Student Handbook 2014/2015

Nondiscrimination Policy and Equal Opportunity Statement
Every member of Vermont Technical College should work to ensure non-discriminatory processes and practices with faculty, staff and students. Qualified students are recruited for, admitted to, and participate in all College programs without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability. Vermont Tech will provide reasonable accommodations to create equal opportunities for students with documented disabilities.
Faculty, administrators, and staff are employed without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. Vermont Tech will make reasonable accommodations to the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant or employee.
Additionally, the Vermont State Colleges will engage in affirmative efforts to recruit, admit, and support students and to recruit, employ, and support employees in order to achieve the diversity which advances the educational mission.
The Vermont State Colleges comply with state and federal laws related to equal opportunity and non-discrimination. Any questions or complaints about potential or perceived discrimination in violation of any state or federal law should be directed to: Ombudsperson, Vermont Technical College; the Vermont State Colleges Office of the Chancellor inMontpelier ; the Vermont Office of the Attorney General; or the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission in Washington, D.C.
If auxiliary aid or service is needed to apply for admission or employment, please contact Vermont Tech‘s Learning Skills Specialist at 728.1396. For questions related to Title IX, please contact Jenn Norton-Magnan Athletic Director and Title IX Coordinator, at 802.728.1974 or via mail at P.O. Box 500, Randolph Center, Vermont 05061.
Equity and Diversity Statement
Every person has the right to live, learn, and work in a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment. At Vermont Technical College, it is your responsibility to help create and maintain such an environment.
All members of the VTC community—students, staff, and faculty—are expected to respect each other and to respect the differences and diversity each person brings to the community. Everyone is treated equally and given an equal chance to contribute and grow. VTC actively works to develop and support diversity and equity within the staff, faculty, and student body
College Office and Regular Services Hours and Phone Numbers

Office

Location

Phone

Hours of Operation

Academic Dean

Green 125

X1311

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 or by appointment

Admissions

Admin Center 132

X1444

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Alumni, Development

Admin 103

x1513

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Athletics

SHAPE

X1382

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Bookstore

Bookstore

x1238

Monday- Thursday 9:00-4:00, Friday 9:00-3:00

Business Office (Student Accounts)

Admin 107

X1254

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:30

Campus Center

Campus Center

X1317

 

Career Services

Conant 202

x1320

Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 or by appointment

Center for Academic Success/TRIO

Conant 222

X1396

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Class Cancellations

 

X1346

 

Conference and Planning

Allan House

X1607

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 12:00, 1:00 - 4:00 or as posted

Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs

Morey

X1434

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30 or by appointment

Dining Hall (Morey)

Morey

X1883

 See VTC Dining

Facilities/Maintenance

Wilcox

X1264

Monday - Friday 6:00 - 3:30

Financial Aid

Admin 109

X1248

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Health Center (Campus Nurse)

Keenan A105

X1270

Monday-Friday 11:00-2:00

Intramurals

SHAPE

x1384

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Information Technology: Randolph

Morrill 131

X1721

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Information Technology: Williston

200 Building Room 208

X8260

Monday-Thursday 8:00-6:00, Friday 8:00-4:00

Library: Randolph

Hartness

X1237

Monday-Thursday: 7:30-10:00, Friday: 7:30-5:00, Saturday: 12:00-5:00, Sunday: 2:00-10:00

Library: Williston

200 Building

X8249

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-10:00pm, Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm-7:00pm

President's Office

Admin 206

X1252

Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30

Public Safety

Admin 122

X1292

24 Hour Coverage

Registrar

Admin 111

X 1303

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Student Affairs

Morey

X1212

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

SHAPE Front Desk

SHAPE

X1384

Monday - Friday 6:00-8:00, Saturday, 9:00-6:00, Sunday 10:00-8:00

Student Rights
Vermont Technical College is an academic community in which all students; faculty, administrators, and staff share responsibility for the community’s growth and continued welfare. Students have the right to freely exercise their full rights as citizens. The College affirms the right of students to exercise their freedoms without fear of interference by the College. As members of the community, students can reasonably expect that all College offices, programs, employees, and organizations will respect their rights.
Students are responsible for knowing and behaving consistently with all College policies, including all modifications. Students, faculty, administrators, and staff are expected to be familiar with their rights and responsibilities, as well as the Code of Student Conduct. All members of the College are prohibited from violating College policies, including, but not limited to, the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy, the College Computer and Network Use Policy, the Weapons Policy, the Sexual Harassment Policy, and Residence Hall Policies. Questions regarding policies should be referred to the corresponding office. A listing of all College policies may be found on Portal by going to the VTC Administration section under the My Vermont Tech menu. Additionally, policies of the Vermont State College system may be viewed by going to www.vsc.edu and clicking on the Public Information tab.
Vermont Tech further encourages all members of the College to endorse, support, and abide by the following statements of values that this community has deemed fundamental to its mission and integral to its growth.
Freedom of Expression
The College considers freedom of inquiry and discussion essential to a student's educational development. Thus, the College recognizes the rights of all students to engage in discussion, to exchange thought and opinion, and to speak, write, or publish freely on any subject, in accordance with the guarantees of Federal or State constitutions. This broad principle is the foundation of education in democracy.
Student groups may freely select persons they wish to invite as guest speakers or performers. There are no restrictions on the points of view expressed by speakers other than those imposed by national or state law. The invitation of an outside speaker does not imply approval or sponsorship of her/ his views by the College nor by the group inviting that individual. Speakers should be scheduled as would be done with any event. All communication by members of the College community should be guided by common sense, common decency and a sense of civility.
There are, however, limits to freedom of expression when they involve defamation, threats or abusive or unsolicited advances. Please familiarize yourself with the policies on harassment and appropriate use of computer networks for more details.
Assembly and Protest
Students have the right to assemble in an orderly manner and engage in peaceful protest, demonstration, and picketing that does not disrupt the functions of the College, threaten the health or safety of any person, or violate the policies in this handbook and the policies and procedures of Vermont Tech.
Religion and Association
Students have the right to exercise their religious convictions and to associate with religious, political, or other organizations of their choice in College facilities, provided they do so in a way that respects the rights of other members of the community and complies with this handbook and the policies and procedures of Vermont Tech. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights of other members of the College community to free exercise of their religious convictions and to the free association with organizations of their choice.
Privacy, Search and Seizure
Students have the right of privacy, and to be free from unreasonable searches or unlawful arrest on College property and within their campus residences. This includes residence halls on the Randolph Center and Williston campuses. Students have the responsibility to respect the privacy of other members of the College community in their persons and in their places of residence.
When College authorities have reason to suspect that a violation of College policy or state or Federal law is present, they reserve the right to investigate and confiscate evidence of the violation. In addition, College officials may make a cursory search of the student's room and person, including refrigerators, closets, wardrobes, desks, bags, boxes, knapsacks or any item that can be used for the concealment of an illegal substance. Material evidence such as alcoholic beverages and empty containers, drug paraphernalia, suspicious odors, disruptive behavior, weapons or possession of stolen property will generally be the basis for such a search. Students are reminded that they have agreed to the right to search when they signed the college housing contract.
Information Technology
Students should understand that there should be no expectation of privacy when using the college computer network. The network is the property of the Vermont State Colleges and any violation of VSC Policy 502 is prohibited. While college officials will not access student email accounts or other network locations without probable cause, if it is brought to our attention that the network is being used in violation of the acceptable use policy or in violation of the student code of conduct or state or Federal law, appropriate action will be taken. This also includes social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace or YouTube. We do not actively monitor these types of sites but if it is brought to our attention that inappropriate or illegal activity is taking place on such a site may be investigated.
As part of our commitment to offer a safe educational environment, Vermont Tech is committed to protect our students from the growing threat of Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined as “bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.”
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Cyberbullying is considered non-physical abuse and those who commit it are subject to applicable sanctions. It can also lead to a Policy 311 or Title IX complaint if the cyberbullying is targeted at a protected class, is meant to stalk someone, or is of a sexual nature.

Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

Honesty
It is an expectation that all members of the Vermont Tech community will be honest and forthcoming in their dealings with others, and truthfully answer questions put to them by Administrators of the College. This includes conveying information which the student knows or should know to be false, including but is not limited to: forging, altering, or entering false information into the College record, at a College proceeding, or to a member of the College community; or impersonating a member of the College community. Any student accused of academic dishonesty will get a hearing before the College Disciplinary Board to determine their level of responsibility. Dishonesty may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to expulsion from the College. For a full statement of policy and procedures see VTC Policy 107.
Code of Student Conduct
The Code of Conduct applies principally to conduct that occurs on College owned or leased property, at College related activities or facilities, or on College sponsored trips. Off-campus conduct, including inappropriate or unsafe behavior in a clinical setting, may also subject a student to disciplinary or other appropriate administrative action where it is reasonably perceived to pose an imminent threat of harm or safety of the student or others or reflects on a student’s fitness to continue in the academic program in which she or he is enrolled, or is perceived to have an adverse effect on college/community relations. This includes violation of State, Federal, or local law. The institution will provide no sanctuary for those who violate with such laws and will fully cooperate with law enforcement agencies in such cases. The college reserves the right to discipline students charged or convicted of criminal violations.
Students are fully responsible for acts in violation of this Code that are committed in ignorance of it or under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or improperly used controlled substances.
Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this handbook. Students and others who use the handbook should note that laws, rules and policies change from time to time due to changes in Federal or state statutes or by rules and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State College system, by the Chancellor or by the President or designee of the institution and that these changes may alter the information contained in this publication.
Students shall have the opportunity to participate in the formulation of policy directly affecting students through membership on appropriate committees as determined by the President or other recognized groups within the College.
Definitions in the Code of Conduct
The term "student" refers to all persons taking courses at the College, either full time or part  time; pursuing undergraduate, certificate, or professional studies; persons who withdraw after allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code; persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the College ; persons who have been notified of their acceptance for admission; or persons who are living in College residence halls or apartments, although not enrolled in this institution.
The term “behavior” means conduct and expression.
The term "member of the College community,” means Vermont State College system trustees, academic, nonacademic and administrative staff, students and other persons while such other persons are on College property or at a College function.
Students who are believed to have assisted in violating any provision of the Code of Conduct may be charged with a violation to the same extent as those persons committing a violation. Attempts to violate this Code, including unsuccessful attempts, are prohibited and are subject to the same response under this Code as are actual violations.
Prohibited Acts Against a Person
Physical Harm and Physical Abuse
This includes threats and acts of physical harm or abuse including, but not limited to: hazing; personal injury; alcohol or other drug abuse; physical restraint; holding or transporting an individual against her or his will; any actual or threatened nonconsensual sexual act.
Nonphysical Abuse
Threats or actual nonphysical abuse, or abusive behavior towards another person includes, but is not limited to: verbal or written statements in a form of expression unprotected by law, such as obscenity, fighting words and defamation; psychological abuse or abusive behavior through verbal or written statements that intend to or could reasonably be foreseen to cause embarrassment, humiliation, shame, fright, grief or intimidation.
Property Offenses
Actual or attempted destruction, vandalism, and stealing of property and services are prohibited. This applies both to College and personal property of members of the College community and includes: trespassing or entering unauthorized areas; unauthorized or inappropriate use of College or personal property; unauthorized use, possession, or duplication of keys, computer access codes or other security mechanisms; using fraudulent pretenses to procure money, property, or services; purchase or possession of stolen or embezzled property or services.
Sanctions for these offenses include full restitution for the item(s) stolen or destroyed in addition to any fines or additional sanctions deemed appropriate by the College including possible prosecution according to State law.\
Weapons
Possessing or using weapons, explosives, flammable substances or other dangerous devices is prohibited. A weapon is any object or substance designed and/ or used to inflict a wound, cause injury, or to incapacitate. This includes but is not limited to: firearms, pellet guns, air pistols, air rifles, knives, black jacks, metal knuckles, fireworks, explosives, bows or arrows, crossbows, slingshots, throwing stars, swords, biological and chemical agents and chemicals such as Mace and/or tear gas. Replicas and facsimiles of weapons are also prohibited. Hunting weapons must be checked in with Public Safety during the appropriate season, and must not be left in a vehicle or a residence hall room. Please refer to VTC Policy 610 Possession of Weapons for a complete explanation.
General Conduct

Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly conduct includes, but is not limited to: rioting; public intoxication; lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior; littering; causing any object to be ejected from any part of a College owned building; indecent exposure; elimination of bodily fluids or waste other than in designated receptacles; libel; slander; disruption or obstruction of the lawful activities of the College or its members, including their exercise of the right to assembly and peaceful protest. Any such behavior is subject to disciplinary action and/or prosecution, at the discretion of the College.

  Windows
The College does not allow windows to be used as a point of entrance to or exit from a building.

  Prank Telephone Calls
Use of the College phone system for prank, harassing, or unwelcome calls is strictly prohibited. This includes calling a College line from off campus. Violators can be fined and can lose phone privileges on a second or subsequent offense as well as face possible harassment charges.

  Illegal Gambling
The College prohibits all illegal gambling as defined by Vermont State Law. Furthermore, the College discourages gambling as it can lead to serious financial problems and addiction. Gambling may be permitted, with prior College approval, as a fund raising activity for charitable causes.

  Skateboarding, Rollerblading, Bicycling
Roller blading and skateboarding are not allowed in College buildings. Careless, negligent or reckless skating or bicycling on College walkways, roads and parking
lots may result in disciplinary action including fines and confiscation.
The use of benches, stairs, planters, railings or any other fixtures on College property for skating or snowboarding tricks is strictly prohibited. Offenders will be billed for damages associated with these activities.  There is a skateboard park in the town of Randolph which students are welcome to use free of charge.
  Smoking
  Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

  Confiscated Items
Any items, such as weapons or prohibited appliances, which are confiscated by Residence Life or Public Safety, may be claimed by the student at the end of the semester, unless an exception is granted by the College official who confiscated it. It is the student’s responsibility to claim the item. Items that are illegal to possess in the State of Vermont will not be returned at any time.

Harassment & Discrimination - VSC Policy 311

All members of the College community must act in a manner that allows others to pursue appropriate activities and goals without fear of harassment. The College values a community atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, and will endeavor to prevent discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or military service. The College prohibits conduct that prevents free academic interaction and opportunities or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

A copy of VSC Policy 311, Non-Discrimination and Prevention of Harassment and Related Unprofessional Conduct, may be viewed at www.vsc.edu under the public information section. John Paterson Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs, is the Vermont Tech’s Policy 311 and Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for coordinating the institution‘s response to complaints and maintaining records on complaints.

Complaints of harassment and discrimination are investigated by two impartial investigators.  Where a complaint is made by a student against another student, the Dean of Students shall appoint two investigators. Where a complaint is made by an employee or by a student against an employee, the President shall appoint two investigators who may or may not be employees of the member college. In complaints involving sexual harassment, the investigators generally shall include one male and one female.  All faculty and staff have an obligation to report any complaints shared with them to the Policy 311 coordinator.

Any student or employee who believes that he or she is a victim of discrimination, harassment or related unprofessional conduct, or a person who has information about alleged incidents, may seek information from the Policy 311 coordinator or College Administrator.

Any communication of an incident of harassment, discrimination, or bias received by the Policy 311 coordinator or Administrator will be investigated in a timely manner, corrective measures taken as appropriate, and information fed back to the complaining party.

The investigator(s) may call on the College President, Deans, or designated College personnel for support in an investigation, and to ensure that there is no bias during the investigation.

Retaliation for an employee or student having filed or made a good faith complaint under this Policy, or for cooperating in an investigation, is strictly prohibited and will be considered a violation of Policy 311.

Harassment Contact Info

Policy/Statute

Last Name

First Name

Position

Office Phone

Office Email

Policy 311 Coordinator

Paterson

John

Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs

802-728-1212

jpaterson@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Riso

Kelly Rue

Payroll

802-728-1211

kriso@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Northern

Alex

Assistant Professor and Director, Fire Science Program

802-728-1710

anorthern@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Sargent

Brent

Dean of Extended Campuses

802-879-2321

bsargent@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Ankuda

Pam

Director of Human Resources

802-728-1530

pankuda@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Clark

Jean-Marie

Associate Dean (Williston)

802-879-2322

jclark@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Ankuda

Geoffrey

Resident Director

802-728-1663

gankuda@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Distel

Rosemary

Associate Academic Dean

802-728-1245

rdistel@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Fredette

Emile

Director of Public Safety

802-728-1292

efredette@vtc.edu

Policy 311 Investigator

Keith

Johnathan

Public Safety Officer

802-728-1292

jkeith@vtc.edu

Title IX Coordinator

Norton-Magnan

Jenn

Athletic Director

802-728-1794

jnorton@vtc.edu

Section 504 Coordinator

Goodall

Robin

Learning Specialist

802-728-1278

rgoodall@vtc.edu

Sexual Harassment

Vermont Tech is committed to the full development of each community member‘s abilities and aspirations. As part of that commitment, the College seeks to establish and maintain a community in which all members are accorded respect, free from unwelcome sexual advances and comments or displays of unwarranted gestures or behavior. Sexual harassment is covered under VSC Policy 311 as outlined above, and all students are encouraged to read the policy and discuss its contents with faculty, staff, other students, or with one of the designated contact people trained to assist in implementing the policy.

These people are:

• All Resident Directors
• Pamela Gandin Ankuda, Director of Human Resources, extension 1530, pankuda@vtc.edu

Title IX

Vermont Technical College does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff based on sex in any of its programs or activities, including but not limited to educational programs, employment, and admission. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a kind of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and Vermont Technical College. 

The college is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex or sexual violence. Any individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex or sexual violence should contact Vermont Technical College’s Title IX Coordinator, Jennifer Norton, at Jnorton@vtc.edu.

Sexual Misconduct

It is important that students know their rights and responsibilities regarding sexuality and sexual behavior. For many students, college years are a time of learning more about personal values and choices in many areas of life. Each person must learn how to express thoughts, feelings and desires in appropriate ways, while maintaining respect for the rights and choices of others. One basic right is the right to receive an education free of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, and Intimidation.

These crimes may involve threats, coercion, or fear of imminent harm; they sometimes involve situations where consent or personal control is impaired by drugs or alcohol. These are serious crimes that can have a devastating impact on everyone involved. Each student should take the time to learn about these issues for him or herself and to help others be more aware of them by reviewing VTC Policy 314 and contacting Student Affairs if they have any questions.

Students should make use of the various campus educational materials and programs on rape and sexual offense issues to explore their thoughts and values and those of others, and to get to know the rules that we all need to live by. There are many resources available to anyone who wants to learn more or to discuss these issues further. On the Randolph Center campus, ask at Student Support Services, located in Conant Hall or the Health Center, located in Keenan for information on the resources and support groups that are available on campus and in the wider community. At the Williston campus, see Jean Marie Clark.

Victims will be advised of their rights and options, and will be assisted in preserving evidence that may be needed in a criminal prosecution. At the victim‘s request, a counselor or advocate from the College community will assist with dealing with medical and law enforcement authorities, accompany the victim to the hospital, and provide support and information. In the event of sexual assault, immediately contact one or all of the following:

Randolph Center:

• Emile Fredette, or the Officer on duty, Public Safety, Administrative Center 122, extension 1292
• Robert Sivret, nurse on the Randolph Campus, extension 1270
• Student Affairs Office, Morey Hall, extension 1212.

Williston:

• Stan Costa , Coordinator of Student Activities, extension 2397
• Jean Marie Clark, Associate Dean of the Williston Campus, extension 2322

Nursing Sites:

• Nursing Site Director

Hazing

Per Vermont State Colleges (VSC) Policy 313, which can be seen at http://www.vtc.edu/right.php/pid/29/sid/332/tid/1023, no member of the VSC community may participate or be involved in hazing.

Hazing is defined as  “any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the Vermont State Colleges or any member College thereof; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of a student.”

A student or employee will be subject to disciplinary action for:

1. Engaging in hazing;
2. Soliciting, directing, aiding or abetting, or attempting to aid or abet another person engaged in hazing; and
3. Knowingly failing to take reasonable measures within the scope of the person's authority to prevent hazing. It is not a valid defense against charges of hazing that the student against whom the hazing was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity.

All reports of hazing should first be directed to the College Dean of Students, or his or her equivalent, or, in the absence of the Dean, to the Public Safety Office.

Policies and Enforcement

Due Process

Due process guarantees that a student accused of breaking the Code of Conduct will be given written notification of their offense, the date and time of a hearing related to that offense with reasonable time to prepare for such hearing. Additionally, the offending student will be given a fair opportunity to present a response to any accusations in a hearing, will be notified of the results of that hearing, and will have the opportunity to appeal any sanction.

It must be noted that the College disciplinary process is not equivalent to the criminal law processes of state and federal laws.


Student's Rights and Responsibilities in Disciplinary Proceedings

Each student has the right to tell his or her sides of an incident before sanctioning decisions are made, and to appeal any sanction if there are grounds to do so. No student will be fined for a policy violation before having a hearing, except in rare cases where the student resists all good-faith efforts to be contacted.

In certain aggravated circumstances where a student presents an imminent threat to him/ herself or others, a student can be placed on interim suspension from the residence halls or college pending a hearing. In such cases, the hearing will be held as soon as reasonably possible.

When confronted for a policy violation, it is in each student's best interest to respond politely, provide identification promptly upon request, and comply with any College officials involved. Failure to do these things will be considered aggravating factors during sanctioning. Students should also respond promptly to a request to meet from a College official. Failure to comply with a college official, or providing false information, can result in a fine of $25 per occurrence. Failure to appear at any disciplinary hearing can result in a fine of $25.

The Disciplinary Process

For non-aggravated first and second offenses committed outside the Residence Hall, the individual will meet with their Resident Director.  For all aggravated offenses and all third level offenses, the individual will meet with an assigned college official.

Resident Directors dealing with a first offense have five business days after the incident to contact the individual charged. Business days over College breaks do not count. The assigned college official who handles aggravated offenses and all third level offenses does not have a time limit, but will make a conscientious effort to contact the individual in a timely fashion.

Appeals

The following are grounds for appeal:

• New evidence not reasonably available at the time the incident report was written.
• A procedural error in the  in incident report or in the way the preliminary meeting was held that can be shown to have a detrimental impact
• Errors in the interpretation of College policy so substantial as to deny any party a fair judgment
• A grossly inappropriate sanction having no reasonable relationship to the charges.

During any hearings that are part of the appeals processes, a student is allowed to have one support person; this person is not permitted to speak on the student's behalf, but only to advise and support the student.

• Appeals must be submitted, it writing, to Student Affairs designee named in the sanction letter.
• Appeals must be submitted within 48 hours of receiving the sanction
• Appeals must be based upon the grounds for appeal stated above or it will be denied.

College Disciplinary Board

• Adjudicates appeals of academic and disciplinary dismissal which results in suspension from the College or residence hall suspension or dismissal.
• Five member board composed of two full time faculty, two students and one administrator.
• Board has access to all student records and material related to the appeal.
• The Dean of Enrollment and Student shall appoint a non-voting chair of the Board.
• Board members with a potential conflict of interest are expected to recluse themselves.
• The Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs, or designee, will chair the Board

The process is as follows:

1. The student is notified in writing of the sanction within twenty-four hours of meeting with an assigned college official. Copies of correspondence are sent to the student‘s advisor and the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs.
2. The student appeals the sanction, in writing, within forty-eight hours to the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs. The student must include a current address at which they can be reached. The Dean notifies the Assistant Dean of Students who contacts the members of the Board and arranges a hearing at the earliest convenience of an available group of board members, typically forty-eight hours. Every effort will be made to hold a hearing within this timeline. The College reserves the right to modify its procedures and timeline when the College is not in normal academic session or when circumstances indicate that special expertise is need to assure fairness. No student who has been dismissed will be allowed to attend classes, be on Vermont Technical College property or attend a clinical affiliation while the appeal is in process.
3. The student is notified in writing and by email at their Vermont Tech account of the date, time and location of the hearing. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to check mail and email. Failure to appear will result in denial of the appeal.
4. At the designated time, the board reviews the materials of the case and determines if an appeal is granted. The student will then be called before the board to either verbally state the appeal or to be told that an appeal is not warranted.
5. The student may bring another person to advise them during their hearing, but the advisor does not have the right to speak for the student. The board may also request that other individuals be present as they may deem necessary in order to provide background information.
6. The student is dismissed from the hearing and the board deliberates the merits of the appeal and comes to a decision. On some occasions, the board may feel that more information is needed to schedule a follow up hearing.
7. When the board makes a decision, the student is then called back to the hearing and informed of the decision. The chair then notifies the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs, in writing, of the board‘s decision.

The Dean is the final arbiter and has the option of accepting the recommendations of the board, accepting and modifying the recommendations, or disregarding the recommendations and re-addressing the matter. The Dean issues the results of the appeal to the student in writing with copies to the board members, the student‘s advisor, the registrar, the Director of Financial Aid and the Academic Dean.

Sanctions

If a student has violated a regulation or an article of the Code of Conduct as outlined in this handbook or in other College or VSC policies, the student is subject to sanctions. Nursing students should see the Nursing and Allied Health Student Policies & Procedures as additional sanctions may apply. Disciplinary actions against an individual are cumulative and progress in severity depending on the seriousness and frequency of the violations. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action against students who are involved in any off-campus incidents of criminal activity or any inappropriate non-criminal behavior, particularly when such incidents have implications for campus safety or an effect on the reputation or operation of the College. Additionally, the College may provide information to Local, State or Federal authorities as the situation warrants.

When making sanctioning decisions Resident Directors, Disciplinary Boards and hearing officers will consider both mitigating and aggravating circumstances. The following factors may be considered once responsibility has been determined:
• Present demeanor of the student.
• Prior offenses.
• The nature and severity of the offense and any damage or injury resulting.
• The student‘s honesty, or lack of honesty, and cooperation with the staff during the investigation of the incident and the disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary Sanctions in Order of Severity

Sanctions can be assigned individually or in combination, as appropriate. Sanctions are cumulative for the entire time a student is at Vermont Tech.

• Verbal Warning: A formal warning of the consequences of continuing a behavior. No other specific action is taken unless further misconduct occurs.
• Written Warning: An official written notification that a student‘s behavior is in violation of College regulations or standards, including expected behavior in the future. Further misconduct may be treated with more serious sanctions.
• Fines: Financial compensation for damage or offense paid to the College. Damage fines pay to replace or repair damage. Administrative fines go to funding for student related programs and activities.
• Monetary Restitution: When appropriate, the sanction may require restitution for damages or other payment for expenses incurred from the student‘s actions. Monetary restitution may be required to the College, a specific department, or an individual.
• Community Restitution: Sanctions may require performance of a specified number of community restitution hours. This sanction can be fulfilled either on or off campus. The College official assigning the sanction will follow up on its completion. Failure to complete community restitution will result in an additional fine, $10 per hour not completed, and the original community restitution hours will be reinstated. Continued non-compliance will result in the student's records not being available, including those of graduating seniors, until the requirements are satisfied. In extreme cases this may result in suspension/expulsion.
• In some cases, the College may require the student to perform Community Restitution hours with a specific program or in a specific place, as a form of an Educational Sanction.
• Restriction: Denial of access to classrooms, residence halls, computer labs, campus activities, or the elimination of other privileges.
• Residence Hall Probation: An indication that a student is no longer in good standing in the residence hall community. Further violations may result in immediate loss of eligibility to live in or visit the residence halls.
• Disciplinary Probation: Additional violations within the probationary period shall result in more severe sanctions, which may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Probationary status is issued for a stated period of time, and may include specific restrictions of the student.
• Suspension from the Residence Halls: This prohibits a student from residing in or visiting any College operated residence hall on either a temporary or a permanent basis. The student may reapply for housing after the stated period of suspension. Specific restrictions on access to residence halls during the period of suspension may be invoked. Suspension includes forfeiture of any fee rebate for the remainder of the housing contract.
• Disciplinary Suspension from the College: Suspension separates the student from the College for a specified period of time. Such separation prohibits attendance at any classes, College-sponsored social events, or other functions or visiting College grounds or buildings. The student may not register and/or enroll until the stated period of suspension is completed, and all other requirements are met. Suspended students will receive no refund of tuition, room, board or other fees as a result of their suspension.
• Disciplinary Dismissal: Separates the student permanently from Vermont Technical College. Dismissed students will receive no refund of tuition, room, board, or other fees. Dismissal is also noted on a student‘s transcript. If dismissed, a student may not return for two years, and only then upon formal appeal, and after meeting with the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs.

Educational Sanctions

Educational sanctions may include, but are not limited to: a formal apology, in writing and/or in person; a public presentation; reading books; watching videos; a reflective essay or research paper on a designated topic.

Fines

Conduct Violation

First Offense

Subsequent

Failure to comply with a College official

$25

$25

Providing false information

$25

$25

Failure to appear at a disciplinary hearing

$25

$25

Failure to complete assigned community service (per hour)

$10

$10

Assault, physical or nonphysical abuse

$100

$150

Possession of fireworks

$50

$50

Possession or use of an incendiary, chemical or explosive device

$100

$200

Unauthorized possession of a weapon

$100

$200

Disconnecting a smoke alarm

$75

$150

Misuse of/tampering with fire safety equipment

$250

$500

Failure to exit a building during a fire alarm

$25

$25

Possession/use of prohibited appliances

$25

$50

Propping of fire/emergency exit doors

$250

$250

Guest policy violations

$25

$50

Restroom violation

$25

$25

Possession/use of flammable items in residence halls

$25

$50

Smoking offenses

$25

$50

Entering/exiting a building through a window

$50

$50

Prank telephone calls

$25

$25

Reckless skateboard/bicycle use

$25

$25

Pet policy violation (per day)

$50

$50

Hall sports

$25

$25

Noise policy violation

$25

$50

Alcohol policy violation 1st Offense

$50

2nd Offense

Alcohol policy violation 2nd Offense

$100

3rd Offense

Alcohol policy violation 3rd Offense

$250

$250

Supplying alcohol to a minor host

$100

$100

(in addition to automatic second alcohol offense)

$50

$50

Misrepresentation of age by a minor

$100

$100

Drug policy violation

$100

$150

Improper use of ID card

$50

$50

Academic Affairs

The Office of the Academic Dean, located on the second floor of Green Hall in room 215, is responsible for all issues related to academic programs, courses, classes, class scheduling, academic departments, faculty assignment and evaluations, student advising, grading, academic standings, graduation requirements and graduation standards.  The Academic Dean is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all courses offered for credit by Vermont Technical College, whether they are offered on or off-campus.

Each academic program or major is assigned to a specific department under the Academic Dean, and depending on the number of students in the program, a department will have a department chair or program director and additional faculty required to conduct and deliver the program. 

Students who have concerns about faculty, class scheduling, advising, grading or other related issues that may be affecting their academic performance should first meet with their academic advisor to try to arrive at a resolution. If the advisor cannot help, students should meet with their department chair or director.  If after meeting with the advisor and the department chair or director the issues still cannot be resolved, the student should contact the Office of the Academic Dean.  Depending on the nature of the problem involved, students may meet with either the Academic Dean or the Associate Academic Dean to discuss possible solutions and outcomes.

For more information about academics affairs refer to the Academics section on the Vermont Tech web site at http://www.vtc.edu/academics, the catalog at http://www.vtc.edu/course-catalog, or the My Vermont Tech tab on the VSC Portal at http://portal.vsc.edu.


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
All five Vermont State Colleges (VSC): Vermont Tech, Castleton State College, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and the Community College of Vermont, use the same online academic database and share a common transcript. Students that share academic information with one college are sharing it with the entire VSC. The FERPA authorization form is a VSC-wide authorization.

The Family Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of student educational records. The law gives eligible students, those who have reached the age of 18, or the parents of students under the age of 18, certain rights with respect to their education records. Students have the right to inspect, review and request that the College correct educational records believed to be inaccurate or misleading. If parents/guardians claim a student as a dependent, they may have access to the student’s educational records without prior the student’s permission.

Generally, the College must have written permission prior to releasing any academic information from a student’s record. However, the law allows the College to disclose records without consent, for official school business.

Students must complete an online FERPA Authorization form in Web Services to provide parents or others with access to their academic records and to set up an access code for them to provide when seeking information either in person or on the phone.  This authorization does not include transcript requests, grade reports or enrollment verifications; these must be individually requested by the student. However, the law allows the college to disclose records without consent, to the following parties:

• College employees who have a need to know;
• Other schools to which the student is applying;
• Certain government officials in order to carry out lawful functions;
• Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
• Parents of dependent eligible students;
• Organizations conducting studies for the college;
• Accrediting organizations;
• Individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas;
• Persons who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies; and state and local authorities, within the justice system, pursuant to specific state law.

Students must complete an online form in Web Services that provides parents or others with access to their academic records and an access code for them to provide when seeking information either in person or on the phone. This permission does not include transcript requests or grade reports; these must be individually requested by the student.
Directory Information
The college may also disclose, without consent, “directory type information” that is considered not to be harmful to student/parent if released. The information considered by the college to be directory information is name, home and college address, telephone listing, email address, date of birth, major, enrollment status (full-time or part-time), enrollment level (undergraduate or graduate), dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, weight and height of athletic team members, photographs, most recent and previous educational institutions attended, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports. Parent information is not directory information.

Students have the right to withhold the release of any or all directory information, to do so a written request must be made at the Office of the Registrar.  It should be noted that if directory information is to be withheld, it will be withheld all parties.  A request to withhold directory information must be made as soon as possible after the start of term and will remain in effect until revoked by the eligible student.

For additional information, technical assistance or to file a complaint, you may contact the Family Policy Compliance Office at (202) 260-3887 or om@ed.gov or

US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
Public Access to Student Information
The College may NOT disclose personally identifiable information from education records unless the disclosure meets one or more of the requirements of B and C of this section.

“Personally Identifiable Information” (PII) includes but is not limited to the student’s name, address, student identification numbers, social security number, other personal identifiers, ethnicity, race, nationality, and gender; name and address of student’s parent or other family members; and a list of personal characteristics or other information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable.

The College may disclose Directory Information without prior written consent of the student.
1. “Directory information” means information which would not generally be considered harmful to the student or an invasion of privacy, if disclosed. See Directory Information above under FERPA.
2. Release of directory information is permitted but not required under FERPA. The decision to disclose directory information will be made at the discretion of the appropriate school official.
3. Students may opt out of the release of all directory information by submitting a Request to Withhold Directory Information form. Upon receipt of this form, the College shall release no directory information to any third party without prior student consent except as may be otherwise permitted by law.

PII from education records may be released to the student and, under the following circumstances, to third parties:

1. Where the student consents to the release by signing and dating a written statement of consent before disclosing protected information. The written consent must specify: the record(s) to be disclosed, the purpose of the disclosure, and the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure must be made.
2. Where the disclosure is to school officials with legitimate educational interest. For the purposes of this section, “school officials” include persons employed by the VSC in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff). “School officials” also include persons, companies or agencies with whom the VSC has contracted to provide services (i.e. attorney, auditor, collection agent, etc.), a person serving on the board of trustees, and a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her own tasks. For the purposes of this section, “Legitimate Educational Interest” means: (a) the record or information requested is relevant and necessary to the accomplishment of some task or determination; (b) the task or determination is an employment responsibility for the inquirer or is properly assigned subject matter for the inquirer’s task or determination; and (c) the task or determination is consistent with the purpose for which the record or information is maintained.
3. Where special circumstances are present including the following as well as any other circumstances permitted:
1. Upon request by officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll; b. To certain federal, state, or local education officials in connection with state or federally supported educational programs;
2. To authorized representatives of the Comptroller General of the United States, the Secretary of Education or State educational authorities, or authorized representatives of the Attorney General for law enforcement purposes;
3. To organizations conducting certain studies/research for or on behalf of the VSC;
4. To comply with a discipline order or a lawfully issued subpoena or IRS summons after making a reasonable effort to notify student in advance;
5. To appropriate parties in a health and/or safety emergency;
6. When a College has found, in the event of disciplinary proceedings against a student who is an alleged perpetrator of a violent crime (18 USC section 16) or non-forcible sex offense, that the student committed a violation of College rules or policies, the final results of such disciplinary proceedings may be released. However, the institution may only release the name of the student, violation committed, sanction imposed, and the name(s) of other student(s) involved, such as the victim or witness, but only with the prior written consent of the other student(s).
7. To the parents of a student under the age of 21 where the VSC has determined that the student has committed a disciplinary violation with respect to use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance;
8. To the parents of dependent students, as defined in the Internal Revenue Code;
9. To accrediting organizations in order to conduct accrediting functions;
10. To an authorized representative of institutions from which a student has received financial aid or the student had applied for financial aid.
11. In accordance with the Solomon Act. Solomon requires institutions to provide specified information about individual students to representatives of the U.S. Department of Defense for military recruiting purposes unless the student has formally requested the school to withhold directory information from all third parties.

With the exception of the mandatory reporting of student recruiting information under the Solomon, disclosure without consent in these special circumstances is permitted but not required. The decision to disclose any information in these special circumstances will be made at the discretion of the appropriate school official. 

The College shall maintain records of requests and disclosure of non-directory information under this section C3 above. The person or agency making a request for disclosure must submit a letter stating: the name of the student, name of the person making the request, the names of the parties to whom the information may be disclosed, the legitimate interest of the party making the request and the legitimate interest of the party who may receive the information. All requests for disclosure should be submitted to College Registrar.

Procedures to Amend Educational Records
Students have the right to ask to have record(s) corrected that they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of their privacy rights.
1. A student must submit a written request to the College Registrar to amend a record. In so doing, the student should identify the part of the record she/he wants changed and specify why she/he believes it is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of his/her privacy rights.
2. The College has the authority to accept or reject any requests. If the College decides not to comply, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise him/her of his/her right to a hearing to challenge the information believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights.
3. Upon request for a hearing, the College will arrange for a hearing and notify the student of the date, time, and place of the hearing.
4. The hearing will be conducted by a hearing officer who is a disinterested party; however, the hearing officer may be an official of the College. The student shall be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised in the original request to amend his/her education record(s).
5. The College will prepare a written decision based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and the reason for the decision.
6. If the College decides that the challenged information is not inaccurate, misleading, or in violation if his/her privacy rights, it will notify the student that she/he has a right to place in the record a statement commenting on the challenged information and/or a statement setting forth reasons for disagreeing with the decision.
7. The statement will be maintained as part of the student’s education records as long as the contested portion is maintained.
8. If the College decides that the information is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of his/her privacy rights, it will amend the record and notify the student, in writing, that the record has been amended.

Annual College Notification
Vermont Technical College provides this handbook notice to inform students of their rights under FERPA and requests each student update annually his or her FERPA General Release form during orientation to be kept on file in the Office of the Registrar.

The entire FERPA policy is available on the web under the VSC Public Information & Data under VSC Policy and planning, Policy 312 – FERPA.

Academic Honesty

Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: plagiarism; cheating and other forms of academic misconduct; misuse of academic resources or facilities; misuse of computer software and hardware, data, equipment or networks or misuse of electronic devices such as cell phones. Students caught in acts of academic dishonesty face serious consequences, up to and including dismissal from the College.

Classroom Regulations

Students in a classroom, lab, studio, work period or assembly are under the supervision of the instructor in charge and are expected to act in a respectful, civil and mature manner.  Students working in classrooms, labs or studios are responsible for the furniture and equipment within these areas whether during organized classes or while utilizing the facilities independently.  Food and beverages are not permitted and smoking is not allowed within any College buildings.

Students who violate these regulations may be subject to reprimand or disciplinary action.

Academic Advising

The academic advising system is designed to help students achieve a successful educational experience.  It presumes that students will take responsibility for their own educational outcomes based on sound guidance and support.  Students are assigned academic advisors specifically for their program or major and are encouraged to meet with him or her regularly to develop a relationship and level of understanding so that they can take advantage of their advisor’s experience and knowledge in the pursuit of their academic and career goals.

Due to the complexity and lab-intensive nature of most programs at Vermont Tech, the class schedule is optimized to allow matriculated, on-track, degree students to successfully complete their required course work in a regular term-by-term sequence.  Students that enter off-track, drop or fail required courses or do not take the regular program course load may take additional terms to complete their programs.  For undeclared students, it is important that their advisor understands their educational goals, whether that be to transfer to another college or to enter a specific degree program at a later time.  Undeclared students do not have priority over matriculated degree students for seating in “required courses”.

If a student feels that he or she needs to get a different advisor, contact should be made with the department chair or director, or go to the Office of the Registrar and complete a change of advisor form.  There is no stigma attached to changing advisors.  Either the Registrar or the department chair/director can coordinate the change to ensure that a new advisor can be assigned.  After changing advisors, it is important to meet with the new advisor to establish a relationship and communicate goals and expectations.

Office of the Registrar

The Registrar’s Office, Admin 111, registrar@vtc.edu, 802.728.1302, Fax 802.728.1597, is responsible for all student registrations, maintains all student academic records, transfer credit information, class schedules, academic standings, verifications of enrollment and graduation degree audits and issues transcripts.  Registrar forms are available online at are available on-line at http://www.vtc.edu/scheduling and at the office for pre-registration, registration, add/drop, withdrawal, verification of enrollment, changing programs, changing location of program, changing of advisor, grade forgiveness, transcript requests, grade requests and graduation application.

If students change their name, address, phone or email, they should let the Registrar’s Office know.

Notice of Shared Information

Vermont Tech is part of the Vermont State Colleges (VSC), which includes Castleton State College, Lyndon State College, Johnson State College, Vermont Technical College and the Community College of Vermont.  The five colleges share one database and academic transcript.  Pertinent academic information is shared among the five colleges.

Vermont State Colleges Consortium Enrollment Agreement

Matriculated Vermont Tech students (except those enrolled in the LPN trimesters) may enroll simultaneously at Vermont Tech and any of the other Vermont State Colleges (Castleton, Lyndon, Johnson or the Community College of Vermont) and use their total VSC enrollment for billing and financial aid at Vermont Tech.

Vermont Tech students may also enroll solely other VSC schools and maintain their Vermont Tech financial aid, billing and program, this is called non-home school enrollment.  To do this, students must be matriculated at Vermont Tech and secure written permission in advance of their registration from their advisor, their department and the Office of the Registrar.

First Term Registration

Newly admitted students are automatically registered for a full-time class schedule based on their placement, prior credits and program requirements, unless they have indicated to Admissions that they want to be less than full time.   Registration takes place in the months just prior to the start of classes, after applicants have been accepted and paid their deposits.  Initial class schedules are tentative and may change up until the start of classes.  Class schedules are available on Web Services.  Hard copies of the official schedule may be available at the Office of the Registrar or site office during orientation.

Students that need to change their initial schedules may do so with their advisor during orientation and through the first week of classes.  Online registration, add and drop are only available during the preregistration periods and the first week of classes, and only when approved by the academic advisor.  All other class schedule changes are on preregistration forms or add/drop slips that must be returned to the Office of the Registrar.

Pre-Registration For Subsequent Terms

Returning students, for spring and subsequent terms, pre-register with the advice and consent of their academic advisor during pre-registration periods that are annotated on the academic calendar in the Vermont Tech catalog.

During pre-registration, students meet with their advisor and registration may be done on departmental preregistration forms or online.  After the pre-registration period ends, no online adjustments to the schedule may be made, so students who need to change their schedule may do so with add/drop slips and their advisor’s permission.  The online registration or add/drop will be on for the first week of classes every term.

Class Loads

Full-time status is 12 credits or above.  Over 19 credits is an overload.  There is additional tuition charge for an overload.  Students must have advisor and departmental approval to take an overload.  Registration cannot be done online and is done on an add/drop or pre-registration form.  Students on probation are not allowed to take an overload.  See the catalog for further restrictions.

Adding or Dropping Classes

The add/drop period is the first two weeks of class.  During the first week, students who have not been approved for online registration must have the advisor’s permission/signature on an Add/Drop form to add or drop.  The Office of the Registrar will process the forms.

After the first week, there is no online adding or dropping, so the Add/drop form is required.  Adding is at the discretion of the class instructor and both the instructor’s and the advisor’s permission/signatures are required on the form.   Forms are available at http://www.vtc.edu/scheduling.

A late fee is charged for the schedule changes after the first two weeks and “W” grades will be issued for dropped classes.  “W” grades do not calculate in GPA.  Tuition is not adjusted when classes are dropped after the second week of classes.  In order to have reimbursement for course reductions after the first two weeks, students must drop all classes and withdraw from the College.

After the first two weeks, a fee will be charged for the late schedule changed and “W” grades will be issued for dropped classes.  “W” grades do not calculate in GPA.  Tuition is not adjusted when classes are dropped.  In order to have reimbursement for a course reduction after the first two weeks, the student must drop all classes and withdraw from the College.

After the 60% point of the term, dropping with a “W” is not an option.  Whether the student attends or not, he/she will receive earned grades, usually “F” or “NP.

Withdrawal from the College

Students who withdraw from all their classes prior to the 60% point of the term will receive “W” grades and be partially reimbursed.   Students who withdraw after the 60% point do not get reimbursed for tuition and receive earned grades in their classes, usually “F” or “NP.

Students who withdraw for medical reasons after the 60% point must have a letter from a physician stating the reason for the withdrawal.  The student will also be required to provide another letter stating that they are medically fit to return to their studies upon their return.   In the case of medical withdrawal, “W” grades may be assigned for course work.

Failure to Attend Class

Students are expected to attend classes.  Failure to attend class or complete class work may lead to dismissal.  For this reason, it is important to ensure that add/drop slips are turned in and processed.

Students should check their “VSC Class Schedule” on Web Services to confirm classes that they drop are removed from their schedule.

In addition to being dismissed from classes, students may also be dismissed from the College with all failing grades for absenteeism or academic neglect.

Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule is posted each semester at http://www.vtc.edu/scheduling.

Academic Appeals Committee (AAC)

The committee is charged with considering written student appeals of either College or program dismissals due to poor academic performance.

• Meets twice per year
• Makes recommendations to grant or deny appeals to the Academic Dean
• Only written appeals filed by the date cited in the dismissal letter will be considered.
• Submission by email is acceptable   
• Membership includes two full time tenured faculty, one full time tenure track faculty, two students in good academic standing who are in their second or subsequent year.   
• AAC is chaired by the Associate Academic Dean who votes only in case of tie.

Any student who believes that he/she was dismissed according to VTC academic policies but has significant mitigating circumstances should submit written appeal to:
Vermont Technical College
Attn: Academic Appeals Committee, Rose Distel
PO Box 500
Randolph Center, VT 05061

The appeals will include:
• Students full name, address and College ID number
• A full explanation of the circumstances surrounding the appeal
• The AAC will meet to and make a recommendation to the Academic Dean
• The Academic Dean may discuss the appeal with the appropriate Department Chair
• The Dean will make the final decision on the appeal and notify the student in writing
• The Dean’s decision is final and not subject to further appeal

Grade Amelioration/Forgiveness of Grades

One time in an academic career, a student who is changing programs may, with the proper approval(s), have selected grades excluded from the calculation of his or her cumulative Grade Point Average in the new academic program. Grades may only be excluded for courses required in old programs that are not required in the new program or subsequent four-year programs for that degree program. All credits earned in courses excluded from the calculation are lost. This policy does not apply to electives or credits used for any diploma, certificate, or degree already awarded.

Students attempting to ameliorate grades must have at least one term of at least 6 credits of satisfactory academic progress (a term GPA of 2.00 or better) in the new program.

Summer Sessions

A few general education courses are typically offered during the summer based on student needs. The courses and dates for summer offerings will be available online by the end of the spring semester. Contact Student Affairs for information about on-campus housing during these sessions. 

Portal

The VSC portal is the College's online center for all types of information.  New users activate their account at http://portal.vsc.edu by clicking the Activate my account link on the VSC login page.   Students can also get their username or college ID by clicking on the links on the lower left of the page. 


The portal is the College's online center for all types of information from class schedules and cancellations to ride boards and club activities and financial aid other information.


Email
Each student enrolled will have a Vermont Tech email account and is expected it or forward mail to an account that they will check on a regular basis.

Send Word Now

Vermont Technical College’s Emergency Notification Management System will notify all those who sign up for the service of weather delays, campus emergencies, etc. To sign up for it, follow the instructions below:


• Go to https://campus.vtc.edu/modules/account/login.html
• After entering your username and password click on ‘Subscribe” under the Emergency Notification Management heading.
• Once there, enter up to two cell phone numbers and two email addresses.

Web Services
Web Services is where students access their class schedules and final grades and a wide variety of other information using the following menus:

Student Academic Planning – has program evaluations/degree audits and graduation applications

Student Academic Profile – has the VSC class schedule, grades/warnings, transcripts, academic alerts/progress reports, test scores, my profile (program, advisor and contact info), FERPA authorization form and email advisor

Student Registration – Search for sections, register/drop sections.  Students must be approved by their advisor to do online registration, add or drop and it is only available during preregistration and first week of classes

Student Billing/Financials – Payments, bills, health forms and meal plans.  Bills are generated by the registration process that takes place during the months prior to the start of class.

Student Financial Aid – Documents, awards and statuses
Moodle
The Moodle learning management system is used for online classes and as a resource center by instructors. The My Moodle Classes link in the center column on the portal only displays classes that have been activated by the instructor.
Search for Sections
Searching for sections or class offerings at any of the Vermont State Colleges is in Web Services under Student Registration and available without login at https://webservices.vsc.edu by clicking on Prospective Student.

Select a specific-college term and at least other piece of information such as a course subject (ENG), course number (1061), section number (T1), location (VTC for Main Campus offerings, TONL for online offerings, TWIL for Williston Campus offerings), or, select an Academic Level of “UG” to display all sections offered in that term and click submit.

Graduation Standards

All Vermont Technical College students are required to demonstrate competence in written and oral communication, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning prior to graduation.   These graduation standards are evaluated for competency at the associate and bachelor levels.    Students are required to pass each standard only once for their degree level while in the Vermont State Colleges.  Completion of each standard is reflected in the student program evaluation.  Students who have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

GS - Information Literacy

First semester degree students are automatically enrolled in GRS-0222 Information Literacy online.  In this zero credit online Blackboard course, the information literacy tutorial and evaluation can be completed.  After the first term, students who still need to complete information literacy can re-enroll in a subsequent GRS-0222.  Sections are offered every semester.

• In the portal, in the – My Courses box, click on the T11FA: Information Literacy  link
• In the Information Literacy course - GRS-0222
• There is a tutorial and  practice quizzes– these are optional
• To take the assessment choose ‘Take the Test’ from the menu
• The scores will be officially reported to the Registrar at the end of the fall term
• During the spring term, they will be reported bi-weekly after April 1st
• The online evaluation is scored 1 through 28
• To pass at the associate level, students must score at least  20
• To pass at the bachelor level, students must score at least at least  25
• Students can verify scores in the Portal by checking in My Grades
• Email the instructor if you have questions
• Students that do not achieve a satisfactory score for their degree level may re-take the evaluation  as many times as necessary
• The GRS-0222 completions do not show on the degree audit until the end of the term

GS - Written Communication

The written communication standard is evaluated in the freshman English sequence and in the technical communication course.  Students must pass the evaluation at the associate level to pass the course.

• The evaluation is graded 1 through 5
• To pass at the associate level, students must score a minimum of   3
• To pass at the bachelor level, students must score a minimum of   4
• Students who have completed their English sequence and have not met the graduation standard may submit a research paper to the Department of English, Humanities and Social Sciences for evaluation as a challenge exam.

GS - Oral Communication

The oral communication standard is evaluated either in ENG-1070 Effective Speaking or in program courses in each major.  To pass at the associate level, students must pass the standard in a program course or pass ENG 1070.

• The evaluation is graded 1 through 5, 3 required for AS level and 4 for the BS level
• Associate degree students must score a minimum of 3
• Bachelor degree students must score a minimum of 4
• Students who have completed the required coursework in which the standards are assessed, but who have not met the standard at the required level, may take ENG-1070 or another course in which the assessment occurs, or may seek an opportunity to take a challenge exam by contacting the English department chairperson.

GS Quantitative Reasoning

The quantitative reasoning standard is evaluated in entry level mathematics courses for non-engineering programs and by placement exams and in the mathematics courses for engineering students.  Students must pass the evaluation at the associate level to pass the course in non-engineering mathematics courses. 

• Students who achieve placement level 4 (Tech Math) will have met the standard at the associate level
• Students who achieve placement level 5 (Calculus) will have met the standard at the bachelor level
• Students who complete the Tech math sequence will have met the bachelor level standard
• The evaluation is graded 1 through 5
• Associate degree students must score a minimum of  3
• Bachelor degree students must score a minimum of   4
• Bachelor students who have completed the required coursework in which the standards are assessed, but who have not met the standard at the bachelor level may take a departmental challenge exam.

GS - Courses/Scores

GS Waivers, Challenges, Substitutions, Prior Completions and Transfer Credit

Students who have completed graduation standards at another VSC school, or are being awarded credit for course work in which the standard is an integral part of the learning outcome for that course, are waived from the graduation standard requirement at Vermont Tech. 

Students that have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are waived from graduation standard requirement.

• If a student transfers in a course where a standard is evaluated and has achieved a B- or better in that course, the standard will have been met at the bachelor’s level.

If a student has completed the course requirements for a specific program without having satisfied the graduation standards, the student may contact the department chair or director to arrange for further evaluation.

GS Evaluation Records

The graduation evaluations will be maintained by the individual or party that performs the evaluation for a minimum of 3 years.  For faculty that complete the evaluation as part of a course, it is recommended that the evaluations and/or results be maintained with other course grading materials.

Completion of the graduation standards will be reflected in student degree audits and verified prior to graduation.   A degree awarded on the Vermont Technical College transcript since 2006 is verification that the standards for that level have been met.

Academic Resources

Hartness Library

Hartness Library
1-800-431-0025
library@vtc.edu
Semester Hours:
Sunday: 2:00pm-10:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: Noon-5PM

Hartness Library Williston
802-879-8249
Semester Hours:
Sunday: 1:00pm-7:00pm
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm


Hartness Library exists to support learning, teaching, research, and other activities of the College. Located in the heart of the Randolph Center campus, the Library provides a comfortable and welcoming place to study, learn and gather with friends to work collaboratively. The Library has study and meeting rooms, computers, printing, and scanning available for students to use. A satellite location on the Williston campus offers the same services as the main library.

The Library collection includes over 42,000 books, 23,000 eBooks, 14,000 streamed films & documentaries, 6,000 videos/DVD’s, 39,000 full-text online periodical titles and course reserve materials. Students have 24-hour access to the library’s extensive online resources from anywhere through the library’s website, using a laptop or a mobile device. To explore the resources and services, visit our website at http://hartness.vsc.edu/vtc
The staff and professional librarians offer students support in finding and evaluating resources for their research. Librarians and staff are available to help students face-to-face, using our 800 number, via live online chat, text message or by email.

Academic Resources

Vermont Tech offers an array of academic assistance programs and resources for all students.

Tutoring

One on one tutoring is available for most courses taught at Vermont Tech. Generally, we find tutors for about 95% of requests. Getting a tutor is not complicated and it is free, so if you want or need some support in your course work, don't hesitate to speak with Beth Camp, Student Support Specialist. She is located in 222 Conant and can also be reached by phone at 802-728-1396 and email at bcamp@vtc.edu. Tutoring can also be requested in Room 406 on the Williston campus during open hours Monday-Friday, noon-4pm.
In addition to individual and small group tutoring, drop-in assistance is available. Drop-in is a great place to come to do homework, get immediate answers to questions, or prepare for an exam.
•         On the Randolph campus, math and writing as well as some science classes are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3pm -5pm and 6pm -9pm in Conant 107.
•         On the Williston campus, drop-in assistance with writing is available four days a week whenever the writing   tutors are free during the noon-4pm office hours. Drop-in math tutoring is available 3 hours a week with Rachel Repstad. The exact schedule is posted each semester outside of Room 406.
The Center for Academic Success also provides test review sessions on a request basis as well as for math and science final exams. Final exam review sessions are a very popular way to prepare for finals. If you would like to set up a review for tests or exams, contact Beth.
Current students can request a tutor by filling out the tutor request form. Please login with the same username and password that you use to access the portal.
If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact anyone at the Center for Academic Success!

How to Get a Job as a Student Tutor

We are always looking for students who are interested in helping fellow students learn.
Our student tutors have a 3.3 cumulative GPA, work well with other students and are able to provide a recommendation from a faculty member.
If you are deeply interested or merely curious, please contact Linda Segovia at lsegovia@vtc.edu.
•         Tutoring is a paid position
•         Work Study is not required
•         Tutors control their own schedule
•         Training is offered and ongoing support is available.

Service Dogs at Vermont Technical College

Vermont Technical College supports the use of individually trained service dogs, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, for the benefit of individuals with documented disabilities. All service dogs must be registered with the Learning Specialist, Robin Goodall, at rgoodall@vtc.edu or 802-728-1278.
Individually trained service dogs may reside in a residence hall in the room of their owner who is solely responsible for the animal’s behavior and sanitary conditions. Any damage caused by a service dog will be billed to the owner as per VTC Policy 611.
Service animals in classroom, labs and other learning environments must be under the control of the owner at all times. Owners should respect the rights of others in the learning setting by ensuring that the dog is not disruptive. Disruptive dogs will be prohibited from being in learning environments.
In all other campus settings, owners must abide by the provisions of VTC Policy 611. Service dogs are prohibited from kitchens and food preparation areas, utility rooms and hazardous service areas.
For students in nursing and allied health clinical settings, please contact the clinic for their policy as it relates to service dogs.

Career Development/Transfer Center

Karry Booska Director Career Services
KBooska@vtc.edu
Conant 200
728.1320

The Career Development Center in Conant 200 is set up to help students get the skills they need to succeed in a dynamic, competitive, and changing job market. The Center provides one-stop shopping for students seeking career and educational direction and opportunity, from summer jobs and internships to building a career.
The mission of the Career Development Center is to assist students in understanding and evaluating individual skills, interests and values to create viable career objectives.  Through various programs, the Center promotes a greater awareness of the world of work and the need to view career development as a lifelong process.  This process includes assisting students in researching careers, conducting successful job searches and helping students obtain meaningful employment opportunities.
The office maintains an active outreach program with industry, building strong relationships with companies for on-campus recruiting and job fairs.

Services include:
•         Résumé and cover letter review, assistance, samples, and paper.
•         Résumé referral service.
•         Interviewing skills assistance.
•         College transfer resources including: transfer and scholarship information; articulation agreements; assistance with applications.
•         Job search resources, including: an online job board; employer information; job postings; alumni information; job search assistance; information on specific careers; support for field trips to local employers; corporate field trips; on-campus recruiting, including a spring Career Fair.
•         Assistance finding summer jobs, full-time jobs, and internships.
•         Transfer and career counseling, and self-assessment tools.
•         To schedule an appointment for placement, or to learn more about it, contact Karry Booska at extension 1320 or KBooska@vtc.edu.


TRIO/Student Support Services

Are you receiving a PELL grant? Do you have a disability? Neither parent has a four-year college degree? You may be eligible for TRIO services. TRIO/Student Support Services (TRIO/SSS) is a program designed to improve retention and graduation rates by helping eligible students acquire the skills essential to their academic and personal growth. TRIO/SSS is a proactive team effort in response to student needs, and the staff work in cooperation with other campus resources such as the faculty, the Learning Center, and the Learning Specialist.
TRIO/SSS offers: tutoring; personal counseling; career and transfer counseling; assistance in transferring to bachelor‘s degree programs; academic counseling and assistance with test taking, note taking, etc.; workshops on a wide range of topics, including educational and personal planning; field trips; grants for qualified students.
TRIO/SSS is located on the Williston Campus in room 406 and can be reached at 879-2329.  Hours are Monday-Friday noon-4pm. On the Randolph campus, TRiO is located in Conant 222 or 728-1396. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Study Areas
In addition to the library, to meet the needs of commuting and residential students for quiet study areas, on the Randolph campus Morrill 215 is open 24 hours. Students may need to make a call to Public Safety after regular business hours to access this area. Additionally, there are 8 individual or small study rooms available on the second floor of Conant when the building is open.

Department of Public Safety

Security of physical and personal assets, health and personal safety are priority concerns at Vermont Tech. The Public Safety Office serves the entire College community and guests by being available to provide services and by enforcing College rules and regulations to ensure a safe environment 24 hours per day, seven days per week. The Public Safety Office on the Randolph Center campus is located in Administrative Center 122 and is open for student service or friendly conversation. Suggestions are always welcome and members of the college community are encouraged to report health and safety hazards or suspicious activity. Campus crime reports are available through the Public Safety office.

Clery Report

While no campus is immune from crime problems, our small community in a rural environment experiences relatively few of the crimes more common in other areas. The prevention efforts based upon teamwork, awareness and involvement help us to maintain this level of safety. For more information including our Campus Security (Clery) Act statistics, please download the Campus Safety and Security report.

Hostile Intruder Community Guidelines

If you witness an armed individual on campus acting in a hostile manner or shooting at
people or hear gunshots on campus, once you are in a safe place, immediately dial 911. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as you can regarding location, direction of travel and description of the person(s) to include firearms being used. DO NOT HANG UP until told to do so.

If the shooter/intruder is outside the building:
• Turn off all lights, close all windows, doors and shades.
• If you can do so safely, get all occupants on the floor and out of any potential line of fire.
• Move to a core area of the building, only if it is safe to do so. Remain there until police tell you it is safe to move.

If the shooter/intruder is inside the building:

• If it is possible to escape the area safely and avoid danger, do so by the nearest keep your hands above your head and listen for instructions that may be given by exit or window. Leave personal belongings behind. As you leave the building, police on the outside. Move to a safe (protected) area.
• Contact 911, report your location and name(s) and any details that you can.
• If escape is not possible, close all doors turn off lights and hide in the immediate
area.
• Lie on the floor or under/behind furniture and remain silent.
• Wait for the police to come find you.

If the shooter/intruder enters your class or office:

• While there is no set procedure in this case, use common sense.
• Dial 911 if possible, if you cannot speak leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what‘s going on.
• If you are hiding and flight is not possible, attempts to negotiate with the individual may be successful.
• Attempting to overcome the individual with force is a last resort that should only be initiated in the most extreme circumstances. (Note: there may be more than one shooter.)
• If the shooter leaves your area and you are able to escape, leave the area immediately. If unable to escape, call 911 and give an update. Do not touch anything in the area.

When you encounter the police during an active incident, keep the following in mind:

• Remain calm and patient for the duration to prevent interference with police activities. This may take a long time.
• When you encounter police, keep your hands empty and in plain view at all times.
• Do not speak to the officers until they speak to you.
• Do not respond to commands unless you are certain they are issued by a police officer. Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be the shooters‘ method of giving false assurances.
• Be calm, keep your hands in plain view. If an officer points a firearm at you, try to remain calm. Do not make any movements that might cause the officer to mistake your actions for a threat.
• If you are evacuating, carry nothing that could be mistaken for a weapon.

Identification Cards (IDs)

A photo identification card is issued to each student upon matriculation. This card accesses residence halls, allow students to borrow books from the library, accesses all-night computer facilities and functions as a meal card in the dining hall. All students must show their Vermont Tech ID cards when appropriate campus officials such as members of Student Life, Public Safety officers, food service employees and maintenance personnel request it for identification. Lost cards should be reported to Public Safety immediately. Students who lose their ID card will be subject to a $50 replacement fee. Residential students withdrawing from the College must turn in their ID cards to their Resident Directors. Commuter students must return their IDs to the Business Office.

Lost and Found

Any items of personal property found on campus should be given to the Public Safety Office. These items will be tagged, registered and held until claimed by the rightful owner. Lost articles may be reported there, and information about these items will be recorded and filed for future reference. Any items left in the Public Safety office two weeks after the academic year ends will be disposed of and will no longer be the office‘s responsibility.

Vehicles, Traffic and Parking Regulations:

Vehicle Registration and Parking
Anyone associated with Vermont Tech may have one vehicle on campus and must register that vehicle with the Public Safety Department at the Randolph Center Campus or with Bev Cloutier or Donna Teasdale in the Administration building at the Williston Campus within forty-eight hours or two business days of arrival on campus. Parking permits may be obtained either during the fall or spring orientation or Monday through Friday, 9-5, in the Public Safety office, Administrative Center 122. Parking permit fees are:

• $60 per vehicle per academic year, expires May 30 + $1.99 processing fee. 
• $30 per vehicle for spring semester only, expires May 30 + $1.99 processing fee. 
• Temporary parking permits are available; these permits are good for up to two weeks.

Restricted Areas and No Parking Zones
campus roads, grassed areas or sidewalks; within six feet of any fire hydrant; fire lanes or fire exits; all loading or delivery areas; all curbs or areas marked with yellow paint; all parking spaces designated for specific persons or vehicles; all building entrances; all "No Parking" areas designated by temporary or permanent signs or barriers. Any area that is not specifically designated as a parking area, either by signage or by parking stalls painted on the pavement, should be understood as a no-parking area.

Further, there are specific areas designated for faculty, staff, and visitors in front of Conant, Judd, and Morrill Halls. Students who park in these areas will receive parking citations. Parking spaces are reserved for people with disabilities in front of Judd Hall and the Administrative Center. Motorcycles are to be parked in areas designated by signs in each parking lot

At the Williston Campus parking in front of Rack Warehouse or Creative Sound is prohibited. A brochure is available at the Williston campus which shows the allowed parking areas.

All other vehicles such as snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, etc., must be registered with Public Safety Office. Specific instructions for parking these vehicles will be given upon registration. Lack of space is not a valid excuse for illegal parking.

Snow Removal
Twenty-four hours notice will be provided on all main bulletin boards and by campus email advising the dates, times, and other specifics of snow removal. Failure to move a vehicle for snow removal is a violation, subject to a fine, towing, or both at the owner‘s expense. Vehicles will be towed to another location on campus. Not seeing lines due to snow is not a valid excuse for a parking violation.

Vacation Parking Rules
Students wishing to leave their vehicles on campus during vacation breaks must notify the Public Safety Office. An area for parking will be designated at that time.

Traffic Regulations
Faculty, staff and students are expected to know and comply with Vermont motor vehicle laws and Vermont Tech traffic and parking regulations. In addition, the following campus restrictions apply:

The maximum speed on campus is 15 mph. Pedestrians shall be given the right of way at all times. Driving on walks, lawns, or areas not designated as roadways is prohibited. The individual is responsible for any violations issued to a vehicle which he or she owns or operates.

Traffic and parking citations may be handed to the owner or operator, placed on the vehicle windshield, or, in special cases, mailed to the registrant. Repeat violators of Vermont Tech traffic and parking regulations may have their motor vehicle privileges revoked. An appeal of such a decision may be filed through the usual appeal process.

Accidents
Accidents occurring on campus must be reported to Public Safety immediately, and accidents involving $1000 in personal injury or property damage or hit and run accidents will be reported to the Vermont State Police who, with Vermont Tech Public Safety, will conduct the investigation. People charged with hit-and-run will be prosecuted under the Vermont criminal statutes.

Fines, Penalties and Appeals

No permit or improperly displayed: $60
Parking in restricted areas, no parking zones: $25
Failure to move vehicle for snow removal: $25
Parking in handicap space or fire lane: $50
Unregistered or abandoned vehicle: $50
Driving to endanger/speeding: $75
Driving in unauthorized areas: $75

Additional sanctions may be added to any of the above fines depending on the severity of the offense.

Appeals for any penalties or violations must be submitted online within five working days of the violation. Unpaid fines may put a student account in a past due status which will prevent students from registering for classes or receiving transcripts or diplomas.

Towing
Vermont Technical College has the authority to remove any vehicle that is improperly parked. Owners of towed vehicles will be responsible for the expense of towing and any fines or penalties imposed. Vehicles left unattended or illegally parked for more than seven days will be towed.

Registration and Insurance of Personal Property
Students may register valuable articles with the Public Safety Office. A record of the item, serial number, model number, and description will be maintained as long as the student remains on campus. An engraving tool is also available for marking items for identification. The College does not insure personal property against theft, vandalism or other damages. Students are encouraged to provide their own insurance.

Weapons Storage
Weapons are allowed for legal hunting or by use of members of the Gun Club. ALL weapons must be stored in the Public Safety office. Weapons will be signed in and out by a Public Safety officer. NO weapons are to be stored in vehicles or residence hall rooms.

Weather and Public Information

Cancellation Lines

Call these phone numbers for a recorded message detailing class delays, closures and campus closures.

• Randolph Center Campus: 802-728-1346
• Williston Campus: 802-879-2375
• All other campuses: Check local media or class phone tree

Check the Web

Follow the directions below to view class cancellation or college closure information. Please note, if your campus has a cancellation line, the information on the phone message may be more current than web announcements.

• Log on to: portal.vsc.edu
• Log on: If you do not know your log on identity or password, contact Information Technology at 802-728-1721
• Select: My Vermont Tech
• Select: Class Cancellations - Randolph Center (or) Williston

Individual Class Phone Trees

Faculty and commuter students with 8 a.m. classes are encouraged to establish a phone tree to communicate class delays or closures.

Vermont Broadcast Stations
The broadcast stations listed below have agreed to carry announcements regarding campus closures. These stations will not broadcast individual class delays or closures, only campus delays or closures.

Station ID

TV Channel/Radio Station

Locations(s) served

WPTZ-TV

Channel 5 and Channel 31

Williston & Randolph Center

WEZF

92.9 FM

Williston and Randolph Center

WDEV

96.1 FM and 550 AM

Williston & Randolph Center

WNCS

104.7 FM

Williston & Randolph Center

WJJR

98.1 FM

Williston & Randolph Center

WHDQ

106.1 FM

Randolph Center and Brattleboro

WZLF

107.1 FM

Brattleboro

WWOD

104.3 FM

Randolph Center and Brattleboro

WKNE

103.7 FM

Brattleboro

WKBK

1290 AM

Brattleboro

WZRT

97.1 FM

Randolph Center & Bennington

WEQX

102.7 FM

Bennington

WBTZ

99.9 FM

Williston

WIZN

106.7 FM

Williston

WVXR

102.1 FM

Randolph Center

WRFK

107.1 FM

Randolph Center

The Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement is responsible for all news releases, publications, and public relations. News releases reporting on College events and student accomplishments, from sports scores to scholarship and honors announcements, to graduation lists will be sent to hometown newspapers and other media outlets. This office also prints Tech Talk and creates and prints publications for the various programs and divisions of the College.

A Drug Free College—A Drug Free Work Place

Vermont Technical College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of illegal drugs, controlled substances and alcohol by employees and students on College property, in any College owned or leased facility, or as part of any College employment or activity. A copy of this policy, which meets the Drug Free Schools Policy Act, is available in the Registrar‘s office, the Public Safety office, or from the Dean of the Enrollment and Student Affairs.

Individuals convicted of drug law violations may lose all financial aid, and any loans can become due in full immediately upon conviction.

Improper possession, sale, distribution and use of controlled substances, including but not limited to prescription drugs, is prohibited. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited.

Alcohol Policies

Vermont Tech is committed to sustaining an academic environment that respects individual freedom; promotes the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the community; and is free from the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Misuse and abuse of alcohol, and the use of illicit drugs, constitutes a threat to that wellbeing and so compromises the educational mission of the College.

The College alcohol policy applies equally to all Vermont Tech students, employees, and guests during the time they are on campus or at campus events. Questions of interpretation of this policy should be directed to the Resident Director or the Office of Student Affairs, Morey Hall, extension 1212. The full VTC Alcoholic Beverages policy, VTC 303, can be found here.

Alcohol consumption is only permitted in appropriate residential spaces, see Permissible Alcohol Use below, or in the case of specifically approved events or functions where alcohol is available as part of the refreshments by a licensed seller. Consumption of alcohol in public areas of the College is prohibited.

During disciplinary proceedings, empty alcohol containers are counted the same as full or partially empty containers. This includes cans and bottles collected for return to a redemption center.

Substance-Free Residence Hall Areas

No possession or use of alcohol is permitted in substance-free designated areas, regardless of the student's age. It is the student's responsibility to know whether he or she is on a substance-free designated floor. There are signs on the hall doors of all substance free floors.

Permissible Alcohol Use

Only students over 21 years of age may possess or consume alcohol. They must be in private residence hall space, not a lounge, hallway, or lobby, with the door closed, and with no minors present.

Those of legal drinking age may not possess alcoholic beverages in the residence hall room of an underage student, or be in the presence of underage students who are in possession of alcohol.

Responsible alcohol consumption requires that a person‘s actions are not disruptive, damaging, or threatening to themselves, others, or anyone‘s property. When alcohol use is permitted, it is always a privilege, never a right.

Allowable Quantities

Each resident, who is twenty-one or older, is allowed to possess one of the following:

• a twelve pack of beer
• 750ml or one fifth of spirits
• one bottle of wine

Students are not permitted to possess or use common sources of alcohol or devices intended for the rapid consumption of alcohol including, but not limited to: funnels; kegs; alcohol misting devices. Such items may be considered aggravating circumstances when considering appropriate sanctions.

Host Liability

When a guest who has consumed alcohol on the host‘s premises does harm to him or herself, to a third party, or College or individual property the host can be held liable. If the host supplies alcohol to a guest, then the host will be held responsible for injuries or damage to the guest or to third parties caused by the guest‘s alcohol-influenced actions. If the host supplies alcohol to a minor, the host will also be responsible and liable for supplying alcohol to a minor, which is in violation of Vermont State Law.

Consumption and/or Possession of Alcohol by a Minor

Under Vermont State law, no one under 21 years of age is permitted to be in possession of any type of alcohol container. There are serious penalties for anyone under the age of twenty-one who purchases or attempt to purchase alcohol by misrepresenting his or her age or by falsifying identification. Minors may not be present in a room where alcohol is being consumed, even if the minor is not drinking and others in the room are of legal drinking age.

Drinking, Substance Abuse and Driving

Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is against the law. Possession of open containers in motor vehicles on campus property is prohibited. Violators are subject to disciplinary action and will be referred to the Vermont State Police. Documented conviction of DWI charges may result in loss of campus vehicle privileges.

Substance Abuse

All community members are encouraged to become informed about substance abuse and its harmful effects. It is a serious problem that may require professional assistance and treatment. Students in need of assistance can seek information and confidential guidance at the Student Affairs office. Staff in this office can also make referrals to outside agencies within the community.

There are significant secondary effects for roommates and friends of those who drink excessively. Roommates and friends report that sometimes they cannot study or sleep because they are worried when a friend gets so drunk that he or she does not return home until the next morning. If a student is worried about a friend, and this concern affects living habits, he or she has the right and responsibility to seek help both personally and for that other person without concern for his or her privacy.

Fines and Penalties for Alcohol Offenses

The following are the standard sanctions for alcohol policy violations. The College can, at its discretion, report offenders to the Liquor Control Board or State Police, and can add to these penalties if appropriate.

Failure to comply with sanctions may result in a suspension/dismissal hearing. The nature of the offense and sanctions will be hand-delivered in writing to the student and fines will appear on the student's bill as an alcohol violation. Students may be responsible for costs of individual meetings with the substance abuse counselor. Community service must be completed within a specific time, and there are penalties for failing to do so.

  First Offense
Fine of $50; five hours of community service; A first offense which requires medical transport and/or law enforcement response may be elevated to a second offense at the discretion of the hearing officer.
  Second Offense
Fine of $100; ten to fifteen hours of community service; individual session with substance abuse counselor, whose recommendations must be followed; parental notification;  disciplinary probation.
  Third Offense
Fine of $250; minimum fifteen hours community service; individual session with substance abuse counselor, whose recommendations must be followed; parental notification; disciplinary probation, possible housing suspension or expulsion from the College.

 Supplying Alcohol to Minors
Counts as a second offense, with these additions: notification to the State Liquor Inspector; possible criminal prosecution; additional fines of $100 for the host and $50 per guest.

Student Affairs

Residence Life

The Residence Life office manages all aspects of residence hall living. They handle all room assignments and room changes throughout the school year. If you have any questions or problems contact the Office of Student Affairs or your Resident Director or Resident Assistant.

Residence Hall Living

Vermont Tech and the Vermont State Colleges consider residence hall living to be a valuable opportunity with many academic and social benefits. The interactions and friendships gained through the residential experience are considered to be an integral part of student development.

In cases where this privilege is abused, especially when it interrupts others in their pursuit of academic goals, the College reserves the right to remove on-campus housing privileges and to impose area billing in cases where damage occurs. The Resident Director or the Assistant Dean of Students will initiate the necessary action.

The Student Life Staff

The Student Affairs Office oversees all aspects of Residence Life and the discipline processes. Through the Resident Directors and student Resident Assistants, the Assistant Dean ensures a quality of residence life consistent with the educational mission of the College by supervising the Residence Hall Staff and acting as a liaison to the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs and other offices.

The Resident Directors live in the apartments located in each residence hall and are the professional staff responsible for the general management and administration of their particular buildings. They implement the majority of first sanctions when a violation of policy in their building is reported. They supervise the Resident Assistants, respond to emergency situations, and hold office hours on weekdays.

Resident Assistants, RA‘s, are student staff members who play a key role in developing a successful community on each floor. They act as a resource to students, an objective listener, a leader when activities or programs are planned, and an assistant to the Resident Director when safety issues arise. Resident Assistants will call floor meetings when students first arrive on campus and periodically throughout the semester to keep everyone informed about campus and hall issues.

Office Assistants are work-study student employees and are available at the hall desk to loan equipment and to assist the Resident Director during posted hours.

Room and Board Contracts

Student room and board contracts cover their residence hall room and meal plan, and are legally binding for the academic year. Room and meal plan charges are effective from the opening of the residence halls at the start of each semester. The College reserves the right to change or cancel specific room assignments in the interest of health, discipline, security, energy conservation, or the general welfare of the students. In addition, the College may change or alter the living or recreational arrangements in the residence halls when deemed appropriate, impose disciplinary action for the violation of rules, and seek financial restitution for damage or loss of property.

• Students are not allowed to remain in their rooms over vacations, or to return before scheduled break times are officially over. Returning early without authorization will result in a fine. Please refer to the vacation opening and closing schedule
• Students are responsible for keeping assigned rooms and common areas in good condition. Damages to individual rooms are normally the shared responsibility of the students assigned to that room, unless one roommate takes full responsibility in writing. In common areas such as hallways and lounges, all residents of that floor or wing are held responsible for damages.
• All students residing in Randolph Center residence halls are required to purchase a College meal plan. Vermont Technical College requires all students, on the Randolph Center campus, to live in the residence halls two years. Students wishing to  be released from their housing contracts must make a request  in writing to the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs.

Room Assignments and Changes

Housing contracts are sent to all new students before the start of the school year. Returning students pay a $100 nonrefundable housing deposit, sign up for a room and complete a housing contract at room selection. Living with roommate and working out differences is a positive learning experience; therefore, there is a room freeze for the first two weeks of each semester. No room changes will be approved until the freeze is lifted. All moves must be reviewed and approved by the building Resident Director. Students who change rooms without a formal clearance process are subject to fines.

If you reside in a double room and your roommate moves out you will have two weeks to find a new roommate or, if space allows, purchase your room as a single. The per semester single rate would be prorated, if the semester has begun. Residents who have selected to purchase their rooms as singles can remain in the single room for as long as space allows.

Single Rooms

As space permits, a certain number of single rooms may be offered each academic year. Single rooms carry an additional cost, and are located throughout campus. Student seeking a single room based on an accommodation should contact the Coordinator of Disability services. If a roommate moves out, leaving someone in a single, the student may get a new roommate or, space permitting, pay the extra fee to keep the single room.

Residence Hall Room Furniture

• All fixed room furniture may not be disassembled/reorganized for any reason.
• Lofts are not allowed including free standing units.
• No item may be anchored to the wall, ceiling, or floor.
• Nothing shall be attached to any electrical fixture, electrical conduit, sprinkler head, or sprinkler piping.

Securing Possessions

Despite the fact that most students are honest, every year there are some who take advantage of opportunities to steal from others. This is especially noticeable during the last two weeks of each semester. Please help us to keep your possessions safe by:

• Locking your door whenever you leave your room, no matter how briefly.
• If you have a car, keep it locked and don‘t leave valuables in it, especially in plain sight.
• Have a list of your possessions with serial numbers.
• Take pictures of your possessions.
• Purchase renters insurance. The college is not responsible for the theft of personal property
• Report missing items to Public Safety immediately.
• Report suspicious activity or individuals.

Laundry

Each residence hall has a set number of laundry machines. These machines are free for student use. No off campus students, visitors, or other guests should be using these machines for their own laundry.

Mail

All residence halls have mail facilities in their lobbies, and students are assigned a mailbox at no charge. Students should check their mail weekly. The address for letters is: Student‘s Name, Residence Hall, PO Box 500 Randolph Center, Vermont 05061. For packages, please use Student’s Name, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, Vermont 05061. All packages will go to the bookstore and students will recieve an email when it is ready for pickup.

Phones

There is one phone line in each room. Students must provide their own phone. Each room has an extension and a voice mail box assigned to it. It is the students' responsibility to set up and regularly check voice mail. Long distance calls may only be made by calling card. Cell phone reception for most carriers is good.

Hall Equipment

Each residence hall has an office stocked with equipment for your use. Board games, basketballs, DVD players and VCRs, snow shovels and vacuum cleaners are just some of the available items. You can check them out with the office assistant, Resident Assistant, or Resident Director in the office. Equipment should be returned in the same condition it was in when loaned. The last borrower of damaged or lost equipment will assume the cost of repair or replacement. If the item breaks due to normal wear and tear, return the item to your Resident Director.

College Bookstore

The Vermont Tech Bookstore, located in Judd Hall, is operated by Follett Higher Education Group. Available to students are textbooks, course-related and general supplies, reference books, software, Vermont Tech imprinted clothing and gifts, health and beauty aids, snacks, and beverages. We also have Gift Cards available. Gift wrapping is available upon request. Major credit cards are welcome. Vermont Tech Bookstore also handles all parcel shipping for the college. During the academic year hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however, hours may vary. Please see the Bookstore for current hours.

At the Manager‘s discretion, and according to the following guidelines, the bookstore may accept the return of merchandise for exchange or return. Textbooks may be returned for refund within 7 business days from the start of classes, or within two days of purchase there-after; Students who drop a class may return textbooks within two weeks of the start of classes. Non-text merchandise may be returned for a refund or exchange within thirty days of purchase.

A receipt is required for any and all returns; any returned merchandise must be in original resalable condition; shrink-wrapped sets or packages may not be returned once they are opened.

Although the bookstore encourages students to wait until they are finished with their final exams to sell their books, they do buy back books every day of the year. The Bookstore will hold an official Buyback period the last week of classes and the week of Final Exams each semester. These are the best times to sell your books; however, the current market value is always available.

Sodexo Dining Services

Welcome,

Your dining experience is more than great food. It is community experience centered on culinary expertise, fresh local ingredients, healthy options and a shared sense of environmental and social responsibility.

Our Sodexo Team at Vermont Tech is committed to creating the best possible dining experience. Join us to experience the comfort, convenience, outstanding and inviting atmosphere designed especially for you.

The Student Center has a large screen TV, comfortable seating, and a great view with seating outside, weather permitting and sells drinks, snacks, and other quick meals. It offers the Vermont Tech community a place to meet, socialize, or study.

For answers to many common questions such meal plan rates, hours of operation for the dining hall, and nutrition facts please visit http://www.vermonttechdining.com/index.html. Additional information may be obtained at calling the food service office at extension 1299, or direct line 728-1299. Students can also add points by visiting the Sodexho office in Morey Hall.

Bryant Palmer
Executive Chef
Bryant.Palmer@sodexo.com
802-728-1299

Catering

Catering is planned through Mary Jean Taylor at VTC Please visit http://www.vtc.edu/catering for more information.

Residence Hall Policies

Living with others in a residence hall community takes patience, responsibility and consideration for others. It is important that each resident have an understanding of and appreciation for the rights and interests of others.

Privacy and Room Entry

The College recognizes and values students' right to privacy in their rooms and with their personal effects. There are times, as noted in the housing contract when authorized College representatives may, without specific consent, enter rooms unannounced. Rooms may be entered for the following reasons:

• repairs and maintenance.
• reasonable basis for legitimate concern about the health, welfare, or safety of anyone occupying the room.
• reasonable basis to believe there is a violation of College policies, rules, or regulations, or of State or Federal laws. An inspection or search of closed spaces may occur for the same reasons.

Over breaks, scheduled safety inspections occur in each residence hall. Residence Life will notify students prior to such inspections, and offer guidelines as to what will be checked.

Guests and Visiting Hours

• A guest is anyone who is not assigned to live in your room or suite. Guests who live on campus do not need to sign in with Residence Life staff. They are held to the same limitations and responsibilities as off-campus guests, however.
• Guests who do not live on campus must be signed in with Residence Life staff by 11:00 PM, or they may be asked to leave and the host may face disciplinary sanctions.
• If a guest is too intoxicated to drive, the host should notify the Resident Director on duty.
• Guests under eighteen years of age must sign in by 9:00 PM, and the Resident Director on duty must receive permission from the guest's parent or guardian for him or her to stay.
• Both the student and the guest must provide identification to the Resident Assistant on duty to sign in. The guest should also provide his or her license plate number to the Resident Assistant to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Failure to sign in a guest may result in lost guest privileges, fines, and possible housing probation.
• All residents of a room must agree to allow the guest to stay; in some cases, the Resident Director on duty may ask for written permission from a roommate.
• Residents are responsible for the conduct and whereabouts of their off-campus guests, and for any damage or fines incurred by a guest.
• Guests are to abide by Vermont Tech policies while on campus; it is the responsibility of the host to inform his or her guest of those policies. Failure to do so could result in diminished or revoked guest privileges, as well as fines and further disciplinary action, depending on the nature of the offense.
• No guest may stay on campus for more than three nights per seven-day week, and no guest who lives on campus may stay in another room more than three nights per seven-day week. Additionally, no student may sign in any guest more than three times per seven-day week. A student may have up to two guests at one time staying with him/her.
• Children under the age of sixteen are prohibited from staying overnight in the residence halls, but are allowed to visit during daytime hours as long as they are with a parent or guardian.

Cohabitation Policy

Out of respect for the moral standards and individual rights of all students, the College does not condone cohabitation of residence hall students. At no time should a student cohabitate with anyone against the express discontent of his/her roommate(s).

If a student feels aggrieved against his or her room or suite mate(s) on this matter, he/she should first notify the roommate that the behavior is a problem. If it continues, he/she should contact a Resident Assistant or Resident Director to mediate and attempt to resolve the conflict. If mediation fails, the Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs or their designee will be notified for further mediation or disciplinary action.

Keys

All room keys are issued from the office of the individual residence hall to which the student is assigned. If a room key is lost and has to be reissued, a charge of $35 is placed on the student‘s account. If the lost key is found and returned within five business days, a $30 credit is placed on the student‘s account.

Restrooms

Vermont Technical College residence halls do not have co-ed bathrooms. Residents are responsible for making sure their guests abide by this policy.

Pets

For health and safety reasons, the only pets allowed are aquarium fish. Each resident of a room may have a tank, up to 10 gallons each. No other pets are permitted in the residence halls at any time. Students seeking to have an accommodation to have an animal in the residence halls must contact the Coordinator of Disability Services.

Bicycle and Motorcycle Storage

Outdoor bicycle racks and designated parking areas for motorcycles are provided. Motorcycles are allowed only in the parking lots, not in the residence halls.

Commercial Activities and Solicitation

Students are not permitted to engage in commercial activities on campus except by approval of the Student Affairs Office. Personal and private items can be sold through the classifieds section of Blackboard, but be advised that selling items in direct competition with on-campus contracted services, Sodexo, Follett Book Stores, is prohibited.

Any organization or individual wishing to solicit funds or engage in the sale or promotion of services or products on College property must receive written permission from the Student Affairs Office.  Student Affairs reserves the right to deny any request or restrict any such activity to particular locations, times, and format.
Noise

Noise disturbances are serious disruptions of the academic environment. Audio and video equipment must be used so as not to disturb anyone. Yelling from windows is not allowed at any time. Campus-wide quiet hours are from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 1:00 am to 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday night.. Quiet hours during final exam periods will be posted.

Hall Sports

Hall sports are not permitted and include, but are not limited to, the following activities: rollerblading, skateboarding, floor hockey, hackey sack, Frisbee, water guns or balloons, soccer, golf, basketball, chair races, wrestling, and throwing of any object. This includes throwing objects between rooms, across the hall.

Fire Safety in the Residence Halls

Prevention of hazardous conditions is the key to good fire safety, which is the reason for these policies. Fires in residence halls are one of the leading causes of death and injury to college students nationwide. Regulations regarding fire safety are based upon fire safety codes adopted by the state of Vermont and are enforced for your safety. With that in mind, please report any safety concerns to a Resident Assistant or Resident Director. Fire drills will be held periodically, typically near the start of each semester.

• Use fire exits during alarm or emergency only
• Do not prop open fire doors. Doing so can result in a $250 file for anyone caught doing so or the floor where it occurred.


When a Fire Alarm Sounds:

• Leave the building immediately taking keys and clothing appropriate to the weather. It may be some time before you may re-enter the building.
• Only Public Safety or Residence Life staff can give permission to reenter a building after a fire alarm. This can only be done after they receive the all clear from the fire department.
• All rooms are checked to make sure everyone has exited the building. Residents and their guest(s) who fail to exit the building are subject to a fine. Preventing someone from leaving a building during an emergency, or encouraging another person to ignore alarms, is not permitted and could result in disciplinary action.
• Fire drill evacuation plans and emergency procedures are posted near or on the back of all room doors in each residence hall; please become familiar with them

Improper Use of Fire Safety Equipment

Misuse of any fire safety systems endangers both life and property, is considered a serious offense and can lead to disciplinary action up to, and including, dismissal. Specifically, abuse of or tampering with fire alarm, smoke detector or extinguisher systems is strictly forbidden. Emergency exit doors are not to be blocked on either side by obstructions of any kind. Falsely pulling any alarm or intentionally setting off a smoke detector is illegal and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. Hallway fire doors must be kept shut at all times.

  Permitted Appliances
• Hot air popcorn poppers
• On/off switch or rheostat controlled hotpots and coffee makers
• Refrigerators no larger than 2 cubic feet
• UL approved power strips
• Fans
  Non-Permitted Appliances
• Microwaves, toaster ovens, hot plates
• Extension cords
• Air conditioners
• Halogen lamps
• Camp stoves/lanterns

  Room Decorations

• Please use common sense and do not put flammable materials in contact with heat sources such as lights, computers, etc.
• Nothing may be hung from the ceilings, fire safety equipment, or from conduits.
• Students, at the discretion of the Director of Facilities, students may be required to take down storage arrangements or decorations deemed unsafe.
• For a detailed information regarding approved room decorations see VTC Policy T-307

Candles and Other Flammable Items

Candles, incense, or other burning materials are not allowed in the residence halls.
Possession or use of flammable liquids or an explosive of any kind, including ammunition, is not permitted in College buildings. This includes motor parts and engines.
Holiday lights are not allowed except from December 1 to the end of the fall semester.

Room Occupancy Limits

Because of Vermont fire safety codes and regulations for the square footage of a residence life area, no more than six people are allowed in a standard double room at one time, regardless of whether the door is open or closed. For triple rooms, no more than nine people are allowed at one time.

Student Financial Services

The Student Accounts Office

The Student Accounts Office is responsible for student billing accounts, the payment of all bills and the cashing of checks (up to $25 for personal check, no 3rd party checks). The Student Accounts Office is located in room 107 in the lobby of the Administrative Center. Counter service is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer counter hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Emergency Loan

Per VTC Policy 306, the purpose of the Emergency Student Loan Fund is to provide short-term financial assistance to students of Vermont Technical College who experience unforeseen "emergency" circumstances. The maximum a student may receive per semester is $100. The amount borrowed must be repaid within 30 days or it will be added to the student bill.

Student Accounts

Beginning June 1, the Student Accounts Office will turn our on-line billing system on for the start of the fall semester for your billing statement that includes tuition, fees, room & meals (if applicable). You will receive an email notification to your VTC email account in regards to your billing statement being posted, and are responsible to check your bill for accuracy and payment due dates.

You can make a parent/guardian or other, an Authorized User of your billing account, by signing them up as an Authorized User. Detailed information on setting up an Authorized user, billing, due dates, payment plans, etc. can be found at www.vtc.edu/student-accounts

Bills are posted twice a month on the VSC Bill Payment system, on/around the 1st & 15th of each month.

Bill Payment

There are two payment options for students:

• Students can pay semester bills in full based on the due date guidelines found at www.vtc.edu/student-accounts
• Students can sign up for a payment plan each term at the VSC Bill Payment System https://sycamore.vsc.edu/C21736_tsa/web/login.jsp Parents/Guardians can also sign up once the student makes an Authorized User (see www.vtc.edu/student-accounts for set-up). The plan charges a $30 enrollment fee each term and offers a 6, 5, 4 or 3 month plan for the fall term and a 5, 4 and 3 for spring term only. The 6 month payment plan opens in June, the 5th in July, the 4th in August and the 3rd in September. Please see the Payment Plans section at www.vtc.edu/student-accounts for more other semester's payment plans.

Each option takes into consideration financial aid to be received. The student alone is responsible for his/her account and is expected to pay all bills on time. Students may be subject to suspension from class or dismissal from the college for financial delinquency. Financial delinquency includes failing to meet any payment agreement previously approved by the Student Accounts Office or failure to submit any paperwork required and requested by the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner. Students must fulfill all financial responsibilities to the College by the end of each semester. Students failing to do so will have College records and transcripts put on hold, and will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters, or graduate, see Graduation Requirements in the College catalog. Communication is the key to keeping one's Vermont Tech student account in good standing. Student Accounts staff is available daily to discuss daily to discuss any unexpected changes in a students' financial situation and can be considerable help.

Credit Balances

Refund checks are processed on Tuesday's and distributed via US Mail, if a check, on Wednesday's Checks ARE NOT eligible for pick-up (NO EXCEPTIONS) and will be mailed to the address on file at the time checks are cut.

We encourage you to set up direct deposit to avoid checks being lost in the mail, and because usually within 48 hours from your refund being processed, your money is in your bank account. Sign up in the VSC Bill Payment system at https://sycamore.vsc.edu/C21736_tsa/web/login.jsp you can only have one bank account for direct deposits.

Check Cashing

Students may cash personal checks (not 3rd party), up to $25, payable to Vermont Tech and College Work Study checks, up to $100, with your College Student ID, at the Student Accounts Office.  There is a $25 service charge for returned checks and no future checks will be cashed.

Financial Aid Office

Assistance and Counseling

Financial aid information and counseling are available at the Financial Aid Office, Administrative Center 110. The staff is ready to assist you and your family with questions concerning the application process, types of aid available, scholarship criteria and college work study opportunities, as well as other general concerns. Stop by the Financial Aid Job Fair table during fall registration to learn about work study positions, from office jobs to positions with maintenance, Public Safety, or the farm. The Financial Aid Office may also help you find a community service position at a nonprofit agency or an America Reads position at a local elementary school. If you or your family’s financial situation has recently been affected by extenuating circumstances such as unemployment, a death in the family, divorce, or excessive medical expenses not covered by insurance, you may write to the Financial Aid Office about your situation. Your file will be reviewed, and adjustments may be made depending on the circumstances.    

The Financial Aid website is also a convenient resource for researching financial aid information including work study information and scholarships.  Most scholarships have an application deadline of March 15, so apply early. The main database for scholarships can be found here.

All financial aid awards are estimated. Your financial aid award may change if:

• The information you provided on the FAFSA changes.
• Your enrollment status changes. Full-time=12-18 credits; 3/4 time=9-11 credits; 1/2 time=6-8 credits.
• Your housing status changes (living on campus/off campus/with parents).
• Outside sources of aid exceed your calculated financial need.
• You withdraw.

Office Hours and Location

During the academic year, the Financial Aid Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Summer hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Financial Aid Office is located on the south end of the Administrative Center. For the answers to the most frequently asked financial aid questions, please visit http://www.vtc.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid.

You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress if you are receiving Federal Student Aid. Please refer to the catalog for details regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Student Athletics and Activities

Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation, Exercise Facilities and Clubs

Vermont Tech encourages students to be physically active as a means of improving physical fitness and health, reducing stress and contributing to good mental health. The College provides access to fitness activities in the following ways.

Intramurals

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the intramural program, regardless of his or her ability. Intramurals are open to Vermont Tech students, faculty, and staff. All sports and activities offered are coed. A full schedule and contact information are posted on the athletic website and will be publicized throughout the school year. You may also stop by SHAPE to speak with Intramural director, Hillary Linehan.

Eligibility for Varsity Sports

USCAA ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

For a student to be eligible for any intercollegiate competition, a member institution must ensure that the student conforms to the following regulations:
1. The student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a graduation equivalent degree (GED).
2. All students must be enrolled in a recognized academic program and be making progress towards a 2/4 year degree at the attending college.
3. All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits at time of participation. If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he/she will be considered part-time for eligibility purposes.
4. Second semester students must have achieved a GPA of 1.6.
5. After the first two semesters all students must pass 24 credit hours the previous academic school year. If there is a break in attendance the student athlete must pass 24 credit hours the two preceding terms of attendance.
            Exception
a. If a freshman completes his/her first semester at an institution and leaves the following semester, upon the student’s return he/she may reestablish their eligibility by completing the necessary credits to reach 12 during a summer or interim period only.
6. After accumulating 24-48 credit hours, the student must have achieved a 1.75 cumulative GPA.
7. After accumulating more than 48 credit hours, the student must achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
8. Summer and inter-term credit hours can be used to satisfy the 12/24 credit hour rule and GPA requirement. Summer credit hours should be attached to the preceding spring term for eligibility purposes. Winter term credits should be attached to the fall first semester.


1. Each student is limited to four seasons of college competition within the respective sport.
2. If a student is not enrolled as full-time status for 12 consecutive calendar months, he/she may return to a USCAA member college and be immediately eligible. Upon matriculating to a USCAA member institution following a one-year leave of absence, student-athletes will adhere strictly to all USCAA guidelines, including normal progress requirements.
3. A student who has not been identified with an institution during the first term does not become eligible to participate for second term until the first day of class.
4. A student who has graduated from a two-year institution the preceding semester shall be immediately eligible to participate.
5. Military exemptions will be granted to students whose careers are interrupted by service in the military.
6. A student athlete in their final semester/quarter may be enrolled in less than 12 (semester) credits, if he/she is taking the credits necessary to complete graduation requirements.
7. Students with a bachelor's degree are ineligible for athletic competition with the USCAA.
Exception:
Student athletes may complete one of their four total years of eligibility as a graduate student, only if they are participating as a full time student at the institution for which they received their bachelor’s degree and seeking a second baccalaureate or equivalent degree under normal matriculation with no break in attendance at the same institution

Transfer Requirements

1. If a student transferring to a member institution has ever participated in intercollegiate athletics, the student must have been academically and athletically eligible had he or she remained at that institution. If the transferring student is ineligible, they are required to complete one full academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for the member institution. An academic year shall be completed when the student is enrolled in and completed a minimum of 24 credits (semester)

2. Students transferring into USCAA member institutions during a two semester sport shall be eligible to participate immediately, provided that each institution's athletic director signs off on the transfer, and that the student was academically eligible at the institution from which he/she is transferring. The transferring athlete will abide by USCAA bylaws Section 24.6.3 which states that the student athlete is not eligible until the first day of classes.

3. The USCAA does not require an institution to calculate the GPA of a student who has transferred to their institution.

SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education)

Located on the Randolph Center campus, SHAPE has a six-lane, 25-yard heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium with two basketball courts, two racquetball/squash courts, climbing wall, free weight room and exercise facility with a variety of strength and cardiovascular equipment and locker rooms for men and women. While all SHAPE programs are free of charge to Vermont Tech students with a current Vermont Tech ID, students are required to show their valid ID to the front desk attendant to gain access to SHAPE

Students must follow posted rules while using SHAPE, especially in the fitness center, such as putting weights away when finished, and refraining from dropping weights on the floor during exercise repetitions.

The SHAPE facility is also used by the local community who pay a membership fee. Please respect the rights and sensitivities of those members by using appropriate language and decorum., Guests must pay the daily fee to use the facility ($5 for the pool/basketball gym or $10 for the fitness center (weight/cardio room). There are several types of recreation/athletic equipment, available to check out free of charge. Items may be checked at the SHAPE front desk. If you are interested in using the gym for athletics, intramurals or recreation, be sure to check in advance with SHAPE staff to avoid schedule conflicts.

Ski Tow

The Vermont Tech ski tow is maintained and operated, weather and conditions permitting, on Sunset Hill near the College‘s farmstead. The slope is lighted for night skiing. Hours of operation are posted in SHAPE, distributed through email as well as at the ski shed on the slope. The tow is free to members of the College community. Individuals using this facility, or any other College facility, do so at their own risk. Only skiing and snowboarding are allowed.

Tennis Courts

There are two lighted tennis courts west of Morrill Hall for use by the College community.

Recreation

There are a variety of recreational opportunities available on campus and in the immediate Randolph area including: bowling at the Valley Bowl, golf at Montague Golf Club and ice skating/hockey at the Randolph rink. In addition, the VAST snowmobile trail runs through campus, and opportunities exist for fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the White River. Cycling, both road and mountain biking are also popular, as are snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

Clubs and Organizations and Student Council

There are a variety of clubs and organizations at the college which include sports clubs such as hockey, MMA, lacrosse, and rugby, professional organizations related to academic programs and other clubs based upon special interests like gaming, anime, outdoor activities and the like. For a full listing of current clubs and organizations go to

Student Council is the organization which oversees the distribution of Student Activity funds to clubs and organizations, campus events and programs and other appropriate areas. Student Council also represents students on college committees and the Vermont State College Student Association. For more information, please look for messages from Student Council on email or through Blackboard and Tech Talk or contact the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs. Student Council is open to any interested student.

WVTC

WVTC 90.7 FM is the official radio station of Vermont Technical College. Operating under the authority of VTC Policy 304, WVTC provides for interested students the ability to learn about radio broadcasting, DJing, and radio production.

College Vehicles

Maintenance oversees a fleet of vehicles for institutional use. For club activities, sporting events, RA programs, and school trips, reservations for these vehicles must be made with Karen Tetreault at campus extension 1264. Drivers must be 21, possess a Defensive Driving Certificate and be registered with Public Safety. Generally, students are not allowed to drive. A Vermont Tech faculty or staff member must accompany travelers in any Vermont Tech vehicle.

Student Activities and Events

The Resident Directors and Resident Assistants, SHAPE, and the Student Activities Director all offer events, activities, trips and ticket sales to off campus events in order to make college life more fun. Look for semester schedules of activities posted around campus and in emails for awareness about upcoming events. For many off campus events tickets are needed, and ticket sales are often limited and typically sell out quickly.

Volunteer Opportunities

America Reads

America Reads is Vermont Tech's most popular community service program. It connects students with young children throughout Vermont with the goal of helping them learn to read and to value education in general. The United States government initiated this program in the early 1990's when studies showed American children's literacy rates dropping while most countries' rates were increasing. Now the program is flourishing nationally, bringing college students into elementary schools, daycare centers, and local libraries, so that students who have "made it" can help and inspire those who are in danger of falling into academic frustration and isolation. Vermont Tech students can earn work study for doing this program; in some classes they can also earn extra credit for it. For more information, contact Elizabeth Clark at extension 1248.

Knight Club

Knights assist the Admissions Office by helping to show Vermont Tech to new students. They run campus tours and help out at special campus events such as Open House and Instant Decision Day. The Vermont Tech Knight Club invites participants who are active and involved in the Vermont Tech community to consider a commitment of one to two compensated hours per week.  Contact Susan Fredette in the Admissions office for more information about this position and the application process. 

Community Service

There are many opportunities for Vermont Tech students to become involved in community service activities. Interested students should contact the Student Affairs office. Local schools, the Boys and Girls Club, the Senior Center and providing service for individual members of the community are frequently done by students. Students eligible for work study may be able to get paid work study money for community service activities; check with Financial Aid.

Vermont Tech First Responders

VTCFR operates in association with the White River Valley Ambulance service with EMR's and State licensed EMT-B's. For more information and to get involved, contact the Director of the Fire Science Program at 802/728/1710.

Commuter Students

Commuters are an important part of Vermont Tech with many opportunities to be an active member of the community. Students can take part in student council, join a club and, or organization and attend activities on campus. Commuters looking for ideas, help or a friendly face can find the Student Affairs Office in Morey Hall. If you need carpool information, check with the student ride board on Portal. The notice boards hold a wealth of information that includes classified sections, upcoming events and sometimes even babysitters.

Many students choose the informal atmosphere of the Campus Center, or library in which to spend time between classes as well. A quiet study room with computers is available in the all-night lab located in Morrill Addition 215. You can check with Public Safety at 728.1292 to be sure that the doors to the lab are unlocked for you. If you plan to use the all night computer lab on a regular basis during late night or weekend hours, you can get a computer-coded access ID card from the Director of Public Safety, Emile Fredette, in Administrative Center 122. Commuters who have needs or concerns about building access should contact the Director of Public Safety.

Vermont Academy of Science & Technology (VAST)
VAST Residential Student Procedure for Overnight Guests
Because of the unique nature of the VAST student body, the College invokes a different standard than exists with other VTC students. VAST students under the age of eighteen cannot have guests in their room or be guests in another room between the hours of 1:00am and 7:00am. Permission to have guests must be granted by a parent or guardian to the Residence Hall Director on duty prior to 9:00pm on the night the guest will stay over.
In the case that a VAST student‘s roommate is also under the age of 18, the roommate‘s parent(s) or guardian(s) must also grant permission.
Any time there is a guest staying overnight in the room of a VAST student under eighteen his or her parent or guardian must give permission.
Parents and Guardians can give blanket permission to allow a VAST student the right to have overnight guests. The permission should be submitted in writing to the Director of VAST.
The Director of VAST and Assistant Dean of Students are responsible for implementing this policy, assisted by the Resident Assistants and Resident Hall Directors. Students who violate this policy will be referred to the Director of VAST who will determine the appropriate action to be taken.
VAST Residential Student Procedure for Overnight Campus Departure
The College recognizes the value of having students remain on campus during the weekend and endeavors to provide social and cultural activities for those students. It also realizes that many students, especially those who live within the State, choose to maintain ties with family and friends by going home for the weekend or occasionally on a weeknight.
All VAST students who choose to leave the campus must sign out with the Resident Director or Resident Assistant on duty. They must sign back in with the Resident Assistant on duty when they return. If the student’s destination is somewhere other than their home, parental permission is required. Students need to notify the Resident Assistant on duty if they will be unavoidably late in returning to campus from a weekend or day trip.
Parents and Guardians can give blanket permission to allow a VAST student the right to depart overnight to a destination other than their home. The permission should be submitted in writing to Director of VAST.
The Director is responsible for implementing this policy, assisted by the Resident Assistants. Students who violate this policy will be referred to the Director of VAST who will determine the appropriate action to be taken.
VTC Student Handbook for Nursing and Allied Health
Nursing
Welcome

Welcome to the Vermont Technical College (VTC) nursing department. We are pleased that you are a nursing student in our program. This section of the handbook has been designed to share with you specific nursing department information.
• The faculty’s beliefs about nursing and nursing education
• The framework upon which the program is taught
• The expected outcomes for our students
• The behavioral expectations of our students
• The polices that govern your progression through the program
We look forward to working with you as you progress toward your goal of becoming a nurse.

The VTC nursing faculty and administration
Philosophy

Nursing is a discipline and a profession, a science and art grounded in caring that provides holistic person-centered care with respect and dignity while promoting the health of society.  Nursing theoretical perspectives guide the program of study.  Individuals possess unique spiritual, social, cultural, intellectual, and physical attributes and have varying capabilities.  The nature of our state and demographic trends are important in planning, as nurses’ focus on the health and wellness desires and needs of a dynamic multicultural society, maximizing living quality throughout life.

Collaboration among faculty and students encourages a spirit of inquiry, personal growth, and societal development.  The career ladder model offers a smooth transition for the Practical Nurse graduate to advance to the Associate and then to the Bachelor’s level.  Providing this opportunity is our responsibility as educators.  There are different entry levels within nursing.  The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), an integral part of nursing within the health field, utilizes the nursing process under the direction of a Registered Nurse (RN), licensed physician, or dentist.  Nurse education prepares the LPN to master competence in basic nursing skills to deliver care for patients whose conditions are relatively stable.  LPNs provide teaching, maintain safe practice, and execute leadership within the scope of their practice and are responsible for maintaining and improving their competencies through continuing education.
The Associate of Science Degree Nurse (ADN) represents the entry level for the RN.  The ADN collaborates with other health-team members, utilizes the nursing process incorporating evidence from research to establish a plan of care for individuals with complex health problems across the life span.  The ADN delegates and supervises nursing interventions, maintains safe practice, provides teaching, and advocates for patients.  The ADN demonstrates responsibility with complex health problems across the life span.  The ADN graduate recognizes the importance of continuing education, research, and professional development, actively participating in committees, and professional and community organizations.
The Bachelor of Science Degree Nurse (BSN) is an evolving scholar striving for excellence as an innovative problem-solver incorporating holistic, multi-cultural, caring principles into practice.  The BSN forms collaborative partnerships within organizations and communities, influencing health reform and policy, locally and globally.  Utilizing advanced communication techniques, theory, health assessment, management, and leadership skills, the BSN mentors others in planning care, building evidence-based solutions, conducting research that contributes to the discipline, teaching, and advocating for the patient’s as well as social and economic events that influence the nursing role, communicating effectively with stakeholders involved in healthcare, utilizing critical thinking skills, and participating with the international or local community.  BSNs manage information, incorporate technological developments to provide high-quality care, and provide transformational leadership to guide the direction of nursing and the future of health care.
Nurses are life-long learners who recognize that individuals, families, and communities attain life quality and meaning uniquely.  Using the ladder model, nurses can unite to integrate simultaneity and totality paradigm perspectives across borders, with all parts considered meaningful, yet together worth more than a sum of the parts, for the betterment of nursing and humanity.
Nursing Program Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework of the Vermont Technical College nursing programs views each individual as a uniquely functioning human being affected by the environment, the community, the family, and by all significant relationships in a complex and dynamic society.  Additionally, the program regards the individual as one who aspires toward a maximum level of self-care in spite of currently existing health deficits.  As a result, the curriculum for the preparation of both practical nurses and associate degree registered nurses has been designed utilizing Dorothea Orem’s Theory of Self-Care within the conceptual framework. 

The teaching/learning of the nursing student proceeds in a sequential fashion from simple to complex and normal to abnormal. Additionally, students are introduced to the concepts of health promotion as well as health maintenance.  The academic program includes a broad range of courses designed to introduce the student to intellectual thought processes.  Interwoven throughout the program of learning are the threads of the conceptual framework and critical thinking exercises which demonstrate the decision-making capacity of students as they progress through the program.  The threads are:  the nursing process, scientific principles, communication theory, ethical/legal principles, an understanding of the nursing role as a member of the interdisciplinary team, an understanding of the role of provider of care, teaching/learning principles, and responsibility for accountability/self-growth.
Nursing Student Outcomes

Graduates of each nursing program are provided learning opportunities which lead to the accomplishment of program specific outcomes.

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes
Each graduate of the practical nursing program, having proceeded in his/her course of study from an understanding of the concepts of normal to abnormal, simple to complex, and utilizing the program’s conceptual framework as a basis, will provide individualized nursing care as follows:
I.    Nursing Process
With guidance, employs the nursing process for selected clients to maintain, achieve, or regain their optimal level of self-care.
II.  Scientific Principles
Integrates knowledge of scientific, behavioral, and cultural principles in the care of selected clients in a variety of settings.
III.  Communication
Establishes collaborative relationships with members of the nursing and health team.
IV. Ethical/Legal
Supports the use of legal and ethical standards at the practical nurse level.
V.  Nursing Role
Assumes the role of member of the interdisciplinary team as a graduate practical nurse.
VI. Provider of Care
Provides care which maximizes the self-care potential of individuals across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
VII.  Teaching/Learning
Contributes to the development of a teaching plan for the client with an alteration in basic self-care needs.
VIII. Accountability/Self-Growth
Assumes responsibility for self-directed, goal-oriented growth.
Associate Degree Nursing Program Outcomes
In addition to the general requirements of all Vermont Tech associate degree programs, as outlined in the Vermont Tech catalogue, the following program outcomes are expected for the Associate in Science degree with a major in Nursing:
I.  Nursing Process
Evaluates the plan of care, to assist clients with complex health care needs to maintain, achieve or regain their optimal level of self-care.
II.  Scientific Principles
Selects appropriate scientific, behavioral, and cultural principles for the care of clients with complex needs in diverse settings.
III.  Communication
Evaluates interpersonal skills in professional practice.
IV.  Ethical/Legal
Incorporates into nursing practice legal/ethical standards of professional practice.
V.  Nursing Role
Assumes the role of manager of care within the interdisciplinary team as a graduate professional nurse.
VI.  Provider of Care
Competently delivers nursing care which maximizes the self-care potential of individuals with complex health needs in diverse settings.
VII.  Teaching/Learning
Evaluates a comprehensive teaching plan to meet the physical and emotional needs of individuals and groups with common and complex health care needs.
VIII. Accountability Self-Growth
Is accountable for growth as individuals, as members of society, and as professional nurses.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Outcomes
Each graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, having progressed from understanding of the concepts of normal to abnormal, simple to complex, and utilizing the program's conceptual framework as a basis, will in addition to the general requirements of all Vermont Tech Bachelor degree programs as outlined in the Vermont Tech catalogue, integrate and synthesize the following program outcomes as follows:
I. Nursing Process
Collaborates with clients, the interdisciplinary team, and multiple care providers when planning care to establish client centered goals to optimize wellness outcomes, and evaluate care plan effectiveness, for the individual and community.
II. Scientific Principles
Engages applied sciences, including scientific, behavioral, psychological, and cultural principles for the care of complex clients, that incorporates global appreciation, understanding and tolerance; additionally, designs evidence based practice care, incorporating and participating in qualitative research to generate theory, and/or quantitative research to test theory.  Distinguishes between experimental positivistic empirical approaches and non-experimental research designs, defining strengths, weaknesses, the importance of rigor and replicable findings, statistical analysis, and threats to validity, such as bias.
III. Communication
Determines utilization of collaborative relationships with the health team and the community to facilitate communication of team members to enhance care, promote mentorship, and strategize utilization of technology, embracing diversity  while evolving therapeutic communication techniques of presencing and dialogical exchange.
IV. Ethical/Legal
Integrates legal and ethical standards that encompass consideration of potential ethical dilemmas, promoting self-integrity as well as consideration of benefit to the community.
V. Nursing Role
Coordinates and co-leads the interdisciplinary team, advocates for clients by compassionately caring for people and families using the art and science of nursing in theoretically based practice, helps people flourish/ find optimal meaning in their lived experiences, demonstrates sound nursing judgment, utilizes critical thinking, develops scholarship, and ascertains how to promote the healthiest possible community.
VI. Provider of Care
Maximizes patient-centered care by co-creating health with clients, empowering people, facilitating comfort, and incorporates health promotion, essentially synthesizing integration of the simultaneity and totality paradigm.
VII. Teaching/Learning
Designs a holistic teaching plan with understanding of the person, health, environment, and nursing—the nursing metaparadigm concepts, from the perspective of multiple theorists, including Rosemary Rizzo Parse, Patricia Benner, Madeleine Leininger, Dorothea Orem and Jean Watson. A spirit of inquiry and community is encouraged.
VIII. Accountability/Self-Growth
Continually striving for excellence through ongoing engagement in self-directed life-long learning, with participation as an active member of society in their community working with and/or becoming leaders and developing their professional identity, and ability to work with teams to create innovative, or evidence-based solutions to problems.

Behavioral Expectations

VTC nursing students are expected to engage in ethical practice as a nursing student by following the ethical codes of conduct for their level of nursing and by practicing the expected behaviors. Students whose behavior is not consistent with these standards may be subject to dismissal from the program. Any violation of the ethical codes of conduct or violation of municipal, state or federal laws by a student must be reported to the Associate Dean of Nursing immediately. Review  of the violation will be made to determine if the student may continue in the nursing program. Any student who fails to report violations of municipal, state, or federal laws may be dismissed from the nursing program.

Ethical Codes of Conduct
Code of Ethics for Practical/Vocational Nurses
The Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Shall:
• Consider as a basic obligation the conservation of life and the prevention of disease.
• Promote and protect the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of the patient and his family.
• Fulfill all duties faithfully and efficiently.
• Function within established legal guidelines.
• Accept personal responsibility for his/her acts and seek to merit the respect and confidence of all members of the health team.
• Hold in confidence all matters coming to his/her knowledge, in the practice of his/her profession, and in no way and at no time violate this confidence.
• Give conscientious service and charge just remuneration.
• Learn and respect the religious and cultural beliefs of his/her patient and of all people.
• Meet his/her obligation to the patient by keeping abreast of current trends in health care through reading and continuing education.
• As a citizen of the United States of America, uphold the laws of the land and seek to promote legislation that will meet the health needs of its people.
(Courtesy of the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services, Inc.)

ANA Code for Registered Nurses
•  The nurse, in all professional relationships, practices with compassion and respect for the inherent dignity, worth and uniqueness of every individual, unrestricted by considerations of social or economic status, personal attributes, or the nature of health problems.
•  The nurse’s primary commitment is to the patient, whether an individual, family, group, or community.
•  The nurse promotes, advocates for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of the patient.
•  The nurse is responsible and accountable for individual nursing practice and determines the appropriate delegation of tasks consistent with the nurse’s obligation to provide optimum patient care.
•  The nurse owes the same duties to self as to others, including the responsibility to preserve integrity and safety, to maintain competence, and to continue personal and professional growth.
•  The nurse participates in establishing, maintaining, and improving healthcare environments and conditions of employment conducive to the provision of quality health care and consistent with the values of the profession through individual and collective action.
•  The nurse participates in the advancement of the profession through contributions to practice, education, administration, and knowledge development.
•  The nurse collaborates with other health professionals and the public in promoting community, national, and international efforts to meet health needs.
•  The profession of nursing, as represented by associations and their members, is responsible for articulating nursing values, for maintaining the integrity of the profession and its practice, and for shaping social policy.
American Nurses Association (2001) Center for Ethics and Human Rights.  600 Maryland Ave.  SW., Suite 100 West, Washington, DC. 20019
Behavioral Standards for Nursing Students
The VTC nursing student shall:
General
• converse in an effectively well-modulated voice with peers, faculty, agency personnel, staff, and  
patients
• advocate for patients, families, visitors, and co-workers
• focus communication on the patient, not on self
• address the patient by their formal name unless the patient requests otherwise
• conduct self in the classroom in a professional, respectful manner
 Attitude
•  accept directions and suggestions from instructor or team member (initiates discussion whenever necessary)
•  accept and use constructive criticism from instructor or team member (initiates discussion if not in agreement)
•  demonstrate honesty by responsibly completing what they said they would do
•  respect property rights of others by not stealing, borrowing without permission, or damaging others’ property
•  maintain confidentiality by discrete transfer of information
•  deal with stressful situations by obtaining appropriate assistance from instructors and appropriate health team members
Relationships
•  maintain a constructive dialogue with staff, instructors, patients, or peers in matters relating to patient care
•  share plan of care (verbal or written) with team member
•  volunteer assistance without jeopardizing own patient assignments
•  maintain appropriate nurse-patient relationship  
Dependability
• report on and off clinical practice on time and to the proper individual
•  start assignment promptly
•  proceed independently with familiar procedures and treatments
•  completes assignment in a timely manner
•  report any incomplete assignments to the responsible individual allowing time for work completion by appropriate others
•  comply with school attendance policies
•  notify proper person for unavoidable tardiness/ absences according to school attendance policy
Responsibility
•  is consistently prepared for clinical practice
•  carry out safe nursing care whether under supervision or not
•  seek guidance whenever necessary to carry out safe nursing care
•  convey (verbal or written) results to instructor of findings suggested for independent study
•  submits written material which is the product of own research
•  report errors immediately
•  practice within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act
•  accept consequences of own actions through the use of “I” statements
•  wear uniform according to school policy
•  when unable to attend class, obtain any information missed from instructors/peers
•  follow the policies (smoking, documentation, etc.) of the various facilities
•  take examinations without incorporating the work of others
Classroom Expectations
Class Attendance Policy
See specific course outline.
Classroom Code of Conduct                               
Students in all Nursing and Allied Health programs will at all times conduct themselves in a manner that serves to maintain, promote and enhance a high quality academic environment.  To this end, it is expected that all members of the learning community will adhere to the following guidelines:
1.  Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled classes.
2.  Students are expected to arrive prepared for class and on time, and they will remain in class until the class is dismissed.
3.  Students will treat all members of the learning community with respect.  Toward this end, they will promote academic discourse and the free exchange of ideas by listening with civil attention to comments made by all individuals.
4.  Students are to maintain an appropriate academic climate by refraining from all actions that disrupt the learning environment. Cell phones may not be used in class or clinical unless directed by the instructor.  Students must follow clinical agency policies, including use of cell phones and social media.
Clinical Expectations
Attendance Policy
Clinical practice is an integral part of the VTC nursing program. Absences from the clinical practice may lead to the student’s inability to meet the clinical course requirements. Course requirements must be met in order to pass the clinical course. The following policies govern the attendance for students in the various programs.

PN Students
1. Clinical time is critical to the educational process. Because of limited clinical time, excessive lost time in the clinical area could jeopardize the ability to safely care for clients. All missed clinical time is counted. After  a student reaches twelve (12) hours of clinical absences per semester, the student will receive an absent time warning letter sent by the instructor; after eighteen (18 ) hours of clinical absences per semester, the student will receive an additional absent time warning letter  and will be presented to the total faculty for possible dismissal from the program. This decision will be made by considering whether or not the student is currently meeting clinical objectives. If the faculty feel that the student is not meeting the objectives due to excessive absent time, the student may be referred to the Associate Dean of Nursing for a decision regarding continuation in the program. If the student is found to be meeting the objectives despite missing the maximum time, he/she will be allowed to continue, but each subsequent absence will trigger the faculty review process to determine continuation in the program.
2.  There will be no makeup of missed clinical days.
3.  Students are required to come to the clinical area prepared to safely care for assigned patients. They must review appropriate clinical skills as taught in skills laboratories and complete an adequate chart review. Students not adequately prepared will be considered unsafe and asked to leave the clinical area. This absence will be counted as a clinical absence.
ADN Students
1. Due to limited clinical time in the fall term, absences are limited to six (6) hours. After one absence, the student will receive an absent time warning letter. After twelve (12) hours of clinical absences, the student will receive an additional absent time warning letter and will be presented to the total faculty for possible dismissal from the program. During the spring term, clinical absences are limited to twelve (12) hours. After sIx (6)hours of absent time in the spring, the student will receive an absent time warning letter. After twelve (12)  hours of absent time, the student will receive an additional absent time warning letter and will be presented to the total faculty for possible dismissal from the program. This decision will be made by considering whether or not the student is currently meeting clinical objectives. If the faculty feel that the student is not meeting the objectives due to excessive absent time, the student may be referred to the Associate Dean of Nursing for a decision regarding continuation in the program. If the student is found to be meeting the objectives despite missing the maximum time, he/she will be allowed to continue, but each subsequent absence will trigger the faculty review process to determine continuation.
2. There will be no makeup of missed clinical days.
3. Students must come to the clinical area prepared to safely care for assigned clients.  They must review appropriate clinical skills as taught in skills laboratories and complete an adequate chart review as required by the faculty.  Students not adequately prepared will be considered unsafe and asked to leave the clinical area.  This absence will be counted as a clinical absence.
Performance Evaluation
Anecdotal Notes
The Anecdotal Note is a tool used to document and provide feedback on the student’s progress in meeting clinical objectives.  Students and faculty review Anecdotal Notes on a weekly basis, or more frequently as needed.
Self-Evaluations
As part of clinical experiences, nursing students will be expected to complete self-evaluations at the end of each semester. The criteria addressed on the evaluation are identical to the clinical objectives found on the course syllabus. In completing the self-evaluation form, students are to consider the following:
1) Has the objective been met?
2) How (in what manner) was the objective met?
3) What are your clinical strengths?
4) What areas in your clinical experiences need improvement?
5) How are you meeting clinical objectives as they relate to theory?
Self-evaluations provide an opportunity for the student to analyze individual behaviors and receive feedback and validation from the clinical instructor. Individual communication about clinical objectives is facilitated when the student and the clinical instructor review the student’s progress as the rotation proceeds. Evaluations will reflect clinical expectations at each semester level.

Instructor Evaluations
The clinical instructor will complete clinical evaluations at the end of each semester. Student absences are documented. The student and the clinical instructor will meet privately and discuss evaluations. The evaluation will be signed by the student and the clinical instructor. The student may state disagreement with the clinical instructor’s evaluation, either verbally or in writing, and then sign the form. Signing the evaluation indicates that it has been read.

Satisfactory Behavior Examples
•  Utilizes the nursing process in the delivery of client care
•  Demonstrates respect for the dignity of self, client, family, and professions in all settings through actions, attitude, and appearance
•  Transfers previous and present knowledge of the objectives to the experiences
• Initiates and maintains self-direction
•  Applies theory, principles, and skills at expected level
•  Demonstrates progressive semester level skill development
•  Recognizes own limitations
•  Seeks guidance when needed
•  Maintains confidentiality in the nurse/client relationship
•  Accepts responsibility for own actions
•  Demonstrates independent functioning in a progressive manner
•  Functions as a member of the health care team
Clinical Progression
A passing grade in clinical must be earned to pass a clinical nursing course.
An unsatisfactory student behavior will be documented on the weekly anecdotal note.  At the discretion of the instructor, a Level I Clinical Warning may be issued for a non-starred behavior or a repetitive unsatisfactory behavior. If the unsatisfactory behavior is a starred (*) item, a Level I Clinical Warning will be issued. The Level I Clinical Warning report will state the problem, the discussion, and the subsequent recommendations. If unsatisfactory performance continues, or if improvement does not occur, the student will be counseled, and a Level II Clinical Warning report will be completed. If unsatisfactory performance continues, the student will receive a Final Clinical Level III Warning report. If, at the conclusion of the semester, the student’s clinical performance does not warrant removal from Level III Warning status, the student has failed the clinical portion of the course. At each warning step, the student has the right to initiate an Appeal which must be submitted within 48 hours in writing to the Associate Dean of Nursing. Students may review this documentation at any time with the Site Director, their faculty advisor, or Associate Dean of Nursing.
Level I, II, and III Clinical Warnings
Level I Clinical Warning
The clinical instructor and the student will have a conference concerning the need for improvement of unsatisfactory or unsafe performance. A written Level I Clinical Warning report along with an Anecdotal Note describing the situation(s) will be placed in the student’s record, and the student will receive a copy of this conference form within one week of the incident. The clinical instructor will provide a copy of this warning to the Site Director. If the unsatisfactory or unsafe performance reappears, or any other pattern of inappropriate behavior occurs, a Level II Clinical Warning will be given.
Level II Clinical Warning
A Level II Clinical Warning may be issued for recurrence of a specific performance for which the student has previously received a Level I Clinical Warning or additional inappropriate performance of a different nature subsequent to the original Level I Clinical Warning.  The clinical instructor and the student will have a conference concerning the need for improvement of unsatisfactory or unsafe performance.  A written Level II Clinical Warning report clearly describing the situation(s), the specific performance observed, a summary of the discussion of the specific performance, and the rationale and plan for remediation will be placed in the student’s record.  The student will receive a copy of this conference form within one week of the incident.  The clinical instructor will provide a copy of this Warning to the Site Director.
Level III Final Clinical Warning
If the clinical instructor notes that Level II Clinical Warning performance has continued or that additional unsatisfactory performance occurred, the student will receive a Level III Clinical Warning.  This will be discussed at a faculty meeting.  The student will be required to meet with faculty to participate in the corrective action plan and goal setting.  The student may bring a support person who will be a silent witness.  The student may remain on a Level III Clinical Warning, and could receive multiple Level III Clinical Warnings until the end of the semester if performance does not improve.  Level III clinical warnings are equivalent to failure.  At the discretion of the clinical instructor, faculty, or Site Director, the student on a Level III warning may be placed in a "one-on-one" clinical experience to determine whether the student can safely be supervised in a clinical group.  If during the “one-on-one” experience sufficient improvement is not able to be demonstrated, the student will have earned a failing clinical grade, and will be dismissed from the Program. If a student remains on a Level III warning at the end of the semester, the student will receive a failing clinical grade.
*Note: If the specific unsatisfactory performance is of grave nature (as judged by the faculty, clinical instructor, Site Director, Associate Dean of Nursing and Dean of Academic Affairs), immediate administrative dismissal may be in order.  Performance of a grave nature includes, but is not limited to: serious safety violations; actions inconsistent with scope of practice; and unlawful or unethical acts.  Also, at the discretion of the clinical instructor, faculty, or Site Director, a student may be given a Level II or Level III Clinical Warning at any point in time based on the severity of the performance. Prior to an administrative dismissal, the Associate Dean of Nursing will discuss the student’s performance with the Dean of Academic Affairs.
Clinical Warning Appeals
Students have the right to due process.  The student should send a written appeal to the Associate Dean of Nursing within 48 hours of receiving a clinical warning that leads to dismissal.  While the student is in the appeals process, he/she may remain in the program and participate fully in all course work until a determination on the appeal is made. The only exception is the appeal of a clinical dismissal for patient safety violations. In this case, the student will be suspended from the clinical environment, until a decision regarding the appeal is final. Appeals of clinical warnings will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of Nursing, a designated group of nursing faculty that does not include the student’s evaluating faculty, and the Dean of Academic Affairs. A final decision will be a made by the Associate Dean of Nursing in conjunction with the Dean of Academic Affairs. The student will be notified of a final decision within 5 business days of receipt of the written student appeal.
Re Admission After Clinical Dismissal
Any student, who has been dismissed for clinical failure and would like to request readmission to the VTC nursing programs, will submit this request in writing to the Associate Dean of Nursing. Such a letter should discuss action taken by the student to alleviate or correct the problem which led to the clinical failure. All students’ petitions will be presented to the Faculty for consideration. The Faculty will discuss the issue, and recommend admission or not-readmission to the Associate Dean of Nursing. The student will be notified of this recommendation by letter. Students who have been out of the program for more than one year will have to repeat the entire program. Student who has been out for less than one year will have to write a letter requesting readmission into the program. Students who are eligible to return to the program must pass a Skills Test, administered by a faculty member or designee prior to being readmitted. Additional criteria related to readmission after clinical failure is as follows:
1)  No student will be readmitted to the program more than once.
2)  No student who was dismissed from the nursing program for unsafe clinical performance will be readmitted.
Other Clinical Guidelines
1.  Students are NOT allowed to witness the signing of consent forms, wills, or other documents.
2.  Nurses have a legal and moral obligation to hold in confidence any information pertaining to the client. Violation of the client's right to privacy will result in disciplinary actions by the faculty, and may result in dismissal from program and/or legal action.
3.  Vermont Tech nursing students MUST NOT visit friends, relatives, or other patients when they are in the clinical area functioning under the supervision of an instructor. Student visits during visiting hours must conform to behaviors as any other lay visitor. Vermont Tech is NOT responsible for student action or behaviors in these circumstances. Avoid visiting when in uniform.
4.  Co-signing charts policy: The patients chart shall be co-signed by the instructor per agency protocol. The nursing instructor's signature means that the information written by the student is truthful and accurate to the best of the instructor's knowledge while supervising up to 10 students in the clinical area.
Academic Progression

Nursing Grading System
The Grading System is as follows:

Grade
Quality Points
A = 95 – 100
4.0
A- = 90 – 94.9
3.7
B+ = 87 – 89.9
3.3
B = 84 – 86.9
3.0
B- = 80 – 83.9
2.7
C+ = 77 – 79.9
76.9 or below = failure to progress in
PN/ADN program)
2.3 (minimum passing grade)
C = 75 – 76.9
2.0
C- = 70 – 74.9
1.7
D+ = 67 – 69.9
1.3
D = 64 – 66 .9
1.0
D- = 60 – 63 .9
0.7
F = Below 60
0.0
NUR Principles and Practices
Clinical/Laboratory
P = 75 – 100
NP= <75
0.0
0.0
PN and ADN Programs
PN and ADN students must receive a grade of C+ (77) or more in all NUR courses, and a C (75) in BIO and PSY courses, in order to progress in the program. If a PN or ADN student in the last semester of his/her program does not achieve these grades, he/she will not be allowed to graduate.
Grades lower than the required 75 or 77 will be reflected on the transcript with the corresponding letter grade, so credits may be awarded for any grade above an F, but students will not continue to progress or graduate from Vermont Technical College’s Nursing programs unless their grades conform with the standards stated here.
For all NUR courses and PSY 1050 (taught at Vermont Technical College):  Assignments and exam grades will be calculated to the nearest tenth, and the final course grade will be calculated to the nearest tenth and will not be rounded.

BSN Students
BSN students must receive a grade of C (75) in all NUR courses. If a BSN student receives a grade of less than 75, that student will be considered on probation, but can continue to take classes. They may retake the course once within a one-year period and will be removed from probation if they receive a C or greater in that repeated course. Students receiving a grade of C─ or less in the same course twice, or once in two separate courses, will be grounds for dismissal from the BSN program. The Associate Dean of Nursing will review such cases for mitigating circumstances and make final decisions regarding dismissal.
Nursing Program Academic Progression
VTC offers students a comprehensive undergraduate nursing education, composed of the Practical Nursing certificate (PN), the Associate Degree Nursing degree (ADN) and the Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN).  Beginning in Academic Year 2014-15, students accepted into the Vermont Tech nursing program at any point may request to progress directly through each program toward the bachelor’s degree or may choose to stop out after receiving the PN and/or ADN credentials.
To progress directly from the PN to the ADN level, a student must
• Declare their intent to progress on a Nursing-Direct-Progress form no later than January 31 of the year they wish to progress.
• Maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average (G.P.A.) through each of the three PN semesters
• Obtain the Practical Nursing License (LPN) during the summer between the PN and ADN years
To progress directly from the ADN to the BSN level, a student must
• Declare their intent to progress on a Nursing-Direct-Progress form no later than March 1 of the year they wish to progress.
• Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 G.P.A. through the PN and ADN levels
• Obtain the Registered Nurse license during the summer after completing the ADN degree
Students wishing to take off a semester or more after completing the PN or ADN program may apply for re-admittance to the nursing program through the regular nursing program admissions process, but will not be guaranteed admittance.
While VTC guarantees direct progression from the PN to the ADN program for qualified students, it cannot guarantee direct progression at the same site at which the PN certificate was obtained.  Because of the competitive demand for ADN slots and the limitations of clinical ADN placements in some areas of the state, some students may have to continue their nursing studies at a site other than their first choice or the site at which the PN certificate was obtained. 
Students progressing directly from the PN to the ADN level must
• Request their first, second and third site preference for the ADN education on their Nursing- Direct-Progress form
VTC will assign first priority to students requesting to remain at their PN site--in order of GPA.  Once the ADN slots are filled for any site, VTC will try to place students in the ADN site of their next highest stated preferences, if seats are available.  Students whose first preference is to attend an ADN site other than that at which they took their PN program will be considered for the preferred site after qualified students attending that site for their PN have been offered a seat in that ADN program.
The BSN program is fully online and students may attend the program wherever they live. 
This process will be reviewed and evaluated after the 2014 admissions process and then on an ongoing basis to ensure viability and sustainability.  
Policies
Appearance/Uniform Policy
In an effort to inspire patient comfort and confidence in the caregiver, students are expected to appear in complete uniform and exhibit professional demeanor at all times while in their respective clinical areas. 
• A school uniform is required.
• Uniforms are to be clean and pressed and must also be in synch with the clinical agency “dress code”.  Pant length must be short enough that they do not touch the floor.  Pants must cover the entire leg and be short enough that they do not touch the floor.
• Students may wear a solid white cotton knit shirt underneath their uniform top for warmth.
• A student name pin/badge/photo ID required in the clinical setting per facility policy must be worn any time the student is in the clinical area.
• Hair must be confined off the collar and away from the face at all times.  There shall be no ornamentation in the hair.  If something is needed to keep the hair confined, it should be non-ostentatious.  Gentlemen are allowed to have a moustache and a beard.  The moustache must be neatly trimmed.  The beard must also be neatly sculpted to the face.  At the discretion of the instructor, the student may be asked to wear a beard bag if there is a concern for infection control.  Otherwise, gentlemen must be clean shaven.
• Clean white or black shoes.  Socks are to be worn and must match the color of the shoe. 
• Bandage scissors, a penlight, stethoscope, a small notebook, a pen with black ink and a watch calibrated to count seconds are required.
• Hand jewelry is limited to a single ring without stones and with a smooth surface.  Very small, single, stud-type earrings may be worn in some clinical areas.  If the instructor feels the ring or studs are inappropriate, you will be asked to remove them.  No other jewelry is permissible.
• Nails must be kept short.  Colored nail polish and acrylic nails may not be worn.
• No gum chewing is permitted in clinical areas.
• When in the clinical facility, but not in uniform, students will wear their name pin and a lab coat over their street (business casual) clothes.  Some Sites may not require a lab coat; but, only a name pin.
• The odor of cigarettes is not allowed or tolerated.
• Students will refrain from wearing perfume or fragrant lotions or hair products to the clinical area.
• Tattoos deemed offensive by the clinical facility/clinical instructor and/or Site Director will be covered.
Interpretation of this policy will be at the discretion of the clinical instructor.  Students will be expected to adhere to this decision.  Students who fail to meet these guidelines will be sent home.  This absence will be counted as a clinical absence.
Cell Phone Policy
Cell phones may not be used in class or clinical unless directed by the instructor.  Students must follow clinical agency policies, including use of cell phones and social media. (See Social Media Policy.)
Cheating and Plagiarism
The nursing faculty and staff, in consultation with the Associate Dean of Nursing will enforce and adhere to VTC Policy #107 “Cheating and Plagiarism” and will follow the recommended process as outlined.
Class Organization
Each class shall elect a representative who shall conduct affairs of the class according to Robert’s Rules of Order and with the guidance/approval of the Faculty Advisor. A class leader or leaders shall serve on the committees which have student representation.
Clinical Agency Policy
When students are in the clinical agency, they are expected to abide by agency rules and regulations, as well as the school site regulations.
Closing (School)
Closing and delays stemming from inclement weather have historically been very rare at the nursing programs. Because hospitals do not close, our nursing students must become accustomed to planning ahead for inclement weather. However, if weather is such that closing or delayed opening is advisable, a decision will be made by 6:00 a.m. and will be carried as soon as possible in the school delay announcements of the radio stations posted on your school bulletin board, communicated by telephone tree, or placed on the Moodle web site. Closings may vary by site; not all sites may be closed on any given day.

Drug Screening Policy
When students are going to practice in a clinical agency, they are expected to abide by the agency contractual requirements and regulations as well as the college regulations. Some clinical agencies require pre-clinical practice drug screening. To be in compliance with the college’s contractual agreement with these clinical agencies, students attending clinical practice at any of these sites must meet this obligation as per the following policy.
Pre-clinical Drug Screening
Acceptance into the nursing program is provisional until all pre-clinical practice requirements are met. Some students will be required to undergo and have a negative drug screening prior to the beginning their clinical practice experiences. These students will be notified of the drug screening requirement at the time of admission. Students will be provided instructions on the procedure for drug screening. The agency conducting the screening will be chosen by the college and only this agency may be used. There are no exceptions to this policy. Failure to appear for drug testing is considered a positive screening result. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the required pre-clinical drug screening.
The agency conducting the drug screening will report either a positive or negative result to the college. Should a positive report be returned to the college, the student may appeal the report to the drug screening agency one time. This appeal for a retest and review will be based on the original sample provided. All decisions made by Vermont Technical College (VTC) related to the drug screen results will be based on the report from the screening agency. VTC will not consider any appeals related to decisions based on the drug screen results. A positive drug screen report will result in the student not being admitted to or allowed to continue in the VTC nursing program. Students who are delayed in having the results of drug screen reported may attend class, but may not engage in agency clinical practice activities. Inability to participate in agency clinical activities will be recorded as a clinical absence. The student with a positive drug screen may reapply for admission to the VTC nursing program after one year of the positive drug screen finding.
Drug screen results will be made available by the screening agency to the student’s Site Director, Associate Dean of Nursing and the Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs. This information will be held confidentially on a secured server. Should the student not meet the pre-clinical requirements due to a positive drug screen, the Associate Dean Admissions and the appropriate Nursing Faculty Department Chair will be notified. Individual student drug screen information will be released to clinical agencies only with written student permission.
Fire/Evacuation Procedure
Students will be apprised of the procedure for the evacuation of the college or clinical environments at each agency. This information will be imparted during orientation, in Fire/Evacuation Procedure: NUR1111, on each clinical unit and on each site bulletin board.

Simulation Policy
Philosophy – Simulation is used to enhance, reinforce and apply nursing theory in the clinical setting.  The simulation lab provides a safe, supportive and positive environment where students develop problem solving skills, enhanced communication skills, teamwork, and the opportunity to experience clinical decision making and critical thinking skills that meet defined learning outcomes. Simulation clinical days have the same requirements as for all clinical days including attendance, preparation and learning outcomes.
Mission – Our mission for the simulation program is to contribute to life-long learning.  In the simulation experience, students are active participants in a safe environment that is facilitated by dedicated experience staff.  This solid grounding in underlying scientific principles and technical skills helps students translate learning from the lab to the vast variety of our urban and rural clinical settings.
Vision – Striving to meet the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) guidelines, the multidisciplinary lab will provide state-of-the-art simulation experiences that will promote collaborative inter-professional learning that supports and enhances statewide healthcare education and will improve patient care and safety across healthcare.
The benefits of simulation include:

• Enrichment and enhancement of course content
• Ability to creating practice experiences not readily available in the clinical setting
• Emphasize patient safety
• Build effective communication skills with patients and families
• Providing a safe place that allows students to make mistakes and learn from their mistakes while not jeopardizing patient safety
• Builds self-confidence
• Reinforces application of theory into practice in an efficient and focused manner
• Encourages reflective thinking by students in the debriefing process
• Provides “realistic” role playing
• Enhances professional communication and health care team synergy
• Promotes learning through collaboration
• Alignment with the INACSL standards will allow Vermont Technical College to advance to the cutting edge of simulation education

Social Media Policy (SMP)
VTC students have an ethical and legal obligation to maintain patient privacy and confidentiality at all times.  This includes upholding the provisions set forth under federal law (HIPPA).  The VTC Social Media Policy (SMP) provides guidance to students, faculty, staff and our clinical affiliates and establishes consequences if the SMP has been violated.
Guidelines:
1. Student nurses must adhere to legal and ethical responsibilities and VTC student conduct policies.
2. Student nurses must adhere to clinical agency policies regarding their responsibility to protect patient privacy whether on line or off line.  This includes protecting patients’ name and any information that may lead to the identification of a patient.
3. Student nurses must maintain professional boundaries in the use of electronic media.  This means establishing, communicating and enforcing professional boundaries with patients in the on-line environment.
4. Student nurses may not share, post or otherwise disseminate any information including images about a patient or information gained in the nurse-patient relationship with anyone unless there is a patient care-related need to disclose the information or other legal obligation to do so.
5. Student nurses are discouraged from interacting with patients using social media.
6. Student nurses should evaluate all their social media postings with the understanding that a patient, colleague, educational institution or employer could potentially view those postings.
7. Student nurses as the patient’s advocate have an ethical obligation to take appropriate action regarding instances of questionable healthcare delivery at an individual or systems level that reflect incompetent, unethical, illegal, or impaired practice.  Student nurses who view social media content posted by a colleague that violates ethical or legal standards should bring the questionable content to the attention of the colleague and the VTC nursing faculty/staff so that appropriate action can be taken.
8. A student who uses social media to harass, bully, or violate professional codes of conduct may be dismissed from the program, if the behavior violates VSC Policy 311.
A suspected violation of the SMP will result in the following actions:
1. An investigation of the suspected violation will be conducted by the VTC nursing faculty/staff and a report of findings will be presented to the Associate Dean of Nursing.
2. Consideration will be given to determine the intent of the student nurse.  Remediation will be provided consistent with the nature of the violation.
3. If the violation is determined to be of serious nature, consequences will reflect the nature of the violation and may include administrative dismissal from the nursing program.
Substance Abuse Policy
In conjunction with the VTC Code of Conduct and Substance Abuse statements, the following Nursing Department policy has been adopted.  Students will not report to the classroom, lab, or clinical area while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
1. If a nursing student is suspected of being impaired (i.e. order of alcohol/marijuana, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, ambulatory problems, inability to comprehend or follow oral or written direction, or other such indications) in a clinical or other college setting, the student’s faculty/clinical instructor, or any other instructor or college official, should, whenever possible, seek verification of such suspicion by another college instructor or official or a member of the agency’s nursing staff.  If the nursing student is suspected of being impaired, the student shall be approached by the professor or another appropriate college or clinical official.  If, after evaluation, the professor or other appropriate official believes the student is impaired, then the student shall be required to safely leave the clinical or academic setting immediately.  The faculty member will immediately inform the Site Director or designee when a student has exhibited signs of impairment that warrant dismissal from the class or clinical setting.

Required Documentation:
2. Observed Behavior – Reasonable Cause Tool
The purpose of this tool is to document faculty or clinical instructor assessments of a student’s appearance, behavior(s), affect, speech, and motor skills that indicate impairment of drugs and/or alcohol.
The faculty member/clinical instructor will document the reason(s) for suspecting that a student is impaired by completing VTC’s Observed Behavior – Reasonable Cause Tool within 24 hours of identifying signs of impairment.  This tool will be signed by the faculty or clinical instructor who suspected student impairment, a witness to the student’s behavior at the time, and the student.
3. Return to Class/Clinical Agreement Form
The purpose of this form is to provide support for students suspected of being impaired.  This form is an agreement between the student and the college which is intended to ensure that professional standards are upheld.  It is a contract that specifies the consequences of reporting to class or clinical while impaired.
Prior to returning to the class/clinical setting, the student and Site Director (or designee) will review the Return to Class/Clinical Agreement form.  The student will sign and receive a copy of this form which specifies that he or she agrees to meet performance standards regarding professional conduct.  By signing the Return to Class/Clinical Agreement form, the student agrees to undergo an alcohol and/or drug assessment, abide by recommendations made by a substance abuse treatment agency regarding to return to class/clinical, and not attend learning activities when unfit to work.  The student’s failure to comply with the conditions of this document will be grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal from the college.
A student’s failure to adhere to the conditions of the Return to Class/Clinical Agreement form will be reported to the Associate Dean of Nursing and The Dean of Enrollment and Student Affairs for appropriate disciplinary and/or academic process and action.
Until due process is completed, the student will not be allowed to attend clinical.  The student may attend if there is no further evidence of impairment.
Student Health Policy
Students are responsible for their own health care and incurred costs. When students become ill or injured while in class or in the clinical area, they are to report to the instructor to assist in arrangements for patient care. The Site Director of the school will always be notified of any illness or injury.
The hospital emergency room is designed to care for true emergencies, NOT colds, sore throats, etc. Students are responsible for their own medical bills. Students will be expected to provide proof of health insurance or carry the VTC student health insurance policy.
The Site Director may request a physical examination or medical clearance from a health care provider if this seems necessary. For the protection of the student, the patients, or other students, any exposure to infectious disease must be reported to the Site Director.
Requirements for Clinical Placement
The following documentation is required by VTC and the contracted clinical agencies prior to clinical placement:
• Health history and physical examination
• Records of specified immunizations/communicable disease
• Background check
• Fingerprint reports
• CPR certification
• Proof of health insurance
• Report of drug screen (selected sites)
ALLIED HEALTH
Appearance/Uniform Policy
In an effort to inspire patient comfort and confidence in the caregiver, students are expected to appear in complete uniform and exhibit professional demeanor at all times while in their respective clinical areas. 
• A school uniform is required.
• Uniforms are to be clean and pressed and must also be in synch with the clinical agency “dress code”.  Pant length must be short enough that they do not touch the floor.  Pants must cover the entire leg and be short enough that they do not touch the floor.
• Students may wear a solid white cotton knit shirt underneath their uniform top for warmth.
• A student name pin/badge/photo ID required in the clinical setting per facility policy must be worn any time the student is in the clinical area.
• Hair must be confined off the collar and away from the face at all times.  There shall be no ornamentation in the hair.  If something is needed to keep the hair confined, it should be non-ostentatious.  Gentlemen are allowed to have a moustache and a beard.  The moustache must be neatly trimmed.  The beard must also be neatly sculpted to the face.  At the discretion of the instructor, the student may be asked to wear a beard bag if there is a concern for infection control.  Otherwise, gentlemen must be clean shaven.
• Clean white or black shoes.  Socks are to be worn and must match the color of the shoe. 
• Bandage scissors, a penlight, stethoscope, a small notebook, a pen with black ink and a watch calibrated to count seconds are required.
• Hand jewelry is limited to a single ring without stones and with a smooth surface.  Very small, single, stud-type earrings may be worn in some clinical areas.  If the instructor feels the ring or studs are inappropriate, you will be asked to remove them.  No other jewelry is permissible.
• Nails must be kept short.  Colored nail polish and acrylic nails may not be worn.
• No gum chewing is permitted in clinical areas.
• When in the clinical facility, but not in uniform, students will wear their name pin and a lab coat over their street (business casual) clothes.  Some Sites may not require a lab coat; but, only a name pin.
• The odor of cigarettes is not allowed or tolerated.
• Students will refrain from wearing perfume or fragrant lotions or hair products to the clinical area.
• Tattoos deemed offensive by the clinical facility/clinical instructor and/or Site Director will be covered.
Interpretation of this policy will be at the discretion of the clinical instructor.  Students will be expected to adhere to this decision.  Students who fail to meet these guidelines will be sent home.  This absence will be counted as a clinical absence.
Dental Hygiene students must also meet these requirements:

Students are expected to purchase regulation scrubs, over-garments, socks and shoes and an instrument kit prior to the start of the first semester.

Academic Progression- Dental Hygiene and Respiratory
Students must complete each academic course in the foundational areas of their major with a “C” or higher. Any grade that is lower than a 75 will be considered a failing grade in that course.
Students may not progress from one semester to another without successful completion of all preceding courses. For nursing students, courses which are considered foundational are all courses with the prefix NUR or BIO.  Courses considered foundational for Dental Hygiene are all courses carrying the prefix DHY or BIO.

Cheating and Plagiarism
The allied health faculty and staff, in consultation with the Program Director will enforce and adhere to Vermont Technical College Policy #107 “Cheating and Plagiarism” and will follow the recommended process as outlined.