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SVCC Catalog/Handbook 2017-2018

14 Southside Virginia

14 Southside Virginia Community College Interactive video is a technology that uses live, two-way video connections to send and receive courses and programs between Southside Virginia Community College and other educational institutions. Although students attend interactive video classes on campus in the Commonwealth Classroom, courses received by the College are actually offered by other colleges in the state. Therefore, students access these courses using the admission and registration procedures of the sending institution. This program allows students to access courses and programs not normally offered at Southside Virginia Community College. Additional information about distance learning classes, including a listing of computer skills required for successful completion of Internet-based courses, can be found online at www.southside.edu/distance-learning-svcc. ONLINE COURSE REQUIREMENTS Students who choose to enroll in online classes should have consistent access to a computer, Internet access, word processing software (Microsoft Word is preferred) and be proficient users of both Blackboard and E-mail. However, students without access to technology are able to use SVCC’s facilities. Please check to determine when campus computer labs or the campus library computers are available for use. Students are responsible for submitting assignments and taking examinations according to the instructor’s directions. Students must adhere to the conditions stated in the syllabus regarding procedures for taking tests and examinations and/or performing laboratory exercises. These conditions may require students to travel to a college campus, another school, a public library, or other site to take tests and examinations under supervision and/or perform laboratory exercises or field work. Support For Online Students Online learning workshops are offered for students on both of our primary campuses in Alberta and Keysville. Information on these workshops, Blackboard, identifying your username and password, and other technical requirements can be found at www.southside.edu/ technical-and-instructional-support. If you need assistance with Blackboard, email blackboard@southside.edu. Links to online courses are made available on the first day of classes of each term. Plan to visit Blackboard as soon as classes begin to find your course web site. You can contact one of our campus bookstores for textbook information before the start of the term. Information related to online courses can be found by visiting the college website at www.southside.edu and clicking on Academics and SVCC Distance Education. Here you will find links to information regarding cyber course requirements and an online assessment called SMARTERMEASURE, to help you judge your readiness for online learning. Please go to this page and read all information before registering for an online course. Academic advisors and counselors can also assist you in decision making regarding online education. SEX OFFENDER ADMISSIONS POLICY Section 23-2.2:1 of the Code of Virginia requires that the VCCS send enrollment information to the Virginia State Police concerning applicants to institutions of higher education. This information is transmitted electronically and compared against the Virginia Criminal Information Network and National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry. Language on the web application informs applicants that their information is being transmitted to the State Police. In the event that an applicant to Southside Virginia Community College is determined to be on the Sex Offender Registry, the following procedures apply: A. The applicant will be sent a letter to his/her mailing address by the Dean of Enrollment Management that states, “Due to your status as a sex offender listed on the National Crime Information Center convicted Sexual Offender Registry, you must meet with the SVCC Threat Assessment Team to review your continued admission status.” B. The applicant must respond to the request within seven (7) working days to meet with the team. If the applicant does not respond within the 7 day request, then he/she will be denied continuing admission status and administratively withdrawn from courses if necessary. C. Via telephone, U.S. mail and electronic mail the applicant will be provided with a location, date and time to meet with the team. Failure of the applicant to appear will result in denied admission. D. The applicant will be asked to provide the following information when meeting with the team: • Disclosure of the nature of the offense for which he/ she has been convicted, • Justification for consideration of admission or continuing admission.

E. Decisions by the Threat Assessment Team will be made on a case by case basis after a review of the totality of the circumstances. The information sought may be the same that will allow an offender to be removed from the registry. Those include nature and number of offense(s), date of last offense, length of time from the last offense, treatment and/or counseling sought, and restitution completed. The team will make a recommendation about continued admission by a majority vote within twelve (12) working days of receiving the required information and submit their recommendation to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. F. The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will inform the applicant by letter of the decision. G. The student may appeal the decision by letter directly to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs within seven (7) working days of the date of the letter. H. The Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs will review all documents provided by the Threat Assessment Team and may meet with the applicant to make a decision within seven (7) working days from the date of the appeal letter. The decision of the Vice- President of Academic and Student Affairs shall be final. Sex Crimes Prevention Act The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act was enacted on October 28, 2000. The Law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. In the Commonwealth of Virginia convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the Virginia Department of State Police. Information concerning offenders registered may be disclosed to any person requesting information on specific individuals in accordance with the law.