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10- Other Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have to miss a class?

How do I drop a class?

How do I use a computer on campus?

How much do I need to study?

What is the Student Identification Number?

What if I need to withdraw from the College?

Are there day care services for my children?

I'd like to come to an on-campus orientation. What should I do?

What should I do if I have to miss a class?

Attendance is very important at the college level; research suggests that grades go down with repeated absences.

If you anticipate having to miss class due to illness, family emergency or some other urgent situation, it is a good idea to contact your instructor beforehand via telephone, written note or e-mail. Please be aware that such notification does not automatically constitute an "excused absence". Instructors determine their own attendance policies.

Messages for full time instructors can be left in their voice mailboxes or by email.  Messages for part-time faculty can be left at the Evening Division Office (203 332-5093 or 203-332-5056). Full-time faculty members have offices (and regular office hours) on campus. You can usually find this information on your syllabus. If not, call 203 332-5093 or 203-332-5056 for assistance.

How do I drop a class?

Students may drop courses up to the final drop date as specified in the academic calendar.  Courses dropped prior to or during the first two weeks of classes in a standard semester or in the first two days of a summer session or modular course are removed from the official class roster.  These courses will not appear on the student's transcript.

Course dropped after the above time frame will appear on student's transcript with an academic notation or an actual grade.

To drop a course, the student must complete appropriate forms available in the Registrar's office or any student service office. 

To drop all courses for a semester, students may either complete the appropriate form available in the Registrar's office or submit written authorization to the Registrar's Office by the published drop date.

Late drops will not be permitted unless the Academic Dean authorizes the drop due to extenuating circumstances.

How do I use a computer on campus?

Computer Labs are available in both buildings; Lafayette Hall Rooms LH-A230 & LH-A232; Beacon Hall, Room BH-111. Schedules are posted outside the door of each room.  PC's are also available in the Library on campus. Some classrooms also have computers. If you need to register online using a computer, there are kiosks (computer terminals) in the Atrium, hallway near library, hallway near the Academic Support Center and at various other locations through the building.

How much do I need to study?

Generally for every hour of class, we advise students to study three hours, so if a student has twelve credit hours of classes per week, we recommend they study 36 hrs per week.

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What is the Student Identification Number?

All students are issued an identification number (also known as Banner ID number) with their letter of admission. This number identifies individual students in the Connecticut Community College Banner student information system.  This number is to be used for registration and when obtaining a library card.  Photo IDs are available through the Student Activities Office. Check website for more info.

What if I need to withdraw from the College?

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 Center (Rm. LH-A108) 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.
  4. All students who withdraw from the College or drop a course prior to or during the first two weeks of class in a standard semester, or the first two days of an inter-session or summer school session, are entitled to be removed from the official class roster. The course will not appear on the student's transcript.
  5. Students who drop a course or withdraw from the College within 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 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

An informal conversation with an instructor or with college personnel does not constitute withdrawal.  The student can  initiate withdrawal from the college in writing on an official withdrawal form or by letter.  Failure to attend class is not an acceptable method of either dropping or withdrawing.  This will result in a failing grade of "F" on the student's permanent transcript and can seriously affect  future reinstatement or transfer to another college.

Are there day care services for my children?

A quality licensed preschool program for children 3-5 is held at the Early Childhood Laboratory School on campus.  Enrollment is open to students attending classes at HCC and also to community members on a "space available" basis.  Full-day/full-week and part-day/part-time options are offered.  A sliding fee scale for working parents may be available.

I'd like to come to an on-campus orientation. What should I do?

New Student Orientation takes place on-campus prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.  Call or email the Student Activities Office at (203) 332-5045 or check the website for time and place.

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