College Catalog


Academic integrity is expected of all students. Any dishonesty in the performance of course work, such as plagiarism or cheating in other forms, will be reported. In the event that a student is charged with some form of dishonesty, the Student Discipline Policy will be followed (see the Student Handbook). See "Plagiarism" for additional information.

Add/Drop is the four-day period at the beginning of each semester when course changes may be made without a formal withdrawal. Courses dropped during Add/Drop do not appear on the student's HCC transcript. After Add/Drop, students wishing to leave a course must officially withdraw, and the course and withdrawal ("W" grade) are recorded on the transcript. Students who do not meet the Self-Service registration criteria or have not received an alternate PIN from their advisor must receive written approval from a college advisor or counselor to make course schedule changes. A discussion with an instructor does not constitute an official course change. Section changes within the same course do not require approval. Both course and section changes are subject to availability of seats in the desired course. Note that courses missed during Add/Drop are subject to the attendance policy of the individual instructor.

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Every matriculated student enrolled in credit courses at the college is assigned to a faculty of staff member for the purpose of academic advising. Together the student and advisor plan the student's program of study during the Priority Registration periods in the fall and spring. The final responsibility for selecting courses fulfilling graduation requirements rests solely with the student. Students can stop in the Welcome Center (FR 221) or Academic Affairs (FR 317) to find out their advisor's name and contact information. Students may also check their student account, available on the HCC website by clicking the My HCC link. Evening, weekend, and online students may obtain advising through the Advising Center (FR 271). There are two Priority Registration periods for current students: one in March (for the fall semester) and the other in October/November (for the spring semester) Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor and preregister for courses during Priority Registration. Exact dates are listed in the academic calendar.

The College has numerous Articulation Agreements with four-year institutions that make transfer and acceptance of HCC credits by these institutions both simple and convenient. Prospective transfer students should familiarize themselves with any agreements of interest as early as possible at HCC to ensure that requirements are met. (See "Transfer Compact"or the "MassTransfergeneral education block" and "Tri-Secondary/Post-Secondary Linkages- Tech Prep."). Some of the four-year institutions that Holyoke Community College currently has articulation agreements with are American International College, the Art Institution of Boston, Bay Path College, Bryant College, Charter Oak State College, Elms College, Johnson & Wales, Jones International University, Massachusetts College of Art, Nichols College, Pine Manor College, Plymouth University (England), Rivier College, Sacred Heart University, Saint Joseph's College, Smith College, Springfield College, Western New England University, and Westfield State University. For further information, contact the Transfer Counselor (Frost 221).

The David M. Bartley Center for Athletics and Recreation is the focal point of a variety of programs and opportunities for students. This multi-use facility, which is the site for numerous campus-wide events, includes a fitness and wellness center that features cardiovascular and strength equipment, a group exercise room, a three-court gymnasium, a seminar/classroom, a training and assessment room, and steam/sauna areas. Academic courses, varsity sports, intramurals, recreation, and wellness programs are also among the offerings available for students. Located adjacent to the outdoor track, fields and courts, the Bartley Center (BC) is a resource that enhances the educational experience and lifestyle of students through its programs and activities.

All students are required to report to all classes on time. Persistent absence or tardiness may result in grading penalties or the student's dismissal from class and a grade of AW (Administrative Withdrawal). Students will be informed in writing of each instructor's attendance policy at the start of classes and are required to adhere to them. It is the prerogative of the instructor in cases of extended illness or serious accident whether or not the student will be allowed to continue in the course.

Religious Belief Absences Policy 
Chapter 151 C, Section 2B, of the Massachusetts General Laws allows students who cannot attend classes, take examinations, study or fulfill work requirements on a particular day due to their religious belief, to be excused from such obligations. Students must be provided with opportunities to make up exams, and study or work requirements, provided that this does not create an unreasonable burden upon the instructor. Students may not be charged for such makeup opportunities, or be adversely or prejudicially affected for taking advantage of these provisions. Students should notify instructors in advance so that accommodations can be made if necessary.

Students auditing a course for no credit are expected to comply with the attendance regulations of the instructor or attend 80% of the classes, whichever is greater, but are relieved of completing written work (assignments, tests, and examinations). Laboratory classes may be excluded from this requirement at the discretion of the instructor. Permission to audit a course will be granted only when students are able to show that doing so is consistent with their educational objectives. An "Audit" grade cannot be used to satisfy a graduation requirement. A student registering for a course as an audit must complete a form available in the Welcome Center (Frost 221). Copies of the form will be given to the student and to the instructor. Students have the responsibility to inform the instructor in writing that they are auditing the course and to request the instructor's attendance policy and all requirements (excluding written work) that must be completed to receive a grade of "Audit." Students registering to audit a course may not change their status after the close of the add/drop period. Students who do not complete the requirements for an "Audit" in a course will have a grade of "W" recorded for that course.


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