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Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance is expected of all students. If
attendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor may
withdraw students from the class.
It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll
should he or she decide to withdraw from the class. The instructor does, however, reserve the
right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary. If a student decides to withdraw,
he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the Final Withdrawal Date.
The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their
Students who enroll for the third or subsequent time in a course taken since Fall, 2002,
may be charged a higher tuition rate, for that course.
State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire
undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all
course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can
be found in the ACC college catalog.
An instructor may award a grade of “I” (Incomplete) if a student was unable to complete all
of the objectives for the passing grade in a course. An incomplete grade cannot be carried
beyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determined
by the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester.
Statement on Scholastic Dishonesty
A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission
of the college as an educational institution. Students have the responsibility to submit
coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression. Students
must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations. Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include,but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion,
and falsifying documents. Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of
the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course
and/or expulsion from the college. See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary
Process and other policies at http://www.austincc.edu/current/needtoknow
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of
speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not to
interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and
question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence of
scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied
by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing
partners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures.
Statement on Students with Disabilities
Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities.
Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must
request them through the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Students are
encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three
weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may
Students who have received approval for accommodations from OSD for this course must
provide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from OSD before accommodations will be provided. Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be
made after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student.
Students with approved accommodations are encouraged to submit the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ to the instructor at the beginning of the semester because a reasonable
amount of time may be needed to prepare and arrange for the accommodations. Additional information about the Office for Students with Disabilities is available at http://www.austincc.edu/support/osd/
Austin Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for study
and work. You are expected to learn and comply with ACC environmental, health and safety procedures and agree to follow ACC safety policies. Additional information on these can be
found at http://www.austincc.edu/ehs.
Because some health and safety circumstances are beyond our control, we ask that you
become familiar with the Emergency Procedures poster and Campus Safety Plan map in
each classroom. Additional information about emergency procedures and how to sign up for
ACC Emergency Alerts to be notified in the event of a serious emergency can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/emergency/.
Please note, you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy
to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another
individual will be immediately dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the
class, and/or barred from attending future activities.
Use of ACC Email
All College e-mail communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail
account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion.
ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergencies
using this account. Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account. Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff. Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can
be found at http://www.austincc.edu/accmail/index.php.
Testing Center Policy
Under certain circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a
testing center. Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves
according to the Student Guide. Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire
guide before going to take the exam.
To request an exam, one must have:
• ACC Photo ID
• Course Abbreviation (e.g., ENGL)
• Course Number (e.g.,1301)
• Course Synonym (e.g., 10123)
• Course Section (e.g., 005)
• Instructor's Name
Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center. Having your cell phone in the testing room,
regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder of
the semester. ACC Testing Center policies can be found at http://www.austincc.edu/testctr/
Student And Instructional Services
ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of
opportunities and services. Information on these services and support systems is available at: http://www.austincc.edu/s4/
Links to many student services and other information can be found at: http://www.austincc.edu/current/
ACC Learning Labs provide free tutoring services to all ACC students currently enrolled in
the course to be tutored. The tutor schedule for each Learning Lab may be found at:
For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, see a Learning Lab
Technician at any ACC Learning Lab.