Student Handbook 2020-2021 - Central Community College

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Student Handbook 2020-2021 - Central Community College
Student Handbook
Student Handbook 2020-2021 - Central Community College
Central Community College                                                                                2020-2021 Student Handbook

                                   Table of Contents
     Welcome to Central Community College�������������������������������������������������������� iv
          Central Community College 2020-2021 Calendar�������������������������������������������������������������������������� v
          College Hours of Operation������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ vi
          Registration������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� vi

     College Information������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 1
          Animals on Campus������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������2
          Basic Skills Improvement����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          Career and Employment Services���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          CCC Center Information������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          Cell Phone Policy�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          Children on Campus������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          College Success Skills��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          Copyright - Digital Copying Law�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������3
          Counseling Services������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������4
          Disability Services����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������4
          Emergency Alert Notification System����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������4
          Face Coverings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������4
          Financial Aid������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5
          Fire Emergency�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5
          First Aid �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5
          Food Service������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5
          Grade Appeal Policy������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5
          Leave of Absence����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6
          Lost or Stolen Articles����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6
          Mandatory Assessment�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������6
          Medical Emergency�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7
          Medical Financial Responsibility�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7
          National Society of Leadership and Success���������������������������������������������������������������������������������7
          Official Communications������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������7
          Phi Theta Kappa������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8
          Privacy Policy�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8
          Read & Write Learning Software�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������8
          Registered Sex Offenders – Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act��������������������������������������������������8
          Reporting a Crime����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������9
          Safety and Security Tips������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������9
          Service Centers��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������9
          Sexual Misconduct/Harassment������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������9
          Sexual Misconduct/Harassment Procedures��������������������������������������������������������������������������������10
Student Handbook 2020-2021 - Central Community College
2020-2021 Student Handbook                                                                                 Central Community College

     Standards of Progress�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������10
     Student Grievances�����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������10
     Student Academic Conduct����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������10
     Student Non-Academic Conduct��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������11
     Student Organizations�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������11
     Student Technology Usage Agreement Guidelines����������������������������������������������������������������������12
     Tobacco Free Policy����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������12
     Veterans & Military Resource Center���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������12
     Video Surveillance Policy��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13
     Waiver of Liability���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13
     Weather Notification����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������13
     Web Access ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������14

Columbus�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 15
     Columbus Campus Buildings��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������16
     Assistance and Advice�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������17

Grand Island Campus������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 22
     Grand Island Campus Buildings���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������23
     Assistance and Advice�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������24

Hastings Campus�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 28
     Hastings Campus Buildings����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������29
     Assistance and Advice�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������30

Center Information������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 35
     Holdrege Center����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������36
     Kearney Center������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������36
     Lexington Center���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������37
     Ord Learning Center����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������37

Glossary Terms������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ 38

   Central Community College students are responsible for knowing the information, policies and
procedures outlined in this document. Central Community College reserves the right to make chang-
es to this document as necessary and once those changes are posted online, they are in effect.
Students are encouraged to check online at
for the updated versions of all policies and procedures.
Student Handbook 2020-2021 - Central Community College
Central Community College                                                                     2020-2021 Student Handbook

     Welcome to Central Community College!
        You have made an excellent choice to pursue your postsecondary educational goals at Central
     Community College, and we are pleased to call you one of our own. Your decision to pursue higher
     education is a turning point in your life journey, one that offers endless possibilities. The staff and
     faculty at CCC will be here to support you along the way.
        At Central, we provide a variety of important student services, including tutoring and academic
     support, career exploration opportunities, campus housing, activities and intramurals, TRiO program,
     expert academic advising, and many other forms of support. In addition, there will be many ways for
     you to make connections with faculty and other students, develop leadership skills, and expand your
     knowledge beyond what you will attain in the classroom.
        Getting and staying involved is one of the most important things you can do while in college, so
     be sure to check out our many student clubs, organizations, and service opportunities at Central.
        College is an exciting and significant experience, and this Student Handbook will be a useful
     guide on your educational journey at CCC. Please know that our doors are always open for you. If
     you need assistance, please stop by any of our offices - we are here to help!

        Dr. Elizabeth Przymus, Dean of Student Success

     Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
         Central Community College (CCC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, marital status,
     national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or other factors prohibited by law, in matters of employment, admissions,
     financial aid, or other activities and opportunities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.
         Any person having inquiries concerning Central Community College compliance with Title II, Title IV, Title VI, Title IX, the Age Dis-
     crimination Act, and/or Section 504 should contact: Vice President of Human Resources, 3134 W Highway 34, PO Box 4903, Grand
     Island NE 68802-4903, 308-398-7325,
         Persons seeking further information concerning career and technical education offerings at Central Community College and any
     specific pre-requisite criteria for the various programs of study should contact: Marketing and Public Relations Director, 3134 W High-
     way 34, PO Box 4903, Grand Island NE 68802-4903, 308-398-4222,
         To obtain this information in a language other than English or in an alternative format email or call 308-398-

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2020-2021 Student Handbook                                                                 Central Community College

   Central Community College 2020-2021 Calendar
                                                Fall Session 2020
                Fall Session 2020                         • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Registration for
    Tuesday, August
        • Tuesday,   11, 11,
                   August 2020
                             2020 Registration (Fall        Summer and Fall 2021 begins Registration (Fall 2020)
             2020)                                             • Thursday, May 6, 2021 Classes End
    Monday, August 17, 2020                                                                                Classes Begin
          • Monday, August 17, 2020 Classes Begin
    Friday,                                                   Eight   week    Spring    2021   Classes
         • August     28, 2020
            Friday, August 28, 2020 Last Day Free            Last Day Free Drops/Exchange of Credits of Equal
                                                               • First eight week session January 11 through
             Drops/Exchange of Credits of Equal Value             March 5, 2021                                    Value
        • Monday,
    Monday,       September
            September       7, 2020 Labor Day
                        7, 2020                                • January 15, 2021 Last Day Free Drop    Labor Day Break
                                                               • February 22, 2021 Last Day to Withdraw
   Friday• - Friday
             Tuesday,     October
                    through           9-13, 9 through
                            Tuesday, October                                                          Student Fall Break
 2020        13, 2020 Student Fall Break                       • Second eight week session, March 15
                                                                 through May 6, 2021
         • Thursday,
    Thursday, OctoberOctober
                         15,15, 2020 Last Day to Add
                             2020                                                             Last Day to Add Classes
             Classes                                           • March 19, 2021 Last Day Free Drop
         • October     30, 2020
            Friday, October 30, 2020 Graduation           Graduation   Applications
                                                              • April 26, 2021 Last Day Due   (Degree/Diploma/Certif-
                                                                                        to Withdraw
             Applications Due (Degree/Diploma/                                                                icate)
             Certificate)                                         Summer Sessions 2021
    Wednesday, November 11, 2020                                               Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
                                                              • Ten Week Session    Monday, May  24 through
          • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Last Day to              Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Thursday, November
           Withdraw         12, 2020
                    from Classes                                               Registration for Spring 2021 Begins
                                                               • June 2 Last Day to Drop
        • Thursday, November 12, 2020 Registration
    Wed-Friday,  November 25-27, 2020
           for Spring 2021 Begins                              • June 28 Last Day to Add             Thanksgiving Break
         • December     11, 2020
            Wednesday through Friday, November 25              • July 12 Last Day to Withdraw               Classes End
             through 27, 2020 Thanksgiving Break               • First Five Week Session Monday, May 24
          • Friday, December 11, 2020 Classes End                through Thursday, June 24, 2021
      8 Week Fall 2020 Classes                        Last Day Free
                                                            • May 28 Drop
                                                                      Last Day to Drop Last Day to Withdraw
         Eight Week Fall 2020 Classes
        • 17
                  October    8, 2020
                       week session August 17 through    August 21,112020
                                                            • June     Last Day to Withdraw  September 25, 2020
             October 8, 2020
    October 14 - December 11, 2020                            • First
                                                          October  20,three week session Monday, May
                                                                         2020                        24
                                                                                                  November 30, 2020
          • August 21, 2020 Last Day Free Drop                    through Thursday, June 10, 2021
          • September 25, 2020 Last Day to Withdraw            • May 25 Last Day to drop
          • Second eight week session October 14           Session 2021
                                                              • June 8 Last day to Withdraw
            through December 11, 2020
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021                                                             Registration
                                                               • Monday, May 31, 2021 Memorial Day Break    Spring 2021
          • October 20, 2020 Last Day Free Drop
                                                               • First two week session Monday, June 7
    Monday, January 11, 2021                                                                              Classes Begin
          • November 30, 2020 Last Day to Withdraw               through Thursday, June 17, 2021
    Monday, January 18, 2021                                                          Martin
                                                               • June 8 Last Day to Drop        Luther King Day Break
              Spring Session 2021
        • Tuesday,
    Monday, JanuaryJanuary
                      25, 5, 2021 Registration
                           2021                              Last Day15Free
                                                               • June         Drops/Exchange
                                                                        Last Day to Withdraw       of Credits of Equal
             Spring 2021
                                                               • Second five week session Monday, June 28        Value
          • Monday, January 11, 2021 Classes Begin                through Thursday, July 29, 2021
    Friday, March 5, 2021                                                                           Student Winter Break
         • Monday, January 18, 2021 Martin Luther              • July 2 Last Day to Drop
            King Jr. Day
    Friday, March        Break
                     5, 2021                              Graduation  Applications Due (Degree/Diploma/Certif-
                                                              • July 16 Last Day to Withdraw
          • Monday, January 25, 2021 Last Day Free                                                     icate)
            Drops/Exchange of Credits of Equal Value           • Second three week session Monday, June
    Wednesday, March 10, 2021                                    28 through Thursday, July 15,Last
                                                                                               2021Day to   Add Classes
        • Friday, February 12, 2021 Student Winter
          Break                                                • June 29 Last Day to Drop
    Monday-Friday,   March 8-12, 2021                                                                       Spring Break
          • Friday, March 5, 2021 Graduation                   • July 13 Last Day to Withdraw
            April 12,Due2021
                          (Degree/Diploma/                                      Last Day to Withdraw from Classes
                                                               • Monday, July 5, 2021 Independence Day
    Tuesday, April 13, 2021                                         Registration for Summer & Fall
                                                                 Break                                      2021 Begins
         • Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Last Day to
                                                               • Second 2-Week Session Monday, July 19
           AddMay  6, 2021
              Classes                                                                                       Classes End
                                                                 through Thursday, July 29, 2021
          • Monday through Friday, March 8 through 12,
                                                               • July 20 Last Day to Drop
            2021 Spring Break
     8 Week Spring 2021 Classes                         Last Day Free
                                                              • July 27 Drop              Last Day to Withdraw
                                                                        Last Day to Withdraw
          • Monday, April 12, 2021 Last Day to Withdraw
             11 Classes
                - March 5, 2021                            January 15, 2021                           February 22, 2021
    March 15 - May, 2021                                   March 19, 2021                                  April 26, 2021

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Central Community College                                           2020-2021 Student Handbook

                Summer Sessions 2021                    Summer        Last Day to   Last Day to With-
                                                        Sessions         Drop             draw
        Monday, May 24 - Thursday, July 29, 2021          10-Week         June 2                July 12
                                                         (Last Day
                                                      to Add June
        Monday, May 24 - Thursday June 24, 2021             First        May 28                June 11
        Monday, May 24 - Thursday, June 10, 2021            First        May 25                 June 8
        Monday, May 31, 2021                                           Memorial Day Break
        Monday, June 7 - Thursday, July 15, 2021            First         June 8               June 15
        Monday, June 28 - Thursday, July 29, 2021         Second          July 2                July 16
        Monday, June 28 - Thursday, July 15, 2021         Second         June 29                July 13
        Monday, July 5, 2021                                         Independence Day Break
        Monday, July 19 - Thursday, July 29, 2021         Second          July 20               July 27

     College Hours of Operation
       Central Community College business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

       Registration may be conducted any day the college is in session. The registration days indicated
     on the calendar are designed to handle registration to begin a scheduled fall, spring, or summer
     session. Seminars and workshops will be scheduled and dates published as needs indicate.
       To view the courses required for your degree, go to WebCentral>My Services>Services for Stu-
     dents>Academic Planning>Student Planning>My Progress

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  College Information

Central Community College                                              2020-2021 Student Handbook

    Advisors                                              Assessment of Student
       Students who are seeking a certificate, diplo-     Learning
    ma, or a degree are assigned an advisor who              Central Community College publishes
    helps arrange a course of study that meets the        student-learning outcomes by program. A copy
    student’s goals and the graduation requirements       may be obtained from the specific program
    of Central Community College. Advisors collabo-       faculty member. The faculty will assess the stu-
    rate with you to help you achieve academic and        dent’s academic achievement of the published
    personal success. Advisors can help you:              outcomes at or near the end of the student’s
                                                          program. Depending on the number of students
      • Plan your class schedule                          enrolled in a program, all degree-seeking stu-
                                                          dents or a randomly selected sample of these
      • Learn about transferring to a 4-year              students will be required to participate in the
        university                                        assessment process. The college will assess
                                                          student learning through one or more of the
      • Explore career options and resources
                                                          following measurements:
      • Find various campus services like tutoring,        1.	 Development of a portfolio of a student’s
        career planning, academic help and more                works such as exams, report papers,
                                                               videos, and etc.
       Consult your academic advisor every step of
    the way: when you arrive at CCC, while you are
                                                           2.	 A capstone experience (course or part of
    a student here and when you are making plans
                                                               a course) where a student will complete
    for your future. It is strongly recommended that
                                                               a project using all of the skills learned
    students work with their advisors to create a
                                                               throughout the program of study
    student’s course of study, registration, changes
    in registration, graduation clearance and other        3.	 Series of exams
    enrollment procedures. All of this work is tracked
    and documented in the Student Planning pages           4.	 A combination of the above. The
    of WebCentral at: https://collssprod.nt.cccneb.            assessment process provides information
    edu/Student/Planning                                       to the faculty for improving the quality of
                                                               student learning. The assessment process
    Animals on Campus                                          has no impact on the student’s grades or
       Service animals may accompany students,
    employees, and visitors with disabilities to all
    Central Community College (CCC) events,               Attendance
    activities, and locations. Local, state and federal
    laws regulate the use of service animals at CCC           Regular attendance and conscientious work
    locations and/or events. Comfort animals (also        habits are necessary to meet the college’s
    known as therapy or assistance animals) are           standards of progress. Instructors may evaluate
    generally not permitted in College facilities or      attendance as part of your grade. It is important
    at CCC events. Requests for exceptions to this        to attend classes when you are scheduled, so
    general rule must be submitted to the responsi-       you can get the help you need from instructors
    ble administrator prior to the event/activity and     and take tests during the scheduled lab or
    will be reviewed/decided on a case-by-case            course period.
    basis. An exception to this rule is in residence          Good attendance not only will help you learn
    halls: CCC complies with the Fair Housing Act         more and get better grades, but it also shows re-
    and has a procedure for resident students to          sponsibility and reliability, characteristics which
    request to have their comfort animals in their        employers will value when hiring new workers.
    room.                                                 If you know you will be absent for a short period
                                                          of time please notify your instructor(s); if you
                                                          will be absent for an extended period of time,
                                                          please contact the Associate Dean of Students
                                                          to discuss a Leave of Absence.
                                                              If attendance becomes a problem, your ad-
                                                          visor may be notified, and you may be required

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to meet with the advisor prior to your return
to class. Continued poor attendance can be
                                                       Cell Phone Policy
grounds for academic probation.                           Cell phone use in classrooms and labs is
                                                       at the discretion of the faculty member. If you
Basic Skills                                           have questions about whether cell phone use
                                                       is allowed, please ask your faculty member
Improvement                                            directly. Cell phone use in the Resource Centers
                                                       (Libraries) is not permitted out of respect for
   The campuses offer courses and work-                others who are using the facility. Cell phone use
shops to improve students’ reading, writing,           in lounge areas, cafeterias, outdoor spaces, and
math, spelling, and study skills. For specific         hallways is permitted.
course and workshop information, refer to the
Communications and Mathematics sections of
the catalog or contact the Academic Success            Children on Campus
Center directly.
                                                          Unless appropriate to course content, chil-
                                                       dren should not to be brought into a class/lab or
Bookstores                                             left unattended elsewhere on campus.

   Follett Higher Education Group operates a
bookstore at each of the major campus sites of         College Success Skills
the college. Besides books and school supplies,
the bookstore also offers a variety of merchan-           Central Community College offers a benefi-
dise for student purchases. The bookstore es-          cial course for all new students entitled College
tablishes textbook refund policies as directed by      Foundations. This is a three-credit hour course
the Follett College Stores. Customer hours are         that provides incoming students with strategies
posted at each campus bookstore. Books can             and information to help improve your abilities
be purchased at In addition,         in test preparation, time management, commu-
textbook rental options are also available.            nication, study techniques, and other skills that
                                                       can positively affect your educational outcomes.
                                                       Your academic advisor can assist you in regis-
Catalog                                                tering for this course.

  Central Community College publishes an
annual catalog. The catalog is available via the       Copyright - Digital
web at
                                                       Copying Law
Career and Employment                                     Do you download music, movies, or books
                                                       online? If so, make sure you are doing it legally
Services                                               or there can be serious consequences!
                                                          What is the law? The Digital Millennium
   Advice and resources about jobs and careers         Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA), a federal law
are available in the Career & Employment               designed to protect the authors of intellectual
Services office. For listings of part- and full-time   works such as books, movies and music prohib-
job opportunities and other career employment          its sharing these files.
needs, please visit the Career & Employment               Copying and sharing someone else’s work
Services office or go to       may violate an author’s rights even when you
ces.                                                   are not selling the copies.
                                                          What about peer-to-peer file sharing pro-
                                                       grams? Central Community College forbids the
CCC Center Information                                 use of all peer-to-peer application on the college
                                                       network and computers.
   Central Community College has centers in the           What should I do? Immediately stop
Holdrege, Kearney, Lexington, and Ord commu-           downloading copyrighted material illegally. To
nities. For contact information at CCC Centers,        comply with the law and to protect yourself from
please refer to the CCC Center Assistance and          possible litigation, we strongly encourage you to
Advice page.                                           remove illegally obtained copyrighted material

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    from your computer. For a list of legal alterna-      notification to students, staff, and faculty upon
    tives and known legitimate, download services         the College’s confirmation of a significant emer-
    visit:                 gency, dangerous situation, or campus closure.
                                                          Students are automatically enrolled in CCC
                                                          Alerts when they register for classes. Students
    Counseling Services                                   may update their phone numbers and e-mail ad-
                                                          dresses for CCCAlert at
       Central Community College offers a compre-         cccneb by entering your CCC e-mail address
    hensive counseling model with a variety of ser-       and password. If you do not have your pass-
    vices that include confidential counseling, crisis    word, use the “Forgot username or password”
    intervention, outreach, prevention education and      link on the login page.
    consultation. Individual and group counseling
    sessions are available to assist students strug-
    gling with emotional, social, family, or substance    Face Coverings
    abuse issues. Counseling services are free to
    all currently enrolled students. Central believes        Beginning August 1, all Central Communi-
    that resolving personal issues allows students        ty College faculty, staff, students and visitors
    to focus on their academic goals, which leads to      (including contractors, vendors and guests)
    a successful college experience. Students may         will be required to wear a face covering when
    access counseling services themselves or be           inside any of CCC’s campus buildings or center
    referred by a CCC staff member. To schedule or        spaces owned or leased by CCC. This includes,
    speak with a counselor, call 402-562-1244. For        but is not limited to, common areas, classrooms,
    additional information visit http://www.cccneb.       restrooms, breakrooms and hallways. A limited
    edu/counseling.                                       number of disposable masks may be available,
                                                          but individuals are encouraged to provide for
                                                          and regularly clean their own reusable cover-
    Disability Services                                   ing. While wearing of masks is encouraged at
                                                          all times, the following provides a list of limited
        The mission of the Disability Services pro-       exceptions:
    gram at Central Community College is to create
    an accessible community where individuals with          • When eating, drinking or washing face
    disabilities have an equal opportunity to par-
    ticipate in or benefit from all college programs,       • When in an office or workspace where at
    activities, and services. The Disability Services         least six feet of social distancing can occur
    Office on each campus is the designated office
    that maintains disability-related documentation,        • When alone in a college vehicle
    determines eligibility for academic accommo-
    dations, and develops plans for the provision           • When an alternative is necessary as
    of such accommodations for eligible students.             indicated by a medical professional
    It should be noted, it is the student’s respon-
    sibility to request services if accommodations          • When exercising or during a college-
    are desired. For more information or to access            sponsored activity where use is not
    services, contact the Disability Services Office at       practicable
    any of the three campus locations.
                                                            • When in one’s assigned residence hall
    Emergency Alert
                                                            • When directed to or given permission by a
    Notification System                                       college official to remove face covering or
                                                              by faculty member per course/classroom
       Central Community College has partnered                requirements
    with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergen-
                                                             This requirement will be in place until such
    cy alert notification system, called CCCAlert.
                                                          time as directed by the COVID-19 response
    This system is capable of delivering messages
                                                          team. Violations of the face covering require-
    to your college and personal e-mail accounts, as
                                                          ment may be addressed through the CCC
    well as your home phone or cell phone.
                                                          Student Conduct process.
       CCCAlert will give emergency direction and

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Financial Aid                                        First Aid
   CCC students benefit from many sources of            First aid kits are available in each building.
financial assistance. The biggest forms of aid are   Please check with building staff for the location
determined by the Free Application for Federal       of medical supplies.
Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the need analysis          Use building medical supplies when adminis-
that determines eligibility for the following:       tering first aid. If an injury requires further medi-
                                                     cal attention, a local physician or hospital should
 1.	 Grants (gift assistance that does not need
                                                     be contacted. Central Community College
     to be repaid);
                                                     reserves the right to contact a physician and/or
 2.	 Work study employment program;                  call for an ambulance in case of student illness
                                                     or injury if the situation, in the judgment of the
 3.	 Loans (assistance that is borrowed and          college official, merits such action.
     must be repaid).
   The FAFSA must be completed each aca-             Food Service
demic year for which students need assistance.
While CCC does not have a specific deadline             Cafeteria service is provided by Chartwells at
to complete the FAFSA, some forms of aid are         both the Hastings and Columbus campuses. A
awarded on a first come, first serve basis. There-   snack bar is provided by Chartwells at the Grand
fore, students are advised to apply by March 1st     Island and Hastings Campuses. Food service is
prior to the start of the academic year to ensure    not available during the Fall Break, Thanksgiving
their maximum aid eligibility.                       Break, the December/Holiday Break, and Spring
   In addition to the above sources of funding,      Break. Food service is available on the week-
CCC offers many scholarship opportunities for        ends at the Hastings and Columbus campuses.
new and returning students. Applications are         Students residing on-campus must contract for
available online after October 1, and the dead-      both room and board.
line to apply is March 1 prior to the start of the
academic year.
   For more detailed information about financial
aid and scholarships, please refer to the CCC
                                                        Students may access their final grades
catalog and the CCC website for specific infor-
                                                     through WebCentral. (In the My Services menu,
mation. You can access the financial aid page at
                                                     click on Services for Students, Academic Plan-
                                                     ning, Student Planning, Student Planning (top of
   You can also contact your campus financial
                                                     page), then on Unofficial Transcript).
aid office for more information.

                                                     Grade Appeal Policy
Fire Emergency                                          Faculty of Central Community College have
                                                     the right and responsibility to assign grades
   State law requires that when a fire alarm
                                                     based on work submitted. Evaluation of student
sounds, all persons on the premises must evac-
                                                     performance is based on the professional
uate the building and remain a minimum of 150
                                                     judgment of instructors. A student may appeal a
feet from the building and off any access roads.
                                                     course grade under one or more of the following
   In the event of a fire or another emergency,
notification will be by fire alarm. When the fire
alarm sounds, students are to immediately              • An error was made in the numerical
leave the building via the closest exit. Campus          calculation of the final course grade
personnel will notify students when it’s safe to
re-enter buildings.                                    • The student believes the final grade is not
   The college views unauthorized use and tam-           indicative of his/her academic performance
pering with fire equipment (extinguishers and
alarms) as a serious offense. Severe sanctions         • The instructor departed substantially
may be imposed if such violations occur.                 from his/her grading rationale published
                                                         in the original course syllabus/course

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       Only the final grade may be appealed. For ad-    accommodations during this break.
    ditional information, please reference the grade       For specific on-campus residence hall infor-
    appeal process located on the CCC website at        mation, please contact the campus Residence                  Life Office at Columbus or Hastings.
                                                           For information on housing in Grand Island,
                                                        contact the Admissions Office.
    Graduation                                             In the interest of creating inclusive commu-
                                                        nities and to include every individual student,
       Applying for graduation:                         Residence Life is committed to policies of
       Degrees, diplomas, and certificates are          non-discrimination and equal opportunity.
    awarded three times a year (December, May,             There is no on-campus housing for married
    and August). A graduation application is re-        students. Upon request, information about
    quired for each degree, diploma, and certificate    off-campus rentals, of which the campus has
    earned. Students are required to meet college       been notified, will be available in the campus
    readiness in Writing/Reading and Math through       Residence Life Office.
    college-level coursework or acceptable test
    scores when the student enters the program of
    study.                                              Leave of Absence
       The deadline for applications are posted in
    the academic calendar. See your advisor to ap-         Leaves of absence may be granted in extraor-
    ply for graduation. For more information about      dinary circumstances such as medical emergen-
    graduation requirements, reference the CCC          cy. If you need to request a leave of absence,
    catalog at Graduation    please contact the Associate Dean of Students
    requirements are detailed in the Instructional      on your campus. For a leave of absence due
    Information section under “Graduation Require-      to pregnancy, please contact the Disability Ser-
    ments.”                                             vices Office on your campus. Students who are
       Commencement Ceremony:                           financial aid recipients should also contact the
       All eligible students who apply to complete      Financial Aid Office on their campus.
    a diploma and/or degree may participate in the
    Commencement Ceremony. A college wide
    commencement ceremony is held in December.          Loitering
    Spring Commencement Ceremony is held in
    Columbus, Grand Island, and Hastings campus            Anyone found loitering or congregating
    in May. Students completing in December are         on college grounds after 1:30 a.m. may be
    invited to participate in this Commencement         investigated by campus security and requested
    Ceremony. Students completing in summer             to either leave the premises or, in the case of a
    should submit the application in March and are      residence hall student, to return to the residence
    invited to participate in the May ceremony (just    hall.
    prior to completing classes.)                          For all students and staff’s safety, security
                                                        personnel may check identification as necessary
                                                        and appropriate.
       On-campus residence halls are available at       Lost or Stolen Articles
    Columbus and Hastings for full-time students
    and other students approved by the Director of         Central Community College is not responsible
    Residence Life on each campus. Private apart-       for lost or stolen articles.
    ment-style residences are available adjacent to
    the Grand Island campus.
       On-campus residence hall rooms are fur-
                                                        Mandatory Assessment
    nished with beds, mattresses, wardrobes, study          All certificate, diploma, and degree-seeking
    desks, and chairs. Students residing in the         students (and those enrolling in a math, reading,
    residence halls must provide their own bed-         writing, or English Language Learner course)
    ding, pillows, towels, and personal items. The      will be required to take a pre-enrollment assess-
    residence halls will be closed to students during   ment prior to enrollment. Assessment scores
    the December holiday break. Resident students       will be utilized to recommend proper course
    are responsible for providing their own living      placement to help ensure academic success.

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Scores within the past three calendar years will
be accepted. For additional information on the
                                                        National Society of
mandatory assessment procedures, please visit           Leadership and Success
with the Admissions Office.
                                                           The National Society of Leadership and
Medical Emergency                                       Success is an organization that offers students
                                                        the opportunity to enhance leadership skills
                                                        and network with other peer leaders around
   If a student, guest, or visitor becomes ill, CCC
                                                        the nation. There is a chapter available on each
reserves the right to call a physician or ambu-
                                                        CCC campus. Students are invited to join by
lance, if, in the judgment of a college official, the
                                                        enrolling in a certain number of credit hours and
situation merits such action. Students/visitors
                                                        maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Members complete lead-
are responsible for any costs related to medical
                                                        ership trainings, receive coaching on achieving
or ambulance service. In the event there is a
                                                        goals, and attend motivational speaker events to
medical emergency on campus, as a student,
                                                        earn induction.
you must rely on your own judgment to react to
the situation in a sensible matter.
   If you have any doubts about the seriousness         Official Communications
of the injury/illness, “call 9-911.” The rescue
team can make the medical determination                    Each student is responsible for monitoring
upon arrival. Do not hesitate to use any campus         his/her Central Community College (CCC) email
phone to dial 9-911 and give the following              account for official communications. Communi-
information:                                            cations to the entire student body are consid-
 1.	 Your name and that you are calling from            ered properly delivered when they are placed
     Central Community College.                         on official campus bulletin boards, on Moodle
                                                        and/or on WebCentral or the CCC website. Each
 2.	 The telephone number you are calling               student is responsible for regularly checking the
     from.                                              bulletin boards and websites.
                                                           A request that a student report to an admin-
 3.	 Complete address including town, address,          istrative or faculty office may be made by letter,
     building, and room number.                         email or telephone. Failure to comply with such
                                                        a request may result in disciplinary action under
 4.	 Nature of the problem and condition of the         the student code of conduct.
   Do NOT hang up until the dispatcher indi-            PaperCut
cates they have all the instructions or informa-
tion they need.                                            As part of Central Community College’s 3C
   After you have made the initial call, please in-     Green Initiatives, CCC has instituted PaperCut
form campus security personnel of the emergen-          to monitor printing and to help reduce paper
cy by calling (402) 910-6665 on the Columbus            waste. Students are charged for printing done
Campus, (308) 258-4342 on the Grand Island              on campus through the PaperCut system. Each
Campus, or (402) 461-2599 on the Hastings               student receives a $10 credit on their account at
Campus.                                                 the beginning of each semester. Students can
                                                        purchase additional printing if needed. Contact
                                                        the Student Accounts Office with questions or to
Medical Financial                                       place additional funds in your PaperCut account.
   The student is responsible for all costs
incurred for any medical treatment or transpor-            Central Community College does not dis-
tation.                                                 criminate against any student on the basis of
                                                        pregnancy or related conditions. Absences due

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    to medical conditions relating to pregnancy will
    be excused for as long as deemed medically
                                                          Read & Write Learning
    necessary by a student’s doctor and students          Software
    will be given the opportunity to make up missed
    work. Students needing assistance can seek               Read & Write is a literacy software that makes
    accommodations from Disability Support Ser-           the web, documents, and files more accessi-
    vices Directors. Lactation Rooms are available        ble-any time, any place, and on any platform or
    on each CCC campus. For more information,             device. Read & Write offers easy-to-use assistive
    please see Disability Services.                       technologies available for both PCs and Macs.
                                                          Every student learns differently. Read & Writes
    Phi Theta Kappa                                       is great for people who struggle with reading or
                                                          other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first
                                                          language is not English. Additionally, thousands
       Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society
                                                          of students in higher education rely on Read &
    for two-year colleges and is recognized by the
                                                          Write to help with reading, writing assignments,
    American Association of Community Colleges.
                                                          online research, and independent study.
       A separate chapter of the international honor
                                                             From reading on-screen test aloud to re-
    society is available on each campus. Phi Theta
                                                          searching, studying, and proofing written work,
    Kappa recognizes student scholastic achieve-
                                                          Read & Write makes lots of everyday tasks eas-
    ment and leadership potential. Membership is
                                                          ier for any college student. It’s a big confidence
    by invitation based on academic excellence,
                                                          booster for anyone who needs a little help with
    character, and citizenship. Members must have
                                                          their reading, writing, or studying.
    completed a minimum of 12 college credit hours
    at CCC and have a cumulative grade point aver-
    age of 3.5 or above.                                  Registered Sex
       Phi Theta Kappa members join to pursue
    intellectual endeavors, grow in leadership skills,    Offenders – Campus Sex
    and provide services to the college and local
    communities.                                          Crimes Prevention Act
                                                             Central Community College is committed
    Privacy Policy                                        to providing an atmosphere that encourages
                                                          learning, the exchange of ideas and interacting
       It is the policy of Central Community College      with one another in a safe environment. For the
    to recognize and protect the privacy rights and       purposes of safety, security, and welfare of stu-
    intellectual property rights of students, faculty,    dents living in CCC residence halls, any person
    employees, and of the College. Central Commu-         required by the State of Nebraska to register as
    nity College prohibits the unauthorized use on        a sex offender will not be permitted to reside in
    College properties of electronic or other audio       any CCC residence hall.
    and video recorders, including but not limited           Registered sex offenders who plan to attend
    to camera phones, PDA’s, digital cameras,             classes on any campus of CCC must register
    etc., capable of recording sounds and images          with the Associate Dean of Students within ten
    where students, guests and employees have an          days of enrolling or on the first day of class at-
    expectation of privacy or where proprietary, con-     tendance, whichever is earlier. Failure to register
    fidential and restricted information such as tests,   within this time frame constitutes a basis for
    student records, etc., are in use or are stored.      exclusion from the College.
                                                             Anyone who disagrees with a decision made
                                                          pursuant to this policy may appeal that decision
    Publicity                                             to the Campus President, by making a request
                                                          in writing for review within seven calendar days
       If you need help publicizing a student activity    of the date of the receipt of a decision made
    or if your student club is involved in an activity    pursuant to this policy.
    that would make a good news story, have your             The Family Educational Rights and Privacy
    organization’s sponsor contact the college            Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. Section 1232g
    communication office at 308-398-7356 or email         does not prevent educational institutions from
    Amanda Groff at              disclosing information concerning registered
                                                          sex offenders provided under the Wetterling

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Act, October 25, 2000, including information         up/help, mobile setup/help, and product help in
made available under the Campus Sex Crimes           Office 365, VDI, CCCAlert, PaperCut, and much
Preventions Act (CSCPA) 42 U.S.C. 14071(j),          more.
amendment October 28, 2002) to that Act.                Walk up one-on-one assistance, over the
   Information concerning registered sex offend-     phone step-by-step instructions, and computer
ers who may be attending Central Community           remote control assistance is provided and free
College can be found at the office of the Associ-    for all students. Service Centers are located
ate Dean of Students. For additional information     on the Hastings, Columbus, and Grand Island
about the offender(s), refer to the Nebraska         Campus.
State Patrol Web site at:          Walk-Up Services:
                                                       • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Reporting a Crime                                      • 8 a.m. to Noon Friday
   Central Community College strives to inform         Phone Support is available at 308-398-7999:
the campus community in a timely manner
of any potential threat to the health, safety, or      • 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday
security of all persons on campus. If you en-
counter an emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emer-        • 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. to
gency situations, the College has an online              9 p.m. on Sunday
form to provide students, employees, visitors,          These hours are subject to change. For the
and others with a method to report crimes or         latest updates on hours and specific locations
incidents committed on CCC property or during        visit
CCC sponsored events. The crime and incident
reporting form can be accessed at https://            Sexual Misconduct/
   The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus
Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
                                                        Sexual misconduct and /or sexual harassment
(Clery Act) requires colleges and universities
                                                     of employees or students of Central Communi-
across the United States to disclose information
                                                     ty College is strictly prohibited. Therefore, the
about crime on and around their campuses. To
                                                     college is committed to the belief that sexual
review CCC campus crime statistics, please visit
                                                     misconduct and/or sexual harassment in the
this link
                                                     college is unacceptable conduct and will not be
                                                     tolerated or condoned.
Safety and Security Tips                                Sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome
                                                     sexual advances, requests for sexual favors,
   Residence, personal, or vehicle keys should       and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
be carried at all times and never given to others.   nature:
Residence hall room doors should be closed            1.	 Are made either explicitly or implicitly,
even when the student leaves for a short period.          a term or condition of an individual’s
Exterior doors to the residence halls should nev-         educational status or employment;
er be propped open. Vehicles should be parked
in lighted areas and kept locked at all times.        2.	 Are used as a basis for educational or
Valuables in vehicles should be concealed or              employment decisions affecting such
removed. Don’t walk alone, especially in unlit            individuals; or
areas. In case of emergencies, immediately
contact campus security.                              3.	 Have the purpose or effect of unreasonably
                                                          interfering with an individual’s educational
Service Centers                                           or work performance or creating
                                                          an intimidating, hostile, or offensive
  Central Community College Service Centers               educational or working environment.
assist students with a wide range of computer,          Sexual misconduct occurs when there is
access, and account assistance. This includes        subjection of a person to any sexual act against
WebCentral, online learning access, student          that person’s will or without consent, including
account access, password assistance, email set-      any conduct that would constitute a sex offense,
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     whether forcible or non-forcible. Complete de-
     tails and definitions related to sexual misconduct   cedures/
     are available on the CCC website at http://www.
                                                          Student Academic
     Sexual Misconduct/                                   Conduct
     Harassment Procedures                                    Each course offered at Central Community
                                                          College and each instructor offering the course
        Any student who believes he or she has been       has developed a course syllabus, which outlines
     the subject of sexual harassment is encouraged       the instructor’s expectations and policies in
     to:                                                  classroom management. Violations of these
                                                          guidelines are outlined in the course syllabus.
      1.	 Inform the offender that such behavior is
                                                              Academic Integrity Procedures
          inappropriate and is to stop
                                                              Central Community College believes
      2.	 Keep a written record of dates, times,          successful students are independent critical
          places, witnesses, and nature of the            thinkers who possess the work ethic and skills
          incident                                        necessary to make a positive difference in
                                                          their professions and communities. In order to
      3.	 Report the incident to the Title                maximize student and community success, CCC
          IX Coordinator at 308-398-7523,                 is devoted to maintaining an honest academic
 or online         environment and upholding integrity as a core
          at        value. All individuals across all course modalities
          php?CentralCCNeb&layout_id=40                   are expected to practice academic integrity,
                                                          which encompasses the fundamental values of
      4.	 For more information, visit www.cccneb.         honesty, trust, respect, fairness, and responsibil-
          edu                                             ity. In the case of alleged violations of academic
                                                          integrity, Central Community College strives for
                                                          fair resolution.
     Solicitation                                         Instances of Academic
        Central Community College reserves the right      Dishonesty:
     to approve or deny any and all solicitations,
                                                             Behaviors that violate the fundamental values
     sales, promotions, etc., on college property as
                                                          of academic integrity at Central Community
     well as any location being used by the college
                                                          College may include but are not limited to the
     when, in the judgment of the administration,
     such activities would create a nuisance, interfere
     with educational activities and/or promote prod-      1.	 Plagiarism - direct copying or
     ucts/activities.                                          paraphrasing without citation someone
                                                               else’s work (i.e. writing, images, video or
     Standards of Progress
                                                           2.	 Cheating - engaging in any behavior
        To encourage successful academic progress              intended to achieve an unfair advantage
     throughout a student’s program of study, the              for self or another in any academic
     College has standards of progress expectations.           exercise (i.e. unauthorized collaboration or
     Please visit the college catalog at http://cata-          unauthorized use of resources or data in a and click on the Instructional             study)
     Information section to learn more about CCC’ s
     Standards of Progress.                                3.	 Fabricating Information - inventing or
                                                               falsifying information (i.e. making up
     Student Grievances                                        resources and/or citations, falsifying
                                                               academic records)
        Students may obtain a copy of the Student
     Grievance Procedures from the Associate Dean          4.	 Facilitating Academic Dishonesty -
     of Students office or via the CCC website at              soliciting, furnishing, or offering to furnish

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     unauthorized exams, quizzes, or academic
     materials; participating in academic
                                                      Student Organizations
     sabotage                                            Student organizations provide opportunities
  Procedures for addressing violations of the         for students to round out their college expe-
Academic Integrity Policy are located on the          rience. Information about organizations on
CCC website at         individual campuses is available at the Associate
PoliciesandProcedures/                                Dean of Students office. Organizations include:
                                                        • Ag Club – C
Student Non-Academic                                    • Alpha Delta Nu – GI
                                                        • Archery Club – H
    The Central Community College community
is committed to fostering a campus environ-             • Business Club – H
ment that is conducive to academic inquiry, an
enjoyable campus life, and opportunities for            • Campus Crusade for Christ – C,GI
thoughtful study and discourse. Central Commu-
nity College values the rights of the individual        • Computer Repair Club – C
student as well as the many responsibilities
that students inherit as members of the college         • Criminal Justice Club – C,GI,H
community. The student conduct program within
the Division of Student Success is committed            • Dance/Cheer Team – C
to an educational and developmental process
                                                        • Dental Assistants Organization – H
that balances concert for the right of individual
students along with the interests of the entire
                                                        • Delta Psi Omega (National Community
CCC community.
                                                          College Theater Organization) – C
    A productive community exists on the basis of
shared values and principles. At Central, student       • DIVERSITY Club – H
members of the community are expected to
uphold and abide by certain standards of con-           • Early Childhood Service Club – C
duct that form the basis of the Code of Student
Conduct. These standards are embodied within            • Electronic Technology Club – C,GI,H
a set of core values that include integrity, social
justice, respect, community, and responsibility.        • Entrepreneurship Club – C
    When members of the community fail to ex-
emplify these five values by engaging in violation      • Fellowship of Christian Athletes – C
of the rules within the Code of Student Conduct,
campus conduct proceedings are used to up-              • Fine and Performing Arts – C
hold standards. The student conduct process at
CCC is not intended to punish students; rather,         • FOCUS – GI
it exists to protect the interests of the commu-
nity and to appropriately address those whose           • Genders and Sexualities Alliance GSA – H
behavior is not in accordance with our policies.
Sanctions are intended to challenge students’           • Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts
moral and ethical decision-making and to help             Club – H
them readjust behavior in accordance with our
community expectations.                                 • Intercollegiate Athletics – C
    The Code of Student Conduct can be
accessed online at           • Intramurals – C,GI,H
dentPoliciesandProcedures/. Click on “Student
Code of Conduct”. Copies in print are available         • Judicial Board – H, C
from the Associate Dean of Students’ Office on
each campus or from administrative staff at the         • Mechatronics – K, C
                                                        • Media Arts – H

                                                        • Multicultural Club – C
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