Feb 22, 2019  
2012-2014 Catalog 
2012-2014 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies

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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 Sauk Valley Community College.  

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 full-time faculty hours are posted on faculty office doors and on the College web site under “directories.” Information about contacting part-time faculty can be found in the Information Center.

Assessment of Student Learning

What is assessment of student learning?

  • A clear statement of student learning objectives within each course and academic program and across Sauk Valley Community College as a whole.
  • Activities that help Sauk determine if students are successfully achieving the learning objectives we established.

What types of assessment tools does Sauk use?

  • Classroom assessment – Instructors will use the results of some classroom activities or tests to contribute to discipline or area-level assessment of student learning.
  • Standardized assessment instruments – One formal assessment test used is the CAAP. In this effort, students are tested on six areas: Writing, English Essay, Mathematics, Science Reasoning, Reading, and Critical thinking. The College will strive to test students once at the beginning of their studies at Sauk and again as they near graduation.
  • External measures – Sauk also makes use of data from external sources including employer surveys, professional licensure exams, and transfer institution statistics.

How are the results of assessment used?

  • Assessment results help Sauk instructors research how and what students are learning in their studies at Sauk.
  • Assessment results provide instructors with insight into ways to enhance the students’ learning experience in the classroom.
  • Assessment results are a vehicle for improvement of the College’s various academic programs.
  • Assessment results provide evidence that Sauk is doing what it claims to be doing, which helps the College to maintain its reputation as a high quality academic institution.

How can students assist in Sauk’s assessment efforts?

  • Reflect regularly on whether their studies at Sauk are helping to achieve the student learning objectives that have been established across the College. In this way students can take charge of their own learning while they are here at Sauk.
  • It is critical that students participate seriously in assessment activities.

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 load Class Load
15 hours or less 15-17 credit hours
16-27 hours 12-14 credit hours
28-34 hours 9-11 credit hours
35-40 hours 3-6 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.

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.

Grading Policy


Final Exams

Instructors give final examinations at scheduled times.  Final exam schedules may be viewed on our web page at www.svcc.edu.  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 GPA Grade Grade Points
A - Excellent 4
B - Good 3
C - Average 2
D - Below Average 1
F - Failure 0
These grades are not used in calculating a student’s GPA     I - Incomplete  
P - Passing  
W - Withdrawal  
X - Audit  
Z - Proficiency  
Q - Progressing  
G - Progressing  

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


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

Course Course Credits
Grade Grade Points Hours for
Grade Points
ENG 101 3 A 4 3 12
HUM 210 3 B 3 3 9
PSY 103 3 A 4 3 12
BIO 105 5 C 2 5 10
CIS 101 3 W      
Totals 17

14 43

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 Points 43 divided by
Total Hours for GPA 14 = 3.07

Note: Developmental grades are not calculated in the GPA.

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.  Reregistering 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 Registrar’s Office.  Incomplete grade contracts must be submitted to the Academic Vice President prior to the week of finals.

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 is 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.

Progressing Grade

A “Q” (progressing grade) is awarded when the course does not conform to the standard semester timeline. A letter grade will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

A “G” is for developmental courses in which an exit test of skill level is the sole determiner of advancement out of the course. The grade applies only to students who have documented “A,” “B,” or “C” for the course and who qualified to attempt the exit exam but did not demonstrate the skill level to advance and must repeat that level. The only developmental course eligible to use this grade is MAT 080.

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.

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. Program Change Forms for this purpose are available in the Office of Admissions and Records. Withdrawal from class becomes valid only after the proper procedure has been followed. Program Change 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 program change 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 program change 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.

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. Dual-enrollment students should contact their high school counselor prior to withdrawing.

The student’s failure to withdraw properly may result in a failing 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 health career courses may be withdrawn immediately from these courses if their clinical performance contributes to either the physical or emotional jeopardy of clients.

Withdrawal from the College

Full-time students that 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 notification 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).

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

Special 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-organizations/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.

Academic Standards of Progress



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.

Readmittance 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, Q, G, and grades in developmental courses.

Students in Developmental Courses


Academic Warning:

In order to remain in good standing, students enrolled in developmental (lower than 100 level) courses must complete at least 60% of these courses and maintain a ”C” average in these courses. If these standards are not met after enrolling in 9 credit hours, the student will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning are strongly advised to see a college counselor or academic advisor and enroll in CSS 100 – Student Success Skills. Grades of I, Q, and G do not count in the calculation of successful completion for academic warning.

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.

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 815/835-6208.

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.

Compressed Video

Some credit courses shown in this catalog are offered via compressed video. Sauk students may take courses taught by an instructor in a classroom at Sauk or take courses from other colleges without leaving the SVCC campus.

Specially equipped classrooms originate or receive classes using two-way video and audio technology that form connections to classrooms at several other colleges. Instructors and students see, hear, and interact with instructors and students at all other connected classrooms.

A wide variety of instruction is available including introductory and advanced classes. Compressed video classes meet at scheduled times in designated classrooms just like traditional classes.

Distance Learning

Students enrolling in distance learning classes must be aware that successful completion of the courses depends heavily upon self-motivation and seriousness of purpose on their part since much of the course work will be done independently.

Illinois Virtual Campus

Sauk Valley Community College is a member of  the Illinois Virtual Campus (IVC) which provides citizens of Illinois with access to diverse higher education resources for associate degree-level courses as well as more advanced degrees. The IVC is a clearinghouse for colleges to list distance learning courses that are available to students from throughout the state. Member institutions then assist students with advising, student support, and technology access. For further information, visit the IVC website www.ivc.org.

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, compressed video, online, and at  area high schools. Contact either a high school counselor or the Office of Recruitment at 815/835-6421, for more information.

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.

    If the student is allowed credit by proficiency, he/she will be required, when making application for a proficiency examination, to pay a $10 per credit hour fee for the number of semester hours requested.  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 815/835-6208 to make an appointment. For further information call the Dean of Student Services, 815/835-6360.
  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)
Real Estate (BUS)


Nursing (LPN)
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. A $10 processing fee per credit is required.

  1. Area High School Articulation Agreements
    Through a mutual agreement between various high schools and SVCC, high school graduates are eligible to receive SVCC credits for certain courses upon presentation of an official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions and Records. Such credit will be awarded only to properly registered students who satisfy the criteria below:

    1. Students must have completed a new student information form.
    2. Students must have presented an official high school transcript to the SVCC Office of Admissions and Records.
    3. Students must have earned a minimum grade of “B” in the specified high school course(s).
    4. The specified high school coursework must have been earned within the past two years.

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.

U.Select Illinois

u. select Illinois (formerly CAS) is a web-based transfer information system that provides fast and accurate course and transfer information.  u.select 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

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, associate of arts in teaching,* 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.

*Students will be required to take and pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test in order to graduate with an associate of arts in teaching degree and prepare an initial portfolio (special education majors only) in order to graduate with an A.A.T.

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 fourth week of the fall or spring semester or the second week of the summer semester in which students intend to complete their award.


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 at the end of the fourth week of the spring semester prior to commencement. A  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.

Academic Support Service


Learning Assistance Center

The goal of the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) is to help meet the academic needs of students by supplementing their classroom instruction with tutoring, instructional materials, and equipment.

Students may receive tutoring in mathematics (all levels), writing, biology, chemistry, physics, accounting, psychology, and other areas. Cooperative learning is promoted through review sessions. The LAC works closely with instructional and counseling faculty.

Instructional equipment currently includes microcomputers complete with Internet access and word processing. Videos for multiple mathematics courses are available as well as many videos dealing with study and test taking skills. Many helpful instructional handouts are also provided.

The LAC provides an informal, friendly atmosphere on a no-cost, walk-in basis. For further information contact the LAC at 815/835-6293.

Testing Center

The SVCC Testing Center is located in room 1F02 and provides  testing services for both SVCC students and the local community. The Testing Center offers a wide variety of testing including Sauk online course exams, on-campus make-up exams, several types of placement exams, GED, as well as exams from external colleges, universities, and professional sources. Appointments are required for all testing except for those exams taken by Sauk students. Please note that some exams require fees.

For more information contact the Testing Center at 815/835-6530 or visit the website at www.svcc.edu/departments/testing-center/index.html.

Adult Education

Adult education courses are designed to help those who are looking to improve their skills in the area of workforce or academics; either for passing the GED tests or preparing for post-secondary education. Classes are offered  at a variety of locations and times throughout the College district. Classes are offered on an open entry basis allowing students to register at any time during the semester. Adult education courses are free of charge to students with tuition paid by state and federal grants. For additional information, call the Office of Adult Education, 815/835-6312.

VITAL & Volunteer Tutoring Services

The Adult Education Department offers free tutoring services to students participating in any of the adult education classes.  The services are free and confidential.  Volunteer tutors meet with students in different public sites such as libraries and churches.  Community members volunteer three to five hours per week building the fundamental skills and confidence of their students.  Tutoring is student-centered, revolving around personal and academic goals.  People helping people is our philosophy.  For more information, contact 815/835-6310.

GED Testing

The College serves as a GED test center for Lee/Ogle counties and provides testing supervision at the Wallace Center in Sterling for Whiteside County.  The GED tests are a battery of five tests in writing, social studies, science, reading, and math. Additionally, students are required to pass a test on the Illinois and U.S. Constitutions. Registration for the GED test is done at the Lee/Ogle and Whiteside Regional Offices of Education.  For more information, call:

Lee/Ogle ROE: 815/652-2054, ext. 232
Whiteside ROE: 815/625-1495

English Language Learners (ESL)

Those who speak little or no English are invited to improve their English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills by enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Classes are offered at a variety of locations and times throughout the College district.  Classes are offered on an open entry basis allowing students to register at any time during the semester.  ESL courses are free of charge to students with tuition paid by state and federal grants. For additional information, please call the Office of Adult Education, 815/835-6312.

ABC AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service program sponsored by Sauk Valley Community College that engages thousands of Americans in a domestic Peace Corps, getting things done across America by meeting education, public safety, environmental, homeland security, and other human needs. AmeriCorps members serve in community-based agencies and schools to provide the opportunity for expansion of services. They recruit and train volunteers for community service activities. The Program serves Lee, Whiteside, Carroll, Ogle, Bureau, and Henry counties in Illinois. In exchange for a term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a living allowance stipend and an education award. Contact 815/835-6313 at SVCC for more information.

Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) supports the instructional program of the College through its printed materials collection, electronic databases, interlibrary loan services, and professional services. The LRC also provides valuable information to support each individual’s plan for personal and career development. Overall, the purpose of the LRC is to support the goals of the students, faculty, and the Sauk community as a whole.

From its third floor location above the East Mall, the LRC offers a collection of over 70,000 books, over 2,000 CDs, and a multitude of electronic databases. The LRC’s webpage is located at www.svcc.edu/departments/lrc/index.html, and provides access to the LRC’s book catalog, databases, and electronic resources. The LRC also provides additional physical access to computers with Internet connections for research purposes.

Students and faculty have full access to LRC’s collections, services, and facilities. Any resident of the College’s district is also welcome to apply for a library card and use the LRC’s collections provided that they are at least 16 years old. All children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult to use the LRC’s materials.

The LRC is an active member of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).  Personal and/or telephoned requests for information about the LRC’s materials or resources may be directed to the LRC’s staff at 815/835-6247.

Computer and Internet Access

Computer access is available throughout the building with the main computer laboratory located in Room 2F1. Computers are available in the Learning Resource Center, Room 3L1, for access to electronic resource materials. The Learning Resource computers are available to both students and community members. First priority in Room 2F1 is given to those students that are enrolled in a class requiring the use of a computer. Please check posted schedule for current hours of operation and events.

Many classrooms such as the Write Place have “Open Access” hours and can be used by students. Please check posted schedule.

Wireless access is available throughout the campus for students who wish to use their wireless devices to connect to the Internet.

Users of Sauk’s facilities will be required to adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that is outlined below.

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 x218 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. 289.
  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.


10.     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.

11.     Use of any kind of program/script/command designed to interfere with a user’s computer or network session.

12.     Damaging a computer or part of a computer system.

13.     Knowingly spreading computer viruses.

14.     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.

15.     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.

16.     “Hacking” on computing and networking systems of the College or using the College’s network to “hack” other networks.

17.     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.

18.     Failure to follow the College’s guidelines for use and/or deployment of wireless access points (WAPs).

19.     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.

20.     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

21.     Inspecting, modifying, distributing, or copying software or data without proper authorization, or attempting to do so.

22.     Violating software licensing provisions.

23.     Installing software on public access and other College machines without appropriate authorization (from Technologies Services or the department to which the machines belong).

24.     Installing any diagnostic, analyzer, “sniffer,” keystroke/data capture software or devices on College technology resources.

25.     Breaching confidentiality agreements for software and applications; breaching confidentiality provisions for institutional or individual information.

Email/Internet Messaging/Voice Mail/Voice Services

26.     Harassment or annoyance of others, whether through language, frequency or size of messages, or number and frequency of telephone calls.

27.     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.

28.     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.

29.     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.

30.     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.

31.     Forging of e-mail header or voice mail envelope information.

32.     Forging e-mail from another’s account. Sending malicious, harassing, or otherwise inappropriate voice mail from another’s voice line.

33.     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

34.     Posting content on your web page that provides information on and encourages illegal activity, or is harassing and defaming to others.

35.     Linking your web page to sites whose content violates College policies, local, state, and/or federal laws and regulations.

36.     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 218 if you have questions.

College Listservs

37.     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.

38.     Posting chain letters of any type.

39.     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.

Business Training Center


Corporate Training Services at Sauk Valley Community College

We Respond To Your Training Needs

Our training Programs are designed to improve your company’s  performance, help meet your goals and positively impact the bottom line!  We coordinate training according to your schedule, for college credit, noncredit, anytime, anyplace to provide flexibility in meeting the needs of your company and your employees.  We can create training content specific to your requirements with training conducted on-site or on-campus.  

Business Corporate Training now has the capability to test prospective new hires with the WorkKeys® on-line testing system. We will test your applicants here on-campus and send you the results.

Whether it is a Six Sigma Quality Improvement Course or OSHA Safety Training, the Business Corporate Training Center at Sauk Valley Community College is here to work with you to achieve your goals.

Contact 815/835-6302 for more information.

Business and Community Education


In the Business of Enriching Lives

The Personal and Professional Development Department offers a variety of programs and services to the general public as well as to community groups, employers from all industries and economic development organizations.

Personal Enrichment students enroll in our classes to gain new skills and training to help them in work, to improve their personal lives, and/or just for the enjoyment of learning. A large variety of classes, speakers, and trips are offered each semester.

Professional Development courses are designed to help students acquire the necessary skills to succeed in their current job or make a career change. Topics include computer software, safety, and personal professional skills, and are intended to quickly develop skills and knowledge.

Contact 815/835-6212 for more information.

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 educations opportunity, be denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination on the basis of 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 affirmative action officer, 815/835-6291.

Notification of Title IX and Section 504 Coordinators

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

Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance Officer
Kathryn Snow, Room 3L18, Phone 815/835-6291
Steve Nunez, Room 3L12, 815/835-6402
Sexual Harassment/Title IX Compliance Office for Student-to-Student
Luis Moreno, Dean of Student Services, Room 1H06, Phone 815/835-6360

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:

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 dlas relaciones de empleado y estudiante. Ningún empleado ni estudiante calificado será excluido de la oportunidad de empleo ni estará expuesto a discriminación por su raza, color, religión, origen nacional, ascendencia, edad, sexo, orientación sexual (com Humanos de Illinois), por estado civil, impedimento físico o mental, posición militar o por descarga desfavorable del servicio ma la extensión y sujeto a las exenciones permitidas por la ley.

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 1H06, 815/835-6360

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.