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WELCOME TO GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE This handbook is designed to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the College. It will also provide you with information about the services ava

Long Wharf Campus 60 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT 06511 North Haven Campus 88 Bassett Road, North Haven, CT 06473 A State of Connecticut TwoYear Institution of Higher Education Gateway Community C

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A Message From the President I am pleased to welcome you to Gateway Community College. We take pride in providing equal access to a highquality education, stateoftheart equipment and laboratories, and

Letter from the Dean of Students Dear Student The faculty and staff of Gateway Community College congratulate and welcome you as a student. You have made a wise choice in coming to this highly respect

GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT HANDBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS INDEX ................................................................................................................... 1 7 9 SECTION I

Academic Advising Academic Calendar 20092010 Academic Information Incomplete Grades N Grade PassFail Academic Honors AddDrop Procedure Admission Charges, Student Activities and Special Events Advisors

Computer Log In Procedure Computing Resources Proper Use of Computers Resources Counseling Course Auditing Course Load Course Substitution Crime Report, Uniform Campus Dean of Students Letter Drug Fr

Racism Intolerance Readmission RegistrarRecords Reviewing and Expunging Records Satisfactory Academic Progress Sexual Harassment Smoking Statement of NonDiscrimination Statement of Student Rights Stu

SECTION I COLLEGE TELEPHONE DIRECTORY Toll Free College Number 18003907723 General Information 2852000 Long Wharf Campus 2852017 North Haven Campus 2852406 College Web Address www.gwcc.commnet.edu Adm

Dean of Administration Dean of Academic Affairs Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education Dean of Research and Development Dean of Students Educational Technology Long Wharf Educational Technology

Student Government Long Wharf Student Judicial Affairs Student ServicesNorth Haven Student ServicesLong Wharf Transcripts Long Wharf Transcripts North Haven Tutoring Long Wharf Tutoring North Hav

SECTION II ACADEMIC INFORMATION 13

ACADEMIC INFORMATION ACADEMIC HONORS Gateway Community College recognizes academic excellence in several ways Deans List Students, both fulltime and parttime, who earn a semester grade point average o

ADD DROP PROCEDURE AddDrop forms are available in the Records Office and in the Counseling Center. To add or drop a class you must complete and sign the appropriate form during the AddDrop period, wh

In accordance with Board of Trustees policy, GCC will award credit to students who have successfully completed noncollegiate sponsored instruction and various health training programs including the Ba

ATTENDANCE By enrolling in classes at Gateway Community College, you accept responsibility to take full advantage of your educational opportunity via regular attendance in your scheduled classes and l

CHANGE OF ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS, OR NAME If you change your address, your email or your name, please notify the Records Office immediately. It is of the utmost importance that the college have the mo

FACULTY ABSENCES InstructorOut Hotline 866 3152769 To check if your instructor is going to be absent, you may call the hotline prior to class. If a faculty member is going to be late or cannot meet du

GRADING SYSTEM Credits A credit is a unit of academic achievement awarded upon the successful completion of each course. Semester Hours A semester hour is a measure of time usually corresponding to th

The faculty member shall keep the original signed form and forward copies to the student, the academic dean, the registrar, and such other appropriate parties as the college may identify. The form, sh

P PassFail With the permission of the instructor, students may take an elective course on a PassFail basis. Any student who has satisfactorily completed at least 12 hours of credit may take advantage

N No Grade The N grade is used only when a student has failed to complete course objectives such that it is impossible to evaluate the student on the basis of performance. The N grade is not used in

B. For CERTIFICATE STUDENTS the catalog in force at the time of enrollment shall be used, unless the Registrar determines that either the catalog of readmission or the catalog of graduation should be

INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION LONG WHARF CAMPUS ONLY Individualized Instruction is an arrangement between a student and an instructor concerning a catalog course that might not be offered in a given seme

Students placed on academic probation will be required to take a reduced course load for one semester. Students who, after being placed on academic probation for one semester and after taking a red

WITHDRAWAL FROM COLLEGE A student who wishes to withdraw from the College may do so at any time during the semester by contacting the Records Office or the Counseling Office and completing the college

SECTION III STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES 28

ACADEMIC ADVISING College of Advancement Studies Advisement Center Counseling LWC 101 203 2852090 LWC 101 203 2852124 NHC 103 203 2852318 Academic advising keeps students informed about the campus c

Career counseling will help to clarify possibilities, suggest resources, and help students move toward career decisions. Students may take interest inventories free of charge to provide them with addi

Placement ReTesting Policy Students wishing to register for courses beyond the Placement Test recommendation ACCUPLACER must get faculty approval from the Math andor English Department. The department

COLLEGE WRITING CENTER Long Wharf Campus, Rm 139, 203 2852245 North Haven Campus, Rm 200 The College Writing Center CWC addresses the Colleges mission and aims to support, assist and enhance the wri

If you experience problems with your NetID, please go to the website httpwww.commnet.edu. If you still have problems, call 2032852040 for assistance. Security Question The security question is a featu

FINANCIAL AID See Section V FOOD SERVICE While classes are in session, food service is open on both campuses Monday through Thursday 800 A.M. to 200 P.M., and from 300 P.M. to 700 P.M., and on Friday

Library Website The website is the key to all resources and information. The URL is httpwww.gwcc.commnet.edulibrary.aspxid162 Users on or off campus will find links to the online catalog, which includ

REGISTRARRECORDS See Section IV STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES Long Wharf Campus 203 2852231 North Haven Campus 203 2852532 The Student Disability Services Office facilitates the planning and provision

Students receiving V.A. benefits must notify the Certifying Official of their course schedule each semester, and of any changes in their course load and program of study. Courses must meet requirement

SECTION IV REGISTRARRECORDS OFFICE 38

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education rec

3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the students education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. FERPA

4. The right to refuse to permit the College to release directory information about the student, except to school officials with a legitimate educational interest and others as indicated in paragraph

CHALLENGES TO THE CONTENT OF RECORDS After reviewing a record, a student has a right to challenge the contents of the record if the contents are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the

REVIEWING AND EXPUNGING RECORDS A students transcript is maintained in perpetuity by the institution. All other records are not considered permanent and are expunged at the discretion of the custodian

SECTION V FINANCIAL AID 44

FINANCIAL AID Long Wharf Campus 203 2852030 North Haven Campus 203 2852318 Gateway Community College is committed to providing access to higher education by minimizing economic barriers. The college

SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS A student receiving Federal Title IV financial aid or other financial aid directly administered or certified by the college m

Financial Aid Warning Any student who fails to meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress standard will be placed on Financial Aid Warning. The Warning period will be the students next semester o

If the student feels hisher failure to meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress standard was the result of an unusual or extraordinary situation that affected successful progression, the studen

SECTION VI COLLEGE LIFE 49

THE OFFICE OF COLLEGE LIFE Along with its formal academic life, the college conducts a wide variety of social, cultural and special activities that enrich both the college and community. Student activ

Athletics Intramural Sports Long Wharf Campus 203 2852213 Gateway Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Region XXI NJCAA, and abides by its eligibility ru

Definition of a College Social Event A College social event is an activity In which use of the Colleges name is authorized For which admittance is open to the entire College community Which is publ

College Facility Usage College facilities may be reserved for use by Student organizations Informal groups of students or faculty members Offcampus groups approved by the President Official College co

Use of College Name and Logo The use of the Gateway Community College name and logo in the printing of tshirts, hats, etc. is generally acceptable, provided that the design is in good taste, the items

4. Posting is permitted on bulletin boards only. All bulletin boards are designated as official College, departmental or Student Organization bulletin boards. Bulletin boards will be cleaned weekly of

Scheduling Student Activities and Special Events Scheduling Policy The Office of College Life will act as a facilitator for scheduling events while taking the entire campus calendar into consideration

Clubs may select who they would like to serve as chaperones for any off campus events with the final approval from the Director of Student Leadership Programs and Activities. Club student coo

Before departing campus, chaperones must crossreference BOT Liability Waivers, ticket sales and the participant list to ensure all forms are complete and payment has been secured. Any new BOT Liab

Supervisory Responsibilities of the Chaperone while Traveling to Conferences Chaperone will be responsible for receiving plane or train tickets. Chaperones may be required to drive school or rental

7. Sanctions will be determined by these organizations and may include but are not limited to probation, temporary suspension, permanent suspensionloss of recognition, suspension of funding, community

13. A current Constitution and a current roster of officers, general members and approved Advisors, including phone numbers and addresses, must be submitted by the end of the fifth week of each semest

4. All advisors serve at the pleasure of the student organization and the Student Government Association. Student club members must vote to nominate a fulltime facultystaff member to serve as the advi

Requirements for Serving as an Advisor Primary Advisors must be a fulltime employee of Gateway Community College. In rare instances, an exception may be made at the discretion of the Director of Stud

13. Advisors are required to attend and chaperone the various oncampus events of the student organizations they advise, held during and after normal business hours. Advisors should arrive at least one

Student Activity Fund Financial Guidelines All Gateway Community College students pay a designated Student Activity Fee to the College each semester. This money is administered by the Student Governme

Funds The Student Government Association Activity Fund account is divided into Allocated Funds, Fundraising Funds, and the CarryOver Cash Account. Allocated Funds are funds that are disbursed to club

Donations may be collected by a club or organization. Donations collected must be deposited in the organizations Fundraising Account with the Student Government Association. CarryOver Cash Account a

Student Activity Fund Payment Request System Student groups must use the Office of College Lifes Student Activity Fund Payment Request System to spend money from their Student Government Association a

4. If the request for a Student Activity Fund Payment Request is denied, it will be marked VOID. The person who initiated the Student Activity Fund Payment Request will be notified through the organiz

7. There must be four copies of the PSA. One copy is to be returned to the performer agency, the sponsoring club or organization retains a copy, and the third copy is to accompany the Payment Request

The following cash receipts must be deposited Generated Income Funds allocated or appropriated to an organization can be used to generate income unallocated funds. These funds must be deposited to th

How to Hold an Event on or off Campus 1. All student organizations must submit a Student Activity Registration Form to the Office of College Life at least two 2 weeks prior to the event and no less th

Travel Policy for Participation at Conventions and Conferences 1. Individuals sponsored by a club or organization funded by Student Government Association are eligible for conference travel if they me

10. Receipts must be attached to a completed Travel Expenditure Report and returned within three 3 business days following the event. Reimbursement for food is as follows per diem Breakfast 10.00 Lun

Catering Policy 1. Student groups may request money for food, provided that it enhances the educational experience. The Finance Committee will determine the type of events that require food. These ins

Committee Any member of the student body with a 2.0 GPA or better and is in good standing with the College is eligible to become a member of the Finance committee. Members are selected by the Executiv

Requests MUST be itemized and estimates must be furnished. Other details necessary on the request are Date, time and location of the event Plans for publicity Cost to students and public attending

The Finance Committee can vote to freeze all previously appropriated funds. In an emergency, the SGA Treasurer has the authority and responsibility to freeze funds with the consultation of the Directo

B. C. D. E. F. G. Promote good citizenship throughout the college and the community. Assist in the governing of the college Provide a forum for student expression through student representation. Work

Section 4. Elected Officers are allowed to have their votes cast by proxy in the event they cannot be present during the voting. The proxy must be submitted with the voters signature. An official pro

Section 3. Duties of the Secretary A. Record the minutes of all meetings of the SGA. B. Type all minutes and agendas. C. Post minutes of all official meetings within 24 48 hours of the meetings adjo

G. H. I. J. K. L. Club Reports Office of College Life Report Unfinished Business New Business Announcements Adjournment Article VII Clubs and Organizations Section 1. Section 2. Clubs and organizat

Article IX The Student Activity Fund Section 1. The Student Activity Fund shall consist of a fee paid by each student upon registration. This fee shall be set by the Central Office Administration with

Section 2. A ledger is maintained by the SGA Treasurer and the Office of College Life. In the ledger, the Treasurer will keep accurate records of all SGA transactions. Reconciliation of the ledger wi

Article XI Amendments to the Constitution Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed for ratification by any member of the SGA in the following manner A. The proposed amendment must be

Adopted January 2005 Article I Membership Section 1. General Membership Any student who pays a student activity fee upon payment of their tuition to the college is automatically a member of the GCC SG

Section 4. Appointed Senators A. There shall be a maximum of ten 10 senators. Seven 7 appointed senators representing each academic division including Allied Health, Engineering and Applied Technolog

Section 6. Student Organizational Representatives A. Each GCC recognized club or organization must designate at least one representative to the SGA. B. Each Official Organization Representative will

Section 2. If the VicePresident or Secretary resigns, is otherwise unable to serve, or in the event of impeachment, replacement of the position becomes the responsibility of the President. Once the P

Section 3. Quorum A. Quorum shall consist of fifty 50 percent plus one of the Executive Council of the SGA. B. Quorum must be present throughout the meeting to conduct business unless absent member h

Section 3. Campus Activities Board CAB A. CAB shall be comprised of students whose responsibility will be to program student activities throughout the year. B. An appointment will be made by the SGA

C. D. E. F. G. H. Choose an Advisor. 1. Advisors must be a full time staff or faculty member at the college. 2. All Clubs and Student Organizations must vote to nominate a full time facultystaff mem

Section 2. Section 3. In an emergency, the SGA Budget may be amended with the approval of the Director of Student Leadership Programs and Activities. The Director of Student Leadership Programs and A

SECTION VII INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES 94

INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Gateway Community College is an academic unit of the Connecticut Community College System. The administration is charged with a responsibility to execute the

Each college president shall designate an individual responsible for coordination, delivery, and evaluation of the college AIDS education program. A committee representative of the college community s

COLLEGE CLOSING AND DELAYS If, because of inclement weather or other emergencies, the College announces a delayed opening, classactivity cancellation, or governors order for closing, the following rad

All colleges shall develop and enforce policies regarding the sale, distribution, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus, subject to state and federal law. Consistent with previ

C Making it a requirement that each new employee be given a copy of the statement noted above D Notifying the employee in the statement required by the above paragraph that, as a condition of employme

Student Compliance Fulltime or parttime students enrolled in a degree or certificate program who were born after December 31, 1956, must present proof of adequate immunization against both measles and

1. Parking of student vehicles shall be in designated areas only, at students own risk. There is no parking in the area designated for facultystaff. Areas zoned by yellow stripes are designated as NO

Achieving the goal of full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires cooperative efforts within and among higher education. The Board of Trustees will work with the board of G

No person shall use the Gateway Community College computer resources for monetary gain, development of software intended for sale, or to copy public domain software for other than personal use. Any co

Therefore, the community colleges recognize that they have an obligation not only to punish proscribed actions, but also to provide programs which promote pluralism and diversity and encourage the col

SMOKING POLICY Gateway Community College is a smokefree workplace. Smoking is NOT permitted anywhere inside the buildings on either the Long Wharf or North Haven campus. STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION

SECTION VIII STUDENT RIGHTS DISCIPLINE POLICIES 106

STATEMENT OF STUDENT RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS In June 1967, a joint committee, comprised of representatives from the American Association of University Professors, U.S. National Student Association, and ot

Freedom of Inquiry and Expression Students and student organizations are free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They are free

5.2.1 Policy on Student Conduct Section 1 Student Conduct Philosophy Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students and the general we

Section 3 Expectations for Student Conduct Consistent with the Student Conduct Philosophy set forth in Section 1 of this Policy, students are expected to 1. Demonstrate respect for the College communi

5. Demonstrate respect for others by refraining from sexual misconduct see the Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Statement 6. Be truthful in all matters and not knowingly make false statemen

A. Sanction may be any action affecting the status of an individual as a student taken by the College in response to a violation of this Policy, including but not limited to the following 1. Expulsio

b. Interim Suspension is the temporary separation of the student from the College that involves the denial of all privileges, including entrance to College premises. Prior to imposing an interim suspe

5. If, upon the conclusion of the Deans investigation, the Dean determines that there is reason to believe the student has committed a violation of any part of Section 3 of this Policy and, after cons

9. Sanctions imposed by an impartial party or panel are effective immediately. The President may, for good cause, suspend imposition of the sanctions imposed by the impartial party or panel to allow t

Section 8 Publication of Student Conduct Policy This Policy shall be published in College catalogs and student handbooks and should be distributed in other ways that are likely to ensure student aware

Relationship Violence is defined as Physical abuse, which can include but is not limited to, slapping, pulling hair or punching. Threat of abuse, which can include but is not limited to, threatening t

Time for Reporting Normally reports must be received by the Dean of Students or other designee of the President within thirty 30 days of the date of a possible violation or within thirty 30 days of th

Policy on Student Rights Section 1 Rights of Students It is the policy of the Board of Trustees of CommunityTechnical colleges that the educational offerings of the community colleges be available to

3. Procedure for grievance resolution The Dean of Student Affairs shall investigate the grievance and, within thirty days from the time the grievance was submitted recommend to the President a disposi

3. At Gateway Community College, the Academic Standards Committee serves as an Appeals Committee to review grades being redressed. The student shall be afforded the right to present a statement of app

SECTION IX CAMPUS SECURITY 122

CAMPUS SECURITY INTRODUCTION Gateway Community College complies with the State of Connecticuts Campus Safety Act, Public Act 90259, which mandates the annual publication of a Uniform Campus Crime Repo

Contacting Local Police and City Services for Security or Health Emergencies For the emergency services of an ambulance or the city police or fire department from a College telephone, dial 9911. This

Policies Regarding Possession, Use, and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances These provisions shall apply to all colleges under the jurisdiction of the Board of Trustees of CommunityT

North Haven Campus 28523152333 Campus security is present in the building 700 A.M. to 1100 P.M., Monday through Friday, and 700 A.M. to 300 P.M. on Saturdays. Security can be contacted by dialing 2852

PERSONNEL Chief Administrative Staff APPENDIX A President Dean of Academic Affairs Dean of Administration Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dean of Development and Community Par

APPENDIX B WHERE TO GO FOR ASSISTANCE Obtain information regarding Academic Programs Academic Advising Books and Supplies Career Planning Change AddressName Change of Major Change of Schedule Childca

APPENDIX C ACADEMIC SUCCESS Tips for Better Time Management Keep a log of your activities for one week to assess how your time is being spent. Prioritize everything is not equally i

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