Harford Community College

2013 - 2014 Credit Catalog


Enrollment Information & Policies

RETURN TO CATALOG TABLE OF CONTENTS
Apply to the College
Personal Injury
Readmission Requirement
Application Procedure
Adding Courses After Initial Registration
Cancellation of Registration
Current Mailing Address
Email Accounts (OwlMail)
Emergency Notification
Enrollment Status
OwlNet Account
Registration and Class Schedule
Registration Deadline
Vaccinations
Transcript Requirements
High School Students
Assessment for Prior Learning
Academic Skills Assessment
Special Admission Procedures for International Students
Visa Types and Tuition Rates
Special Admission Procedures for Undocumented Individuals
Residency and Tuition Policy
Full-Time Students
Part-Time Students
CATALOG INDEX

APPLY TO THE COLLEGE

Harford Community College practices an open door policy of enrollment. Students are enrolled at the College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Some restrictions exist for applicants who are currently enrolled in high school, are under 16 years of age, or are not U.S. citizens. The College prohibits the enrollment of individuals listed on the National or Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Sex Offender Registry or with the Harford County Child Advocacy Unit.
 
If you are under 16 years of age you must contact the Director for Admissions, Mary Austin, at 443-412-2379 or by e-mail at maustin@harford.edu.

If you are currently enrolled in high school you should contact Jennifer Starkey at 443-412-2311 or by e-mail at jestarkey@harford.edu.

PERSONAL INJURY

At enrollment, students agree to assume the risks and liabilities entailed in any course requirement. The student releases and holds harmless Harford Community College, its trustees, faculties, and administration from any injury sustained through his/her actions or the actions of other students enrolled in the course.

READMISSION REQUIREMENT

A student whose work at Harford Community College has been interrupted for two or more years must file an application for re-enrollment with the Registration and Records Office. An application for re-enrollment may be subject to evaluation under certain circumstances. Readmitted students are required to follow the program requirements in effect for the academic year for which they are readmitted.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All students applying to the College should submit an application and transcripts, if required, to:

Registration and Records Office
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, Maryland 21015-1698

The Application for Enrollment is available online and in print. Additional information may also be obtained through the HCC homepage.

Non U.S. citizens, except for F-1 visa students, may apply online. Valid photo identification verifying current immigration status (work card, resident card, or applicable visa) must be presented in person to the Admissions Office prior to the start of the semester in order to receive the appropriate tuition rate. Non-U.S. citizen applicants will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate until valid documentation is provided. If documentation is submitted after the start of the current semester, any tuition changes will be applied to upcoming semesters. Students without valid immigration status will be charged out-of-state tuition rate unless eligible for the MD Dream Act (SB 167).

ADDING COURSES AFTER INITIAL REGISTRATION

Students who have completed their initial registration by the start time of their courses may add 15-week courses up to the start of the second instructional session. For non 15-week courses, no additional registrations are allowed after the start time of the first instructional session.

CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION

The College reserves the right to cancel any registration for which a student has not complied with appropriate procedures, rules and regulations, and the financial requirements of the College.

CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS

Students are responsible for maintaining a current mailing address with the College. All address changes should be reported in the College's online system OwlNet or to the Registration and Records Office. If a student owes a debt to the College and does not maintain a current mailing address, that debt may be sent to a collection agency without further notice to the student. In this event, the student will owe an additional collection fee.

EMAIL ACCOUNTS (OWLMAIL)

The College uses on-campus student email accounts, known as OwlMail, through OwlNet to officially communicate with students. As a result, students are responsible for accessing this email account on a regular basis.

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION

Students are requested to provide two types of emergency notification contacts: 1) an emergency contact person and phone number in case the student has a personal emergency, and 2) telephone and/or email contact information which will only be used in the event of a non-scheduled campus closing, or if there is a serious situation on campus. Students will be requested once a semester to provide or update this information.

ENROLLMENT STATUS

Students are enrolled in the College based on their academic goal: 1) taking courses, 2) degree seeking, or 3) certificate seeking. In order to be eligible for financial aid consideration, students must declare that they are seeking a degree or certificate and must hold a high school diploma or GED.

All students receive an OwlNet account. This web portal allows students to access their College email account; receive College announcements and news; and conduct College business, such as registering for classes, requesting transcripts, and making payments. As a result, students are responsible for accessing this account on a regular basis and protecting the confidentiality of their access code.

OWLNET ACCOUNT

All students receive an OwlNet account. This web portal allows students to access their College email account; receive College announcements and news; and conduct College business, such as registering for classes, requesting transcripts, and making payments. As a result, students are responsible for accessing this account on a regular basis and protecting the confidentiality of their access code.

REGISTRATION AND CLASS SCHEDULE

All students receive an OwlNet account. This web portal allows students to access their College email account; receive College announcements and news; and conduct College business, such as registering for classes, requesting transcripts, and making payments. As a result, students are responsible for accessing this account on a regular basis and protecting the confidentiality of their access code.

Registration refers to the process of enrolling in courses. Students who are not currently registered may register up to the start time of any course. All persons attending a course must be registered for that course. The registration procedures vary, depending upon whether a student is a new or continuing student with a goal of degree/certificate completion or a goal of taking courses. More specific information about registration is published in the Schedule of Classes, available as follows:

  • Winter/Spring schedule available online in October
  • Summer/Fall schedule available online in early March

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Students who are not currently registered for any given semester may register up to the start time of any course.

Vaccinations

The College does not require proof of immunizations for admissions. However, students who are admitted into the nursing or allied health programs may be required to provide documentation of a recent physical examination and proof of current immunizations.

TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

  1. Send official high school or GED transcripts to the Registration and Records Office if:
    • Applying for financial aid.
    • Still enrolled in high school or have graduated within the last three years and the academic goal is an Associate degree or Certificate.
  2. Send official college transcripts to the Registration and Records Office if:
    • Applying for veterans' benefits, in which case Veteran's Administration regulations require that student is an Associate degree or Certificate candidate.
    • Desire to have previous college credits evaluated for transfer to Harford Community College. Transcripts will only be evaluated if the student has declared a program of study.
    • Did not graduate and want to determine if exempt from the College's mathematics and English assessment requirement.
  3. If the student is enrolled at another college or university and is taking Harford Community College courses to transfer back to that institution, transcripts are not required. Proof of current enrollment at the home institution is required at the time of registration (valid college ID, copy of grades or letter from school official).

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

High school juniors and seniors have four options by which they may attend Harford Community College while still attending high school. Before selecting any of these options, students should consult with their parent(s)/guardian(s) and the high school guidance counselor. Students will be enrolled at Harford Community College as undeclared students who are only taking courses.

  1. Waiver of Senior Year - Students may waive all of their senior year and still graduate with their high school class. Students must contact the high school guidance office to complete the Harford Public Schools Application for Waiver of Senior Year, which requires a student letter explaining reasons for applying for this waiver and a parent letter supporting the application. Students may be required to take HCC courses that match high school requirements that have not been met at the time the application for the waiver is submitted. Upon completion of the first year at HCC when the student has earned 24 college-level credits, the student will receive a high school diploma.
  2. Dual Enrollment - Students may enroll in college credit courses and use these courses for high school graduation credit as well as college credit. Students must contact the high school guidance office to complete the Harford County Public Schools Application for Dual Enrollment at Harford Community College and to receive enrollment guidelines. Generally, students will be limited to earning two high school credits through HCC courses.
  3. Part-Time Attendance - Students may enroll in college courses that meet during the regular school day and spend only a part of each day at the high school. When choosing this option, the HCC courses would not be used for high school transfer credit. Students must contact the high school guidance office to complete the Harford County Public Schools Application for Part-Time Attendance.
  4. Concurrent Enrollment - Students may enroll in college courses that meet beyond the regular school day but choose not to use these courses for high school transfer credit. No Harford County Public Schools application is required. Some restrictions exist for students under the age of 16. Contact the Coordinator for Admissions at 443-412-2379 for further detailed information regarding enrollment.

ASSESSMENT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Students at Harford Community College may earn academic credit toward graduation through a variety of non-traditional classroom learning means, as well as through the traditional classroom learning experience. The College reserves the right to determine the kind and amount of credit granted through non-traditional learning programs, based on scores, percentile or evaluation established by the faculty. No more than thirty (30) credits may be earned through assessment for prior learning. No more than fifteen (15) of the thirty may be granted on examinations developed by the institution or on portfolio assessments. Those credits are entered on the HCC transcript but may not necessarily be accepted for transfer to another college or institution.

Any student planning to transfer to another institution should check the requirements of the receiving institution for policies regarding the acceptability of credits earned by non-traditional means.

College Credit for Prior Learning through Portfolio Development and Assessment

Students at Harford Community College who have significant college-level learning acquired through employment, hobbies, volunteer work, or independent (non-credit) study may develop a portfolio of learning and have that portfolio evaluated for credit by expert faculty evaluators. Students interested in submitting a portfolio must have permission of the Coordinator for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness and must enroll in and successfully complete APL 101 and APL 102. Portfolios may be submitted for no more than 15 credits; credit attempted must satisfy the learning objectives of courses described in this catalog. For more information, phone 443-412-2366.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement, a College Board program available annually to high school students, allows students to demonstrate college-level achievement. Students should submit AP results to the Registration and Records Office to receive credit for qualifying AP scores. Credit is posted to the student's transcript upon successful completion of any 3-credit course taken in attendance at HCC. AP exams that the College accepts and the equivalent courses for which credit is given are listed below. Because qualifying scores vary at institutions, students planning to transfer should check with the transfer institution to determine score requirements. Please see the Credit by Examination table for a list of AP exams and respective scores for which HCC will award credit.

International Baccalaureate Organization (IB)

International Baccalaureate Organization courses may be awarded credit for courses at Harford Community College. The minimum grade of granting credit is 5 for higher level IBO courses and 6 for standard level IBO courses. Students should submit official IBO transcripts to the Registration and Records Office for the transcript to be evaluated. Credit is posted to the student's transcript upon successful completion of any 3-credit course taken in attendance at HCC. Please see the Credit by Examination table for a list of IB exams and respective scores for which HCC will award credit.

Credit by Examination

Credit may be earned by examination through nationally normed testing programs including CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior College for courses offered at Harford Community College. In addition, HCC students may earn credit for the satisfactory completion of tests developed by faculty members for some courses. Over one hundred HCC students participate in the Credit by Examination program during a year, and approximately 70 percent receive credit. Credit by Examination is open to all current and former HCC students, as well as students at other colleges that accept this type of credit. A student may receive up to 30 credits by examination at HCC. To receive credit at HCC, a student must successfully complete one three-credit course in residence before credit for courses taken by examination will be recorded on the student's academic record. Credit by Examination does not affect the student's grade point average (GPA). Contact the Test Center of the Academic Advising Office for more information. Because credit by examination requirements vary at institutions, students planning to transfer should check with the transfer institution to determine which, if any, exams are accepted and what scores are accepted. Please see the Credit by Examination table for a list of CLEP, DSST and division exams and respective scores for which HCC will award credit.

Types of Examinations

Harford Community College (HCC) awards credit for prior learning through examination. Prior learning examinations include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, DSST exams, International Baccalaureate Organization (IB), an Excelsior College exam, and HCC Division exams. For CLEP and DSST exams, HCC abides by the American Council on Education (ACE) score recommendations. Please see the Credit by Examination table for a list of CLEP, DSST and divisionexams and respective scores for which HCC will award credit.

ACADEMIC SKILLS ASSESSMENT

Requirements for Assessment

Degree and Certificate Seeking Students

All new students seeking a degree or certificate are required to complete the iPlan Enrollment Process. Please contact the Admissions Office at 443-412-21209 for more information about iPlan options.

Step #6 of the iPlan Process requires all new students to complete the Academic Skills Assessment unless they are exempt. Students who choose the Self-paced iPlan option may complete the Academic Skills Assessment at the Test Center during the hours of ASA administration. Students who participate in a Group iPlan session will test on the scheduled date in a group setting.

Students who meet ANY of the following criteria are exempt from a portion of, or all, the Academic Skills Assessment test. Students should submit their Official SAT scores to the Registration and Records Office. The table below indicates the exemptions for taking the Academic Skills Assessment:

ACADEMIC SKILLS ASSESSMENT - EXEMPTION CHART
ASSESSMENT AREA CONDITIONS FOR EXEMPTION
Writing
  • SAT Critical Reading score of 550 or higher
  • ACT Writing score of 21 or higher
  • Passed English Composition (ENG 101)
Reading
  • SAT Critical Reading score of 550 or higher
  • ACT Writing score of 21 or higher
  • Passed English Composition (ENG 101)
Math
  • SAT Math score of 550 or higher
  • ACT Math score of 21 or higher
  • Passed college level math course
All Assessments
  • Have earned an Associate or Bacculaureate degree (transcript required).

Assessment scores, SAT scores and ACT scores are valid for a period of two years. If you do not begin the appropriate course sequence within the two-year time period, you must repeat the assessment. Assessment results may restrict you from registering for college-level classes.

Retests

Students may retest 24 hours after the initial test. After two attempts within a two year period a $25 proctoring fee will be assigned for all subsequent attempts. For more information call the Test Center.

Continuing Education Certificate-Seeking Students

All Continuing Education Certificate-Seeking students planning to register for English Composition, Office Communication Technologies or a math course must have the related skill assessment. Contact the Continuing Education Department to find out the required assessments needed to register for classes.

SPECIAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student and Other Visas

The College is authorized under federal law to consider applications for enrollment of non-immigrant alien students in the F-1 visa status. Prospective students must satisfy academic, College admission requirements as well as requirements for the certificate of eligibility (I-20 Form) prior to applying for the F-1 Student Visa. The College reserves the right to determine the requirements for enrollment. Documentation required prior to admission and registration includes the following:

  1. As there are no residence halls or dormitories on campus, each prospective international student must demonstrate the availability of residence with local family or friends. Such local sponsorship ensures assistance with housing, meals, transportation, social and religious practices, public services, medical care, shopping and adjustment to cultural change. Students without local addresses will not be considered for enrollment.
  2. International Student Application, following deadlines:
    1. New (visa) credit students:
           Fall admission - June 1
           Spring admission - November 1
           Summer admission - March 1
    2. Transfer (visa) credit students:
           Fall admission - August 10
           Spring admission - December 15
           Summer admission - May 10
  3. HCC paper application for enrollment and the paper International Student Application.
  4. Verification of English language proficiency. In most cases, students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum score of 500 (standard test) or 173 (computer-based test), or 61 (Internet-based test). All international students who are admitted to HCC will be required to take the College's Academic Skills Assessment.
  5. Declaration of financial resources to demonstrate ability to fund education, health insurance and living expenses. Students should not expect to find part-time employment on campus, as such jobs are scarce. International students must be enrolled full-time, taking a minimum of 12 credits both fall and spring semesters.
  6. Official transcripts approved by an authorized transcript evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org). Please allow adequate time for requesting, translating, and evaluating of academic credentials from a college or university outside of the United States. Transfer of credits will be considered on the basis of applicability to the student's chosen program of study at Harford Community College. Transcripts will only be evaluated for students who have declared a program of study.
  7. Demonstration of valid passport, I-94 card, current I-20 form, if appropriate, and all other pertinent identification and documentation.

Prospective F-1 visa applicants should contact the Admissions Office prior to applying to the College.

VISA TYPES AND TUITION RATES

International students with other types of visas may also be eligible to attend the College. In addition to the standard application materials, students must present proof of immigration status and type.

Tuition rates for international students are based on visa type and not on local residency. Permanent residents, resident aliens, officially recognized refugees and asylees and those in possession of A, J, L, or H visa types are charged in-county fees if residing in Harford County. Students with all other visa types, including F-1 and B-1/B-2, are charged out-of-state fees.

Note: The College follows the same guidelines for determining the tuition rates for international students enrolling in noncredit courses as in credit courses.

SPECIAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS

Students who are undocumented - individuals who do not have valid documentation of their immigration status - will be accepted and charged the out-of-state tuition rate. Maryland Senate Bill 167 (also known as the MD DREAM Act) provides the opportunity for some undocumented non-U.S. citizens who attended high school in Maryland to receive in-state tuition (in-county or out-of-county tuition rates as specified below). In order to qualify for this exemption from the out-of-state rate, students must meet the following requirements and submit all relevant documents:

  1. Attended a public or nonpublic high school in Maryland for at least 3 years not earlier than the 2004-2005 school year (official high school transcript required);
  2. Graduated from a public or nonpublic high school in Maryland or received the equivalent of a Maryland high school diploma;
  3. Registers at a community college within 4 years of graduating from a public or nonpublic high school in Maryland not earlier than Fall 2011 (official college transcript required);
  4. Provides documentation that the student, or the student's parent or legal guardian has filed a Maryland income tax return:
    1. Annually for the 3 years student attended a MD public or nonpublic high school (home schooled students are subject to this requirement in the same manner);
    2. Annually for each year between graduation from MD high school and enrolling at the community college, and
    3. Annually while attending a community college;
  5. Provides an affidavit stating that the student will file an application to become a permanent resident within 30 days of being eligible to do so;
  6. Provides proof that the student has registered with the selective service system.

Once it is determined that a student is eligible for in-state (in-county or out-of-county) rates, the student will continue to receive it as long as they fulfill the eligibility requirements or until the College no longer offers this exemption. Applying for the exemption does not alter the student's responsibility to pay by Harford Community College's deadline any nonresident tuition and associated fees that may be due before eligibility is determined.

In the event that Harford Community College discovers that false or misleading information has been provided, the student may be billed by the College retroactively to recover the difference between in-county or out-of-county and out-of-state tuition for the current and subsequent terms. Student may also be subject to the Student Code of Conduct for providing false information to the College.

Please note: The tuition rate is determined by location of school and not the current place of residency. Therefore, only those students who graduated from a Harford County public or nonpublic high school OR received the equivalent of a high school diploma and the most recently attended high school was in Harford County, will receive the in-county tuition rate.

RESIDENCY AND TUITION POLICY

Students at Harford Community College are charged tuition according to their residency. A student's residency is determined at the time of admission to the College. For the purposes of assessing tuition charges, Harford Community College adheres to guidelines established by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Code of Maryland Regulations. These guidelines state that a student's residency, also referred to as "domicile," is the permanent place of abode, where physical presence and possessions are maintained with the intention of remaining indefinitely.

The main factor in determining residency is a student's independent/dependent financial status. If a student is a financially dependent (received more than one-half of his/her financial support from another in the most recently completed year), the student's domicile is the domicile of the person contributing the greatest proportion of support, without regard to whether the parties are related by blood or marriage.

Students will be considered in-county residents if they or the person who contributes more than one-half of the student's financial support maintain legal domicile in Harford County for a period of not less than three months prior to the start of the semester/term. Students will be considered in-state residents if they or the person who contributes more than one-half of the student's financial support maintain legal domicile in Maryland, but outside Harford County, for a period of not less than three months prior to the start of the semester/term. Otherwise, a student shall be considered an out-of-state resident. Local addresses that pertain only for the purposes of attending college will NOT be considered for determination of tuition charges.

If information is received which would contradict or call into question the validity of the residency status that was determined at the time of admission, a student may be asked to provide proof of residency and his/her tuition rate may be affected.

To request a change in residency, students must submit a Change in Residency Form along with appropriate documentation to the Registration and Records Office. Forms are available in the Registration and Records Office. A request for a change in residency must be received prior to the start of the semester/term. Otherwise, any approved change in residency will apply to the next semester.

The College shall consider the following factors for substantiation of residency:

  1. Ownership or rental of local quarters
  2. Substantially uninterrupted physical presence, including the months when the student is not in attendance at the College
  3. Maintenance in Maryland and in Harford County of all, or substantially all, of the student's possessions
  4. Payment of Maryland state and local piggy-back income taxes on all income earned, including income earned out of state
  5. Registration to vote in Maryland and Harford County
  6. Registration of a motor vehicle in Maryland, with a local address specified, if the student owns or uses such a vehicle
  7. Possession of a valid Maryland driver's license with a local address specified, if the student is licensed anywhere to drive a motor vehicle

Questions regarding residency and tuition rates should be referred to the Registration and Records Office.

FULL-TIME STUDENTS

Any student enrolled in twelve or more credit hours per semester is considered a full-time student. Full-time students are urged to limit employment to fifteen to twenty hours per week.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

Any student enrolled in fewer than twelve credit hours per semester is considered a part-time student. Students employed full-time are urged to enroll in no more than six credit hours per semester.


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