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SVCC Catalog/Handbook 2017-2018

18 Southside Virginia

18 Southside Virginia Community College ADMISSION General Admission to the College When all required items have been received by the Office of Admissions, individuals are eligible for admission to Southside Virginia Community College if they are high school graduates or the equivalent, or if they are eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at Southside Virginia Community College as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics. The college reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the college determines that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the college. The college also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger or significantly disruptive by, another college. Individuals may be admitted to the college as curricular or non-curricular students. Social Security Disclosure Section 23-2.2:l of the Code of Virginia also authorizes the Virginia Community College System to collect student social security numbers and other personally identifiable information prior to student’s enrollment, and requires it to electronically transmit enrollment data to the State Police. It will be necessary for applicants who wish to be considered for veterans’ benefits, financial aid, and Hope Scholarship/Lifetime Learning tax credit to provide a social security number to the college. To protect your privacy, your social security number will not be used as your student identification number. The VCCS will only use your social security number in accordance with federal and state reporting requirements, and for identification purposes within the VCCS. It shall not permit further disclosure unless required or authorized by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S. C. Code 1232g, or pursuant to your obtained consent. Curricular Students 1. Submit a completed official application for admission with social security number requested and domicile determination form or apply online at www.southside.edu. 2. Have official high school transcripts from a regionally accredited institution or GED transcripts and transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended sent to the college. Graduates who complete secondary school in a homeschool setting must provide a graduation date and may be required to provide documentation of coursework. The Virginia Community College System Student Information System academic records will be sufficient for colleges within the Virginia Community College System. 3. Complete SVCC placement testing. 4. After Items 1 through 3 are complete, have an admissions interview with a college counselor for final acceptance into a curriculum. 5. Submit all additional information as stated by the college for admission to specific programs or curricula. Before students are admitted into a curriculum, they will be scheduled to meet with one of the college counselors to discuss their educational interest, to determine curriculum needs and to plan admission to a specific curriculum or program at the college. Additional information may be required by the college for admission to a specific program or curriculum. Students may be denied admission to the college if there is sufficient reason to believe that they present a danger to themselves or to other members of the college community. Non-curricular Students Students not working toward completion of a degree, diploma, or certificate should complete only item 1 above. After non-curricular students complete 9 credits, their grades are assessed. Students not making satisfactory progress are scheduled at that time for placement testing. Placement testing is required for non-curricular students wishing to take English or mathematics courses, and all required course pre-requisites or other requirements must be satisfied before enrolling in specific college-level courses. For a non-credit community service course, a person should apply to the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Office on the campus where the course is being offered. Dual Enrollment Student Admissions All students who desire admission under dual enrollment criteria should contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator on one of the main campuses at (434) 736-2000 or (434) 949-1000. SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS In addition to the general admission requirements of the college, all international applicants who wish to enroll as curricular students must demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral English through use of either a standardized national or a locally developed test. South-

side Virginia Community College does not issue I-20 forms or enroll students with F-1 visas. We do enroll non- U.S. citizens who hold one of the following: a cur- rent visa, a letter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services or Homeland Security; or a temporary/ permanent resident card. International students should contact the Admissions Office for further information. Students with Documented Disabilities Consistent with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Virginia Community College System guarantees that no qualified individual shall by reason of disability be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of college. Each qualified person shall receive appropriate, reasonable accommodations upon request to insure full and equal access to educational opportunities, programs, and activities. It is the intent of the college that all courses of study be fully accessible to all qualified students. In order to accomplish this, the college would appreciate an advance notice of approximately one semester from a person with a documented disability planning to attend the institution. Inquiries concerning the affirmative action policy should be addressed to Southside Virginia Community College’s Affirmative Action Officer, Shannon Feinman, whose office is located on the Christanna Campus at 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, Virginia 23821 (434) 949-1000 or on the John H. Daniel Campus at 200 Daniel Road, Keysville, Virginia 23947 (434) 736-2000. It is the policy of Southside Virginia Community College to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, handicap, national origin, or any other non-merit factors. ADMISSION TO SPECIFIC CURRICULA In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, specific additional requirements for certain curricula of the college are listed in the “Programs of Study” section of this catalog. Persons who do not meet the academic requirements for a specific curriculum may become eligible academically to enter the curriculum by completing a developmental studies program prescribed by the college. The Admissions and Records Office will officially notify students of their admission to the curriculum. Any deficiencies noted may be resolved through developmental studies. The college reserves the right not to offer a program of study in the event that a sufficient number of students do not enroll in the curriculum. Once a student begins a course of study, however, all specialized courses normally will be made available. When a decision is made not to offer a program, the interested student will receive adequate notice and assistance in developing alternative plans. Persons applying to enter one of the associate degree programs (Associate of Arts and Sciences or Associate of Applied Science) must be high school graduates or the equivalent, have completed an approved developmental studies program, or otherwise be considered eligible by the college. ADMISSION TO COURSES Admission to a specific course is possible when students meet the prerequisite requirements for the course. Each course is offered on the condition of adequate enrollment, and the college reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any course either because of small enrollment or for other reasons deemed sufficient by the college. The college also reserves the right to close registration in a course after maximum effective enrollment has been reached. ENROLLMENT OF HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS Southside Virginia Community College admission policies address students who have high school diplomas or the equivalent or who are at least 18 years of age and able to benefit from the college experience. The policies also address students who are less than 18 years of age and who are currently enrolled in a secondary school. The college will also consider the admission of students who are less than 18 years of age and do not have a high school diploma, who are not attending a public or private school, and who are documented as “homeschool students” at the secondary school level. These students may be accepted at Southside Virginia Community Col- lege as described below. The program of studies for such admitted students is considered an enrichment to their home school program. It is not intended to substitute for the home school experience. Therefore, the college re- serves the right to limit the number of credits for which the student may enroll. The following policies and procedures will apply to the enrollment of homeschool students: