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ACADEMIC/INSTITUTIONAL REGULATIONS
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ACADEMIC HONORS GRADE CHANGES
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY GRADE REPORTS
ACADEMIC PROBATION GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
ACADEMIC RECORDS GRIEVANCE POLICY
ACADEMIC STANDARDS INCLEMENT WEATHER
ACADEMIC SUSPENSION INCOMPLETE GRADES
AJA@TMSTC GRADING SYSTEM INDEPENDENT STUDY
ARTICULATION OF SECONDARY/TECHNICAL COURSES LATE ENROLLMENT AND ADDITIONAL CLASSES
AUDITING A CLASS MAKE-UP WORK
CAMPUS CRIME PREVENTION AND AWARENESS OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST
CLASS ATTENDANCE PRESIDENTIAL ORDER ON FIREARMS
CREDIT/CLASS LOAD RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR A CERTIFICATE
CLASS RE-TAKE PROCEDURE RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT FOR AN ASSOCIATED OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS SEXUAL HARASSMENT
COMPUTING GRADE POINT AVERAGE SPECIAL TOPICS CLASS
DISCIPLINARY PROBATION STANDARD OF STUDENT CONDUCT
DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
DISMISSAL FROM COLLEGE SUBSTANCE ABUSE
DRUG SCREENING PROGRAM TRANSFER CREDITS
DUAL CREDIT WITHDRAWING FROM A CLASS
DUAL ENROLLMENT WITHDRAWING FROM THE COLLEGE
EQUIVALENCY EXAMINATIONS  
 
STUDENT LIFE, ACTIVITIES, and SERVICES
ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER PARKING
CAREER SERVICES SERVICES FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY STUDENT ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS
COUNSELING SERVICES STUDENT HANDBOOK
LIBRARY STUDENT SERVICE SEMESTER
ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FACILITIES TRAFFIC

OFFICIAL COLLEGE COMMUNICATION WITH STUDENT
Each student is provided a State Technical College of Missouri e-mail account, which is the college’s primary methods of communicating important and time-sensitive information. The student is expected to check the e-mail sent to this account on a frequent and consistent basis, and to respond to official communications from State Technical College of Missouri in a timely manner. The student is responsible for monitoring this account and for the consequences of missing important and time-sensitive messages.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to meeting the Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate requirements listed in this catalog, all candidates for graduation are required to:

  • Complete internships and practicum hours as appropriate.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 overall. Program standards that exceed this requirement will take precedence.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 in the core curriculum and program requirements. Program standards that exceed this requirement will take precedence.
  • Submit an application for graduation (and a petition to participate if applicable) before the deadlines specified by the Academic Records Office.*
         * May graduates should apply by the preceding October 1.
         * August graduates should apply by the preceding March 1.
         * December graduates should apply by the preceding July 1.
  • Complete all required assessments and surveys.
  • Clear all financial obligations to the college.
  • Complete Financial Aid exit counseling if borrowing money to attend State Technical College of Missouri.
  • Complete the Job Search Strategies class as appropriate.

A student who does not meet the specified requirements will be ineligible for graduation and must reapply for graduation in the semester that all requirements are met.

To participate in commencement ceremonies, a student must meet all graduation requirements (or be approved through the petition to participate process), obtain a cap and gown, and wear proper attire with his or her cap and gown during the ceremony.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
State Technical College of Missouri is committed to improving student learning outcomes and providing opportunities for a successful academic experience for all students. It is the policy of this institution that all degree or certificate seeking students will be required to participate in knowledge and performance evaluations at appropriate points of development in their programs of study.

Designed to ensure continuous improvement, State Tech Technical College’s student learning outcomes process includes placement exams, nationally standardized certification and licensure exams, project and performance evaluations, capstone courses, and student needs and satisfaction surveys.  State Tech Technical College will provide an ongoing evaluation of the student learning outcomes and placement process.  Such an evaluation occurs on a regular basis and is monitored by the Learning Outcomes Committee.

AJA@™STC GRADING SYSTEM
In addition to the academic grades listed on transcripts, a job readiness work ethic score and an attendance percentage are issued for each class completed. This value-added service to students is a result of industry advisory council member input. Job readiness work ethic scores and attendance percentages are not applicable to the following types of classes: online, independent study, special topics, internship, clinical, seminar, self-paced math, dual credit and dual enrollment (located at high schools).

AJA@™STC information is recorded on the student transcript as follows:
   Academic Grades (GRD) = A, B, C, D, F
   Job Readiness Work Ethic (JR) = score of 0.0 – 4.0
   Attendance (ATT) = percentage of 1 – 100

Academic Grade (GRD). The academic grade represents an evaluation of a student’s academic performance in each class and is determined by criteria established by the instructor and communicated to students in the class syllabus. Only academic grades are used in calculating grade point average. The State Technical College of Missouri academic grading system is as follows:

Academic Grade
Explanation
Quality Points Per Credit Hour
A
Superior
4
AR
Articulated Credit
N/A
AU
Audit
N/A
B
Above Average
3
C
Average
2
CR
Credit
N/A
D
Below Average, Passing
1
F
Fail
0
I
Incomplete
N/A
NR
No Grade Recorded
N/A
P
Pass
N/A
TR
Transfer Credit
N/A
WD
Withdrew
N/A
WV
Waived
N/A

The following academic grading scale is used for all State Technical College of Missouri letter graded credit classes:

Grading Scale
A
B
C
D
F
90 to 100%
80 to 89.9%
70 to 79.9%
60 to 69.9%
59.9% and below

Higher grading percentages than the above grading scale take precedence with approval by the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs if the need is supported by program accreditation or certification requirements.

Job Readiness Score (JR).
The Job Readiness Work Ethic Score is calculated based on areas related primarily to attitude and work ethic as defined in the Job Readiness Work Ethic Chart. The Job Readiness Work Ethic Chart can be accessed through Moodle or on the State Technical College of Missouri website, www.statetechmo.edu. The final job readiness work ethic score is a number between 0.0 and 4.0, with 4.0 being the best job readiness work ethic score. The final job readiness work ethic score may be either an average score or the ending score as determined by each instructor.

Attendance Percentage (ATT). Attendance is calculated as a percentage of class days attended according to the following point system:

  • Present (P) = 2 points
  • Absent (A) = 0 points
  • Late (L) = 1 point
  • Excused (E) = 2 points

    Excused Absences – For the list of excused absences, visit https://eagleonline.statetechmo.edu/ics/AJA@STC and click on “Attendance Percentage.”

COMPUTING GRADE POINT AVERAGE
A student’s academic standing is evaluated by using the grade point average. Quality points are assigned to letter grades using the following 4.000 system:

A - Four quality points per credit hour attempted
B - Three quality points per credit hour attempted
C - Two quality points per credit hour attempted
D - One quality point per credit hour attempted
F - Zero quality points per credit hour attempted

The student’s grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the total quality points by the credits earned. The grade symbols of P, WD, I, AR, AU, CR, NR, TR, and WV are not included in calculations of grade point average.

All GPA’s are calculated to three decimal points. GPA’s are not rounded. Determination of academic honors, academic standards, academic probation and suspension are based on the truncated GPA.

GRADE REPORTS
Within two weeks of the end of the semester, grade reports are available on EagleOnline at https://eagleonline.statetechmo.edu/ics on the Student Information tab. 

INCOMPLETE GRADES
An instructor or student may initiate discussion regarding whether an “I” (incomplete) grade is appropriate in a given situation. An “I” (incomplete) grade can be recorded for a student who has completed at least 60 percent of required class work with a passing grade, but because of reasons acceptable to the instructor, has failed to complete all of the class work. The completed Request for Incomplete Grade form should be submitted to the Academic Records Office by the instructor issuing the incomplete grade.

It is the student’s responsibility to complete the class work in order to receive a final grade and get the “I” grade removed from his or her transcript no later than six weeks after the last day of class. Six weeks after the last day of class, it is the instructor’s responsibility to assign a final grade for the student based on class work completed prior to that date.

GRADE CHANGE REQUEST
A student has until six weeks after the end of the semester during which a class is completed to petition for the final academic grade, job readiness work ethic score, or attendance percentage to be changed.  To appeal a final class academic grade, job readiness work ethic score, or attendance percentage, complete a Final Grade Review Request form that is available on EagleOnline at https://eagleonline.statetechmo.edu/ics on the Student Information tab or from the Office of Counseling Services or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

CLASS RE-TAKE PROCEDURE
Any student who receives a grade of “F” or lower than a program’s required minimum grade in a required class will need to retake the class. When a student retakes a class, both grades remain on the student’s transcript. The higher grade obtained is used in calculating the cumulative GPA. The retake grade is entered on the transcript at the end of the semester in which the class was completed. Third party sponsors typically do not pay for class re-takes.

TRANSFER CREDIT
A student who has earned a passing grade of “D” or better from another accredited institution of higher education in a course that is comparable to a course offered at State Technical College of Missouri may be granted transfer credit based on an evaluation of the transcript, course content, and grade required. The college will treat grades on transferred classes on the same basis as grades for classes completed at State Technical College of Missouri. Transfer credit approval should be sought through the Registrar.

In the event of transfer credit, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she does not enroll in State Technical College of Missouri classes that duplicate the transfer credit under review. If the student is enrolled in a class that might transfer and the deadline has passed to add/drop classes, he/she is responsible for the cost of that class regardless of any credit that is transferred. Before adding or dropping classes, the student should research if the schedule change will affect full-time enrollment status and financial aid eligibility.

A student requesting transfer credit from an institution of higher education outside the United States must have their transcript evaluated by an approved agency. Contact the Registrar for a list of approved international transcript evaluation agencies.

Accepted transfer credits are not included in the student’s State Technical College of Missouri grade point average calculation. However, a State Technical College of Missouri student at the Advanced Technology Center taking general education classes from Moberly Area Community College will have the class grades transcripted in the same manner as State Technical College of Missouri classes. Grades from those classes are calculated in the student’s grade point average.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR AN ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
To graduate from State Technical College of Missouri with an A.A.S. degree, a student is required to have earned a minimum of 32 credit hours in technical education from State Technical College of Missouri. The 32 credit hours in technical education must meet the requirements of the degree being sought. The 32 credit hours in technical education may include approved articulated credit with State Technical College of Missouri.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR A CERTIFICATE
Certificates - One-Year and Less than One-Year.
To graduate from State Technical College of Missouri with a One-Year or Less than One-Year Certificate, a student is required to earn two-thirds of the total certificate technical education credits in residency at State Technical College of Missouri. The certificate credits earned at State Technical College of Missouri:

  1. Must meet the requirements of the certificate being sought.
  2. May include approved articulated credit with State Technical College of Missouri not to exceed one-third of the total technical education credits in the certificate being sought.

Certificate - One Semester. To graduate from State Technical College of Missouri with a One Semester Certificate, a student is required to earn 100% of the total certificate technical education credits in residency at State Technical College of Missouri. The certificate credits earned at State Technical College of Missouri:

  1. Must meet the requirements of the certificate being sought.
  2. May include approved articulated credit with State Technical College of Missouri not to exceed one-third of the total technical education credits in the certificate being sought.

ARTICULATION OF SECONDARY/TECHNICAL COURSES
Various area secondary/technical schools and comprehensive high schools within the state have entered into articulation agreements with State Technical College of Missouri. The primary goal of articulation is to expand educational opportunities for students with a seamless transition from secondary to higher education technical programs at State Technical College of Missouri. Students who want to apply articulated high school credit must be seeking an associate of applied science degree or certificate. Articulation credit must be used within the first year after high school graduation with the exception of statewide articulation agreements.

In the event of articulation credit, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she does not enroll in State Technical College of Missouri classes that duplicate the articulated credit under review. If the student is enrolled in a class that might articulate and the cutoff date has passed to add/drop classes, he/she is responsible for the cost of that class, regardless of any credit that is articulated. Before adding or dropping classes, it is the student’s responsibility to research if the schedule change will affect full-time enrollment status and financial aid eligibility.

Accepted articulation credits are not calculated into the student’s grade point average.

DUAL CREDIT
Offered through State Technical College of Missouri. Dual credit allows qualified high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for taking designated college-level classes. Dual credit classes may be offered at area high schools, career centers, via interactive television or on a State Technical College of Missouri campus.

State Technical College of Missouri dual credit classes may be taught by a high school instructor who meets the required qualifications under State Technical College of Missouri supervision or by a State Technical College of Missouri instructor.

Students who meet the following requirements will be considered for dual credit:

  • Achieve a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale
  • Complete and submit a State Technical College of Missouri Application for Admission
  • Submit a current high school transcript
  • Complete and submit the Dual Credit Permission Form signed by:
    1. The high school principal or his/her official designee and,
    2. A parent or legal guardian
  • Payment of all tuition and fees

College credit for dual credit classes will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the class is completed.

Offered through other two/four year colleges. State Technical College of Missouri will grant appropriate college credit to a student who has taken comparable classes through other higher education institutions’ dual credit program while enrolled in high school. For a student to receive State Technical College of Missouri credit, the Office of Admissions must receive an official college transcript mailed from the college or university granting the credit. Required course equivalency will be evaluated on a class-by-class basis. For more information, please refer to the section on Transfer Credit.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Dual enrollment allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit for taking designated college-level classes that do not count toward high school credit. Dual enrollment classes may be offered at area high schools, career centers, via interactive television or on a State Technical College of Missouri campus.

State Technical College of Missouri dual enrollment classes may be taught by a high school instructor who meets the required qualifications under State Technical College of Missouri supervision or by a State Technical College of Missouri instructor.

Students who meet the following requirements will be considered for dual enrollment:

  • Achieve a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale
  • Complete and submit a State Technical College of Missouri Application for Admission
  • Submit a current high school transcript
  • Complete and submit a Dual Enrollment Permission Form signed by:
    1. A high school superintendent, or principal, or counselor, or career center director and,
    2. A parent or legal guardian
  • Payment of all tuition and fees

 College credit for dual enrollment classes will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the class is completed.

EQUIVALENCY EXAMINATIONS
When a student believes he/she already possesses the knowledge and skills to be gained from enrolling in a class, the student may request to take an equivalency exam to demonstrate proficiency in the course content and test out of the class. The student must first apply for approval to take an equivalency exam by completing the Request for Equivalency Exam form and submitting it to the Registrar prior to the sixth day of the semester. If the Request for Equivalency Exam is approved by the appropriate department chair, payment (tuition only) for the class is required prior to taking the equivalency exam. Equivalency exams may include written, hands-on demonstration, and/or oral tests to determine student proficiency in course content. When the student successfully passes the equivalency exam, the Registrar awards credit for the course. When a student does not successfully pass the equivalency exam, he/she then enrolls in the class, pays the full price (tuition and fees) of the class, and completes the class.

CREDIT/CLASS LOAD
The unit of credit is the semester hour.  Normally, one credit may be earned in a lecture course which meets for one hour each week during a semester.  In a laboratory course, one credit usually is granted for two to three hours in a lab each week during the semester. 

A student desiring to take more than 18 credit hours or less than 12 credit hours per semester must meet with his/her advisor for approval.  A student desiring to take less than a full class load of 12 credit hours per semester also needs to consult the Office of Financial Aid about financial aid eligibility.

LATE ENROLLMENT AND ADDITIONAL CLASSES
A student is permitted to enroll in or add a 16-week class through the first five class days of the semester.

Eight-week classes may be added through the first two class days of the eight-week term. Classes meeting on alternative schedules have pro-rated deadlines. However, classes added after the first day of the semester may not be eligible for financial aid funding. Please see the Office of Financial Aid for an eligibility determination before adding a class after the first day of the semester.

INDEPENDENT STUDY
In certain instances, independent study may be used to complete the requirements for regularly offered classes. If a student wishes to take a class on an independent study basis, he/she must get approval through the department chair of his/her major program. The class curriculum must follow the already established syllabus. A student has one semester to complete class requirements.

SPECIAL TOPICS CLASS
A special topics class may include instruction on topics not covered in other classes. Topics covered in other classes may also be covered in more depth in a special topics class. The special topics curriculum must be developed and pursued under the direction of a faculty member with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement. The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours. The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office. Students may complete more than one Special Topics class, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.

AUDITING A CLASS
If a student wishes to attend a class without receiving credit for the class, the student may register on an audit basis. A student who audits a class is expected to complete all class requirements, pay the regular tuition rate, and meet the class prerequisites or receive special permission from the instructor. A student receiving financial aid or veterans benefits cannot count audited classes to establish full or part-time status. Audit status must be established in writing prior to the beginning of the class. A student may not change his/her status from auditing to receiving a grade or vice versa once the class has started.

CLASS ATTENDANCE
A student is expected to attend all of the classes in which he/she is enrolled. Excessive absences are determined by attendance requirements detailed in each class syllabus.

The college validates enrollment at the beginning of each semester. Students must attend the first day of each class or have made prior arrangements with their instructor to secure their seat in the class. Students whose instructors report first-day absences may have those classes dropped from their schedules. Financial aid recipients who do not attend classes may be required to repay some or all of the financial aid credited to their State Technical College of Missouri account for the semester.

If the student is absent excessively, he/she must either withdraw from the class or accept the final academic grade, job readiness work ethic score, and attendance percentage earned. Failure to officially withdraw from a class(es) may result in an “F” academic grade. The student shall remain financially responsible for the class. All class refunds will be calculated in accordance with the refund policy. (See the section on Refunds.)

A student who will not be attending a class is expected to leave a message with the college receptionist by calling 1-800-743-8324. The receptionist will then relay the message to the appropriate instructors and staff. Individual instructors may also require students to notify them directly prior to an absence or being late. In cases of prolonged absence, the student must notify the Office of Counseling Services, who will then notify the student’s instructors.

MAKE-UP WORK
Only instructors may determine what is or is not allowed for make-up work. It is the responsibility of the student to immediately request to make-up work missed because of class absence.

INCLEMENT WEATHER
During severe weather, State Technical College of Missouri will hold classes beginning at the usual time unless announced otherwise in the public media or on the website at www.statetechmo.edu. The announcement will specifically state State Technical College of Missouri. (Announcements regarding Linn R-II, the local high school, do not pertain to State Technical College of Missouri.) When it is determined and announced that class starting time should be delayed due to inclement weather, classes will meet according to the “Snow Schedule”. If State Technical College of Missouri is on “Snow Schedule”, classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. Those that meet prior to 10:00 a.m. will be cancelled. Report to 10:00 a.m. classes or the class that would normally be in session at 10:00 a.m. This will allow students and staff the opportunity to begin classes after the roads have been cleared and the campus prepared. It is necessary that faculty and other personnel arrive as soon as possible to carry on the necessary functions of the college and be available for students as they arrive. In all cases, use judgment regarding hazardous driving conditions. Every attempt will be made to make inclement weather decisions and notify the media prior to 6:00 a.m.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS
All students are expected to maintain a 2.000 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA) for graduation. A cumulative GPA of 2.000 is also required in the core curriculum and program requirements. Program standards that exceed this requirement will take precedence.

ACADEMIC HONORS
Full-time students (students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours) who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.500 or higher will be placed on that semester’s Dean’s List. Students whose semester grade point average is 3.000 to 3.499 will be placed on that semester’s Honor Roll. Students with high academic grades are eligible for membership in the Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omicron Chapter at State Technical College of Missouri, a national scholastic honor society.

ACADEMIC PROBATION
A student receiving an overall semester GPA of below 2.000 will be placed on academic probation for one semester. Program standards that exceed this requirement will take precedence. This is a warning to the student that his/her grades are substandard and continued substandard grades in the next semester will result in academic suspension. Academic probation does not prohibit a student from enrolling in the next semester’s classes. A student that is put on academic probation is required to meet with a college counselor to complete a Student Success Plan.

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION
A student with an overall semester GPA below 2.000 for two (2) consecutive semesters will be suspended from State Tech. A student suspended from the college as a result of low grades shall not return to State Tech for the next semester during which the student is enrolled or expected to be enrolled. Program standards that exceed this requirement will take precedence. A student returning from academic suspension must reapply to the college to begin taking classes again. A student returning from suspension will be on academic probation during that first semester back. If, at the end of that semester, a student earns less than a 2.000 semester GPA, he/she will again be suspended for another semester.

STANDARD OF STUDENT CONDUCT
A student enrolling at the college assumes the obligation to conduct himself/herself in a manner compatible with the policies of the college. If a student fails to do so and engages in behavior disruptive to the educational process, the college will institute appropriate disciplinary action.

Specifically, a student is expected to comply with federal, state, and county laws concerning activities prohibited generally and specifically on college property and at college-sponsored functions. Among these illicit activities are civil disobedience, forgery, cheating, gambling, immoral conduct, libel, theft, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and narcotics.

In addition to demonstrating honesty and integrity, a student is expected to comply with all policies, regulations and procedures of State Technical College of Missouri. Each student is given written notice that the Student Handbook is located at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf and encouraged to print a copy. This information is also available in the Associate Dean of Student Affairs’ Office. Copies of signatures from students which indicate receipt of these notifications are on file in the Academic Records Office.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
The academic integrity of the college will not permit acts of plagiarism and cheating to take place without consequences. All students should read the Student Handbook. The primary persons who are empowered to monitor, detect, report, and recommend sanctions for plagiarism and cheating are instructors. Initial consequences for plagiarism and cheating are instructor-driven.

In addition to instructors’ sanctions, plagiarism and cheating can lead to dean’s sanctions of disciplinary probation or disciplinary suspension. Where instructors and deans recommend a presidential review the student also risks expulsion from the college.

Incidents of Academic Dishonesty are to be reported to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. This includes anything that a student might do to circumvent the academic requirements of the college.

DRUG SCREENING PROGRAM
State Technical College of Missouri began a drug screening program in the fall semester of 2011 for students who are newly classified as degree or certificate seeking and degree or certificate seeking students returning after one or more semesters of non-enrollment at the State Technical College of Missouri campus or any State Technical College of Missouri location. Drug screening will be conducted 5 to 10 days after the semester starts. Those students whose drug screen is positive will not be withdrawn from the college, but will have a period of approximately 45 days to rescreen and test negative to remain enrolled. In some cases, program requirements may be more stringent. For more information, please visit https://myinfo.statetechmo.edu/ics/Drug_Screening.jnz.

The program is currently on hold due to an injunction issued by the federal courts. Future and/or enrolled students will be notified of any change made by the courts and/or State Technical College of Missouri.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Policy. State Technical College of Missouri strives to maintain a working and learning environment that is free from the effects of alcohol and illegal drugs.

The unlawful manufacturing distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited while in a college vehicle, in the classroom, on the job while completing a program internship, as an employee of the college, on State Technical College of Missouri property (whether owned, leased and/or operated by the college) or at school sponsored activities. The term “controlled substance” refers to any illegal substance, to the illegal use of alcohol, and/or to the illegal use of controlled prescription pharmaceutical products.

Students are not to possess or consume alcohol on campus, on any property owned or leased by the college, in or around any vehicle owned or leased by the college, or at a college sanctioned or sponsored activity anywhere or anytime.

Substance Abuse Violation Notice. As a condition for admission to State Tech and continued enrollment every student shall:

  • Abide by the terms of this substance abuse policy.
  • Abide by the terms of all applicable state and federal regulations pertaining to drugs and alcohol while in a college vehicle, in the classroom, on the job while completing a program internship, as an employee of the college, on State Tech property (whether owned, leased and/or operated by the college) or at school sponsored activities.
  • Sign a statement, as follows: “I certify that, as a condition for admission to State Technical College of Missouri, I will not engage in unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of any controlled substance during the period of my enrollment at the college.”

Penalties for Substance Abuse Violations. Violations of the State Tech substance abuse policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action (consistent with local, state, and federal law) according to established procedures. Permanent expulsion from school attendance, termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution may be the consequence of infractions of this policy. Loss of eligibility for financial aid may also result.

Violations of the many state and federal laws governing controlled substances carry varying penalties. Under Missouri law, punishment for possession of controlled substances can range up to 15 years imprisonment, depending on the quantity and type of controlled substance. Punishment for manufacture or distribution of controlled substances can range up to 30 years or life imprisonment, depending on the quantity and type of controlled substance. These statutory ranges of punishment are increased for prior or persistent offenders. Punishment for violations of federal drug laws is set by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which establish ranges of punishment after consideration of a variety of sentencing factors. The Board of Regents’ approved policies are filed in the President’s Office.

Notice to Students Concerning Penalties for Drug Violations per HEOA section 488(g) section 485(k), effective date August 14, 2008. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) under new subsection (k) of section 485 of the HEA requires institutions to provide to every student upon enrollment a separate, clear and conspicuous written notice with information on the penalties associated with drug-related offenses under existing section 484(r) of the HEA. It also requires an institution to provide a timely notice to each student who has lost eligibility for any grant, loan, or work-study assistance. The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires a separate clear, and conspicuous written notice that notifies the student of the loss of eligibility and advises the student of the ways in which to regain eligibility under section 484(r)(2) of the HEA.

Regaining Eligibility after a Drug Conviction per HEOA sections 485(a)(7)(C) and (a)(9) HEA sections 484(r)(2)(B) and (t), effective date July 1, 2010. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) adds a new provision at section 484(r)(2)(B) of the HEA that allows a student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a drug conviction to resume eligibility if the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Secretary. The HEOA adds a new section 484(t) of the HEA that now requires the Secretary, by August 14, 2009, to analyze data from the FAFSA for students denied Federal assistance based on a drug conviction while receiving Federal aid. The results from the analysis must be made available continuously on the Department’s website and the Digest of Education Statistics. Each fiscal year, the results must also be provided to Congress.

Drug/Alcohol Screening Procedures (“For Cause” basis).  State Tech Technical College reserves the right to remove a student from campus for suspicion of substance use or abuse (including alcohol).  An incident report will be completed by both the reporter and the student.  The student will be asked to consent to a “for cause” drug and/or alcohol screen at a vendor site identified by the college at the student’s expense.  Urine analysis is done at the vendor’s location with a secure restroom and complete supervision to prevent tampering of the urine sample.

Given the issue of safety and impairment, all reasonable attempts shall be made to contact someone to provide transportation to assist the student in safe exit from the campus.  It is State Technical College of Missouri’s intent to complete screening on the same day as the suspected drug or alcohol use/abuse was identified.  In all instances of “for cause” screening, written documentation of the student’s behavior(s) by a faculty/staff member, will be provided, and a referral made to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for action in accordance with the college student code of conduct guidelines.  Failure to comply with drug and/or alcohol screening procedures “for cause” will result in the student’s immediate summary suspension from State Technical College of Missouri.

The vendor will submit results to the college according to established procedure.  If the student has a positive (non-negative) rapid screen, they may request a lab analyzed drug screen.  If the lab analyzed screen is positive, the student may request to have the results reviewed by a certified Medical Review Officer prior to sending final results to the college.  The student is responsible for any costs related to this review or additional screening.  An individual with a positive drug screen may be denied enrollment and participation for a minimum of 12 months.  After 12 months, the student is eligible to reapply one time to the college and will be subject to prescreening requirements.

Counseling. Students who need assistance in locating professional services such as private counseling, drug counseling and/or rehabilitation programs may request information from the Counseling Services Staff of the college. Such contacts will be handled with confidentiality. However, volunteering to participate in treatment programs will not, of itself, prevent disciplinary action for violation of the substance abuse policy. Counseling Services Staff will assist with referrals upon request.


Tobacco Use Regulation.
Smoking and use of smokeless tobacco, E-Cigarettes, and other smoking devices are not permitted inside any building or vehicle owned, leased, and/or operated by the college.  Every building on State Technical College of Missouri’s campus has an exterior designated tobacco use area.  Faculty, staff, and students are expected to use these areas when smoking tobacco products or using smokeless tobacco and are required to dispose of tobacco waste properly.  This requirement is being implemented in lieu of a total tobacco ban on campus.  The Regulations are located in the Student Handbook which can be found at www.statetechmo.edu/current/StudentHandbook.pdf.

PRESIDENTIAL ORDER ON FIREARMS

Until further notice, consent to carry concealed firearms into or onto property owned or controlled (including the airport) by State Technical College of Missouri other than in a vehicle as provided by law may only be done so with the written consent of the President of State Technical College of Missouri.

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
The Associate Dean of Student Affairs may assign community service hours as an additional sanction for disciplinary violations. If the hours are not completed in the time designated, community service hours convert to fines of $10.00 per un-worked hour.

DISCIPLINARY PROBATION
A student may be placed on disciplinary probation for unsatisfactory conduct or excessive absenteeism. Unsatisfactory conduct can include cheating and not meeting the standard of student conduct. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs or Counseling Services Staff will determine the imposition of disciplinary probation, its duration and conditions for removal from that status. Failure to comply with disciplinary probation will lead to disciplinary suspension.

DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION
A student may be placed on disciplinary suspension for behaviors that violate the rules of the college; local, county, state or federal laws; or which bring ill repute to the college. Violations relating to insubordination, harassment, drugs/alcohol, vandalism, threats, unsafe acts and uncivil behaviors may lead to direct suspensions without prior disciplinary probation having to be imposed. Duration of suspension varies at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

DISMISSAL FROM COLLEGE
A student may be dismissed from State Technical College of Missouri for any of the following reasons:

    1. Unsatisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Academic Standards section of this catalog. (See Student Handbook at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf for details.)
    2. Inappropriate student conduct, which includes a lack of required attendance, as outlined in the Disciplinary Probation section of this catalog. (See Student Handbook at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf for details.)
    3. Violation of drug screening or drug testing procedures. (See https://myinfo.statetechmo.edu/ics/Drug_Screening.jnz)

SEXUAL HARASSMENT
It is the policy of State Technical College of Missouri that no employee or student be harassed by an employee, supervisor, student, or instructor on the basis of gender and that no personnel or academic action be taken affecting an employee or student (either favorably or unfavorably) on the basis of conduct that is not related to work or classroom performance. Such conduct may include sexual advances or raising a complaint concerning the alleged violation of this policy. For additional information, students should refer to the Student Handbook at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf. The Board of Regents’ approved policies are filed in the President’s Office.

CAMPUS CRIME PREVENTION AND AWARENESS
In compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Amendment of 1992 (Public Law 101-542), State Technical College of Missouri publishes and distributes statistics that list the number of criminal offenses and arrests reported on each of its campuses for the past three years. These statistics and the policies and procedures for preventing and reporting crimes are provided in the Student Handbook, which is prepared bi-annually. The Student Handbook is available on the State Technical College of Missouri website at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf. The Board of Regents’ approved policies are filed in the President’s Office.

GRIEVANCE POLICY
State Technical College of Missouri personnel shall maintain records of formal written student complaints, which will be filed with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. These records will include information about the disposition of the complaints, including those referred to external agencies for final resolution. Information concerning the procedures for maintaining these records is available from the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. See the Student Handbook at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf for details on making complaints or filing grievances.

WITHDRAWING FROM A CLASS
A student may withdraw from a class during the first three quarters of the class. Withdrawal during this time will be recorded on the transcript as “WD”. After three quarters of any class, withdrawals and “WD” grades are not allowed, and letter grades are assigned by instructors.

NOTE: There may be costs associated with withdrawing from any or all classes. See the sections on “Student Financial Aid Information” and “Refunds” or discuss this with the Financial Services Coordinator and Financial Aid staff.

A completed Add/Drop form must be submitted to the Academic Records Office to officially withdraw from a class. This form is available online and at the Academic Records Office.

Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal from that class. Students remain financially responsible for classes from which he/she does not officially withdraw.
To officially withdraw from State Technical College of Missouri, a student must complete a Withdrawal Form and submit the completed form to the Academic Records Office or Office of Financial Aid to have the form processed. The date of withdrawal will be the last date of attendance at a documented academic-related activity. Upon any consideration of withdrawal, the student is strongly encouraged to speak with the Financial Aid staff.

WITHDRAWING FROM THE COLLEGE
To officially withdraw from State Technical College of Missouri, a student must complete a Withdrawal Form and submit the completed form to the Academic Records Office or Office of Financial Aid to have the form processed. The date of withdrawal will be the last date of attendance at a documented academic-related activity. Upon any consideration of withdrawal, the student is strongly encouraged to speak with the Financial Aid staff.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST
To request an official State Technical College of Missouri transcript, submit a Transcript Release form to the Academic Records Office. Transcript Release forms are available in the Academic Records Office and on the State Technical College of Missouri website at www.statetechmo.edu/alumni. There is no charge for requesting transcripts.

ACADEMIC RECORDS
State Technical College of Missouri adheres to the guidelines set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, Buckley Amendment and maintains policy in accordance with this act. A detailed statement pertaining to (1) records maintained, (2) access procedures, (3) directory information and (4) content challenge is published in the State Technical College of Missouri Student Handbook. Additional information can be obtained from the Registrar at (573) 897-5154 or on the State Technical College of Missouri website at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf.

STUDENT LIFE, ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES
Services for students at State Technical College of Missouri are designed to provide support services to students in meeting their individual educational goals. Services to students at State Tech include financial aid, on-campus housing, academic advisement, library resources, academic support, counseling services, services for special populations, career planning, student activities and organizations.

COUNSELING SERVICES
The Office of Counseling Services works together with all faculty members in carrying out the counseling program at State Technical College of Missouri. Academic, social, and career concerns will be primarily coordinated in the Office of Counseling Services. These concerns include but are not limited to attendance, insubordination, behavioral issues, health, safety and welfare. The counselors do not attempt to make decisions for students; rather, they seek to help students make responsible decisions for themselves. Counseling services at State Tech assist students in making educational and personal decisions. Should additional counseling services be required, students will be referred to qualified counselors off-campus.

SERVICES FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
State Technical College of Missouri is committed to providing equal opportunities for students of special populations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. State Technical College of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in admission/access to or treatment/employment in its programs and activities. Any persons having inquiries concerning State Tech compliance with such regulations should contact the Associate Dean of Student Affairs by phone at (573) 897-5193 or by mail at State Technical College of Missouri, One Technology Drive, Linn, MO 65051.

After high school graduation, the high school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) ends and there is no mandated IEP at the college level. The college student is considered an adult and must self-identify and provide appropriate and current documentation based on the college’s requirements. The college is not responsible for the cost of evaluations should they be necessary.

State Tech will work with students with disabilities to accommodate their needs so that they may successfully access and complete courses offered by the College. All students, however must, with or without reasonable accommodation, be able to safely perform the essential functions of the instructional activities required for successful completion of each individual course and all such requirements for successful completion of the relevant program. Students who cannot safely do so may not be allowed to participate in certain courses or certain activities within specific courses because such participation poses a threat to the student or others. If participation cannot safely be achieved, course and program requirements will not automatically be waived and such inability to safely and satisfactorily complete such requirements may result in failure of certain courses or inability to complete certain programs. A student's ability to successfully and safely complete all requirements of a program may be considered as a factor in admission to programs or courses.

Students with special needs should contact the Vocational Resource Educator (VRE) prior to the start of classes. The type of service made available is dependent upon documented expressed need. A student requiring reasonable accommodations/considerations due to a documented disability must provide current documentation regarding his/her disability and specific accommodations needed prior to receiving any accommodations. Once the current documentation is received, the VRE may write an IEP or 504 plan with reasonable accommodations.

The VRE works with each student with special needs, reviewing documentation and his/her request for accommodations as well as encouraging him/her to take advantage of the accommodations available. The college provides reasonable accommodations, but only if the student discloses his/her disability and asks for accommodations. That information is kept confidential and shared only with those who have a need to know. At the college level, because each student is considered an adult, he/she is the only one who can activate his/her IEP/504 Plan by notifying each instructor and requesting accommodations in each class. No one else can do this for the student including counselors and/or parents.

LIBRARY
The Library is located on the main level of the Information Technology Center. It is a state-of-the-art comprehensive academic library and serves as the informational and educational hub of the college. The Library supports the mission of the college through its collection, services, specialized research and study areas.

The Library collection is maintained to support instructional programs of the college and to support lifelong learning of students, faculty, staff, and community patrons. The Library provides print materials, audio-visual materials, and a multitude of online databases. Students will find resources that cover highly technical and specialized topics as well as fiction, nonfiction and recreational literature. The Library also provides Internet access in the online public access area. The Library facility is designed to create an ideal environment for study and research, with designated spaces for individual and group study. Library instruction classes are provided to enhance the search and retrieval of library resources. 

State Technical College of Missouri is a charter member of MOBIUS, a statewide consortium that provides access to resources of all private and public academic libraries in Missouri. MOBIUS (http://searchmobius.org) and OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) Interlibrary Loan services extend access and delivery beyond the walls of the State Technical College of Missouri campus, thus allowing our students access to nearly unlimited resources.

Professional librarians are available in the library and can be reached by e-mail (librarian@statetechmo.edu) or by telephone (573) 897-5215 for reference and research assistance. Additional information can be found at www.statetechmo.edu/library and the online access catalog at http://lance.searchmobius.org.

ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER
The mission of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is to provide academic support and resources that enhance instructional programs. The ARC is located on the main level of the Information Technology Center. Tutoring services are provided by both staff and peer tutors. Peer tutors are required to have at least a 3.000 GPA, recommendations from instructors, and a recent transcript showing competency in the subject(s) to be tutored.

The ARC staff and peer tutors provide individual and group tutoring for State Tech general education classes, which include the following: mathematics,written and oral communications, science, physics, American history and government, Introduction to Microcomputers, and Job Search Strategies. Students may come to the ARC for individual assistance with any State Tech mathematics, science, or writing assignment, including library assignments and resume preparation.

During each semester, the ARC offers study skills seminars for State Tech students. These seminars support the study skills necessary to succeed in college. Seminar topics may include note-taking, test-taking, time management, and procrastination.

The ARC includes individual and group study areas and computers equipped with current Microsoft software. Accommodations for students with Individualized Education Plans are supported by ARC staff members. ARC staff members also provide mentoring for international students.

ARC employees can be reached by e-mail (StaffARC@statetechmo.edu) or by telephone at (573) 897-5204.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Computer and Internet use are governed by State Tech Board of Regents' policy. This policy provides for general ethical behavior and acceptable use of State Tech computers and Internet access. Administrative procedures have been developed to assure that all students understand and adhere to board policy. Therefore, all students are required to sign the "Acceptable Use Procedure" before access is granted to computers and the Internet. Furthermore, students may expect further use guidelines when using the library, academic resource center, and/or departmental laboratories.

See the Student Handbook for the "Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Procedure”.

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FACILITIES
The State Technical College of Missouri housing community has a maximum occupancy of 144 residents. Students are housed in nine cottages, which have eight rooms each. The rooms are available as double occupancy or single occupancy units. Single rooms are available at a premium cost, based upon availability. Residents are required to purchase a meal plan. Prices for rooms and meal plans can be obtained from the Resident Manager at (573) 897-5165. For additional information please refer to the Student Handbook found on the State Technical College of Missouri website at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf.

All students are expected to provide their local address to the college and will have the responsibility of informing the college of any change that is made in housing.


CAREER SERVICES
The ability of State Technical College of Missouri graduates to enter and hold related employment is one of the most important indicators of the college’s success. State Technical College of Missouri’s “lifelong” career services assistance program was developed to assist graduates in obtaining employment in related occupations. For details regarding these services, see the Student Handbook on State Technical College of Missouri website at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf. The Career Services staff and college faculty have developed and maintained relationships with many of Missouri’s businesses, industries and governmental agencies. Employer contacts are also available across the country.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS
The Student Activities Director assists faculty and Student Government Association officers in maintaining an effective program of student activities. The college offers a number of activities that take place outside the regular classroom and for which credit is not given. Each student is urged to participate in extracurricular activities. Student activities may include basketball, softball, volleyball, dodgeball, kickball, bowling, comedians, cultural programs, and special events. The Student Activities Director always welcomes suggestions for new activities.

Student organizations currently in existence are Student Government Association (SGA), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), SkillsUSA, Horticulture/PAS Club, Electricity Club, Aviation Club, Home Builders Association Student Chapter, Computer Club, TECH Team (Automotive Technology), Resident Government Association (RGA), Associated General Contractors (AGC), Physical Therapist Assistant Club, Career Ready Club, Machine Tool Club, Veteran Students Club, and American Public Works Association (AWPA). Each student organization is required to have a constitution, which states the aims and purposes of the group and how it contributes to campus life and student development. Each organization is responsible for choosing its own officers and for scheduling its activities with the Student Activities Director.

Any interested person or group of people who wish to create an organization can form clubs on campus with approval from the Student Activities Director. All student clubs must have a State Technical College of Missouri–affiliated sponsor in order to draw upon student activity fees and use State Technical College of Missouri in their names. See the Student Activities Director for details.

STUDENT SERVICE SEMESTER
State Technical College of Missouri is concerned with providing students not only the skills but also the attitudes required to be employable and promotable. An understanding of work ethics is central to success in the business and industrial environment. Employment managers and personnel representatives seek job applicants with a demonstrated history of strong work ethic performance. To demonstrate a favorable attitude, students may elect, on a volunteer basis, to work for the school or the community. This project, which is referred to as a Student Service Semester, may be undertaken during any semester. The project must require at least 10 hours to complete. Those students who would like a Dean’s Citation may contract for a minimum of 15 hours. Those aspiring to earn a Presidential Citation should complete a minimum of 20 hours. Students should see the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, the Counseling Services Staff or their Academic Advisor for ideas on how to be of service to State Technical College of Missouri and/or to the City of Linn or their own community. Volunteer hours should be logged through the Student Activities Director.

TRAFFIC
All vehicles must be registered with the college. The speed limit on the campus is 15 mph. Exercise extreme caution. If speed limits are abused, driving privileges on campus may be revoked and a fine may be issued. Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing the campus drive. All drivers should stop to let pedestrians cross the road.

PARKING
Student parking is restricted to the student parking lots. Parking permits for students can be obtained from the receptionist. Additional or replacement permits are available at the cost of $25.00 per permit. Any vehicle parked in unauthorized areas or without displayed parking permits will be subject to the following:

  1. Minimum $25.00 fine for parking violation.
  2. Repeat offenders will be subject to the towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.
  3. Double fines may be assessed for failure to heed warnings.

Special arrangements for handicapped and temporary parking can be made with the Receptionist. Payment for parking tickets is made at the Financial Services Coordinator’s Office. Parking fines will be posted to the student’s account.

STUDENT HANDBOOK
The Office of The Associate Dean of Student Affairs electronically publishes a Student Handbook bi-annually on the State Technical College of Missouri website, www.statetechmo.edu. The handbook describes in detail student services guidelines and procedures, college regulations, student conduct policies, and the student discipline process. The current student handbook is located on the State Technical College of Missouri website at www.statetechmo.edu/current/pdfs/StudentHandbook.pdf. It is the responsibility of every student to read this document and follow the guidelines and procedures detailed within the handbook. Students are encouraged to print a copy of the handbook from the website for their own use.

 






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