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- Attendance and Participation
- Attendance and Progress of Veterans
- Withdrawal from Class
- Withdrawal from College
- Academic Honesty
Students are expected to be familiar with the information contained in the SCC General Catalog (issued annually), the Schedule of Classes (issued each term), and other publications relating to student attendance and conduct.
The College reserves the right to adjust fees, conditions of enrollment, class offerings, and services as dictated by local and state mandates, the limits of institutional resources and enrollment conditions. Students should consult the current Schedule of Classes and Catalog Supplement for supplementary information and updated requirement.
Students must attend the first meeting of their classes to assure verification of their enrollments. Students failing to appear may be withdrawn from class rolls (Board Policy §6050).
Regular attendance and participation is required of all students enrolled in courses and laboratories at Solano College. This includes regular attendance, completion of examinations, assignments, participation in class activities and discussions. Instructors shall provide students with written statements describing course requirements, grading standards and course prerequisites.
Regular attendance is an obligation assumed by every student at the time of registration. Absences per semester should not exceed the number of hours or the number of days, as determined by the instructor, that a class meets per week. Absences in excess of the maximum may result in students being dropped from classes or having their grades lowered. Students who fail to attend their classes may be dropped by their instructors no later than the end of 75% of a full-term class, short-term class, or summer session. Students have the responsibility for verifying their enrollment status. Failure to appropriately drop a class may result in a grade of "F" for the course. [Refer to the section below entitled “Withdrawal from Class”.]
It is the responsibility of students to know the status of their attendance records and to complete all academic work missed due to absences. Compliance with the above regulations may be waived in the presence of verifiable extenuating circumstances including accidents, illnesses, shift changes and temporary changes in military assignments. Students who are dropped from classes because of unsatisfactory attendance and/or participation may petition their instructors for class reinstatement. Instructors may reinstate a student by signing an add card and writing "Reinstate" on the card. The add card must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Veterans and their dependents must initiate their claim for educational benefits through the Veteran's Affairs Office on campus. After classes begin, students are required to notify the Veterans' Affairs Office promptly of any change in their unit loads or changes of address.
Veterans should be aware that short-term classes, variable-unit courses and other flexible schedules may change the training time and affect benefits.
A veteran who is academically disqualified must contact a Veterans' Affairs Office staff member for specific details concerning readmission.
Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from classes. To officially withdraw from a class, students must:
- Drop the course(s) using online services at www.solano.edu
- Turn in a completed drop card at the Office of Admissions and Records (Building 100).
A student may withdraw from a class during the first four weeks of instruction. Courses dropped by the end of the first four weeks of instruction will not appear on the student's record.
Courses dropped after 30% of instruction through the end of 62.5% (full term classes only) of instruction will be recorded as a "W" on the student's record. A student must petition the Academic Council for a "W" after the last day to drop if extenuating circumstances apply. Documentation is required.
Short-term or summer session courses, which are less than a full semester in length, dropped during the first 30% of the class will not appear on the student's record. Courses dropped 31% to 62.5% of the term/session will be recorded as a "W" on the student's record. Courses dropped after 62.5% of the term/session may be recorded as a "W" if extenuating circumstances apply. Failure to appropriately drop a class may result in a grade of "F" for the course.
The student must petition the Academic Council and provide documentation to verify cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.
Students who find it necessary to drop all courses during the semester are required to fill out a Withdrawal Card at the Office of Admissions and Records. Seeing a counselor is advised before deciding to withdraw. It is important to clear any debts owed to the College before leaving the College. Failure to withdraw properly could result in a failing grade.
The College community functions best when its members treat one another with honesty, fairness, respect and trust. Therefore, an individual should realize that deception for the purpose of individual gain is an offense against the members of the College community. Such instances of dishonesty include:
Although difficult to define, plagiarism consists in taking the words or specific substance of another and either copying or paraphrasing the work without giving credit to the source. The following examples are only some of the many forms plagiarism may take:
- Submitting a term paper, examination or other work written by someone else. This is a flagrant instance of plagiarism
- Failure to give credit in a footnote for ideas, statements of facts or conclusions derived by another
- Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it is a paragraph, a sentence or even a part thereof
- Close and extended paraphrasing of another.
Using unauthorized notes, study aids, or information from another student or student's paper on an in-class examination; altering a graded work after it has been returned, then submitting the work for re-grading; and allowing another person to do one's work and to submit the work under one's own name.
Presenting data in a piece of work which were not gathered in accordance with guidelines defining the appropriate methods for collecting or generating data and failing to include a substantially accurate account of the method by which the data were generated or collected.
Aiding and Abetting Dishonesty
Providing material or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Altering documents affecting academic records; forging a signature of authorization or falsifying information on an official academic document, election form, grade report, letter of permission, petition, or any document designed to meet or exempt a student from an established College academic regulation.
Instances of alleged plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty may be referred to the Vice President of Students Services for action in accordance with the established disciplinary procedures as set forth in Solano Community College Board Policy §5300. Following procedures consonant with due process, a student may be expelled, suspended, placed on social probation or given a lesser sanction if he or she is found to have committed an act of academic dishonesty. The totality of the particular circumstances, the student involved, and any relevant mitigating factors shall be considered in every case.