Antelope Valley College | Student Handbook | 2011-12

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                  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 .
                                                                         We offer:
                                                                         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
                                                                         Proficiency .
                                                                         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
                                                                                self-awareness .
                                                                              • 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
benefit .
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
                                        Auto Body
                                            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
                                        Automotive Technology
                                            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:

                                     PAge 3 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
Important semester dates:

   FALL 2011
   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
   SPRING 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 and click on “Look Up Classes” for specific course dates.

                                             PAge 4 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
                                                           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
                                                                                                   , 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: .
                                                                                                              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:
                                                                                     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:

                                            PAge 5 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
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:

                                                           PAge 6 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
                                                                 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 .

                                                        PAge 7 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
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 .

                                                               PAge 8 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
                                                aVc learnIng center serVIces
                                                Study Smarter not Harder with TLC (The Learning Center)
                                                     lancaster campus:

                                                     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

                                                     GENERAL TUTORING
                                                        • 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

                                         PAge 9 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
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

                                                                                                                              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
      • 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

   palmdale center:
      • 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:
Or stop by to see us TODAY!

                                                        PAge 10 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
                                                   goal settIng
                                                   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:
                                                       IMMEDIATE                                                   DELAYED
                                                       • 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:
    need one!
                                                                           • 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!

                                                                   PAge 12 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
                                                  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
                                                        task .
                                                      • 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 .

                                                  test anxIetY:
                                                    • 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 .

                                           PAge 13 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
tIme management:
   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
                                    corequisite .
                                    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
                                    advisories .)
                                    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
                                          corequisites .
                                      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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                                                      for                                        Plan ahead . Come early to               Be ready to take no
                                                                                                                                                                tes and
                                                                                               campus on the day of the first
                                                      the                                      class meeting because parking
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                                                                                                                                                              first day .
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                                                                                                                                                               se many
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                                                         and will add someone                 t class
                                                                                     else instead .
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                                                                              ke sure you notify
                                                         the instructor by phon
                                                                                      e or e-mail
                                                        well in advance if you
                                                                                   are not going
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                                                                               ss for some very
                                                      important reason . Wh
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                                                                              t will be reserved
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                                                                                                first week if there is available     bundling before confi
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                                                                                                        using the Web .                            edition .

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                                                                                                        If you can                       Plan to use your tim locate
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                                                                                                         add the cla the                  classes the firs         open
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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:

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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
                                                                                                                                    Private Colleges
                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                          varies                    NA
                                                                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
                                                                                   Direct/Univ Loans
                                                                                   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
         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
                                  – 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 . Contact the program coordinator for specific instructions .

                                        documents needed
                                          • DD214
                                          • 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 .

                                        certification requests
                                        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 .

  student responsibilities
    • 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
      resolved .

       For more information visit the OSD in Building T-100,
               call (661) 722-6360 (voice/relay),
                             or visit:
                        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                                        
                                                       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 for on-campus employment
   opportunities .

 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 .

 community linkages
  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 .

 other services
  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 .
  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: 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 .

                                                                            dress appropriately:
                                                                            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

 posItIon: ________________________________________________________________________________

 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?

 VIsual Impact
 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 .
                                             such as:
                                             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
                                                examination .
                                                                                                                                            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 .
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 .
                                                                                             .5 Restitution
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
                                                                                                conduct .
    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
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
incompetency .
                                                               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 .

                                                                                                       Discrimination/Sexual Harassment
                                                                                                        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 .

                                                                                                              POLICY/COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
                                                                                                               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 .
                                                                                                               6311 .
                                                                                                               Copies of the complaint procedure are available from the District
                                                                                                               Compliance Officer in the Office of Human Resources and Employee
                                                                                                               Relations .
                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                               harassment .

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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
                                                                                                                                              others .)
                                             SEx DISCRIMINATION
                                                                                                                                          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
                                             SExUAL HARASSMENT
                                                                                                                                        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 .
                                                   harassment; and,
                                                                                                                                        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:
                                             General Definitions
                                                                                                                                                                       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:
                                                    individual .
                                                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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Informal Complaint
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 .
Formal 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
           Chancellor .
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 polIcY
                                      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
mIssIon statement
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
    conducted .
  • 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 .

                                                         PAge 39 | AnteloPe VAlley College Student HAndbook | 2011-12
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
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

                                                              OFF-CAMPUS SITES:

                                                                                                         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                                                             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

                                      M                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     H
                                                                                                                                                                S8 S9
                                                                                      North Athletic Field                                       Softball       S7                         TE8
                                                                                                                                                 Stadium        S6                                                                         APL
                                                                                                                                                                S5                                      Health & Science
                                                                                                                                                                S4                                                                                             Lot
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Building                                           11
                                                                                                                                                                S3                TE6                    Opening 2012
                                                                             Stadium                                                                 SBS        SA          SR
aV c ma In ca mP u s m a P


                                                                                                                                     Lot                                                                                                                                    G

                                                                                                               North                                                                                           TE2            TE1    LS2          OF3
                                                                                                              Athletic                                                                 GYM                                                                     Lot
                                                                               BBS                             Field                                                                                                                                           10

                                                                                                   MS4                                            T800


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Lot 9
                                                      Lot                                                                                                                                                                L
                                                       1                South
                                                                     Athletic Field
                                                                                                                                                                                 SC2         SC1                                             BE                T100
                                                                                          T850                                                                                                                                                                              E

                                                                                                         Marauder                                                                     FA4
                                                                                                         Stadium                                                                                                              SCT      SSV


                                                                                                                                                                                                               Security                                        Lot 8

                                                                                                                                                    Lot                                                         Lost &
                                                                                                                                                                                                 FA1            Found
                                                      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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palmdale center:
  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 .

                                                                                                                                             aV c Pa l m da l e c e n t e r
  From Acton:
  • 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

                                                                      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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                                                                                                palmdale center:
                                                                                                  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
aV c Pa l m da l e c e n t e r

                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                 programs .
                                                                                                 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
                                                                  Third Floor

                                                  SV3M-1 SV3M-2         SV3M-3      SV3M-4         SV3M-5


                      Computer Lab                                                                 SV3M-7

                                                                                Resource           SV3M-8
                                                       SV3M                      Center

                      SV3K                                                                         SV3M-9

                                                                                                                                      aV c Pa l m da l e c e n t e r

                                                     Open Court                                    SV3M-12

      SV3I-B                                                                                         Office


                        SV3H                         Open Court

                                                                                 Student Lounge
                                                                                                                 First Floor

                        SV3G                                                               SV3A                  SV1A

                                                                                                               Computer Classroom

     SV3F                                                                                  SV3B                   SV1B
    Faculty & Staff
       Lounge                                                                                                   Math/Science Lab


                                  SV3E                   SV3D                              SV3C
  REV. 07/07/10

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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
                    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
                    studentservices/adminrec/ .

                    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 .

                                                                                            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

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                                                                           CLASS SCHEDULE
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 .                                    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 .
concerns .
                                                                           CONTINUOUS ATTENDANCE
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

                                                                                                                                                  a to Z g uId e
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 .
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 .
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 .                                    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)                                                          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
                    For frequently asked questions in Admissions and Records and             studentservices/graduation for more information .
                    Online Services visit
                    faqs.html                                                                H
                    FULL-TIME STATUS
                    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
                    (BREADTH REqUIREMENT)
                                                                                             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
                    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
                                                                     CURRICULUM (IGETC)
                                                                     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 .

I                                                                    LIBRARY
                                                                     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

                                                                                                                                             a to Z g uId e
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 .

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 .

Regular Session:
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 .
                                                                     LOWER/UPPER DIvISION
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 .
Summer Session:
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!
                    REFUND POLICY
                    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-

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      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
                                                                                 or better
  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-
                                                                                                                                        fer are:
                                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                                        possible .
                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                   another country?
                                                   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
on lIne se rV Ic e s | fr e q u e n t ly as ked quest Ions

                                                                  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 .
                                                                  letter .
                                                                                                                                           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
                                                                  over .
                                                                  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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