Course Information

Classroom and Laboratory Safety

All students, teachers, employees and visitors shall comply with established laws and safety practices when participating in or observing certain technical and science laboratory courses of instruction.

Copies of applicable college safety rules must be posted in their appropriate locations.

All safety devices used by teachers, students, and visitors must meet or exceed the standards of the American National Standard Proactive for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, Z87.1-1968 and subsequent revisions thereof, approved by the American National Standards Institute, Inc.

View SCC Board policy 416 Classroom and Laboratory Safety.   

Audio/Video Taping Class Lectures, Student Presentations or College Events

Students who desire to audio and/or video tape class or college activities must first receive approval from their professor, club/organization advisor or event coordinator. If this is requested due to a disability, a case must be open with DSS and the process should be followed for requesting accommodations.

If a student is granted permission to audio/video tape any portion of a class or college activity, that student understands that he or she does not have permission to reproduce or post the information on any social media, You Tube, or other public or private forum that would infringe on the privacy rights of others represented in the audio/video recording. See section on Audio/Video Taping Class Lectures in the Student Handbook.

Attendance Policy

The college has no plan of recognized class “cuts” or absences. You should attend all class meetings in which you are enrolled. In general, students are considered excessively absent when they have missed a class more times than the credit hour value of the course. Excessive absence may be sufficient cause to fail the course. For distance classes, “attendance” will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the individual course syllabus. The final decision as to what constitutes excessive absence from a class is left to the instructor and will be outlined in the course syllabus. Students should discuss any absences with their instructor.

Student Attendance Policy and Procedures for College-Sponsored Activities and Events

Students who are absent from classes while participating in college-sponsored events or activities will not be automatically penalized for the absence. It is the expectation that students will normally be excused from class except under extraordinary circumstances. Students must complete the following procedures to determine the outcome of their absence for each missed class.

  • Students should make every effort to schedule college-sponsored activities around classes.
  • Students are responsible for notifying their instructors in advance of the absence. When possible, contact your instructor at least two weeks before the event/activity. Face-to-face interaction between student and instructor is preferred.
  • In advance of the activity, students must provide their instructor(s) a completed Event Form for each missed class. Student Event Forms are available to student athletes in CC 104 and for members of clubs and organizations in CC 102. This form will help you discuss the potential effects of the absence with your instructor.
  • Students are expected to make up any class work in a time frame to be determined by the instructor. When a test is scheduled for the day of the expected absence, students should discuss with their instructor how to make other arrangements to take the test. You should use the ACE Tutoring Center for additional help and the Assessment Center for make-up tests.
  • If you fail to inform the faculty in advance of the expected absence, the absence may or may not be accommodated at the instructor’s discretion.
  • Absences for the student-related activity will be reflected in your attendance record.

COL 101

College Success Seminar (COL 101) is required of all first-time students taking 9 or more credit hours (5 hours or more in the summer session). This class helps students succeed at St. Charles Community College (SCC). Students will come to better understand the many aspects of college life, such as procedures, campus resources, faculty expectations, study skills, career exploration and technology used in college classes (including the use of SCC Connection, CougarMail and Canvas). This course is offered in 9-day intensive sessions during early January and August, as well as 10-week sessions during the regular semesters. ESL 100 is the appropriate College Success Seminar course for non-native English speakers.

Field Trips

The faculty or staff member shall instruct students where to convene on the designated day. Students may be responsible for their own transportation if not provided by the college. As an officially sanctioned activity, students and faculty should make mutual arrangements in advance for any classes and other course work to be missed due to the field trip. View SCC Board policy 418 Field Trips. 

(Student) Guests on Campus

Only students registered in a class are allowed in the classroom. On rare occasions, a guest may be allowed to sit in on a class if the instructor has granted prior consent. If an instructor has questions regarding the guest, they will consult with the program chair. Other areas of the campus may also have restrictions on guest attendance. Students should inquire with specific departments prior to bringing a guest. Guests are expected to comply with all campus policies and procedures and will be requested to leave if disturbing the learning environment.

Transferring Credits From SCC to Other Post-Secondary Institutions

Agreements with four-year colleges and universities and accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools help assure that credits earned toward a degree at St. Charles Community College will transfer to a four-year institution.

However, it is important that you decide on a major field of study and follow a transfer guide that outlines courses that will transfer into that curriculum for the institution to which you will transfer. Academic counselors at both SCC and your transfer institution will assist you. Ultimate responsibility lies with the student to obtain a guarantee of course transferability from the institution of choice. Most universities set a limitation on the number of credit hours that are accepted for transfer from a two-year college. Check with the Academic Advising Department (ADM 1204) for information on transfer agreements with Missouri four-year institutions. See our transfer guides page for a comprehensive listing of the colleges with which SCC has articulation agreements.

Generally, college transfer program courses at SCC will satisfy various departmental, general education, elective and degree requirements at other colleges. However, career-technical program courses may not transfer because these programs are designed to prepare you for employment rather than for pursuit of a four-year degree.

If you experience problems with transferring courses to other colleges/universities, contact the transfer and articulation counselor (ADM 1204) for assistance with an appeal to the receiving institution.

If your issue is not resolved by the institution, you may contact COTA (Committee on Transfer and Articulation). COTA will review the case and make non-binding recommendation to all institutions involved. This recommendation will be reported to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. For more information on this process, see the Missouri Department of Higher Education document, “Transfer Students, Your Rights and Responsibilities.”