THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT SJC
The mission of St. Joseph's College is to provide a well-rounded education along with a social responsibility to the co-curricular. Some of the key tools that help foster success are offered by various campus offices and through involvement in student life. Here are some tidbits to ease the flow as you begin your academic career:
Be sure to read the mail sent to your home and your student college e-mail account. The college will often send important information regarding your education through the mail and will communicate important updates, scheduling times and current events through your college e-mail. It would be a good idea to get into a routine of checking your e-mail on a daily basis.
If you encounter academic difficulties, you will find there is a great deal of assistance at St. Joseph’s College.
The very first thing you should do when you encounter difficulty with a class is to speak with the professor. Explain your difficulty and ask for guidance.
Debra Zaech is the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services. Her office is located in room W307 in O’Connor Hall. Feel free to visit her office to schedule an appointment to discuss any academic issues or concerns.
The Office of Career Development, Wellness and Disability Services can assist you with academic, career, and personal counseling. If you have a disability of any kind, see an administrator in room N311. Dr. Mary Schultz, psychologist, is available in the Wellness Center, room 225B, for additional personal counseling. In addition, the office handles medical leaves of absence and can provide copies of student immunization records. Call 631.687.1245 to make appointments for any of these services.
The Academic Center offers individual and group tutoring free of charge to all students in most subjects. It provides test-taking and disability accommodations two labs:
Tutoring in humanities, physical sciences and general studies; test-taking accommodation and individualized education planning; special facilities for the visually and physically disabled and other programs. Open 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Calling ahead for an appointment is recommended.Math Lab (BT Building B12, 631.687.1425)
Tutoring in all levels of mathematics and computer science. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday. Calling ahead for an appointment is recommended.The Academic Center can also link students to additional volunteer tutors for specific classes.
Do not just disappear from your class… There are deadlines for adding classes, withdrawing and opting to change your schedule. You must officially withdraw from fall classes by October 28, 2010. Failure to withdraw on time can result in receiving an F for the course. If the deadline has passed and you have extenuating circumstances, your professor may be able to withdraw you from the course. There is a fee for changing your schedule and any student who attends a class and decides to withdraw will be charged a percentage of the tuition.
If you miss your final exam, you must contact the registrar’s office that same day. You must also sign up to take a make-up exam. There is a fee for each make-up exam.
You must meet with an advisor each semester so he/ she can release your advisee hold. He/she must be a faculty member in your chosen major or your humanities professor. However, you are responsible for knowing your core and major requirements. After you meet with your advisor, you still need to register for classes at your designated time period, which will be e-mailed to you in advance. You must also check your financial status before you register to confirm that you don’t have any holds.
If you retake a course, St. Joseph’s College will calculate the most recent grade for a repeated course.
Secondary Education students need to receive a minimum of a B in SPC 102 and SPC 218 to remain in the program. Also, secondary education students must take two semesters of a foreign language. Contact the department for additional information and requirements.
In general, freshmen may not take CS or EDU courses. Students may not receive credit for both MAT 111 and MAT 113 or BIO 109 and BIO 110.
It is important to remember that a maximum of 32 credits per year is what is covered under the full-time tuition cost. If you choose to take more than 32 credit in one academic year, additional fees will be charged. Also, a minimum of 128 credits is needed to graduate and 48 of those credits must be taken at St. Joseph’s College.
Full-time status is granted to students who are enrolled in 12 credits or more each semester. Be cautious of status/credit changes in regard to financial aid.
At the time of registration, if a course is closed you can put your name on the waiting list. Your SJC e-mail will notify you if a seat becomes available. Putting your name on the wait list does not guarantee a spot in the class.
Once you achieve junior status, according to the number of credits you have completed, you must apply for a graduation audit in the Registrar’s Office.
Remember to read and save your course outlines/syllabi. You are responsible for the information, especially deadlines. Keep them with you as a reference. Your education is your responsibility, so get the information right from the source.
Common hour: A 50-minute period where no classes are scheduled on campus Monday through Friday 12:40 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Various academic courses (including a lab hour) are scheduled during this time block. Also, exceptions may be made to extend common hour due to programming.
Whether or not you are enrolled in a computer course, there are computer labs with printers and scanners for your use. The computer labs are located in O’Connor Hall, E102 and N223, Business and Technology building, B6, and in the library. Hours are posted and lab assistants are available for help.
To replace a lost or stolen ID card please contact the Office of Student Activities and Co-Curricular Programs, Rm. N30: the replacement fee is $15.
Our full-service cafeteria and an ATM are located on the first floor of O’Connor Hall.
Elevators are located in the BT Building, O’Connor Hall and the library.
Shuttle service is provided between O’Connor Hall and our off-campus parking facility located at Mt. Carmel Church on N. Ocean Avenue.
Below are the abbreviations that will be listed on you official class schedule:
CRP: Clare Rose Playhouse
PORT: Portable classrooms
GSF: Good Shepherd Farm
ME: Main East wing, O’Connor Hall
MN: Main North wing, O’Connor Hall
ATH: Danzi Athletic Center
BT: Business and Technology Building
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