New Student Orientation isn't just a day – it's a whole program designed to support YOU!
Our goal is to help you feel informed about starting college, connected to your new community, and confident accessing important tools that will help you be as successful as possible. You can rely on Holyoke Community College staff, faculty, and students to have your back every step of the way. We can't wait to meet you and welcome you to HCC!
Note: At the educational planning session, the advisor will register you for orientation.
You will have access to an online orientation that you can utilize throughout the entire time you are at HCC. More information will be emailed to you after you meet with an educational planner and are registered for NSO. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new first-time degree-seeking students and dual-enrolled high school students, regardless of when or where your classes will take place (i.e., day, evening, online). We want to make sure you know how to access the free support, programs, and resources that will help you succeed! After you're registered for orientation, you will need to set up your HCC email account by going to MyHCC. For instructions on how to log in, visit the HCC Help Desk page.
We will keep in touch with you via email in the weeks prior to the start of the semester. Check it often for useful info and all the steps you'll need to take before the first day of classes.
Students with disabilities or who require special accommodations should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services at 413.552.2417 as soon as possible.
Being a college student comes with a set of expectations that includes your responsibilities as a student, how to handle communication from the school, and the format and frequency of your classes. Keep the following in mind, and you will be better prepared to succeed in college!
- As a student, you are responsible for following the course syllabus, organizing study time, completing assignments, and taking exams.
- It is up to you to read and understand assigned materials.
- You must be aware of your own progress in the course.
- Attendance is your responsibility. You accept the consequences of non-attendance according to attendance policy in course syllabus. Attendance may not be based on "excused" or "unexcused" absences but upon maximum number of absences allowed. It is the prerogative of the instructor in cases of extended illness or serious accident whether or not you will be allowed to continue in the course.
- You are expected to be aware of sources of help and obtain help as needed.
- Correspondence, including academic information and deadlines, bills, financial aid information, grades, and disciplinary issues are addressed to you as a student. You may inform parents or guardians of content.
- College communication is directed to the student unless a FERPA Waiver Form is signed.
- On-campus classes will meet at least once a week or more according to course requirements.
- Online classes require students to be organized and self-directed.
- You must seek out instructors during office hours for extra attention and support.
- You are in charge of arranging your own schedule with support from your assigned advisor.
- Most work is done outside of class.
- You must obtain and pay for course books and materials.
- If you miss classwork, you are expected to obtain it from other students or make request of instructor.
- Exams are usually infrequent and may be cumulative, covering large amounts of material.
CIVILITY IN THE CLASSROOM AND ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Getting along with people in the classroom is a key to college success! So, what is civility?
The college respects and defends the right of each member to exercise free speech and assembly; however, their rights are properly exercised only when due respect for the rights of others is assured. Therefore, at HCC, students and faculty are expected to maintain a free and respectful learning environment.
How can I get my viewpoint across if it is controversial or different from others?
- Present your ideas in a respectful manner and at an appropriate time and place.
- In a debate, remember to focus on ideas, not on individuals.
- If you are unsure how to express your ideas while respecting others, discuss your concerns with your instructor or an advisor.
Reach out to the division dean or dean of students:
- Arts & Humanities (DON 374): 413.552.2270
- Business & Digital Learning (KC 402): 413.552.2274
- Health Sciences (MRB 223): 413.552.2467
- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (MRB 318): 413.552.2405
- Social Sciences (DON 272): 413.552.2278
- Academic Affairs (FR 317): 413.552.2770
- Dean of Students (FR 224): 413.552.2390
How do I know what kind of behavior is expected in the classroom?
Listen carefully to your instructor's classroom guidelines. Expectations about how you should interact with others may also be published in your course syllabus.
Classroom expectations might include such issues as attendance, punctuality, respect for diversity, rules for discussions, academic integrity, respectful behavior, use of personal electronic devices, eating or drinking in class, or other guidelines.
By stating guidelines in the course syllabus, your instructor is alerting you to the importance of respectful conduct in the classroom, and assuring you that everyone's right to learn will be protected. If misconduct occurs, you will have received adequate notification of any disciplinary response.
What is the College’s Academic Integrity Policy?
Holyoke Community College is committed to academic integrity — the honest, authentic, and independent pursuit of knowledge. As members of the academic community, students are expected to be responsible for all of their own academic work without dishonesty or deception; joint work is legitimate only when assigned or approved by the instructor. HCC faculty members will take reasonable precautions to eliminate opportunities for academic dishonesty. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to, the following general categories:
- Using or obtaining unauthorized assistance in any academic work: Using notes, books or aids of any kind during an examination when prohibited by the instructor.
- Providing fraudulent assistance to another student: Giving answers to or sharing answers with another student during an examination.
- Submitting the work of others as one’s own (plagiarism) or representing previously completed work as current: Submitting work copied in any medium from another individual or from the Internet.
- Furnishing false information to any official or faculty member or fabricating data in support of an academic assignment: Submitting academic materials, reports or projects containing falsified or fabricated facts, data, or results.
How do I avoid academic dishonesty?
Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Careful attention to academic responsibilities is the best way to avoid allegations of academic dishonesty. Remember, material obtained from the Internet is subject to the same principles of submission as materials obtained from any other media. HCC faculty members will provide students with specific expectations about academic integrity in the course syllabi. Students are referred to their course instructor for clarification of these expectations and can also seek assistance.
What are the consequences if I violate the college's rules and regulations, including academic dishonesty?
Students are expected to follow all college policies while in the classroom, including academic integrity. Students who violate college policies or detract from the learning environment may be directed by a faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period or referred to the Dean of Students. The faculty member may also contact campus police if there is a disruption. Further exclusion from the classroom may occur after a complaint is filed by the faculty member through HCC's Student Code of Conduct.
What should I do if I have difficulty controlling my behavior, getting along with others, or have questions about academic integrity?
HCC has many resources to help students succeed. Always discuss any classroom concerns or academic integrity questions with your instructor first. If you need help in resolving personal issues, the WellConnect Student Assistance Program is available to you and your family free of charge.
- Advising, Career & Transfer Center: CC 102; 413.552.2722
- Campus Police: Public Safety Building; 413.552.2400
- Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS): DON 240; 413.552.2584
- Dean of Students: FR 224; 413.552.2390
- Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services (OSDDS): DON 147; 413.552.2417
- WellConnect Student Assistance Program (24 hours a day/7 days a week): 866.640.4777
- Student Handbook: A reference guide with resources and support for students, policies, procedures, and code of conduct. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with college policies and procedures as outlined in the Student Handbook. If you do not have access to a computer, you can request a hard copy from Student Services (FR 224).
- Student Supportive Services