New Student Orientation

Welcome to Blue Ridge Community College

 

 

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The orientation is designed to introduce you to Blue Ridge Community College. Information in this orientation and more detailed information can be found in the BRCC Catalog/Handbook, BRCC Student Success Guide and at www.blueridge.edu. The catalog and guide are available online or in printed form. Students are responsible for knowing information provided in the BRCC Catalog/Handbook and the BRCC Student Success Guide.

After a student has successfully completed the New Student Orientation one time, they can access the orientation without having to complete the quizzes or email scores. The New Student Orientation is a great resource for college information.

 

 

Message from the President

On behalf of the faculty and staff, let me welcome you to Blue Ridge Community College and congratulate you on your decision to further your education. You are beginning a new chapter in your life here at Blue Ridge. It will be an exciting journey for you.

This orientation will provide you valuable information that you will need as a student. It will include College policies that are important to know as well tips and tricks to make your time here as successful as possible. We are here to work with you hand in hand to maximize your potentials and prepare you to land your dream job or transfer to a four-year college or university. Be sure to use all of the of the student success resources that are available. This ranges from free tutoring in the Student Success Center to assistance finding a job or internship while you are a student. We have staff who can help you identify ways to pay for College and trained faculty advisors to help you plan out our course schedule.

I encourage you to set goals for your college life and work hard to achieve them. Study hard and be sure to explore and enjoy some of our student clubs and activities along with your studies. It's a great way to make new friends and develop contacts for study groups.

We want your educational experiences to be positive and rewarding. I wish you every success as you begin one of the most important journeys of your life.

Laura B. Leatherwood, Ed.D.

President

 


Blue Ridge Community College General Catalog and Student Handbook

As a Blue Ridge Community College student you should take an active role in learning the college environment. Part of the process of being a college student is becoming familiar with campus resources and tools. Two of the tools that you will be using on a regular basis is the BRCC General Catalog and Student Handbook

The BRCC College Catalog/Handbook contains vital information on academic programs, policies and procedures, college resources, course descriptions and much more. If you have a question, you usually can find the answer in the Catalog. It contains a variety of information on enrollment and academic policies, such as; attendance, parking, inclement weather, how to drop a class, tuition payment plan and other information. The Student Success Guide also includes a list of valuable campus resources, helpful tips and information, and an Academic Year Calendar, which can be used as a personal planner.

Both Catalog and Success Guide are available on the BRCC web site, or in printed form. Printed versions can be picked up from the Receptionist desk in the Sink Building. Both are free. 

Academic Programs

Know your Academic Program! Course requirements for each major are listed in the college catalog under the section for academic programs. The courses are organized by the recommended semester (Fall, Spring or Summer) for enrollment. Some of the more common courses, such as ENG 111 or ACA 115, are offered every semester. Other courses, are only offered once a year during a designated semester. Some courses follow set sequence, such as BIO 165 would be offered during Fall semester followed by BIO 166 during the Spring semester. It's important to pay attention to when courses are typically offered in order to stay on track and graduate in a timely manner. It's very important to talk to your academic advisor about when you should take courses in your major.

 Click the Academic Programs link to the left and find your program of study.

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for College Transfer

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and N.C. public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students.

This agreement has been approved by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges. The CAA provides certain assurances to the transferring student; for example, the CAA identifies community college courses that are appropriate for transfer as electives. Courses that will satisfy pre-major and general education requirements are also specified.

Developmental Courses

Developmental courses are a series of English, reading and math courses that are designed to increase a student's skills in those areas, and assist the student in becoming better prepared for college level courses.

 

Course Credit

Know the credit hours required for your major and required courses. In the example below, note the headings: class, lab, clinic, work exp., credit. The heading "class" denotes the number of hours per week that a student will be in the classroom setting for the class. Lab means the number of hours per week for laboratory work. Clinic means hours per week spent working in a clinical sitting, usually off campus. Work Experience means the number of hours a student will work in an apprentice type environment per week.

The last heading "credit" is the number of hours a student earns in one semester for the course. The credit hours add up to meet the required credits to complete the certificate, diploma or degree. Credit hours are also used in the calculation of grade point average and course load.

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Course Load

Course Load refers to the total number of semester credit hours for which a student is registered. A full-time course load for a semester is a minimum of 12 credit hours, and up to 21 credit hours. Students may not take more than 21 semester hours without written permission from the Vice President of Student Services.

Advising

Your Advisor

All students are assigned an Academic Advisor. The Academic Advisor is usually a faculty member from your program of study area. Your advisor was listed in your admissions letter.

How do I find out who is my advisor?

 Your advisor was listed in your admissions letter. You can also look up your advisor in WebAdvisor  by clicking on E-mail my advisor.

How do I locate my Advisor's Office and their Office Hours?

All Campus Faculty have posted Office hours. These hours are posted outside their offices, listed on their syllabus and on-line. To find this information on-line, click the Faculty/Staff tab from the home page and then click Faculty/Staff Phone Directory, then select their name from the drop down box. Click Locator Card to find out their office location and office hours.

Preparing for an Advising Session

 

Step 1: Know what courses are required for your program of study

Step 2: Know what courses you have already taken

Step 3: Know what courses you need to take for the semester

Step 4: Register for Classes

 

 

Registration

Removal of registration flag from student record

Each semester all students have a "PERC" (personal restriction) or more commonly known as "Flag" on their record. Advisors remove the PERC after your advising session. Once the PERC is removed you will be able to register yourself for classes using WebAdvisor.

Types of Registration

Registration for classes occurs during each semester for the next semester in the calendar year. There are three different types of registration; Priority Registration, Early Registration, and Registration Day.

Understanding Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre-requisites are courses which are required to be taken before a particular course. Prerequisites are listed in the course description in the college catalog.

Co-requisites are courses that must be taken at the same time as another course.

Students who register for a course which they do not have the correct pre-requisites or co-requisites will be administratively withdrawn from the course. Students are not notified of an automatic administrative withdrawal, and this withdrawal could effect financial aid and graduation.

About WebAdvisor 


The WebAdvisor system allows students, faculty, advisors and administration to access specific college information. As a student, you can:

* look at course offerings
* check the status of your application and/or financial aid
* check grades
* search for classes
* register online
* add/drop classes
* access other information.

While some information may be accessed by anyone, such as Search for Classes, other information requires you to log-in with a User ID and password

Follow this link to the WebAdvisor tutorial:

 

Using Moodle and Webmail

Setting up Moodle and Webmail

Your User ID for WebMail, Moodle, and WebAdvisor are the same.  User ID and Username mean the same thing, and are used Interchangeability.  Moodle users must complete the Moodle orientation.

Follow this link for the Moodle and Webmail account set up tutorial:

Using WebAdvisor for Registration

How to Look up and Register for Courses in Web Advisor

Note: All Degree, Diploma, and Certificate seeking students MUST speak with their Academic Advisor before registering online. Continuing Education and Non-Degree seeking students may register without approvals

 

 

Withdrawing from a Class

A great resource for all students, not just distance learning students is the "Student Support for Distance Learners", use the link to the left to access the webpage.

During Drop/Add Period

Students may use WebAdvisor or meet with their Academic Advisor to add and/or drop a class during the drop/add period at the beginning of the semester. See the Student Success Guide for a calendar of all important dates.

After Drop/Add Period

A student wishing to officially withdraw from a class before the 10% of the course time, must use WebAdvisor to drop course in order to be eligible any possible refunds. After the 10% point of the class, students who wish to drop a course must notify their instructor that they want to be dropped. Deadline dates are published in the Student Calendar available in the Student Success Guide. The ten percentage point of the semester occurs soon after the start of the semester, it is calculated as the first percentage of the time for the entire semester.

Administrative withdrawal by Instructor or Administer

A student can be withdrawn from a class by a BRCC Instructor or Administer based on lack of attendance, behavioral issues, and other issues that warrant the removal of a student from a class or classes.

Failure to Officially Withdraw

If a student does not officially withdraw from a class and simply stops attending the class, the student may receive a grade of "F" for the class. Students are responsible for officially withdrawing from a class or classes. Failure to officially withdraw from a class or classes could effect a student's eligibility for financial aid.

Students should always consult a Financial Aid Counselor before dropping a class, all drops and withdraws could effect financial aid.

Financial Aid

More information about Tuition and Financial Aid can be found in the College Catalog or at www.blueridge.edu

Types of Financial Aid

Cost of Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for BRCC are established by the NC General Assembly. Rates are subject to change.

Some fees are applicable to all students, while some fees are associated with certain courses and/or programs.

Applicable Fees:

Deferred Payment Plan

The College offers a deferred payment plan for curriculum students. The amount of tuition and fees that can be deferred is determined by the amount due and deferred payment plan enrollment date. Enrollment and service fees may apply. the Deferred Payment Plan is not available for summer term. Information is available from the Division of Finance and Operations.

Blue Ridge Access Card

Blue Ridge Community College partners with Higher One, a financial services company, to bring you this powerful new way to manage money -- the Blue Ridge Access Card. Our partnership allows us to expedite financial aid disbursements and student refunds by using direct deposit to distribute refunds to you. This means your money will be available to you much more quickly than with traditional paper checks.

Financial Aid Question & Answer

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From what sources is financial aid available?

Financial Aid is availabe through the institution in the form of Federal and State Grants, federal student loans, Federal work-study, veteran's benefits, and BRCC Education Foundation Scholarships.

When should I fill out a financial aid application?

Students must apply for financial aid yearly. The application is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Once the government processes the FAFSA, the results are sent to the college. It takes that college approximately 2-3 weeks to process the results. Depending on the time of the year it may take longer.

Should I apply for financial aid before applying to the college?

No, All Admissions applications and admission requirements must be completed first.

Will Financial Aid pay Continuing Education classes?

No. However, BRCC does offer some financial assistance for certain continuing education classes. Students should check with the Continuing Education Office for scholarship information. Veterans should contact the college's VA certifying official regarding eligibility for the BLET and CNA programs.

Can I use Pell Grant to pay for course in two different programs?

No. Pell Grant recipients may only use Pell Grant funds to pay for courses in the students primary program of study or prerequisites for those courses. Students must complete their program of study in a time frame not to excede 150 percent of the total credit hours required for the program. All credit hours attempted will be counted even if the student changes programs.

Are there academic requirements in order for a student to retain Financial Aid?

Yes. A student must maintain a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher while completing a minimum of 67% of all attempted hours, and not exceed 150% of the number of credit hours required for the program. (GPA=Grade Point Average) (Cumulative GPA=grade average for all courses taken at BRCC)

What happens if I register for a course in which I have already taken and completed with a passing grade?

If a student wants to retake a course, in which they received a grade that is considered passing, in order to improve their grade it is possible to do so. However, financial aid will not pay for it and it counts toward the 150% credit hours for the program. It is best to consult the Financial Aid Office before retaking any course.

Can I use financial aid to pay to take a class a second time, if I failed the class the first time?

Yes. Financial aid will pay to repeat a failed class, as long as the student meets all of the other financial aid requirements, such as a 2.0 GPA. Financial aid will not pay for a repeat course the third time. There is a 30 credit hour limit on taking developmental courses and receiving financial aid.

How does dropping a course affect financial aid?

Dropped courses count as attempted hours, but not earned hours. The credit hours of courses dropped will be counted as part of the rule for the 150% of credit hours required for the program.

 

Financial Aid Information and Services

Veterans Services

Educational Assistance for Veterans and/or Dependents of Veterans

Most curriculum programs offered by the College and some Continuing Education courses are approved for the training of veterans and their dependents. Eligible veterans and/or their eligible dependents who wish to pursue their education should contact the Financial Aid Office for application guidance and support.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal and State regulations require that students receiving financial aid maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must meet the following minimum guidelines:

  1. The student must successfully complete at least 67% of their cumulative credit hours attempted.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher.
  3. Students must complete their program of study in a time frame not to exceed 150 percent of the credit hours required of the program. All credit hours attempted will be counted even if the student changes programs. 

 The College Catalog/Handbook and the Student Success Guide have more information about the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.

Financial Obligations of Students

Student are responsible for any and all amounts due on the their account.

Failure to pay any past due balance in full may result in:

Purged for non-payment of tuition

Students who have not paid their tuition or enrolled in the Deferred Payment Plan by the tuition due date will be removed from all courses in which they are registered. This process is referred to as Purged for non-payment.

Students who have been purged will have to re-register for classes. However, they may not be able to register for the same courses and/or sections that they had before being purged.

Refund Policy

More information about the Refund Policy can be found in the College Catalog.

Return of Title IV Funds Policy: Don't get caught owing Money!

Students who are withdrawn completely from BRCC should understand their withdrawal may affect their eligibility for financial aid for the current semester. Federal regulations require a refund calculation for all students receiving Title IV funds who are withdrawn from all classes for the semester on or before the 60% point in semester or who complete the semester with no earned hours. Students earn a portion of the Title IV funds on a ratio of number of calendar days attended and the number of calendar days in the term. Unearned federal aid will be returned in the following order: Federal Direct Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Pell Grant, and SEOG. NC monies will be returned according to state regulations. Institutional and outside scholarships will be fully applied to the student's account for attendance through the official census date of the term, unless otherwise restricted. If there is a student account balance resulting from these adjustments, the student is responsible for payment.

Apply for Financial Aid

A student wishing to apply for financial aid should

  1. Apply for admission to the College, or complete the Returning Student Form.
  2. Have all high school/High School Equivalency Diploma/college transcripts mailed to the Registrar's Office.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal School code for Blue Ridge is 009684.
  4. Wait approximately two weeks to receive their notification letter.  Students will receive one of two letters:  Award letter or Missing Information letter.

 

Contact Financial Aid Offices

More information about tuition and financial aid can be found in the College Catalog

Lisanne Masterson

Director of Financial Aid

 

828-694-1806

 Donna Turner

Financial Aid Counselor

Veterans/Child Care/Direct Loans

Emergency Loans/Work-Study

828-694-1815

Crystal Smith

Financial Aid Assistant

General Information & Questions

828-694-1829

 

Rob Rhodes

Student Services Coordinator, Transylvania Campus

General Information and Questions

828-694-1905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counseling and Support Services

Student Services Counseling Services

Academic Probation Conferences

Academic Probation is not punishment. It is a means of assisting students who are experiencing academic difficulty.

Student Records

Student records are maintained in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). See the college catalog for more information

Student Grievance Procedure and Due Process

Any Blue Ridge Community College student has the right to be officially heard in matters where they have general grievances and for which there is no other approved grievance or review process.  

Information on the Student Grievance Procedure and Due Process can be found in the College Catalog in the "General Information/Policies" section, located at www.blueridge.edu

 

Counseling Team

Kristen Bunch

Interim Vice President of Student Services

 

828-694-1804

Rita Blythe

Recruiter & High School Programs

Counselor for College & Career Promise High School Program

Counselor for NC Residency

828-694-1817

Pride Carson

Transfer Coordinator/Admissions Specialist

Counselor for College Transfer Programs, International Students and Special Credit Students

828-694-1801

Judith Harris

Director of Disability Services

Counselor for Community Spanish Interpreter, Early Childhood,

Interpreter Education, and students requesting disability accommodations

828-694-1813

Gary Rivers

Director of Minority Services

Counselor for the, Business Administration, Computer, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Horticulture, Environmental Sciences, Office Administration, and Applied Technology and Skilled Trades Programs

828-694-1808

Rob Rhodes

Student Services Coordinator

Counselor for the Transylvania Campus

828-694-1905

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support Services

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center (SSC) provides academic support to BRCC students who are referred by their instructors for tutoring outside of the class. BRCC instructors facilitate open labs in math, English, and computers.

The SSC also offers peer tutoring and open labs in other content areas on an as needed basis. Students with reading comprehension difficulties may contact the SSC for a screening.

 

Student Success Center at Henderson County Campus
General Studies Building Room 135
(828) 694-1866
 

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

 

Summer Semester Hours of Operation:

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

Friday, Closed

 

Student Success Center at Transylvania County Campus

Straus Building Library
(828) 694-1906 or 883-2520 

 

Hours of Operation:

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SmarThinking

Online tutoring service provide to BRCC students for free. Online tutoring is available anytime and anywhere. To connect with the online SmarThinking

 

tutors follow the directions below.'

  1. Log in to Moodle
  2. Click on "SmarThinking" in the blue ribbon across the top of the page
  3. Carefully read the login instructions provided
  4. Click the link at the bottom of the page to login and get the help you need

Minority Services

The faculty and staff are committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment that recognizes, respects, and supports all ethnic groups. Our goal is to help students find a sense of identity, belonging, commitment, and achievement of their personal goals. For more information contact: Gary Rivers at 828-694-1808, 138 Sink Building.

Disability Services

Individuals with disabilities (as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act) wishing to make a request for reasonable accommodation or desiring to file a complaint of alleged discrimination on the basis of disability should contact Judith Harris r by phone at 828-694-1813; by email at jk_harris@blueridge.edu  or come by office in room 127 of the Sink Building. Ms. Faulkner is on the Transylvania County Campus once a week, please call for details.

It is the student's responsibility to request services from this office.

Current documentation of the disability by an appropriate professional will be required. All information will be kept confidential. Students will be required to sign a release of information form before accommodations can be provided.  Requests for reasonable accommodations should be made at least two weeks in advance to allow sufficient time for accommodations to be arranged.

Henderson County/Transylvania County NC Works

The Henderson County/Transylvania County NCWorks provides a variety of services to the Job Seekers and Businesses of Henderson County and surrounding areas.

Henderson County/Transylvania County NC Works staff members are dedicated to helping individuals learn new skills, find employment and progress in their careers. We serve everyone regardless of income or employment status. We have the tools and professionals to help determine which jobs best match the customer's interests and skills. Services to job seekers focus on career planning, funding for training, job seeking skills, job search assistance and job placement services.

 

Student Resources

Library Services

Henderson County Campus Location  

Fall Term 2015 Hours 

Monday through Thursday, 
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Closed during semester breaks. 

Location: Killian Building

Transylvania County Campus Location  

Fall Term 2015 Hours 

Monday through Thursday, 
8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

 

Closed during semester breaks.

 

 

BRCC Print Shop

The BRCC Print Shop located at the Killian Building, Henderson County Campus. Hours of operation are

Monday - Thursday 8:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM -10:00PM and Friday 8:00AM - 12:00PM and 1:00PM - 4:30PM

Transylvania County Campus students contact Teresa Goldsmith.

 

Print Shop contact is 694-1727 or email Teresa Goldsmith at teresag@blueridge.edu

Each semester $10.00 is added to a currently enrolled students PaperCut account,  which is part of their Technology Fee  and is equal to 100 free black and white  print pages.

A curriculum student can add money to their PaperCut account each semester through the Print Shop if needed to finish their projects.  The Print Shop does not take credit or debit cards.

Career Coach

Career Coach is a free online tool available on the Blue Ridge Community College Webpage. It is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment,job postings, and associated education and training.

Career Coach is the perfect tool to explore your ideal career and the education and training necessary to help you reach your goals. Career Coach is tailored to our region and provides employment trends, job opportunities, earnings potential and the education available in our area.

It provides related job fields that may also interest you and uncover a career that perfectly matches your skills and talents. Career Coach will even help you build a preofessional resume to ensure that your prepared to begin your job search!

www.blueridge.edu/careercoach

 

Closings, Breaks and Holidays

Weather Closing Information

The safety of all students and employees is of major concern when deciding if BRCC must be closed or its opening delayed because of weather conditions. The decision to close the College or to delay its opening will be made as soon as possible.

For closing information refer to the BRCC Web site.

Student Breaks and Holidays

See the Student Success Guide and/or the College Catalog for the Academic Year Calendar, for scheduled breaks and holidays.

Campus Life

Becoming involved in activities and organizations is an important part of the total college experience, providing a variety of educational, cultural, and social activities for the entire community college. You are encouraged to take advantage of diverse and varied activities available to students and events open to the public.

Student ID Cards

Student ID cards are required by all students, and must be worn while on campus. Student ID cards are available in the BRCC Bookstore located in the Killian Building on the Henderson County Campus and the Transylvania County Campus Bookstore, which is located in the Student Center. Student must present their semester registration form in order to obtain an ID. Students will be charged a nominal fee for the first ID card, replacement cards are $10.00.

Clubs and Organizations

BRCC has a number of clubs and organizations that can meet the interest of our varied campus community. For a complete listing of clubs and organizations refer to the College Catalog/Handbook or at the BRCC web site.

Tobacco-Free

Blue Ridge Community College is committed to providing students, employees, and visitors a safe and healthy environment. To address this commitment, smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited on all college properties including inside any building or facility and on College grounds. Exceptions are only limited to smoking or the use of tobacco products inside the confines of a motor vehicle on College grounds.

Vending

On the Henderson County Campus vending machines are located in various area around campus, and the bookstore carries drinks and snacks. On the Transylvania County Campus vending machines are located in the Student Center.

Bookstore

New and used textbooks and school supplies are available in the College Bookstore located in the Killian Building on the Henderson County Campus and the Student Center at the Transylvania County Campus. Books may be purchased online at www.blueridgebooks.com. Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Blue Ridge Community College is required to share required textbook information (ISBN number and retail price) with students at the time they register for classes. This information can be found on the Blue Ridge Community College Bookstore Web site at www.blueridgebooks.com.

The bookstore accepts all major credit cards.   The hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 9:00AM to 6:00PM and Friday 9:00AM to 2:00PM

 

Campus Security

Blue Ridge Community College is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all members of the College's community and visitors. 

Annual Security ReportBlue Ridge Community College is responsible for preparing and distributing the Annual Security Report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).

The Annual Security Report is published every year by October 1 and contains three years of selected campus crime statistics and certain campus security policy statements in accordance with the Clery Act.
Annual Security Report 

 

Emergency Messaging Alert System

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Blue Ridge Community College offers an emergency messaging alert system as part of its comprehensive emergency preparedness plan to quickly notify students, faculty and staff of campus emergencies or campus closures via SMS text message, e-mail, voice message or any combination of the three. Participation is completely voluntary.

In the event of a campus emergency, it is vital that Blue Ridge Community College is able to contact you as quickly as possible with critical information regarding campus emergencies or closures. Students are strongly encouraged to sign-up online.

Use of this system is restricted to current students and employees of Blue Ridge Community College.

Reporting an Emergency

For all campus emergencies, dial 911. 

Campus emergencies on the Henderson County Campus should also be reported as they occur to on-duty police officer:

Campus emergencies on the Transylvania County Campus should also be reported as they occur to the on-duty officer:

Both campuses are patrolled by uniformed law enforcement officers.

Prompt reporting of all incidents or occurrences is encouraged to allow officers to respond as soon as possible. In addition to completing an internal Incident Report, the College shall contact the proper law enforcement agency, if necessary, to ensure an appropriate response for all reports received. In the event of emergency, danger, injury or criminal activity, the victim/witness is advised to also call the local police, fire or emergency service within the campus jurisdiction.

 

Reporting a Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Claim

The College is committed to provided and promoting an atmosphere in which students can fully engage in the learning process.  Sexual, gender and other unlawful harassment or discrimination as well as sexual violence is prohibited.   For more information, consult the College's Policies and Procedures (specifically, Procedures 4.15.1 – Harassment/Discrimination; 4.16.2 – Student Rights; and 4.16.3 – Sexual Assault Victims' Notice of Rights). 

For more information or to make a report, please contact the College's Title IX Coordinator:

Vice President for Student Services
Sink Building Room 139, Henderson County Campus
(828) 694-1804

kristenb@blueridge.edu

Parking

Blue Ridge Community College requires that all students and staff have a valid parking decal while parked on our campus. This is to increase the safety and security of our campus by allowing us to identify who should, and should not be, on our campus.

If you received a parking decal last semester, you will not need to obtain another one until January of 2017. If you need a decal, you will need to FIRST register online for a decal. Directions are below. After you register, we will be sending out future emails regarding locations, dates and times where you may go to obtain your parking decal. There is no cost for these decals, however, you must have one displayed on your vehicle after we issue all of them in order to park on our campus. Decals must be displayed on the driver side, rear window, or bumper. If you have multiple vehicles, please sign up each of your vehicles that needs a decal online.

1. Go to my.blueridge.edu

2. When prompted for a password and username, use the same one you use for Moodle.

3. On the MyBlueRidge landing page, click on "Parking Decal" in the top right box under "Student Forms"

4. Click on "New Item" to create a new form

5. Click Save to submit the form

If you have any problems with your online registration, please call Amy Williford at 828-694-1880. Thank you and we appreciate your support in helping to keep our campus a safe and secure learning environment.

 

Security

It is the mission of Blue Ridge Community College to provide the safest educational environment possible.

Campus Security: (828) 243-9950 (Henderson County) and (828) 883-2520 (Transylvania County)

 

 

Online Classes

R u red E? for online courses

Skills required are not only technical, but include good time management, active reading abilities, paying attention to details and more. While scheduling issues are important, an evaluation of all facets of Distance Learning will help ensure your success. Please take a few moments to take the "Are you ready for Distance Learning?" assessment and contact us if you have any questions or reservations.

Call (828) 694-1890,  (828) 694-1894 or (828) 694-1646
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NOTE: While schedules are somewhat flexible, all courses run on the BRCC calendar and thus most have deadlines for course assignments.

Moodle Requirements

Moodle is BRCC's online learning environment. All students taking a class on-line should complete the Moodle orientation training session online. The link is available for you in the Learn more section on this page.

For Help with Moodle you can contact: The 24/7 Help Desk for Moodle is 866-833-2415 (toll free), Your Instructor for the Moodle Course, or the Distance Learning Support at 828-694-1890, 828-694-1894 or 828-694-1646. Please keep in mind that the 24/7 Help Desk and Distance Learning Support can not answer question concerning the course materials or assignments, they can only assist with the technical aspects of Moodle. For course content questions contact your instructor.

Course Requirement Outlines for On-line classes

As part of Blue Ridge Community College's Quality Enhancement Plan, which is focused on improving student success in online courses, the College will be posting a Course Requirement Outline for every fully online course being offered in the upcoming semester. The Course Requirement Outlines will provide students useful information about every online course, including time requirements and the specific skills necessary to be successful in that course. Students should use this information to help them determine their ability to be successful in a particular online courseprior to registering for that course. At this time, there are no Course Requirement Outlines available for seated courses and/or hybrid courses (seated courses with online documents are available in Moodle).

Information regarding the specific requirements for each online course being offered in the upcoming semester can be found in the Course Requirements Outlines located at: www.tinyurl.com/Getthe411

Open Computer Lab and IT Help

Campus Computer Usage Policy

Technology and Development - Open Lab Rules

The Open Lab is not a public access lab; therefore faculty and students who use the lab will be asked to present their student ID card and Sign In to use the Computers.   The ID card will be held at the Lab Monitor's desk and returned upon Sign Out.   The purpose of the lab is for academic work only.

Please be considerate of others working in the lab and do not gather for group projects or group work.   Loud talking, laughing or other disruptions will not be permitted.   Wireless access is available outside the lab and various study areas are available if you need to work in groups.

The Lab Monitors are available to assist you with technical difficulties such as properly saving a file, and general "processes" in your online course (o as file uploads, etc.).   They cannot help you with course content such has how to do math problems, etc.

The BRCC Visitors policy will apply in that children should not be in the lab or using the campus network.   The BRCC Visitors policy is available in the Student Handbook.

The BRCC Academic Honesty policy will apply, it is the student's responsibility to know and understand this policy.   The BRCC Academic Honesty policy is available in the Student Handbook.

BRCC IT Help Desk

The BRCC IT Help Desk is available to provide support for your school related technical needs. The Help Desk can assist with the following.

Contact the Help Desk at: Email: helpdesk@blueridge.edu Phone: 828-694-1895 Location: Technology Education & Development Building Room 117 on the Henderson County Campus and the Strauss Building room 151 on the Transylvania County Campus.

The IT Help Desk can not give out Student ID numbers or other personal identification information. 

Grades, Final Exams and Reading Day

 Grades

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point is used to evaluate the student's scholarship record.   A qualitative index of the student's scholarship, or overall grade point average, is obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted in which a grade of A, B, C, D, or F is received.

Grade reports will not be mailed, students can view their grades in WebAdvisor.

Grading according to instructor syllabus

Each Instructor will set a grading scale based on 10, 7 or other point system.   Each instructor will include their grading system on their course syllabus.   You may find that even the same course, but taught by a different instructor, may have a different grading system.   If you have questions about the grading scale please ask your instructor.

Withdrawal grades and How they affects GPA

Withdrawal grades do not affect a student's GPA.   However, it could affect a student's financial aid, and cause them to have pay money back to the college.   Before you drop a class, check with the financial aid office about how it will affect your current and future financial aid.

Incomplete grades

Incomplete indicates failure to complete certain course requirements because of extenuating circumstances.

All incompletes must be removed before the end of the succeeding term or the incomplete automatically becomes a failure. The student is responsible for completing requirements when an incomplete "I" grade is issued. Two or more incompletes in a semester will result in the student being required to carry a reduced load the following semester. Students with three or more incompletes may register for the following semester by special permission only. Incompletes will be counted as hours attempted and not earned for Satisfactory Academic Progress in determining financial aid

If you should require an incomplete grade you will need to meet with your instructor and work out the details on the work that needs to be completed.

Final Exams and Reading Day

Each Fall and Spring semester the college schedules a "reading day" prior to the start of final exams. No classes meet on this day, so it allows you an extra day to prepare for your final exams. Final exams are scheduled for three days, and you should carefully check the schedule to ensure you are in class for your final exams at the correct time. Final exams may be scheduled for a longer period of time than normal class time in some instances. A few classes, mostly evening classes, will hold their final exams on the last day of class

 

Self Check 7

Let's see how well you are did with the orientation, answer the questions below. At the end of the orientation you will get a total of your overall score. Do not click print. Scroll to bottom of page and click "Next Page" when you are finished with the quiz.

 

  Quiz Group 

 

Please fill in your first and last name then click "email score", the quiz answers and score, and your name will be emailed to the Director of Enrollment Management at Blue Ridge Community College. Students will not receive an email of the scores.

After emailing score, simply close the browser, you are finished