are encouraged to obtain their own medical insurance, especially if they participate in classes and/or activities which require physical activity or exposure to other health risks (e.g. nursing classes, science labs, physical education activities, dance and theater classes, clubs and student government activities, etc.).

    Nursing and allied health students are required to meet specified health requirements. Documentation is required for proof of freedom from TB and immunity to rubella, rubeola, mumps, and varicella through vaccination or titer.

    Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) or declination is also required and immunization for tetanus.

    The college does not administer a student medical insurance plan. Students can obtain health insurance on their own by contacting the Maryland Health Connection. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Insurance Administration, Department of Human Resources and statewide stakeholders has established Maryland’s state-based health insurance exchange, which opens each Fall. For further information, please call 855-642-8572 or visit marylandhealthconnection.gov/ on the internet.

    International students attending the college on F-1 student visas are required to have health insurance that provides coverage for health care in the United States. For further information about these requirements, contact the Office of Admissions and Advising

Lost and Found

Lost and found is located at the Public Safety office on the first floor of the RCF building. Every effort is made to identify and contact the rightful owner of found property items. After thirty days, unclaimed property will be disposed of through established departmental policy.

Students, Non-Students on Campus

  • Student ID cards, ID Numbers and Identity Protection

    Howard Community College has established processes to enable student to protect identity and confidentiality rights. Students are expected to have their college photo ID cards with them at all times when on campus. If a public safety officer requests that a student to show their ID, they are expected to comply. These cards are required to transact most college business, to utilize certain college facilities, such as but not limited to the athletic and fitness center and computer labs and to attend college functions. They are also required to check out materials in from the HCC Library.

    ID cards are issued to students at the Public Safety office (RCF-117) after registering for classes. Students must have their card re-validated following registration each term.

    To obtain an ID card, you need:

    • Proof of HCC enrollment (tuition receipt or class schedule)
    • A valid photo ID
    • Vehicle Parking Permit Number and Vehicle tag number
    • All students are responsible for knowing their student ID number, which is required for many transactions. Whenever possible, students are urged to provide their student ID number rather than their social security number (SSNs should only be provided when required; for example, for certain financial aid documents). Students are also strongly advised to safely maintain all documents that have identifying information on them, especially ID cards.
  • Non-Students On Campus
 

Traffic Rules and Regulations
 

Parking


Bicycles/Skateboarding/Rollerblading


Smoking on Campus


Weapons on Campus


Student’s Rights and Responsibilities

Howard Community College recognizes that students have the following rights and responsibilities:

  • Student's Rights and Responsibilities
    1. Students have the right to freedom of expression, assembly, advocacy, and inquiry. Students are responsible for complying with all college rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
    2. Students have the right to offer opposing opinions and to reserve judgment about their views, beliefs, academic evaluations, political affiliations, and educational records. Students are responsible for respecting this right of others. They are also responsible for exercising their right of expression in a manner that is not disruptive as described in the Student Code of Conduct.
    3. Students have the right to participate in any student group without discrimination and to form such groups according to the Student Government Association bylaws. Student groups are responsible for not discriminating against others.
    4. Students have the right to form a student government, which shall be governed by a constitution approved by the HCC Administration. Students are responsible for abiding by that constitution. The actions of the student government may be implemented only through prescribed procedures.
    5. Students have the right to participate in the formulation of institutional, academic, and student policies. Opportunities for such participation will be provided through representation on appropriate committees as set forth in the college’s internal governance procedures. As participation in the institutional process, students are responsible for complying with all published and prescribed procedures, attending meetings, and participating in the decision-making process with the welfare of the entire student body in mind.
    6. Students have the right to participate in the evaluation process of academic courses. Students are responsible for rendering fair and accurate evaluations.
    7. Students have the right to fair evaluation by instructors, based upon clearly defined criteria presented at the beginning of the course. Students are responsible for meeting all established requirements of the course in which they enroll.
    8. Students have the right to expect that the college’s published procedures will be followed in any disciplinary action. Students are responsible for following all rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that apply to student conduct.
    9. Students have the right to file academic or general grievances against any faculty or staff member who has, in a student’s opinion, displayed inappropriate behavior. Students are responsible for following the college’s procedures.
    10. Students with documented disabilities have the right to reasonable accommodations. Students are responsible in advance to formally request accommodations and to provide documentation of their disability to the Disability Support Services Office. Grievances regarding accommodations should be first addressed with the Disability Support Services Office.
    11. Students have the right to the confidentiality of their academic records. Specific information is considered directory information and is routinely released to outside agencies and individuals. Directory information includes: student name; high school attended; photographs, dates of enrollment, areas of study; majors, degrees, honors, and awards, or lack thereof, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and height and weight of members of athletic teams. Howard Community College follows the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Students can request this information be withheld. Questions or requests should be directed to the Office of Records, Registration, and Veterans’ Affairs.
    12. Section 493.A of the Higher Education Act as amended in 1992 requires post-secondary educational institutions to disseminate relevant, candid information on student financial aid programs available at the college. These rights and responsibilities may be found in “The Student Guide,” (U.S. Department of Education) and is available in the Student Financial Aid Office. All financial aid awards are for one academic year and it is the student’s responsibility to reapply each year.

 Student Right To Know


Valuing Diversity

Howard Community College is committed to valuing diversity and recognizes the critical role of an educational institution in preparing its students, faculty, and staff to become contributing members of the global community. “We acknowledge that diversity is more than a concept or philosophy; it is a way of being. Diversity is recognizing, appreciating, respecting, listening to and learning from the unique talents and contributions of all people.”

HCC’s diversity programs will reflect and respect all differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnic backgrounds, and ability/disability as well as the values of equal rights, equal access, and equal treatment. HCC recognizes the critical role of an educational institution in preparing all students, faculty and staff to become contributing members of the global community. In order to assure success, all members of the college community must vigorously accept their responsibility of supporting the college’s strategic priority to incorporate diversity into the fabric of the institution. Diversity, inclusion, equity, and affirmative action commitment originates with the board of trustees and filters throughout every facet of the institution. For more information visit howardcc.edu/diversity.

Cashier’s Office
 

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

To learn more about equity in athletics at Howard CC along with a lot of other information about life as a Dragon, go to: https://www.howardcc.edu/about-us/consumer-information/

Financial Aid Services

It is the college’s goal that no student should be restricted from attending this institution because of limited financial resources. To meet this goal the college maintains a program of grants, scholarships, low interest loans, and work-study programs for eligible students who are accepted and enrolled in a financial aid eligible certificate or program degree. Students enrolled in programs not leading to a degree or certificate awarded by Howard Community College are not eligible for financial aid. Howard Community College awards financial aid in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ability/ disability, color, gender, national origin, age, political opinion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to apply for financial aid if:

    • You are a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
    • You have a valid Social Security Number.
    • You have a high school diploma, General Education Development Certificate (GED), or completed homeschooling at the secondary level.
    • You are in compliance with Selective Service registration, if male.
    • You are enrolled in a financial aid eligible certificate or a degree program at HCC.*
    • You are making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree or certificate.
    • You are not in default on a Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan or Federal Direct PLUS Loan.
    • You are not in an overpayment status for any Federal aid program at any post-secondary institution or have exceeded the aggregate loan limits.

    *Students enrolled in programs not leading to a degree or certificate awarded by Howard Community College are not eligible for financial aid at HCC. Note that not all programs at HCC are financial aid eligible–check the Schedule of Classes for eligibility.

    *Only courses that are a required course in the student’s degree or certificate program are included in determining eligibility for financial aid.

  • Disbursement Procedures

    Most students awarded financial aid will have their financial aid disbursed directly to their tuition and fees bill approximately one week after the financial aid census date. Any financial aid funds over and above tuition, fees, and bookstore charges will be refunded. The options are direct deposit to a BankMobile Vibe checking account or direct deposit to the banking institution of choice. Refer to the refund section for more information. Federal Direct Loan and Federal PLUS Loan funds are applied directly to the student account.

    Any Federal Direct PLUS Loans over and above tuition and fees, and bookstore charges are refunded to the parent or student depending on the parent’s refund preference as indicated on their loan application. Loan disbursements are received by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) and do not require an additional signature/endorsement. The student/ parent will be notified in writing that the loan funds have been credited to the student account and that the borrower can cancel the loan in writing within 14 day of the notifications.

    Loan disbursements received by check require the borrower’s endorsement at the Cashier’s Office.

    Students participating in the work-study program will be paid semi-monthly based on the number of hours worked.

    Impact on Aid of Dropping or Withdrawing or Never Attending Class

    Financial aid awards are based on the student’s financial aid enrollment status, which is “finalized” at the census date each term. When that status changes, the financial aid awards may need to be adjusted. Courses added or withdrawn from after the census date typically do not result in a change in the student’s financial aid enrollment status. However, courses that a student never attended will have an NA grade reported by the instructor, and those courses cannot be included in the financial aid enrollment status. Dropped classes cannot be included in the financial aid enrollment status. Please refer to our website at howardcc.edu/financialaid for more information about the impact on financial aid of dropping or withdrawing from a class or never attending a class you registered for.

    Students who withdraw from all classes in a term will be subject to a reduction of their financial aid awards using the Federal Return of Funds calculation. Students who stop attending all of their classes even if they do not officially withdraw from those classes will also be subject to a Federal Return of Funds calculation. Please refer to the Federal Return of Funds policy later in this section.

  • Developmental and Repeating Coursework

    DEVELOPMENTAL COURSEWORK

    Financial aid can be used to cover a maximum of 30 attempted credits of developmental education courses. This is in addition to the satisfactory academic progress maximum timeframe based on the student’s program length.

    REPEATING COURSEWORK

    Federal financial aid programs can only pay for one repeat of a passed course (passed meaning grade “D” or higher).

    For example, if a student enrolls and earns a grade of “D” in a course, the student’s enrollment status for financial aid will include that course attempt. If a student enrolls a second time in the same course, the course will be included in the student’s enrollment status for financial aid. If the student enrolls for a third time financial aid will not include the course in the student’s enrollment status regardless of the grade earned for the second attempt.

  • Consortium Agreements

    Students who wish to have their financial aid processed under a consortium agreement with another institution must notify HCC in advance of the respective term. A written agreement is required between HCC and the other institution. HCC serves as the “host” institution in these situations, meaning that the student must be enrolled in an eligible certificate or degree program at the other college. Financial aid must be processed through that institution.

    HCC will cancel all aid for any students who are found to be receiving financial aid concurrently at HCC and another institution.

  • Bookstore Funds

    Federal regulations require institutions to provide Pell eligible students with a method to purchase needed books and supplies by the seventh day of the payment period (semester). HCC makes funds available in the bookstore to all students with a completed financial file and who have been awarded financial aid in excess of tuition and fees two weeks before the semester start date through the semester census date. Bookstore purchases are limited to $1200 per semester or the amount of the excess aid, whichever is lower. Purchases are limited to required or optional books and supplies for registered coursework and bus passes.

    When a student uses financial aid funds to purchase books and supplies, the charges will appear on the student’s HCC account. Students can check myHCC to determine their excess funds. Students who do not use their excess financial aid funds to purchase books and supplies in the HCC Bookstore are considered to have opted out and will receive a refund of their excess funds.

  • Awards

    AWARD PROCEDURES

    All financial aid awards are made in accordance with two criteria: demonstrated financial need and the student’s ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Completed files are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. A financial aid file is complete only after the following documents or information have been received:

    • A valid FAFSA on file with the U.S. Department of Education. The processed FAFSA must have the Howard Community College school code (008175) listed.
    • The submission of all other information requested by Financial Aid Services (required prior to disbursement of federal aid), including additional and verification documents if necessary.

    Once a student’s financial aid is complete, and reviewed by a financial aid counselor, an award notification will be emailed to the student’s HCC email account. The initial financial aid package will be based on assumed full-time status for the fall and winter/spring semesters. Awards are adjusted to actual enrollment status on the financial aid census date prior to disbursement. Per federal regulations, only coursework that is required as a part of the student’s program can be included in the determination of aid eligibility. If financial aid awards are revised, the student is sent an email notification to his or her HCC email address. Financial aid awards can also be viewed on myHCC through Financial Aid Self-Service.

    WINTER/SPRING AWARDS

    For financial aid purposes, winter and spring classes are combined to determine enrollment status and award eligibility. For example, if you register for 3 credits in the winter and 6 credits in the spring you are eligible for aid as a three-quarter time (9 credits) student.

    SUMMER AWARDS

    For financial aid purposes, all summer session classes are combined when determining eligibility. Financial aid is not awarded for the summer until the student is registered for classes.

  • Additional and Verification Documentation

    The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) or Financial Aid Services may require students to submit additional documents to confirm the information submitted on the FAFSA. In addition, USDOE or Financial Aid Services may, at any time, select certain financial aid applications for a review process called verification. Students whose files require additional documentation must submit all required documents to Financial Aid Services in order to complete their files. Financial aid will not be awarded or disbursed until all required documentation has been received and reviewed.

    Student should submit documents as soon as possible, but no later than the student’s last date of attendance. In accordance with federal regulation, HCC will accept certain verification documents such as IRS tax documents up to 90 days after the student’s last date of attendance. This extended deadline does not apply to most documents and information required to complete the student’s financial aid file. In general, federal regulation require that documents must be received by the student’s last date of attendance or the student will not be entitled to any financial aid.

    Once the student’s file is complete, HCC will review the file. If corrections to the FAFSA are required, these corrections will be electronically submitted by the college, and the student will be notified of the corrections by the USDOE.

    Sometimes students are selected for verification after their awards have been made and funds have been disbursed for the semester. In such an event, no further financial aid will be awarded or disbursed until verification is complete. Failure to turn in documents will result in a cancellation of aid. Students will then owe disbursed funds back to the USDOE or HCC. If verification causes a change to the student’s awards for the academic year, he or she may be required to repay aid. HCC will notify students who owe overpayments of aid. If the funds are not repaid to the college within the timeframe specified in the notice of overpayment, the student’s debt will be referred to the USDOE for collection. The student will not be eligible for financial aid at any institution until that debt is repaid in full.

Financial Aid Programs

Howard Community College maintains and/or coordinates the following financial aid programs for students. Financial aid awards are normally for one academic year and it is the student’s responsibility to reapply each year. For all other financial aid purposes, the HCC academic year is defined as 24 credits. Counselors are available in Financial Aid Services to assist students with application procedures and to discuss program eligibility.

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

    SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS STANDARDS

    The federal government requires that students who receive financial aid maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average, maintain a minimum cumulative completion rate of credits attempted, and complete their degree or certificate program within a maximum time frame of 150% of the program length as measured in credits.

    In accordance with these federal regulations, this policy outlines the requirements for Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Howard Community College students who receive financial aid are required to be in good academic standing and to meet the minimum standards for progress toward their degree/certificate for each semester in which they are enrolled.

    SAP is evaluated at the end of every semester: Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer. Failure to maintain the minimum SAP standards may result in the cancellation of a student’s financial aid awards. This policy applies to students applying for financial aid for AY2019-20.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated based on the student’s cumulative academic record, from the date of entry to the college. All financial aid recipients will be evaluated for satisfactory academic progress each semester, including prior semesters during which the student did not receive financial aid. Per federal regulations, the minimum Financial Aid SAP requirements do not allow academic amnesty. Therefore, a student’s HCC cumulative GPA may be different than the student’s “financial aid cumulative GPA.”

    WHAT IS OUR FINANCIAL AID SAP POLICY?

    To be able to receive financial aid at Howard Community College, students must demonstrate satisfactory progress towards the successful completion of their degree, as measured by:

    Pace/Cumulative Completion Rate

    Attempted Credits Minimum Cumulative Required GPA
    1-30 50%
    31-40 57%
    41 or higher 67%

     

    For example, a student who has attempted 24 credits must have a Pace of at least 50% (credits completed divided by credits attempted). For students enrolled in certificate programs less than two years in length, quantitative progress is defined as a 67% completion rate at all times.

    Cumulative GPA

    Attempted Credits Minimum Cumulative Required GPA
    1-15 1.00
    16-30 1.50
    31-40 1.75
    41 or higher 2.00

     

    For example, a student who has attempted 24 credits must have a cumulative GPA of 1.50.

    *Please note that students in the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree program are required to earn a minimum cumulative G.P.A of 2.75 for graduation. Those students, even if dually enrolled in another program, are required to have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after attempting 51 credits.

    MAXIMUM TIMEFRAME

    Students must complete an educational program within a timeframe no longer than 150% of the published length of the educational program. For example, students must complete a program after attempting a maximum of 90 credits for a 60 credit program.

    Treatment of W, I, L, F, N Grades, NA Grades, No Grade Reported and Repeated Course Work:

    1. Course withdrawals (W) after the drop/add period are not included in the GPA calculation, but are considered attempted course work that is not completed, and is included in the calculation of Pace.
    2. Incomplete courses assigned an “I” grade are not included in the GPA calculation, but are considered attempted coursework that is not complete, until the incomplete grade is replaced with a permanent grade and academic progress can be re-evaluated. Any student who completes an “I” grade with a passing grade should contact Financial Aid Services to have their Satisfactory Academic Progress status recalculated.
    3. F and L grades are both treated as attempted credits that were not earned and are included in both the calculation of GPA and the minimum completion rate.
    4. Audited courses (N-grades) are not eligible for financial aid. These courses will not be considered when determining a student’s completion rate or GPA.
    5. NA grades are assigned when a student registers for a course but does not report or participate within the first 20% of the scheduled class sessions. NA grades are not considered attempted coursework nor included within the GPA calculations. Courses assigned an NA grade will not be eligible for financial aid. Therefore a student’s financial aid may be reduced or canceled based on the number of NA grades that have been reported for the semester
    6. If no grade is reported, the coursework is not included in the GPA calculation for the purposes of the SAP evaluation at the end of the term, but it is treated as a non-completion of attempted coursework until the grade is assigned.
    7. All repeated courses are considered as attempted credits when determining a student’s completion rate. The highest grade earned in a repeated course will count when determining the GPA. Only the first successful attempt will be counted as completed credits in the completion rate calculation.

    How Do Required Developmental Courses and ESL coursework Impact FA SAP Status?

    Required developmental courses including credit-based ESL courses are calculated into the GPA. This coursework is included in determining the student’s Pace/completion rate and maximum timeframe. Students are eligible for financial aid for up 30 credits in attempted developmental coursework, and the maximum timeframe calculation will be increased by the number of credits of developmental courses attempted.

    How Do Classes Taken At Another Institution and Transferred to HCC Affect SAP?

    Transfer students will be treated as first time students for their first semester. Accepted credits from another institution will be considered as both attempted and completed credits in the evaluation of the cumulative completion rate and maximum timeframe. Grades earned at other institutions are not included in the student’s GPA and therefore do not impact the qualitative measure for SAP.

    How Does A Change In Degree Program (Area of Study) Impact FA SAP Standing?

    All coursework is included in the calculation of the GPA, cumulative completion rate (Pace), and maximum time frame. Maximum timeframe is applied using the most current program. Current programs offered by HCC include an Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.), and an Associate of Science in Engineering (A.S.E.), and several certificate programs. Change in “Area of Study” within a degree program is not a change in program and all credits attempted towards the degree program (even from multiple Areas of Study) count as attempted credits towards the degree program in the FA SAP evaluation.

    How Often Is SAP Status Reviewed and How Are Students Notified?

    Financial Aid recipients are reviewed for SAP at the end of the Fall, Winter/ Spring, and Summer semesters, and prior to awarding with new financial aid recipients, including students applying for financial aid who didn’t receive aid in the most recent term of enrollment. Students who do not meet the minimum SAP standards will be notified by email at the end of each enrolled semester.

    The Financial Aid Services Office only notifies those students with a restriction or warning status.

    Evaluation of Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (SAP)

    Financial Aid Warning Status: Students who fail to meet the minimum SAP standards will be placed on Financial Aid Warning status for the subsequent semester of enrollment. Students are eligible for financial aid during the “Warning” semester.

    Students receiving financial aid for the first time may be placed on Financial Aid Warning as applicable if they did not meet the SAP standards noted in this policy based on the previous period of enrollment.

    Students who are either exceeding their maximum timeframe or close to exceeding the maximum timeframe are immediately placed on Financial Aid Restriction. There is no “warning” semester with maximum timeframe issues.

    Financial Aid SAP Restriction Status: Students who, while on Financial Aid Warning status, fail to meet the minimum SAP standards will be placed on Financial Aid Restriction status for subsequent semesters. Students on Financial Aid Restriction status are not eligible to receive financial aid. All future awards will be cancelled. Students may appeal the restriction status based on mitigating circumstances.

    A student receiving financial aid for the first time will be placed on Financial Aid Restriction status if the student did not meet the SAP standards as noted in this policy during the two previous periods of enrollment. A student who is either exceeding maximum timeframe, or close to exceeding maximum timeframe will be placed in Financial Aid Restriction status.

    Financial Aid Probation/Academic Plan Status: A student who appeals the status of Financial Aid Restriction and whose appeal is approved may be placed on an Academic Plan for a single semester. This is a probationary semester, and the student is eligible for aid during this semester. Students in this SAP status are required to have an Academic Plan in place.

    Students with this status will be reviewed at the end of the semester, and will be placed on Financial Aid Restriction if the student has not met the minimum SAP requirements, or did not meet the minimum goals of their Academic Plan, or it is determined that the student will not be able to complete their program of study within the maximum timeframe limits.

    Students who are not meeting the minimum SAP requirements at the end of the Academic Plan semester but are meeting the minimum requirements of their Academic Plan, will automatically be continued on Academic Plan status for the subsequent term of enrollment and will be eligible for financial aid for that term. Students on this status will be reviewed at the end of each semester, and must continue to meet the terms and conditions of the Financial Aid Academic Plan in order to continue to be eligible for financial aid for the subsequent term(s).

    If a student fails to meet the terms of the Financial Aid Academic Plan, the student loses financial aid eligibility and is returned to the status of Financial Aid SAP Restriction.

    Students on an Academic Plan who is meeting the minimum SAP requirements described in this policy at the end of that term are returned to “good standing” and are eligible for aid for subsequent terms of enrollment.

    What Is An Academic Plan?

    Students on Financial Aid Restriction status must obtain an Academic Plan in order to submit an Appeal. The purpose of an Academic Plan is to support the student in bringing himself or herself back into compliance with the financial aid SAP standards in order to ensure that the student will be able to successfully complete the degree or certificate program. The Academic Plan will be specifically tailored to the individual student and may include milestones and specific recommendations such as a reduced course load, specific courses or tutoring. Students must work with their academic advisor to prepare an Academic Plan if they intend to submit an appeal of their Financial Aid Restriction Status.

    Many services are available on campus that contribute to student success. For information regarding these services, please see Student Support Services or refer to the college’s website.

    How To Submit An Appeal

    To appeal a Financial Aid Restriction status, the student must submit the Financial Aid Restriction form by the date specified in the Financial Aid Restriction notification email. The appeal must include any relevant documentation, and the Academic Plan and the Academic Plan Terms and Conditions Form must be submitted with the appeal.

    The Financial Aid Appeals Committee will review the appeal and notify the student by email of their decision within 14 working days. Appeals should include a current academic plan signed by an Academic Advisor, along with the Financial Aid SAP Restriction Appeal form, and any relevant documentation. The Financial Aid SAP Restriction Appeal Form should include the following information:

    1. An explanation, with supporting documentation, of why the student failed to meet the minimum SAP standards (i.e. car broke down and couldn’t get to class, etc.)
    2. Demonstration that the student understands the reason behind the failure to meet the SAP requirements (i.e. could only get a ride to class on Tuesdays and so missed several Thursday classes)
    3. The student’s specific plans to resolve the situation with any relevant documentation, which demonstrates that the student’s academic performance will improve and meet the minimum standards (i.e. the car has been fixed and the student will not miss any classes in the future).

    The basis on which a student may file an appeal may include an injury or illness of the student or an immediate family member, military deployment, or other special circumstances. Appeals that do not contain the required elements may be denied. All appeals received will be reviewed by the Financial Aid SAP Appeal Committee. Late appeals will be considered for the next enrolled semester.

    If the appeal is denied, students are responsible for all charges incurred on their account. To ensure cancellation of all charges, students should drop their classes during the 100% refund period. Students who register for classes while in a SAP Restriction status should make other payment arrangement with the Finance Office, including establishment of a payment plan.

    A student who fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Financial Aid Academic Plan and who returns to Financial Aid Restriction may appeal the status of Financial Aid Restriction. However, the appeal should be specific to the set of circumstances that prevented the student from meeting the requirements of the Academic Plan. If a subsequent appeal is granted, the student will be required to follow the terms of the revised Financial Aid Academic Plan, in addition to any other terms established by the Financial Aid SAP Appeals Committee.

    Reinstatement of Financial Aid Eligibility After FA SAP Restriction Status

    1. Reinstatement of financial aid after a student has been placed on Restriction can be achieved in three ways:
    2. The student attends HCC during the restriction period, pays for tuition and fees without financial aid, improves their academic performance and subsequently meets the required satisfactory academic progress standards.
    3. The student submits an appeal using the Financial Aid SAP Restriction Appeal form and the Financial Aid SAP Appeals Committee approves the appeal. The student is placed on a FA Academic Plan status, and is eligible for financial aid during that semester.
    4.  A student on an Academic Plan will continue to be eligible for aid if the student meets the minimum requirements of the Academic Plan. The student will continued in an FA Academic Plan status.
    5.  A student on FA Academic Plan status who meet the minimum FA SAP standards after a term(s) on FA Academic Plan status is returned to “FA good standing.

    Please note that when a student’s appeal is approved and the student is placed on Academic Plan status, in order to continue to be eligible for aid, the student must either meet the minimum SAP requirements during that semester or meet the minimum requirements outlined in their academic plan. Students who don’t meet the minimum standards of the Academic Plan will be placed back on FA SAP Restriction for the subsequent term of enrollment and will not be eligible for financial aid. Students in this situation may need to submit another FA SAP Appeal in order to be considered for regaining aid eligibility.

    Is Financial Aid Probation/ Academic Plan Status the same as Academic Probation?

    No. While the standards are similar, students interested in receiving financial aid are required to meet the FA Standards for Good Academic Standing as explained in the HCC Catalogue as well as the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards explained in this policy. The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards apply only to students interested in receiving financial aid at Howard Community College.

    Where Can Students Get More Information?

    Contact the Financial Aid Services Office at 443-518-1260 or email finaid@howardcc.edu.

  • Student Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

    Section 493.A of the Higher Education Act requires post-secondary educational institutions to disseminate relevant, candid information on student financial aid programs available at the college. These rights and responsibilities may be found in the the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) publication entitled The Student Guide. This guide is available online at https://studentaid.gov/resources.

    Any change in a student’s financial situation, address, or school enrollment must be reported to Financial Aid Services. Students have the right to request a review of their financial aid package when a change in family or personal circumstances occurs. Students also have a right to review their financial aid records and may do so during our walk-in counseling hours.

  • Information and Dissemination and Report Disclosure

    The U.S. Department of Education requires HCC to disseminate information and disclose certain information to students. This information includes, but is not limited to: Voter Registration, Equity in Athletics, Campus Crime and Security, Completion and Transfer Out Rates, and Drug and Alcohol-Free Campus policies. For further information on the listed topics, please refer to the HCC website at howardcc.edu.

  • Federal Return of Title IV Funds Policy

    Students receiving financial aid have the responsibility to follow the college’s withdrawal procedures as outlined in the Howard Community College catalog.

    The Higher Education Act requires the college to calculate a Return of Title IV Funds on all federal financial aid students who withdraw (officially or unofficially) from all classes on or before the 60% attendance point in the semester. A schedule is used to determine the percentage of the semester the student attended based on the withdrawal date/last date of attendance.

    The percentage of the semester the student attended is calculated as follows:

    Number of days in attendance
    Number of days in period of enrollment

    The number of days counted includes all calendar days in the period of enrollment including weekends and holidays, but excludes college breaks of five or more days. Students who do not complete late-starting classes as scheduled within a semester may be considered withdrawn and the college may be required to perform a Return to Title IV Funds calculation.

    The percentage of the period of enrollment the student attended is used to calculate the amount of the student’s earned versus unearned federal aid funds. The unearned portion of federal aid funds received must be returned to the appropriate aid program in accordance with the order of return as mandated by law. The order of return is: Federal Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Student Loan, Federal Subsidized Direct Stafford Student Loan, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, Federal SEOG Grant, other Title IV aid.

    The college is responsible for returning the lesser of unearned Title IV aid or unearned institutional charges. Unearned institutional charges are based on the percentage of the semester the student did not attend. The college is responsible for its return of funds first, followed by the student’s return of funds.

    The student is responsible for returning:

    Amount of unearned Title IV Aid-Amount of aid school returns
    Amount Student Returns

    The college must return its portion of unearned Title IV aid (loan and grant) to the appropriate federal program within 45 days from the student’s withdrawal date as determined by Financial Aid Services. If the amount the student returns includes a federal loan program, the student is responsible for repayment of the loan in accordance with the terms of the loan program. If the amount the student must return includes grant aid, that amount will be no more than 50% of the original grant award amount.

    The student must return unearned federal grant aid to the college within 45 days from date of notification. Failure by the student to return or make arrangements to return unearned federal grant aid to the college within 45 days will result in the student being reported to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). The student will be considered in an overpayment status, and will not be eligible for additional aid at any post- secondary institution participating in Title IV Aid programs. Students who are reported to USDOE in an Overpayment Status should contact the USDOE to make payment arrangements to repay the necessary grant funds.

    Students who stop attending Howard Community College may not receive further financial aid disbursements, may lose some or all of the aid that has already been disbursed to their account, may be responsible for repayment of unpaid charges, and may be considered in overpayment status with USDOE.

    Students who stop attending all classes without officially withdrawing from the college will be subject to a Return of Title IV Funds calculation at the end of the semester, based on their last date of attendance as determined by faculty.

  • Financial Aid Reminders
    • A student should apply by the March 1 priority filing date to be considered for limited grant funds.
    • It takes six to eight weeks to process an application for any type of financial aid. Plan ahead!
    • Applicants should use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when completing the FAFSA. Applicants who have not completed their tax returns can estimate based on prior year tax returns to meet the priority filing date. If income has changed significantly from the previous year, speak with a financial aid counselor to determine how to proceed.
    • Students must re-apply each academic year beginning on October 1st
    • For all the options to assist with paying for college, please go to howardcc.edu; click Admissions and select Pay for College.
    • Financial Aid Services provides workshops during the year, both on campus and in the community.
  • Pay for College

    HCC recognizes that information about paying for college is very important, and is committed to helping students prepare for the cost of their education.

    The college offers many services to help students manage college expenses. Proper planning and timely payments help ensure that students can have the classes and schedule of their choice and reduce the concerns often associated with college costs. To find out more visit our Pay for College web site at howardcc.edu/pay. A tuition calculator is also available online, to estimate the cost of attending HCC.

    The Admissions and Advising staff welcomes the opportunity to inform students about programs and services which will contribute to the fulfillment of their goals.

Honors and Academic Recognition

  • Honors and Academic Recognition

    THE FREDERICK K. SCHOENBRODT HONORS PROGRAM

    The Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program offers excellent full- and part-time students of all ages flexible opportunities to fulfill their general education requirements as part of a supportive, intellectual community that helps prepare them for more advanced study and transfer. Students enjoy learning with outstanding faculty and peers in stimulating honors courses and through active participation in the college’s academic and cultural events. The Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program admits students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

    • A high school or college cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher or a combined score of 1100 on the SAT (critical reading and math) and/or an ACT composite score of 25 or higher
    • An HCC GPA of 3.2 or higher with a minimum of six but no more than 24 college-level credits completed
    • A grade point average of 3.2 or higher at another institution for applicants who are transferring in to HCC, with a minimum of six but no more than 24 college-level credits completed.

    In certain circumstances, consideration will be given to students for whom traditional indicators of success are not always valid. Honors students maintain a yearly cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at HCC and participate in honors-designated events each semester. Students who successfully complete 15 credits of honors coursework and present satisfactory evidence of honors-events participation will receive Honors recognition at graduation. Honors classes have limited enrollments. The college keeps the class size moderate in order to achieve maximum interaction between the instructor and the students.

    JAMES W. ROUSE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

    The James W. Rouse Scholars Program is a highly selective, challenging honors and leadership learning community designed for transfer to distinguished four-year colleges and universities at the end of the sophomore year. The program combines academic opportunities including undergraduate research, development of leadership skills, mentorships, service learning, cultural and recreational experiences and travel opportunities, including study abroad. Rouse Scholars and program faculty and staff work closely with transfer institutions. A number of scholarships are specifically designated for this program. Admission to the program is competitive based on grades, course selection, intellectual interests, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and other indicators of academic excellence and leadership potential. (Some applicants may also be requested to take the college’s English placement exam.) In certain circumstances, consideration will be given to students for whom traditional indicators of success are not always valid.

    PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY

    Alpha Alpha Sigma is the HCC chapter of PHI THETA KAPPA, the national honor society of two-year colleges. To be invited to join, students must accumulate at least 12 credits in 100- and 200-level courses and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA during the fall and spring semesters in those courses. To remain in the honor society a student must maintain a 3.2 GPA. Induction celebrations are held during both the fall and spring semesters. Phi Theta Kappa students who enroll in honors courses are eligible for a limited number of scholarships.

    ALPHA BETA GAMMA HONOR SOCIETY

    Howard Community College is accredited by the Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society to initiate members for business and related professional disciplines. Alpha Beta Gamma exists to reward academic excellence among business honor students and to recognize the contribution to learning and business of professionals. To achieve this goal, Alpha Beta Gamma provides leadership opportunities, forums for the exchange of ideas and the stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Since its founding in 1970, over 65,000 students from accredited community, junior, and technical colleges have been initiated into the society. Alpha Beta Gamma is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, and an affiliate member of both the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). To be eligible for membership in Alpha Beta Gamma, a student must be enrolled in a business curriculum at HCC and have completed 15 credit hours with at least 12 credit hours applicable to a degree. In addition, the student must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

    ALPHA DELTA NU HONOR SOCIETY

    The Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society recognizes the academic excellence of students in the study of Associate Degree Nursing. Howard Community College’s chapter is Delta Sigma. The society encourages the pursuit of advanced degrees in the profession of nursing as well as continuing education as a life-long professional responsibility. Additionally, the society participates in the recruitment of qualified individuals into the profession of nursing. Eligible students must have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all general education courses, earned a grade of B or better in each nursing course, and have no previous failures of any nursing course.

    ALPHA ETA HONOR SOCIETY

    Alpha Eta Honor Society is the national scholarship honor society for the allied health professions. Alpha Eta recognizes the academic achievements of allied health students based upon their overall GPA. Allied health students that have achieved a 3.5 overall GPA are nominated for membership to the society.

    GRADUATION WITH HONORS

    Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50-3.74 will graduate cum laude. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75-3.99 will graduate magna cum laude. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 will graduate summa cum laude.

Information Technology

HCC provides a variety of computer services and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs to meet the changing technology needs of students and faculty.

  • Canvas and Online Courses
    Canvas is the primary course delivery system used by HCC for online classes. Many classroom instructors also use Canvas for supplemental materials, quizzes, and class activities. If you are registered for an online course, once the term starts you can access Canvas through myHCC or http://www.howardcc.edu under Tools, Canvas. Enter your HCC Login ID and password; for Continuing Education students your password is your user ID with additional zero to make it eight digits. Use the Google Chrome browser to ensure full functionality of Canvas. Visit the eLearning website at howardcc.edu/elearning for more information.
  • Computer Labs

    HCC provides two open computer study labs, which offer a quiet academic environment where students can study, do research and complete class assignments. These labs are located in CL-129 and DH-110, and are equipped with PCs offering Internet access, scanners, printers,  and software based upon the needs of the academic community. Credit students may log in using their HCC Login ID and password. Lab and help desk staff are located within these labs to assist students with logging in, software and questions. For audio, students should bring their personal headsets. On occasion, you may be asked to relocate to another computer to allow someone to access specialized software, scanners, or raised computer desks. Food and beverages are not permitted. To maintain our quiet study area, please minimize conversations and noise, turn off cell phones or set to vibrate mode, and leave the room to make or receive phone calls. Lab users are expected to adhere to HCC’s Standards of Acceptable Use of Campus Technology below. Students are encouraged to save and back up their work frequently. Computers in the open labs automatically log off and erase files after ten minutes of inactivity. Both labs are normally closed for college holidays and during breaks. Check the posted hours in the Computer Labs or visit the Computer Lab web pages for the latest computer lab hours and closings.

  • File Storage

    Students are encouraged to use cloud storage, such as Google Apps and Microsoft OneDrive, for storage of personal files. To access, visit:

    • https://drive.google.com/a/howardcc.edu for Google Drive (use your HCC Username and HCC password).

    • https://onedrive.live.com/ for Microsoft OneDrive (use your HCC email address and HCC email password).

  • Illegal Downloading and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Notice

    Students are responsible for complying with section 668.14 of the HEOA (Higher Education Opportunity Act), which prohibits illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. Downloading or sharing copyrighted music, videos, or games without permission from the copyright owner can result in:

    • A criminal penalty of 5 years in prison and $250,000 in fines, even for a first offense.
    • A civil penalty of $750 or higher per illegal song

    The college may use several methods to detect and deter illegal P2P file sharing, including:

    • A URL filtering device to identify, block and redirect any discovered illegal P2P traffic.
    • Network traffic monitoring to identify, trace and investigate continuous high bandwidth users.
    • Reporting students who engage in suspected illegal behaviors for investigation and possible disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

    Alternatives to Illegal File Sharing
    Students may seek out legitimate, legal sources of digital content, including numerous sites listed by Educause.com.

  • Laptop Loans
    The library loans laptops at the circulation desk for short periods of use. Visit the library on the second floor of the Clark Library Building to visit the circulation desk and request a laptop.  You will be asked to read and sign a contract acknowledging your responsibilities in caring for the equipment. This program is open to approved full time credit students who abide by the terms of the contract.
  • Mobile Alert
    HCC’s Mobile Alert system enables you to receive instant notification of important campus information and emergency announcements to your cell phone and email. It will alert you to parking problems, weather delays and closures, as well as on-campus emergencies and drills. Subscribing to the service is optional and free, but standard text messaging charges from your carrier may apply. Visit howardcc.edu/mobilealert to learn more and sign up.
  • myHCC

    myHCC is the center of your digital life at Howard Community College! Use it as the starting point for many online services. After logging into myHCC with your HCC Login ID and password, you can view college calendars and announcements, check email, get to your Canvas courses, and use self-service:

    • Plan and register for classes.

    • Add, drop, or withdrawal from classes.
    • Pay your bill.
    • See your drop, refund and financial aid and scholarship status, and academic course history.

    Choose Self Service in myHCC to take advantage of these and other planning, registration, and financial services. Full registration instructions are provided online and in the printed Schedule of Credit Classes.

  • Office 365 For Students
    HCC credit students are eligible to obtain Microsoft Office 365 software for their personal computer and laptop at no cost! Simply visit https://portal.office.com and login using your HCC email address and password. Microsoft will send an email to your college email address inviting you to click a link to download and install the software.
  • Open Access Computers
    In addition to the computer study labs, students can log in to use computers located inside the Cafe on the Quad. Open computers are also provided on the first floor of Duncan Hall lounge, in the Health Sciences building and the Athletic and Fitness Center. Printing is not available from open areas. Be sure to log off when you finish working.
  • Printing
    Credit students are allocated a limited amount of free printing at the beginning of each semester. Your personal printing fund balance will be displayed on the desktop of a lab computer after login. The free printing allocation is shared across campus computers available in the Library, Learning Assistance Center, and Health Science open lab. To continue printing after depleting your initial allocation, log in to a lab computer. Click the link in the print balance box and follow instructions to purchase more printing funds online using a credit or debit card.
  • Standards of Acceptable Use of Campus Technology

    Consistent with College Mission
    Information Technology equipment and services are provided to students to support academic studies. The use of campus information technology resources must be consistent with the mission of the college and be compliant with local, state and federal laws on copyrights, security, and other statutes regarding electronic media.

    Violations
    Students are required to adhere to the college standards of acceptable use of campus technology. Violation of these standards may lead to disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

    Prohibited Actions
    The following actions are prohibited when using the college network and computer equipment:

    • Downloading or installing external applications.
    • Copying, transferring, or modifying software installed on the college computers.
    • Theft, misuse of, or damage to college computer equipment and supplies.
    • Viewing or distribution of pornographic material.
    • Connecting personal equipment to the college network other than the open wireless network.
    • Interfering with or disrupting other users, services or resources of the college network and computer labs.
    • Propagation of computer viruses, spamming, or transmitting chain letters or slanderous materials.
    • Use of file and music sharing applications
    • Using Peer to Peer connections.
    • Commercial activities or other use of college computer resources for financial gain.
    • Accessing or tampering with the files and electronic information of others without authorization.
    • Disrupting or threatening the viability of the college equipment and network, and networks to which the college’s systems are connected.
    • Illegal distribution of copyrighted information or work.
    • Library

    The HCC Library offers many print and online resources. From the library's website, you can search the online catalog for books, ebooks and DVDs. You also can use the website to search over 100 article databases. The database coverage includes general as well as subject specific databases, full-text journals, newspapers and online reference books. Access to databases and electronic reserves materials is made available to students from off-campus via HCC login/ID.

  • Student Email

    The College recognizes email as the official method for communication with students. Students are expected to act upon all official communications received at their college email address. Get your email through myHCC, or visit https://owa.howardcc.edu. If prompted, login using your HCC Login ID and password. Check your email regularly, delete messages that you no longer need, and empty the Deleted Items folder to ensure you will be able to continue sending and receiving college email. Your HCC student email address is yourfirstname.yourlastname@howardcc.edu. Your instructor’s email address is firstinitiallastname@howardcc.edu.

  • Technology Help Desk
    Help Desk staff are available to assist students having problems with technology. Call 443-518-4444, email helpdesk@howardcc.edu, or visit howardcc.edu/helpdesk for information, online forms and FAQs.
  • Wireless Internet Access
    HCC’s free wireless Internet is available to students and guests in most locations on campus. Using your personal laptop or other device, open a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, Firefox) and log in to the HCCSTUDENT wireless network, using your HCC Login ID and password. Non-students are welcome to access the HCCGUEST wireless network without a login ID and password. HCCGUEST wireless network will provide 2 hours of service before requiring a reconnection by the user.

 Library Services

The HCC Library offers many print and online resources. From the library's website, you can search the online catalog for books, ebooks and DVDs. You also can use the website to search over 100 article databases. The database coverage includes general as well as subject specific databases, full-text journals, newspapers and online reference books. Access to databases and electronic reserves materials is made available to students from off-campus via HCC login/ID.

  • Library

    Members of the Library’s staff are available to help you. Services provided by these staff members include:

    •  Research paper and class project consultation
    •  Phone, “Ask a Librarian” online assistance, and LibChat
    •  Information literacy instruction
    •  Assistance reserving group study rooms

    To check out materials, you must have your HCC ID. Regular books may be checked out for 4 weeks and renewed—in person, or online. Fines will be charged for overdue materials. Students who lose or do not return all items checked out to their individual cards may lose borrowing privileges until the items in question are returned or replaced at the student’s expense. Also, any outstanding Library fines or fees will prevent students from registering for courses, receiving grades, and receiving transcripts.

    The Library staff members strive to provide a pleasant and productive study environment for all HCC students, and anyone disrupting this environment may be dismissed.  Standards of Classroom Behavior Policy apply to the Library as well. Disruptive students may be asked to return when they can be compliant and only after being dismissed for at least one hour or 24 hours depending on the gravity of their conduct. Public Safety Officers will enforce college policy where necessary. When working with others, students should keep conversations to a minimum. Any non- studying activity should be moved to other spaces. Food is not permitted. For their own safety, unattended children under age 16 are not permitted in the Library.

  • The Library's Computer Policy

    Computer workstations provide HCC students access to the Library’s research resources. Students are to use Library computers for purposes that are solely academic, and logging on implies student understanding of this policy.
    Inappropriate or illegal use of Library computers includes, but is not limited to:

    • Plagiarism, violation of copyright laws, forgery;
    • Violation of any individual’s privacy;
    • Harassment of any kind;
    • Destruction or misuse of Library hardware or software, including downloading, copying, or tampering by deletion, modification, or addition, any files installed by authorized staff for student use, or the addition of any files from external sources;
    • Game playing;
    • Transmission by electronic mail of threats, chain letters, or spamming tactics;
    • Transmission, printing, or distribution of pornography.

    Students using Library computers also agree to abide by all policies for Standards of Acceptable Use of Campus Technology.

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