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Syllabus Information


Dean: Tony Back | Phone: 606-487-3302 | Email: 
Campus: Technical Campus | Building: Devert Owens, Room 112
Programs: Air Conditioning Tech, Automotive Tech, CADD/Surveying, Construction Tech, Cosmetology, Diesel Tech, Electrical Tech, Heavy Equipment, Manufacturing Engineering Tech, Unmanned Systems Technology , and Welding Tech.

Dean: Melissa Couch | Phone: 606-487-3505 | Email: 
Campus: Hazard Campus | Building Jolly Classroom Center, Room 232
Programs: Business Admin, Computer & Information Tech, Criminal Justice, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Medical Assisting, Medical Info Tech, Nursing-LPN, Nursing-RN, Nurse Aide Physical Therapist Assistant, Regional Radiography, Surgical Technology, and Visual Communications.

Dean: Leila Smith | Phone: 606-487-3504 | Email:
Campus: Lees College Campus | Building: Smith Administration, Room 101A
Programs: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Professional Studio Artist.

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).

HCTC strives to make learning experiences accessible to all participants and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. If you are seeking accommodations for this course under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you are required to contact the Accessibility/Disabilities Services Office

If you are a student from a KCTCS college other than HCTC, contact your Home College for establishing disability accommodations. You can find your Home College’s Accessibility/Disability Services Office contact information on the KCTCS Disability Services website. Your Home College will communicate with your Instructors and Accessibility/Disability Services Office to provide you with reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Your accommodations will begin after the Instructor has received confirmation of your accommodations from the Accessibility/Disability Services Office. Accommodations cannot be applied to your course retroactively. 

Julie Caudill, HCTC Disabilities Services Director 

Phone: 606-487-3486, Email:

For non-HCTC students, contact the KCTCS Disability Services Representative for your home college. 

Always begin the informal process by talking to your instructor. If issues cannot be resolved, then speak with the Dean/Supervisor of the faculty member (contact information available near the end of the syllabus).

For information about academic rights, academic offenses, and the student’s formal right to appeal, review the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct

Instructors at Hazard Community and Technical College are authorized to use microphones and audio-enabled video cameras in the College's classrooms. Instructors may use these cameras to record their teaching and presentation of course material but usually direct the cameras toward themselves and/or their presentation material. Students must be informed if their class is being recorded.  The College has a general rule prohibiting release of these recordings to any individuals who are not officially enrolled in the class and against making them available to students beyond the end of the course.  If an Instructor determines a need to release the recording for use in other sections of the course, for outside individuals, or for public consumption, the instructor must seek permission using college procedure and must obtain written authorization from the students who are visually or orally identifiable in the recording.

Class periods associated with this course will be recorded by the instructor.  Students are hereby notified that the content of the recordings may, at times, include their faces and voices.  If the instructor intends to release post these recordings for other sections of this course or for any other purposes, the instructor will notify students heard or seen in the recordings and will ask for written permission.  Students are advised that the written permission, if granted, will be retained in their student records.  If students in this class have any questions regarding these recordings or the form they may be asked to sign, students should talk with the instructor.

The College must remain flexible to meet challenges that may include epidemics, pandemics, natural disasters, human-influenced disasters, and all threats to the College campus, students, employees, and surrounding communities. To ensure the safety and well-being of our constituencies, the College maintains the right to move classes temporarily or permanently to online, remote platforms; to a hybrid section that includes some face-to-face learning and some remote learning; or to a different campus, location, building, or time. Additionally, the College reserves the right to institute plans or practices in the physical classroom/lab/activity spaces and common areas to protect students and employees. The College will attempt to make these changes as minimally disruptive as possible, but the College reserves the sole right to alter the type, place, or time for their classes.

High school students who are enrolled in college classes and who need to make changes to their class schedule or withdraw from this course must contact and work with the HCTC Dual Credit Coordinator, Jama Griffie, at  or by phone at 1-606-487-3203.

Students who are graduating with an AAS technical degree or diploma (that uses an End of Program Assessment such as NOCTI/ASE) may be required to complete the assessment before a grade can be assigned for the last semester or in the capstone course. Failure to do so will result in a delay in the awarding of credentials. Additionally, most testing centers will verify your identity with a Photo ID and follow proper test center procedures. This on-site testing can include placing personal items in a locker since phones, notes, or textbooks may not be allowed for use during the test; so, leave these items at home or in your car.

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.

Handshake is HCTC's official job/internship portal. Handshake is the #1 way college students find jobs. Join today to explore career options, find jobs and internships for students, and connect with employers. Upon activation, you can complete your career interest survey to receive personalized recommendations for jobs/events and direct outreach from employers that align to your career interests. Right now, 80% of students with a complete Handshake profile get messaged by employers!

During periods of inclement weather, HCTC will either open at 11:00, be closed, or operate remotely. On days that HCTC opens at 11:00 a.m., all courses scheduled BEFORE 11:00 a.m. will be canceled or may begin at 11:00 a.m. if the class starts before and ends after 11:00 a.m. Decisions regarding evening classes will be made by 4:00 p.m. Check local radio, TV stations, or the HCTC website for information.  

All students have access to various KCTCS tools, including Students Self Service, Email, Starfish, and Blackboard.

  • Student Self Service-where you can view your grades, FERPA release, and other information.
  • KCTCS Email-where you can communicate with HCTC staff about academic questions you may have, receive course information, instructor emails, course evaluation links/surveys, and other college-related information.
  • Starfish-where you can review or raise flags for assistance and review account information.
  • Blackboard-where course materials are if added by your instructor. 

First, you must activate your KCTCS account at the User Account Center (UAC). At the UAC, you can:

  • Setup your User Profile: Add your personal (or home) email address or mobile phone number ready.
  • Update your User Profile: Update your password and information needed to verify your identity when you reset your password.
  • Other user services: Things that you may need as part of the KCTCS community. 

Accessing Blackboard

Blackboard is the course learning management system that houses the content for your online, hybrid, flex, or web-enhanced classes. How to access Blackboard directly:

  1. Go to
  2. Login using your username and password. Your username is the first part of your email.

Checking Your KCTCS Email

You have been issued a login ID and password. Email is an integral part of the distance learning process as well as your everyday process as a student 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 your KCTCS information will come through email. KCTCS email is the official communication tool.

Go to MyPath or go to the direct link to check your email:  

HCTC Libraries offer students, faculty, staff, and community access to library and information services and materials. HCTC has two libraries, the Stephens Library and the Lees College Campus Library. Extended Campus Library Services meets the needs of students at the Leslie County Center, Knott County Branch, Technical Campus, and other external off-campus locations, as well as students taking online classes.

According to federal financial aid regulations, attendance and/or participation in each class must be verified before a student's financial aid can be disbursed and the student receives any refund.  If a student is not attending or participating in a class, s/he is not eligible to receive financial aid for that class or classes. At HCTC, we use the No-Show process to verify attendance and participation. 

The No-Show Process: After the last day to drop/add a class without a penalty, instructors are required to report the names of students who have not attended or participated in their classes.   When students are reported, a hold is placed on financial aid until the No-Show status can be verified.  This hold is automatic and will delay the student's aid disbursement. Students reported as a No-Show by their instructors will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office, notifying them of their No-Show status and instructions to contact the instructor if they have questions about why they were reported.   At the end of ten business days (two academic weeks) from the initial report, if there has not been a request from the student or adjustment from the faculty member, the student will be administratively removed from the reported class(es) for which the student was reported as a No- Show. The student's financial aid will be adjusted. The 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). Students who are removed from a class cannot enroll in another class during that term. 

If a student thinks that s/he has been discriminated against, the student shall inform the chief student affairs officer or his/her designee within 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 s/he has been subject to sexual misconduct, those official complaints should be made to the College Title IX Coordinator or another college administrator. Such complaints shall be handled in accordance with the Sexual Misconduct Procedure.
The student evaluation of instruction is an essential process for HCTC to continuously improve course offerings each year. Students will be given the opportunity to complete evaluations of instruction on classes in which they are enrolled every semester (only exceptions are classes with low enrollment as students could be identified).  The evaluations of instruction are completed online, and only aggregate summaries are shared with the instructor after grades have been submitted. HCTC thanks you in advance for your participation and valuable feedback.
The Student Ombudsman is a student advocate who provides counsel and support for students who may have a conflict.  

Proctored exams require students to take an examination in a controlled location under the supervision of a proctor, who monitors students during the exam period. A class that requires proctoring will give you one of two options: online test proctoring and on-campus test proctoring. All test proctoring information will be provided by your instructor with additional information provided on the Proctored Testing Website.

If you are an HCTC student you will need to schedule and request test proctoring days and times. If you are a student from another KCTCS College but are taking the class through HCTC, you will need to check the contact for your closest location to take an on-campus proctored exam.

What is required to use the Testing Center?

  • A login is required to use the Testing Center. 

You must also:

  • Have an official picture ID
  • Know the name of your class and teacher
  • Make an appointment 72 business hours in advance using the Proctor Exam Online Request. Testing Staff do not respond to emails on weekends or holidays.

A student may officially withdraw from any class up to and including the midterm date without instructor approval receiving a W grade assigned to the student's record. Requesting a withdraw. is now all online from Student Self Service (From Student Self Service > Click Academic Records > Click Withdraw/Drop Request).