Situations may arise in which academic dishonesty occurs, as defined below. The faculty member who encounters instances of academic dishonesty will submit a report of alleged student misconduct to their academic dean (blank Academic Dishonesty Report form can be found here).
- Academic Dishonesty - includes misconduct associated with the classroom, laboratory or clinical learning process. Some examples of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism.
- Cheating - includes, but is not limited to, (a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests or examinations; (b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems or carrying out other assignments or (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.
- Plagiarism - Plagiarism is intellectual theft and includes, but is not limited to, the undocumented use of information—paraphrase or direct quotation—from the published or unpublished work of another person or source; plagiarism also includes using papers/writings from an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
Process: When faculty encounters an incident of academic dishonesty they will submit the reporting form to their academic dean which details the alleged incident, and provides evidentiary documentation. Violations will be tracked in the dean’s office.
Sanctions: If a violation of the code for academic dishonesty is established by a preponderance of evidence the following sanctions will apply :
- For the first violation: the faculty member will impose sanctions which could include, but are not limited to, a written notice to the student, grade adjustment, additional academic assignments, or course failure. The student will be informed in writing of the evidence and sanctions, and will be provided with a copy of the academic dishonesty policy.
- For the second violation: Failure of the course in which the academic dishonesty occurs, and the student will receive a written reprimand from the dean which becomes part of the permanent student record.
- For the third violation: college expulsion-permanent separation of the student from the college will be imposed upon the approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The AMP program is a South Central College initiative that is designed to help students who are experiencing academic difficulty in college. Students will work with an Academic Advisor to improve their academic standing. By creating goals and learning strategies, students will improve their chance of academic success. Students who are placed on Academic Warning or are on Academic Probation are required to participate in the AMP program. Other students experiencing academic difficulty are encouraged to participate in the AIM program.
The AIM program requires that students meet with their Academic Advisor throughout the term to create strategies and goals to improve academic success, and completing any additional program requirements.
Advanced Placement is a program of the College Entrance Examination Board through which secondary students complete college-level courses in high schools that are designated as AP and earn college credits by demonstrating a specified level of performance on AP examinations. The AP examinations, which are scored on a 5-point scale, can be taken by any student who feels prepared by independent study or other preparation as well as by students who complete AP courses.
SCC will grant credit for AP examinations according to the following:
- The student must provide the College Board Advanced Placement Student Grade Report (a high school transcript is not sufficient).
- A score of 3 shall be the minimum for credit awards.
- Credits will be granted based on MnSCU Board Policies.
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Information in this catalog is available in alternative format for persons with disabilities. Upon request, the catalog material will be made available in Braille, large print or audio format. If you need accommodations to fully participate, such accommodations can be made available upon advance request by calling 507-332-5896 (Faribault Campus) or 507-389-7222 (North Mankato Campus).
For TTY communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529.
Students are expected to attend all classes. In the event of absence, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange for completion of missed class requirements as outlined in the course syllabus.
Attendance in a classroom is allowed only:
- If the student is enrolled in the class for a grade.
- If the student is enrolled in the class for audit.
- If the individual is hired through the SCC to assist student/s
- If the individual is approved as Accommodations for a student/faculty.
Students may change from a grade to audit status for a course within that course’s drop/add period. After changing to audit status, students cannot receive credit and a letter grade unless they retake the course. Audited courses are not eligible for financial aid funding. Students wishing to review a subject or obtain a general understanding of a course may enroll in the course as an auditing student. Students will not be required to take tests or do projects if they audit a course. Tuition for audited courses is the same as for courses taken for credit. Audited courses will be recorded on the transcript as an “AU” and do not count toward graduation requirements.
It is the policy of the College to be open for educational purposes. If it is determined by the college administration or the governor that emergency conditions have developed which change normal operating times, an announcement will be made via radio and television broadcasts. Whenever possible, this will be aired before 6:00 a.m. over the following stations: KTOE (AM 1230), KEEZ (FM 99.1), KXLP (FM 93), KNUJ (AM860), KDOG (FM 96.7), KSTP-TV (Channel 5), KEYC-TV (Channel 12), KDHL (AM 920), KQCL (FM 95.9) and WCCO-Minneapolis (AM 830). This also will be announced via the STAR Alert System. All school closings are campus specific. Please note that announcements closing all area or district schools refers to public schools K-12 only. This does not include South Central College.
Campus Security Reports: South Central College encourages students and college community members to be fully aware of the safety issues occurring on the campus and to take action to prevent and to report illegal and inappropriate activities. Personal awareness and applying personal safety practices is the foundation of a safe community.
SCC monitors criminal activity and maintains a three-year statistical history on both the Faribault and North Mankato campuses. All criminal activity will be recorded in a separate category.
SCC personnel have no enforcement authority over instances of criminal actions, thus campus personnel are not expected to detain a person suspected of such activities. Any intervention attempts will be viewed as voluntary. A report will be filed to include information on date, time, category and description of the occurrence and persons witnessing and reporting the incident. The Faribault and North Mankato police have enforcement authority over instances of criminal actions occurring on each campus.
SCC encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency as well as the SCC Security Director. When requested, the SCC Security Director will assist in reporting an occurrence to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
SCC currently has a variety of policies and procedures relating to campus security. SCC expressly reserves the right to modify them or adopt additional policies or procedures at any time without notice.
Crime Prevention Programming Authority: Information concerning campus security is presented as part of the student orientation process and at a staff in service session. Information to promote awareness of crime prevention tactics and to encourage students and staff to be responsible for their own security and the security of others, will also be presented at those times.
Educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, are available, and may be accomplished through the use of video productions, brochures, speakers or other resources. Video tapes and instructional materials are available in the media center.
Patrol: The SCC campuses are patrolled on a regular basis by local city police. There is no access to campus facilities after hours unless accompanied by staff. The Faribault campus is controlled by an alarm system.
Criminal Reports: On the Faribault campus, all criminal actions occurring on campus shall be directed to the SCC Security Director; on the North Mankato campus, all criminal actions occurring on campus shall be directed to the SCC Security Director. The report may be presented orally or in written form.
Procedures and Assistance: Authorized college personnel will assist in reporting the occurrence to appropriate police authorities immediately, or in a timely manner, following receipt of the information. In the event that no college staff members are available, the individual reporting the occurrence is encouraged to contact local law enforcement agency directly by dialing 911 for emergencies. Authorized personnel can also assist with contacting sexual assault services and safe centers if requested using the following numbers:
Emergency - Police, Fire, Medical 911
Non-Emergency (City Police) 334-4305
Hope Center 1-800-607-2330 or 332-0882
Emergency - Police, Fire, Medical 911
Non-Emergency (City Police)
Business Hours 625-4141
Non-Business Hours 931-1570
CADA House Crisis/Shelter 1-800-477-0466 or 625-7233
Sexual Assault Services 1-800-630-1425
When on campus evenings or weekends talk with your instructor/advisor prior to leaving if you have any concerns.
The complete report of Campus Crime is available online at www.southcentral.edu; click on student portal; click on resources.
On occasion, it may be necessary for an instructor to cancel a class. These cancellations will be posted on classroom/lab doors and the SCC website as quickly as possible.
Student Life Fee: The Student Life Committee, made up of members of all recognized student organizations, determines the fee that supports student senate sponsored activities, student organization activities, student centered activities, and membership in the Minnesota State College Student Association. This fee is assessed per credit on all credit valued classes.
Parking Fee: The parking fee will be assessed on a per credit basis. with a limit not to exceed the fulltime employee rate. Parking fees are dedicated to the maintenance, improvement and monitoring of SCC parking lots. By statute, neither tuition nor state appropriation dollars may be used for these purposes. This fee is assessed per credit on all credit valued classes.
MSCSA Fee: The Minnesota State Colleges Student Association fee is currently $0.31 per credit.
Technology Fee: A technology fee will be charged each term to all students for the acquisition, upgrading and/or maintenance of technology for academic and student support services. The fee will be used to provide or enhance student access to technology. This fee is assessed per credit on all credit valued classes. Students are represented on the Technology Committee which establishes the technology fee.
Credits may be awarded through the successful completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board in the general examinations in Composition and Literature, History and Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics, provided no previous academic credits have been earned in these areas. Students interested in this option can find information about testing locations and cost at www.CollegeBoard.com. Specific SCC course equivalencies and credits awarded can be found at www.southcentral.edu. According to MnSCU policy, there is no limit on course credits granted based on CLEP examination scores.
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Situations may arise in which students believe that they have not received fair treatment by the college or may have a complaint about the performance, action or inaction of a member of the College community affecting them. A student who wishes to have the College address a complaint must first use the complaint procedure and then may use the grievance procedure if the complaint procedure proves unsatisfactory. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the office of Student Affairs, their advisor or another member of the faculty or staff for assistance/direction.
This informal procedure allows discussion of a problem and possible resolution. However, action will not be taken against the defendant unless the complainant consents to be identified.
- Level I - A complaint must be directed as soon as possible to the person or persons whose actions or inactions have given rise to the complaint. Every effort should be made to resolve the problem fairly and promptly at this level. If no resolution can be reached between the student and staff member, the student may move to Level II of discussion.
- Level II - The student shall process the complaint in a timely manner through the appropriate academic or administrative office:
- Academic complaints (grades, program requirements, assessment, faculty concerns, etc.) shall be addressed to the appropriate academic dean.
- Business operations, tuition, parking, building and grounds complaints shall be addressed to the Vice President of Operations.
- Student Service complaints should be addressed to the Program Director (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration, Academic Support Center)
- Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for procedures relating to conduct-related complaints.
If the complaint cannot be resolved within one week, the student shall then proceed to the written grievance procedure. Students uncertain about the proper channels or process are encouraged to seek advice from the Dean of Students or their faculty advisor.
Students who believe that they have not received fair treatment or the appropriate outcome through Level I and II of the complaint procedure may file a written grievance with the office of the college Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- Upon investigation and ascertaining that the complaint procedure Level I and II has been exhausted, the Vice President’s office shall refer the grievance to the college’s grievance committee to address the issue.
- Membership of the Grievance Committee shall consist of:
- Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- Representatives which may include faculty members selected from a list of volunteers on file with the Vice President (Faculty member shall not be from the program in which the student is enrolled), and staff representing the appropriate college departments.
- Affirmative Action Officer.
- The grievance will be reviewed at an grievance hearing within ten (10) days of receiving the grievance.
- The complainant and defendant shall be allowed to appear and have third party representation at the grievance hearing. Third party participants shall only play an advisory role.
- The Grievance Committee will review all relevant facts presented by the parties listed and will issue a written majority decision on its findings to the complainant, defendant and President of the College.
- The decision of the Grievance Committee is final.
- If the grievance involves a board policy or the actions of the College President, an issue of institutional or program quality such as an institution’s compliance with the standards of an accrediting or licensing agency, or a claim of consumer fraud or deceptive trade practice, a student may further appeal the College decision to the chancellor. The decision of the chancellor is final and binding.
Individual programs majors may have more recent requirements than listed below.
Liberal Arts & Sciences credits shall have an indefinite life span. Technical credits shall have a life span of 5 years from the time the course was completed. In rare situations, exceptions to these rules can be requested, and must be approved by the program advisor and Academic Dean.
Crime victims have certain rights by law. Please contact the Affirmative Action Officer for additional resources or contact:
The Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board:
The Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations board helps crime victims with some of their financial losses. To pick up a brochure explaining their services, go to your counselor or the human rights officer on your campus. You can also write to: Crime Victims Reparations Board - 444 Cedar Street Town Square, Suite 100C - St. Paul, MN 55101 - or call toll free: 1-800-247-0390
The Office of Crime Victims Ombudsman:
The Office of Crime Victims Ombudsman offers assistance to crime victims who feel that their rights have been violated, or who feel they have been treated unfairly by the criminal justice system or by victim assistance programs. Anyone wishing further
information, or those who feel that their rights have been violated, should contact the Office of Crime Victims Ombudsman at: (612) 642-0397 or call toll free: 1-800-247-0390
SCC monitors and records, through local police agencies, criminal activities in which students in student organizations are engaged in activities, at off-campus locations. Additionally, the SCC Security Director compiles campus reports of criminal offenses. These offenses are compiled using the Uniform Crime Reporting procedures in accordance with the provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These records include offenses that were reported to SCC Administration and other College officials who have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities.
The total report can be viewed at: http://ope.ed.gov/security
Campus Criminal Offenses (2009 North Mankato and Faribault Campuses)
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter............................................ 0
Negligent Manslaughter.................................................................... 0
Forcible Sex Offenses....................................................................... 0
Non-forcible Sex offenses................................................................. 0
Aggravated Assault........................................................................... 0
Motor Vehicle Theft........................................................................... 0
Public Property Surrounding the North Mankato and Faribault Campuses Criminal Offenses (2009)
Campus and local statistics are reported by the local police department for these categories.
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter............................................ 0
Negligent Manslaughter.................................................................... 0
Forcible Sex Offenses...................................................................... 0
Non-forcible Sex offenses................................................................ 0
Aggravated Assault.......................................................................... 0
Motor Vehicle Theft.......................................................................... 0
The above categories and reported alleged criminal activities do not necessarily constitute an arrest or conviction. They are allegations of wrongdoing.
A complete report of all criminal offenses may be obtained through the Security Director at South Central College by calling: 507-389-7412.
When you apply for admission, while you are enrolled, and after graduation you will be asked to supply information about yourself, including your social security number. You will be asked to report information in the following ways:
- Admission Application
- Enrollment Form
- Financial Aid Application
- Assessment Testing Information
- Placement and Employment Follow-Up Information Forms
- Oral Interviews with College Staff
- Health, Immunization Records
- You have the right to know and to view all public and private data maintained regarding you.
- You have the right to have the data explained to you and receive a copy of it.
- You have the right to challenge the accuracy and completeness of the data and to include your own explanation of the data.
There are consequences for not supplying data which may result in denial of the following services:
- You may not be admitted for enrollment if you do not complete the admissions application (except social security number).
- You may not receive academic accommodation if you do not verify your disability based on a recent psychological or medical evaluation.
- You may not receive financial aid assistance if you do not provide information on the financial aid form.
- You may not continue in college if you do not comply with immunization information as required by law.
Students Rights, Responsibilities and Authorizations for the Collection and Release of Data
South Central College maintains records about you in various places within the institution. For example, the admissions office maintains records about you, as does the registrar. Under federal and state law, you have certain rights concerning the records which SCC maintains.
Should you have questions concerning your rights, please contact Donna Marzolf, Registrar at (507) 389-7326.
Under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) and the Family and Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), you have a right:
- To inspect and review educational records maintained about you;
- To request an amendment to records about you for the purpose of correcting inaccurate or misleading records, or records which violate your privacy or other rights in some fashion;
- To a hearing regarding records which you believe are inaccurate or misleading, if the College does not amend the records at your request;
- To place a written statement explaining your disagreement with SCC in your records, if SCC does not amend records after the opportunity for a hearing about whether the records are inaccurate or misleading;
- To consent to disclosures of information which identifies you personally, except to the extent that such disclosures are allowed without your consent under state and federal law (FERPA and the MGDPA permit disclosures without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by SCC in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position, a person or company with whom SCC has contracted, a student serving on official SCC committees, a person serving on the Board of Trustees or in the Office of the Chancellor, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.);
- To file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if you believe that SCC is not meeting the requirements of the federal law. Written complaints should be sent to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Directory information including name, address, phone number, e-mail address, program major, dates of attendance, *honors, student activity participation, a student’s photograph or digital image, and student status (enrolled, graduated, withdrew,
part-time, full-time) may be released to the public without prior consent unless the office is notified in writing within two weeks of enrollment. Notify the Student Affairs Center if you wish to exercise your right to suppress the release of directory information.
Note: “Honors” includes, but is not limited to: scholarship awards, graduation, President’s Academic Honors list and involvement in student organizations.
Tennessen Warning (M.S. 13.04, SUBD.2.)
With the exception of directory information, all data of a public, private or confidential nature that you are requested to supply to the College is for the sole use of the College to be used in performing administrative, managerial, counseling and reporting functions.
A student may refuse to supply requested data, but such refusal may result in ineligibility for specific rights or services.
The College will release student data without student permission only to those agencies, persons and organizations authorized by federal and state statute to receive such information. Under certain circumstances, federal and state laws authorize release of private information without your consent:
- to other schools in which you seek or intend to enroll, or are enrolled, if you are first notified of the release;
- to federal, state or local officials for purposes of program compliance, audit or evaluation;
- as appropriate in connection with your application for, or receipt of, financial aid;
- to your parents, if your parents claim you as a dependent student for tax purposes;
- if the information is sought with a subpoena, court order, or otherwise permitted by other state or federal law, and
- to an organization engaged in educational research or accrediting agency.
FERPA Annual Notice
The College/University maintains records about you in various places within the institution. For example, the admissions office maintains records about you, as does the registrar. Under federal and state law, you have certain rights concerning the records which the College/University maintains. This notice is to make you aware of those rights.
Should you have questions concerning your rights, please contact Donna Marzolf, Director of Enrollment Services at (507) 389-7326.
Under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA) and the Family and Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA), you have a right:
- to inspect and review educational records maintained about you;
- to request an amendment to records about you for the purpose of correcting inaccurate, incomplete or misleading records; and
- to a hearing regarding your request, if the College/University does not amend the records at your request;
- to place a written statement explaining your disagreement with the College/University in your records, if the College/University does not amend records after the opportunity for a hearing about whether the records are inaccurate, incomplete or misleading;
- to consent to disclosures of information which identify you personally, except to the extent that such disclosures are allowed without your consent under state and federal law;
For example, FERPA and the MGDPA permit disclosures without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College/University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position, a person or company with whom the College/University has contracted, a student serving on official College/University committees, a person serving on the Board of Trustees or in the Office of the Chancellor, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Notice: If you are currently enrolled in or receiving services from one college or university within the Minnesota State College and University System ("System"), your academic records from that institution are available to officials of other schools within the System while you are in attendance. If you seek or intend to enroll at another institution within the System, your academic records from other institutions are also accessible to officials at the school where you are seeking or intend to enroll. SCC forwards education records to other agencies or institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to or is already enrolled as long as the disclosure is for purposes related to student’s enrollment or transfer. Disclosures of your records to other schools under other circumstances may require your prior written consent.
You have the right to request a copy of records that have been disclosed. You also have the right to request a hearing to correct any inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading information in those disclosed records. For further information about your rights, please contact the Registrar at the college or university that supplied the records."
- to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education if you believe that the College/University s not meeting the requirements of the federal law. Written complaints should be sent to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Dept. of Education, 600 Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-4605;
- to obtain a copy of the College/University's complete policy regarding educational records. The College/University has copies of the policy available at: southcentral.edu.
Authorization to Release Student Information
Undergraduate certificate. An undergraduate certificate is awarded upon completion of a 9 to 30 credit academic program. An undergraduate certificate program may have an occupational outcome or address a focused area of study. At least one-third of the credits in the undergraduate certificate shall be taught by the faculty recommending the award.
Diploma. A diploma is awarded upon completion of a 31 to 72 credit undergraduate academic program that prepares students for employment. A minimum of 24 credits shall be in occupational or technical courses.
A diploma may have one or more emphases of at least 9 credits when there are at least 30 credits in the major that are common to the emphases. At least one-third of the credits in the diploma shall be taught by the faculty recommending the award.
Associate in applied science degree. (AAS) An associate in applied science degree is awarded upon completion of a 60 to 72 credit academic program in a named field of study in scientific, technological or other professional fields.
An associate in applied science degree prepares students for employment in an occupation or range of occupations. An associate in applied science degree may also be accepted in transfer to a related baccalaureate program.
An associate in applied science degree requires a minimum of 15 general education credits selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. At least 30 credits shall be in the academic program's occupational or technical field of preparation.
An associate in applied science degree may have one or more emphases of at least 9 credits each when there are at least 30 credits in the major that are common to the emphases.
At least 20 credits in an associate in applied science shall be taught by the faculty recommending the award. This requirement may be decreased upon recommendation of the faculty and approval by the president of the college or university.
Associate in arts degree. (AA) An associate in arts degree is awarded upon completion of a 60 to 64 credit program in the liberal arts and sciences without a named field of study. It is designed for transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.
The degree requires completion of at least a 40 credit general education curriculum that fulfills the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas. At least 20 credits in the associate in arts degree shall be taught by the faculty recommending the award.
Associate in science degree. (AS) An associate in science degree shall not have emphases. An associate in science degree is awarded upon completion of a 60 to 64 credit transfer program in scientific, technological, or other professional fields designed to transfer in its entirety to a related baccalaureate program by way of an articulation agreement. The associate in science degree requires a minimum of 30 general education credits selected from at least six of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. At least 20 credits in an associate in science degree shall be taught by the faculty recommending the award. This requirement may be decreased upon recommendation of the faculty and approval by the president of the college or university.
It is the policy of South Central College to comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C.A Section 12101 et. seq. (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of their disability. The ADA provides, in part, that qualified individuals with disabilities shall not be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of any program, service or activity offered by this institution.
The ADA requires that all programs, services and activities, when viewed in their entirety, are readily accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities. This institution must communicate effectively with individuals with speech, visual, and hearing impairments and provide auxiliary communication aids to qualified individuals with disabilities participating in or benefiting from this institution’s programs, services or activities to afford equal opportunity.
If you would like to:
- review the ADA or it’s interpretive regulations,
- ask questions about your rights and remedies under the ADA,
- request a reasonable modification to this institution’s policies, practices or procedures, or
- file a written grievance with this institution alleging noncompliance with the ADA
Anade Long-Jacobs, Ed.D
Human Resources Director
Human Resources Office, South Central College, 1920 Lee Boulevard, North Mankato, MN
507-389-7219 • 1-800-722-9359
College programs, services, activities:
Marilyn Weber, Disability Coordinator
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003
North Mankato Room B132, Faribault Room A 116
VOICE: 507-389-7339 or 507-3321-4291 • 1-800-722-9359
For TTY communication, contact the Minnesota
Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529
It is our intention to provide resources to the academic, extracurricular, and social lives of students. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the material contained within this website as of the date of publication. However, all policies, procedures, academic schedules, program information, and fees are subject to change at any time by appropriate action of the faculty, the college administration, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees or the Minnesota Legislature without prior notification. The provisions of this website do not constitute contract between the student and the college. The information in this website is for use as an academic planning tool and is subject to change at any time. Upon publication of this website, all previous issues are revoked.
Drop - to end enrollment in one or more classes in a term while still being enrolled in some classes for the same term.
Withdrawal - to end enrollment in all of your classes for a given term.
Courses may be dropped using the MnSCU eServices (registration) site until the withdrawal timeframe has passed for the class.
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Per MnSCU Board procedure 3.34.1, a student may withdraw from a full semester course until the date at which 80% of the days in the academic semester have elapsed.
Non-Full Term Classes
For courses not on a standard academic semester schedule, the final date for withdrawal shall be established as the date on which 80% of the instructional days for the course have elapsed.
Please see the eServices site for the actual date you can withdraw from each course. If you have questions about your grade or refund, please contact the Student Affairs Center on your campus before you process your drop on the eServices site.
For non-credit courses, refund timeframes are set by our Center for Business and Industry (CBI) and can be before the course begins. Please contact CBI for further information at 507-389-7203.
Note to financial aid recipients: A student’s refund for classes will be credited to their outstanding loan balance and/or federal or state grant programs.
Federal Refund Policy
The federal “Return to TitleIV Aid” formula is mandated by the Reauthorization of the Higher Education act of 1998. This formula is applicable to any student receiving federal aid who withdraws from all classes on or before the 60th percentage point- in-time of the term for which aid was paid.
Since financial aid is usually disbursed early in the term, withdrawal before the 60th percentage point-in-time means that a student has not earned 100% of the aid the student was paid. Therefore, the student has unearned aid which must be returned to the federal programs in an order prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education, who oversees all Title IV financial aid programs. The percentage of unearned aid is equal to the number of calendar days remaining in the term divided by the total number of calendar days in the term. (Days remaining/Days in the term = Unearned percentage of Title IV paid to student)
The return policy applies to the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG , Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Parent Loans. The college may have an obligation to return funds that were applied to the student’s account. The student may have an obligation to return funds that were paid to the student. When the college returns funds that were applied to the student’s account, a balance due may result. The student will owe the balance to the college. A refund of tuition and fees could be used to reduce the balance or pay it in full.
Revised March 2013
South Central College is committed to providing a drug-free work and learning environment for all individuals. The college will provide counseling and referral to students who have identified a chemical abuse problem and will provide assistance to those employees who have identified a chemical abuse problem. The college’s primary objective is to return the student or employee to a productive status as soon as possible.
No student or employee of the college, including any student or employee engaged in work or study in connection with a federal grant, shall unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use on campus or in the workplace any narcotic drug, alcohol, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled
substance, as defined in schedules I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.15.
The Department of Instructional Technology (DoIT) offers an electronic equipment checkout service to South Central College (SCC) students. Electronic equipment is available for checkout at the Help Desk on the N. Mankato campus and the Library on the Faribault campus. Electronic equipment is to be used for the purposes of study, work, and research related to SCC activities.
Limits & Availability
- The electronic equipment can only be checked out and used by currently enrolled SCC students.
- If any electronic equipment is twelve days past due, the item will be considered lost. The borrower will be charged for replacement costs and denied electronic equipment borrowing privileges for a defined period of time.
- Patrons who have Help Desk fines are ineligible to check out any other Help Desk equipment.
- Electronic equipment will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. They cannot be reserved ahead of time.
- An eligible patron is allowed to borrow one of each type of electronic equipment at a time.
- Borrowers may not install software on the machines.
- Borrowers may not alter, delete, or copy any software loaded on the electronic equipment or otherwise change its existing configuration.
- Students borrowing any electronic equipment should read and agree to abide by the SCC Electronic Equipment Checkout Policy and the MnSCU Acceptable Use Policy. (http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/522.html)
- The student borrowing electronic equipment is required to present a valid SCC ID card.
- The borrower must sign the electronic equipment checkout agreement before taking any electronic equipment.
- At the time of checkout, the electronic equipment will be inspected by a Help Desk worker to make sure it is intact and functioning properly.
- The borrower will be cautioned to save files on a separate device. All files will be erased after the computer is returned.
- The electronic equipment will be checked out to the borrower’s SCC Library account.
Loan Period & Renewals
The checkout period for each electronic equipment item is as follows:
- Laptops – 1 Week
- Video Camera – same day
- Digital camera– same day
- Sound recorders– 1 week
- Web Cams– 1 week
- Headphones– same day - onsite use only
Weekend check out of same day equipment is up to the discretion of the manager. Items will not be renewed. This allows for maintenance to be performed so the item can be re-circulated.
- When returning, the borrower should allow at least five minutes for the Help Desk worker to check the equipment.
- Borrowers must return the electronic equipment to the Help Desk. Electronic equipment should not be left unattended at the Help Desk counter.
- A Help Desk worker will verify that all parts are present and that the computer and all accessories are in good working order.
- All electronic equipment will be turned on and checked for functionality upon return.
- The electronic equipment will then be checked in from the borrower’s library account.
Fines & Liability
- A patron's privilege to check out any electronic equipment may be removed for the upcoming academic semester for which a student is enrolled if the patron has two late returns in one semester.
- Overdue notices are sent to the borrower’s SCC email account, starting the day after the equipment is due.
- There is no grace period before fines start for overdue equipment.
- The daily fines for each electronic equipment item is as follows:
- Laptops – $10.00 per business day (M-F)
- Video Camera – $10.00 per business day (M-F)
- Digital camera– $10.00 per business day (M-F)
- Sound recorders– $10.00 per business day (M-F)
- Web Cams– $10.00 per business day (M-F)
- After 14 business days unreturned electronic equipment will be considered stolen or lost. The student’s account will be billed for the replacement cost of the item and the Director of Public Safety, as well as the appropriate law enforcement agency, will be notified.
- The borrower is responsible for making sure that the electronic equipment is in working order and without physical damage when it is returned.
- Under no circumstances should a borrower leave the electronic equipment unattended. SCC will not be responsible for lost or stolen electronic equipment even when it is used on campus property.
- It is the borrower’s full responsibility and fiscal liability for all costs associated with damage to the electronic equipment or its associated peripheral equipment during the period it is checked out or its replacement costs should it be lost or stolen.
Troubleshooting Problems & Questions
- If patrons experience problems with electronic equipment hardware or applications or have questions, they should ask a Help Desk worker.
- The borrower will be fiscally responsible for any damage to any electronic equipment if he/she tries to troubleshoot problems.
SCC is not responsible for damage to any removable drive (i.e. CD or flash drive) or loss of data (video, photograph, audio) that may occur due to malfunctioning hardware or software.
Created: February 11, 2011 Updated: April 5, 2013
The College recognizes its responsibility in providing a healthful environment and the safest conditions for its students. Effectiveness of the instructional programs is in large part determined by an environment free from disruptions to the learning process. A loss of educational production is the ultimate result of an employee or student accident or illness. Accidents resulting in personal injury and damage to property and equipment represent needless waste.
It shall, therefore, be our policy to take all practical steps to safeguard students from accidents and environmental conditions and to maintain at all times an effective safety organization.
Effective supervision of students shall remain in force whenever students are under supervision of college personnel. Student safety shall be an integral part of the curriculum in all programs and in all subjects.
South Central College, in compliance with the Clery Act, has a policy on emergency response, notification, and evacuation procedures. This policy can accessed online at: http://southcentral.edu/campus-security/campus-security.html
We recognize the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and associated state legislation to be appropriate to and consistent with the purposes of the college. The application of federal and state standards for working conditions, structural limits and acceptable work practices shall be continuous and integral.
Accident Reporting Procedure
After first aid procedures have been administered, it will be necessary to make a report of the injury to comply with the Employees Worker Compensation and Occupational Safety and Health Act rules. Contact the Human Resource Office.
Fire Drill/Emergency Evacuation
Fire drills are held periodically. Each instructor will inform the students of the exits to be used in emergency evacuations. An evacuation plan is posted in each area. The signal to leave the building is a continuous series of blasts from the alarm system. Whenever this occurs, everyone is to leave the building immediately in an orderly manner. Students are to move away from the building so that others may exit to a distance of 300 feet. An all-clear signal will be given to return to the building.
Tornadoes and Severe Thunderstorms
Faribault Campus - In the event of an actual tornado, an announcement over the public address system will be given. This will direct students to take shelter in a designated shelter area. Sheltered areas include hallways, interior rooms away from glass and windows and the lower level of the main campus. A colored floor plan is posted in each room showing safe areas. An announcement over the public address system will direct students as to when it is safe to return to their classrooms.
North Mankato Campus - In the event of an actual tornado warning, this will be announced over the public address system which will direct students to take shelter in a designated shelter area. Shelter areas include hallways and interior rooms away from glass and windows. A colored floor plan is posted in each room showing safe areas.An all-clear signal will be announced over the public address system which will direct students to return to their classrooms. AASC 1/28/11
Lockdown/Lockout - Drills for Lockdown will be conducted periodically. Information relating to Lockdown or Lockout situations will be communicated via public address systems, STAR ALERT, and system wide email. During a Lockdown, intruder inside the building, people should secure themselves in locked spaces within the college campus remaining silent or as the possibility presents itself leave the campus entirely. During Lockout situations people should remain inside campus buildings and the exterior campus doors will be locked to prevent an intruder from entering the buildings.
Eye Safety Law: An act requiring all students, Instructors and Visitor's to wear eye protective devises while participating in or directly observing certain Industrial education physics and chemistry laboratory activities and to authorize and provide for the purchase of such devises.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Minnesota
121A.32 EVE PROTECTIVE DEVICES
Subdivision 1.Requirement to wear eye protective devices.
Every person shall wear industrial quality eye protective devices when participating in, observing or performing any function in connection with, any courses or activities taking place in eye protection areas, as defined in subdivision 3, of any school, college, university or other educational institution in the state.
Subd2.Penalty for failure to wear eye protective devices.
Any student failing to comply with such requirements may be temporarily suspended from participation in said course and the registration of a student for such course may be canceled for willful, flagrant, or repeated failure to observe the above requirements.
Subd.3.Eye protection areas.
Eye protection areas shall include, but not to be limited to, vocational or industrial art shops, science or other school laboratories, or school or institutional facilities in which activities are taking place and materials are being used involving:
(1) hot molten metals;
(2) milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding or stamping of any solid materials; (3) heat treatment, tempering or kiln firing of any metal or other materials;
(4) Gas or electric arc welding;
(5) Repair or servicing of any vehicle or mechanical equipment;
(6) Any other activity or operation Involving work in any area that is potentially hazardous to the eye. Subd.4.Protective-corrective lenses.
Any person desiring protective-corrective lenses instead of the protective devices supplied by the educational institution shall pay for, procure, keep, and use industrial quality eye protective devices.
Subd.5.1ndustrial quality eye protective devices defined.
"Industrial quality eye protective devices," as used in this section, shall mean devices meeting the standards of the
American National Standard Institute, currently identified as Z87.1-1968.
Complete information about financial aid can be found online in the financial aid handbook at www.southcentral.edu/FinancialAid.
Letter grades will be assigned to each course as an evaluation of student performance. In addition, the following weighted system will be used to determine a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA):
|A = 4.00||C = 2.00||AU = AUDIT|
|A- = 3.66||C- = 1.66||CR = TEST-OUT|
|B+ = 3.33||D+ = 1.33||I = INCOMPLETE|
|B = 3.00||D = 1.00||P = PASS|
|B- = 2.66||D- = 0.66||W = WITHDRAW|
|C+ = 2.33||F = 0||Z = NO GRADE ASSIGNED|
|FN = 0||EX = TALK TO REGISTRAR|
|FN = Failure/Not Attending|
Grade Change Policy
- A change of grade will be accepted by the office of the Registrar only if properly signed by the instructor or at the discretion of the academic dean if the instructor is not employed by the college.
- Grade changes will be accepted for up to two calendar years from the original term of enrollment for the course.
- Changes will be accepted for I (incomplete), Z (grade unknown) and in the event of error in the calculation of the original grade.
Academic Grade Dispute Procedure
Students have the right to dispute unfair or arbitrary grades. A student must first talk with the instructor. If satisfaction is not reached, the student may next talk with the Academic Dean in charge of the instructor’s division. If satisfaction is still not achieved, the student may file a formal grievance following the steps outlined in the Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure. Grading decisions supported by published policies or stated expectations of faculty are not open to grievance.
Students are eligible for graduation when they have successfully fulfilled the requirements of a Certificate, Diploma of Occupational Proficiency, an Associate in Applied Science Degree, an Associate in Arts Degree, or an Associate in Science Degree.
Requirements for graduation also include the following:
- Satisfactory Academic Progress: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. (Some programs require a higher minimum cumulative GPA).
- Passing grades (D- or above) in all required courses. (Some programs require minimum grades of C or better)
- Student has met all South Central College degree and program requirements.
- Completed graduation application has been reviewed and approved by program advisor and Registrar’s office.
Graduation requirements in effect at the time the student declares a major will apply for the entire length of program enrollment as long as the student is continuously enrolled. Students may elect to follow newer program requirements but must meet all of the newer requirements including Liberal Arts & Sciences.
- Deficiencies in graduation requirements must be completed within two years after receipt of deficiency letter from the Registrar of SCC.
- Students that have not completed the Application for Graduation and interrupt enrollment, will follow the current graduation requirements upon re-enrollment.
Students completing multiple programs in one department will be granted the highest award only if the content of the lower awards is included in the higher.
Graduation ceremonies are held on each campus at the end of spring term for all graduates.
Students must complete a Graduation Application form during the term that precedes the term of graduation. Students must review their progress with their program advisor and determine courses that need to be taken during the last term of enrollment to complete graduation requirements. The submission of the graduation application will grant priority status for the student’s final term registration if submitted by published deadline. Any exceptions to published program requirements must be approved and documented before graduation.
Honors for graduation will be determined based on a student’s cumulative GPA at the completion of his/her program according to the following scale: Honors 3.3-3.49; High Honors 3.5-3.79; and Highest Honors 3.8-4.0. Because the commencement ceremony is held before the term grades have been reported, graduation honors to be listed in the commencement program will be calculated using the most current GPA. Final honors will be calculated when all coursework has been completed and final grades have been recorded.
The academic review policy is designed to assist students in overcoming academic difficulties they may have experienced due to improper program selection. The policy allows the Registrar to calculate a program GPA specific only to the current program of study rather than relying on the cumulative GPA for completion of degree requirements.
A student may be eligible for an academic review if all of the following criteria have been met:
- Student completes a form requesting the academic review in the Registrar’s Office at the time of application for graduation.
- Student has changed program of study since enrollment at SCC.
- Student has completed at least 24 semester SCC credits consecutively since the last F was earned without obtaining any FN, P, I, or Z grades.
- Student must have maintained a term GPA of at least 2.0 during each of those semesters.
- Student has not completed any other degrees, diplomas or certificates at SCC.
Upon eligibility determination, the Registrar will recalculate the program GPA which will include all Liberal Arts & Sciences, major and elective credits used to complete the degree requirements. If substitutions in the student’s program have occurred, the program GPA will be calculated using the substituted course(s). A student is eligible for academic review only once.
Credits for transfer from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System shall follow the MnSCU Undergraduate Transfer Policy.
Specific program requirements as well as Complaint/Grievance Procedure guidelines are outlined in greater detail in the college catalog.
South Central College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law.
Harassment of an individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission has no place in a learning or work environment and is prohibited. Sexual violence has no place in a learning or work environment. Further, South Central College shall work to eliminate violence in all its forms. Physical contact by college and staff members may be appropriate if necessary to avoid physical harm to persons or property.
This policy is directed at verbal and physical conduct that constitutes discrimination/harassment under state and federal law and is not directed at the content of speech. In cases in which verbal statements and other forms of expression are involved, SCC will give due consideration to an individual’s constitutionally protected right to free speech and academic freedom.
South Central College and MnSCU Board Policy 1B.1 Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity and Procedure 1B.1.1 can be found at: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b01.html.
Students and employees who feel they are, or have been, victims of harassment or discrimination should inform the college Affirmative Action Officer or Regional Investigator as soon as possible. You can contact the college's representatives directly using the contact information below or use the Harrassment / Discrimination Complaint Form
Affirmative Action Officer
Dr. Anade Long-Jacobs
1920 Lee Boulevard
Human Resources Office
North Mankato, MN 56003
North Mankato: 507-389-7219 ∙ 1-800-722-9359
Phone: Faribault: 507-332-5856 ∙ 1-800-422-0391
Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires proof that all students born after 1956, are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, allowing for certain specified exemptions. Any non-exempt student who fails to submit the
required information within 45 days after first enrollment cannot register for the following semester. The Immunization form is designed to provide the school with the information required by the law and will be available for review by the Minnesota Department of Health and the local health agency.
A student may initiate a request for an incomplete grade in the event that extraordinary circumstance prevents completion of the course. Assignment of the incomplete grade is at the discretion of the instructor. The following criteria must be met before an incomplete grade will be assigned:
- The student has attended a majority of course meetings and completed a majority of the coursework requirements.
- The student must be passing the course at the time of the incomplete request.
- All remaining work must be completed by a mutually agreed upon date by the student and the instructor. (no later than 6 weeks from the end of the term during which the Incomplete was granted)
- The request for incomplete form must be submitted on the Incomplete Grade Request Form, signed by the instructor and the student, and submitted to the Academic Dean’s Office. Faculty will assign the grade of "I" online when submitting all grades.
- Refer to Incomplete Grade Form for due date and grade options.
- The student shall not re-register for the course while completing the remaining work.
- If the remaining work is not completed by the 6th week of the next term, the “I” reverts to the grade of “F.”
Incomplete Coursework Form
The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is an Internationally recognized program through which secondary students complete a comprehensive curriculum of rigorous study and demonstrate performance on IB examinations. The examination for the diploma covers six subjects, three or four of which must be at the higher level and others at the subsidiary level. Students may present a full IB diploma or a certificate recognizing specific higher level or subsidiary level test scores.
- Students who complete an IB diploma with a score of 30 or higher shall be offered 12 quarter or 8 semester credits for each of three higher level examinations, plus 3 quarter or 2 semester credits for each of the subsidiary exams, for a total of 45 quarter or 30 semester credits.
- Credits shall be transcribed according to MnSCU Board Policy.
u.select - A multi-state online tool that helps you determine course equivalencies, program requirements and applicability of coursework when transferring between schools.
Sign Language Interpreters will be provided to deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students who request and demonstrate a need for interpreter services. Make your request well in advance, preferably 4 weeks before the semester or customized training course, in order to increase the likelihood of filling the request for an interpreter. Contact the SCC Disability Director, Marilyn Weber, at: (507) 389-7339 or (507) 331-4291. Email:
. For TTY communication, contact the Minnesota Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-627-3529
As a condition of use of the SCC computer resources and facilities, the user agrees to respect:
- The lab area and equipment; e.g., users will clean up the work area before leaving.
- The privacy of other users; e.g., users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent others, unless explicitly authorized to do so by those users.
- The legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data; e.g., users shall not make copies of a licensed computer program to avoid paying additional license fees. (Refer to Software Copyright in this document.)
- The intended usage for which access to SCC computing resources was granted; e.g., users may not use SCC facilities for outside commercial activities.
- The integrity of computing systems; e.g., users shall not intentionally develop or use programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage or alter the software components of a computer or computing system.
- The financial structure of a computing system; e.g., users shall not intentionally develop or use any unauthorized mechanisms to alter or avoid charges levied by the college for computing services or allow anyone else to use their account.
- The rights of other users; e.g., users shall not engage in public behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for other users based on their race, sex, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, handicap, or veteran status. An example
would be the viewing of pornographic material.
- The posted rules of individual computer labs and classrooms.
Official Student Email Policy
1. College use of email. Email is a mechanism for official communication for South Central College, which has the right to expect that such communications will be received and read in a timely fashion. Official email communications are intended only to meet the academic and administrative needs of the college community.
2. Assignment of student email. South Central College official email accounts are avail-
able for all enrolled students. The email addresses are all of the form [username] @my.southcentral.edu.
3. Redirection of email. If students wish to have email redirected from their official @my.southcentral.edu address to another email address (e.g., @aol.com, @hotmail.com), they may do so but at their own risk. South Central College will not be responsible for the handling of email by outside providers. Having email redirected does not absolve students from the responsibilities associated with official communication sent to their @my.southcentral.edu accounts.
4. Expectations about student use of email. Students are expected to check their SCC email account on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with South Central College communications. SCC recommends checking e-mail once a week at a minimum in recognition that certain communications may be timecritical. Not checking email, an error in forwarding mail and email returned to the college with “Mailbox Full” or “User Unknown” are not acceptable excuses for missing official college communications via email.
5. Authentication for confidential information. It is a violation of college policy for any user of official email addresses to impersonate a college office, faculty/staff member or student. To minimize this risk, some confidential information may be made available only through MnSCU portals, which are password protected. In these cases, students will receive email correspondence directing them to a MnSCU portal where they can access the confidential information only by supplying their student ID and PIN. The confidential information will not be available in the email message.
6. Privacy. Users should exercise extreme caution in using email to communicate confidential or sensitive matters and should not assume that email is private and confidential. It is especially important that users are careful to send messages only to the in- tended recipient(s). Particular care should be taken when using the “reply” command during email correspondence.
7. Educational uses of email. SCC faculty will determine how electronic forms of communication (e.g., email) will be used in their classes and will specify their requirements in the course syllabi. This “Official Student Email Policy” will ensure that all students will be able to comply with email-based course requirements specified by faculty. Faculty can, therefore, make the assumption that student’s official @my.southcentral.edu accounts are being accessed and faculty can use email for their classes accordingly.
This policy complies with the guidelines as found in:
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Policy 5.22 - Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Procedure 5.22.1 - Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources
Students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 20 credits in an academic term. Any student who wishes to register for more than 20 credits must request the overload using an Add/Drop form and have the approval of the Program Advisor and Registrar. A student must be in good academic standing to request an overload.
South Central College is proud to be a member of the Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) system. SCC is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and educational opportunity in that no person shall be discriminated against in terms and conditions of employment, personal practices, or access to and participation in programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission.
Discrimination is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Chapter 363 of Minnesota Statue and other applicable State and Federal laws. SCC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities, and is in compliance with the American Disability Act, U.S.C.A. Section 12101, et. seq.
Parking Fee: the parking fee will be assessed on a per credit basis with a limit not to exceed the fulltime employee rate. Parking fees are dedicated to the maintenance, improvement and monitoring of SCC parking lots. By statute, neither tuition nor state appropriation dollars may be used for these purposes. This fee is assessed per credit on all credit valued classes.
All persons parking vehicles on property owned, leased or occupied by South Central College will do so at their own risk. No responsibility will be assumed by the College or the State because of loss of property, damage to the vehicle while parked, damage which may be incurred through the process of impounding the vehicle or for any other damage or loss sustained while on a college parking facility.
- Parking Regulations:
The speed limit on all campus roadways is 20 mph.
- In compliance with MN Statute 169.346, use of handicapped parking stalls is restricted only to those vehicles bearing a state issued handicapped license plate or displaying a state issued certificate.
- Violations subject to towing or wheel lock:
- College employees, seminar participants, and enrolled students parking in visitor are
- Parking on sidewalks, grass, entries, driveways, or on roadways around the perimeter of the parking lots
- Diagonal parking
- Using a stolen permit
- Parking between 12 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
- Faribault Campus Only: The 53 stalls that face the high school (East side of lot) are unavailable for student parking. Students attending overnight conventions and other college activities are asked to notify the Facilities Manager.
- North Mankato Campus Only: Students attending overnight conventions and other college activities are asked to use the purple lot. Vehicles parked overnight in any other lot will be towed at the owners expense.
Please Note: Lock your vehicle to prevent theft of your parking permit.
Parking Regulations: http://www.southcentral.edu/campus-security/campus-security.html
Parking Waiver Form
Some courses may be graded on a “Pass/Fail” basis. All required coursework must be completed to receive a grade of “P”. A student may take more than one course per term on the “Pass/Fail” system. Only developmental courses numbered below 1000 (excluding Liberal Arts & Sciences courses), internships, health clinicals and Farm/Small Business Management courses may be graded “Pass/Fail”. A pass indicates that the student has completed the coursework at a “C” level or better. The “P” will not be used to calculate GPA but the credits will count toward graduation. A fail grade is equivalent to an “F” and will be used in the GPA calculation. Students must select the “Pass/Fail” grading system at the time of course registration.
The Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program was established to promote rigorous educational pursuits and provide a wider variety of options for students. Through PSEO, high school students receive high school credit for college courses completed and may apply for postsecondary credit upon entering college after high school graduation.
To Qualify a Student Must:
- Be a Junior or Senior in high school
- Seniors – class rank in the upper one-half of their class “or have a composite score on ACT at or above the 50th percentile (21 composite).
- Juniors – class rank in the upper one-third of their class “or have a composite score on ACT at or above the 70th percentile (24 composite)
- Sophomores - please click here
Note: If unable to identify class rank, a junior must score at or above the 70th percentile, and a senior must score at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally standardized, norm-referenced test (ACT, SAT, PLAN, or PSAT).
The President’s List indicates above average performance and is announced and published each term. To be eligible for the President’s List, students must meet satisfactory academic progress standards, have earned 12 credits and achieved a GPA of 3.500 or above. However, if students receive a grade(s) of D+, D, D-, F, FN, I, NP or W they automatically become ineligible for the President’s List.
Any course in which a grade of D or lower has been earned can be repeated. When a course is repeated, the repeated grade is used in determining grade point average. The transcript will mark both the first and second course to indicate the repeat. The first course will be marked with parenthesis around the credits indicating it no longer applies to the GPA. The second occurrence will be marked with an “R”. Repeating a course will not remove the previous attempt from the student’s transcript.
The College recognizes the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and associated state legislation to be appropriate to and consistent with the purposes of the school.
The application of federal and state standards for working conditions, structural
limits, and acceptable work practices shall be continuous and integral. It is College policy to take all practical steps to safeguard students from accidents and environmental conditions and to maintain at all times an effective safety organization.
Effective supervision of students shall remain in force whenever students are on campus or under supervision of school personnel. Student safety shall be an integral part of the curriculum in all programs and in all classes.
Safety Glasses Policy Minnesota State Law provides that every person shall wear industrial quality eye protection devices when participating in hazardous training activities while in college programs. SCC will comply with the law by requiring that all students wear industrial quality safety glasses in hazardous areas.
The following action will be initiated by the instructor or administrative staff if a student is not wearing safety glasses while in a hazardous area:
- The student will receive two warnings.
- The third offense may be cause for suspension.
South Central College is responsible to both the public and its students to provide sound post-secondary education in an economic and efficient manner. This responsibility includes the obligation to require satisfactory academic progress (SAP) from its students in return for the opportunity afforded them by a tax supported college.
All students enrolled in coursework at SCC must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and must complete at least 67% of all credits attempted to be in good academic standing. All enrolled students will be evaluated for academic progress each semester.
Minimum Credit Completion Standard: The student must complete at least 67% of all registered/attempted credits to remain in good academic standing. Grades of F, FN, I, NC,; W, Z and IP (or blank/missing) are treated as attempted credits but NOT earned credits and thus negatively impact the percent completion. Percent completion is based on credits in which students are enrolled on the fifth day of the term. % earned = cumulative earned credits divided by cumulative attempted credits
South Central College will evaluate satisfactory academic progress after each term which includes fall, spring and summer.
Warning – A student will be placed on warning status if:
- their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 or
- their cumulative completion percentage falls below 67% or
- the student was previously suspended at another college or university and were admitted to SCC following an admissions appeal.
Hold Codes: 0093 Academic, 0165 Financial Aid
Warning status allows the student one additional semester to bring academic performance to the required level. During the warning term, students are eligible to enroll in classes and to receive financial aid funding as applicable. Students on warning status are strongly encouraged to participate in Warning Advising Sessions to assist them in reaching the satisfactory academic progress standards.
Suspension – A student will be placed on suspension if:
- their cumulative grade point average falls below or remains below 2.0 following a warning term or
- their cumulative completion percentage falls below or remains below 67% following a warning term or
- their cumulative grade point average and/or completion percentage fall below standards following a probation term and the student’s academic plan goals have not been met or
- it is believed that the student’s attendance indicates a pattern that abuses the receipt of financial aid.
Suspension status means that a student is no longer eligible to enroll in classes or to receive financial aid awards at South Central College. The length of the suspension is one academic year. All students who seek to return to SCC must apply for Academic Reinstatement. If an Academic Reinstatement appeal is approved, students will be readmitted on probation.
Hold Codes: 0002 Academic, 0139 Financial Aid
Probation – Students will be placed on probation if:
- they were previously suspended and filed a successful Academic Reinstatement Appeal.
All students on probation will be evaluated for satisfactory academic progress and must meet the following criteria to be eligible to continue enrollment as a student at SCC:
- students meet the required SAP criteria and return to good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA and 67% cumulative completion percentage) or
- students meet the requirements of their Academic Plan and are able to continue their enrollment as a probationary student.
Hold Codes: 0001 Academic, 0162 Financial Aid
Following a suspension and an approved Academic Reinstatement Appeal, students will have performance goals they must meet in the event they do not return to good standing in one term. These performance goals are the student’s Academic Plan. Criteria included in the academic plan may include:
- YRTR GPA =2.5
- YRTR Completion Percentage = 100%. This means that students must complete all courses they attempt in the term they return to SCC.
- Enrolled Credits – Based on your specific circumstances, the Appeal Committee may limit the number of credits in which you may enroll for the first semester you return.
Following your probation term, you will be evaluated for satisfactory academic progress and one of three possible outcomes will result:
- return to good academic standing (2.0 cum GPA and 67% completion percentage) or
- continue on probation (cumulative totals were not met but Academic Plan goals were met) or
- return to suspension (neither cumulative goals or Academic Plan goals were met.)
Academic/Financial Aid Reinstatement Appeal
Students who wish to re-enroll at SCC must appeal for Academic Reinstatement at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the term of planned enrollment, unless otherwise notified by the college based on time limitations necessary for processing. The committee will take the appeal under consideration if it occurred as a result of unusual circumstances such as injury, illness or death in the immediate family or if the one year suspension has been served. The written appeal should be supported by additional documentation. This initial consideration of appeal will be reviewed by Student Affairs Directors/Assistant Directors. The committee will notify the student of the appeal decision by email to the SCC student email account if it exists, or to the personal email account if no current SCC student account exists. The committee’s decision shall be final within the college and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.
At the request of the student, all appeals of an adverse decision can be reconsidered by the Appeals Committee which may include the following: Counselors, Academic Deans, Directors and Assistant Directors within the Student Affairs Department. Additional information and documentation must be provided before appeals will be reconsidered.
The following outcomes may result from a reinstatement appeal:
- Registration – Yes , Financial Aid – Yes
This means that you can register and you are eligible to receive financial aid awards for which you qualify. You must complete the financial aid application process (FAFSA) to determine what awards you may receive.
- Registration – Yes, Financial Aid – No
This means that you may register for classes, but you will not be eligible to receive any financial aid awards until you are in good academic/financial aid standing again. You must demonstrate academic success before your aid will be reinstated. The majority of reinstatement requests fall into this category. You must be able to pay for your classes using resources other than grants or student loans.
- Registration – No, Financial Aid – No
This outcome is generally selected if you have not served the one year term of suspension and are trying to return early. You may be told that you are accepted for a future term following the one year term of your suspension.
Returning Following Suspension
Students whose reinstatement appeals are granted are required to participate in the Academics in Motion (AIM) program. Students may also need to meet required conditions such as specified coursework, limited credit enrollment, etc. as stated by the Appeals Committee.
A successful appeal grants reinstatement for one semester only. At the conclusion of that semester, the student’s academic progress is evaluated again. While students are able to register for subsequent terms, if the student does not meet SAP requirements at the completion of the appeal term, registration for future terms will be cancelled.
Financial Aid Eligibility
Federal and state law requires that a recipient of state or federal financial aid make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree or certificate to remain eligible for aid. In compliance with federal and state law, the college has established academic progress standards for all financial aid recipients. Students admitted to SCC and it is later determined that they were on financial aid suspension at prior institutions will not be eligible for financial aid at SCC without an approved appeal to reinstate financial aid eligibility.
Maximum Time Frame
Maximum Time Frame is the maximum amount of time in which a student must complete degree requirements and graduate or financial aid suspension will occur. Students must complete their degree requirements within 150% of the number of credits required in the program of record. If a student is enrolled in multiple programs, the program requiring the highest number of credits will be used for Maximum Time Frame calculations.
If a student has reached the maximum time frame limit and has not yet completed his degree requirements, he can file an appeal to extend the maximum time frame. Such appeals must be submitted 14 calendar days prior to the start of the term of planned enrollment/financial aid eligibility. Appeals will be reviewed and approved by the Director of Financial Aid or a designee and must be strictly followed.
Upon an approved maximum time frame appeal, the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA and 67% completion rate for each term of continued funding. A student who has not yet completed a program but wishes to change to another program should be aware of maximum time frame limits that may come into play when the professional judgment is made regarding financial aid eligibility.
Hold Code: 0041 Financial Aid
Additional Academic Information
- Academic Review – Credits for which a student has been granted academic review WILL be included in all financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.
- Audited Courses – Audited courses are not aid eligible courses and are not included in any financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.
- Consortium Credits – Consortium credits are those credits for which a student is registered at another college, which are accepted in transfer by SCC and are included for purposes of processing financial aid at SCC. These credits are included in all financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.
- Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) – The grading policy stated in this Student Handbook is used to determine the cumulative Grade Point Average. This average is in turn used to determine if a student is maintaining satisfactory progress.
- College Readiness Credits – College readiness credits are those awarded for remedial coursework (numbered below 100). Students may receive financial aid for college readiness courses up to a maximum of 30 credits (excluding EAP). These credits are included in all financial aid satisfactory academic progress measurements.
- Test Out – Credits earned through test out do not count toward the total credits enrolled per term for aid purposes.
- Transfer Credits – Transfer credits are credits earned at another college which are accepted by SCC. Transfer credits are included when calculating completion percentage and maximum time frame. Transfer credits are not used in the SCC GPA calculation.
- Repeated Courses – A student shall not be permitted to receive financial aid for more than one repetition of a previously passed course.
- Treatment of Grades – Grades of A, B, C, D, F, and FN shall be included in the GPA calculation. Courses for which a student receives a letter grade of A, B, C,D, S and P are included in the calculation of cumulative credit completion percentage as courses successfully completed. Courses for which a student receives a letter grade of In, N, NC,W, F, and FN shall be treated as credits attempted but not successfully completed. Blank (“Z”) grades shall be treated as credits attempted but not successfully completed. Audited courses (AU) are not counted. Grades of IP (in progress) will be treated as credits attempted but not completed.
Should a student drop or be dropped from a course in which they received aid and received a full refund, the student will be liable for aid received and must repay the funds.
If you need additional information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, please contact the Student Affairs Center at 507-332-5805 or 507-389-7220.
Senior Citizens, who are 62 years of age or older as provided in Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 135A.51, Subdivision 2., may be enrolled in credit courses on a space available basis beginning on the second class day of the term and extending through the fifth class day of the term. Enrollment in credit courses requires payment of an administrative fee of $20 per credit in addition to regular and special course fees. Regular course fees include the per-credit Technology and MSCSA Fees. Special course fees are determined by course. Senior Citizens are also responsible for any material or textbook costs and parking permits.
Senior Citizens enrolled in a credit course taken for audit pay no administrative fee. They are, however, responsible for the per-credit Technology and MSCSA Fees, special course fees, textbooks, materials and parking permits. Enrollment is on a space available basis.
Senior Citizens enrolled in noncredit courses that are open to the general public are responsible for any special course fees, textbooks and materials. No administrative fee is charged. Enrollment is on a space available basis.
Senior citizens enrolled in noncredit courses that are designed and offered specifically and exclusively to senior citizens must pay the published tuition rate. The same applies to courses designed and offered as closed enrollment.
Service Animal Definition
A service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.
Work or Tasks
The following questions will be asked of the person who is accompanied by a service animal:
- Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
College staff will not make these inquiries about a service animal when it is readily apparent that an animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
A service animal must be under the control of the handler at all times. The college reserves the right to remove a service animal from the premises if:
- The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it
- The animal is not housebroken
- The presence of the animal constitutes a fundamental alteration to the nature of the service, program, or activity of the college
The animal must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
If the college properly excludes a service animal it shall give the individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the service animal on the premises.
The college is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal.
An exception to the ADA regulations for service animals allows students with disabilities to be accompanied by a trained miniature horse. The same criteria as above will be used to assess whether a miniature horse is allowed on campus (animals must be housebroken, in the owners control, and cannot compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.) In addition, miniature horses must have a height under 34 inches and weigh less than 100 pounds.
Requests for the use of service animals on the SCC campus will be reviewed by Marilyn Weber, the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities. A request needs to be made in advance of the attendance of a service animal in a classroom. Upon determination of eligibility, contact will be made with the instructor(s) to notify them that the service animal will accompany the student to class.
This guideline is adapted from The Federal Register, Sept. 15, 2010, "Guidance on Revisions to ADA Regulation on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services,'' Sec. 35.136 Service animals. and Section-By-Section Analysis and Response to Public Comments, pages 56192-56195.
The College expressly forbids harassment, discrimination and sexual violence of any form towards students and employees. All employees and students should clearly understand that, even in mild forms, harassment, discrimination or sexual violence may carry penalties up to and including dismissal. See the MNSCU Board Policy web site for the full policy: http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b03.html.
Sexual Violence Policy (Policy Series #: 100A)
Sexual violence is an intolerable intrusion into the most personal and private rights of an individual, and is prohibited at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. South Central College is committed to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and will take appropriate remedial action against any individual found responsible for acts in violation of this policy. Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law, or other Board Policies that may require separate proceedings. To further its commitment against sexual violence, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provides reporting options, an investigative and disciplinary process, and prevention training or other related services as appropriate.
Applicability: 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy
Subpart A. Application of policy to students, employees, and others. This policy applies to all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students and employees and to others, as appropriate, where incidents of sexual violence on system property have been reported. Reports of sexual violence committed by a student at a location other than on system property are covered by this policy pursuant to the factors listed in Board Policy 3.6, Part 2. Reports of sexual violence committed by a system employee at a location other than system property are covered by this policy.
Reports of sexual violence committed on system property by individuals who are not students or employees are subject to appropriate actions by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, including, but not limited to, pursuing criminal or civil action against them.
Allegations of discrimination or harassment are governed by Board Policy 1B.1 (http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/1b03.html).
Subpart B. College and university policies. Each Minnesota State Colleges and Universities college and university shall adopt a clear, understandable written policy on sexual violence that applies to its campus community, including, but not limited to, its students and employees. The policy content and implementation shall be consistent with the standards in this Policy and Procedure 1B.3.1.
Part 2. Definitions.
The following definitions apply to this Policy and Procedure 1B.3.1.
Subpart A. Sexual violence. Sexual violence includes a continuum of conduct that includes sexual assault, non-forcible sex acts, dating and relationship violence, stalking, as well as aiding acts of sexual violence.
Subpart B. Sexual assault. "Sexual assault" means an actual, attempted, or threatened sexual act with another person without that a person's consent. Sexual assault is often a criminal act that can be prosecuted under Minnesota law, as well as form the basis for discipline under Minnesota State Colleges and Universities student conduct codes and employee disciplinary standards. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to:
- Involvement without consent in any sexual act in which there is force, expressed or implied, or use of duress or deception upon the victim. Forced sexual intercourse is included in this definition, as are the acts commonly referred to as "date rape" or "acquaintance rape." This definition also includes the coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another.
- Involvement in any sexual act when the victim is unable to give consent.
- Intentional and unwelcome touching, or coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force another to touch a person's intimate parts (defined as primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast).
- Offensive sexual behavior that is directed at another such as indecent exposure or voyeurism.
Subpart C. Dating and relationship violence. Dating and relationship violence includes physical harm or abuse, and threats of physical harm or abuse, arising out of a personal intimate relationship. This violence also may be called domestic abuse or spousal/partner abuse and may be subject to criminal prosecution under Minnesota state law.
Subpart D. Stalking. Stalking is conduct directed at a specific person that is unwanted, unwelcome, or unreciprocated and that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her or his safety or the safety of others or to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Subpart E. Consent. Consent is informed, freely given and mutually understood. If coercion, intimidation, threats, and/or physical force are used, there is no consent. If the complainant is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that the complainant cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes conditions due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent, and past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent. Whether the respondent has taken advantage of a position of influence over the complainant may be a factor in determining consent.
Subpart F. Non-forcible sex acts. Non-forcible acts include unlawful sexual acts where consent is not relevant, such as sexual contact with an individual under the statutory age of consent, as defined by Minnesota law, or between persons who are related to each other within degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Subpart G. System property. "System property" means the facilities and land owned, leased, or under the primary control of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its Board of Trustees, system office, colleges and universities.
Subpart H. Employee. "Employee" means any individual employed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its colleges and universities and system office, including student workers.
Subpart I. Student. The term "student" includes all persons who:
- Are enrolled in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit, through a college or university;
- Withdraw, transfer or graduate, after an alleged violation of the student conduct code;
- Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college or university; or
- Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid; or
- Are not college or university employees and are not enrolled in the institution but live in a college or university residence hall.
Procedure 1B.3.1 Sexual Violence Procedure
Part 1. Procedure objective. This procedure is designed to further implement Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Policy 1B.3 prohibiting sexual violence. This procedure provides a process through which individuals alleging sexual violence may pursue a complaint.
This procedure is intended to protect the rights and privacy of both the complainant and respondent and other involved individuals, as well as to prevent retaliation and reprisal.
Part 2. Definitions.
Subpart A. Policy definitions. The definitions in Policy 1B.3 also apply to this procedure.
Subpart B. Campus security authority. Campus security authority includes the following categories of individuals at a college or university:
- A college or university security department;
- Other individuals who have campus security responsibilities in addition to a college or university security department;
- Any individual or organization identified in a college or university security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses;
- An official of a college or university who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings; advisors to recognized student organizations, and athletic coaches. Professional counselors, whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling, and who are functioning within the scope of their license or certification are not included in this definition.
Part 3. Reporting incidents of sexual violence.
Subpart A. Prompt reporting encouraged. Complainants of sexual violence may report incidents at any time, but are strongly encouraged to make reports promptly in order to best preserve evidence for a potential legal or disciplinary proceeding.
Complainants are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual violence to law enforcement for the location where the incident occurred. Complainants are also encouraged to contact the local victim/survivor services office, counseling and health care providers, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campus security authorities for appropriate action.
Subpart B. Assistance in reporting. When informed of an alleged incident of sexual violence, all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students and employees are urged to encourage and assist complainants, as needed, to report the incident to local law enforcement, local victim/survivor services and campus security authorities.
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campus security authorities, when informed of an alleged incident of sexual violence, shall promptly assist the complainant, including providing guidance in filing complaints with outside agencies including law enforcement; obtaining appropriate assistance from victim/survivor services or medical treatment professionals; and filing a complaint with campus officials responsible for enforcing the student conduct code or employee conduct standards.
When appropriate, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may pursue legal action against a respondent, including, but not limited to, trespass or restraining orders, in addition to disciplinary action under the applicable student or employee conduct standard.
Part 4. Confidentiality of reporting.
Subpart A. Confidential reports. Because of laws concerning government data contained in Minnesota Statutes §13, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, colleges and universities cannot guarantee confidentiality to those who report incidents of sexual violence except where those reports are privileged communications with licensed health care professionals. Some off-campus reports also may be legally privileged by law, such as reports to clergy, private legal counsel, or health care professionals.
Subpart B. Reports to campus security authorities. Complainants of sexual violence may contact any campus security authority for appropriate assistance or to report incidents. Absolute confidentiality of reports made to campus security authorities cannot be promised. However, campus security authorities shall not disclose personally identifiable information about a complainant of sexual violence without the complainant's consent except as may be required or permitted by law. There may be instances in which Minnesota State Colleges and Universities determines it needs to act regardless of whether the parties have reached a personal resolution or if the complainant requests that no action be taken. In such instances, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will investigate and take appropriate action, taking care to protect the identity of the complainant and any other reporter in accordance with this procedure.
Subpart C. Required Reports. Any campus security authority or any college or university employee with supervisory or student-advising responsibility who has been informed of an alleged incident of sexual violence must follow college or university procedures for making a report for the annual crime statistics report. In addition, the campus security authority shall report to other school officials, as appropriate, such as the campus affirmative action office, the campus office responsible for administering the student conduct code, and/or the designated Title IX compliance coordinator, in order to initiate any applicable investigative or other resolution procedures.
Campus security authorities may be obligated to report to law enforcement the fact that a sexual assault has occurred, but the name or other personally identifiable information about the complainant will be provided only with the consent of the complainant, except as may be required or permitted by law.
Part 5. Policy notices.
Subpart A. Distribution of policy to students. Each college or university shall, at a minimum, at the time of registration make available to each student information about its sexual violence policy and procedure, and shall additionally post a copy of its policy and procedure at appropriate locations on campus at all times. A college or university may distribute its policy and procedure by posting on an Internet or Intranet Web site, provided all students are directly notified of how to access the policy by an exact address, and that they may request a paper copy.
Subpart B. Distribution of policy to employees. All colleges, universities and the system office shall make available to all employees a copy of its sexual violence policy and procedure. Distribution may be accomplished by posting on an Internet or Intranet Web site, provided all employees are directly notified of the exact address of the policy and procedure and that they may receive a paper copy upon request.
Subpart C. Required Notice. Each college or university shall have a sexual violence policy, which shall include the notice provisions in this part.
- Notice of complainant options. Following a report of sexual violence the complainant shall be promptly notified of:
a. Where and how to obtain immediate medical assistance; complainants should be informed that timely reporting and a medical examination within 72 hours are critical in preserving evidence of sexual assault and proving a criminal or civil case against a perpetrator. Complainants should be told, however, that they may report incidents of sexual violence at any time.
b. Where and how to report incidents of sexual violence to local law enforcement officials, and/or appropriate Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system contacts for employees, students and others. Such contacts should be identified by name, location and phone number for 24-hour availability, as applicable.
c. Resources for where and how complainants may obtain on- or off-campus counseling, mental health or other support services.
- Notice of complainant rights. Complainants shall be notified of the following:
a. Their right to file criminal charges with local law enforcement officials in sexual assault cases;
b. Rights under the crime victims bill of rights, Minnesota Statutes §611A.01 - 611A.06, including the right to assistance from the Crime Victims Reparations Board and the commissioner of public safety;
c. Availability of prompt assistance from campus officials, upon request, in notifying the appropriate campus investigating authorities and law enforcement officials, and, at the direction of law enforcement authorities, assistance in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence in connection with a sexual violence incident;
d. Assistance available from campus authorities in preserving for a sexual violence complainant materials relating to a campus disciplinary proceeding;
e. That complaints of incidents of sexual violence made to campus security authorities shall be promptly and appropriately investigated and resolved;
f. That, at a sexual assault complainant's request, the college, university or system office may take action to prevent unwanted contact with the alleged assailant, including, but not limited to, transfer of the complainant and/or the respondent to alternative classes, or a work site or to alternative college-owned housing, if such alternatives are available and feasible.
Subpart C. Complaint procedure. Each college and university shall notify students of the process used to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual violence, as provided in part 6, subpart H.
Part 6. Investigation and disciplinary procedures.
Subpart A. Immediate action. A college or university may, at any time during the report/complaint process, reassign or place on administrative leave an employee alleged to have violated this policy, in accordance with the procedures in System Procedure 1B.1.1. Such action must be consistent with the applicable collective bargaining agreement or personnel plan.
A college or university may summarily suspend or take other temporary measures against a student alleged to have committed a violation of this policy, in accordance with System Procedure 1B.1.1 or Board Policy 3.6.
Subpart B. General principles. Procedures used in response to a complaint of sexual violence should avoid requiring complainants to follow any plan of action, to prevent the possibility of re-victimization. Mediation or other negotiated dispute resolution processes between the complainant and the respondent concerning allegations of sexual violence shall be used only if both parties voluntarily consent. No party shall be required to participate in mediation.
College and university investigation and disciplinary procedures concerning allegations of sexual violence against employees or students shall:
- Be respectful of the needs and rights of individuals involved;
- Proceed as promptly as possible;
- Permit a student complainant and a student respondent to have the same opportunity to have an appropriate support person or advisor present at any interview or hearing, in a manner consistent with the governing procedures and applicable data practices law;
- Employees shall have the right to representation consistent with the appropriate collective bargaining agreement or personnel plan;
- Be conducted in accordance with applicable due process standards and privacy laws;
- Inform both the complainant and respondent of the outcome in a timely manner, as permitted by applicable privacy law.
The past sexual history of the complainant and respondent shall be deemed irrelevant except as that history may directly relate to the incident being considered.
A respondent's use of any drug, including alcohol, judged to be related to an offense may be considered to be an exacerbating rather than mitigating circumstance.
Subpart C. Relationship to parallel proceedings. In general, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities investigation and disciplinary procedures for allegations of sexual violence will proceed independent of any action taken in criminal or civil courts. A college or university need not, and in most cases should not, delay its proceedings while a parallel legal action is on-going. If a college or university is aware of a criminal proceeding involving the alleged incident, they may contact the prosecuting authority to coordinate when feasible. Criminal or civil court proceedings are not a substitute for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities procedures.
Subpart D. False statements prohibited. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities takes allegations of sexual violence very seriously and recognizes the consequences such allegations may have on a respondent as well as the complainant. Any individual who knowingly provides false information regarding the filing of a complaint or report of sexual violence or during the investigation of such a complaint or report may be subject to discipline or under certain circumstances, legal action. Complaints of conduct that are found not to violate policy are not assumed to be false.
Subpart E. Withdrawn complaint. If a complainant no longer desires to pursue a complaint through the college or university's proceeding, the college or university reserves the right to investigate and resolve the complaint as it deems appropriate.
Subpart F. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities discretion to pursue certain allegations. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reserves discretion whether to pursue alleged violations of policy under appropriate circumstances, including, but not limited to, a determination that an effective investigation is not feasible because of the passage of time, or because the respondent is no longer a student or employee of the college or university.
Subpart G. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities discretion to deal with policy violations disclosed in investigation. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reserves the right to determine whether to pursue violations of policy by students or employees other than the respondent, including a complainant or witness, that come to light during the investigation of an incident of sexual violence. In order to encourage reporting of sexual violence, under appropriate circumstances college or university administrators may choose to deal with violations of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy in a manner other than disciplinary action.
Subpart H. Procedure for employees, students and individuals who are both an employee and student.
Employees. If the respondent is an employee, the investigation and disciplinary decision-making shall be conducted pursuant to the procedures outlined in Board Procedure 1.B.1.1 except that use of the optional "Personal Resolution" described in Part 3. Subpart B. should not be encouraged in dealing with allegations of sexual violence due to the seriousness of the conduct.
Nothing in this procedure is intended to expand, diminish or alter in any manner any right or remedy available under a collective bargaining agreement, personnel plan or law. Any disciplinary action imposed as a result of an investigation conducted under this procedure will be processed in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement or personnel plan.
Students. The college or university may elect to process complaints against students under this procedure using either the investigation and decisionmaking process of System Procedure 1B.1.1 or Board Policy 3.6. The college or university shall notify students of the process used as required by Part 5.
If a college or university elects to use its procedures under Board Policy 3.6 for incidents of sexual violence, the conduct panel shall make written findings and recommendations, including proposed sanctions, if any, which will be submitted to a decisionmaker designated by the President. If the decisionmaker issues an adverse decision against the student, the student may appeal to the president or designee.
Individuals who are both an employee and a student. If the respondent is both a student and employee, the investigation shall be conducted by the designated officer, as defined by Board Procedure 1.B.1.1., Part 2, Subpart A. The results of the investigation shall be submitted for review to both the decisionmaker appointed under Procedure 1.B.1.1 Part 2, Subpart B, concerning the personnel action, and to the President or designee concerning the student action.
Subpart I. Sanctions. Sanctions that may be imposed if a finding is made that sexual violence has occurred include, but are not limited to, suspension, expulsion of students or termination from employment. The appropriate sanction will be determined on a case-by-case basis taking into account the severity of the conduct, the student's or employee's previous disciplinary history, and other factors as appropriate.
Subpart J. Retaliation prohibited. Actions by a student or employee intended as retaliation, reprisal or intimidation against an individual for making a complaint or participating in any way in a report or investigation under this policy are prohibited and are subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Part 7. Sexual violence prevention and education.
Subpart A. Campus-wide training. Colleges, universities, and the system office must include in their sexual violence policy a description of educational programs that they offer to students and employees to promote the awareness of sexual violence offenses, including sexual violence prevention measures and procedures for responding to incidents. Education shall emphasize the importance of preserving evidence for proof of a criminal offense. Colleges and universities and affiliated student organizations are encouraged to develop educational programs, brochures, posters and other means of information to decrease the incidence of sexual violence and advise individuals of the legal and other options available if they are the complainants of an incident or they learn of such an incident.
Subpart B. Training for individuals charged with decision making authority. Each college, university and the system office shall provide appropriate training and other resources to individuals charged with decision making responsibilities under applicable procedures in order to facilitate a fair, respectful and confidential procedure on allegations of sexual violence in accordance with this and other applicable policies, procedures and laws.
Part 8. Maintenance of report/complaint procedure documentation. Data that is collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated about incidents of sexual violence will be handled in accordance with the privacy requirements of the Minnesota Statutes §13 (Minnesota Government Data Practices Act), and other applicable laws.
Information on reports of incidents of sexual violence that are made to Campus Security Authorities shall be documented in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 United States Code section 1092 (f). Such information will be used to report campus crime statistics on college and university campuses as required by that Act.During and upon the completion of the complaint process, the complaint file shall be maintained in a secure location. Access to complaint file information shall be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement or personnel plan, the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other applicable law and policy.
Definitions (if needed): See 1B.3 Part 2. Definitions above
Does this policy have a procedure? X Yes No
Also, see MNSCU Board Procedure 1B.3.1 above
List related policies, procedures or
plans here (if any): Links to 1B.3 and 1B.3.1
Date of Initial Review by President’s Cabinet: 1/14/14
AASC Review (if applicable): N/A
SGC Review (if applicable): N/A
Date of Final Approval / Policy Adoption: 1/15/14
Date & Subject of Revisions: 1/14/14
Sexual Violence Resources
On Campus Resources
Regional Diversity Trainer & Investigator
(Title IX, Sexual Violence, Sexual Harassment, Harassment & Discrimination Investigator)
West Building, Office Number A139
Security and Safety Director
North Mankato, MN
Phone: (507) 389-7412
North Mankato, MN
Phone: (507) 389-7274
Off Campus Resources
Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA), Nicollet County Victim Services
100 Stadium Court, Mankato, MN 56002-7028
Crisis: (800) 477-0466
Other: (507) 625-3966
1003 7th St NW, Faribault, MN 55021
Crisis: (800) 607-2330
If You Have Been Assaulted
South Central College, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, utilizes a wireless emergency notification system for students, faculty and staff called ‘Star Alert’. The system utilizes text and email messaging to inform registrants of crisis situations impacting the campus community.
Based on an opt-in registration process, students, faculty and staff are invited to participate by registering their cell phone numbers and email addresses. Spam-free and advertiser free, the Star Alert is only used in real emergencies and weather closings. If the campus is experiencing a crisis situation, is closed, classes are cancelled or postponed, or other critical information must be conveyed, it will be communicated via the Star Alert system.
Online registration is available on the South Central College website: http://southcentral.edu/campus-security/campus-security.html
Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care or child care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care or child care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in that program.
South Central College recognizes that all students have responsibilities as citizens and as members of the college community. Student responsibilities include regular attendance, punctuality, positive relationships with other students and staff, appropriate behavior and attitude, and acceptable progress, all of which are necessary to assure success in the college. Students are expected to assume personal responsibility as adults for their behavior without supervision.
This code of student conduct incorporates appropriate due process and identifies steps to be taken when conduct occurs which may violate the code. The college may revise the code as needed, however shall provide notification to students.
- The term college property includes all land, buildings, facilities and other property, real and personal, possessed, owned, leased, used or controlled by the college, including adjacent streets and sidewalks.
- The term faculty member means any person hired by the college to conduct classroom activities.
- The term member of college community includes any person who is a student, faculty member, administrator or any other person employed by the college.
- The term student includes all persons who:
- Are enrolled in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit, through the college;
- Withdraw, transfer or graduate, after an alleged violation of the student conduct code;
- Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college;
- Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid; and/or
- A person who was enrolled during a spring term and is expected to enroll for the subsequent fall term is a student during the interim.
- The term administrator means that person designated by the college president to be responsible for the administration of the Student Conduct Code.
- The term student conduct panel means a panel appointed to provide formal review and decision in student conduct hearings.
- The term policy means the written regulations of the college and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) as found in, but not limited to, the Student Code, the college and MnSCU Web pages, Board Policy and System Procedure 5.18 and 5.18.1 on Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances on Campus, Board Policy and System Procedure 5.22 and 5.22.1 on Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources, and the college catalog.
- The term preponderance of evidence means a standard of responsibility that it is more likely than not that the code has been violated.
- The term summary suspension means a suspension imposed without a formal hearing to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community.
- The term suspension means denial of the privilege of enrollment for a specified period of time after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for re-enrollment may be specified.
College jurisdiction is asserted for violations of the code of student conduct that occur on college property. College jurisdiction shall also extend to violations of the code that are not committed on college property when:
- The violation involves hazing; or
- The violation is committed while participating in a college sanctioned or sponsored activity; or
- The victim of the violation is a member of the college community; or
- The violation is a felony under federal or state law; or
- The violation adversely effects the educational, research, or service functions of the college.
The administrator shall decide whether the Student Code shall be applied to conduct occurring off-campus, on a case-by-case basis, in his/her sole discretion.
Student Conduct - Behavioral Proscriptions
- All students have the responsibility to:
- Comply with all local, state and federal laws.
- Comply with all college or board policies, rules, or regulations published in hard copy or available electronically on the college or MnSCU Web site.
- Recognize and respect the rights of others.
- Assist the college staff with maintaining a safe college environment.
- Respect and maintain college property.
- Dress in a manner that meets standards of safety and health and is appropriate for the occupation for which the student is preparing.
- Examples of conduct which violate the code of student conduct and are subject to disciplinary sanctions by the college include, but are not limited to:
- Violation of local, state or federal laws.
- Violation of published policies, rules procedures or regulations of the Board of Trustees or of the college.
- Acts of dishonesty, including but not limited to forging, altering or misusing college documents or records.
- Knowingly furnished false information, oral or written, to the college.
- Failure to comply with directions of college officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so.
- Failure to comply with conditions of sanctions imposed by the college as a result of previous conduct code action.
- Illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on college premises or use of any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms, threatens or causes fear to others.
- Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, narcotics or other controlled substances on college property or at college sponsored or supervised activities except as expressly permitted by law.
- Attending college classes or activities while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or other controlled substances.
- Violating smoking regulations.
- Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion or other conduct which endangers or threatens to endanger the health or safety of any person.
- Hazing which means an act that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, subjects a person to public humiliation or ridicule, or which destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in, a student group, organization or athletic team.
- Conduct which results in injury or death to a member of the college community or a visitor to the college.
- Engaging in fighting; assault or battery upon a member of the college community or a visitor to the college; engaging in abusive, lewd or profane language; engaging in boisterous or noisy conduct reasonably intended to arouse alarm, resentment or anger in others; disrupting classes, meetings or other college activities.
- Unauthorized entry into college property.
- Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, other college activities, including its public service functions on or off campus, or of other authorized non-college activities when the conduct occurs on college premises.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any college premises or unauthorized entry to or use of college premises.
- Participating in an on-campus or off-campus demonstration, riot or activity that disrupts the normal operations of the college and/or infringes on the rights of other members of the college community; leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities within any campus building or area.
- Obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises or at college sponsored or supervised functions.
- Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on college premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the college or members of the academic community. Disorderly conduct includes but is not limited to: any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on college premises without his/her prior knowledge, or without his/her effective consistent when such a recording is likely to cause injury or distress. This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures of another person in a gym, locker room, or restroom.
- Any violation of the College Computer Use Policy or Board Policy 5.22 and System Procedure 5.22.1 on Acceptable Use of Computers and Information Technology Resources.
- Abuse of the student conduct system.
- Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the college or property of a member of the college community or other personal or public property, on or off campus.
- Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence shall be resolved pursuant to Board Policy 1B.1, Nondiscrimination in Employment and Education Opportunity, System Procedure 1B.1.1, Report/Complaint of Discrimination/Harassment Investigation and Resolution, Board Policy 1B.3, Sexual Violence Policy, System Procedure 1B.3.1, Sexual Violence Procedure. Allegations of fraud or dishonest acts shall be resolved pursuant to Board Policy 1C.2, Fraudulent or Other Dishonest Acts.
- Academic standards discipline, including academic probation and suspension shall be conducted under the satisfactory academic progress policy. The procedures described in this code of student conduct shall not apply to academic discipline standards.
Complaint, Investigation, and Informal Meeting
Any member of the college community may file a complaint against a student violating the code of student conduct. Complaints shall be prepared in writing and shall be filed with the Dean responsible for the program or course(s) in which the student is enrolled. A complaint shall be submitted as soon as possible after the conduct takes place, preferably within three days. Persons filing complains shall be informed of their rights under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. The Dean with whom the complaint is filed shall conduct a preliminary investigation of the complaint. If the complaint is unwarranted, the Dean may discontinue proceedings. If there is sufficient evidence to support the complaint, he Dean shall offer the accused student an opportunity to resolve the alleged violation at an informal meeting. Prior to this meeting, the student shall be given written notice of the specific complaint against him/her and the nature of the evidence available to support the complaint and provided with a copy of the code of conduct. During the meetings the administrator shall review the complaint and the evidence with the student and allow the student o present a defense against the complaint. Within a reasonable time period following the meeting, the Dean shall inform the accused student in writing of his/her decision whether a violation of the code was established by a preponderance of evidence and any applicable sanction as well as options available for an appeal and/or a formal hearing.
The student who is subject to a sanction or expulsion or suspension, except summary suspension, for more than nine (9) days may agree to accept the sanction, or may request a formal hearing. Other sanctions shall be accepted or may be appealed in accordance with the college’s appeal procedures.
If the accused student fails to appear for the informal hearing, the administrator may proceed to review and act upon the complaint in his/her absence and shall notify the student in writing of an action taken.
A sanction shall not become effective during the time in which a student seeks an appeal or formal hearing, unless, in the discretion of the administrator, it is necessary to implement an immediate sanction for the safety and welfare of the college community.
If a mutually acceptable resolution cannot be reached during the informal meeting, including any applicable sanctions, the Dean shall refer the charge to the student conduct panel for formal adjudication.
- The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall be a member of, and shall chair the student conduct panel. The Vice President of Academic Affairs shall appoint a Dean, a college counselor and a faculty or staff member as members of the panel. A Dean that refers or presents a charge to the panel shall not be a member of the panel that adjudicates the charge. The campus student association shall appoint a student as a member of the panel. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will provide appropriate training for members of the panel. A majority of the panel members shall constitute the quorum necessary to hear any case.
- When a Dean refers a charge to the panel, the Dean shall forward to the panel:
- A statement describing the alleged violation of the code of student conduct;
- The name and address of the student charged;
- The name and address of the complainant; and
- All relevant facts and statements, including the names and addresses of witnesses to the alleged violation.
- The Vice President of Academic Affairs, as chair of the panel, shall determine the time, date and place of the hearing, which shall be at least two days after delivery of written notice of the hearing to the accused student. Such notice to the student shall include:
- A statement of the date, time and place of the hearing;
- A description of the charge and, to the extent known, a list of witnesses expected to appear and a summary of their testimony;
- A summary description of any documentary or other evidence that may be presented in support of a charge;
- Notice that the student’s failure to appear will not prevent the hearing from proceeding as scheduled and may lead to imposition of sanctions in the student’s absence.
- Notice that the student may have an advisor present, and if there is a likelihood that the student will face criminal prosecution related to the charge, notice that the student may wish to retain an attorney to act as the student’s advisor.
- The hearing shall be conducted in the following manner:
- The Dean of the program or course in which the student is enrolled shall first present the charge and supporting evidence, including testimony of any witnesses. The accused student shall have opportunity to challenge evidence and to ask questions of any witnesses introduced by the Dean.
- The accused student shall next present evidence or testimony to refute the charge. The Dean may challenge evidence presented by the student and may ask questions of witnesses introduced by the student.
- Only those materials and matters presented at the hearing shall be considered as evidence. The chair shall exclude irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious evidence.
- The hearing shall be held in closed session unless a majority of the panel determines there is a compelling reason for the hearing to be open and neither the accused student nor the complainant presents an objection.
- The student shall be given the opportunity to speak in their own defense, to present witnesses, to question any witnesses and may have an advisor present.
- The advisor may provide advice to the student, but may not participate in any questioning. When there is a likelihood that a student involved in conduct proceedings will face criminal prosecution for a serious offense, it may be advisable that the student have an attorney as the advisor.
- The hearing shall be audio tape recorded, and the tape shall be kept on file in the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs for a period of three years.
- Upon conclusion of the hearing, the panel in closed session shall consider the evidence presented and decide by a majority vote to exonerate the student or to impose one of the sanctions listed in the code of student conduct.
- The panel shall send written notice of its findings and conclusions to the accused student, including any sanction imposed. The notice shall inform the student of the opportunity to appeal the panel’s decision to the College President within ten days of the decision. Additionally, in cases where the sanction imposed is expulsion or suspension for ten days or longer, the notice shall inform the student of the student’s right to a contested case hearing under Minnesota law.
- A student may appeal a decision of the student conduct panel to the College President. The appeal shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the office of the College President within ten days of the decision. The College President may designate another college employee to review the appeal and to render a decision.
- An appeal shall be limited to review of the record of the hearing and the written appeal for one or more of the following purposes:
- To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly in light of the charge and evidence presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures giving the accused student a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of the charge and evidence.
- To determine whether the decision reached regarding the accused student was based on evidence that demonstrated it was more likely than not that the student violated the code of student conduct.
- To determine whether the sanction or sanctions imposed were appropriate for the violation of the code of student conduct which the student was found to have committed.
- Following a review of the hearing and of the appeal presented by the student, the College President or designee shall render a decision. The College President or designee may uphold the panel’s decision and sanction, may determine that the decision was reached in error or inappropriately, or may determine that the decision was reached in error or inappropriately, or may determine that the sanction was inappropriate. In the latter case, the College President or designee may issue a lesser sanction. If the College President or designee believes that the sanction was reached in error or inappropriately, the College President or designee may require that the panel hear the case de novo, or may choose to exonerate the student. The College President or designee shall notify the student in writing of the College President’s or designee’s decision and of any new sanction imposed. The College President’s or designee’s decision shall be final within the institution and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If the sanction involves suspension for ten days or more, or expulsion, the College President’s or designee’s decision shall inform the student of the right to a contested case hearing under Chapter 14 of Minnesota Statutes.
Conduct which violates the code of student conduct may result in the sanctions listed below.
- Warning: A written notice to the student that their conduct violates the student conduct code. The warning allows the student an opportunity to correct the unacceptable conduct before more serious sanctions are imposed.
- Probation: A written reprimand that a student has violated the conduct code. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of additional disciplinary sanctions if the student is found to be violating the conduct code during the probationary period.
- Suspension: An action which excludes a student for a specific period of time from registration and class attendance. Upon termination of the period of suspension, the student shall be considered for registration, but conditions for readmission may be specified. Further misconduct, after re-admission, may result in expulsion.
- Loss of Privileges: Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time
- Restitution: Requiring a student to compensate the college for loss or damage to college property, or for misappropriation of college funds. This may take the form of monetary or material replacement, or appropriate service.
- Expulsion: Permanent denial of the privilege of registration, class attendance or any other use of college property.
- Discretionary Sanctions: Work assignments, essays, service to the college, or other related discretionary assignments.
- Revocation of Admission and/or Degree: Admission to or a degree awarded from the college may be revoked for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of college standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.
- Withholding Degree: The college may withhold awarding a degree otherwise earned until the completion the process set forth in this student conduct code, including the completion of all sanctions imposed, if any.
More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation. Unless required by Board of Trustees’ policy, disciplinary sanctions shall not be made part of the student’s permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student’s confidential record.
The following sanctions may be imposed upon groups or organizations:
- Those sanctions listed above.
- Deactivation: Loss of all privileges, including college recognition, for a specified period of time.
- A Dean may impose a summary suspension on a student without the informal meeting or formal hearing described in this code of conduct if the Dean has reasonable cause to believe that the student’s continued presence on college property is a threat to the safety and well-being of members of the college community or to college property. In such cases, the Dean shall first meet with the student and give the student oral or written notice of the Dean’s intention to impose the summary suspension and the reasons supporting the intended suspension. The Dean shall give the student an opportunity to present the student’s side of the story. If summary suspension is warranted, the Dean shall summarily suspend the student and give the student immediate oral notice of the Dean’s decision. The Dean shall provide the student an opportunity for an informal meeting with the Dean or for a formal hearing before the student conduct panel within the shortest reasonable time period, not to exceed nine days from the date of the summary suspension. The Dean shall provide the student with written notice of the Dean’s decision to summarily suspend the student.
- During the summary suspension, the student may not remain on or enter college property without obtaining prior permission from the Dean. A student who is summarily suspended and does not leave college property upon receiving oral notice of the summary suspension, or who returns to college property after receiving oral notice of such summary suspension, may be subject to permanent expulsion. A suspended student’s refusal to leave college property will be considered trespassing. Local law enforcement officials may be called for assistance.
Expulsion means permanent denial of the privilege of enrollment at the college.
Code of Conduct Reporting Form
Forms for participating in student health insurance plans are available in the Student Affairs center. Please check your insurance needs and coverage carefully as the college is not responsible for medical or hospital services for injury in the classroom, lab or clinical. Additionally, liability insurance is required for some majors such as Nursing. The College does not assume any responsibility for injuries to students.
All international students and visiting scholars engaged in educational activities are required to purchase the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities International Student Accident and Illness Insurance plan, unless they can provide written verification that their government or sponsoring agency accepts full responsibility for any medical claims that may occur.
The rates for students will be approximately $1000 for international students and approximately $1200 for domestic students, but are subject to change.
Freedom to Learn.
In addition to the basic constitutional rights enjoyed by all citizens, students in colleges and universities have specific rights related to academic freedom and their status as students. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students are expected to exercise their freedom with responsibility.
Freedom of Expression.
Individual students and student organizations shall be free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately. They shall be free to support causes by orderly means that do not disrupt the regular and essential operation of the institution.
In the classroom, students shall be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
Freedom to Association.
Students shall be free to organize and join organizations to promote their common and lawful interests, subject to institutional policies or regulations. Registration or recognition may be withheld or withdrawn from organizations that violate college regulations and policies.
Students shall have the right to assemble, to select speakers and to discuss issues of their choice. The college shall establish reasonable time, place and manner restrictions to assure that the assembly does not substantially disrupt the institution or does not interfere with the opportunity of other students to obtain an education or otherwise infringe upon the rights of others. Such regulations shall not be used as a means of censorship. The president or designee may prohibit any forum when holding the event, in their judgment, would result in physical harm or threat of physical harm to personnel or property. Prior to any such prohibition, the president shall make the best effort to consult with a designated member of the student association.
Student-funded publications shall be free of censorship and advance approval of copy, and their editors and managers shall be free to develop their own editorial and news coverage policies. Editors and managers of student publications shall be protected from arbitrary suspension and removal because of student, faculty, administrative or public disapproval of editorial policy or content. The student fee allocation process shall not be used as a means of editorial control of student-funded publications. All student publications shall explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions there expressed are not necessarily those of the college, system or student body.
- Catalog and Course Information. To the extent possible, students will be provided relevant and accurate information regarding courses prior to enrollment. Catalog descriptions will be accurate and based on information existing at the time of publication. To the extent possible, class schedules will list the names of faculty teaching courses.
- Academic Information. Students shall have access to accurate information about general requirements for establishing and maintaining acceptable academic standing, information which will enable students to determine their individual academic standing, and information regarding graduation requirements.
- Academic Evaluation. Student academic performance shall be evaluated solely on the basis of academic standards, including any requirements that are noted in the catalog, course syllabus or student handbook. Students shall have protection against prejudiced or capricious evaluation and shall not be evaluated on the basis of opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students shall have the right to review their corrected examinations or other required assignments used by the faculty in evaluating the student’s academic performance.
- Property Rights. Term papers, essays, projects, works of art and similar property shall be returned to a student upon request, within a reasonable time frame, when no longer needed for evaluation purposes, unless the student grants written permission for them to be retained.
- Off-Campus Conduct. Students who violate a local ordinance or state law risk the legal penalties prescribed by civil authorities. The college need not concern itself with every violation. Nevertheless, the college may take disciplinary action against students for off-campus behavior, following the procedures of the code of student conduct.
Students currently admitted and/or enrolled at South Central College may obtain credit for some courses through a process called Advanced Standing by Examination.
Credit is granted on the basis of demonstrated proficiency by the student of course requirements by successfully passing an appropriate examination.
Provisions of Advanced Standing by Examination are:
- The course must be challenged (examinations completed) prior to registering for the course.
- A student may challenge a course only once.
- A student may not challenge a course which has been previously taken for credit at South Central College.
- A student interested in a course challenge examination should schedule a visit with the course instructor for direction in the test-out process. Examination fees are $25/credit attempted for a lecture course and $50/credit attempted for laboratory course or a combination of both. The student must pay the non-refundable examination fee prior to the administration of the exam. If the student passes the examination, the grade of “CR” (credit) will be entered on the student’s transcript.
- A student must meet residency requirements for each academic award by enrolling in SCC credit courses.
- The grade of “CR” is not used in calculation of grade point average (GPA) nor do the credits count toward financial aid calculation.
- Applications for course challenge examinations may be obtained from the Student Affairs Center.
Advanced Standing: Prior Learning for Credit
Under advisement the student can request Prior Learning for Credit. Test Out may also be an option for the student if the program allows. Either option can only apply if the student has not registered for the course being requested. All MnSCU and SCC policies and procedures apply. The students will provide an updated resume and all transcripts. Other materials that support assessment of the prior learning may also be required. Students should contact specific program faculty for more information.
- Prior learning experiences must meet at least 75% of the total competencies of the course(s) being requested.
- The student must meet all requirements for each academic award.
- The instructor/advisor will review the course(s) syllabi and identify the outcomes or competencies that the student will be required to meet, and will also will review the request with the Academic Dean for approval.
- Upon approval the instructor will meet with the student to discuss the plan, timeline and assessment interview. The time frame for completing PLC should not exceed one academic year or two consecutive semesters. The student will complete the tasks detailed and agreed upon in the plan. Availability of prior learning evaluation during summer sessions is at the discretion of the faculty member.
- Prior to the assessment interview the student will complete all necessary paperwork and pay all required fees.
- The content expert or evaluator will evaluate the competencies in the assessment interview. 75% of the course competencies must be successfully achieved for a passing grade to be assigned.
South Central College is committed to creating a clean, safe and healthy learning and working environment for all students and employees. The success of this policy will depend upon the cooperation of all faculty, staff, students to comply with this policy, and to encourage others to comply with the policy, in order to promote a clean, safe, and healthy environment in which to work, study, and live.
As of July 1, 2010, smoking to include E-cigarettes, tobacco use, tobacco sales (including the use or sales of smokeless tobacco products) are prohibited on college owned, operated, or leased property.
Smoking: is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or other product intended for inhalation, in any manner or in any form. Smoking also includes the use of an e-cigarette which creates a vapor, in any manner or any form, or the use of any oral device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this Policy.
Smokeless Tobacco Products: Smokeless tobacco including, but not limited to: snuff, chewing tobacco, smokeless pouches, or other forms of loose leaf tobacco.
E-cigarette: means any electronic oral device, such as one composed of a heating element, battery, and/or electronic circuit, which provides a vapor of nicotine or any other substances for inhalation. The term shall include any such device, whether manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other product name or descriptor, but does not include any product specifically approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in medical treatment, such as an asthma inhaler.
Cessation Programs and Services
To support South Central College students and employees who wish to reduce and/or quit using tobacco products, a variety of tobacco cessation resources and services are available through the Human Resources Office.
Violations of this policy by employees will be handled through the progressive disciplinary process as outlined in the employee's bargaining unit contract. Violations of this policy by students will be handled through the Student Code of Conduct process as outlined in the Student Handbook.
- All research, educational, and/or artistic purposes that involve the use of tobacco on campus, must be approved by the President or his/her designee. Such use must be preceded by reasonable advance notice to the public.
- This policy does not apply to specific activities when tobacco is used in connection with the practice of cultural activities including those of American Indians that are in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, 42 U.S.C. sections 1996 and 1996a. All ceremonial use exceptions must be approved in advance by the President of the College or his/her designee.
- Tobacco use inside private vehicles is permitted.
Minnesota’s colleges and universities are working to make transfer easier. Students can help if they plan ahead, ask questions, and use the established pathways created by transfer agreements.
Transfer students are students who have attended an accredited college or university and have earned credit. Transfer students must follow the same admissions requirements as new students along with submitting transcripts and meeting with the SCC Transfer Coordinator for the purpose of evaluating previous college transcripts.
Understanding How Transfer of Credits Works
- The receiving college or university decides what credits transfer and whether those credits meet its degree requirements. The accreditation of both the sending and the receiving institution can affect the transfer of the credits.
- Institutions accept credits from courses and programs like those they offer. They look for similarity in course goals, content, and level. “Like” transfer to “like.”
- Not everything that transfers will help a student graduate. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education; major/minor courses and prerequisites; and electives. The key question is, “Will the credits fulfill requirements of the degree or program the student has chosen?”
- If a student changes career goals or major, he or she might not be able to complete all degree requirements within the usual number of graduation credits.
Applying for Transfer Admission
- Completing an Application for Admission is always the first step in transfering. The student should fill out the application as early as possible to meet the deadline. Enclosing the application fee is essential.
- Official transcripts should be sent from every institution the student has attended. A high school transcript or GED is required as well.
- Students shall provide documentation (course syllabus, course description, common course outline) from the college or university for the course to be transferred.
- The student should confirm that all necessary documentation has been supplied. No transfer decisions will be made until all required documents are in the applicant’s file.
- After the college notifies the student that he or she has been accepted for admission, submitted transcript credits will be evaluated for transferable equivalency.
- Students will receive a copy of their revised South Central College Transcript or DARS Report indicating courses that transferred to meet program requirements.
- If the student has questions about his or her evaluation, the student should speak with the transfer coordinator. The student can ask why judgments were made about specific courses. Many concerns can be cleared up if the student understands why the decisions were made. If not satisfied, the student can appeal.
Transfer of Credit
Credits for transfer from MnSCU colleges and universities shall follow the MnSCU Undergraduate Transfer Policy. South Central College will also review transfer of credit for courses from colleges and universities that are not a part of MnSCU. Credits will be accepted based on comparability and applicability. Course goals, content, and level must be similar. The official evaluation will be completed upon admission to SCC.
- Students requesting credit transfers must have an official transcript from all previously attended colleges submitted to the Admissions Office.
- Evaluation of transfer is done upon initial admission to SCC. Any subsequent request for evaluation must be submitted on a Transfer Evaluation form to the Registrar’s Office.
- Students may schedule an appointment with the Registrar’s Office Transfer Specialist.
- Students may appeal the decision of the Transfer Credit Evaluation as outlined in the MnSCU Undergraduate Transfer Policy.
Determining Course Comparability or Equivalency
As a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, South Central College abides by the guidelines provided by the MnSCU office. The following procedures will be followed to determine equivalencies of courses transferred into South Central College.
- The student asking for a course to be accepted at South Central College must provide a common course outline and/or a syllabus for the course. As much information as possible should be provided about the course by the student so that there can be a complete, accurate and expedited assessment of the course equivalencies. Delays in providing this information will results in delays in assessment of the course equivalencies. Inadequate and incomplete information could result in South Central College determining that a course is not acceptable for transfer.
- The common course outline and/or syllabus and any other supporting information provided by the student will be forwarded to the appropriate faculty to be reviewed.
- The faculty will complete a straightforward comparison of the course outcomes. After comparing the course outcomes, if the course meets at least 75% of the outcomes of a similar course at SCC, the course will transfer as equivalent to an SCC course. The transferred course does not have to meet all outcomes or criteria established in the SCC course, only 75% of the outcomes. Other matters cannot be considered in determining equivalency, such as delivery method, credits, number of lectures spent on a topic, quality of labs, or other concerns that might be expressed regarding the transferring course. It must be assumed that if another MnSCU institution has determined that sufficient rigor exists, the class will be determined transferable to SCC as long as the course meets 75% of the outcome equivalencies.
- In determining the equivalency of a course based on meeting 75% of the outcomes of the South Central course, South Central faculty will specifically state what outcomes are met and what outcomes are not met to clearly illustrate whether or not the stated goal of 75% equivalency has or has not been met. This information will be provided in writing to the Transfer Coordinator for reference purposes if future requests for transferability occur regarding the assessed course. A new assessment of the course will take place only if there is clear evidence that substantial changes have been made to the transferring course’s outcomes, or to the outcomes of the South Central course.
- If a course is determined to be transferable using the 75% criteria as described above, but other concerns are expressed by SCC faculty regarding the course’s rigor and ability to meet the educational needs of SCC students, these concerns should be noted and considered in advising students who are contemplating taking the course that would be transferred. These concerns should not preclude acceptance of the transferability of the course, but should play a significant role in how students are advised regarding their education and their ability to succeed at South Central after taking the course.
Transferring Courses After Initial Admission to SCC
After initially being admitted to SCC, if a student completes coursework at other colleges, official transcripts must be sent to SCC from each institution attended in order for courses to be evaluated for transfer. These transcripts will be reviewed for program requirement transferability. Confirmation of transferred coursework will be documented on the student transcript and DARS Report.
SCC will accept any credits defined within approved, formal articulation agreements it has with a sending institution.
Occupational/Professional Course Credits
SCC may accept up to 16 occupational and/or professional credits as electives. SCC may accept more than 16 if it is determined they contribute to an educationally coherent program. Accreditation
Transfer equivalencies for regionally accredited and non-regionally accredited institutions will follow SCC’s course comparability and equivalency policy. SCC will consider credits granted for prior learning or test-out on a case-by-case basis.
Institution Outside the United States
In order to review credits granted by institutions outside the United States, SCC requires an official evaluation be done by the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). The ECE transcript must be submitted to SCC for review. Waiver for English and Speech requirements will not be made based on coursework completed from institutions outside the United States.
Developmental (College Readiness) Courses
Developmental courses will not be granted college-level credit and they will not apply to certificate, diploma, or degree program completion requirements.
Transfer of MNTC and other courses
Public colleges and universities in Minnesota have developed a common liberal arts education curriculum called the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Completion of this defined transfer curriculum (40 credits) at one institution enables a student to receive credit for all lower-division general education requirements upon admission to any other Minnesota public institution.
The Transfer Curriculum is intended to achieve 10 distinct goals. Each goal is described in the Liberal Arts program section of this catalog, along with a current list of SCC courses that are assigned an MNTC goal area.
Individual courses from other MnSCU colleges and from the University of Minnesota transfer to South Central College into the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Such courses transfer according to the MnTC goal areas designated for them by the other schools and may meet the entire MnTC, a specific goal area, or individual course. Once a MnSCU institution has assigned a MnTC goal area to courses from a regionally accredited institution, that MNTC classification must be honored at SCC.
Courses from non-regionally accredited institutions may be re-evaluated for MNTC classification, regardless of any other MnSCU assignment of an MNTC goal area. In addition, there is no guarantee that courses from private and non-Minnesota colleges will satisfy MnTC goals, even if the courses may be transferable as electives. Such courses are evaluated on an individual basis.
The student must have received a passing grade of ‘D-‘ (.66) in order to transfer a specific MNTC course. The student must have received a grade of ‘C-’ (1.66) or better in order to transfer a non-MNTC course. Specific program requirements must also be met, including additional GPA requirements.
Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)
If you submit official transcripts from schools that you previously attended, the Transfer Coordinator will evaluate your prior coursework for transfer into your degree here at South Central College. Once evaluated, your transfer credits will show on your Degree Audit Report (DARS), which can be viewed online and printed. DARS is a self-advising tool that greatly simplifies the preparation of student transfer and graduation. It is an automated process for tracking your academic progress toward completing your degree at SCC. Your DARS report can be viewed online by going to www.students.southcentral.edu, and select MnSCU Account Login.
Transfer Appeal Process
If a student is not satisfied with the courses transferred in the outcome of the above Transfer of Credit process, the appeal process is as follows:
- Meet with the Transfer Coordinator to provide clarification of the transfer. The clarification process involves faculty input and evaluation of the course description. The Transfer Coordinator may require the student to produce a copy of course syllabi, and may do additional research on the course in question. The Transfer Coordinator may or may not transfer additional classes after this meeting. If the student is not satisfied with the end result of this meeting, they may proceed to the next step.
- Submit a written appeal (using the Transfer Course Evaluation Appeal Form) to the SCC Appeal Committee regarding the result of the transfer. The Committee (Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Registrar) will examine what courses have been completed and determine if any further action is necessary.
- An appeal at the MnSCU Level is available if the college level appeal is not successful. Information can be found at www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/321p1.html
Registration as Visiting Student – Admitted to MnSCU Institution
SCC allows students who are currently admitted at another system college or university to enroll as a visiting student. A visiting student shall not be required to submit an application for admission to SCC, and is not a candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate at SCC. A visiting student may enroll for a maximum of 20 credits per semester at SCC, provided that the student’s total number of enrolled credits at all system colleges and universities shall not exceed 22 in any semester.
Registration as Visiting Student – Not Admitted to MnSCU Institution
SCC allows students who are not currently admitted as a student at any system college or university to enroll for a maximum of 20 credits per semester at SCC without submitting an application for admission.
Visiting student provisions
- Visiting students shall satisfy SCC course prerequisites.
- Visiting students who have an enrollment hold due to conduct or satisfactory academic progress must submit an Enrollment Appeal. The appeal forms may be obtained online or from the Student Affairs Center, and must be submitted to the Director of Admissions no later than 14 calendar days before the start of the term. Students who have an enrollment hold from another system college or university due to outstanding financial obligations will be denied enrollment at SCC.
- Visiting Student registration window will be published online at www.southcentral.edu
- SCC may limit enrollment of visiting students in high demand courses.
This plan is meant as a guide for persons using and/or managing the Welding Laboratories (WL), and to highlight the regulations and standards expected to be used on a daily basis. The elimination of unnecessary safety hazards from the workplace is critical. The Faculty and Staff who work in the WL reaffirm their commitment to this policy. We ask you to join us in this commitment
Withdrawal from a course will be allowed after the 5th day of the term and until the 60th day of the term or until 75 percent of the course has been held and will be shown as a “W” on the transcript. After that point withdrawals will not be allowed and students will be graded according to their performance in the course.
See the satisfactory academic policy for details on how withdrawals may affect a student status.