Housatonic Community College Foundation


The Housatonic Community College Foundation was founded in 1990 by a group of Greater Bridgeport residents and business and arts leaders. The Foundation provides financial assistance to the College and its students beyond the fundamentals provided by the State of Connecticut and assists the College in becoming a unique educational resource for its students and the community. The Foundation also serves as a vehicle generating funding for Housatonic student scholarships, student emergency assistance, child care assistance for parents enrolled at Housatonic, program enhancements and support of the Housatonic Museum of Art.


Bruce Murray on News 12
Check out HCC Foundation president Bruce Murray as he discusses scholarship and financial aid on the “Our Lives’ program on News 12.

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Housatonic Alumni Association


The Housatonic Alumni Association is an organization open to all those who have attended HCC at any time. The Association strives to connect and engage with alumni by advising them of activities and developments at the college, by providing opportunities to form beneficial networks, and by creating the means to assist the college to maintain its vital presence in the Greater Bridgeport area.

Like us on Facebook! Visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/Alumni.HCC

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Take time to explore the many Housatonic Community College resources available to you.


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From the Housatonic Community college website, click on myCommNet at the bottom of the screen (the link is in gold).

Log in using your Banner ID Example:  

Your initial Password will be the first three (3) letters of your birth month (1st letter capitalized) followed by the & sign , followed by the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number. Example:  Mar&1234

The system will then prompt you to change your password Password must be at least eight (8) characters Password must be complex and difficult to guess.  A password must contain characters  from three of the four following categories:

1. Uppercase letters (A through Z) 2. Lowercase letters (a through z) 3. Numeric digits (0 through 9) 4. Special characters (example: &, %, $)

You will be asked to set up a security question.  Once in, click on the Student tab then go to Student Self‐Service to access your records.

Information About Technology Support at Housatonic Community College

Housatonic Community College faculty, staff, and students rely on Technology on a daily basis. The IT department takes pride in our support service to a variety of users in several departments on campus. Information Technology provides support to the college community through best practices in the effective use of technology for teaching and learning, research, outreach, and administrative programs.

 

Community Resources


Housatonic Community College takes pride in the surrounding community and values the neighborhood.

HCC has a list of resources that you might find useful. If you need assistance with food or shelter, the following items might be of assistance to you.


Homeless ShelteryHomeless Shelters
A list of homeless shelters in the Bridgeport and surround areas.
Food PantryFood Pantries
A list of food pantries in the Bridgeport and surround areas.
College Counseling/Community Mental Health ReferralsCollege Counseling/Community Mental Health Referrals
If you need a referral to a counselor, you might find this information useful.
Opioid CrisisOpioid Crisis
A page that offers resources and information pertaining to the opioid crisis.
Suicide PreventionSuicide Prevention
If you are in need of assistance, or know someone who needs help, please refer to our resource page for suicide prevention.
 

Housatonic Community College is here to support you on your journey to success

There are many on-campus resources that can help you. Check out the resources listed here for more information!HCC

Title IX - Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that protects all students attending or accessing services at an educational institution that receives federal funding. 

Childcare - The nationally accredited Housatonic Early Childhood Laboratory School has a two-fold purpose: a high quality, pre-school program for the young children of students, faculty, staff, and the community; and a laboratory setting and resource for HCC’s Early Childhood Inclusive Education Program and other disciplines in the college. It is located in Lafayette Hall in LH-B137near the Broad Street entrance.

To enroll, children must be three years of age by December 31 of the calendar year in which they enter the School. The School is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 50 weeks a year.

From the 2016-2017 Catalog

Confidentiality of Student Records

NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

These rights are included in the college Policies section in Appendix XVII.

From the 2016-2017 Catalog

POLICIES

Please refer to the Faculty/Staff Reserve shelf in the Library or to the College Policies section of this catalog for the complete policies and texts concerning the following:

Academic Dishonesty

Students of Housatonic Community College are expected to do their own work on assignments, laboratory exercises, quizzes, examinations and any other academic work. Cheating in any form is viewed by the faculty, the students and the administration as a most serious offense. See The Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct, Part D in Appendix I.

Academic dishonesty can result in your receiving an “F” grade on the paper or exam in question and/or an “F” grade in the course. “F” penalties are invoked by faculty members. Academic dishonesty can result in suspension from college or expulsion from college. The last two penalties can only be invoked through the Academic Dean.

Faculty members explain to students exactly what is meant by academic dishonesty and plagiarism and what the penalties are at the beginning of the semester. If you have any question on these issues, consult with the faculty member prior to undertaking the action or submitting the paper.

Housatonic Community College Copyright Policy for Students

Copyright refers to exclusive legal rights authors or owners have over their works for a specific period. These rights include copying whole or parts of works, creating derivative works, and distributing or performing the works. Non-compliance with copyright laws is a legal offense and can result in serious college penalties (see the Student Code of Conduct) and broader federal offenses. The full description of Copyright Policy for Students is in Appendix X.

Additionally, all copyright-protected material used must include the complete source citation and the rights holder. This information should appear on the same page as the material itself.

For copyright questions not answered by this information, please contact a librarian for assistance.

See Appendix X for the complete policy.

Blackboard e-Learning Platform

Blackboard is an e-Learning platform used by the Connecticut Community Colleges to deliver and manage course material on the web. All online and hybrid courses are taught using Blackboard.   Additionally, all college faculty post their class syllabi on Blackboard and many also use Blackboard as a supplement to classroom instruction. For example, to post announcements and course materials, administer examinations, submit student grades, and communicate with their students through e-mail, discussion forums, etc.   Students are required to check Blackboard for course activity information in the event of a course cancellation.

Students can learn about how to use Blackboard by visiting our distance Education office in Beacon Hall Room 272, calling Jose Labrador, Acting Director of Education Technology at 203-332-5206, or online at the Housatonic web site:

www.housatonic.edu/webct/DL

OR by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions for BBLearn at https://websupport.ct.edu/items/taxonomy/BBLearn/all

Class Cancellations

Housatonic has the right to cancel any class or to change instructors. Upon course cancellation, a student will be notified and referred to an advisor or counselor who will meet with the student to select another ongoing course in which the student will be enrolled provided he/she meets the pre-requisites/parallels. Restrictions apply in equipment-related courses, and ENG* 101 and ENG* 102.

Weather (or Other) Cancellations

Occasionally classes have to be cancelled because of extreme weather conditions or other emergencies. The most detailed information is on the HCC website www.housatonic.edu or by calling 203-332-5200. Students should login to myCommNet to sign up for myCommNet Alert text messages to receive weather cancellations and closings.

Students are required to check Blackboard for course activity information in the event of a class cancellation.

Faculty Absences

If a faculty member is going to be late or cannot meet a class because of an emergency, he or she will make every effort to have someone inform you. However, if any faculty member is late arriving for class (more than 20 minutes), you can:

  1. Go to the Academic Dean (LH- A204a), the Evening Division Office in Beacon Hall (BH- 116) or the office of the department chair for that academic area (refer to “Where To Go For Help”) and ask for guidance;
  2. Circulate an attendance sheet with the course number and section for each student to sign. Provide this information to the offices listed above. At that point you are free to leave if you have received no other directions.

Computer Policies

Using computers is a very important part of your education. The HCC computer laboratories in Lafayette Hall, Beacon Hall, and in the Library are available for use by current HCC students. The lab hours are posted on the college web site. Labs are usually open when classes are in session and at specific times when the college is open and classes are not in session.

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education , and the State of Connecticut have endorsed uniform policies regarding computer use and computer software ownership. Under these policies, students cannot use the laboratory facilities to create software for any illegal activity nor can they use these facilities for personal work whether for a profit or non-profit purpose. Software cannot be duplicated or loaded unless the duplication or loading is directly related to a course and is under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Further, college policy forbids viewing pornographic or other potentially offensive material on the college computers. Violation of any of these policies may result in disciplinary action.

For the complete policy see Appendix IV.

Bringing Your Children to School

Generally, visitors are not allowed in the classroom. However, if, in an emergency situation, you need your child with you when you are attending class, you are required to receive permission from the instructor. If approved, you must have the child or children with you in the classroom at all times. You cannot leave your children unattended anywhere in the college.

Drug-Free Workplace

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education adopted the policy on drug-free workplaces for the system of community colleges.

No student or employee shall knowingly possess, use, distribute, transmit, sell, or be under the influence of any controlled substance on the college campus or off the college campus at a college-sponsored activity, function, or event. Use or possession of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be a violation of this provision.

For the complete policy see Appendix XII.

Standards and Procedures for Student Discipline

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education has adopted the policy on student discipline for the system of community colleges.

For the complete policy see Appendix I.

Student Rights

As a student, you are entitled to an atmosphere conducive to learning and to impartial treatment in all aspects of the teacher/student relationship. This includes the right to be evaluated solely on academic performance and not on any matter irrelevant to that performance. As a student you are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course, but you are responsible for learning the content of the course of study as defined by official college publications, such as the college catalog.

For the complete policy see Appendix II.

Change of Address

The college must have your correct address and your correct name at all times. Therefore, you are required to report any change of address or name to the Registrar’s Office immediately, using a Change of Personal Data form.

Cell Phones/Pagers (edited 8/26/15)

Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be used in class only for class related activities at the discretion of the instructor. Students who ignore this policy may be asked to leave class or face grade penalties. When there are extenuating circumstances that require students to be available by phone or pager, the students should inform the instructor prior to class, so that together they can arrive at an agreement concerning the device.

Gambling

Gambling of any type on the college campus or at a college sponsored activity, function, or event subjects you to disciplinary action. Connecticut General Statutes state that “any person who plays at any game for any valuable thing, or solicits another to do the same, upon any public conveyance, or wins or loses any valuable thing by so playing or betting on such play or by sharing in any stake or wager of those who bet or play, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars and imprisoned not more than six months.” See Student Code of Conduct, Part D in Appendix I.

Smoking

The Act prohibits the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems and vapor products in buildings owned or leased and operated by the state or its political subdivisions. The Act defines electronic nicotine delivery systems as electronic devices that may be used to simulate smoking in delivering nicotine or other substances to a person who inhales from it, and includes cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes and related devices. Vapor products are defined as any product that uses a heating element, power source, electronic circuit, or other electronic, chemical, or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, to produce a vapor that may or may not include nicotine and which is inhaled by the user.

People with Disabilities

This policy is put forth to ensure that no qualified person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to, discrimination under any program or activity on a community college campus.
For the complete policy see Appendix VI.

Racism and Acts of Intolerance

The community colleges have long been committed to providing educational opportunities to all who seek and can benefit from them, as evidenced in the mission statements and policies concerning student rights, affirmative action, and equal opportunity. The Connecticut Board of Regents and the colleges recognize that an important part of providing opportunity is creating a welcoming environment in which all people are able to work and study together, regardless of their differentness.

See Appendix VI for the complete policy.

Policy Against Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is illegal under state and federal law and is also prohibited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education Non-Discrimination Policy.

In accordance with the Board policy sexual harassment may be described as:

Any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors, or any conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or education, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions affecting the individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment.

For the complete description of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment see the Connecticut Board of Regents Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Assault, and Intimate Partner Violence Policy and the Connecticut Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct in Appendix I.

Should you find yourself in a situation which you suspect may be a type of sexual harassment, you are urged to speak with the Dean of Students, the Director of Student Development and Services, or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer. Any of these individuals will advise you of appropriate channels available to you and will respect the confidentiality of the situation.

Policy Regarding Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child

The BOR acknowledges the special care required for those students under 18 years of age on its campuses and strives to protect them from any form of abuse or neglect.

According to state law, with the exception of student employees, any paid administrator, faculty, or staff, who in the course of their employment has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a person under the age of 18 years has been abused or neglected, has been placed in imminent harm or has had a non-accidental injury is required to report to the Department of Children and Families within 12 hours of becoming aware of or suspecting abuse, neglect or imminent harm to a child.

The BOR further requires report of any witnessed or suspected child abuse or neglect on a CSCU campus to their immediate supervisor in addition to DCF. The supervisor must report the incident to his or her director or vice president who must then inform the campus President and the System Office Vice President for Human Resources.

If the incident is determined to be credible, the Chief Human Resources Officer will assign an objective person to investigate the report.

For the complete policy on Reporting Child Abuse see Appendix XX.

Violence in the Workplace Prevention

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education has adopted a zero tolerance for violence in the workplace policy. “Violence” is defined as an overt act or threat of harm to any person or property, or any act that poses a substantial threat to the safety of any person or property.

For the complete policy see Appendix VII.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence knows no gender, class, religion, education, or economic standing. Housatonic is a community, and domestic violence needs to be addressed by the community. Knowledge and understanding are important and effective tools that faculty, students and staff can call upon to help a victim stay safe.

The following staff members are Safety Network Liaisons and are trained in domestic violence facilitation:

  • Janet Lanci
    Assistant Professor
    203-332-8548, Room BH-231
  • Mickey Reed
    Coordinator, OTA Program
    203-332-5214, Room LH-C226
  • Heidi Szobota
    Director, Early Childhood Lab School
    203-332-5030, Room LH-B137a

In addition, resource material is available for viewing or loan in the Women’s Center, room BH-371 in Beacon Hall.

Policy Regarding Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect of a Child

The Connecticut Board of Regents (BOR) acknowledges the special care required for those students under 18 years of age on its campuses and strives to protect them from any form of abuse or neglect.

According to state law, with the exception of student employees, any paid administrator, faculty, or staff, who in the course of their employment has reasonable cause to suspect or believe that a person under the age of 18 years has been abused or neglected, has been placed in imminent harm or has had a non-accidental injury is required to report to the Department of Children and Families within 12 hours of becoming aware of or suspecting abuse, neglect or imminent harm to a child.

The BOR further requires report of any witnessed or suspected child abuse or neglect on a CSCU campus to their immediate supervisor in addition to DCF. The supervisor must report the incident to his or her director or vice president who must then inform the campus President and the System Office Vice President for Human Resources.

If the incident is determined to be credible, the Chief Human Resources Officer will assign an objective person to investigate the report.

For the complete policy on Reporting Child Abuse see Appendix XX.

AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases

The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education reaffirms its commitment to provide a safe and healthy educational environment, safeguard the rights of individuals, and comply with state and federal anti-discrimination laws and regulations. Students and employees with AIDS, HIV infection, and other communicable diseases must be accorded the same rights and assume the same responsibilities as all other members of the community college community.

For the complete policy see Appendix V.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that protects all students attending or accessing services at an educational institution that receives federal funding.  It allows all students to attend school in an environment free of harassment and gender based violence.  Here at HCC we take this responsibility very seriously.  If you would like to report a Title IX violation or if you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact our Title IX Coordinator, Marilyn Albrecht at 203-332-8521 in Lafayette Hall, Room B103.

› See TITLE IX page for Statement Regarding Sexual Violence and otherimportant information

Student Handbook

The Housatonic Community College Catalog & Student Handbook is published each year before the start of the fall semester.

To view the complete list of policies you may download a copy of the Catalog/Handbook here in PDF format

Click Here for the 2016-17 student policies, as stated in the catalog.

The myCommNet Alert System

Housatonic Community College will use an update service to provide emergency alerts via myCommNet Alert. This system enables HCC to deliver critical information to our campus about emergencies and weather-related closings and delays, through multiple contact methods—including email and phone calls, in addition to text messaging* - to students, staff, and faculty.

*Text message costs will follow your calling plan's terms for text messages. In some cases a message may result in two or more SMS / Texts being received.

IMPORTANT: Students, even if you have already signed up for alerts, you will NOT receive text messages until you log into MyCommNet to update your information. Faculty and Staff are encouraged to do the same.

To update your contact information, you must log in to my.commnet.edu.

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File name: MyCommNet Alert Info

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 HCC Alma Mater

Coming from far and near.
We sprang from solitary streams. 
From where we charted our course. 
To pursue improbable dreams. 
In this river we found HCC and embraced our diversity. 
Like hawks we soared in search of the land to find hope and promise in your hand. 
We lift our spirits, hearts and our voices to Housatonic, the sound and the ocean,
and to proclaim our promise to each other, to make a difference for our sisters and brothers.

Music by Hernan Yepes, Lyrics by Janet Zamparo ©2009 HCC

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) 

Maintaining confidentiality of student records is everyone's responsibility.

Annually, Housatonic Community College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by publishing the information in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook. This Act (Formerly known as the Buckley Amendment), which the institution intends to comply with fully, has been designated to protect the privacy of educational records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

The following is considered "Directory Information" by the Connecticut Community College System. College policy precludes releasing this information publicly except as needed under the "legitimate educational interest" in the performance of assigned duties. Students who want this information to be confidential must notify the Registrar in writing within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Forms are available upon request.

Directory Information:

  • Student's Name 
  • Addresses 
  • Dates of Attendance (semesters) 
  • Full vs. Part-Time Status
  • Awards, Honors, and Graduation Date

All other information is considered non-directory information and, with some exceptions, requires the written consent of the student for the release of information to any third party.

Welcome to the HCC Men’s Center

Housatonic Community College’s Men's Center is conveniently located on the third floor of Beacon Hall, room 325.

The Men’s Center offers workshops and presentations on a variety of subjects. But, most importantly, the HCC Men’s Center provides a safe place for caring and support.

The Center also has a lending library consisting of books, tapes, CDs and DVDs on men’s issues.  

We are staffed by volunteers, Human Services interns, and work-study students. If you are interested in donating time, please contact the Center.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm

Mr. Terry Walden
Mr. Terry WaldenMen's Center Advisor
Telephone: 203-332-5176 Email:
Professor Eddie Rose
Professor Eddie RoseMen's Center
Telephone: 203-332-5117 Email:
Professor Saulo Colon
Professor Saulo ColonMen's Center
Telephone: 203-332-5113 Email:
Carlton Gill
Carlton GillMen's Center Coordinator
Telephone: 203-332-8561 Email:

From Start to Finish, Your Success is Our Top Priority.

Housatonic focuses on students first, and has a dedicated staff ready to guide you through your entire college journey. From your first encounter with admissions and advising you will find people who really care about you, and want you to get the most from your college experience. When your classes begin, you will find instructors who have real-life field experience and are dedicated to helping you achieve success.

Throughout your studies, dozens of support services will be at your fingertips, such as career counseling, advising, tutoring, veteran’s support, and more. 

Even when you near the end of your Housatonic journey and graduate, HCC’s supportive staff will still be there for you! Career counselors offer job seeking assistance and resume building services to current and past students. In addition, transfer counselors are available to ensure your transition to a four year college runs seamlessly.

I invite you to come and see for yourself what makes HCC so exceptional and why for so many, Housatonic Community College has been the starting place for a rewarding career and a better life.

 

Extra Help Outside of Class

From writing assistance, to math tutoring, even online tutoring, help is available!

Individualized Schedule Planning and Advising

Advisors and Counselors are available on a walk-in basis to help students build course schedules, align their studies with transfer plans, and more.

Childcare Services

Did you know HCC is home to a licensed childcare facility that can help you balance school and family demands? Learn more about HCC’s Early Childhood Laboratory School. 

Accessibility Services

While disabilities services are available to students at any time, new students are encouraged to register with the Accessibility Services Office immediately after acceptance by the College. Accessibility services are available to students at any time during their enrollment with the college. To make an appointment please call (203) 332-5018. We welcome students with disabilities and the opportunity to make their college experience a successful one.

At HCC, Marilyn Wehr is responsible for coordination of Section 504/Title II compliance with respect to students. Ms. Wehr's office is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, Connecticut  06604, Lafayette Hall, room B116, and she may be contacted at (203) 332-5018.

2.1.6 People with Disabilities: Policy Statement 

People with Disabilities in the Community Colleges

The Board of Trustees of Community-Technical Colleges and all of the colleges under its jurisdiction are committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunity and full participation for people with disabilities in the Community Colleges. To that end, this statement of policy is put forth to reaffirm our commitment to ensure that no qualified person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity on a Community College campus or in the system office of the Board of Trustees. 

The board recognizes that a physical or functional impairment is a disability only to the extent that it contributes to cutting the person off from some valued experience, activity, or role. Higher education is therefore especially important to people with disabilities, since it aims to increase every student's access to valued experiences, activities, and roles. Improving access for students and employees means removing existing barriers that are physical, programmatic, and attitudinal; it also means taking care not to erect new barriers along the way. 

The efforts of the Community Colleges to accommodate people with disabilities should be measured against the goals of full participation and integration. Services and programs best promote full participation and integration of people with disabilities when they complement and support, but do not duplicate, the regular services and programs of the college. 

Achieving the goal of full participation and integration of people with disabilities requires cooperative efforts within and among higher education. The Board of Trustees will work with the board of governors to achieve a higher level of services and appropriate delivery methods at all Connecticut Community Colleges. 

This statement is intended to reaffirm the board's commitment to affirmative action and equal opportunity for all people and in no way to replace the equal opportunity policy statement. 
(Adopted November 20, 1989)

Academic Support Coordinator: Marilyn Wehr
Responsible for Coordination of  Section 504/Title II Accessibility Services 
(203) 332-5018


DEFINING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to a course, program, service, job activity, or facility that ensures an equal opportunity for qualified students with disabilities to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, a service, program, or activity. Aids, benefits, or services need not produce equal results, but must afford an equal opportunity to achieve equal results. When necessary, DRC staff will consult with faculty regarding whether an accommodation would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program or activity or whether an academic requirement is essential to the instruction being pursued or to any directly related licensing requirement. In doing so, DRC will examine the following:

  • Barriers between individuals with disabilities and the campus environment in accessing courses, programs, services, jobs, activities or facilities without accommodations;
  • Requested modifications, accommodations, and auxiliary aids;
  • Whether the proposed accommodations would fundamentally alter the nature of the course, program, service, job, activity, or facility;
  • Whether an academic requirement is essential to the instruction or to any directly related licensing requirement;
  • Whether effective alternatives exist that would allow the individual with a disability to participate without lowering essential requirements or fundamentally altering the nature of the program.
  • When the University determines that a modification related to facilities or communication would result in a fundamental alteration or undue burden, DRC shall acquire the written opinion of the proper authority, i.e. department chair of impacted discipline, providing the reasoning supporting the decision.

Download Disability Information and Forms (in PDF Format)

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File name: Guide For Students with Disabilities

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File name: Learning Disabilities

35408 983
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File name: Medical Letter

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File name: Psychiatric Letter

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Programs for Student Success @ HCC
Just Ask...

Housatonic is dedicated to helping each student succeed, stay in college, and graduate. In order to help make this happen, the College has many programs and services that can help students have a successful Housatonic experience. Some of these programs start as early as high school because we know that those students who begin preparing for college early, have a better rate for success.

Housatonic is one of three community colleges in Connecticut honored to be involved with the national Achieving the Dream initiative and the Developmental Education Initiative. Both concentrate on methods that will help students achieve college success. As part of this endeavor, HCC is currently in engaged in two programs:Bridges, and the Self-Paced math and English courses.

Other Housatonic centers and services welcome students who may need assistance: The Counseling Center, Writing Center, Women’s Center, Men's Center, Accessibility Services, Tutoring, Academic Support Center, iMath Refresher and Career Services.

Most importantly, every faculty, staff, and administrator at HCC is willing to help students reach their goals and achieve their dreams.

All a student has to do is ask. 

For more information on any of the following programs contact the Dean of Students office, at 203-332-5184 or

Student Success Programs

Bridges Program

The Bridges Program was designed to foster the successful transition of high school students to college and to develop stronger relationships between local high schools and Housatonic Community College. The Bridges Program consists of a series of four college readiness workshops which focus on the following topics: Orientation to College, Placement Test Preparation, Applying for Financial Aid, and Career Planning. The program will include all sixteen high schools in the College’s service region with the workshops tailored to each individual high school’s need.

College Career Pathways (formerly Tech Prep)

A high school-based and college-based experience geared towards high school juniors that combines academic and occupational learning. The program provides a link between high school and college-level curriculum in a sequential program of study that includes coursework in each of the following: mathematics, science, communication, and a career course in the student’s are of interest. Students are eligible to receive an Associate’s Degree or certificate after two years of post-secondary training.

Connecticut College Access and Success (ConnCAS) Program

The ConnCAS program focuses on increasing the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of minority students (defined as Asian American, African-American, Native American, and Hispanic/Latino). HCC provides a summer bridge program for selected students to help them become “college ready.” Throughout the school year, students will have access to support services including advising, tutoring, and mentoring. Students will participate in the Bridges Program, a four-part workshop series focusing on topics including: Orientation to College, Applying for Financial Aid, Accuplacer Test Preparation, and Career Preparation. A ConnCAS liaison assigned to the selected students will be available throughout the academic year.

Math, Science, and Technology Scholars (MST)

The MST program is a state-funded program that offers high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses in mathematics, science or a technical-career course at no cost to the student. MST students are required to take the Accuplacer Exam and must place into any college-level math course (no developmental courses) and they must place into English 101.

Summer GEAR UP

A six-week summer instruction and tutoring program for 60 seniors who are current GEAR UP participants in the Bridgeport Public Schools. Students enroll in developmental or introductory college courses for credit in mathematics and English composition to further their readiness for college. Students meet four days a week for classroom instruction provided by Housatonic Community College. Tutors will be available in the classroom and will also provide additional tutoring hours after class. Fridays will be dedicated to college readiness workshops which may include topics incorporated from Housatonic’s Bridges Program. 

WELCOME TO THE HCC WOMEN’S CENTER

Housatonic Community College’s Women Center is conveniently located on the third floor of Beacon Hall, 371, just as you enter from the garage. Our telephone number is 332-5268

The Women’s Center offers workshops and presentations on a variety of subjects.  We have biweekly lunch time workshops, The Food for Thought Series, as well as larger presentations throughout the year, such as our annual lecture on women’s health and our spring essay contest.

But, most importantly, the HCC Women’s Center provides a safe place for caring and support.

The Center also has a lending library consisting of books, tapes, CDs and DVDs on women’s issues.  

We are staffed by volunteers, Human Services interns, and work-study students. If you are interested in donating time, please contact the Center.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday 9:00am -5:00pm

Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday 9:00am – 6:00pm

Friday Hours Vary

Women Center Coordinator: Linda Wolfson   (203) 332-5181
Women Center Work-Study Students: Khalia Moulton, Andice Downer, Waleska Williams

Women’s Center members: Beth Lazar, HCC Alumna, Janice Schaeffler, HCC Faculty, Claudine Coba-Loh, HCC Faculty, Marilyn Albrecht, HCC Counselor

Our meetings are Thursdays, 12:30 PM in the Center, join us! 

Please come by, we are waiting ...

Student Support

Housatonic Community College offers a wide range of support resources and services for registered students.These include an ESL program for non-native speakers of English; Language Labs, two multimedia learning lab systems in Beacon Hall that provide practice space for students taking courses in a wide variety of languages.

Online support is also available in a range of tutorials on Black Board Learn, the learning management system that provides students with 24/7 access to course materials, grades, activities and assessments. During the semester scheduled workshops on Black Board Learn are also available to students.

Independent Study: Outstanding students may choose to study a particular topic or set of topics independent of regularly scheduled classes, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. The faculty member determines if the student is qualified to undertake the project and provides guidance to the student. The project must be of an advanced nature and cannot duplicate an existing Housatonic course. Registration for Independent Study must be done before the beginning of the semester in which the Independent Study course begun, a written study outline or contract must be submitted by the student and approved in writing by the faculty member supervising the project, the department head and the Academic Dean. Full tuition and fees are charged for Independent Study courses.

Graduation Applications


Please fill out one of the applications below for graduation.

Fall Graduation Application

Spring Graduation Application

Summer Graduation Application

Graduation

Housatonic Community College awards the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees and certificates to qualified candidates as authorized by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.

Graduation Is Not Automatic:

It is recommended that students request a degree evaluation from their advisor when they complete 30 credits, or print one out themselves at any time from myCommNet. Students seeking a certificate should print their evaluation at the end of the first semester.

Catalog Selection:

Students are evaluated according to the curriculum printed in the catalog when they first enrolled except:

  • If you are not enrolled for 2 or more years you are a re-admit student and are evaluated under the re-admission catalog semester.
  • If you change your degree program you are evaluated on the semester that your program was changed.

Graduation Process:

Graduation Application Forms are online or available at the Registrar’s Office (LH-B109). They must be completed and handed in to the Registrar’s Office to be placed on the potential graduate list. This should be completed at least by mid-term before the student plans to graduate. Students will be notified by the Registrar’s Office with the results of their degree evaluation. There is no fee for graduation.

Candidates for graduation in May, August, or December are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony in May.

Transfer Credits:

Students who wish to have credits from another institution transferred to Housatonic should visit the Academic Advising Center in room LH-A111 and arrange for an evaluation of transfer credits.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Official enrollment in a certificate or degree program.
  • Completion of a minimum number of semester hours for the certificate or degree program with an Academic Average of 2.00 GPA or above.
  • Most degree programs require a minimum of fifteen 200-level credits. Consult individual program requirements.
  • At least 25% of the graduation credit requirements must be granted by Housatonic Community College.
  • Satisfactory completion of all courses required in the student’s program.
  • Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the college.

Commencement Policy

Students who have completed all requirements and plan to graduate with a Degree or Certificate must submit a graduation application to the Registrar’s Office.

Application deadlines for potential Graduates:

  • May Graduates: April 11
  • August Graduates: August 15
  • December Graduates: December 12

NOTE:
If you are a potential August or December graduate who will be completing degree or certificate requirements at the end of the summer or fall semester and would like to participate in the May Commencement ceremony, the deadline to apply is April 11.

In order to participate in the May commencement ceremony August or December graduates must be registered at HCC for no more than 2 courses remaining, which do not exceed 8 credits left to finish over the subsequent summer or fall semester.

If you have applied for May graduation and are expected to complete your program in May but do not pass 2 courses or fewer, you will still be invited to the Commencement ceremony provided you register at Housatonic for the course(s) you need in the subsequent summer or fall semester.

You can attend the ceremony but your actual degree or certificate conferral will occur when you successfully complete all courses needed for your program.

Graduation Honors:

Beginning with Fall 2016

Students with exemplary academic performance shall be recognized at graduation with the following designations, in Latin:

  • Summa Cum Laude for students with a 3.9 – 4.0 grade point average
  • Magna Cum Laude for students with a 3.7 – 3.89 grade point average
  • Cum Laude with a 3.4 – 3.69 grade point average

All graduation honors are recorded on the student’s academic transcript.

Students with an Incomplete may become eligible retroactively for graduation honors upon completion of the course requirements, and recognition shall appear on the transcript, provided that the student has earned the required grade point average.

All graduation honors are recorded on the student's academic record.

Earning Multiple Degrees:

Students may earn a second degree in a different curriculum at Housatonic Community College. This will require that a student complete all program requirements of the second degree with 25% of the credits earned in the new curriculum as new credit hours at the college through which the second degree is to be conferred. A student may earn two degrees simultaneously at HCC by fulfilling all requirements as stated above.

A student wishing to earn a certificate and degree in the same program must complete the requirements of the certificate program and apply for graduation prior to earning the degree.

Requests for additional degrees beyond the second require prior approval from the Academic Dean.

Completing HCC Degree Requirements at Other Colleges

Students enrolled in a degree program who wish to complete Housatonic Community College degree requirements at other colleges or universities should request approval prior to undertaking such work. This procedure is referred to as "reverse transfer." In the case of course credits taken at other Connecticut Community Colleges with equivalent common course numbers, this approval may be received through the registrar’s office with the approval of the department chairperson. When the course work is from another higher education institution the courses should be pre-approved, when possible, through the Office of the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will provide approval based on the recommendation of the Department Chairperson for the program.

Online Access to College Services and Information / myCommNet Portal 

Via the Internet on- or off-campus, myCommNet (http://my.commnet.edu) will be the source of information and services for students, faculty and staff of the Connecticut Community Colleges. myCommNet makes it easier to conduct college business, communicate with others in your classes, and participate in online class opportunities. It’s where you can register for classes, check your academic progress, interact with classmates, and manage your college finances, all with a single sign-on. You only have to remember one user ID and one password to reach all of your college’s online services.

In addition to activities for existing students, myCommNet also provides links to submit an application for admission and to search for courses offered by semester.

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› Logging in to myCommNet (PDF)

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Housatonic Computer Laboratories

Computer Lab Locations and Schedules: Computer study labs are open for Housatonic students during the spring and fall semesters, as well as during summer and winter intercessions when classes are in session. When classes are not in session the labs may be open on an abbreviated basis. Lab hours may vary and are subject to change depending on academic activity and school closings. When in doubt, refer to lab hour postings.

The Center for Academic Progress (CAP) has two computer labs for students in intensive courses (English 092i, 094i, and Math 095i), students in CAP refresher programs (iMath, iEnglish, Jumpstart), and students interested in Accuplacer practice tests and review sessions. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Please call (203) 332-8585 for appointments or questions.

The CAP location and hours are shown in the chart below.

The Center for Academic Progress

Visit the CAP for:
1. Tutoring and Workspace for English 092i & 094i, Math 095i
2. CAP Refresher Programs (iMath, iEnglish, Jumpstart)
3. Accuplacer Practice Test & Review Sessions

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Lafayette: Rooms A227 & A209
9:00am – 7:00pm
9:00am – 7:00pm
9:00am – 7:00pm
9:00am – 7:00pm
9:00am – 4:30pm
Closed
Closed
 

General Use Computer labs are available for all registered students. These are also drop-in labs. They are equipped with state-of-the-art computers and laser printers. A variety of software is installed to assist students taking computer science, office technology, and general study courses. Internet access is available for academic purposes only and is limited to one hour at a time. Students should bring their own headphones when audio is required.

General open lab locations and hours for Lafayette Hall and for Beacon Hall are shown in the chart below.

General Open Lab Schedules
When classes are not in session the labs may be open on an abbreviated basis.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Lafayette
Rms. A230 & A232
8:30am - 4:00pm
8:30am - 9:00pm
8:30am - 9:00pm
8:30am - 9:00pm
8:30am - 4:00pm
8:30am - 4:00pm
Closed
Beacon Hall
Rms. 111 & 114
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 9:00pm
8:00am - 4:00pm
Closed
Closed

The Board of Trustees Acceptable Use Policy governs the use of State owned computers, peripheral equipment as well as the State provided infrastructure and internet connectivity. The computer lab equipment may not be used for personal or commercial purposes. A copy of the Computer Lab Operating Guide is available for students. Failure to follow the rules included in this Guide may result in a loss of computer privileges.