Each student is responsible for compliance with the information appearing in the catalog, student handbook and other official college publications. Failure to read the regulations and policies will not be considered an excuse for noncompliance. St. Charles Community College maintains an open-admissions policy providing higher education to all persons who can benefit from its programs and courses. The college serves students from a variety of educational backgrounds in keeping with its goals of providing quality, low-cost education to residents throughout the area.
Once admitted to SCC, you may enroll in any course or program as long as individual course prerequisites are met and space for effective instruction is available. The college may guide your enrollment based on academic skills, assessments, interviews, previous achievement and other criteria. If you do not meet the standards for admission into college-level courses, you may enroll in developmental courses designed to help you strengthen your skills. These developmental courses may be offered on a credit or non-credit basis. Students applying for the programs with selective admissions criteria may be required to take additional tests for admissions purposes. Before you register for credit courses, you must be admitted to the college. You may apply for admission anytime during the year.
Information contained in this handbook is subject to change. Students should access it online at www.stchas.edu/StudentHandbook for the most up-to-date policies and regulations.
In addition to the basic constitutional rights enjoyed by all U.S. citizens, academic freedom is part of the essential foundation to teaching and learning in American post-secondary education. Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good, which depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition. The freedom to teach and the freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The faculty has freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects, being careful not to introduce controversial matter unrelated to it. Academic freedom provides that controversial matter can be considered as part of the college curriculum while maintaining the rights of students to have freedom in their own learning without being subject to controversial matter unrelated to the subject at hand. Faculty and students are expected to exercise their freedom with responsibility.
College-level content, which is connected with the concepts of academic freedom, is based on the premise that college students are adults. As part of their coursework and college experience, students will deal with content and issues that are appropriate to adults.
Students are discouraged from arriving on campus prior to business hours on the day that services will be provided. If students choose to form a line outdoors to wait for specific services at SCC, the following are prohibited:
Students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and professionally at all times while on the SCC campus.
Persons who are too young to be admitted to SCC are required to be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times while on campus. Students who are parents are expected to arrange suitable care for their children while they attend class. Students are not permitted to bring children into classrooms or labs, nor should children be left unattended in buildings, on the grounds or in the recreational computer areas. The college reserves the right to protect the safety and welfare of unsupervised children.
SCC faculty and staff can serve as advocates for students in college-related matters. Students should understand that the relationship between SCC employees and students are of a professional nature while the student is enrolled at SCC.
The United States Constitution and state of Missouri guarantee SCC students of certain rights. Substantial violation of student’s right may be appealed in accordance with the Student Grade or Conduct Appeals Procedures.
The following rights also apply:
We believe that students are responsible for their learning. Similarly, student rights accompany exercise of responsibility for learning.