40 Credit Course Policy Information Student Completion Rate Students enter community colleges with a variety of academic, career and personal goals. Many enroll at the college planning to complete a degree or certificate program. Others are more directly interested in improving their basic academic skills, mastering specific job skills, preparing to transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution or learning about topics of personal interest. In addition, community college students often must balance a variety of competing responsibilities, such as family, work and school, which make it difficult for many of them to enroll full time every semester. In fall 2013, 1,118 new full-time students enrolled at Middlesex Community College. Nineteen percent graduated in three years or less, and an additional 22% transferred to another institution. Complaints concerning employees of the College should be brought to the attention of the employee’s immediate supervisor, or in the alternative to the Public Safety or Human Resources Office. Complaints concerning students should be brought to the attention of Public Safety. In the case of repeat offenses by students, complaints should be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Any disciplinary measures will be reserved for repeat infractions or infractions that interfere with the College’s academic or workplace needs or responsibilities, consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreement procedures or student Code of Conduct. Visitors who fail to comply with the policy may be prohibited from remaining on or returning to campus. Policies Any person with a disability needing accommodations, assistance, or auxiliary communication aids or services to participate in programs or activities of Middlesex Community College can contact the ADA Coordinator, Alisa Chapman, at 781-280-3620 or chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu or other representative of the College to make their needs and preferences known. Middlesex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. (The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Higher Education, Massachusetts Community Colleges Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity & Diversity; December 2014) Middlesex Community College advises applicants, participants and the public that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs, services and activities. Inquiries and requests related to 504/ADA accommodations and services should be directed to the Associate Dean of Student Support, 781-280-3641, Bedford campus, Enrollment Center (Building 9), Room 220. Students or employees who feel that they have been harassed or discriminated against on the basis of their disability, in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or other applicable law, may file a formal or informal complaint. Complaints should be directed to Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance, 781-280-3620, Bedford campus, Cataldo Building (Building 10) or chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu. or Reginald Nichols, Assistant Director of HR/Affirmative Action Officer, 781-280-3536, Bedford campus, Cataldo Administration Building. This publication is available in alternate format upon request. Privacy rights regarding access to information are observed in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly known as the Buckley Amendment. Specific College Policies are published in the College Catalog, Student Handbook and Website. Middlesex Community College, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, publishes an annual security report which can be found on the College’s website at: https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/disclosurestatements/campsecrpt.aspx. To request a paper copy of this report, please contact Alisa Chapman, Director of Compliance, at 781-280-3620 or chapmana@middlesex.mass.edu. The College may terminate this agreement without penalty in the event of an unforeseen public emergency mandating immediate action. The College shall not be deemed to be in breach for failure or delay in performance due to Acts of God or other causes factually beyond their control and without their fault or negligence. Graduation Students who will be completing a degree or certificate program during the 2017-2018 academic year and expect to graduate in May 2018 should apply to graduate by March 23, 2018. Graduation application submissions may be completed by logging in to the student portal and selecting ‘Apply to Graduate’. Students may also fill out a paper graduation application by visiting the Student Information Center. Required Immunization Record Massachusetts law requires that full-time students (enrolled in 12 or more credits hours), and all students in a Health Program (part-time and full-time, regardless of age) provide proof that they have been immunized against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, and Varicella in order to attend classes at any public or private college or university in Massachusetts. All students must also have one lifetime dose of TDAP (Tetanus/Diphtheria/ Acellular Pertussis) after 2006 followed by Td (Tetanus/Diphtheria) if TDAP is greater than 10 years old. Students born in the United States before 1957 will be considered immune to Measles, Mumps and Rubella and exempt from the MMR vaccine requirement. Students born in the Unites States before 1980 will be considered immune to Varicella (chicken pox) and exempt from the Varicella requirement. Date of birth exemptions do not apply to students enrolled in a Health Program. In addition, effective Fall 2018, all full-time students 21 years of age and younger must show documentation of one dose of MenACWY (Meningitis) vaccine on or after their 16th birthday. Students who do not complete these requirements will not receive end of semester grades, be allowed to register for the following semester, or have transcripts sent to other colleges until these records are submitted. Contact the Student Information Center on either campus or call 1-800-818-3434 for additional information about any of these requirements. Smoke-Free Environment Smoking is prohibited on all property owned or operated by Middlesex Community College. This consists of all buildings, all grounds, including exterior open spaces, parking lots, on-campus sidewalks, roadways and driveways, recreational spaces and facilities; and in all college-owned or leased vehicles. Smoking will only be allowed in private vehicles, lawfully parked on campus lots, in which the smoker is authorized to be. For the purposes of this policy, smoking includes the burning of tobacco or any other material in any type of smoking equipment, including but not restricted to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or electronic vapor-cigarettes. Educational opportunities about the benefits of smoking cessation and assistance with smoking cessation for smokers who are members of the MCC community will be made available through the LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program and MCC Center for Health & Wellness on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses.