Academic Honesty Policy (including Cheating and Plagiarism)
From the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct, KCTCS faculty and students are bound by principles of truth and honesty that are recognized as fundamental for a community of teachers and scholars. The college expects Learners and faculty to honor, and faculty to enforce, these academic principles. The college affirms that it will not tolerate academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, violation of the academic rights of Learners (section 2.0) and student academic offenses and sanctions (section 2.3).
No-Show Class Policy
Federal regulations require HCTC to verify that students receiving financial aid are attending or participating in each class. If a student is not attending or participating in a class, he or she is not eligible to receive financial aid for that class or classes. HCTC uses No-Show process to verify student's attendance in classes.
If a student is confirmed as a No-Show, the student's financial aid will be adjusted and a student will receive aid based upon the actual number of classes the student is attending (this will be less than the amount the student originally was awarded). Additionally, if you decide you do not want to take one or more of your classes after you register for them, make sure you drop them during the drop/add period. To avoid problems with the No-Show process, attend/participate in your classes! It is as simple as that!
Procedures relating to Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct
- If a student thinks that he/she has been discriminated against, the student shall inform the chief student affairs officer or his/her designee with thirty (30) calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged incident. The chief student affairs officer or his/her designee shall conduct a preliminary investigation of the discrimination grievance.
- The student, chief student affairs officer or his/her designee, and other involved parties shall work informally to negotiate a solution within fourteen (14) calendar days. The informal student discrimination grievance procedure shall be completed within forty-four (44) calendar days of the occurrence of the alleged incident.
- If the grievance is not resolved to the satisfaction of the student through the informal grievance procedure, the student may file a formal appeal according to the KCTCS Student Code of Conduct.
- If a student feels he/she has been subject to sexual misconduct, those complaints should be made to the College Title IX Coordinator or other college administrator. Such complaints shall be handled in accordance with the Sexual Misconduct Procedure.
End of Program Assessment
Students who are graduating this semester with an AAS technical degree or diploma (that uses an End of Program Assessment such as NOCTI) may be required to complete the assessment before a grade can be assigned for a last semester or capstone course; failure to do so will result in a delay in the awarding of credential. Additionally, most testing centers will verify your identify with a Photo ID and follow proper test center procedures. This can include placing personal items in a locker since phones, notes, or textbooks would not be allowed for use during the test; so leave these items at home or in your car.
Student Evaluation of Instruction
Each fall semester, students will be given the opportunity to complete evaluations of instruction on classes in which they are enrolled. The evaluations of instruction are completed online and only aggregate summaries are shared with the instructor after grades have been submitted. Each spring semester, selected courses are evaluated so you may not complete an evaluation. The student evaluation of instruction is an important process for HCTC to make continuous improvement each year to course offerings. HCTC thanks you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback.
General Education Competencies
Students should prepare for twenty-first century challenges by gaining:
A. Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural worlds through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts.
B. Intellectual and practical skills, including
- inquiry and analysis
- critical and creative thinking
- written and oral communication
- quantitative literacy
- information literacy
- teamwork and problem solving
C. Personal and social responsibility, including
- civic knowledge and engagement (local and global)
- intercultural knowledge and competence
- ethical reasoning and action
- foundations and skills for lifelong learning
D. Integrative and applied learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized skills.
Basic How-to Information
How to log on to a web-enhanced, web-hybrid, Live Classroom, or Online eLearning course
- Point your browser to http://elearning.kctcs.edu
- Go to the login box in the middle of the window that opens and enter your username and password which is the same to access your email or Learner self-serve account.
How to Check Your KCTCS E-Mail
As a Learner of the KCTCS System, you have been issued a login ID and password. NOTE: this is the same login as the one described with the Logging-on to an eLearning course account. email is an integral part of the distance learning process as well as your everyday process as a Learner of HCTC (Hazard Community and Technical College) as you will receive course information, campus information, registration information, and other related information on your email account. In addition, all of your KCTCS information will come through Learner email.
Click on the following link to check your e-mail: https://webmail.kctcs.edu/
NOTE: You are required to change your password every 180 days.
Enter your KCTCS (student) ID and password you were provided when prompted in the following format: The login entry (if asked or required) is the domain name (KCTCSACC), followed by a "right slash" (/), ending with the PeopleSoft Learner ID that you were given during registration (first initial + last name + four digit number).
Password: yourpassword (whatever the password is)
*For more information about Learner email, go to the following site: https://welcome.kctcs.edu/email/
If you have problems, go to the User Account Center at https://students.kctcs.edu/psc/stdsaprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/K_IDA.K_IDA_USERSS.GBL?&
How to Drop Your Course
If the class is an in-person course, a drop/add form needs to be completed (with the instructor's permission after midterm) and submitted to the records office (college registrar).
If the class is an online course, students will need to use their KCTCS email to email the instructor at his/her KCTCS email officially requesting permission to withdraw from the course with a "W" grade. Once permission is receive through a response by the instructor to withdraw, the student will print and take, or forward the email, to the appropriate person or office (such as the records office) at your local home college. Please consult with your assigned advisor on the exact procedures at your home college.