Antelope Valley College | Student Handbook | 2011-12
Table of Contents
Mission Statement and Institutional Learning Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Welcome from Executive Vice President of
Academic Affairs and Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Associate Arts Degrees and Certificates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Academic Calendar: Important Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Matriculation Steps to Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
What is Assessment? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Course Placement Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
ESL Course Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Learning Center Services—TLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Goal Setting—SMART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Exam Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Time Management: Who’s the Boss? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Useful Definitions: Prerequisite, Corequisite, Advisory,
Limitation on Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
DegreeWorks: An Educational Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Tips for the First Day of Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Steps to Financial Aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Career Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Career Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Transfer Center Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Higher Education in California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Guidelines for Accepting Transfer Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Veteran Affairs Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Student Development and Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
How to Get a Student ID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Campus Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Job Placement Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Helpful Hints to Remember for a Job Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Resume Self-Evaluation Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Student Code of Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
The Student Complaint Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Sexual Harassment Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Smoking Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
AVC Sheriff’s Office Services/Student Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Seven Steps to Managing Your Class Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
My Schedule of Classes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Lancaster Campus Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Palmdale Center Information and Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
A–Z Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Counseling FAQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Online Services FAQs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Vision To provide quality education that enriches lives and builds futures .
Mission The mission of the Antelope Valley Community College District is to serve the community by placing student success
Ins tItutI ona l lea r nI n g ou t c o m e s | mI ss Ion s tatement
and student-centered learning as our number one priority through higher educational standards and innovative programs and
services in a professional, team-driven environment .
Antelope Valley College takes pride in providing a quality, comprehensive education for a diverse community of learners . We are
committed to student success, offering value and opportunity to all members of our community .
Associate Degree Programs
Associate degree programs comprised of general education courses, proficiency requirements, designated courses in a specific
major or area of emphasis . Associate degrees provide students with “the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively
both orally and in writing; to use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines; to be aware of other
cultures and times; to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems; and to develop the capacity
for self-understanding .”
Career Technical Programs
Certificate and degree programs comprised of “essential career technical instruction” in a variety of business, technical, and occupational
courses designed to enhance students’ knowledge and skills leading to employment, career advancement, certification, and state
or federal licensure . We award both Chancellor’s Office approved Certificates of Achievement and locally approved Certificates of
Transfer/General Education Courses
Transfer/general education courses in communication and critical thinking, the physical and biological sciences, arts and humanities,
social and behavioral sciences, and technical education . Completion of these courses allows students to fulfill degree requirements
or enroll in upper division courses and programs at accredited four-year institutions through our articulation agreements .
Basic Skills Courses
Basic skills courses in reading, writing, mathematics, English as a Second Language, and learning and study skills . These courses offer
students essential foundation skills that are necessary for success in college-level, degree-applicable courses .
Student Support and Instructional Support
A variety of services in academic, career, and personal counseling; in library instruction and course support; in learning assistance .
These services support the needs of students in pursuing and achieving their educational goals .
Workforce Preparation and Economic Development
Workforce programs, job preparation courses (non-degree applicable), and a variety of services that contribute to the educational
and economic well being of the community .
Personal Enrichment and Professional Development
Community service offerings, non-credit, not-for-credit classes and services that develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary
for students to be effective members of the community . These classes enhance the community’s social, cultural, and economic well
being . Non-credit course offerings may lead to a Certificate of Completion and/or Certificate of Competency .
InstItutIonal learnIng outcomes (Ilos)
At its September 14, 2005 meeting, the Strategic Planning and Budget Council (SPBC) recognized the significance and value of
developing Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) . The accreditation standards speak directly to the importance of knowing what
students must possess upon their departure from a community college .
SPBC was presented with ILO samples from several community colleges and agreed to establish a small task force to draft
recommended ILOs . Once complete, they were brought back to the council for review and critique . The committee solicited
the assistance of a consultant to assist in moving the campus toward a culture change in thinking and behavior . Campus wide
dialogue was encouraged in the decision-making process to ensure that AVC is meeting its mission . A workshop was presented
for SPBC, Academic Senate and interested campus community to discuss the ILO draft .
At the October 19, 2005 SPBC meeting, six ILOs were approved . The Academic Senate President presented the ILOs at the November
3, 2005 Academic Senate meeting, with overall consensus of support .
The Academic Senate, in fall 2006, established the Student Learning Outcomes Committee (SLO) to help guide the college in the
development of further course and program level SLOs and Operational Outcomes, being sure to align them with the following
Institutional Learning Outcomes:
• Analyze diverse perspectives from a variety of disciplines and experiences that contribute to the development of
• Value and apply lifelong learning skills required for employment, basic skills, transfer education, and personal development .
• Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and experiences from the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, arts, natural
sciences, and mathematics .
• Solve problems using oral and written communication, critical thinking and listening skills, planning and decision-
making skills, information literacy, and a variety of technologies .
• Demonstrate good citizenship and teamwork through respect, tolerance, cultural awareness, and the role of diversity in
modern society .
• Identify career opportunities that contribute to the economic well being of the community .
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Welcome fr om V I c e P r e sId e n t o f s t u dent serV Ic es
Welcome to antelope Valley college (aVc). This year, the college is implementing additional strategies and
resources to better serve our now 15,000-plus students . Whether you plan to pursue an associate degree, transfer to a
four-year college or university, earn a certificate or seek job enhancement skills, you will find your AVC experience to
be rewarding and challenging .
The college offers many student-centered courses that build your skills in writing, math, and reading . The college
catalog and this year’s student handbook list all degrees and certificates currently offered . In addition to the wide
variety of courses, we have a Library where online resources are readily available on-site and from home and a Learning
Center that complements classroom instruction . The Learning Center’s specialized labs for writing, math, reading, ESL
and general tutoring are designed to help you acquire improved study strategies, content-specific information and
assistance with test preparation .
Student Services faculty and staff are eager to offer you counseling services, assistance with financial aid, specialized
assistance for those with disabilities, enrollment details, transfer information, career counseling or job placement . We
also offer special services for those qualified for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), Cal WORKs and
STAR . We hope you will investigate what these and other programs are about in this handbook and see how you can
The college also offers you an opportunity to engage with others outside the classroom through intercollegiate sports
or activities sponsored by the Student Development Office . This office works with clubs and the Associated Student
Organization to provide you an avenue for personal development and opportunities to help others . This year AVC is
pleased to offer its accelerated learning courses to enhance support to basic skills students and a new open computer
lab for student use at the Palmdale Center .
I am glad that you are part of our campus community and I know that you will meet faculty and staff excited to teach,
guide and assist you . We look forward to meeting you and encourage you to fully explore the campus and the resources
outlined in this online handbook .
Again, welcome and best wishes in your future endeavors . Remember, we are committed to your success!
Sharon A . Lowry
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Services
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degrees and certIfIcates
subject area subject area
DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE TITLE AA AS C DEGREE OR CERTIFICATE TITLE AA AS C
Administration of Justice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA English
Aeronautical & Aviation Techology English—Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Aircraft Airframe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C English—Non-Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Aircraft Powerplant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Family and Consumer Education
General Aircraft Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Child and Family Development . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Agriculture/Park & Landscape Management Clothing and Textiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Environmental Horticulture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Consumer Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Landscaping Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Interior Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Nutrition and Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Air Conditioning Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Fire Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Firefighter I Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Specialist . . . . . .AS C
Wildland Fire Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Refrigeration Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
IGETC—General Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
de g r e e s a n d ce rt If Icates
Aircraft Fabrication & Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Interior Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C
Collision Repair Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Liberal Arts and Sciences
Collision Repair & Refinishing Specialist . . . . . . . .AS C Option I—Math and Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Refinishing Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Option II—Social/Behavioral Sciences . . . . AA
Option III—Arts and Humanities . . . . . . . . . . AA
Driveability, Emissions & Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Engine and Drive Trains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Small Business Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Biological Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS Marketing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Business Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Business Administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS Medical Assisting
General Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Clinical Medical Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Professional Bookkeeping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Medical Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Child and Family Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
School-Aged Child Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Music, Commercial
Clothing and Textiles—Fashion Design . . . . . AA C Level I—General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Level II—Performance Specialty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Computer Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Computer Networking Core . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Nursing Science
Computer Networking Multi-Platform . . . . . . . . . .AS C Licensed Vocational Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Registered Nursing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Computer Information Science
Business Computer Information Science . . . . . . .AS C Offce Technology
Computer Software Developer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Administrative Medical Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
CSU—General Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Office Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Deaf Studies Photography—Commercial & Photographic Imaging
American Sign Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Commercial Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C
Interpreter Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C
Physical Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA
Digital Media Physical Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Computer Animation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Radiologic Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Digital Photographic Imaging . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Digital Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Real Estate Broker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Graphic Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Real Estate Salesperson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Interactive Media-Web Design . . . . . . . . . . . AA C Respiratory Care/Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS
Video Design & Production . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C
Welding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Drafting/Computer Aided Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C
Education—Instructional Aide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AA C loW-unIt certIfIcates of achIeVement
Electrical Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Fire Technology
Electronics Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Wildland Fire Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Engineering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS Geosciences
Engineering Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AS C Geographic Information Systems (GIS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
For more information visit: www.avc.edu/information/catalog/
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Important semester dates:
Semester begins August 22, 2011
Registration Consult registration dates at www .avc .edu
Last day to add (in person) September 2, 2011
Last day to drop class with refund (in person) September 2, 2011
Last day to add (online) September 5, 2011
Last day to drop class with refund (online) September 5, 2011
academ Ic ca l e n da r — I mP o rtan t dat es
Labor Day September 5, 2011 (College closed)
Last day to drop class without a “W” September 16, 2011
Last day to elect Pass/No Pass option September 16, 2011
Last day to submit Petition for Credit by Examination September 16, 2011
Last day to drop class with a “W” November 10, 2011
Veterans Day November 11, 2011 (College closed)
Local Holiday November 12, 2011 (College closed)
Spring/Summer 2012 priority filing October 15—Spring /
for graduation November 15—Summer
Thanksgiving November 24, 2011 (College closed)
Local Holiday November 25–26, 2011 (College closed)
Semester ends December 10, 2011
Intersession begins January 3, 2012
Registration Consult registration dates at www .avc .edu
Last day to submit Petition for Credit by Examination No challenge exams available during
Dr . Martin Luther King Jr . Day January 16, 2012 (College closed)
Intersession ends February 4, 2012
Semester begins February 6, 2012
Registration Consult registration dates at www .avc .edu
Last day to add (in person) February 16, 2012
Last day to drop class with refund (in person) February 16, 2012
Lincoln’s Day February 17, 2012 (College closed)
Local Holiday February 18, 2012 (College closed)
Washington’s Day February 20, 2012 (College closed)
Last day to add (online) February 20, 2012
Last day to drop class with refund (online) February 20, 2012
Last day to drop class without a “W” March 2, 2012
Last day to elect Pass/No Pass option March 2, 2012
Last day to submit Petition for Credit by Examination March 2, 2012
Spring Break April 2–7, 2012
Fall 2012 priority filing for graduation April 15, 2012
Last day to drop class with a “W” May 4, 2012
Memorial Day May 28, 2012 (College closed)
Semester ends June 1, 2012
Graduation June 1, 2012
All dates are subject to change without notice.
Visit www.avc.edu and click on “Look Up Classes” for specific course dates.
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matrIculatIon: Steps to Ensure Your Success
What is matriculation?
Matriculation is the process that brings the college and a student into agreement for the purpose of developing and
realizing the student’s educational objective . The agreement acknowledges responsibilities of both parties to enable
students to attain their objectives efficiently through the college’s established programs, policies, and requirements . All
students, except those exempted on the basis of locally established criteria, are expected to complete matriculation
activities . Students may request to be exempted from matriculation components and by doing so will not obtain a high
registration priority . A Matriculation Waiver Form may be obtained at Admissions and Records . Detailed information
regarding matriculation policies and provisions can be found in the college catalog and schedule of classes . Matriculation
is a process designed to help you be successful in your educational endeavors . The following are the matriculation
steps to success
Step 1: Apply for Admission
m at rI c ul atIo n | s t eP s to success
Admission applications are accepted year round with the exception of special admit enrollment .
All new, transfer and returning students must complete an application and return it to the
Admissions and Records Office . Students will be able to access their registration appointment
for the upcoming semesters by logging into their myAVC account . Students may enroll
in classes anytime on or after their appointment time through our Internet address at
www.avc.edu, or in person . Call the Welcome and Information Center
(661) 722-6300, ext .6331 for more information .
Step 2: Attend an Assessment Session
What is assessment?
Assessment involves assessing your basic skills in writing, reading and mathematics .
Test scores, along with additional information, are used to make course placement
for writing, reading and math, as well as recommendations for enrollment in many other courses .
These assessment results will assist you in selecting courses that are sensible
and realistic based on your skill level .
Who should participate in assessment?
All new matriculating students should take the assessment test . The Assessment Office is
conveniently open Monday through Friday on a walk-in basis throughout the school year .
For current hours of operation check: www.avc.edu/studentservices/assess/hoursloc.html .
You will need to allow yourself about two hours to complete the test .
Step 3: Complete an Orientation and Initial Educational Planning
What is Orientation?
Orientation is designed to acquaint you with AVC programs, policies, facilities,
and requirements . The orientation can be completed online at our Internet address:
www.avc.edu or by enrolling in an orientation course—Human Development 198O .
What is an Initial Educational Plan?
An Initial Educational Plan is completed by a counselor during a counseling session
and takes into account your assessment results and your educational and career goal .
Appropriate course selections are recommended . To assist students with a
successful educational experience, referrals to appropriate support services may be provided .
Who should complete an Orientation and Initial Educational Planning?
All new matriculating students should complete an Orientation and Initial Educational Planning .
Note: Please bring your assessment results with you to this session .
Step 4: Register For Your Classes at Your Appointment Time
Missing your assigned registration time can seriously affect your class enrollment on the days
and times that you prefer . Additionally, missing your assigned times may result in closed classes .
Step 5: Make an Appointment with a Counselor Once You Have Enrolled in Classes
You should make an appointment with a counselor at least once each semester .
A counselor will assist you in monitoring your academic performance and progress toward your educational
goals . Additionally, a counselor will assist you in clarifying and/or modifying your educational plan .
An individual appointment with a counselor will be scheduled ONLY after you have attended
an orientation/advisement session (unless you are exempt) and you have enrolled in classes .
For more information visit: www.avc.edu/studentservices/counseling/matriculation.html
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What is Assessment?
The Assessment Center administers a computerized assessment test in order to determine your ability levels in
reading, writing and math . Non-native English language learners may take the English as a Second Language (ESL)
version . This process enables you to enroll in the appropriate courses, including courses designed to prepare for
college-level work . The assessment will help pave your way into college by identifying your academic strengths
and potential areas of need . Results from the assessment, as well as other factors, will be used to develop your
Initial Educational Plan (IEP) with a counselor .
a ssessm e n t | I n sId e I n f o r m atI on
Although not required, it is a good idea to prepare for the assessment test, especially if you haven’t taken
a math course in a while . Consider the following suggestions:
• Review Online Sample Guides available for reading, writing and math
• Attend FREE Math Pre-Assessment Workshops (PAWs) featuring individualized diagnostics and
tutorial exercises specific to your needs
• Recommended Study Materials (the Assessment Center Web page has many helpful
online resources such as links to practice tests, tutorials and video lessons)
• Take it seriously! (Why spend extra time and money in class instruction that you’ve already learned?)
• Relax, Don’t Rush (Take the assessment when you have plenty of time—allow 1-2 hours)
• Photo ID required at check-in
Assessment Tips and Information:
• Do Your Best! Avoid taking 16–48 weeks of course work beneath your level
• Multiple Choice—computer based format
• Instant Feedback—results available immediately afterwards
• Convenient—first come, first served walk-in basis
during business hours
• Priority Registration—assessment satisfies one
of the four matriculation steps
• Follow-up Counseling—Express Counselor
available to discuss your results upon completion
The Assessment also offers:
• Ability-to-Benefit Testing (standard and ESL versions)
• Test Proctoring Services—for students taking
distance learning courses at other institutions
T-100 Modular Building in Parking Lot 9 .
We offer a comfortable and secure testing environment .
Visit us online at:
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assessment: Course Placement Sequence
Students: Please refer to the following diagrams to find the course placement for you scores .
Please consult with a counselor if you have any questions.
reading scores (rpl):
as se ss m ent | co u r s e P l ac e m e n t sequence
rpl 1 rpl 2 rpl 3 rpl 4
READ 095 READ 097 READ 099 College
Basic Intermediate Critical Reading Level
Reading Reading & Study Skills Reading
(4.5 units) (4.5 units) (4.5 units) (Exempt)
Eligibility for CoLLEgE LEvEL REAdIng or completion of REAdIng 099 is required for Associate Degrees .
Writing scores (epl):
epl 1 epl 2 epl 3 epl 4
ENGL 095 ENGL 097 ENGL 099 ENGL 101
developmental Basic Intermediate Academic
Writing Skills Composition Composition Composition
(3 units) (4 units) (4 units) (3 units)
EngL 101 with a grade of “C” or better is required for all Associate Degrees and Transfer .
mathematics scores (mpl):
MPL 1 MPL 2 MPL 3 MPL 4
MATH 050 MATH 060 MATH 070 MATH 102
Arithmetic Elementary Intermediate
Fundamentals Pre-Algebra Algebra Algebra
(4 units) (4 units) (4 units) (4 units)
MATH 102 with a grade of “C” or better is required for Associate Degrees .
• A student may repeat the assessment (or any part of it) one time with a 24-hour waiting period between
each assessment . The highest score achieved within the two attempts is used for placement .
• Once a student establishes a transcript record in a class (Ws or letter grades), retesting for that subject
is not allowed .
• Assessment results are valid for three years .
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assessment: ESL Course Sequence
BEFoRE REgISTRATIon: To find out which of the five ESL levels is the best for you,
please come to the Counseling Office with ESL assessment results to receive advisement and initial placement .
VocabularY & grammar readIng & buIldIng
pronuncIatIon WrItIng sKiLLs
a ssessm e n t | e s l co u r s e s e q uenc e
Level 1: ESL 018 (3) ESL 019 (5)
Level 2: ESL 020 (4) ESL 023 (3) ESL 028 (3) ESL 029 (5)
Level 3: ESL 030 (4) ESL 033 (3) ESL 038 (3) ESL 039 (5)
Level 4: ESL 040 (4) ESL 043 (3) ESL 048 (3) ESL 049 (5)
Level 5: ESL 058 (3) ESL 059 (5)
• Students will have the best success if they take courses at their placement level .
• ESL classes are available for credit, but they are not transferable and do not count toward a degree .
• If an ESL student scores very high on writing, it is “suggested” that he/she takes ESL 48 and ESL 58
before he/she enrolls in a “regular” composition class such as EngL 95, EngL 97 or EngL 99 .
• ESL classes do not affect a student’s financial aid eligibility .
• ESL skills building courses are integrated skills courses in which students practice their listening, speaking,
reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation skills .
• Upon completion of the ESL course sequence, students are advised to take the regular English assessment
and meet with a counselor for course placement .
• Assessments results are valid for three years .
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aVc learnIng center serVIces
Study Smarter not Harder with TLC (The Learning Center)
ACADEMIC SkILLS CENTER
• Study skills workshops on a variety of topics
• Learning Assessment Battery to find out how you learn most easily
• Individual and small group conferences with a faculty learning specialist to find out how you learn
best, to create an Individual Learning Improvement Plan (ILIP), and to improve your grades
• Peer mentors and study skills tutors
• Study skills handouts and materials
• Special assistance for students in or preparing for the Nursing Program
• The Early Alert intervention program
aVc le a r nIn g ce n t e r se rVI ces
COMPUTER AND MEDIA CHECkOUT
• Video and DVD checkout on study skills topics
• Computer use for word processing or Internet access that supports instruction
DSS HIGH TECH CENTER, for students registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities
• Assistive technology
• Other services
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE STUDY CENTER
• Individual tutoring for ESL classes
• Group sessions to improve speaking, reading, and writing
• Independent Learning Improvement Plan (ILIP) created with a faculty Learning Specialist
• Workshops on a variety of topics
• Handouts, computer programs, and Web-based materials and media
• Regular weekly tutoring appointments for a variety of classes
• Subject specific study strategies tutoring to improve test preparation and test taking skills
• Instructional materials (like skeletons for anatomy classes or molecules for chemistry classes
or a sewing machine for clothing classes)
• Quiet study area on a space available basis
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aVc learnIng center serVIces
Study Smarter not Harder with TLC (The Learning Center)
• Drop-in tutoring and group tutoring for math and math related courses
• Tutoring appointments for specific math courses by referral only
• Targeted fast track workshops for vocational courses, math and math-related courses
• Individual conferences with the Math Learning Specialist
• Computer assisted instruction
• Use of textbooks, solution manuals, calculators, handouts
• Tutoring for Math 99, in-class tutoring for basic level math classes
• Quiet study space when available
TExTBOOk READING AND STUDY CENTER
aVc l e a r nIn g ce n t e r se rVI ce s
• Reading and study skills tutoring for all courses
• Discussion groups for reading assignments for literature and composition courses
• Individual consultation with a Reading Learning Specialist to design an Individual Learning Improvement Plan (ILIP)
• Computer Assisted Instruction, web-based materials, media, and workshops related to reading study skills
• Special assistance for students preparing for or enrolled in the Nursing Program
• Support for students enrolled in reading courses
SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI)
• Assistance for classes with a high failure (D,F, Withdraw) rate – participants usually get a grade to a grade
and a half higher than non-participants
• Special tutorial sessions with a Supplemental Instruction tutor who also attends class with you
• Handouts, practice exams, and other materials available only to SI participants
• Individual tutoring for writing assignments
• Small group tutoring sessions
• Handouts and computer programs to improve grammar and writing skills
• Faculty-led workshops on a variety of topics – from writing papers to improving grammar
• Model papers
• Consultation with the faculty Writing Learning Specialist to create an Independent Learning Improvement Plan (ILIP)
• Web-based materials and media
• Study skills, writing, and math workshops on a variety of topics
• Learning Assessment Battery to find out how you learn most easily
• Individual and small group conferences with a faculty learning specialist to find out how you learn best,
to create an Individual Learning Improvement Plan (ILIP), and to improve your grades
• Peer mentoring
• Study skills handouts and materials
• Math, reading and writing handouts
• Special assistance for students in or preparing for the Nursing Program
• The Early Alert intervention program
• Regular weekly tutoring appointments for a variety of classes
• Small group math, reading, and writing tutoring
• Subject specific study strategies tutoring to improve test preparation and test taking skills
• Quiet study area on a space available basis
Visit us online at: www.avc.edu/studentservices/lc/
Or stop by to see us TODAY!
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The future belongs to those who prepare for it !
goals should be smart: benefIts of goal settIng:
4 s: Specific • Achieve more
4 m: Manageable • Improve performance
aVc le ar nI n g ce n t e r | g oa l s ettIng
• Increase motivation to achieve
4 a: Attainable
• Improve self-confidence
4 r: Realistic • Increase pride and satisfaction in achievements
4 t: Timely • Eliminate attitudes that hold you back and cause unhappiness
Failing to achieve a goal the first time is not failure . This can provide valuable insight for you to reevaluate your goals .
Were they “smart” goals?
reWards & consequences for achIeVIng (or not achIeVIng) a goal can be:
INTRINSIC (INTERNAL) ExTRINSIC (ExTERNAL)
• Pride in your work | Embarrassment • Money | Broke!
• Being your best | Not achieving your potential • Good grades | Bad grades
• Feeling in control | Feeling out of control • Praise | Criticism
our actIons can also haVe an ImmedIate or delaYed effect:
• Good feeling • Future job
• Free time • Scholarship
• Clean house • Future financial security
When you have achieved a goal, use this information to set new ones . And most of all—enjoy the feeling of success!
For assistance in setting your personal goals,
please attend a goal setting workshop in the
Learning Center or make an appointment
to work with a faculty learning specialist in the
Academic Skills Center, AVC Learning Center .
Make it a goal to contact the
Learning Center today!
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exam tIps: This is a test - this is only a test…
before the exam:
• Start preparing for your exams the first day of class . Check • Learn to predict test questions and practice answering them .
the syllabus and note on your semester calendar when the (Practice with your tutor or visit the Academic Skills Center to
exams will take place and also mark the first date your test learn how) .
preparation should begin for each exam (allow at least two • Use cognitive questions at all levels to make sure you really
weeks) . Don’t let the exam sneak up on you so you are forced understand the material . Ask for a handout on “Bloom’s
to do last minute cramming! Taxonomy” in the Academic Skills Center .
• When you are getting your books, purchase enough Scantrons • Learn how to make learning aids or use mnemonic devices
and blue books to last the semester as well as # 2 pencils and by attending a workshop or visiting the Textbook Reading and
aVc l ea r n In g ce n t e r | e x am tIPs
pens—avoid the last minute run to the bookstore or vending Study Skills Center .
machine . • Ask your instructor about the kind of exam it will be (multiple
• Learn the material and review as you go along . Start building choice, short answer, or essay) . Test preparation is different
the neural pathways that you will need during the exam . depending on the structure of the exam .
Brain science says that the buildup of these pathways takes • Attend a Test Preparation Workshop in the Academic Skills
time . (See an Academic Skills Learning Specialist for a better Center .
understanding of brain based learning techniques .)
• Join a study group or get a tutor BEFORE you think you might the daY of the exam:
• Awaken in plenty of time (set two alarms if necessary!) after a full
• Don’t try to memorize something you don’t understand . night’s sleep (The brain needs the rest to function properly) .
The brain won’t know what to do with the information—the
proper place to store it in the neural network or how to get • Eat before the exam, but not too much—you don’t want your
it back out again! energy going to digestion instead of thinking!
• Study in meaningful chunks that make filing and retrieving • Make sure you have your scantrons, blue books, number two
information from your brain easier . pencils, calculator, or other tools that you will need before
you leave home .
• Don’t study for too long at a time! The brain gets tired just like
the rest of the body does . Studying for an hour at a time over • Get to class early enough that you have time to get organized
several weeks is more effective than a cram session . and relax .
• Don’t talk to your fellow classmates – they will just get you
nervous and any incorrect information that they say will stay
in your brain!
• Bring a watch with you to keep track of the time!
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exam tIps: This is a test - this is only a test…
durIng the exam:
• Take a deep breath before you start . Take relaxing breaths whenever you get stressed during the exam, also .
• Make sure to put your name on your exam!
• Do a quick “mind dump” of information you have memorized (like formulas or definitions) and write them on
scrap paper or in the margins of the exam before you start .
• Read the whole exam first . It gives you the big picture and it also serves to relax the mind .
aVc lea r nIn g c e n t e r | ex am tIPs
• Budget your time . Plan to spend the most time on the questions worth the most points . Check your time
periodically to know if you need to speed up or if you can slow down .
• Answer the easy questions first to get a feeling of success and control .
• Use the strategies you learned in your Test Taking workshop to answer multiple choice questions, short answer
questions, and essay questions .
• Make sure to read the question carefully and completely . Many students loose points for misreading or picking
the “first right answer” instead of the “best right answer .”
• If you don’t know the answer to the question, skip it! Don’t waste time on it . Come back to it when you have
finished the rest of the exam . A question later on in the test may trigger the answer for you .
• Write clearly! You don’t want to miss points because the instructor couldn’t read your answer .
• Don’t pay attention to your fellow classmates . They may groan, or whisper, or leave early . Just focus on your
• Go back over the exam if you have enough time, but don’t change any answers unless you are SURE you either
misread the question or misunderstood what was asked . The first response to the question is usually the right
one . Make sure you did not make any careless mistakes .
after the exam:
• Take time to look up the answers to questions that you were unsure of . Make a note of anything that was
especially confusing .
• When you get the exam back, review it first to find out the answers to the questions you missed and study the
correct answers—you don’t want to learn errors!
• Do a post exam analysis to evaluate your test taking techniques . It is important to know not only what the right
answer should have been but also WHY you missed the question so that you can improve test performance in
the future . An Academic Skills Learning Specialist in the Learning Center can assist you with this analysis .
• Use the experience to modify how you prepare for future exams .
• If you experience test anxiety, an Academic Skills Learning Specialist can help! Make an appointment to develop
techniques to manage your anxiety .
• Anxiety comes from a feeling of a lack of control, so the more you know about the coming exam and the better
you prepare for it, the less anxiety you will feel .
• Give yourself positive messages! If you tell yourself “I am not going to fail” the brain hears “Fail!” Tell yourself you
are well prepared and will do well on the exam .
• Being prepared also means that you have your blue books or Scantrons well ahead of time, that you sleep and eat
well before the exam, and that you arrive in plenty of time . Otherwise you place yourself in a stressful position .
For assistance creating test preparation plans, organizing your schedule,
and avoiding test anxiety, attend a Test Taking workshop
or make an appointment with a faculty learning specialist in the
Academic Skills Center, AvC Learning Center .
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Who’s the boss?
aVc l ear n In g ce n t e r | t I m e m a nagem ent
Who is in control of your life?
Who decides how you spend your time?
Who decides what is important for you?
You are the boss because
YoU are in control;
YoU make wise decisions about
how you manage your time;
YoU decide what is important in your life
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . don’t you?
If not, isn’t it about time that you did?
fIrst decIde What Is Important: organIze Your lIfe for success!
• Should be positive Organize a place to study
• Should be realistic Organize each course
• Should be achievable Organize your employment
• Should be worth what it will take Organize your family responsibilities
• Should include a time frame
• Should be open to change
understand the “tWo for one” rule
AVC courses are written to include two hours of study or preparation outside of class for every hour inside a lecture
class (lab classes are different) . So, if you are enrolled in 12 units of lecture class, then you should plan for 24 hours of
study or preparation outside of class . Have you?
create a studY plan
A semester plan Use “spare” time well
A weekly plan Rethink and ask for help if necessary
use tIme WIselY self monItor
Prioritize! Be honest with yourself
Write it down! Be critical of yourself
Do two things at once Be wary of distractions
For assistance creating study plans and organizing your schedule,
take the time to attend a Time Management workshop
or make an appointment with a faculty learning specialist in the
Academic Skills Center, AvC Learning Center .
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prerequisite: A prerequisite is a required condition of
enrollment that demonstrates current readiness for enrollment
in a course or educational program . A prerequisite will assure
that a student has the skills, concepts, and/or information
necessary for success in the course . A student who has not met
the prerequisite is highly unlikely to receive a satisfactory grade
in the course . Prerequisites are enforced and a student will be
blocked from enrolling if the prerequisite is not met . A student
must complete a course prerequisite with a satisfactory grade
of A, B, C . or P (pass) .
corequisite: A condition of enrollment in a course
that requires the student to simultaneously enroll in another
course . Corequisites are enforced and a student will be
blocked from enrolling if the student does not meet the stated
advisory on recommended preparation: A condition
of enrollment that a student is advised, but not required, to
meet before or in conjunction with enrollment in a course
us e f u l d e f In It Io n s
or educational program . (Minor students who are still in
elementary, middle, or high school are required to meet
limitation on enrollment: A condition of enrollment
which limits how students qualify for a particular course or
program . These limitations apply to courses that include public
performance or intercollegiate competition where a try-out or
audition is necessary . Additionally, some courses require formal
admission to a particular program in order to enroll
(e .g ., Associate Degree Nursing Program and Licensed
Vocational Nursing Program) . Limitations on enrollment are
enforced and a student will be blocked from enrolling if the
student does not meet the stated limitation .
can a prerequisite be challenged?
A prerequisite or corequisite challenge requires the submission
of a Prerequisite Challenge Form . This form, and procedures
regarding this form, can be obtained from the Counseling
Center in the Student Services Building . A student may file a
prerequisite challenge form for one or more of the following
reasons as outlined in Title 5, section 55003 .
1 . The student has the documented knowledge or ability to
succeed in the course or program despite not meeting the
prerequisite or corequisite .
2 . The student will be subject to undue delay in attaining
the goal of his or her educational plan because the
prerequisite or corequisite course has not been made
reasonably available .
3 . The prerequisite or corequisite has not been established
in accordance with the district’s Academic Policies &
Procedures process for establishing prerequisites and
4 . The prerequisite or corequisite is either unlawfully
discriminatory or is being applied in an unlawfully
discriminatory manner .
5 . The perquisite or corequisite is in violation of section
T5: 55003 which states that “a prerequisite will assure that
a student has the skills, concepts, and/or information
necessary for success in the course .”
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degree Works: An educational plan
DegreeWorks creates an electronic education plan that students can access securely from myAVC . It is designed to
review progress toward program completion . DegreeWorks lists courses completed and courses needed in order to fulfill
degree requirements .
degr ee Wo r k s | a n e d u catIona l Pl an
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s t e P s to f Ina n cI a l a I d
steps to fInancIal aId
Financial Aid provides financial assistance to students, who without aid, would not be able to
attend college . While students and their parents are expected to make a maximum effort to meet
the student’s cost of education, financial aid is available to fill the gaps between family resources
and the annual educational expenses of the student .
For more information visit:
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the career center:
the career center | career PlannIng counselIng meetIngs
Helping you define your goals
The career center provides support for students who need assistance with defining their career options and
establishing their academic and career goals . Support programs and services include various career assessments to
help measure a student’s interests, abilities and values . Career planning programs are accessible for AVC students
free of charge and can be utilized for monitoring labor market trends and gathering occupational information .
Students can also make an appointment with a career specialist with assistance in interpreting assessment results
and/or progressing through the career development process . Assessments include: Discover, Eureka, Myers-Briggs,
and Self-Directed Search and are available in electronic and paper format . In addition, a number of updated
references and guides to aid in the career planning process are available for students at the Career Center
as well as two computer stations for use of assessments and academic and occupational research .
aVc: Career Planning Counseling Meetings
The weekly career planning counseling meetings provide students with small group counseling to assist
in the process of discovering a satisfying career . Personal attributes such as personality, values, abilities and interests
are assessed and then explored in relation to particular careers . Other important research such as job market, salary,
and educational requirements as they relate to careers will also be conducted .
To register to attend, please call (661) 722-6300, ext . 6977 .
For more information visit: www.avc.edu/studentservices/career/
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the transfer center:
Helping you plan a smooth transition
If you’ve decided to enter a university or four-year college after AVC, you should
come to the transfer center as soon as possible and meet with a counselor or advisor to plan for transfer .
Each university or college has unique lower division major core and general education requirements that in most
cases can be fulfilled at AVC .
Our center is a liaison to the campuses of the University of California and the
California State University and have formal course agreements for most
major courses of study . These are called articulation agreements
which, if followed, prepare you to transfer smoothly, efficiently and
seamlessly . You can access these agreements through this link:
Additionally, our counselors and advisors have the expertise
to help you accurately plan for transfer to
any private or out-of-state college or university .
If you know your major course of study and where
you wish to transfer, make an appointment to see us .
the transfer center
Even if you are unsure about your academic goals or
where to transfer, we can give you valuable information
and guidance to help you decide .
Come by SSV 101 or call (661) 722-6300, ext . 6343
to make an appointment .
For more information visit:
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hIgher educatIon In calIfornIa
University of California State Community
California University Colleges
Admission 60 units 60 units 12-30 units HS grad/18 years
general Ed IGETC CSU Breadth varies NA
gPA *3 .0–3 .5 #Eligibility Index
Transfer ** 2 .8+ 2 .0+
h Igh er e d u catI o n In ca l Ifor n Ia
Programs Bachelor’s Bachelor’s Bachelor’s Associate
Master’s Master’s some Master’s Certificates
Professional some Professional some Professional
Doctoral some Doctoral
Mission Research Teaching varies Teaching
Rigor Rigorous Moderate varies Moderate
* Education Cost Fees Fees $395-$1299
$36 per unit
(Yearly ) $11,619 $4,884 per unit
Housing Yes Yes Yes No
Financial Aid Cal Grant Cal Grant Cal Grant Cal Grant
Pell Grant Pell Grant Pell Grant Pell Grant
Perkins Loan Perkins Loan Perkins Loan BIA
SEOG SEOG SEOG SEOG
File Stafford Loan Stafford Loan Stafford Loan Stafford Loan
Work Study Work Study Work Study Work Study
March 1 UC Grants State Univ Grants University Grants
Parent Loans Univ Scholarships Univ Scholarships
Application Filing Period
Fall Nov 1–30 Nov 1–30 Feb 1 (USC) Rolling
Spring Oct 1–31 Aug 1–31 Oct 1 (USC) Admissions
Winter Jul 1–31 Jun 1–30 varies
* For Freshmen (except for Impacted Programs) . Also depends on scores from SAT/ACT
** GPA requirements will be dependent on the program and campus to which the student applies .
# H .S . GPA + SAT/ACT Score . Calculation: Multiply GPA by 800 . Add total SAT 1 score . Or, multiply GPA by 200 .
Add 10 times the ACT composite score . Impacted programs may require a higher GPA and use additional
criteria for admission .
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the transfer center:
Guidelines for accepting transfer credits
Approved by the Academic Senate of Antelope Valley College, November 2, 2000
1. Colleges and Universities Accredited by Regional Agencies
Institutions accredited by the following agencies will be automatically accepted by Antelope Valley College
guI del Ines f o r ac c eP t In g t r a n s fer cre dIts
(AVC): MSA, NWCCU, NCA-HLC, NCA-CASI, NEASC-CIHE, NEASC-CTCI, SACS, WASC-AACJC & WASC-ACSCU .
2. non-Regionally Accredited Postsecondary Institution Credit
Transfer credits from non-regionally accredited institutions or other professional/vocational institutions will
be considered if:
A . The institution from which the credits were earned was authorized as a degree granting institution by
the state in which it resided at the time the credits were earned .
B . The institution generated a transcript of student performance that listed course titles and units of credit
in either semester or quarter units .
C . The course description of record/syllabus is determined to be equivalent to the course description of
record of a similar course at Antelope Valley College .
3. Course Credit determination
If the evaluator has a question relative to the proper determination of a course, the course will be
submitted to the Articulation Officer for resolution in consultation with Division Deans and Department
faculty as needed .
4. Transfer Credits from Foreign Countries
Transfer credits from foreign countries will be accepted in accord with the recommendations of an
approved Foreign Credential Transcript Evaluation and Translation service . Specific credit of any subject
with content that may vary according to regional influence will be evaluated by the Articulation Officer to
determine content, relevance and equivalency to AVC courses .
5. Military/Corporate Training Credit
Credits for Military training where no transcript of course work exists from an accredited postsecondary
institution will be granted in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) “Guide to the
Evaluation of Education Experiences and Training Programs in the Armed Services,” and the ACE “National
Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs .”
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Veterans affaIrs program
For specific veterans benefit information please contact the program coordinator .
Va contact Information
www.gibill.va.gov – VA Education Benefit Web site .
(888) 442-4551 – VA Education Benefit (GI Bill) information line .
(877) 823-2378 – VA certification automated line .
(800) 827-1000 – General VA benefits line .
(800) 273-8255 – Veterans Crisis Prevention Hotline .
(661) 723-4495 – County of Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Office .
Va education benefits available
Post 9/11 GI Bill – CH . 33
Montgomery GI Bill: Active Duty – CH . 30
Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve – CH . 1606
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – CH . 1607
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program – CH . 35
Vocational Rehabilitation – CH . 31 (Special Initiation and Processing Required)
State of California Dependents Education Assistance Letter – www .cacvso .org
how to apply
Apply online at www.gibill.va.gov . Contact the program coordinator for specific instructions .
• Eligibility Letter
V e t e r a n s a f faIr s
• Copy of completed VA application
• Education Plan through AVC Counseling Center (see Counseling Center for details)
• Other documents needed for Ch . 35 dependent benefits: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate,
Death Certificate (if applicable), and for both Reserve benefits (CH . 1606/1607) the NOBE Form 2384 .
Please contact the program coordinator for specific documents needed for your file .
All veterans and dependents using VA Education Benefits must have complete files
(including the Education Plan ) prior to the end of the first certified semester of attendance at AVC .
For more information regarding the Veterans Affairs program,
visit the Veterans Affairs office in the Student Services Building
at SSv 126,
call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6342,
or visit the Veterans Affairs home page:
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offIce for students WIth dIsabIlItIes (osd)
The Office for Students with Disabilities encourages students to be as independent and self-reliant as possible . OSD
works closely with each student to assess their special needs and provide support services and accommodations that
directly address a student’s educational functional limitations as a result of their disability .
how to qualify
off Ice for s t u d e n t s W It h d Is a bI lItIes (os d)
OSD serves students with physical and/or cognitive disabilities who have an educational limitation resulting from
their disability . Stop by the OSD Office and pick up an enrollment packet . Participation is voluntary and all information
is kept confidential .
support services and accommodations
Support services are based on the educational functional limitations resulting from the student’s disability . Please be
sure to follow the guidelines for each eligible service .
Support services include: sign language interpreters, real-time captioning, readers, scribes, tape recording of
lectures, textbooks converted into alternative media, test accommodations, accessible seating, priority registration,
handicapped parking and use of the High Tech Center . Other support services may be
available if deemed appropriate . Please contact OSD for more information .
• It is the student’s responsibility to provide the OSD Office
with written verification of disability and resulting educational
functional limitations .
• It is the student’s responsibility to make his or her special
needs known to the instructor, as soon as possible, thereby
making it possible to arrange any special accommodations
that might be necessary .
• If any difficulties occur, the student needs to notify OSD staff
as soon as possible, so that problems and concerns can be
For more information visit the OSD in Building T-100,
call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay),
Call for service hours .
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student deVelopment and actIVItIes
The Student Development and College Activities Office is designed to assist students in developing citizenship and leadership through
the Associated Student Organization, campus clubs and college activities .
Student Trustee Opportunity Student Activities
Each spring semester elections are held to fill the student Student Activities Council (SAC) is a student-run programming
representation seat; the Student Trustee position . This elected group of the Student Development and College Activities Office .
student serves as a member of the AVC Board of Trustees and Students who want to be a part of planning campus-wide activities
advises the board on college matters . Qualifications for the Student are encouraged to join . New ideas are always welcome . Through
Trustee can be obtained from the Student Development and College SAC, students interact with other campus clubs, organizations,
Activities Office (SSV 180) . and offices to provide social, cultural, educational and recreational
Associated Student Organization opportunities for students .
The Associated Student Organization (ASO) is an elected group of Additional questions or information about eligibility and qualifications
students who represent and advocate on behalf of all AVC students . for any of the services listed above can be obtained from the Student
s tud en t de Ve l oP m e n t a n d act IVI tI es
The ASO’s main purpose is to work on behalf of all AVC students to Development and College Activities located in SSV 180, 722-6300,
enhance their educational experience at AVC . Any student at AVC ext . 6354 or on the Web at www .avc .edu under “Student Services .”
can participate in ASO and is encouraged to do so . ASO is active Campus Life
on all AVC shared governance activities and other college wide There are many opportunities for Antelope Valley College students
committees . In addition ASO and the Inter Club Council (ICC), bring to become involved in campus life, participate in meaningful ways
issues and activities forward that support students in their academic
or enhance personal development . Some of these include but are
and social lives . The ASO also provides activities and services housed not limited to:
in the Student Lounge located in the Student Center .
• Associated Student Organization
Associated Student Organization—Fee and Refunds • Inter Club Council
The Associated Student Organization is financed by funds received • Student Activities Council
from bookstore revenue and from ASO sticker sales . Students can • AVC Shared Governance Committees
purchase an ASO sticker for $10 fall and spring and $5 for summer • Political Action
and Intersession and receive a number of benefits such as tutoring, • Blood Drives
free admission to all home athletics events (excluding tournaments, • Voter Registration Campaigns
playoffs, and pre-season games), plus much more . Students can buy • Homecoming
a combined parking pass and ASO sticker (fall and spring semesters • Holiday Parades
only) at a reduced price of $20 . Refunds for the ASO sticker are • Health Fairs
available for students who withdraw from all classes within the • Job Fairs and Targeted Recruitments
first two weeks of instruction . To receive this refund, • Transfer Center Events
the request must be in writing and accompanied by • Poetry Readings
the ASO sticker, receipt of purchase and the drop slip . • Student Lounge
Refund checks will be mailed to the student’s address • AIDS Awareness
on file with AVC . • High School orientation and
Student Representation Fee and Refund other community outreach
The Student Representation Fee of $1 provides events
support of governmental affairs, representation for
individuals to express their opinions and viewpoints The college also sponsors several
regarding community college issues before city, campus events to encourage
county and district government officers and agencies students to celebrate diversity and
at the local, state and federal level . Students may, expand their cultural awareness .
for religious, political, financial or moral reasons, Some of these annual events
request a refund of the student representation fee by include:
completing a Student Representation Refund Form
from the Student Development and College Activities • Tolerance Week
Office (SSV 180) . • Cinco de Mayo
• World Cultures Days
Student Clubs and Organizations
All registered students are eligible for membership in • Disability Awareness events
AVC clubs and organizations . Students are encouraged • Women’s History Month
to form additional organizations to meet their needs • Black History Month
and interests if one does not currently exist . All new • Hispanic Heritage Celebration
clubs and organizations are part of the Inter Club
Council (ICC) after approval from the Associated For further information on these
Student Organization and the Board of Trustees . and other events, call the Student
Having a minimum of 10 students, a faculty advisor Development and College
and completing the necessary paperwork is all that Activities Office at 722-6300,
is needed to begin . The Student Development and ext . 6354 or visit online at
College Activities Office assists all clubs in processing www.avc.edu/studentservices/
paperwork and in maintaining all the club’s financial studentdev/
records and banking needs .
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How to get a
student Id card
AVC requires students to
obtain a free college ID for
use of various college services .
Cards are available at the
Student Development and
Activities Office (SSV 180) . You
must be enrolled in classes
and bring another picture ID to
hoW to g e t a st u d e n t Id ca rd
receive your card . ASO benefit
stickers can be purchased for
$10 . It is recommended that
students carry the AVC ID card
at all times .
For more information visit:
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aV c ca mP u s Pa r kI n g
aVc campus parkIng
A parking permit is required to park a vehicle anywhere on campus .
(Permits must be displayed as per the instructions located on the
back of the permit .) A semester permit may be purchased for $15
or a permit may be purchased in combination with the Associated
Student Organization sticker for a total of $20 . Summer parking
permits are $7 .50 . In lieu of a semester permit, students may
purchase daily permits from vending machines located in each
parking lot . These permits cost 50 cents and are good only on the
day they are purchased . Parking without a permit or with a permit
improperly displayed, may result in a $30 parking citation .
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job placement center
job placement overview
The Job Placement Center (JPC) works with faculty, staff and administration of all departments/divisions in order to place
students in positions that will provide work experience within their field of study on campus . The JPC also assists students,
alumni, and community with job search assistance within the community by hosting job fairs, targeted recruitments to
aid local and regional employers fill their employment needs, and workshops to aid all, students and non students alike,
job search readiness preparation . Registration for full services is required .
the student Worker program
All students maintaining a 2 .0 GPA and at least 6 units of course work are eligible for the AVC Student Worker Program . The
JPC asks students to complete a job application and register on College Central Network (CCN); our online job board .
Students need to upload a resume and submit it for approval by the JPC . When the resume is approved, job search can
begin . Registration for CCN can be accessed 24 hours a day at www.collegecentral.com/avc/ for on-campus employment
types of employment
The JPC provides information regarding local internships, work study, regular employment, and work experience programs
within our community . Potential positions are available in disciplines related to aerospace, law enforcement, health care,
J o b P l ac e m e n t c e n t e r
child care, business offices, and more .
off campus employment
The JPC also assists students, alumni and community members with employment opportunities off campus that are offered
by local and regional employers . Student and other individuals, interested in off-campus employment opportunities will
be asked to register on the College Central Networks Web site, and fill out an application in the JPC . The JPC arranges
targeted recruitments for local and regional employers and has a dedicated room for on-campus interviews . The JPC
has a Veteran’s Representative to assist all vets with job search as well as a Business Services Representative provided by
Goodwill to serve the community .
The JPC is affiliated with federal, state and county
programs including the Federal Work Study Program,
CalWORKs Work Study Program, WorkSource California
Antelope Valley One Stop Career Center, South Valley
WorkSource Center and various state and federal grants .
The JPC also works very closely with The Employment
Development Department and has a link to CalJOBS
on office computers that are specifically for the use of
job seekers .
The JPC staff is available for resume review, job
search advice, video taped mock interviews plus the
department also provides job search workshops such
as resume writing, networking, customer service in the
workplace, dress for success and interview techniques .
For complete information or to become a part of the
student worker program, go to the JPC link on the
AVC Web site at www.avc.edu/studentservices/jpc/ .
In addition, the department provides other forms of
documentation such as typing and filing certificates for
Employment Opportunities .
For more information regarding
Job Placement services,
visit the JPC in the Student Services Building
at SSv 171, M–F 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6358,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
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job placement center:
Helpful hints to remember while doing your job search
J ob Pl ac em e nt ce n t e r | J o b s e a r c h h elPful hI nts
You should alWaYs…
have a pen:
Make sure to have at least one pen with you when you are doing your job search . Asking an employer for a pen
to fill out an application shows them you are not prepared .
have a resume:
Your objective must be related to the actual position for which you are applying . A resume must be tailored for
a specific job . (See following page .)
have all your employment and reference information:
Have all your info, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, at least three references, and dates of employment .
Always make sure your references know that potential employers may be contacting them .
have a useful network:
Develop a network of family, friends, and others who know you are seeking employment . Talk to them on a
regular basis as they may know of job leads, information about companies that are hiring, or possibly introduce you
to a person who does recruiting or hiring .
have an employable attitude:
Be respectful and have a friendly and interested attitude . Be aware of your body language . The employer is looking
for the candidate who will fit in with their company, and is enthusiastic about working for them .
Understated is the best rule of thumb . Gentlemen should dress in a shirt and tie, jacket is preferred . Ladies should
dress in a suit or matching business attire . The clothes should be pressed, clean, and basic colors such as dark blue or
black . Shirts or blouses should be clean and pressed and an understated color that matches or blends with the rest of
the outfit . Shoes should be shined and clean, limit high fashion shoes . Lastly, talk to us about tattoos, piercing,
make-up and perfume . The JPC provides workshops on dressing for success;
contact the JPC for an appointment .
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job placement center
Job Placement c e n t e r | re s u m e s e l f -e Va luatIon f orm
resume self-eValuatIon form
MAkE A CoPY oF THIS FoRM To CHECk YoURSELF EACH TIME
YoU APPLY FoR A PoSITIon And ALTER YoUR RESUME
Does the objective include a ‘job title’ of the position that you are targeting?
Does the objective identify the industry/field that you are targeting?
Is the objective brief?
Did you list past skills that relate to the targeted position?
Is the resume ‘future-oriented and focused’ on what you can do to benefit the organization?
Are the key tasks needed by the employer represented in your past experience?
Does the resume do an effective job of proving that you have the necessary qualifications?
Did you include all required skills that you possess as well as extras such as languages?
Are you able to explain gaps’ in work history?
Does it demonstrate that you have the appropriate knowledge, competency and expertise required for the position?
Do the listed accomplishments support your job objective?
Do they support your qualification claims?
Did you use powerful verbs and language of the industry?
Were you able to quantify any of your listed accomplishments?
Do you have the necessary educational degrees?
Is your objective supported by your educational background?
Did you include other schools you attended?
Did you provide the type of degree, major, school and year graduated?
Have you included other training that further enhances your qualifications?
Have you extracted from your experience section key elements, i .e . customer service or software experience?
Have you identified what type of worker you are?
Have you identified how you have benefited previous employers?
Have you talked about longevity in a specific field, i .e . five plus years supervisory experience?
aWards, honors, & certIfIcates
Did you include certifications and/or license?
Are the awards, honors, and/or certificates relevant or show skills that are necessary for the job?
Did you use bullets, italics and bold sparingly?
Is there an adequate amount of white space?
Does the resume look ‘clean’ and not too busy or crowded?
Were you able to limit it to one page?
Can you read the resume quickly?
Are you using a standard font size?
Does the resume have any typos?
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presentation in a classroom or equivalent site of instruction, including, but not
student code of conduct limited to, handwritten or typewritten class notes, except as permitted by any
STUDENT DISCIPLINE college policy or administrative procedure .
These policies and procedures are reprinted from the AVC Board Policies Section
.2 General College Violations
5500, Board Approved 02/06/06 .
a) Forgery, alteration, or misuse of college documents, records, identification,
General Provisions or knowingly furnishing false information to the college . Abuse of and/or
.1 The Board of Trustees of the Antelope Valley Community College District expects tampering with the registration process .
students to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the educational
purposes of the college . Student conduct must reflect the standards of behavior b) Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary
as defined in pursuant sections (Education Code Section 76030–76037) . Student procedures, or other college activities, including, but not limited to, its
conduct should reflect consideration for the rights of others and students are community service functions, or of other authorized activities on college
expected to cooperate with all members of the college community . premises .
c) Engaging in an expression which is obscene, libelous, or slanderous, or which
.2 Students shall also respect federal and state laws, board regulations, college
so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission
regulations and applicable provisions of civil law .
of unlawful acts on college premises, or the violation of lawful college
.3 College personnel are responsible for communicating appropriate student conduct administrative procedures, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation
and for reporting violations thereof . The vice president of student services or of the college .
designee has the right to administer suitable and proper corrective measures d) Unauthorized entry into or use of college supplies, equipment, and or
for misconduct . facilities .
.4 Nothing in this article shall be construed to limit the authority of the board e) Violation of college policies or of campus regulations including, but not limited
of trustees to adopt additional rules and regulations as long as they are not to, campus regulations concerning student organizations, the use of college
inconsistent with the requirements of this article . These additional rules may, facilities, or the time, place, and manner of public expression, library procedures,
among other things, prescribe specific rules and regulations governing student college bills, debts, and parking .
behavior, along with applicable penalties for violations of the adopted rules
stu d e n t c o d e o f c o n d uct
and regulations, and may clarify appropriate due process procedures, including f ) Theft of or damage to property of the college, or of a member of the college
procedure by which students shall be informed of these rules and regulations . community, or campus visitor .
(CA Ed . Code 76037) . g) Use of personal portable sound amplification equipment and other electronic
devices (radios, cell phones, pagers, and tape players, etc .) in a manner that
.5 A student may be removed, suspended, or expelled only for conduct associated
disturbs the privacy of other individuals and/or the programs of the college .
with college activities or college attendance . Students may be disciplined for
harassment, threats, or intimidation, unless constitutionally protected . Violation .3 Computer Usage Violations
of any law, ordinance, regulation or rule pertaining to the parking of vehicles Theft or abuse of computer resources, including, but not limited to:
shall not be cause for suspension or expulsion of a student from the college . a) Unauthorized access to a file, database, or computer to use, read, or change
(CA Ed . Code 76034, 66301 (d)) the contents, or for any other purpose .
.6 A student may be suspended by the board of trustees, the college president, or b) Unauthorized transfer of a file .
vice president of student services for good cause, or when the presence of the c) Unauthorized use of another person’s identification and password .
student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others .
d) Use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty
The board of trustees may exclude students of filthy or vicious habits, or students
member, or college official .
suffering from contagious or infectious diseases, or any student whose physical
or mental disability is such as to cause his or her attendance to be inimical to the e) Use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages, or to defame
welfare of other students . (CA Ed . Code Sections 76020 and 76030) or intentionally harm other persons .
.7 Good Cause f ) Use of computing facilities to interfere with normal operation of the college
Good Cause may be established by using appropriate investigation standards, computing system .
a) Interview of witnesses . g) Use of computing facilities for student’s personal financial gain or for solicitation
b) Review of a Campus Security Report(s), if applicable . of any kind .
c) Review of written statements, if applicable . h) Violation of applicable AVC “Computer Use Guidelines .”
d) Review of pertinent documents, if applicable .
e) Review of any other evidence, if applicable . .4 Behavior Violations
a) Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct on college-owned or controlled
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT CONDUCT property, or at college-sponsored or supervised functions .
These policies and procedures are reprinted from the AVC Board Policies Section
5500, Board Approved 02/06/06 . b) Assault, battery, or verbal abuse or conduct that threatens or endangers the
Good cause includes, but is not limited to, the following offenses: health or safety of a student, college personnel, or campus visitor .
.1 Academic Violations c) Hazing or any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces or tends to injure, degrade,
a) Violation of the Academic Honesty Policy: Dishonesty, including but not or disgrace any student, college personnel, or campus visitor .
limited to, cheating, or plagiarism . Plagiarism—from the Latin word for d) Gambling on district property .
“kidnap”—involves using another’s work without giving proper credit, whether
done accidentally or on purpose . This includes not only words and ideas, but e) Failure to identify oneself when on college property or at a college-sponsored
also graphs, artwork, music, maps, statistics, diagrams, scientific data, software, or supervised event, upon the request of a college official acting in the
films, videos and the like . Plagiarism is plagiarism whether the material is from performance of their duties .
published or unpublished sources . It does not matter whether ideas are stolen,
f ) Actions which result in injury or death of a student, college personnel, or campus
bought, downloaded from the Internet, or written for the student by someone
else—it is still plagiarism . Even if only bits and pieces of other sources are visitor, or damage to property owned by the district .
used, or outside sources reworded, they must still be cited . To avoid problems, g) Failure to comply with directions of college officials acting in the performance of
students should cite any source(s) and check with the instructor before their duties, open and persistent defiance of the authority of college personnel,
submitting an assignment or project . Students are always responsible for any or persistent, serious misconduct where other means of correction have failed
plagiarism in their work . to bring about proper conduct .
An instructor who determines that a student has cheated or plagiarized has h) Unauthorized entry on the campus or into the facility to which access has been
the right to give an “F” grade, or numerical equivalent, for the assignment or denied after suspension or dismissal, during the suspension period . (CA Penal
Code 626 .2)
Antelope Valley College reserves the right to utilize electronic means to i) Committing or attempting to commit extortion .
investigate possible academic violations . Enrollment in any class implies student
j) Committing sexual harassment as defined by law or by college policies and
agreement and consent that all assignments are subject to submission for
textual similarity review to an electronic database . procedures .
k) Engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior based on race, sex, (i .e .
b) Violation of class assignments, examination rules, e .g ., communicating or
gender), sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, disability, or any
transferring information to another student, using any materials such as books,
other status protected by law .
notes, etc ., other than those expressly allowed for the exam, looking at another
student’s exam, etc . .5 Substance Violations
c) Unauthorized preparation, giving, selling, transfer, distribution, or publication, a) Unlawful possession, use, sale, offer to sell, or furnishing, or being under the
for any commercial purpose, of any contemporaneous recording of an academic influence of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with
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Section 11053) of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code, an .2 Reprimand
alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, or unlawful possession of, or A reprimand is a warning stating that the continued conduct of the type described
offering, arranging, or negotiating the sale of any drug paraphernalia, as defined in the reprimand may result in a subsequent formal action against a student by
in California Health and Safety Code Section 11014 .5, on college property, or the district .
at any college-sponsored event . a) Verbal: Verbal notification to the student by a college staff member in a
position of authority that continuance of the conduct may be cause for further
b) Willful or persistent smoking in any area where smoking has been prohibited
disciplinary action . A record of the fact that a verbal reprimand has been given
by law or by regulation of the governing board .
may become part of a student’s record at the college for a period of up to one
.6 Weapons Violations year .
a) Possession or use of any dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument on b) Written: A written notification to a student by the vice president of student
any college-owned or controlled property or at any college-sponsored or services to cease and desist from conduct determined to violate the standards
supervised function . For purposes of these guidelines, a “dangerous or deadly of student conduct . Written reprimands may become part of a student’s
weapon or instrument” includes, but is not limited to any: firearm, shotgun, permanent record at the college .
rifle pistol, air rifle, BB gun, folding pocket knife with a blade longer than two The college is not required to provide an appeal process for students who receive
and one-half inches, dirk, dagger, locking blade knife, switch blade knife; a verbal or written reprimand .
brass knuckles, blackjack, billy club, nun-chuck sticks, sling shot, tazer, stun .3 Temporary Suspension by Instructor
gun, shocker, razor blade, acid, metal pipe, sharpened wood or metal trap, a) An instructor may suspend for cause any student from his/her class for the day
or any other weapon, instrument or object designed or modified to inflict of suspension and the class following .
physical harm on another person or animal . In the interest of protecting
b) The instructor shall immediately report the suspension (verbally and
students, college personnel, or campus visitors, the college retains discretion
subsequently in writing) to his/her dean and vice president of student services .
to determine what constitutes a dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument .
A decision will then be made concerning further disciplinary action .
Certain exceptions can be made for classes or college-sponsored events . Prior
written authorization from the vice president of student services, or designee, c) The student shall not return to the classroom from which he/she was
must be obtained before these items can be brought on-campus or to a college- suspended during the suspension, without the concurrence of the instructor,
sponsored event . the instructor’s dean and the vice president of student services .
st u d e n t c o d e o f c o n d u ct
b) Possession or use of replica or imitation weapons on any college-owned or d) No instructor shall be allowed to suspend a student without first apprising the
controlled property or at any college-sponsored or supervised function . student of the reason for suspension and permitting such student to present
his/her version of the incident causing suspension .
c) Possession or use of firecrackers, fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other explosive
e) If the student is a minor, the instructor shall ask the parent or guardian of the
device on any college-owned or controlled property or at any college-
student to attend a parent conference regarding the suspension as soon as
sponsored or supervised function .
possible . A college administrator shall attend the conference if the instructor
or parent or guardian so requests .
PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINE RELATED TO STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
These policies and procedures are reprinted from the AVC Board Policies Section f ) Nothing herein will prevent the vice president of student services from
5500, Administrative Procedure 5520, Board Approved 02/06/06 . recommending further disciplinary procedures in accordance with these
procedures based on the facts that led to the removal, or of the student’s
The purpose of this procedure is to provide a prompt and equitable means to address previous violations .
violations of the standards of student conduct, which guarantees the student or
students involved the due process rights guaranteed them by state and federal .4 Disciplinary Probation
constitutional protection . This procedure will be used in a fair and equitable manner, Disciplinary probation is a formal action of the district against a student for
and not for purposes of retaliation . It is not intended to substitute for criminal or misconduct, and the action may result in the student being removed from all
college organization offices and being denied the privilege of participating
civil proceedings that may be initiated by other agencies .
in all college or student sponsored activities, including public performances .
These administrative procedures are specifically not intended to infringe in any way Disciplinary probation may be imposed on a student for a period not to exceed
on the rights of students to engage in free expression as protected by state and one year . The college is not required to provide an appeal process for students
federal constitutions, and by Education Code 76120, and will not be used to punish who are placed on disciplinary probation .
expression that is protected .
definitions Financial compensation for damage to or misappropriation of property . Restitution
District—The Antelope Valley Community College District may take the form of appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for
Student—Any person currently enrolled as a student at any college or in any program damages .
offered by the district .
.6 Campus Community Service
Instructor—Any academic employee of the district in whose class a student subject
In-kind campus community service may be imposed for violations of the code of
to discipline is enrolled, or counselor who is providing or has provided services
to the student, or other academic employee who has responsibility for the
student’s educational program . 7 Withdrawal of Consent to Remain on Campus
Short-Term Suspension—Exclusion of the student by the vice president of student The vice president of student services (or designee) may notify any person for
services (or designee) for good cause from one or more classes for a period of whom there is a reasonable belief that the person has willfully disrupted the
up to 10 consecutive days of instruction . orderly operation of the campus that consent to remain on campus has been
Long-Term Suspension—Exclusion of the student by the vice president of student withdrawn . If the person is on campus at the time, he or she must promptly
services (or designee) from one or more classes for the remainder of the school leave or be escorted off campus . If consent is withdrawn by the vice president of
term, or from all classes and activities of the college from one or more terms . student services (or designee), a written report must be promptly made to the
Withdrawal of Consent to Remain on Campus—Withdrawal of consent by the student’s discipline file .
vice president of student services (or designee) for any person to remain on
The person from whom consent has been withdrawn may submit a written request
campus in accordance with California Penal Code Section 626 .4 where there is
for a meeting on the withdrawal within the period of the withdrawal . The request
reasonable cause to believe that such person has willfully disrupted the orderly (for a meeting) shall be granted not later than seven days from the date of receipt
operation of the campus . of the request .
Upon receiving information that the Student Code of Conduct may have been Any person as to whom consent to remain on campus has been withdrawn who
violated, written notification to the student or students will be sent outlining the knowingly reenters the campus during the period in which consent has been
allegations, and instructing them to schedule an appointment with the vice president withdrawn, except to come for a meeting or hearing, is subject to arrest (Penal
of student services . With the exception of a minor, who must be accompanied by Code Section 626 .4) .
a parent or guardian, the student shall not have an advisor or legal representation
at this meeting unless approved/permitted by the vice president of student .8 Suspension
services . a) Suspension from any or all classes of the college and from use of any district
facilities . The college president or the vice president of student services may
The board of trustees provides the following sanctions for violation of the Student suspend a student for good cause as follows:
Code of Conduct . One or more of the sanctions listed below may be imposed for • From one or more classes for a period of up to 10 days of instruction .
any single or multiple violation(s) . Any times specified in these procedures may be • From one or more classes for the remainder of the school term .
shortened or lengthened, if there is mutual concurrence by the parties . • From all classes of the college for one or more terms . During the period of
.1 Admonition suspension, a student shall not be permitted to enroll in classes at the college .
An oral statement to the student offender that the student has violated district (CA Ed . Code Section 76031)
rules . • From the use of district facilities and all available services .
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b) In all cases of suspension, the student shall receive official notice from the vice five days prior to the date of the hearing . If the student is permitted to be
president of student services (or designee) by “Certified Mail —Return Receipt represented by an attorney, the college representative may request legal
Requested,” or by hand-delivery with a signed receipt . If delivery is refused, the assistance . The college hearing panel may also request legal assistance; any legal
written notification will be considered as being received, and the suspension advisor provided to the panel may sit with it in an advisory capacity to provide
will go forward . legal counsel, but shall not be a member of the panel, nor vote with it .
c) The suspension of any student from the college for a period of more than 10 h) Hearings shall be closed and confidential .
days shall be accompanied by a prompt hearing . If an immediate suspension is i) Witnesses shall not be present at the hearing when not testifying, unless all
required in order to protect lives or property and/or to ensure the maintenance parties and the panel agree to the contrary .
of order, a reasonable opportunity shall be afforded the suspended student for
a hearing within ten days of the suspension . (CA Ed . Code Sections 66017) j) The hearing shall be recorded by the college, either by tape recording or
stenographic recording, and shall be the only recording made . No witness
.8 Expulsion who refuses to be recorded may be permitted to give statements . In the event
a) The expulsion of a student must be accompanied by a hearing before the the recording is by tape recording, the college hearing panel chair shall, at the
college hearing panel . (See Appeals Involving Maximum Suspensions) . beginning of the hearing, ask each person present to identify themselves by
b) In cases of expulsion, the president shall recommend action to the name, and thereafter shall ask witnesses to identify themselves by name . Tape
board of trustees after receiving the vice president of student services’ recording shall remain in the custody of the district, either at the college or
recommendation(s) and supporting documentation, including college hearing the district office, at all times, unless released to a professional transcribing
panel recommendations . service . The student may request a copy (in writing) of the tape recording .
c) After board action, the president shall notify the student by “Certified Mail— k) All testimony shall be taken under oath; the oath shall be administered by the
Return Receipt Requested,” or by hand-delivery with a signed receipt . If delivery college hearing panel chair . Written statements of witnesses under penalty of
is refused, the written notification will be considered as being received, and perjury shall not be used, unless the witness is unavailable to testify . A witness
the board action will go forward . The expulsion may be imposed for a specified who refuses to be tape-recorded is not available .
or unspecified time, and shall include all programs, services, and activities of l) Within five days following the close of the hearing, the hearing panel shall
the college . prepare and send to the president a written decision . The decision shall include
stu d e n t c o d e o f c o n d uct
d) For expulsions imposed for an unspecified time, the student may, after a specific factual findings regarding the allegation(s), and shall include specific
reasonable time (not less than one year), request in writing that the college conclusions regarding whether any specific section of the standards of student
president removes the expulsion . If approved by the college president, he/she conduct were violated . The decision shall also include a specific disciplinary
shall make that recommendation to the board of trustees . The president shall action to be imposed, if any . The decision shall be based only on the record
notify the student of the board’s decision . of the hearing, and not on matters outside of that record . The record consists
of the original allegation(s), the written response, if any, of the student, and
APPEALS INvOLvING MAxIMUM SUSPENSIONS the oral and written evidence produced at the hearing .
These policies and procedures are reprinted from the AVC Board Policies Section
5500, Board Approved 02/06/06 .4 President’s Decision
a) Long-Term Suspension
.1 College Hearing Panel Within five days following receipt of the college hearing panel’s recommended
The college hearing panel for any disciplinary action shall be composed of one decision, the president shall render a final written decision . The president
administrator, one faculty member, and one student . A quorum of three members may accept, modify, or reject the findings, decisions, and recommendations
must be present for the hearing to take place . of the college hearing panel . If the president modifies or rejects the college
The vice president of student services, the president of the academic senate and hearing panel’s decision, the president shall review the record of the findings
the ASO president shall each, at the beginning of the academic year, establish a and conclusions, and shall prepare a new written decision, which contains
list of at least six persons who will serve on student disciplinary hearing panels . specific factual findings and conclusions . The decision of the president shall
The vice president of student services shall appoint the college hearing panel be final .
member from the names on these lists . However, no administrator, faculty b) Expulsion
member, or student who has any personal involvement in the matter to be Within five days following receipt of the college hearing panel’s recommended
decided, who is a necessary witness, or who could not otherwise act in a neutral decision, the president shall review their recommendation . The president may
manner shall serve on a hearing panel . All members of the hearing panel will be accept, modify, or reject the findings, decisions, and recommendations of the
asked to sign a written statement attesting to their neutrality . college hearing panel . If the president modifies or rejects the college hearing
panel’s decision, the president shall review the record of the hearing, and
.2 College Hearing Panel Chair shall prepare a new written decision, which contains specific factual findings
The vice president of student services shall appoint one member of the panel to and conclusions . The president’s decision shall be forwarded to the board of
serve as the chair . The decision of the college hearing panel chair shall be final trustees in cases in which the expulsion is upheld .
on all matters relating to the conduct of the hearing, unless there is a vote by
both other members of the panel to the contrary . .5 Board of Trustees Decision
a) The Board of Trustees shall consider any recommendation from the president
.3 Conduct of the Hearing for expulsion at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the board after receipt
a) Students will be notified, in writing, of the date, time, and place of the hearing . of the recommended decision .
They must advise the vice president of student services or designee, in writing,
b) The board shall consider an expulsion recommendation in closed session,
if they will be present . The hearing will occur whether they attend or not .
unless the student has requested that the matter be considered in a public
b) The members of the hearing panel shall be provided with a copy of the meeting . Any such request must be made, in writing, no less than five days
allegation(s) against the student and any written response provided by the prior to the date of the meeting . (Education Code Section 72122)
student before the hearing begins .
c) The student shall be notified in writing, by registered or certified mail or by
c) The facts supporting the allegation(s) shall be presented by a college personal service, at least three days prior to the meeting, of the date, time,
representative who shall be the vice president of student services . and place of the board’s meeting . If delivery is refused, the recommendation
d) The college representative and the student may call witnesses and introduce will be submitted to the board, regardless of whether the student is present .
oral and written testimony relevant to the issues of the matter . The student d) The student may, within 48 hours after receipt of the notice, request that the
shall not have any other representation, except as provided in item g) . hearing be held as a public hearing . Even if a student has requested that the
e) Formal rules of evidence shall not apply . Any relevant evidence shall be board consider an expulsion recommendation in a public meeting, the board
admitted . will hold any discussion that might be in conflict with the right of privacy of
f ) Unless the hearing panel determines to proceed otherwise, the college any student, other than the student requesting the public meeting, in closed
representative and the student shall each be permitted to make an opening session .
statement . Thereafter, the college representative may make their first e) The board may accept, modify, or reject the findings, decisions, and
presentation, followed by the student . The college representative may present recommendations of the president . If the board modifies or rejects the
rebuttal evidence after the student completes his or her evidence . The burden decisions, the board shall review the record of the hearing, and shall prepare a
shall be on the college representative to prove, by substantiation of evidence, new written decision, which contains specific factual findings and conclusions .
that the facts alleged are true . The decision of the board shall be final .
g) The student shall not be represented by an attorney unless, in the judgment f ) The final action of the board on the expulsion shall be taken at a public meeting,
of the hearing panel, complex legal issues are involved . If the student wishes and the result of the action shall be a public record of the district . (CA Ed . Code
to be represented by an attorney, a request must be presented not less than Section 72122)
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student complaInt polIcY
STUDENT DUE PROCESS
Disciplinary Action by School Offcial
Students who believe they have been grieved by a disciplinary action taken by a school official have the right to due process as outlined in Administrative Procedure 5530 . A
request for due process should be filed with the vice president of student services .
A student charged with misconduct shall be provided with written notice to meet with a member of the college administration for a preliminary hearing . The student has a right
to appeal to an appeals committee and thereafter to the president and then the board of trustees .
Student Right to Challenge Contents of Record
Administrative Procedure 5045 allows a student to file a written request with the president to remove information recorded and alleged to be: (1) inaccurate, (2) an unsubstantiated
personal conclusion or inference, (3) a conclusion or inference outside of the observer’s area of competence, or (4) not based on the personal observation of a named person . The
student may appeal the president’s decision to the board of trustees .
Student Request for Change of Grade
According to Administrative Procedure 4231, in any course of instruction in a California Community College District for which grades are awarded, the instructor of the course
shall determine the grade to be awarded each student . The determination of the student’s grade by the instructor shall be final in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or
A student may appeal the grade informally with the instructor . If a satisfactory resolution does not occur, the
student may appeal the grade to the dean, then the vice president of academic affairs or directly to the president,
and finally to the board of trustees .
According to Administrative Procedure 4231, students who wish to appeal a final grade must do so within
one year from the date the final grade was issued .
st u d e n t c o mP l a In t P o lIcy
Complaint Regarding Faculty
According to the faculty collective bargaining agreement, students are encouraged to
consult informally with the instructor for purposes of resolving complaints other than those
involving complaints about discrimination or sexual harassment . (Please see the section on
Discrimination/Sexual Harassment for more information about the procedures to be followed
for complaints regarding discrimination or sexual harassment .) If the difficulties are not resolved
or the student does not wish to meet with the instructor, the student must meet with the dean
of the division in which the instructor serves .
If there is a reasonable substance to the complaint, the supervisor will request that the complaint
be put in writing, including the nature of the complaint and a summary of the substantiating
evidence . An informal meeting between the faculty member and the complainant will be held
to discuss the complaint and attempt to resolve the problem . If the complainant is not willing to
meet with the faculty member, the complaint will be dropped . If the problem is not resolved to
the satisfaction of all parties after the faculty member, complainant, and supervisor have met and
conferred, a copy of the complaint may be placed in the personnel file of the faculty member .
If the immediate supervisor decides that further action is necessary, the complainant and
faculty member will be notified of the recommended action . Within three working days
following receipt of the immediate supervisor’s decision, either party, if dissatisfied with
the proposed solution of the complaint, may appeal to the vice president having
jurisdiction . The vice president may conduct whatever investigation and consultation
deemed necessary for an acceptable resolution to the complaint . A written decision
shall be submitted by the district vice president within five working days following
receipt of the appeal .
Either party, if dissatisfied, may appeal the vice president’s decision to the
college president .
In accordance with Education Code, Section 66250 et seq . and 72010 et
seq ., Title 7, section 1604, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments,
it is the policy of Antelope Valley Community College District to maintain
a learning and working environment that is free from discrimination on
the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation),
disability, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices .
Students or employees with complaints of discrimination, sexual
harassment, Title IX violations, or ADA/Section 504 concerns should
direct them to the District Compliance Officer at (661) 722-6300, ext .
Copies of the complaint procedure are available from the District
Compliance Officer in the Office of Human Resources and Employee
The Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Relations
serves as the District’s Compliance Officer and is the administrator
responsible for receiving complaints of discrimination based on
age as well as disability, race, religion and sex, including sexual
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is unwelcome . (Reciprocal attraction is not considered sexual harassment,
sexual harassment polIcY however, this type of situation could create a hostile environment for
3 . Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the
Sex discrimination is defined as the differential treatment of students and staff basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services,
within the college community on the basis of sex in employment, educational honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational
programs and activities . institution . For example, within the work environment, either implying or
Sex discrimination examples in the treatment of students include, but are not actually withholding support for an appointment, promotion, or change of
limited to: assignment; suggesting a poor performance evaluation will be prepared,
• Admissions or suggesting probation will be failed . Within the educational environment,
• Access to programs and facilities whether implying or actually withholding grades earned or deserved; or
• Vocational education suggesting a scholarship recommendation or college application will be
• Physical education denied .
• Competitive athletics 4 . Within the work environment, engaging in implicit or explicit coercive
• Graduation requirements sexual behavior which is used to control, influence, affect the career, salary
• Student rules, regulations and benefits and/or work environment of another employee . Within the educational
• Treatment of married and/or pregnant students environment, engaging in implicit or explicit coercive sexual behavior which
• Financial assistance is used to control, influence, or affect the educational opportunities, grades
• Extracurricular activities and/or learning environment of a student .
• Comments consistently targeted only at one gender 5 . Offering favors or educational or employment benefits, such as grades or
promotions, favorable performance evaluation, favorable assignments,
Sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination and the associated behaviors as
favorable duties or shifts, recommendations, reclassifications, etc ., in
stated, but not limited to the examples, are unacceptable within the college
exchange for sexual favors .
environment and during any off-campus college-sponsored activities . The
6 . A pattern of conduct that would cause discomfort and/or humiliate a
s ex u a l h a r a s s m e n t P o lIcy
standard for determining whether conduct constitutes sexual harassment is
reasonable person at whom the conduct was directed and that includes one
whether a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim would perceive the
or more of the following:
conduct as harassment based on sex .
a . Unnecessary touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s
This policy covers all individuals in the workplace . Antelope Valley College will not body .
tolerate, condone, or allow sexual harassment and/or sex discrimination, whether b . Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body; or remarks
engaged in by employees or non-employees who conduct business with the about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experiences .
district . The district encourages reporting of all incidents of sexual harassment
and/or sex discrimination, regardless of who the offender may be, or the offender’s COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
relationship to the district . Sanctions shall be taken against any student, employee, Statement
or non-employee conducting business with the district who engages in sexual An employee, student, or other individual who perceives, or has actually
harassment and/or sex discrimination . experienced conduct that may constitute discrimination or sexual harassment
should, if possible, inform the individual engaging in such conduct that the
behavior being demonstrated is offensive and must stop .
Purpose of policy
The complaint shall be filed by one who alleges that he/she has personally suffered
The purpose of the district’s sexual harassment policy is to:
unlawful discrimination or by one who has learned of such unlawful discrimination
1 . Prohibit and discourage any person in the work or educational setting
in his/her capacity .
from sexually harassing any other person including students in the work or
educational setting; The complaint shall be filed within one (1) year of the date of the alleged unlawful
2 . Provide a harassment-free work and educational environment; discrimination or within one (1) year of the date on which the complainant
3 . Remedy in a speedy manner and consequences of sexual harassment; knew or should have known of the facts underlying the allegation of unlawful
4 . Provide on-going education and awareness of the problem of sexual discrimination .
Charges/complaints should be in writing and shall be filed with the District
5 . Provide information about how to pursue claims of sexual harassment
Compliance Officer or designee at the following address:
Michael Shane Turner
To be unlawful, gender-based harassment has to be pervasive and severe enough
District Compliance Officer
to alter the conditions of the victim’s employment or educational environment .
Antelope Valley College
Trivial, isolated incidents will not necessarily create a hostile atmosphere . Moreover, Office of Human Resources and Employee Relations
the conduct generally must be repetitive, although when physical behavior is 3041 West Avenue K
involved, a one-time occurrence sometimes will be sufficient . Lancaster, CA 93536-5426
Generally, sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual advances, requests (661) 722-6300, ext . 6311
for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature: Any charge/complaint received, whether in writing or not, shall be investigated .
1 . Is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s
education status or employment . Complaints may also be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity
2 . Is used as a basis for educational or employment decisions affecting such Commission, the Office of Civil Rights and/or the Department of Fair Employment
and Housing at the following addresses:
3 . Creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or working Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
environment . Market Street, Suite 810
San Jose, CA 95113
Specific Examples http://www .eeoc .gov/
For the purpose of further clarification, sexual harassment includes but is not
limited to: United States Department of Education,
1 . Continuing unsolicited and/or unwelcome written, verbal, physical and/or Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
visual contact with sexual overtones . 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
Written examples include, but are not limited to: suggestive or obscene San Francisco, CA 94105
letters, notes, invitations . (415) 486-5555
verbal examples include, but are not limited to: derogatory comments, http://www .ed .gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto .html
innuendoes, slurs, jokes, epithets .
Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
Physical examples include, but are not limited to: assault, touching, impeding
San Francisco District Office
or blocking movement .
1515 Clay Street, Suite 701
visual examples include, but are not limited to: leering, gestures, display of
Oakland, CA 94612
sexually offensive objects or pictures, cartoons, or posters . (510) 622-2973
2 . Continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest http://www .dfeh .ca .gov
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When it is not possible or practical to confront the person directly or if the
situation continues, the aggrieved must inform the District’s Equal Employment
Opportunity Coordinator or designee . The Equal Employment Opportunity
Coordinator or designee will hear the complaint, make appropriate notes, and
proceed to final resolution informally, and if not possible, proceed to the formal
steps in the process by using the established formal complaint procedure . The
informal process shall not exceed thirty (30) days from receipt of the complaint .
1. District Investigation
Upon receiving a properly filed complaint, the District will commence
an impartial fact-finding investigation of that complaint and notify the
complainant and Chancellor that it is doing so . The results of the investigation
shall be set forth in a written report which shall include at least all of the
a . a description of the circumstances giving rise to the complaint;
b . a summary of the testimony provided by each witness, including the
complainant and any witnesses identified by the complainant in the
c . an analysis of any relevant data or other evidence collected during the
sex u a l h a r a s s m e n t P o lIc y
course of the investigation;
d . a specific finding as to whether discrimination did or did not occur with
respect to each allegation in the complaint;
e . any other information deemed appropriate by the district .
2. Administrative Determination
Within ninety (90) days of receiving a complaint, the district shall complete its
investigation and forward all of the following to the complainant, the accused,
and the Chancellor’s office:
a . a copy or summary of the investigative report;
b . a written notice setting forth:
1 . determination of the District Equal Employment Coordinator or designee
as to whether discrimination did or did not occur with respect to each
allegation in the complaint;
2 . a description of actions taken, if any, to prevent similar problems from
occurring in the future;
3 . the proposed resolution of the complaint;
4 . the complainant’s right to appeal to the district governing board and the
3. District Final Decision: Appeals
If the complainant is not satisfied with the results of the administrative
determination, the complainant may, within fifteen (15) days, submit a written
appeal to the district governing board . The governing board shall review the
original complaint, the investigative report, the administrative determination,
and the appeal and issue a final district decision in the matter within forty-
five (45) days after receiving the appeal . A copy of the final district decision
rendered by the governing board shall be forwarded to the complainant and
to the Chancellor . The complainant shall also be notified of his/her right to
appeal this decision . If the governing board does not act within forty-five (45)
days, the administrative determination shall be deemed approved and shall
become the final district decision in the matter .
In any case involving an allegation of discrimination on the basis of race, color,
national origin, sex, disability or age, in the provision of programs and services
provided by the college, a complainant may also file a complaint with the U .S .
Department of Education . Such complaints are timely filed if they are filed
within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act or within 60 days of the final
determination made in a discrimination complaint filed with the college under
its internal procedures .
In addition, in such cases, the complainant may file a petition for review with
the Chancellor within thirty (30) days after the governing board issues the final
district decision or permits the administrative determination to become final .
The Chancellor shall have discretion to accept or reject any such petition for
review in employment discrimination cases . If the Chancellor agrees to accept
the case, he/she may:
a . attempt to informally resolve the matter;
b . where applicable, treat the complaint as an allegation that the district has
violated the provisions of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations;
c . take any other action deemed appropriate by the Chancellor .
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Smoking is prohibited everywhere on the main campus and Palmdale Center with the
exception of the parking lots (Administrative Procedure 3570) . Chewing tobacco shall
be prohibited any place on campus .
The sale of tobacco products or tobacco paraphernalia is prohibited on all
property owned, leased, licensed, or otherwise controlled by Antelope
Valley Community College District .
Smoking and chewing of tobacco shall be prohibited when riding or
driving a college-owned vehicle .
Smoking is prohibited inside any indoor area of any campus
building, except for covered parking lots .
Enforcement of this policy will be the responsibility of Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s Department personnel . All violators,
including students, staff, faculty, and visitors, will be given a
warning upon the first offense and will be directed to the
parking lots . A Field Investigation card will be completed
with the violator’s contact information and filed for future
reference . Student violators will be heard through the
s m o kIn g P o lI c y
Student Court . Non-student, non-staff, non-faculty
visitors will be directed to leave the campus and not
return upon the second offense .
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antelope ValleY college sherIff’s offIce
& Student Safety Information
The mission of the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Office is to:
• Lead the fight to prevent crime and injustice
• Enforce the law fairly and defend the rights of all
a ntelo P e Va l l e y c o l l e g e s h e rIff ’s of fIc e
• Partner with the people we serve to secure and promote safety in our communities
the sherIff’s offIce operatIonal hours and serVIces:
The Sheriff’s Office operation is available to students and staff 24 hours per day, seven days per week . Services are as follows:
• Student and Staff Escorts—This service is encouraged as a very practical measure in crime prevention . This is particularly true
during hours of darkness .
• Location for Pick-Up and drop-off—The Sheriff’s Office is located at the south end of campus and there is a seating area inside
the facility . There is also a courtesy phone for use by students at no charge . (business use only)
• Crime or Incident Reporting—In the event of a crime or incident that occurs on campus, report to the front desk area to have
proper documentation prepared by Sheriff’s Office personnel . The appropriate notifications and follow-up investigations will be
• vehicle Assistance—The Sheriff’s Office is prepared to assist students and staff with needs that may arise regarding the safe
and courteous operation of vehicles on campus grounds . However, it is strongly advised that students and staff maintain their
own roadside service contracts in the event of vehicle break-downs, etc .
• Lost & Found—Unclaimed items should be turned in to the Sheriff’s Office at the earliest convenience . Items will be retained
for 90 days, then returned to the finder, or donated .
In compliance with the Clery Act, the Sheriff’s Office publishes crime statistics annually, which are available on the AVC Web page:
If You WItness or experIence a sItuatIon that requIres assIstance
from the sherIff’s offIce, use the folloWIng means of contact:
722-6399 (from a campus phone or from a cell phone)
*80 (from a campus pay phone)
4444 ( from any campus phone including pay phones)
911 ( from off-campus or from a cell phone)
In addition to the above emergency numbers, there are blue emergency call boxes located throughout
the campus that, when the button is pushed, automatically dial the Sheriff’s Office and alert them to your
location . These are to be used in an emergency situation only .
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seVen steps to Managing your Class Schedule
1. understand the college catalog
Counseling is critical to your success in finding your way through the many course offerings, but take the responsibility to manage
your own planning and purchasing a college catalog, which is inexpensively available in the bookstore . The catalog is your contract
with the college—it clearly spells out the requirements for degrees, certificates, majors, transfer, graduation, etc . The first semester
you attend college establishes your “catalog rights .” Keep your catalog and understand it .
s eV en s teP s to m a nagIn g yo u r cl ass s chedule
2. select courses based upon Your student educatIonal plan
If you haven’t created a Student Educational Plan (SEP) with a counselor, you should do so right away . The SEP is the map to your
goal . Don’t get sidetracked . Taking courses not on your plan will lead to extra time and money and financial aid difficulties . STICK
TO THE PLAN!
3. enroll In onlY as manY courses as You can handle.
AVC courses are developed to require two hours of study or preparation out of class for every unit the class carries . So, if you enroll
in 15 units, you should expect 30 hours of work outside the class each week . That is a 45 hour per week commitment . Do you
work? Do you have family commitments? Plan carefully to allow for all scheduled activities including study time .
4. balance dIffIcult classes WIth easIer ones.
If you are going to enroll in a class that you know will require extra time or work, select a course that would be less stressful for
balance of your study load .
5. shop around for Your Instructors .
All AVC faculty are great, but you might want to select faculty whose teaching style matches your learning style . Prefer essay exams
to multiple choice? Find an instructor that does also . Like a lot of discussion and less lecture . So do many instructors . Students often
take more time picking out what kind of toothpaste they want to use than what instructors they want to learn from .
6. thInk carefullY When choosIng an onlIne class.
Many students love the flexibility of online learning . But many need face-to-face instruction . Do you have the self discipline and
technical ability to succeed in an online class?
7. use all the resources You haVe to be successful.
Manage your time well . Create a study plan . Get help from your family and friends to free up time to study . See your instructor during
office hours if necessary . Get a tutor and/or join a study group . Keep your SEP current . Visit the Library and Learning Center .
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mY schedule of classes—It’s easy to keep track of !
View your schedule for the term online . Just follow the easy steps below:
go to www.avc.edu
login to myaVc
click “register & access student records” link
click “student” link
click “registration” link
click “select term” link (select term, click “submit”)
you will be returned to the menu.
click “student detail schedule” link
my schedule of classes
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aVc maIn campus map
L K Avenue J-8
ANTELOPE VALLEY COLLEGE Lot Lot Lot Lot
FOX Fox Field 16 15 14 13
HOSP Various hospital 3041 West Avenue K
clinic sites Lancaster, California 93536-5426
OFFSITE Various off-site (661) 722-6300 Lot 17
35th Street West
locations www.avc.edu RW FS T502 T503 CSUB
PALMDL Palmdale Center
1529 E. Palmdale Blvd. CSUB400 CSUB200
3rd floor T300 CSUB300 Lot
SDBOWL Sands Bowl
NORTH TE3 CDC
GH1-4 TE7 NCP
North Athletic Field Softball S7 TE8
Stadium S6 APL
S5 Health & Science
S3 TE6 Opening 2012
Stadium SBS SA SR
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North TE2 TE1 LS2 OF3
Athletic GYM Lot
BBS Field 10
SC2 SC1 BE T100
Stadium SCT SSV
Security Lot 8
Lot Lost &
Agility & South SCP
Running Athletic Field
30th Street West
PA Lot 5 Lot 6
A B C D Avenue K
A Administration Building MS3 Stadium Ticket Booth T100 Assessment/Office for Students
APL Applied Arts, Allied Health, & Offices MS4 Stadium Concessions/Restrooms with Disabilities
BBS Baseball Stadium NCP North Central Plant T300 Faculty Offices
BE Business Education, IMC, & Offices OF1 Offices: Math / Science T500 Faculty Offices
CDC Child Development Center OF2 Offices: PE T501 Faculty Offices
CSUB CSU Bakersfield—Antelope Valley OF3 Offi ces: Language Arts & Social T502 Nursing Science
FA1 Fine Arts [Art & Gallery] Science T503-4 Sheriff’s Academy
FA2 Fine Arts [Theatre] PA Performing Arts Theatre T700 PE Offices
FA3 Fine Arts [Music & Offices] RW Receiving/Warehouse T800 Construction Office
FA4 Fine Arts SA SOAR High School Administration T850 Field House—Home
FS Facilities Services S1–9 SOAR High School T851 Field House—Visitors
GH1-4 Greenhouses SBS Softball Stadium T800 Construction Office
GYM Gymnasium [PE & Offices] SC1–3 Science TE1 Technical Ed .—Electronics
L Library SCP South Central Plant TE2 Tech .Ed .—Welding/Fire Technology
LC Learning Center SCT Student Center [Bookstore, TE3 Tech .Ed .—Agriculture Lab
LH Lecture Halls Cafeteria, Security, Lost & Found] TE4 Equipment Building
LS1 Liberal Studies & Offices SR SOAR HS Restrooms TE6 Technical Ed .—Automotive
LS2 Liberal Studies SS1 Electrical Substation TE7 Technical Ed .—Technology
ME Math / Engineering SSv Student Services & Information TE8 Technical Ed .—Auto Body
MS1-2 Marauder Stadium
AvC Sheriff’s office—*80 NOTE: Closed areas will change as construction continues .
from a campus pay phone Please check www .avc .edu for the latest AvC campus map .
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So Much to Offer
Where is the palmdale center?
Located in the city of Palmdale at 1529 East Palmdale Boulevard, the
Antelope Valley College Palmdale Center is close to Highway 138 and
the 14 Freeway, and is easily accessible by automobile and public
transportation . With this central location, the Palmdale Center is
convenient to residents of Palmdale and the South Valley . The Palmdale
Center is located approximately eight miles from the college’s main
campus in Lancaster .
From Lancaster or West Palmdale:
• Take the 14 Freeway south toward Los Angeles .
• Exit at Palmdale Boulevard, turn left (east) onto Palmdale Boulevard .
• Drive approximately 2 miles on Palmdale Boulevard until you reach
15th Street East .
• Turn left onto 15th Street East . Palmdale Center is in the three-story
office building on the right .
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• Take the 14 Freeway north toward Lancaster .
• Exit at Palmdale Boulevard, turn right (east) onto Palmdale Boulevard .
• Drive approximately 2 miles on Palmdale Boulevard until you reach
15th Street East .
• Turn left onto 15th Street East . Palmdale Center is in the three-story
office building on the right .
For more information regarding Palmdale Center services, visit the Welcome Center at 1529 East Palmdale Blvd., Sv3I,
call (661) 722-6300, ext. 6184, or visit www.avc.edu/palmdale/
What’s available at the center?
The Antelope Valley College Palmdale Center offers nine “smart”
classrooms to provide basic skills, general education and transfer
course instruction . A newly constructed state-of-the-art science
lab provides space for instruction in courses such as “Astronomy”
and “Physical Science .” An expanded computer lab is in place to
facilitate instruction and assessment needs at the center . There
is more than 18,108 sq . feet available for instruction, student
support services and Corporate/Community Services activities .
In addition, a lounge area, an open computer lab and study areas
are available for student use .
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So Much to Offer
What courses can I take at the center?
Students can enroll in courses leading to
completion of general education and subject
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areas requirements for the Associate in Arts degree
requirements in the following areas:
• Administration of Justice
• Child and Family Education
• Deaf Studies
• Education-Instructional Aide
• English (transfer, non-transfer)
• Nutrition and Foods
• Liberal Arts
In addition, students can combine classes taken
in Palmdale with others offered at the Lancaster
campus for access to more than 70 associate degree
Support services are conveniently available at the
center including reference and reserve library
services, general tutoring, basic skills tutoring,
financial aid, counseling and
career placement .
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Palmdale Center FloorPlan
palmdale center floor plan: So Much to Offer
1529 E. Palmdale Blvd. at 15th Street East
SV3M-1 SV3M-2 SV3M-3 SV3M-4 SV3M-5
Computer Lab SV3M-7
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Open Court SV3M-12
SV3H Open Court
SV3G SV3A SV1A
SV3F SV3B SV1B
Faculty & Staff
Lounge Math/Science Lab
SV3E SV3D SV3C
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A to z Guide
A Students have the responsibility to attend classes regularly and
apply themselves to the college classes in which they are enrolled .
ACADEMIC FREEDOM POLICY When absent, contact the instructor to explain the absence .
The Academic Freedom Policy of the Antelope Valley Community
College District is part of the Antelope Valley College Faculty Col- When the number of hours a student is absent in a specific course
lective Bargaining Agreement and Board Policy 4030 . It can also exceed the number of hours the course meets per week, the
be found in the Faculty Handbook and college catalog: http:// student may be dropped from the course . If the course is less
www .avc .edu/information/catalog/common/documents/0910/ than sixteen weeks, the faculty will determine at what point the
catalog .pdf student may be dropped for excessive absences (typically when in
excess of 1/16th of the course has been missed) .
ADDING/DROPPING A CLASS The attendance policy for tardies and/or leaving class early for
To add a class, check the Web to see if the class is open or closed . each course is established by the instructor and should be stated
If open, and classes have not yet begun, a student can add the in writing in the syllabus . At the instructor’s discretion, tardies
class in person or by Web no later than the registration deadline and/or leaving class early may be equated to absence(s) . While it
noted in the online Schedule of Classes . If the class is closed or is the responsibility of the instructors to communicate attendance
classes have begun, attend the first class to obtain the instructor’s policies and to apply them equally to all students, it is the
permission and Add Authorization Code (AAC) . After receiving responsibility of the students to know the policy in each of their
the AAC, submit your add online using myAVC immediately, but classes and to be aware of their current attendance status .
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no later than the last day to add for that class .
No credit will be given for a class in which a student is not
To drop a class, a student may go online and withdraw by using officially enrolled . Students must attend the first class meeting
myAVC through the last day to drop with a “W” date published or the faculty member can drop the student to allow another
in the online Schedule of Classes . In person, withdrawals student to add the class . For more information, refer to the
are processed at ther Admissions and Recordds counter . For AVC catalog .
additional information about how to drop before the last day to
drop date, consult the FAQs for Admissions and Records or
contact the office during its hours of operation . b
ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS (ENROLLMENT SERvICES)
Enrollment Services is responsible for admissions, registration,
enrollment verifications, permanent student records,
transcript requests, graduation requests, extenuating
circumstances petitions, monitoring athletic eligibility,
International student admissions and Veterans
certification . For more information, visit avc.edu/
722-6300, ext . 6440
AVC is a member of the Foothill Conference . AVC men’s
teams are represented in football, basketball, baseball,
cross country and track and field . AVC women’s teams are
represented in basketball, cross country, field and track, soccer,
softball, volleyball, golf and tennis . Students are encouraged to
attend all sporting events at a discounted rate or free for students
with an ASO card . Visit us at gomarauders.avc.edu .
722-6300, ext . 6185
The Marauder Bookstore is located in the Student Center where
textbooks, AVC T-shirts and related school supplies can be
purchased . Visit us at www.marauderbookstore.com
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c Issued prior to each semester’s registration period, this online
publication lists the days and times of classes offered, their
CALWORkS location and instructors . The three schedules of classes are: fall,
722-6300, ext . 6326 intersession/spring and summer sessions . Check online for the
CalWORKs is a program for students who are receiving public most up-to-date class schedule .
assistance such as AFDC or GAIN . Qualifying students receive
childcare assistance, employment assistance and assistance CLOSED CLASSES
with books and supplies . For more information, visit When the number of students enrolling in the class reaches
www.avc.edu/studentservices/calworks/ . capacity during registration, the class is considered “closed .”
CATALOG RIGHTS COLLEGE CATALOG
Provided that continuous attendance is maintained, Antelope The official college publication describing academic programs,
Valley College students may elect the degree requirements in student services, general regulations, requirements and
procedures . The AVC catalog is sold at the college bookstore and
effect at (1) the time they entered Antelope Valley College, or
is available online .
(2) the time they graduate from Antelope Valley College (Title 5,
section 55005) . The “Catalog Rights Policy” sets forth the criteria COMMENCEMENT
used for determining the degree requirements under which The ceremony held at the end of each Spring term to recognize
students may graduate . New students should refer to the AVC degree and certificate achievement . All students who apply for
catalog for the most up-to-date version, which may include graduation are eligible and encouraged to participate in the
changes to academic policies or procedures as a result of new ceremony . Participation in the annual commencement ceremony
or revised legislation, course prerequisites, or other academic does not indicate the completion of your degree or certificate .
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEvEMENT Continuous attendance is defined as attendance in at least one
Awarded by AVC to students who complete the academic regular semester (fall, spring) in each calendar year . Attendance
in summer or intersession terms cannot be used to establish
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requirements in an occupational/career program major as
specified in the college catalog . continuous enrollment when a student is establishing catalog
rights . For more information, refer to the AVC catalog .
CERTIFICATION (CSU GENERAL EDUCATION AND IGETC)
A process whereby AVC verifies that the student transferring to CORPORATE & COMMUNITY SERvICES
722-6300, ext . 6584
any of the 23 CSU campuses or 10 UC campuses has completed
Not-for-credit courses, continuing education units (CEUs) and
the lower-division general education requirements . Certification
personal enrichment classes are available for members of the
occurs only upon student request through the Transcripts Office .
community for a fee . Class schedules are published each semester
CHILD DEvELOPMENT CENTER (CDC) and interested parties may call about special requests for training
activities . For more information, visit www.avc.edu/academics/ccs .
722-6300, ext . 6500
This program is an on-campus laboratory preschool which COUNSELING CENTER
provides developmental programs for children three months to 722-6300, ext . 6338
5 years of age . The state preschool program provides subsidized Counselors are available in the Counseling Center to assist a
child care for eligible children over 3 years of age . CDC also serves student with career decision-making, academic advisement,
as a professional development site for the students of the Child establishing realistic goals and devising a sound educational
and Family Education program . For more information, visit plan to meet those goals . Personal counseling is also available
www.avc.edu/studentservices/childdev/ . by appointment . Counselors are available by appointment, on a
walk-in basis for brief consultation during both day and evening
hours, or by e-mail through myAVC Online Counseling .
CUMULATIvE GPA FOR GRADUATION
A grade point average consisting of degree-applicable AVC
coursework and degree-applicable coursework from other
schools attended . It is used to calculate a student’s GPA for
graduation . A cumulative grade point average of 2 .0 (“C” average)
is required .
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E or, in courses where the curriculum committee deems them to be
appropriate, by problem-solving exercises or skills demonstrations
ExTENDED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS AND SERvICES by students . State Education Code is available at
(EOPS) http://ccr.oal.ca.gov and in the AVC Library .
722-6300, ext . 6363
The Extended opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) GRADING
Office receives state and district funding to help low-income Accomplishment in course work is indicated by the following
students who cannot afford the increasingly high cost of symbols:
acquiring a higher education, and those who have the ability to A = Excellent
succeed in college but require extra help in certain academic B = Good
areas . C = Satisfactory
D = Passing, less than satisfactory
To be considered for both financial aid and supportive assistance F = Failing
from the EOPS Program, applications should be turned in at least P = Pass (at least satisfactory, the equivalent of a C; units awarded
three weeks prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester . are not counted in GPA)
Applications are available at the EOPS Office in the Student NP = No Pass (less than satisfactory or failing; units are not
Services Building . counted in GPA)
I = Incomplete
F W = Withdrawal
FERPA GRADE POINT AvERAGE (GPA)
Family Education Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal GPA stands for grade point average . Letter grades are given the
law . As amended, it requires that educational institutions provide following point values:
the student access to official education records and an opportuity A=4
for a hearing if such records are inaccurate, misleading, or B=3
otherwise inappropriate . In addition, the college must obtain the C=2
written consent of the student before releasing information about D=1
the student with the exception of those persons or agencies F=0
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specified in the act . The rights extend to both present and former Each class has a specific unit value . Multiplying the letter grade
student of the college . The college may release such directory value by the unit value equals the grade points . The next step is to
information as the student’s name, address, telephone number, divide the total units attempted into the total grade points earned
date and place of birth, major field of study, participation record in to determine the GPA .
college sponsored activities and sports, weight and height (if an
athletic team member), dates of attendance, degrees and awards, GRADUATION
and the educational institution of most recent attendance, unless The official awarding of a degree or certificate to a student’s
the student submits in writing to the Dean of Enrollment Services records after all degree requirements and proficiencies are
that certain or all such information may not be released without met . Students must apply for graduation to earn their degree
the student’s consent . or certificate . Visit the Graduation Office or www.avc.edu/
For frequently asked questions in Admissions and Records and studentservices/graduation for more information .
Online Services visit www.avc.edu/studentservices/adminrec/
To be considered full time, a student must be enrolled in 12 HEALTH SERvICES
semester units during a regular semester .
722-6300, ext . 6683
On Thursdays, when classes are in session, the Care-A-Van
G provides free and low-cost health services to AVC students by
appointment or walk-in service . Health services are at no cost for
GENERAL EDUCATION students who do not have health insurance and meet income
guidelines for free care . Students with a health insurance plan,
A specific group of course requirements, usually outside of and
and students who do not qualify financially for free care, will
in addition to the student’s major, that must be met in order to
pay a $10 co-pay directly to Care-A-Van at time of appointment .
obtain an associate or bachelor’s degree .
Services provided include information on health-related
GOOD STANDING issues, immunization for students and their children, physicals,
Students are considered to be in good standing if they have a mammograms and pap smears, pregnancy testing and treatment,
cumulative grade point average of 2 .0 or higher for all course and testing for chronic and acute illnesses . Low cost medical,
work attempted . vision and dental health insurance plan information is available
in the hallway outside the Student Development and College
GRADING POLICY Activities Office (SSV 180) or at www.avc.edu/studentservices/
Each course provides for measurement of student performance in health/ .
terms of the stated course objectives and culminates in a formal,
permanently recorded grade based upon uniform standards in
accordance with Title 5, Section 55758 . The grade is based on
demonstrated proficiency in subject matter and the ability to
demonstrate that proficiency, at least in part, by means of essays,
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM
722-6300, ext . 6432
International students planning to apply for admission to Ante-
lope Valley College must complete an AVC admission application
and provide additional documents prior to being evaluated for
admission . F-1 Visa admission application packets are provided to
a sponsor or international student by the program coordinator .
Application deadlines are: fall semester, May 1; spring semester,
November 1; summer session, April 1 . For more information, visit
INTERSEGMENTAL GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER
Completion of all the requirements in the Intersegmental General
Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) will permit a student to
transfer from a community college to a campus in either the
California State University or University of California system
without the need, after transferring, to take additional lower-
division, general education courses to satisfy campus general
education requirements .
722-6300, ext . 6533
IMC (INSTRUCTIONAL MULTIMEDIA CENTER) The college Library contains a collection of books and periodicals
722-6300, ext . 6451 to support AVC’s academic and vocational programs . It is an
The Instructional Multimedia Center (IMC) is located on the first excellent place to develop critical thinking and lifetime learning
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floor of the Business Education Building . Students are encouraged skills, as well as explore areas for personal growth . Librarians are
to use the IMC as a resource for term papers, research, to enhance available to assist students in meeting their research needs . The
and improve study skills and for personal growth . IMC houses
Library maintains a quiet study environment . Visit the website at
media from all disciplines as well as classroom lectures and
www .avc .edu for access to library services provided .
foreign language tapes .
INFORMATION AND WELCOME CENTER
The Information and Welcome Center, located in the Student
Services lobby, provides information on college programs,
policies and procedures and services . It serves the community by
providing recruitment activities for prospective students, campus
and outreach tours, welcome tables, orientations, college and
financial aid workshops .
Antelope Valley College operates on the semester system with
the academic year divided into a fall and spring semester of
approximately 16 weeks each . Although the majority of classes
contained in the catalog are semester courses offered both day
and evening, there are a number of short-term courses available
each semester . Prior to each semester, a schedule of classes is
made available online at www .avc .edu . The maximum semester
unit load for a regular session is 19 .
AVC offers an intensive five-week intersession beginning in Lower division refers to course work normally taken in the first
January . Classes are primarily in general education areas and two years of college at the freshman and sophomore levels .
offered both day and evening . The maximum unit load for
Upper division refers to classes at the junior and senior levels .
intersession is six .
Antelope Valley College operates a summer session each year . M
Classes are offered during both day and evening hours . The
maximum unit load for a student for the summer session is nine MAJOR
semester units . Several training and recreational programs have A group or series of courses designed to provide intensive
been sponsored or cosponsored by Antelope Valley College as education or training in a specialized area . See Admissions and
special features of the summer session . Records to declare/change your major .
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In accordance with Title 5, Section 55041, students may request in
P writing to repeat a class that he or she has passed with a grade of
“A,” “B,” “C” or “Pass .” Petitions submitted to Admissions and Records
PROBATION PROCESS AND DISMISSAL will be granted based on a finding that circumstances exist which
There are two types of probation: academic and progress . justify such a repetition . Grades awarded for courses repeated
Academic probation occurs when a student attempts 12 or more under the provisions of this section shall not be counted in
academic units at AVC and his or her grade point average (GPA) calculating a student’s GPA .
falls below a 2 .0 . Removal from academic probation occurs when Certain specified courses may be repeated for the following
the cumulative GPA of 2 .0 or higher is reached . A student can reasons:
continue on academic probation if the last semester enrolled is a
1 . Skills or proficiencies are enhanced by supervised repetition
2 .0 or above but the student’s cumulative GPA is still below a 2 .0 .
and practice .
If after three consecutive semesters the student has not earned a
2 .0 GPA, the student will be dismissed OR
Progress probation occurs when at least 12 units are attempted 2 . Active participatory experience is the basic means by which
at AVC and the percentage of “W”, “I” and “NP” grades reaches or learning occurs .
exceeds 50 percent . Removal from progress probation is reached
when the student’s cumulative unit completion is more than 50
percent . (The student can continue on progress probation if a 50 s
percent completion is not achieved .) If after three consecutive
semesters, a student does not complete more than 50 percent of STAR STUDENT SUPPORT SERvICES PROGRAM
attempted courses, the student will be disqualified . 722-6300, ext . 6048
Student Transition and Retention (STAR) is a federal Student
Students who are disqualified may appeal through the
Support Services program . It is designed to identify promising
Counseling Center and, if allowed to return, will continue on
students and provide instructional support services above and
probation until they are removed from probation .
beyond what is currently being offered . The staff of the STAR
Program will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with each
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r student and get to know them on a first-name basis . The STAR
Program’s aim is to help students excel!
Refunds are made for classes that are dropped within the first two STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
weeks of a regular (16-week) semester, but differ for short-term
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are broad, measurable goals
classes that do not begin and end within the regular term . The
of student learning . Faculty members develop SLOs in order to
Cashier’s Office will provide information on the refund policy . For
provide evidence of demonstrated learning that occurs as a result
additional information on refunds or non-resident tuition fees,
of classroom activities and assignments . These goals are broader
refer to the AVC catalog .
than the course objectives and reflect the learning outcomes
REGISTRATION expected after completing a specific class or course of study .
Official process of enrolling in classes . SLOs may be assessed through a variety of measures, including
The process must be repeated each semester in which the student exam questions, oral and written assignments, projects, and
wishes to be enrolled . Students can register online at www .avc .edu . or products such as graphs, reports, or portfolios . This information is
in person at the Admissions and Records office . used by faculty members to evaluate student learning needs and
to improve the development and learning of students .
REMEDIAL COURSEWORk LIMIT
No AVC student is permitted to receive more than 30 semester
units of credit for remedial coursework . Students exempt from W
this limitation are ESL students and those identified as learning
disabled under Title 5 Section 55035 . A student may file for a WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS
waiver to this limitation for remedial coursework if he/she meets Once enrolled, students are responsible for attending class and
the criteria stated in the AVC catalog . completing the course requirements . If it becomes necessary to
withdraw, students may withdraw either on the Web or in person
REPEATING A COURSE by presenting a signed drop form to the Admissions and Records
Courses in which a grade of “D,” “F,” or “NP” were received may be
Office . “Ws” shall not be used in calculating grade point averages,
repeated once . The units for which credit is granted will count
but excessive “Ws” shall be used as factors for progress probation
only one time toward the degree or certificate . The most recent
and dismissal procedures .
of two grades will be encoded on the transcript and will be used
in calculating the GPA; however, by law both grades must remain Each semester there is a date after which a student can no longer
legible on the transcript . Should a student transfer, AVC cannot withdraw from a class(es) . This date is published in the schedule
guarantee that another school will compute the grade point of classes . After the drop deadline, students are not permitted to
average in the same way . drop a class and are subject to a grade (usually an F) .
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counselIng: Frequently Asked Questions
1. how do I get started? three years from the date of the last assessment, students must
There are four important components to the matriculation pro- retest to update their assessment results .
cess . They are:
• Apply for admission to Antelopevalley College . Applica- 4. I’ve been out of school a long time… can I make
tions can be found online at www .avc .edu or by going to it at aVc?
the Admissions and Records Information Center . AVC is a place where all students, whether they are familiar with
• Take the assessment . This step is very important for placing college or they are returning, can achieve success in their edu-
c ounsel Ing | f r e q u e n t ly as k e d q ues tIon s
you in the correct level English and math classes . cational goals . AVC offers many programs and services to as-
• Complete the online orientation . Orientation acquaints sist you, including counseling, tutoring, a Learning Center and
you with college facilities, programs, services, academic ex- career/transfer guidance . If you have a desire to advance your
pectations, procedures, policies, rights and responsibilities . educational goals, AVC is willing and desires to work with you in
• Meet with a counselor . A counselor will help you develop achieving those goals .
an individual student educational plan (SEP) that will help
5. I didn’t graduate high school. can I still go to aVc?
guide your college career .
Yes . A non-high school graduate who is 18 years of age or older,
2. are there certain classes in which I cannot enroll? who is capable of profiting from the instruction offered, is eli-
You may not enroll in classes that have prerequisites that have gible for admission to Antelope Valley College .
not been met . Prerequisites are enforced and a student will be
6. do I need an appointment to see a counselor if I
blocked from enrolling if the student does not meet the stated
only have a quick question?
prerequisite . If you wish to challenge a prerequisite, please see
The Counseling Center does have counseling available at the
page 20 of your student catalog for the specific steps that need
front desk . This is designed for questions that are quick in nature .
to be taken .
If you have a question that requires more than 5-10 minutes, you
Other courses that you may not enroll in are courses with a limi- should schedule an appointment .
tation on enrollment . This is a condition of enrollment which
limits how students qualify for a particular course or program . 7. What will a counselor do for me?
These limitations apply to courses that include public perfor- The counselors are your partners in success . Student success
mance or intercollegiate competition where a tryout or audition is vital to Antelope Valley College and counselors have the re-
is necessary . Additionally, some courses require formal admis- sources necessary to help you achieve success . Services include
sion to a particular program in order to enroll (e .g ., Registered educational planning, career counseling, probation/disqualifica-
Nursing Program) . Limitations on enrollment are enforced and tion issues, and referral to other services that will assist you .
a student will be blocked from enrolling if the student does not
meet the stated limitation . 8. how do I get a counseling appointment?
You can call (661) 722-6300, ext . 6338 and schedule an appoint-
3. can I repeat a placement test? ment or come to the Counseling Center located in the Student
Students may obtain approval from the Assessment Center to Services Building .
retake any or all areas of the assessment one additional time;
however, retesting to exit a college preparatory course, of which 9. am I assigned a particular counselor?
a student is enrolled or has been enrolled, is not allowed . Stu- You are welcome to request a particular counselor . However,
dents are required to wait at least 24 hours between testing ses- there is no guarantee that you will be able to see that counselor .
sions but are strongly encouraged to spend at least a week re- There will be special circumstances, such as academic probation
viewing the subject matter of the retest . Test scores will be valid issues, that a particular counselor will be assigned .
for three years . If no college English or math courses are taken for
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There are also programs that lead to certificates of achieve-
ment . These certificates total 18 or more units and are usu-
ally less than two years in length and may or may not lead
to an associate in arts or associate in science degree . Please
see your catalog for a complete list of certificates offered
at AVC .
16. What is a major?
A major is a specific study within the college curriculum . For
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instance, if my major is biological sciences, my core classes
are going to be selected from the biological sciences major .
17. What classes should I take for my major?
The classes you will need to take for your major vary widely
depending on your major . Within each major and general
education, there are often multiple classes you can take to
fulfill the requirements . However, some core courses are
required . You should also choose classes based on future
goals . Please meet with a counselor who can assist you in
choosing the best classes for your academic goals .
You may also locate what classes are required for your
major through the Online Counseling group . From the
10. how may I receive career counseling at aVc? home page of the group, click on “Files”, then click on “AVC
AVC offers a Career Center located in the Student Services Building . Cert . & Degree…” . From there you can locate your major to find
Also, all counselors in the Counseling Center can assist you in de- the required classes .
fining your vocational goals and point you toward other resources
that will assist you . You also may want to consider taking a Career 18. If I get an associate degree, can I automatically
Exploration course, such as Human Development 103 . transfer to a four-year college?
No . The ability to transfer to a four-year college is determined
11. What kind of degrees can I get at aVc? by the type of degree you choose, completion of general edu-
Associate of Art and Associate of Science degrees, as well as many cation requirements and lower division major requirements . It
certificates . is highly advisable to speak to a counselor about your transfer
12. Is there a time limit for completion of a degree or goals well in advance in order to create an educational plan that
certificate? will assist you with them .
There is no time limit . However, a student should be aware of is-
19. can I get help filling out an application for
sues such as continuous enrollment and catalog rights .
transfer to a four-year school?
13. how long will it take me to complete the aa/as Yes . Please visit the Transfer Center for more information .
20. how can I prepare to transfer to a four-year uni-
The amount of time it takes really varies from individual to indi-
vidual . Each degree requires 60 units . How quickly you complete versity?
these depends on your assessment placement and the amount of The most important thing to prepare to transfer to a university
units you take each semester . is to see a counselor . The counselor can make sure that you are
meeting all the requirements, selecting the correct courses, and
14. do I have to declare a major or commit to a are familiar with all the information you need to transfer to a par-
degree or certificate program in order to attend ticular university .
antelope Valley college?
No . You may attend a community college for a variety of reasons . 21. What is the Igetc (Intersegmental general edu-
You may decide that a particular class interests you, such as art, or cation transfer curriculum)?
you may need only a few classes to further skills in a particular vo- The IGETC is a series of courses that community college students
cational area . Talking to a counselor is a good first step in determin- can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements
ing what your goals are and how AVC can help you achieve them . at any CSU or UC campus . IGETC will permit a student to transfer
from a community college to a campus in either the California
15. What is an occupational certificate, and which State University or the University of California system without
ones are offered at aVc? the need, after transfer, to take additional lower-division, general
An occupational certificate is earned when one has completed a education courses . Completion of the IGETC is not a require-
program that leads to certificates of achievement . There are pro- ment for transfer to a CSU or UC, nor is it the only way to fulfill
grams that lead to certification or licensing by agencies other than the lower-division GE requirements of the CSU or UC prior to
AVC, usually state or federal agencies, after an examination or fur- transfer . It is also not a guarantee of acceptance into a CSU or
ther training . Such programs at AVC usually lead to the associate in UC . Interested students should contact a counselor for further
arts degree as well . information .
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26. how many units should I take per session?
The number of units you take depends on your personal situation .
If you are alone and don’t work, you might have more time to de-
vote to more units . If you work and have a family or other major
life commitments, you will most likely take fewer units in order to
meet all your responsibilities . Since winter and summer terms are
shorter, you also will want to take fewer units since those units will
be more condensed . A good rule to follow is:
40 hours of commitment per week—take three to six units
30 hours of commitment per week—take six to nine units
20 hours of commitment per week—take 9 to 12 units
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Less than 20 hours of commitment—take 12+ units
27. how do I add an open class?
Students may enroll in open classes, without instructor approval,
through the end of open registration . Once open registration
closes, and before the census day (late registration period), stu-
dents may only add classes with an add slip that is signed by the
instructor, provided students meet course and/or prerequisite re-
quirements, which are checked at time of registration . Students
may register for classes which begin after regular session via the
internet until the day before class starts .
At the end of open registration when a course is closed, it will re-
main closed regardless of drop activity, and only the instructor or
dean of the division/area may approve student enrollment into a
closed class until the last date to add a course . The signature of the
Dean of Enrollment Services is required to add a semester length
course after the census date . After the last day to add a course, and
only under extenuating circumstances, will a dean of the division
or area add students to classes on or after the census date . Add
slips submitted on or after census date require both the instructor’s
and dean’s written approval/signature .
28. What is the procedure for dropping a class?
Following registration, students may withdraw from any course by
using the Web registration system . However, non-attendance does
not release the student from his/her responsibility to drop . Failure
22. how can I find out about careers? to drop will result in a failing grade .
AVC offers various resources to explore career options . The Career
29. do I have to repeat a class in which I earned a d
Center is a critical center for helping you determine career choices . or f?
Counselors are also trained to help you search different careers . An- Yes and no . It depends on the class and how it relates to your major
other good option is to enroll in a career exploration class which or general education . If it is a general education class, a D grade
will help you discover your interests, values and abilities among does not need to be repeated but an F grade does . Please see a
other key components for choosing a career . counselor to discuss your specific course and whether it would be
in your best interest to repeat a course . Major courses require a C
23. how many units must I take to be considered full
A student must be enrolled in 12 units in order to be considered 30. how many times am I allowed to repeat a course?
full time . If you receive a substandard grade (D, F, or NC) in a course, you
may repeat the course once with a counselor’s signature . In order
24. What is a unit? to repeat a course for a second time, you must obtain permission
A unit tells you multiple things about the class . Primarily, it tells you from the Dean of Admissions and Records .
how much credit you will get for completing the course . It also
tells you approximately how many hours a week a class meets . For 31. What is academic probation?
instance, a three-unit course meets for approximately three hours A student who has attempted at least 12 semester units of AVC
a week . credit shall be placed on academic probation when the earned
GPA in all units attempted at AVC is less than 2 .0 .
25. how many units must I take each semester?
There is no minimum number of units you must take each semes- 32. What is progress probation?
ter . However, a student may not enroll in more than 19 units per A student who has enrolled in at least 12 semester units of AVC
semester without written approval of the Dean of Enrollment Ser- credit shall be placed on progress probation when the percentage
vices . Also, a student may not enroll in more than nine units during of all units in which a student has enrolled and for which entries of
summer and nine units during intersession . W, I, or NC are recorded reaches or exceeds 50 percent .
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3 . A student who has been dismissed from AVC may appeal the
dismissal by filing an Appeal for Readmission . If the appeal is
denied, the student may not enroll at AVC until at least one
semester has elapsed and a new Appeal for Readmission has
been submitted and approved . Readmitted students may be
required to meet with a counselor to make a plan and deter-
mine conditions for readmission . The plan may include, but is
not limited to, limiting units, repeating failed courses, meet-
ing with a counselor each semester until such time as they
are removed from probationary status, or other conditions as
necessary to help assure the student’s success .
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35. how can I transfer from aVc to a four-year col-
The most important actions a student can take to prepare for trans-
1 . Read the Antelope Valley College Catalog carefully, paying
special attention to the sections on transfer and certification
of General Education requirements .
2 . Discuss educational plans with a counselor .
3 . Plan a course of study being careful to select courses that will
be accepted by a transfer school toward a degree there .
4 . Become familiar with one or more transfer school catalogs;
catalogs are available in the Transfer Center .
5 . Review application booklets for information about the appli-
cation process and deadlines for prospective transfers .
It is important that a prospective transfer student plans a program
that is similar to the freshman and sophomore years at a particu-
lar four-year school . This is why it is so important that the student
reviews transfer school catalogs to see which courses are required
of lower division students . The Antelope Valley College Catalog
identifies courses that are transferable and which count toward
a bachelor’s degree . The catalog also contains information about
General Education (GE) requirements and how a student can meet
some or all of the lower division general education at Antelope Val-
ley College . Even with these assurances, it is important that a stu-
dent works closely with a counselor in planning a program of study
so that the student completes as many transfer requirements as
36. What is a student educational plan (sep)?
33. What happens if I’m on dismissal? A SEP is a plan which lists the classes you will need to complete
At the end of each semester, students on probation shall be dis- your educational goal at AVC .
missed when one of the following conditions applies:
37. Will a counselor put together my schedule?
1 . The earned grade point average in all units attempted at AVC No . A counselor will work with you to help make the best choic-
is less than 2 .0 in each of three consecutive semesters . es for your schedule, but you are responsible for creating and
2 . The number of units for which W, I, and NC grades have been implementing that schedule .
assigned has warranted probationary status for three consec- 38. What is a prerequisite?
utive semesters . A prerequisite is a condition of enrollment a student is required
3 . A combination of (1) and (2) above occurs for three consecu- to meet in order to demonstrate current readiness for enroll-
tive semesters . ment in a course or educational program . A prerequisite assures
that a student has the skills, concepts and/or information neces-
34. how do I get off probation/dismissal?
sary for success in the course .
1 . A student on academic probation because a 2 .0 GPA has not
been maintained shall be removed from probation when a 39. how do I apply for graduation?
cumulative GPA of 2 .0 or better is attained . An application for graduation must be filed in the Evaluations/
Graduation Office . After submitting the application, students
2 . A student on progress probation for excessive “W,”“I” and “NC”
will receive a formal evaluation of progress toward the degree .
grades shall be removed from probation when the percent-
Students will receive information on participating in the annual
age of all units in which the student has enrolled and for
commencement ceremony . Early filing of the graduation appli-
which entries of “W,” “I” and “NC” were recorded drops below
cation is highly recommended .
50 percent .
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40. What is credit/no credit, and how do I take a signed within one year from the end of the semester in which
class credit/no credit? the incomplete was assigned . See your catalog for specific
Students attending AVC have the option, up to the end of the information on the appropriate steps for obtaining an incom-
fifth week of classes, of taking classes for a grade of credit/no plete grade .
credit in lieu of a grade of A, B, C, D, or F . Students exercising this 45. What is the difference between schools on the
option must fulfill all course requirements . Classes in which this semester system vs. quarter system?
option is available are indicated with an asterisk before the title Schools on the semester system have two terms per year, not
of the course in the class schedule and catalog . Please see your including summer or intersession . The fall and spring semes-
catalog for specific rules governing credit/no credit courses as ters each are between 16 and 18 weeks in length . Schools on
this option may affect future transfer plans . the quarter system have three terms per year, not including
41. What are electives? summer sessions . The fall, winter, and spring quarters are be-
An elective is a course that is not specifically required for a tween 10 and 12 weeks in length .
major or general education . Often they are used to meet the 46. Is aVc on semesters or quarters?
minimum number of units required for a major and general AVC is on the semester system .
education . 47. how can I improve my study skills?
42. What are general education courses? The best way to improve your study skills is to take Human De-
GE courses are designed to introduce the students to a broad velopment 100 or 101, specifically designed to improve your
range of disciplines and how those disciplines view the world study skills . You may also go to the Learning Center for help in
around them . Every student must take GE courses, regardless specific areas .
of major . 48. how do I transfer classes from another school to
43. how do I calculate my gpa? aVc?
Your GPA is composed of three main parts: the grade you re- In order for your classes to transfer, you must have submitted
ceive, the point value for that grade and the number of units official transcripts to AVC . After these have been submitted,
that class was worth . Grades are assigned points as follows: make an appointment with a counselor who will evaluate
A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0 which courses are transferable and what specific areas they
To calculate your grade point average, multiply the letter grade meet .
points by the number of units in the class . For example, if you 49. how do I find out about the programs, majors,
received an “A” in English 099, a “C” in Math 102, and an “F” in PE degrees and certificates offered at aVc?
130, you would have: Your college catalog is the best place to start! Detailed infor-
mation about programs, degrees, and majors is listed and
grade will inform you of the requirements and steps involved in a
Class grade Points x Units =
Points particular area . After that, you may also speak to a counselor
Eng . 099 A 4 x 4 = 16 who could advise you on the appropriate major for your edu-
cational goal .
Math 102 C 2 x 4 = 8
50. how do I receive credit for course work taken in
PE 130 F 0 x 1 = 0
9 24 Credit may be awarded for college level academic work com-
pleted at colleges and universities in foreign countries . These
Divide the number of grade points by the number of units experiences must be evaluated by an agency that specializes
attempted, and that gives you your Grade Point Average . In in these evaluations and charges fees for providing this service .
the above example, the GPA would be 24 divided by 9, which A list of these agencies is available from the Counseling Cen-
equals 2 .66 . ter .
44. how can I get an incomplete in a class? 51. Where do I purchase the college catalog? Where
A grade of incomplete may be given if the student at the end can I get a schedule of classes?
of the term has not completed all the required course work The AVC college catalog may be purchased at the Marauder
due to an unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reason . All Bookstore or viewed online . The schedule of classes can be
course work must be completed and a final letter grade as- viewed online .
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onlIne serVIces: Frequently Asked Questions
1. how do I log in to myaVc? 3. Why should I use myaVc?
Users that have never logged in to myAvC before will have to first Registration: Check your registration appointment and register
identify their user name . To find a user name, click on the “How do online .
I find my user name?” link on the main myAVC home page . Announcements and E-mails: Keep up-to-date with informa-
This will open up a dialog box . Users must enter their last name, tion about events, activities, services and deadlines .
Calendar: Keep up with your weekly schedule and important
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first name, 6-digit date of birth (two digits for the month, two
digits for the day, and the last two digits of the year), and the last deadlines .
Channels: Get easy access to catalog/schedule information,
four digits of their Social Security number . None of this informa-
tion is case-sensitive . After completing all the fields, click on the registration dates, Financial Aid status, Registration Appoint-
“Continue” button . ment, Information updates and more!
The default login password to myAvC is the user’s 6-digit 4. e-mails and announcements: Why should I read
date of birth. Upon logging in for the first time, myAVC will in- them?
dicate that the password has expired and require that the pass- AVC communicates a lot of information through announcements
word be changed . The new password must be at least 8 char- and e-mails . If you miss these, you miss out on important infor-
acters in length and must contain at least one number and one mation regarding deadlines and services .
5. how do I view my final grades or academic tran-
All users who log in to myAVC will now be required to answer five
questions . These questions will be used for myAVC user password
To view your final grades or academic transcript, log in to your
recovery purposes if needed . Be sure to print the completed
myAvC account and follow these steps:
five-question page in case the answers are forgotten .
1 . Click the “Register & Access Student Records” link from the
After answering the questions, click on the “Save Changes” but-
top-center channel on the myAVC home tab .
ton located in the lower right of the page . After saving the an-
swers to the five questions, the user will be able to continue his 2 . Click the “Student” link from the Main menu .
or her myAVC session and will not see this screen again, unless 3 . Click the “Student Records” link from the Student Services
the user chooses to change the answers to those questions . & Financial Aid menu .
If you encounter problems logging into myAVC, the homepage 4 . You will see several links including “View Holds,”“Final Grades,”
contains information on logging in and how to contact techni- “Academic Transcript,” etc .
cal support .
• For Final Grades: Click the “Final Grades” link, select the
2. What if I forgot my user name or password? term you wish to see final grades for and click the “Sub-
When you apply to AVC, you are given a user name . Your user mit” button .
name for myAVC is the first letter of your first name and your • For Academic Transcript: Click the “Academic Transcript”
last name (no spaces) . For common names, numbers will be as- link, select the term you wish to see final grades for and
signed: jdoe1, jdoe2, jdoe3 . click the “Submit” button .
To get your user name, visit the myAvC homepage and then
click “How do I find my user name and password?” Enter your 5. how do I get more information on myaVc fea-
information and click the “Continue” button . tures?
After you login to your myAvC account, click the “Tutorial” tab .
If you forget your password, myAVC will now allow users to re-
trieve their passwords by answering three of the five saved se-
curity questions . These will be randomly chosen . To access this
feature, click on the ”Forgot your password? Click here” link
located on the main myAVC login page below the login fields .
After clicking on the link, enter the
myAVC user name associated with
the lost password and click the
“Continue” button .
The user will then have to answer
three of the five security questions .
After answering these questions,
click on the “Continue” button to
reset the user password or “Reset”
to reset the answer form and start
After successfully answering three
of the security questions, the user
will then be able to reset his or her
myAVC password .
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