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General Information

This section of the catalog is designed to familiarize the student with College regulations and policies, academic terminology, the College grading system, assessment of student learning outcomes, special courses and programs, and other pertinent student information concerning learning opportunities at SVCC.  

Access to Faculty

The College prides itself on providing a caring, friendly atmosphere conducive to the learning process. A student experiencing academic difficulties is encouraged to contact his or her instructor to determine what additional assistance, if any, can be provided. College faculty maintain convenient office hours to provide interactive opportunities for students to discuss class work. Official faculty hours are linked from the College faculty/staff directory at www.svcc.edu/employees/faculty/index.html. Information about contacting faculty can be attained by calling or visiting the Information Center.

Student Classifications

Class Standing

 A first-year student (freshman) is one who has earned fewer than 30 semester hours including any semester hours accepted in transfer from other colleges or universities. A second-year student (sophomore) is one who has earned 30 or more semester hours including any semester hours accepted in transfer.


 A full-time student is defined as one who is registered for 12 or more semester hours during a regular semester, or 6 or more semester hours during the summer session. This definition applies only for academic purposes. Financial assistance has a different definition of what constitutes a full-time student.

Student Load

The anticipated course load for a full-time student during the fall and spring semester is 16 semester hours. The full-time load during the summer semester is 6 semester hours. Course loads greater than 16 hours are recommended only for students who have a high school average of "B" or minimum College grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).

Students in most academic courses are expected to spend at least two hours of preparation for each hour of class. Students who are working are cautioned to plan a course load that is in proportion to their workload. A suggested schedule for working students is as follows:

Work LoadClass Load
15 hours or less15-17 credit hours
16-27 hours12-14 credit hours
28-34 hours9-11 credit hours
35-40 hours3-6 credit hours

Students desiring to take 19 or more credit hours during a regular semester or more than 10 credit hours during the summer semester must have prior approval from the Coordinator of Counseling or Academic Vice President.


Regular and prompt attendance is expected in all Sauk courses. Attendance requirements will be established by the individual instructor and included in each course syllabus. The student is responsible for adhering to each instructor's attendance requirements as set forth in the course syllabus. The instructor may withdraw a student involuntarily from a course when excessive absences have occurred. The instructor will determine the validity of absences and whether the student will be allowed to make up class work and/or examinations. Only students actively enrolled are allowed to attend classes unless instructor permission is granted.

Academic Records

A permanent cumulative record is kept on each student. This record shows for each term all credits attempted and earned, all grades earned, and term and cumulative grade point averages (GPA). Only transfer and occupational courses will be included in the GPA. Grade reports at the end of each term indicating course work for the current semester, grades earned, and term and cumulative GPA may be viewed at www.svcc.edu/soar. Upon request, an official grade report will be mailed to students. 

Placement Testing

Sauk Valley Community College is committed to placing students in courses that correspond with their ability level in order to provide each student with the greatest chance of success in those classes and future course work. The key to accomplishing this goal is a placement testing structure that determines academic skills which students bring to SVCC and to match those skills with appropriate courses offered by the College.

To establish appropriate levels, placement tests in language arts (English), and mathematics are required of all students wishing to register for any English composition course, mathematics course, or any other college course requiring a specific English or mathematics co-requisite or prerequisite.

All entering degree or certificate-seeking students must be tested prior to registration and all non-degree seeking students are tested as required for the courses in which they plan to enroll. Comprehensive placement is not required for enrollment in community service (noncredit), continuing education classes, or physical education activity courses. Students that currently hold an associate's or a bachelor's degree may be exempt from the placement policy, but may still be subject to placement testing for admissions to specific courses or programs of study. Any student exempt from the course placement policy for the reasons listed above may need to secure permission from the counseling office prior to enrollment. 

Course Placement Policy


Placement test results will be used by counselors and academic advisors to match students with courses that are consistent with their skill level. Students are required to meet the individual course and/or program co-requisites or prerequisites in language arts (English) and mathematics prior to course enrollment.  Students should expect to repeat developmental courses as necessary until they have achieved college-level skills.

Students may retest if eligible. The highest score achieved by the student is used for course placement. Test scores are good for three years.

Students with documented disabilities will be accommodated on an individual basis as each disability dictates and should make an appointment with the Coordinator of Disability Services prior to testing and/or enrollment.

Baccalaureate Transfer Programs (A.A., A.S., A.E.S., and A.F.A.)

Students interested in baccalaureate transfer programs should pursue, while in high school, a college preparatory curriculum to include:

  • Four years of English including two writing-intense courses, oral communication, and literature.
  • Three years of mathematics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or advanced math (general/basic/technical mathematics and pre-algebra are not acceptable).
  • Two years of social science with one year emphasizing history and government.
  • Two years of science including laboratory courses in biological and physical science (general science is not acceptable).
  • Four years of electives from any combination of foreign language, art, music, or career education.

Students who have not completed the above curriculum will satisfy these requirements by fulfilling the transfer degree requirements as outlined below:

EnglishPlacement into ENG 101 or completion of ELA 099 with a "C" or higher.
MathematicsPlacement into MAT 110, 115, 121, 240 or completion of MAT 081 and 076 with a "C" or higher.
Social ScienceComplete 3 credit hours preferably in one of the following courses:
HIS 131, 132, or GOV 163 or 164.
ScienceComplete 3 or more credit hours in one of the following:
BIO 103, 104, and 108; CHE 102 and 103; GSC 105, 106 or 115, or PHY 175.

Science courses, social science courses, and MAT 115 or higher that are taken to meet program admission requirements will also count toward associate degree general education requirements. 

First Year Experience

Sauk Valley Community College is committed to providing students with effective support systems to facilitate their success and empower their learning. A student's first year is perhaps the most critical time to ensure that such systems, programs, and connections are in place. The First-Year Experience program at SVCC also connects students to valuable resources, tools, and the critical individuals on campus that provide valuable everyday support. The program sets up students for success in their first year and beyond. It involves all campus departments working together cooperatively to promote this essential experience for the students and form lasting bonds with our staff. Students can expect a high level of engagement from all SVCC personnel.

The First-Year Experience at Sauk Valley Community College consists of two components, the initial Orientation session and the First-Year Experience course (FYE 101), that is completed in the student's first semester. Completing each is required of incoming degree-seeking students. Students in good standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher), who have accumulated at least 16 SVCC semester hours or transferred 16 or more semester hours prior to enrolling as a degree-seeking student at SVCC are not required to take this course. Students already awarded an Associate's degree or above are also exempt from FYE. Upon registering for the initial semester, a new student will receive a letter with an assigned date for the Orientation. That date can only be changed with permission of the Dean of Instruction, 815/835-6344.

Tuition Information and Refund Policy


Determination of Residency and Tuition Information

In-District Students

An in-district student is one whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the SVCC District. All students are required to certify on the application that the address given is correct. A student is considered a resident of District 506 if one of the following criteria is met for at least 30 days prior to beginning of the term.

  • The student resides with his/her parents within District 506.
  • The student is an emancipated minor, completely self-supporting and resides within District 506.
  • The student is 18 years or older, self-supporting, and maintains a residence within District 506.
  • The student works full-time within District 506 and can show proof of his/her employment.

Students that move into the district for reasons other than attending Sauk Valley Community College shall be exempt from the 30-day requirement if they demonstrate a verifiable interest in establishing permanent residency. Verification will consist of employment documentation, home purchase document, and/or other legal documents. Special cases regarding legal residency of students shall be considered individually.

Out-of-District Students

An out-of-district student is any person whose legal residence is outside the boundaries of SVCC District 506, but in the State of Illinois, (with the exception of internet courses).

Out-of-district residents who wish to attend Sauk and pay tuition and fees at the in-district rate must file a "Notification of Intent to Attend a Recognized Illinois Public Community College" application. These forms can be obtained from the student's community college district and should be filed in the Business Office prior to the semester when the out-of-district student wishes to begin attending Sauk.

  1. An out-of-district resident who files an "Intent to Attend a Recognized Public Community College" with his/her community college district board and receives an "Authorization for Partial Financial Support" will be enrolled on the same tuition basis as the in-district resident.
  2. An out-of-district resident who does not submit an "Authorization for Partial Financial Support" will be charged the out-of-district rate.

Out-of-district charges are subject to changes based on fiscal year audits ending each June 30. The charges for each fiscal year change each fall semester.

Out-of-State Students

Anyone who is a resident of another state at the time of application will be considered an out-of-state applicant. Out-of-state students will be charged the current rate of tuition for out-of-state students (with the exception of internet courses). 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees established by the Board of Trustees are subject to change. Up-to-date tuition and fees are available online at www.svcc.edu

Tuition Refund


Any request for a refund of tuition must be made by the following schedule:

Fall and Spring Semesters:

16 week courses:100% refund period - through the first week of the term
 80% refund period - the second week of the term
 (See Academic Calendar for specific dates)
Less than 16 week courses:100% refund period - first day of the class and the following business day
 80% refund period - third and fourth business day
Summer Semester:100% refund period - first day of the class and the following business day
 80% refund period - third and fourth business day

 Community Service Public Workshops

Classes meeting only once or twice:No refund after class begins
Classes that meet 3 to 10 weeks:First week of classes 90% refund.
 After the first week no refund.

Classes that meet 10 weeks or more will follow the College-approved schedule for refunds.

Grading Policy


Final Exams

Instructors give final examinations at scheduled times.  Final exam schedules for the current semester are located online at the exam schedule link at www.svcc.edu/schedule/finalexams.html. Schedules will be available by the third week of classes.  See individual instructors for questions.

Grading System

Grades are recorded at the end of each semester with a system of letters indicating the quality of academic work as follows:

These grades are used in calculating a student's GPAGradeGrade Points
A - Excellent4
B - Good3
C - Average2
D - Below Average1
F - Failure0
These grades are not used in calculating a student's GPA    I - Incomplete 
P - Passing 
W - Withdrawal 
X - Audit 
Z - Proficiency 

The student's GPA is determined in the following manner:


Student X is taking five classes and received the corresponding grades:

CourseCourse Credits
GradeGrade PointsHours for
Grade Points
ENG 1013A4312
HUM 2103B339
PSY 1033A4312
BIO 1055C2510
CIS 1013W   
Totals17  1443

Your grade point average  (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of GPA credit hours.  Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

Total Grade Points43 divided by
Total Hours for GPA14 = 3.07

Note: Developmental grades are not calculated in the GPA.

For students wishing to appeal grades, please refer to the Academic Appeals Policy.

Grade Definitions


Incomplete Grade

If a student is unable to complete a course and the student-initiated withdrawal date has passed, the instructor may assign a grade of "I" under the condition that it is practical for the student to complete the requirements of the course in the following major term.  Re-registering in the course is not required in order to change an incomplete to a grade.

A grade of "I" must be changed to a letter grade by completing the requirements of the course no later than the end of the following major term, or the "I" grade will be changed to an "F" on the student's permanent record. A grade of "W" is not acceptable once the incomplete option is taken. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the contract with the instructor for the completion of the course. When the "I" grade is requested, the student and the instructor will submit an appropriate written plan noting projects and a time line for completion of the course to the Academic Vice President for consideration. Then, when the course requirements are completed, the instructor will submit a grade change to the Admissions and Records Office. Incomplete grade contracts must be submitted to the Academic Vice President prior to the week of finals. Re-registering is not a requirement.

Pass Grade

A "P" (passing grade) is a grade that demonstrates that the student has met the class requirements and/or allows the student to proceed to the next level of the course sequence. These credits will not be used in the calculation of GPA.

Withdrawal Grade

A "W" (withdrawal grade) is a grade that signifies that a student was not pursuing completion of the course work during the enrolled semester. These credits will not be computed in the GPA.

Audit Grade

A "X" (audit grade) is a grade assigned when a student registers for a course to gain knowledge but does not wish to earn credit for the course. These credits will not be computed in the GPA.

Proficiency Grade

A "Z" (proficiency grade) is awarded when a student passes a proficiency exam. These credits will not be computed in the GPA.

Grading Options

Letter grades - (A, B, C, D, F) Will be awarded based on student performance as defined in the instructor's syllabus.

Pass/Fail - (P/F) - The pass/fail option can only be used for courses other than those within the major field. This option must be designated by mid-term.

Pass/Withdrawal - (P/W) - The pass/withdrawal option can be used only for fitness center courses. (PED 150-153). This option must be designated by mid-term.

Grade Option Procedures


Administrative Transfer

Sauk Valley Community College will recognize an "administrative transfer" from one course level to another course level, or from one section of a course to another section of that course, until the last date in the term to withdraw from a course as long as the "sending" instructor, "receiving" instructor, and the student all agree to the transfer in writing.


A student who wishes to gain knowledge but does not wish to earn credit for the course, may, at the time of registration or during the registration change period register to audit the course. Registration is required and the tuition for auditing is the same as for enrollment for credit. Transfer from audit to credit or credit to audit status is not permitted after the registration change period. A grade of "X" will be recorded on the transcript and the credits will not be computed in the GPA.

Fresh Start

At times, it may be in the student's best interest to change from one program of study to another or re-enter the College after a period of absence. In such cases, grades earned in the previous program of study which are not required as part of the new program will not be used to determine the student's Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) or in the computation of degree or certificate requirements in the newly selected program. The student must follow a prescribed course of study as set forth in the College catalog. Once this policy has been enforced it cannot be rescinded.

Students wishing to choose this option should contact the Dean of Student Services for further details at 815/835-6326.

Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a course or courses previously taken at the College or courses transferred in from other accredited institutions of higher learning. All grades earned at Sauk shall be recorded on the official transcript; however, only the last grade and credit shall be used to determine the student's grade point average. A student should be aware that other colleges may interpret repeated courses according to their own policy.

The College offers courses systematically, regularly, and as often as possible; however, the College will not necessarily offer a course requested for the purpose of repeating.


Failure of a student to attend class does not constitute student-initiated withdrawal. A Drop Form is available in the Office of Admissions and Records. Withdrawal from class becomes valid only after the proper procedure has been followed. Drop Forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Records or students may withdraw via SOAR website www.svcc.edu/soar during the 100% refund period (see college calendar for specific date). The student will receive a final grade of "W" when withdrawing from a class after the registration change period. This is a non-punitive grade and does not affect the student's GPA. Students receiving financial assistance should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance prior to withdrawing from any class, since withdrawing from a class or multiple classes may affect future financial aid eligibility.

Withdrawal From Classes (types)


Student Initiated

During the first two weeks of the fall and spring semesters, a student may drop a course by filing a drop form in the Office of Admissions and Records.

From the third through the tenth week of the class, a student may withdraw from a course by filing an instructor signed drop form in the Office of Admission and Records. The signature indicates that the instructor is aware of the withdrawal and has had an opportunity to discuss reasons for the withdrawal and possible alternatives. The instructor must indicate the official last date of attendance on the program change form. A grade of "W" will be recorded on the student's transcript. Faculty removal of a student from class for non-attendance does not constitute a formal withdrawal from the class. It is the discretion of the faculty to either record a failing grade  (F) or a Never Attended (NA). This does not relieve the student from their obligation to make payment for this class.

Deadlines for withdrawal will be pro-rated for classes that meet less than 16 weeks, including summer sessions. See the current class schedule for exact dates for withdrawal. Students receiving financial assistance should consult the Office of Student Financial Assistance before withdrawing from classes. FYE 101 students must have the signatures of their instructor and the Dean of Instructional Services prior to submitting a valid program change form. Dual-enrollment students should contact their high school counselor prior to withdrawing.

Students who stop attending without completing the proper college procedure may receive a grade of "F" in the course.

Instructor Initiated

Prior to the final examination, an instructor may withdraw a student if the instructor believes a student cannot successfully complete the course. The Office of Admissions and Records will notify the student of this withdrawal. The student will receive a final grade of "W" as outlined above. Students should consult individual instructors about his/her policy on withdrawing the student from the course. Any time a "W" grade is assigned, the official last date of attendance must be recorded. Students may appeal this withdrawal by using established department and College appeal procedures. Students enrolled in classes requiring course/programs internal or external mandatory levels of compliance may be withdrawn if they are found during the course of the course/program to be out of compliance. The student appeal process will be used to adjudicate when necessary. An example would be a course/program that requires the passing of a background check and if one were to commit and be found guilty of an act that would no longer allow them to pass that background check, they could be dropped from the course/program.

Students enrolled in health career courses may be withdrawn immediately from these courses if their clinical performance contributes to either the physical or emotional jeopardy of clients. Students who stop attending without completing the proper college procedure may receive a grade of "F" in the course.

Withdrawing from First Year Experience Class (FYE)

Prior to withdrawing from the FYE class, the student must make an appointment with the Dean of Instructional Services. The Dean of Instructional Services will counsel students in their options for the FYE class and sign a letter of commitment for their completion of the FYE class.

Withdrawal from the College

Full-time students who decide to withdraw from the College must notify the Dean of Student Services or their designee, complete the withdrawal process, and clear all obligations with the College. Grades for students who withdraw from the College after the second week of classes will be recorded as "W".  Students withdrawing from the College may, with official permission, do so during the designated withdrawal period. Students who stop attending classes without completing the proper college procedure may receive a grade of "F" in all courses.

Recognition for Academic Achievement


Deans'/President's List

As an expression of commitment to academic achievement, the College recognizes superior scholarship in several ways. Students taking courses numbered 100 or above and maintaining a semester average of 3.5 to 3.749 for the semester will be placed on the Deans' List. The Deans' list will recognize and distinguish between full-time students (12 or more GPA credit hours) and part-time students (6-11 GPA credit hours) achieving this honor. Students maintaining a semester average of 3.75 or higher in courses numbered 100 or above will be honored through placement on the President's List. The President's List will recognize and distinguish between full-time students (12 or more GPA credit hours) and part-time students (6-11 GPA credit hours). Students attending during the summer semester with 6 GPA credit hours will also be recognized for the Dean's/President's List.

Graduation with Honors

Students who maintain high academic achievement throughout their period of study at the College may be graduated with honors or high honors. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.749 will be graduated with honors, while students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher will be graduated with high honors. Students who graduate with honors will be designated as "Honors Graduates" on their SVCC transcripts.

Honors Program

Educational opportunities are available to successful students through the SVCC Honors Program. Honors students receive an enriched general education-the basis for all future academic experiences.

The Sauk honors experience includes specially designed academic work that extends beyond normal course activities, individual interaction with faculty members in the pursuit of special interests, and the opportunity to work with advanced scientific instruments. Honors students may receive financial awards from the College Foundation and recognition for academic work at honors gatherings. They also have the opportunity to transfer to an honors program at a four-year college or university.

Once admitted to the program, students may take one or more courses on an honors basis. That means going beyond the normal course requirements by doing a research project, writing a paper, or engaging in other academic work designed specifically for each student. While executing honors projects, students will improve their abilities to speak, write, listen, and conduct research.

Each semester, students who satisfy one or more of the following criteria are invited to apply for membership to Sauk's Honors Program:.

  • current Sauk student who has earned 12+ semester hours and a 3.5 cumulative GPA out of 4.0
  • has been recommended for consideration by a faculty member
  • an earned ACT composite score of 27+
  • former member of high school honors program
  • in the upper 10 percent of high school graduating class
  • has been an Illinois State Scholarship recipient

For more information, visit the Honors Program web page at www.svcc.edu/students/student-activities/honors/index.html.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an invitation only, international honor society for two-year college students. Twice each year (fall and spring semesters) eligible students will receive a letter from the College President inviting them to join and participate in the honor society. To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have earned at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA, completed 12 semester hours of course work, and be currently enrolled in three semester hours of course work. If the students accept membership into Phi Theta Kappa, they are required to pay a one-time membership fee. Phi Theta Kappa members have the opportunity to participate in community and college service projects, to develop leadership skills by holding officer positions within the organization, and to attend Phi Theta Kappa conventions and meetings across the country. Additional benefits include:

  1. Letters of recommendation written for the student by the advisor;
  2. Eligibility for scholarships at four-year institutions;
  3. Wearing of official Phi Theta Kappa stole and tassel at graduation, and;
  4. Membership noted on transcript and the diploma

For further information, contact the Phi Theta Kappa advisor or go to the official Phi Theta Kappa web page at www.ptk.org.

Students in College Level Courses


Academic Alert, Supervision, Suspension, and Dismissal

All students are expected to maintain progress toward achievement of their academic goals. Students that do not comply with SVCC standards of progress are subject to academic alert, supervision, suspension, or dismissal. For these purposes a student's cumulative GPA includes all courses taken at SVCC and any course work transferred from other colleges and excludes all developmental courses and adult basic education courses.

Academic alert, supervision, suspension, and dismissal are recorded on a student's academic record.


A student who does not maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher after completing 12 GPA credit hours* will be placed in academic alert status and will be notified by the College.


A student on alert who does not maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher after completing 24 GPA credit hours* will be placed in academic supervision status. Students in this category will not be allowed to register for more than 14 credits while under supervision. All students under supervision must see a counselor or academic advisor prior to registration. The academic load each term must be approved by a college counselor or academic advisor. Additionally, students under supervision must enroll in CSS 100 - Student Success Skills as part of their course load. A student wishing to register for more than 14 credits while under supervision must make an appeal to the Dean of Student Services. Students under supervision who achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA each term will remain under supervision until their cumulative GPA is at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.


A student under supervision who does not achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in each semester or who has not completed the CSS 100 - Student Success Skills course will be suspended from the College. Students who are suspended from the College will not be allowed to attend any classes until after the next regular major semester (i.e., spring or fall).

Students that have been suspended for not meeting the academic grade point average requirement may appeal their suspension to the Dean of Student Services. Students who choose to appeal their suspension must submit documentation to support the extenuating circumstances which resulted in failure to meet the grade point average requirement under the Academic Standards of Progress. The Dean of Student Services will review the request for appeal, confer with the Academic Vice President, and may allow the student to enroll in one course if circumstances warrant.

Re-admittance after Suspension:

Students that are suspended from the College may return after remaining out for one major semester (fall or spring). Prior to returning to the College, the student must schedule a conference with the Dean of Student Services. The student will agree on guidelines under which she/he will be allowed to return. Upon return, the student will be placed on supervision status. Students readmitted after suspension that achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA each term will still be subject to academic supervision until their cumulative GPA is at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Academic Dismissal:

This represents a separation of students from Sauk Valley Community College for at least two major semesters (fall and spring). Academic dismissal occurs if a student returning from suspension fails to maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each term after returning.

Students are eligible to apply for readmission to the College after the dismissal period. Admission will be on a petition basis to the Academic Appeals Board. In order for readmission to be approved, the petition must present evidence of some change in the students' circumstances.

*GPA Credit Hours include all SVCC and transfer grades except W, P, X, Z, I, and grades in developmental courses. 

Academic Appeals


The following procedures shall govern appeals by affected persons of post-admission student academic issues. This procedure shall not apply to decisions of agencies other than Sauk Valley Community College such as National Junior College Athletic Association, clinical facilities, employers of students, and other businesses allowing job site training of students; the College has no authority over those decisions.

Step One: Informal Resolution

  1. Appeals regarding instructional or grade issues will be handled informally insofar as possible. Ordinarily, matters will be decided by the instructor, who is the first point of contact.  The student has the right to have an advisor present during the meeting with the instructor.
  2. Any student may appeal any instructional or grade issues to the Academic Vice President within 15 College business days after receiving the grade. The student has the right to have an advisor present during the meeting with the Academic Vice President.

Step Two: Appeals Board

  1. Should the decision of the Vice President still not satisfy the student, the student may request an appeal to the Academic Appeals Board. The student must present his/her appeal in writing stating 1) the specific action being appealed and 2) the remedy sought. The student should present this appeal to the Dean of Student Services, who will act as the ombudsperson throughout this process.
  2. When the written appeal for an Academic Appeals Board has been received, the Dean of Student Services will notify the Academic Vice President that a request for an Academic Appeals Board has been received and that Academic Appeal Policy procedures were followed prior to this request.
  3. The Academic Appeals Board hearing shall consist of three members from instructional faculty that are not in the area being appealed (appointed by the Academic Vice President), one student member and one student services member, who is not the student's primary counselor or was not previously involved in the case (appointed by the Dean of Student Services).  Attendance of five board members shall be required as a quorum.  The Academic Appeals Board shall elect its Chair at the start of the first meeting.
  4. The Academic Appeal Board will consist of college faculty and staff who have been selected by the Academic Vice President and Dean of Student Services to serve on this committee for a three year period. All members of the Academic Appeal Board are required to go through formal training on student rights, ethics, and the appeal process prior to serving. Annually, students for the Appeal Board will be selected by the Dean of Student Services and will be required to attend formal training prior to serving.


  1. The Dean of Student Services will call a meeting of the Academic Appeals Board at a time arranged in consideration of the schedules of the student and the members, with avoidance of conflict with class schedules. The student will be notified of the scheduled time of the meeting in writing at least five (5) College business days prior to the meeting. The Academic Appeals Board Chair may request other students or College staff members who have information relevant to this case to appear at the meeting of the Board. The student or instructor may also make such a request, and the Chair shall decide if such person(s) (in addition to their advisor[s]) shall be permitted to appear. All meetings of the Academic Appeals Board are closed.
  2. The student and the instructor involved may each request the removal of any one member of the Academic Appeals Board from the hearing for legitimate reason. Issues of removal shall be decided by the Academic Appeals Board at the first meeting, and the Dean of Student Services shall coordinate any necessary replacement(s).
  3. If the student gives notice and appropriate justification requesting a rescheduling of the meeting, the meeting may be rescheduled once.
  4. The student and the instructor may each have one pre-approved advisor present. (Each party has the right to object to a chosen advisor upon just-cause, i.e., personal conflict issues. The Academic Appeals Board chair makes the final decision.) The advisor is not permitted to speak or to participate directly in the proceeding before the Academic Appeals Board and is not permitted to examine or cross-examine witnesses.
  5. The hearing shall not be public. For all stages of presentation of evidence and argument to the Academic Appeals Board, the Dean of Student Services*, Academic Vice President, the appellant student's advisor, the student's parents or legal guardian (only if the appellant student is a minor), the involved instructor, and the involved instructor's advisor, shall be present. Admission of any other person shall be at the discretion of the Academic Appeals Board.
  6. The hearing will be recorded utilizing a video camera for possible use during an appeal to the President and/or Board of Trustees. The video will be disposed of immediately following any last appeal.

Academic Appeals Board

  1. Only the members of the Academic Appeals Board shall be present during their deliberations. Discussion must remain confidential and only the final decision is to be discussed.
  2. All deliberations of the Academic Appeals Board will remain confidential.


  1. The Academic Appeals Board may choose to reach its recommendation(s) by secret written ballot. All members have a vote, but if the final vote is taken openly, the Chair shall vote last. A majority decision of those present shall constitute the recommendation to the Dean of Student Services.
  2. The Board may recommend upholding the previous academic action, or it may recommend that the previous academic action be overruled in whole or in part. The Chair shall forward the Board's written recommendation and rationale to the Dean of Student Services for action within five (5) College business days. Copies shall also be provided at the same time to the student and the involved instructor.  Decision is binding unless appealed by the student.


  1. The Dean of Student Services shall notify the student, the instructor, and the President in writing of the decision made by the Academic Appeals Board within ten (10) College business days of the date of the Board meeting.  
  2. When the written decision of the Academic Appeals Board is given to the student and the instructor, the student will be provided with options as to follow-up action she/he may pursue.  All evidence and minutes from the appeals process, including the student's written request, reasons, response, and decision will be kept on file by the Dean of Student Services.  All other copies/documents will be destroyed.

Step Three: President

  1. The decision of the Academic Appeals Board may be appealed by the student to the College President within ten (10) College business days after the date of the Academic Appeals Board decision letter.
  2. As the final step in the formal procedure, the President will render his decision within ten (10) College business days.

*The Dean of Student Services shall act as the facilitator/resource person for the elected Board Chair in order to ensure consistency and fairness in the process.

Step Four: Final Appeal-Board of Trustees

  1. In accordance with Board Policy 601.01 the Board of Trustees serves as the final appeal for grievances in any matter concerning the College, provided that the student shall have first exhausted all relevant procedures and appeals provided by College policy or procedure.

Alternative Instructional Offerings


Independent Study/Tutorial

Tutorial courses are offered when a student is unable to register for a needed regularly offered course due to one of the following reasons: medical, course was canceled because of insufficient enrollment, or a student is in his/her last semester and has been unable to register for a course required for graduation.

Independent study courses are specially designed to allow a student to pursue a particular topic or subject, under the guidance of a qualified instructor. The student requesting an independent study course will discuss the project with the instructor who will then prepare an independent study outline. The student will work on his/her own to achieve mastery of the material in the course. Periodic conferences are scheduled with the instructor to ensure that satisfactory progress is made. It is the student's responsibility to discuss the transferability of the course with a receiving institution.

A student wishing to take courses in a tutorial or independent study format may enroll by securing an Application for Tutorial/Independent Study Form and submitting it to the instructor and dean for recommendation.  All tutorial/independent study applications are approved by the Academic Vice President.

A student may begin an independent study or tutorial program only after receipt of approval from the Academic Vice President, who determines the action taken. The instructor will specify the testing, attendance, and other requirements of the class. The regular grading system applies to all independent study or tutorial students. Grades earned through independent study or tutorials have the same effect as those earned through regular classroom instruction.

Internet Courses

Sauk offers courses via the Internet with communication between instructor and student, or student-to-student, taking place electronically. These classes are equivalent to traditionally-delivered classes and offer an alternative to students that prefer to take classes at non-traditional locations and times. All require the use of a computer and Internet access.

Sauk Valley Community College is a member of Illinois Community College Online (ILCCO) www.ilcco.net, a consortium created to share Internet courses across the State. This allows Sauk students a wider array of online course offerings. Please see a counselor or academic advisor for more details 815/835-6354.

Hybrid Courses

Sauk offers some of its courses in a delivery mode currently termed as hybrid. Hybrid courses meet on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting for a portion of the class time and online (asynchronously) as an Internet Course for another portion of the time. As with Internet Courses, these courses require access to a computer and the Internet.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit is a program that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors, ages 16 and above, to take Sauk courses to earn credit simultaneously toward both a high school diploma and a college degree. The student can fulfill high school graduation requirements while at the same time earn college credits toward a specialized certification, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. Dual Credit courses are offered at SVCC, Whiteside Area Career Center, online, and at  area high schools. Contact either a high school counselor or the Recruitment Office at 815/835-6421, for more information. To check the transferability of specific courses, contact the Counseling Office at 815/835-6354.

Alternative Credit Options


College Credits Earned at Other Institutions

Sauk Valley Community College will accept credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning if the institutions' grading symbols are "A," "B," or "C" in credit given by American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). College level transfer grades are computed in the students' cumulative GPA.  

Credit successfully completed will be accepted:

  1. On a course-for-course basis,
  2. As a division elective, or
  3. As a general elective, or
  4. As an IAI equivalent elective.

Students requesting transfer of "D" or "P" grades must see a counselor or academic advisor for consideration. If approved, "P" grades are not computed in the cumulative GPA.  Program completion limits the number of credits earned with a grade of "P".

Some programs do not accept transfer credit.  Refer to individual program requirements for more information.

Credit for Prior Experience

Students enrolled at SVCC may earn credits based on prior experience in the following ways:

  1. Armed service experience;
  2. Evaluation;
  3. Proficiency examination;
  4. The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) in general and subject examinations;
  5. DANTES examinations;
  6. The Advanced Placement Examination Program;
  7. Credit by Certification, License or Registry; and/or
  8. High School Articulation Agreement.

Credit for prior experiences does not count toward the residency requirement for a certificate or degree at SVCC except for credits by proficiency examination.  A maximum of 30 credits gained through prior experience can be used toward a degree at SVCC; up to 50 percent of the credits earned through prior experience may be applied toward a certificate at SVCC. Students should be aware that acceptance of credit for prior experience varies among transfer institutions.

  1. Armed Service Experience
    Credit toward graduation may be granted a veteran for certain armed service experience. All claims for experience, including armed service schooling, must be documented. All veterans must submit a copy of form DD 214 or separation record. In the case of special schooling claims, a certificate of completion for the appropriate training must be presented to the Office of Admissions and Records for credit evaluation. The College will accept armed service experiences toward college credit as recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Service Experience of the American Council of Education.
    1. All USAFI courses numbered 400 599 are accepted for college credit if a passing grade was obtained. A grade of "P" is assigned to these credits.
    2. The College accepts credits earned through various Armed Forces Education experiences as recommended by A Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
    3. A veteran may receive Sauk Valley Community College physical education credit at the rate of one semester hour for one year of active duty served in the armed services up to a maximum of four semester hours.
  2. Evaluation
    Credit by Evaluation certifies knowledge gained through work experience, technical or vocational training, and other learning experiences. The first step for such an evaluation should begin in the office of the Academic Vice President. Appropriate work experience in which a body of knowledge is parallel to SVCC courses will be evaluated and credit will be given when approved by the Academic Vice President. A maximum of 15 semester hours may be earned through credit by evaluation. If the student is allowed credit by evaluation, he/she will be required to pay a $10 per credit hour fee for the number of semester hours requested.
  3. Proficiency Examination
    Proficiency examinations may be taken in certain courses or programs upon petition by the student. These examinations may be taken only with the approval of the Academic Vice President. They are open to those students that, in the judgment of the above listed people, meet the requirements through previous course work, experience, or a combination of both. Applications for proficiency examinations are available in the office of the appropriate dean or Academic Vice President.

    If the student passes a proficiency examination, he/she will be given credit, which will be shown on the record as "Credit by Proficiency." A grade of "Z" will be recorded and the credits will not figure in the GPA. A maximum of 15 semester hours may be earned through proficiency examinations.

    The following restrictions apply to proficiency examinations:
    1. They may not be taken to raise a grade, remove a failure, or replace an incomplete;
    2. They may not be taken before the student is admitted to SVCC;
    3. They may not be taken more than once in a given course;
    4. They may not be taken in a course that is below the level of previous course work that the student has completed; and
    5. They may not be taken in a course which the student has previously audited or in which he/she has enrolled.

      Exceptions to these policies may be made only upon approval by the Academic Vice President.
  4. Credits Earned by College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    Sauk Valley Community College will accept credits earned by CLEP to a maximum of 30 semester hours, as recommended by the American Council on Education. Guidelines established by the American Council on Education will be considered in granting credits by CLEP.

    The College follows Illinois Community College Board guidelines in granting credit for general examinations. For a complete list, go to www.svcc.edu/students/admissions/index.html , proceed to Other ways to earn College Credit and then see CLEP Information. Credit for subject matter examinations is granted in accordance with guidelines of the American Council on Education. Students may not use CLEP credits for purposes of completing the 16 semester hour residency policy at SVCC. CLEP credits will not affect a student's GPA. Students should consult with the Counseling Department prior to testing to ensure compatibility of the CLEP examination with SVCC courses. A fee must be paid prior to testing. For further information call the Testing Center, 815/835-6530.
  5. Credit Earned through the DANTES Program
    Sauk Valley Community College accepts credits earned through the DANTES program to a maximum of 30 semester hours as recommended by the American Council on Education. Guidelines established by the American Council on Education will be considered in granting credits through the DANTES program. Students may not use DANTES credits for purposes of completing the 16 semester hour residency policy at SVCC. DANTES credits will not affect a student's GPA. Students should consult with the Counseling Department prior to testing to ensure compatibility of the DANTES examination with SVCC courses. A fee per exam must be paid prior to testing. For further information call the Testing Center, 815/835-6530.
  6. Credit Earned through the Advanced Placement Program
    Sauk Valley Community College accepts Advanced Placement (AP) for college credit through tests administered from the College Entrance Examination Board, Advanced Program. Credit may be granted to students that have participated in the Advanced Placement Program in their high schools. Students who have taken Advanced Placement Program examinations through their high school should request that the scores be sent to Sauk's Office of Admissions and Records. A counseling appointment should be made to review scores and determine credit awarded. Call 815/835-6354 to make an appointment.
  7. Credit by Certification, License, or Registry
    Sauk Valley Community College provides credit for currently enrolled students that have successfully completed state and/or national certification, licensing and registry examinations. The credit must be applied in a program in which the student is enrolled. The college currently provides credit recognition in the following disciplines:

Emergency Medical Technician (EMS)
Nursing (LPN)
Real Estate (BUS)


Fire Science (FIR)
Radiography (RAD)

To request credit recognition for a state or national exam passage, contact the dean or Academic Vice President responsible for the program discipline in which the student is enrolled and credit is requested.

  1. Area High School Articulation Agreements
    Through a mutual agreement between various high schools and SVCC, high school graduates are eligible to receive non-transferable SVCC credits for certain courses upon presentation of an official high school transcript. If you wish to receive more information on the agreement between your high school and SVCC, please see your high school counselor or the Office of Admissions and Records at SVCC.

Transfer Agreements



Transfer to Other Institutions

Credit in college-level courses earned at SVCC may be transferred to other institutions of higher education. Counselors and academic advisors will assist students in planning appropriate transfer programs. It remains the responsibility of the student to select his/her transfer institution and to follow the requirements for transfer to that institution.  Such requirements are prescribed in the catalog of each college or university. Transfer agreements to other institutions are located on the Sauk transfer institution website at www.svcc.edu/students/counseling/transfer.html.


MyCreditsTransfer (formerly u.select Illinois) is a web-based transfer information system that provides fast and accurate course and transfer information.  MyCreditsTransfer allows you to view programs and degree requirements offered at an institution, see how courses transfer from one institution to another, learn how courses transfer and apply, the degree requirements that have been met, and the courses needed to complete the requirements. The web site may be accessed at www.itransfer.org/uselect.

Illinois Articulation Initiative

Sauk Valley Community College is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed Illinois General Education Core Curriculum between participating institutions.  This agreement is in effect for students entering an associate or baccalaureate degree-granting institution as a first-time freshman in summer 1998 and thereafter.  Application of credit completed prior to the summer of 1998 is each institution's decision. SVCC will use credits completed prior to 1998 towards the GECC. However, some institutions may choose not to include courses taken prior to the summer of 1998 within the general education core curriculum. Acceptance of evaluated transfer credit outside of IAI may be applicable to meet Illinois GECC and transfer degree requirements at SVCC.  Some receiving institutions may choose to re-evaluate these courses.  The General Education Core Curriculum is outlined at the IAI web site at www.itransfer.org



Catalog for Graduation

A student has six years from the date of initial enrollment to fulfill the graduation requirements outlined in the College catalog in effect at the time of his/her first enrollment. A student may choose to meet the graduation requirement stated in the catalog in effect at the time of his/her initial enrollment or any subsequent valid catalog during the six-year period. If a student has not fulfilled the requirements within the six-year period, he or she is subject to the requirements in effect at the time of graduation. The student must remain consecutively enrolled during this period. A break in consecutive enrollment occurs when a student is not enrolled at college for a period of two or more years. If a student is unable to complete his/her requirements within six years, an appeal to use a different catalog may be made to the appropriate academic dean or the Academic Vice President.  When an enrollment break occurs, the student is subject to the degree requirements in the catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Students may be required to follow degree requirements outlined in later catalogs when certificates, degree programs, or courses have been extensively modified from previous catalogs.

Graduation requirements

The College reserves the right to administratively award degrees/certificates upon completion of any program.

Degree Programs

To be eligible for the associate in arts, associate in science, associate in liberal studies, associate in engineering science, associate in fine arts, or associate in applied science degree at SVCC, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy all admissions requirements;
  2. Complete a minimum of 16 semester hours at SVCC toward a degree; complete 16 hours in the major field for A.A.S. degree;
  3. Complete no fewer than the required semester hours in a prescribed program of study;
  4. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College;
  6. File an "Intent to Graduate" form with the Office of Admissions and Records for the program from which the student intends to graduate. Deadline to file is the end of the fourth week of the fall or spring semester or the second week of the summer semester in which the student intends to graduate;
  7. If the student wishes to participate in the commencement ceremony, he/she must pay a commencement fee by a designated date of the graduation year.

To be eligible for a second associate degree a student must complete, in addition to the above requirements:

  1. All course requirements necessary for the second degree, and
  2. A minimum of 16 semester hours at SVCC in addition to those credits applying to the initial degree.

Certificate Programs

To be eligible for a certificate, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy all admission requirements;
  2. Complete the prescribed program of study;
  3. For certificates of 30 hours or more:
    complete a minimum of 16 semester hours toward the certificate at SVCC;
  4. For certificates of fewer than 30 hours:
    complete a minimum of one-half of the total credit hours toward the certificate at SVCC;
  5. Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00;
  6. File an "Intent To Graduate" form with the Office of Admissions and Records for the program from which the student intends to graduate. Deadline to file is the end of the fourth week of the fall or spring semester or the second week of the summer semester in which the student intends to graduate.
  7. If the student wishes to participate in the commencement ceremony, he/she must pay a commencement fee by a designated date of the graduation year.

Graduation Procedures

Intent to Graduate

Degree and certificate-seeking students must apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which they will fulfill their graduation requirements. It is recommended that the student apply for graduation the semester prior to graduation to verify that all requirements are met or are in progress. Proper notification of intent to graduate must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records no later than the mid-term of the fall, spring or summer semester in which students intend to complete their award. The College reserves the right to administratively award degrees/certificates upon completion of any program.


A College-wide commencement is held once each year in May. Students completing degree and certificate graduation requirements at the end of the fall or spring terms and those students who will complete their requirements at the end of the summer term following commencement, are invited and encouraged to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. All participants in the May commencement ceremony should have an "Intent to Graduate" form on file in the Office of Admissions and Records by the mid-term of the spring semester prior to commencement. A non-refundable  fee is required by a designated date of the year of graduation to participate in the commencement ceremony. This fee entitles the student to participate in the commencement ceremony, including cap and gown, graduation tassel, and diploma cover.

FY 2013 Retention, Completion and Transfer Rates

MetricPercentage of Students
Fall to Spring Semester Retention Rate+75.6%
Fall To Fall Semester Retention Rate+59.3%
Completion Rate (150% time)*29%
Completion Rate (200% time)*33%
Transfer Rate*22%

+Source: SVCC FY 2013 data, *Source: 2013 IPEDS

For more data about how SVCC is performing, see Sauk's Strategic Planning Dashboard at: https://www.svcc.edu/departments/irp/reporting/dashboard/index.html.

Or examine the latest IPEDS data set here at:  https://www.svcc.edu./departments/irp/erporting/iped-comparison-with-peers-2013.pdf.

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) 


Sauk Valley Community College provides technology resources to meet the College's purpose, to support our educational and community values, and to support our programs and initiatives. Sauk Valley Community College's Information Services organization's goal is to provide high quality services to the campus community. To ensure that our high standards are met, we have certain expectations regarding the use of technology resources at the College.

Access to Sauk Valley Community College technology resources--computing facilities, telecommunications and network services, servers, equipment, software, applications, information resources, printing and scanning services, and user and technical support provided by Information Services staff--is a privilege, not a right. This privilege is extended to all users-- faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni/ie, affiliated individuals and organizations, partner non-profits and PK-12 schools. Accepting access to this technology carries an associated expectation of responsible and acceptable use.

The "Acceptable Use Policy" describes activities that Sauk Valley Community College considers violations of use of technology resources. The examples listed are not exhaustive and may change from time to time as technology and applications change. The examples are provided solely for guidance to users. If you are unsure whether any use or action is permitted, please contact Information Services at x298 for assistance.

While there are cases in which use of technology resources is deemed not responsible or not acceptable, there are also cases in which technology resources are used in the conduct of behaviors which violate College policies, codes of conduct, or local, state, or federal law, in those cases, either the Student Code of Conduct or the legal system shall be imposed. Though the use of technology resources is the focus of this document, members of the Sauk Valley Community College community and others using Sauk Valley Community College's technology resources are advised that use may also be governed by other College policies including but not limited to those in the student handbook, College catalog, faculty handbook, other policies governing academic, student life, or personnel matters at the College or agreements between the College and affiliated organizations. Sauk Valley Community College's technology and information resources are not to be used for commercial purposes or non-College related activities without written authorization from the officer(s) of the College that have been so designated (contact Information Services for further information). To ensure proper network performance, and security as well as appropriate use, College staff may monitor and record user activity.

Sauk Valley Community College reserves the right to enforce applicable penalties and/or immediately terminate access to College systems and network services to any user in cases where technology resources have been used in a manner that is disruptive or is otherwise believed to be in violation of "acceptable use" or other College policies or law. As a recognized agent under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the College will act in accord with the provisions of this act in the event of notification of alleged copyright infringement by any user. Instances of inappropriate use of technology resources will be referred to the appropriate official for disciplinary action by the College and will be subject to this policy as well as to other applicable College policies and guidelines. In addition, individuals may be subject to civil suit, and/or local, state, and federal prosecution depending on their actions. Among sanctions that can be imposed for violation of this or other applicable College policies, the College reserves the right to restrict an individual's access to technology resources. The College reserves the right to deny employment to any individual found in violation of this policy.

The College retains control, custody and supervision of all Computer Technology. The College reserves the right to monitor the use of Computer Technology activity by any user. No user shall have expectations of privacy in their use of Computer Technology, including e-mail messages and stored files, except proprietary research by faculty members who need to protect work, product, etc.

User and Staff Responsibilities 

As a user or staff member of Sauk Valley Community College's technology resources, you have a shared responsibility with the College technologies staff to maintain the integrity of our systems, services, and information so that high quality services can be provided to everyone. Your responsibilities include:

  1. To use the College's technology resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other users to system, services, and information access 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  2. To respect all contractual and license agreements, privacy of information, and the intellectual property of others.
  3. To comply with College, federal, state, and local regulations regarding access and use of information resources (e.g., College policies regarding the Institutional Information System and dissemination of information outside the campus, FERPA, Federal Copyright Act, The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, codes of professional responsibility, etc.).
  4.  To maintain your own system accounts (to include files, data and processes associated with those accounts); for PC files, data, and processes, this includes taking appropriate action to backup your PC system.
  5.  To exercise due diligence in protecting any computer you connect to the Sauk Valley Community network from viruses, worms, and security vulnerabilities by regularly using anti-virus software (provided by Information Services for College issued computers or personally purchased anti-virus software for personally owned computers) and installing available security updates/patches for your operating system and any applications you use, and avoiding the installation of untrusted programs on your computer.
  6. To keep your technology accounts (computer, network, voice/voice mail) secure. If you suspect unauthorized access, report it to your supervisor or the Information Services area ext. 298.
  7. To not share your privileges with others. Your access to technology resources is not transferable to another member of the Sauk Valley Community College community, to family members, or to an outside individual or organization. If someone wishes access to Sauk Valley Community College's technology resources, s/he should contact Information Services.
  8. To comply with posted policies governing use of public computing facilities.
  9. To present a web page that reflects the highest standards of quality and responsibility. As web page owner, you are responsible both for the content of your web page and all links and references from your web page are consistent with this and other College policies, copyright laws, and applicable local, state, federal laws. WWW, published web pages are not to be used for commercial purposes or for activities not related to the purposes of the College, without written authorization from the College.
  10. To understand the implications of sharing personal information or data via the Internet, WWW, e-mail, Instant Messaging or other services that either are open to access by others on and off-campus, or that can be forwarded to others.
  11. To record your name and an appropriate greeting on your voice mail account. To keep all institutional data in safe-keeping.  Information containing any personal data of students, staff or other should not leave the institution unsecured.

Examples of Violations of "Acceptable Use"

Authorized Access/Accounts

  1. Attempting to obtain unauthorized access or circumventing user authentication or security of any host, network or account ("cracking"). This includes accessing data not intended for the user, logging into a server or        account the user is not expressly authorized to access, or probing the security of systems or networks.
  2. Supplying or attempting to supply false or misleading information or identification in order to access Sauk Valley Community College 's technology resources.
  3. Sharing your passwords or authorization codes with others (computing, e-mail, voice mail, long distance code, etc.)
  4. Using technology resources for unauthorized uses.
  5. Logging onto another user's account; sending e-mail, voice mail, etc. from another's or from an anonymous account.
  6. Unauthorized use of the College's registered Internet domain name(s).
  7. Using another person's telephone authorization code, line, or network system access for chargeable services.
  8. Using voice services to incur charges for collect or third-party calls which are billed to the College and not to your direct line.
  9. Changing your Sauk Valley Community College-issued machine name to a name that is different from that assigned by Information Services.


  1. Attempting to interfere with service to any user, host, or network. This includes "denial of service" attacks, "flooding" of networks, deliberate attempts to overload a service, port scans and attempts to "crash" a host.
  2. Use of any kind of program/script/command designed to interfere with a user's computer or network session.
  3. Damaging a computer or part of a computer system.
  4. Knowingly spreading computer viruses.
  5. Modifying the software or hardware configuration of College technology resources, including dismantling computers in the lab for the purposes of connecting a notebook computer to the peripherals.
  6. Excessive use of technology resources for "frivolous" purposes, such as game playing or downloading of files. This causes congestion of the network or may otherwise interfere with the work of others, especially those wanting to use public access PCs or network and Internet resources.
  7. "Hacking" on computing and networking systems of the College or using the College's network to "hack" other networks.
  8. Using College technology resources (networks, central computing systems, public access systems, voice and video systems) for new technologies research and development without College review and authorization.
  9. Failure to follow the College's guidelines for use and/or deployment of wireless access points (WAPs).
  10. Staff members are prohibited from using the internet for personal use while performing their regular assigned duties.  Staff members may use the internet for personal use during non-working hours (scheduled breaks and lunch, etc.) with permission from their immediate supervisor.
  11. Staff members are prohibited from accessing, submitting, publishing, displaying, or posting any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or explicit, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material.

Software, Data & Information

  1. Inspecting, modifying, distributing, or copying software or data without proper authorization, or attempting to do so.
  2. Violating software licensing provisions.
  3. Installing software on public access and other College machines without appropriate authorization (from Technologies Services or the department to which the machines belong).
  4. Installing any diagnostic, analyzer, "sniffer," keystroke/data capture software or devices on College technology resources.
  5. Breaching confidentiality agreements for software and applications; breaching confidentiality provisions for institutional or individual information.

Email/Internet Messaging/Voice Mail/Voice Services

  1. Harassment or annoyance of others, whether through language, frequency or size of messages, or number and frequency of telephone calls.
  2. Sending e-mail or voice mail to any person who does not wish to receive it, or with whom you have no legitimate reason to communicate. If a recipient asks to stop receiving mail, the user must not send that person any further mail.
  3. Sending unsolicited bulk mail messages ("junk mail" or "spam") which, in the College's judgment, is disruptive to system resources or generates a significant number of user complaints. This includes bulk mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, political tracts, or other inappropriate use of system e-mail distribution lists.
  4. Forwarding or otherwise propagating chain e-mail and voice mail and pyramid schemes, whether or not the recipients wish to receive such mailings. This includes chain e-mail for charitable or socially responsible causes.
  5. Malicious e-mail or voice mail, such as "mailbombing" or flooding a user or site with very large or numerous items of e-mail or voice mail.
  6. Forging of e-mail header or voice mail envelope information.
  7. Forging e-mail from another's account. Sending malicious, harassing, or otherwise inappropriate voice mail from another's voice line.
  8. Collecting replies to messages sent from another institution, organization, or Internet Service Provider where those messages violate this Acceptable Use Policy or the Acceptable Use Policy of that other provider.

Web Pages & Servers

  1. Posting content on your web page that provides information on and encourages illegal activity, or is harassing and defaming to others.
  2. Linking your web page to sites whose content violates College policies, local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations.
  3. Running web sites that support commercial activities or running server systems under the College's registered domain name, SVCC.EDU or variation thereof, without the College's authorization. Contact Sauk Valley Community College Information Services (815) 288-5511 ext 298 if you have questions.

College Listservs

  1. Posting a message whose subject or content is considered unrelated to the subject matter of the listserv to which it is posted. For moderated listservs, the decision as to whether a post is unrelated will be made by the moderator. For listservs that are not moderated, we employ the practice of "self-policing" -- that is, listserv members serve as moderators, commenting (to the sender, to the list) about inappropriate posts.
  2. Posting chain letters of any type.
  3. Forging header information on posts to College listservs.

Fitness Center and Weight Room

The College recognizes the relationship of wellness and fitness to academic career, social success, and personal happiness. Total fitness results from our Super Circuit training, which combines resistance and aerobic exercise in a scientifically based sequence. Additionally, the free weight room offers opportunities to enhance the physical well being of each person.

Degreed staff supervises the Fitness Center and Weight Room to promote a pleasant, safe and injury-free exercise session. Two enrollment options are offered:

  • Standard enrollment- follows the regular semester schedule.
  • Open enrollment-16-week continuous semester that begins the day you register in Admissions. 

Campus Security

 In compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990, Sauk Valley Community College's campus security report is available on the College's Web Site at www.svcc.edu

Affirmative Action


Sauk Valley Community College affirmative action policy and plan is available in the Learning Resource Center, the Counseling Office, and with the affirmative action officer. Any student who has questions or needs advice about matters concerning affirmative action should contact the affirmative action officer, 815/835-6291.  

Statement of Nondiscrimination



Sauk Valley Community College is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an effective policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all employee and student relations. Except to the extent and subject to the exemptions permitted by law, no qualified employee or student shall be excluded from employment or educational opportunity, be denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination on the basis of differences in race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation (as that term is defined in the Illinois  Rights Act), marital status, handicap, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service classified as Re-3 or the equivalent thereof. Any student who has questions or needs advice concerning matters about discrimination should contact the Equal Opportunity Officer, 815/835-6291.

Vocational opportunities will be offered by Sauk Valley Community College without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, marital status, disability, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service. When special requests are made from persons with disabilities during the hiring process, every effort will be made to accommodate such requests.

Notification of Title IX and Section 504 Coordinators

It is the policy of Sauk Valley Community College to maintain a working and learning environment for all students and employees that is free from sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. Any student or employee who feels that he/she has been subjected to sexual discrimination or sexual harassment should contact:

Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance Officers
Kathryn Snow, Room 3L18, Phone 815/835-6291
Steve Nunez, Room 3L12, Phone 815/835-6402

Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance Office for Student-to-Student
Luis Moreno, Dean of Student Services, Room 3L08, Phone 815/835-6360
Karen Alexander, Disability Support Coordinator, Room 1G04, Phone 815/635-6246.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its accompanying regulations prohibit discrimination towards any individuals on the basis of his/her disability. Accordingly, all employees of Sauk Valley Community College are expected to adhere to the applicable college policies, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Any student or employee who feels he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of a disability should contact:

Section 504 Compliance Officer
Kathryn Snow, College ADA Coordinator, Room 3L18, 815/835-6291


Sauk Valley Community College es un empleador que promueve igualdad de oportunidad, comprometido a una política efectiva de no discriminación y de igualdad de oportunidad en todas las relaciones de empleado y estudiante.  Ningún empleado ni estudiante calificado será excluido de la oportunidad de empleo ni de la oportunidad educativa, ni se le negarán beneficios, o estará expuesto a discriminación por su raza, color, religión, origen nacional, ascendencia, edad, sexo, orientación sexual (como el término se define en la Declaración de los Derechos Humanos de Illinois), por estado civil, discapacidad, posición militar o por descarga desfavorable del servicio militar clasificado como Re-3 o el equivalente del mismo, excepto a la extensión y sujeto a las exenciones permitidas por la ley. Cualquier estudiante con preguntas o que necesite asesoramiento sobre cuestiones relacionadas con la discriminación debe comunicarse con el Oficial de la Igualdad de Oportunidad, 815/835-6291.

Notificación de los Coordinadores de Título IX y Sección 504.

La norma de Sauk Valley Community College es de mantener un ambiente de trabajo y de aprendizaje libre de toda clase de acoso sexual, discriminación sexual, y otras formas de hostigamiento. Toda persona que sienta que fue victima de discriminación sexual o de acoso sexual, u otra clase de hostigamiento, deberá notificarlo a las siguientes personas:

Oficiales de Acoso Sexual en conformidad con el Titulo IX
Kathryn Snow, Oficina 3L18, 815/835-6291
Steve Nunez, Oficina 3L12, 815/835-6402

Oficial de Hostigamiento Sexual en Conformidad con el Titulo IX para casos de estudiante-a-estudiante:
Luis Moreno, Decano de Servicios para Estudiantes, Oficina 3L08, 815/835-6360
Karen Alexander, Oficina 1G04, 815/835-6246.

La sección 504 del Acta de Rehabilitación de 1973 y sus regulaciones adjuntas, prohíben la discriminación a individuos en base a su discapacidad. Por lo tanto, se espera que todos los empleados de Sauk Valley Community College cumplan con las normas del colegio, el cual prohíbe la discriminación a individuos en base a discapacidades. Todo aquel estudiante o empleado que sienta que ha sido discriminado en base a su discapacidad deberá notificarlo a Kathryn Snow, Coordinadora ADA del Colegio, en la oficina 3L18, 815/835-6291