Student Affairs

Summer 2014 Graduation Application Deadline

Applications for summer 2014 graduation are due July 15, 2014. All students should complete an online “Application for Graduation” through WebAdvisor to receive a Degree, Certificate, or Letter of Recognition regardless of their participation in the graduation ceremony.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (All day)

Student Reporting Forms

Please choose one of the following links to submit a report: Concerning Behavior/Student Intervention is a proactive approach to identify and support students who appear to exhibit any behaviors of concern. The idea is to intervene before these students develop more serious problems such as attempts to commit suicide or violent actions against others. The report is sent to a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) who will meet with the student to determine the most effective intervention. Judicial Affairs relates to addressing violations of the Student Code of Conduct. These are published rules regarding prohibited behavior on College premises or at College-sponsored functions. When these rules appear to have been violated by a student, the report is sent to the Dean of Student Affairs who will meet with the student and determine what action should be taken. Academic Integrity relates to academic dishonesty such as cheating, plagiarism, or misuse of College computers. When these rules appear to have been violated by a student, the faculty member’s report is sent to the Vice President of Academic Affairs who will either send a letter of reprimand to the student or schedule a meeting of the College Hearing Board. The Student Progress Report is a system established for instructors of courses to identify students who are struggling with non-academic concerns and to refer them to appropriate student affairs staff as soon as possible. It is assumed that the instructor will address academic issues along with staff in the Learning Support Center. The purpose of the student progress report is to provide meaningful interventions early in the semester to help students succeed in their courses and make progress in meeting their academic goals. Using the Student Progress Report form, Faculty may also report students who are not attending class or high absenteeism. If the student is having an attendance problem this can affect their eligibility for student financial aid. Students who do not complete at least 70% of the attempted course work and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average are ineligible for future aid.

Behavioral Intervention FAQ

Taking the step to express a concern about someone can evoke mixed feelings. Following are a few questions to explore as you consider your options. What If I Am Wrong About The Person? You are registering a concern based on an observed behavior (e.g., verbal exchange, action, etc.), not making a determination. By alerting the appropriate campus representatives, a safety determination can be made. Should I Approach Him/Her First? As a caring individual, you may desire to reason with or explore the source of the actions of the person in question. However, based on the threat level, this mentoring approach may not be the best course of action. Always assess the risk. Should you have any concern about your safety or that of the involved student, your best course of action is to access intervention from people who are trained in these areas. I Don’t Have A Great Deal Of Evidence – Should I Wait Before Notifying Someone? Sometimes we don’t have all the evidence. Let the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) weigh the information and see if gathering more facts is wanted as a response plan is evaluated. Bring what you have because others may have evidence too. What Will Happen To The Person Whom I Submit A Concern Report Form About? Although action will depend upon the situation, the BIT will intervene in support of the person of concern. Who Has Access To This Information? The BIT is the primary responding body at the College. In the event that other people will need to be involved, reported information will be handled discretely. How Long Will This Concern Report Stay On File? The majority of reports will stay on file for six (6) years; however, depending on the situation, some reports may stay on file for a longer period of time. Will This Report Adversely Affect This Person’s Student or Employee Status? You are doing the right thing in reporting your concerns in support of the health of the individual student and of the safety of our campus. However, this action may also raise concern for the person(s) involved. Whether the overall review of information will adversely affect the person’s student status will depend on the situation. How Will I Know That The Situation Has Been Addressed? BIT will address every report that is brought to the committee. However, you may not be privy to the specific outcome of an investigation based on the factors involved. Will The Person Be Able To Find Out That I Submitted The Concern? BIT will attempt to handle all matters discreetly. We cannot guarantee that the person(s) involved will not be able to figure out the source of the report. However, we will not divulge your identity. Can I Submit Anonymously? No. It is important to this process for you to identify yourself.

Behavioral Intervention Team

The goal of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is to provide a proactive and holistic approach to addressing behavior of concern in students. This reporting system facilitates communication and creates a quick response. Your report will be routed to a specific BIT member to prioritize and investigate. When appropriate, the BIT member will connect students with community resources and coordinate follow up. After electronically submitting your report, you will receive an email confirming receipt and case assignment. All prior incidents relating to individual students are integrated in the system and help the BIT member with the investigation. In gathering information through interviews and finding other sources of information, the team member gains a better understanding of what occurred and can assess the risk involved more accurately as well as the necessary level of intervention. The BIT has established guidelines to assist staff and faculty in determining when to make a referral. This list in not an all-inclusive list but will provide examples of specific situations which would warrant a referral. Referral Guidelines May Include: Emotional Indicators Direct statements of distress, family problems or other difficulties Unprovoked anger or hostility Exaggerated personality traits: more withdrawn or more animated than usual Expressions of concern about a student by his/her peers A hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong Physical Indicators Deterioration of physical appearance Lack of personal hygiene Excessive fatigue Visible changes in weight Bleary-eyed, hung over or smelling of alcohol Safety Risk Indicators Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or a suicidal flavor Essays/papers which focus on despair, suicide, or death Statements to the effect that the student is “going away for a long time” Giving away of prized possessions Self-injuries or self-destructive behaviors Severe depressions Forms & Documentation Student Reporting Forms  

TRiO: Upward Bound FAQ

Do you need to be a high achieving student to be involved in Upward Bound? No. However, you do need to demonstrate a strong interest in attending college, which means that you must have at least a GPA of 2.00 and are trying to improve. What is necessary to be involved in the HCC Upward Bound program? You need to be either ‘income-eligible’ or the first in your family to graduate from college. What does Upward Bound do to prepare students for college? During the school year, Upward Bound students participate in a number of activities, including tutoring after school, Saturday Sessions, college tours, as well as academic and cultural enrichment activities. Transportation is provided for all Upward Bound activities. What summer activities does the Upward Bound program have to prepare students for college? During the summer, a six-week Upward Bound Summer Academy is available for students. This program provides students with the opportunity to take English, math, Spanish and science courses, attend field trips and potentially earn 2 high school credits toward graduation, or earn between 3 and 9 college credits. Transportation is provided during the Summer Academy. How much does it cost to participate in all of these activities? The cost absolutely free! Where do I pick up an application? You may fill out an Upward Bound application online or visit the Upward Bound coach at your high school. You may also come to the Upward Bound main office on the campus of HCC located in the Advanced Technology Center, room 207. Please call ahead of time, as we are regularly at the high schools. Why are parents required to submit financial information? Is this information passed on to other agencies? (Financial information includes tax statements, unemployment information, Social Security information, etc.) Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that requires proof of eligibility, which is the reason that these documents are requested. Personal information to prove eligibility is not forwarded or shared with others. All information is completely confidential. Does participation in Upward Bound improve my child's chances of getting into college? Absolutely. Over 90% of Upward Bound students are admitted to college upon their high school graduation. Are parents required to participate in Upward Bound activities? Yes, Upward Bound sees college preparation as a joint partnership with parents and the schools. Does Upward Bound help students with other matters aside from college? Absolutely. Staff is available to provide academic advisement, career counseling, personal counseling and to make referrals for both students and parents.

TRiO SSS Activities

Summer 2014 No events scheduled Note: An RSVP is required prior to the event.  Please email Laura at, call 240-500-2659, or stop in the office to sign up for either event. Transportation and tickets are provided for all TRiO: SSS events.   Additional details will be sent to individuals who sign up for a trip or event. If you plan to attend, you must sign a waiver in the office to reserve your spot for both events. Tickets are limited and if you sign up for an event, please let TRiO: SSS staff know immediately if your plans change so that the tickets can be given to another student.