online orientation

WHAT IS NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION?

Welcome to the North Country! New Student Orientation is one of your first landmarks on your trek toward your personal and career goals. Online Orientation is intended to provide you with a self-guided tool, much like a compass, to navigate our various college resources here to help you succeed both inside the classroom and out! Please feel free to come back and use our Online Orientation as a reference guide if you get lost or need help along the way.

PRESIDENT'S WELCOME

COLLEGE CATALOG

  • The College Catalog is your map while attending NCCC. Within it, you'll find information on everything from admissions and financial aid to course descriptions and college policies. The document is republished every two years, so make sure you are referencing the current catalog!  You can find the catalog on the NCCC website.  There is a link at the top of the Home Page.

CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

  • Every matriculated student at NCCC is assigned a faculty advisor.  Your advisor is your first point of contact to discuss any academic issues you may have including course selection and registration, degree requirements, career goals, and any other issues that may be affecting your academic performance and completion of degree program.  Advisors can be invaluable resources, so connect with them and keep in contact throughout the semester!
  • Toward the end of each semester, you will need to register for the next semester's courses.  You can do this by signing up for an appointment with your advisor during the pre-registration period.  This is a two-week period during November and April when course registration is open only to continuing NCCC students.  This means that current students have priority during this time; don't delay your registration so you can take advantage of this benefit.  Certain classes fill up quickly, so contact your advisor as soon as possible during the pre-registration period to set up an appointment!  (Many faculty put a sign-up sheet outside of their office doors.)

COURSE REGISTRATION

  • HOW TO ADD/DROP CLASSES - Add/Drop Week is an opportunity for students to make adjustments to the courses they are enrolled in prior to the registration becoming official. The Add/Drop period extends five class days into each semester. A student may adjust courses during this period without a permanent record notation “W” for courses dropped. A $20.00 fee is charged for add/drops during this period.
    • First, see your advisor to discuss and complete the paperwork to add or drop a course.  There are many considerations when building your schedule, so your advisor is the best resource to help you with that decision.  
    • Once you have completed the paperwork, YOU MUST BRING THE ADD/DROP FORM TO THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE BY 4:30 ON THE LAST DAY OF ADD/DROP.
    • Please note: Students enrolled in classes that meet less than the full-semester or summer offerings are subject to alternative Add/Drop Periods. Please see the current calendar or contact the Registrar’s Office.
    • Students no longer wishing to remain enrolled in a particular course after the close of the Add/Drop Period will receive a grade of “W” on their transcripts, and the highest grade achieved will be the grade used for the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
  • MID-TERM GRADES
  • WITHDRAWING FROM CLASSES - Students may adjust their course registration after the end of the Add//Drop period by withdrawing from a course(s) but still remaining enrolled at the College.  Students who withdraw from a course will receive a notation of “W” on their college records.  Course withdrawal is not equivalent to Termination of Enrollment.
  • EMERGENCY WITHDRAWAL POLICY - Withdrawal for a documentable medical, military, or other emergency may be requested at the Registrar’s Office at any time.  Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, and in most cases verification will be required (verification from a treating physician/clinician, military orders, etc.).  If approved, an emergency withdrawal will be noted on the permanent record as “W”.  Please note that an approved emergency withdrawal does not cancel the student’s financial liability to the College for course tuition or fees.  Once the withdrawal is approved by the appropriate college official, questions regarding the student’s billing statement should be directed to the Bursar’s Office.
  • PLANNING FOR GRADUATION

HEALTH RECORDS

  • Proof of immunity must be submitted within thirty (30) days from the start of classes.  Students should check with their high school health office or health care provider to insure they meet the requirements listed online here.  Failure to submit proof of immunization can result in prohibition from classes, exclusion from registration or withholding of grades, transcripts and future registration.
  • Please check for program specific requirements. Nursing, Athletics, Massage Therapy, Wilderness Recreation, and Radiologic Technology each have very specific health requirements and submission dates that must be met to participate in the program.
  • NCCC maintains health related information in the Office of Campus and Student Life.  Please contact healthrecords@nccc.edu or 518-891-2915 ext.1204 for health related information and requests.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  • As described in our College Catalog, "Academic integrity is the commitment, even in the face of adversity, to the five values fundamental to the academic process: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility," (University of San Diego, 2000).
    • Honesty involves ethical behavior and abstaining from deceit in all academic work.
    • Trust involves having confidence in the integrity, ability, character, and truth of a student’s work (assignment, paper, project, test, etc).
    • Fairness involves all students having an equal chance at learning and participating in educational endeavors, and includes abiding by standards that are applied to everyone in an equitable manner.
    • Respect involves courteous regard, principled obedience, and proper concern for the welfare of other students, instructors, and oneself.
    • Responsibility involves taking charge of and being accountable for one’s own honesty, reliability, trustworthiness, and integrity. Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in all academic matters.
  • For more information on our Classroom Conduct Expectations, Disciplinary Process for Academic Integrity Violations, and the Academic Standing Policy please refer to the College Catalog.

FACULTY EXPECTATIONS AND SYLLABUS

  • What to Expect on a Syllabus - We consider the syllabus to be a contract between the student and the instructor.  Of course, we also recognize that there are times when flexibility is also needed based on individual circumstances.  Read your syllabi carefully. While many instructors use similar policies, there will be differences among your courses and instructors.
  • Particular Items to Pay Attention to:
    • Office Hours
    • Attendance Policies
    • Assignment and Exam Requirements
    • Evaluation Breakdown (How the course is graded!)
    • Class Rules
    • Course Schedule
    • E-grades: At the end of the third week of the semester, we report on each student who has not attended any classes in a course.  These numbers are reported for financial aid purposes, so make sure you drop any course that you will not be able to attend.
  • Special Note: Attendance and make-up policies vary by instructor!

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

STUDENT LIFE

  • STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION - The Student Government Association (SGA) at North Country Community College serves as the voice of student body and seeks to lead, connect, empower, serve and engage students. Our mission is to involve and integrate students in the recommendations of policies, activities and governance matters of the College.
  • CLUBS & STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

AUXILIARY SERVICES - The NCCC Association, Inc.

ATHLETICS 

FINANCIAL PLANNING