Academics: How to Register
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Online courses incorporate various technological components. All online courses contain the essential resources such as course outline, syllabus, reading and written assignments, quizzes and/or tests including any additional resources deemed necessary to assist learners with the subject matter. Online courses are accompanied by a textbook or e-book, and interactive learning activities. A learner will interact with faculty and other students either through discussion boards, email, group collaborative assignments and/or synchronized learning (live chat), and audio or video technology. The online courses are accessible through the use of a home computer or any other supported technological hardware that provides Internet access.
If you think you might be interested in taking an online course but aren't sure, take the self-assessment at www.housatonic.edu/webct/DL to help you decide whether online learning is right for you. Students should review the system technical computer requirements to ensure that they have the correct equipment for a successful online educational experience.
Online Environment Resources/Student Workshops
As a student at Housatonic Community College, you may find that many of your instructors utilize Blackboard. Through the use of Blackboard students now have course materials available online.
For additional information and sample course/workshops you may go to the following URL: www.housatonic.edu/webct/DL
The interactive tutorials will help you learn how to use the online tools that Blackboard provides to enhance learning and communication.
Accessing an Online Course
HCC's hybrid and online classes use the Blackboard course management system. You must be registered in a class before you will be able to log in.
Please go to the http://my.commnet.edu, login and select the Blackboard icon. You can log in to myCommnet using the 8 digits of your NetID* @student.commnet.edu and your chosen password.
If you have never signed on before please follow the directions found at www.housatonic.edu/webct/DL
* What is my NetID?
If your Banner ID is: @01234567
Then your NetID will be: firstname.lastname@example.org (and your chosen password)
ONCLR – Online courses with campus requirement
Some online courses may require a student to come to the campus to complete an exam (final, midterm). These courses are identified in the schedule with the ONCLR coding
Hybrid Courses combine online work with regular on-campus class meetings, but do not have as many on-campus class meetings as the typical on-campus course. Hybrid classes typically require that 50% of the coursework take place in a classroom with a set schedule; the other 50% of the coursework is online using Blackboard.
From the 2013-2014 Catalog
Students have several registration options if they choose to register early for the upcoming semester. Early registration will permit students to have first choice of courses and class times. Payment of the appropriate College fees will hold these classes until full payment is made no later than three weeks before the start of classes. Fees are not refundable. Delaying registration until the beginning of the semester may result in desired classes and times being unavailable.
Students are strongly encouraged to be advised by an academic advisor or counselor. In addition, students must be in full compliance with all other college policies and requirements.
Registration is not complete until all forms are completed and submitted and tuition and fees are paid in full. Students who do not pay or make financial arrangements with the Business Office will have their registrations cancelled.
Full-time/Part-Time Student Status
Students registering for 12 Credits or more at HCC are classified as Full-Time Student Status. Students registering between 6 and 11 Credits at HCC are classified as Part-Time Student Status.
A student not wishing credit may audit courses. This status may allow the student to participate in classroom activities. Tuition and fees are the same for audited classes.
Students must obtain the written approval of the instructor in order to audit a class. An Audit form signed by the class instructor must be completed within four weeks of the start of classes for a standard semester and earlier for summer or winter sessions. Forms are available at the Registrar's office. Full tuition and fees are due for any audited classes. While the student may ask to have papers critiqued, the instructor is not required to grade an auditor's course work. Audited classes are listed on the student's transcript as AU. While a student may in succeeding semesters take for credit a class previously audited, students may not petition to receive credit for an audited class and may not change to a credit basis during the semester.
Change of Major/Add a Secondary Program
Students who wish to change their enrollment from one major to another (for example, to change from General Studies to Fine Arts - Art) or add a secondary program should obtain the proper form from the Counseling Office or the Academic Advising Center. The completed Change of Major form needs to be submitted to the Academic Advising Center, LH-A111.
With enrollment in college, students accept responsibility to take full advantage of their educational opportunity by regular attendance in classes and laboratories.
The college does not administer a uniform system of attendance regulations. At the beginning of each semester the instructor will provide a course outline and what he/she considers necessary for the successful completion of the subject matter. Students are expected to meet academic obligations or to assume the risks of failure.
The instructor will extend make-up of work missed because of absence or other reasons only when there is sufficient justification.
Lack of attendance cannot be the sole ground for exclusion from a course.
Repeating a Course/Higher Grade Prevails
Students may only repeat the same course twice in which they receive a grade of "C-" or lower (C-, D+, D-, F). Credit will be granted only once for a course unless otherwise specified in the course description. The student transcript will reflect all grades, but for the purpose of the computation of the GPA, the higher or highest grade prevails. Repeated courses that are counted in the computation of the GPA are noted with "I" on the transcript following the grade points to indicate "included" in calculation. Courses that are not counted in the computation of the GPA are noted with "E" on the transcripts following the grade points to indicate "excluded" in calculation.
If there are exceptional circumstances, a student whose work in a course is incomplete at the time of grading may request a grade of "I" from the course instructor. The instructor will complete an Incomplete Grade Form which lists what the student must do to complete the course requirements and a default grade if the student fails to do so. If the work for the course and the procedures for changing a grade are not completed within 10 weeks of the following regular semesters (fall or spring), the "I" automatically converts to the default grade provided by the faculty member. (Grades of "I" received at the end of the spring semester would automatically revert to the default grade at the end of the fall semester.)
The student is responsible for meeting with the instructor to make arrangements to complete course work.
If an extension of time beyond one semester is needed, a written request must be filed in the office of the Academic Dean prior to the end of the 10-week period. Extensions will be at the discretion of the instructor and the Academic Dean.
Withdrawing from College or Dropping a Course
A student who wishes to drop a course or to withdraw from the college should follow the official procedure outlined below. Students who do not officially drop courses or withdraw from the college or fail to complete courses satisfactorily may be subject to probation, suspension or dismissal.
1. Contact a counselor in the Counseling Office, The Academic Advising Center, or a faculty advisor and follow his or her instructions.
2. Obtain an add/drop notice form from the Registrar's Office.
3. Students who cannot appear in person to withdraw from the college should attempt to work with a counselor. No drop or withdrawal requests can be accepted by telephone or online.
4. During Fall and Spring semesters, for all students who withdraw from the college or drop a course prior to, or during, the first two weeks of class of the semester, the course will not appear on the student's transcript. Courses withdrawn from or dropped prior to the Summer or Winter sessions will not appear on the student's transcript.
5. Students who drop a course or withdraw from the college after two weeks, but prior to the end of six weeks after the start of classes for a standard semester are entitled to receive a grade of "W" in each course from which they have officially dropped or withdrawn. After that time, through the 12th week of a standard semester, the faculty member has the option to assign a grade of "W" or "F." Before dropping a course, it is recommended that the student discuss the matter with the faculty member. (Refer to the section on Grading.) After the 12th week, no course can be dropped.