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    Joliet Junior College
   
 
  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Student Services and Activities


 


Admissions Office

Students interested in learning more about JJC programs and opportunities will find the Admissions office staff ready to answer questions. For more information or to submit an application, contact the Admissions office at (815) 280-2493 or visit www.jjc.edu/info/admissions. See additional information on admissions in the Admissions Policies and Procedures  section of this catalog.

Registration and Records

The Registration and Records office maintains student academic records and ensures students’ rights are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The Registration and Records office provides many services, including registration, course withdrawals, petition refund appeals, collecting and processing transcript requests, graduation, and verification requests. For more information, visit www.jjc.edu/info/records-transcripts. For special registration hours, visit www.jjc.edu/info/registration. See additional information on Registration and Records  in the Admissions Policies and Procedures section in this catalog.

Counseling and Advising

The Counseling department offers a variety of services to students and prospective students. Professional staff with expertise in personal, vocational, educational, social-emotional, and crisis intervention provide services by appointment and on a walk-in basis during designated times. New Student Orientation sessions are held at assigned times throughout the academic year.

Counselors are located in the Counseling department (A-1155) at the Main Campus and at the Romeoville Campus (NC-01). For more information, contact the Counseling department at (815) 280-2673 (Main Campus), (815) 886-3000 (Romeoville Campus) or visit www.jjc.edu/info/counseling. Academic advisers are located in various faculty offices throughout the Main Campus.

Educational Planning

Educational planning involves assistance in the identification of majors, transfer schools, course selection, and degree development toward students’ educational goals. Educational planning is done by appointment and helps the students in course selection and semester-by-semester planning toward successful completion of program and degree requirements.

Career Exploration

Assistance in exploring careers and related college majors is conducted by counselors in the Counseling department. Individualized career counseling appointments that allow students to seek additional advice and planning are available through the Office of Career Services. Online assessments, personal and work values inventories, and occupational information are available to all students in their career decision-making pursuit.

Personal Counseling

Personal problems such as relationships with others, self-image, marital and family issues, situational stress, time management, and general coping strategies can be discussed by appointment or walk-in with the qualified counselors in the Counseling Department at Main Campus and Romeoville Campus. Agency referrals for continued counseling will be provided if the situation merits longer intervention or assistance.

Crisis Counseling

Immediate response counseling services designed to provide assessment and appropriate intervention strategies for students experiencing emotional or psychological crisis also are available. Students may self-refer or be referred by a faculty/staff member.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided by specially trained faculty in majors of their area of expertise. Students are provided with the list of advisers and are encouraged to meet with an adviser for course selection and educational planning if they have selected a major. Academic advisers also are helpful in identifying labor market trends, occupational opportunities, and schools for continuing education in the majors of their expertise. Students also may receive guidance from counselors in the Counseling department.

Transfer Planning

Students interested in continuing their education at public or private senior colleges/universities can work with advisors and counselors to help identify specific courses needed for their major and/or transfer institution. Advisors and counselors are knowledgeable about Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) approved degree programs including classes needed to complete the GECC (General Education Core Curriculum ).

Athletic Advising

Athletic advising is provided to all JJC athletes and incoming athletes. Services include degree planning, semester-by-semester course selection, exploration of transfer schools, and reverse transfer assistance. Services are provided by appointment or on a walk-in basis during designated times.

Counseling Courses (COUN)

The Counseling department offers college credit courses for college orientation, and career and lifestyle planning. Many COUN courses are transferable and count as electives for A.A. and A.A.S. degrees.

  • COUN 085  : College Preparation and Study Skills (2 hrs.) This course offers an introduction to the community college for students who score below college-level reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on the skills necessary to succeed in college. Topics such as transition to college, self-discovery, and college survival techniques will be presented. This course is required for those students who test into the following courses based on placement testing: ENG 020  and/or ENG 098  and MATH 090 .
  • COUN 101 : College Success (2 hrs.) This course is designed to facilitate the student’s transition to college life. Topics include college policies and procedures, time management, learning styles, study skills, note taking, memory and concentration, test taking, stress management and others. This course is highly recommended for all students and required for those students who test into the following courses based on placement testing: ENG 021  and ENG 099  and MATH 090  (Students who successfully complete COUN 085  will not be required to take  COUN 101 ).
  • COUN 110 : Career and Lifestyle Planning (3 hrs.) This course will assist students in choosing a college major or in making a career choice. Students will explore values, interests, personality, skills and will learn about the labor market. They will research career information and implement decision-making and goal-setting strategies to develop a career plan.

For more information, contact the Counseling department at (815) 280-2673 or www.jjc.edu/info/counseling.

Housing

Located adjacent to the JJC Main Campus at 1524 Centennial Drive, Joliet, Centennial Commons combines premier housing and a student-centered community that contributes to personal development and academic success.

Centennial Commons offers efficiencies, as well as two- and four- bedroom apartments. Apartments modified to accommodate residents with mobility impairments are also available. Each fully furnished apartment includes a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal.

This community offers the independence of apartment living, high-quality accommodations, and convenient access to all the benefits that JJC has to offer. In order to reside at Centennial Commons, students must pass a criminal background check, have at least a 2.0 GPA (4.0 scale) from a previous academic institution, and maintain a minimum semester GPA of 1.75. Failure to maintain the GPA will result in void of lease agreement and eviction from property. For more information, call (815) 730-1020 or visit www. jjc.edu/info/student-housing.

Financial Aid

Philosophy

The goal of the Financial Aid/Veterans Office is to enable access to higher education by providing college financial planning and quality customer service to students and families in pursuit of their educational goals. Joliet Junior College requires all students applying for grants, student employment, loans, and scholarships to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. More information on financial aid can be found online at www.jjc.edu/info/financialaid.

Getting Started:

Students must apply annually to receive financial aid. Financial aid can take many forms: grants, scholarships, student employment and loans. Follow these steps and guidelines:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov (this also applies for the Renewal FAFSA for students who have previously applied). Students will now need an FSA ID to log in to fafsa.gov. The FSA ID replaces their FSA pin number. The instructions on how to create an FSA ID can be found on the fafsa.gov website. Students will use their FSA ID to log in to certain US Department of Education websites such as fafsa.gov, nslds.ed.gov, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and teach-ats-ed.gov. Please save the FSA ID for future access to FAFSA information. A Student Aid Report will be sent to the student via mail or email within two to four weeks.
  2. Applicants must also complete the JJC admission process in order for the Financial Aid/Veterans Office to complete the financial aid process.
  3. Apply for scholarships at www.jjc.edu/info/scholarships. Scholarship deadline dates are available on the JJC website.

The process DOES NOT stop here! Students will need to work directly with the Financial Aid/Veterans Office to complete the process. Students must check their JJC student email account and eResources for a list of requested information to complete their financial aid file. Students applying for financial aid must have a completed file and been awarded aid prior to the deadline dates for drop for non- payment posted on the JJC website. Every student is responsible for being aware of these dates.  If a file is incomplete, the student will be responsible for adhering to the payment due date on the bill. The student’s file will still be processed, and if eligible for funds, will be reimbursed accordingly. If your financial award does not cover the total balance of tuition and fees, you must pay the difference in full or enroll in the college’s online tuition payment plan.

General Information

For the purpose of meeting federal and state student aid guidelines, the following criteria will apply to aid recipients:

  1. Credit hour load:
    1. 12 or more credit hours is considered full time.
    2. 9-11 credit hours is considered 3/4 time.
    3. 6-8 credit hours is considered 1/2 time.
    4. Less than six credit hours is considered less than 1/2 time. Students do not qualify for most aid programs if enrolled in fewer than six credit hours.
  2. Class status:
    1. Students who have earned 1-31 credit hours are considered freshmen.
    2. Students who have earned 32 or more hours are considered sophomores.
  3. Academic requirements:
    1. Students receiving federal and state financial aid are responsible for adhering to the institution’s Satisfactory Academic Standing and Academic Standards of Progress policies.

Financial Aid Programs

There are a number of federal programs that can be determined by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • Grants: Pell Grant eligibility is based on the expected family contribution as indicated on the results of the aid application. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant has limited funds and is awarded based on student need and availability.
  • Work: The Federal Work-Study program on campus is available to students with aid eligibility. Students meeting the criteria for the America Reads/America Counts program may work off campus at elementary schools in the area. Students on academic probation are not eligible for work study.
  • Loans: Direct subsidized and direct unsubsidized loans are available to students. The Federal Direct PLUS Loan may be used by parents to assist dependent students with the cost of their education.

The State of Illinois also has assistance programs for students attending college. The Monetary Award Program (MAP) may be available for students in need.

Veterans who meet the Illinois residency requirements before and after their military service may be eligible for the Illinois Veteran Grant. The Financial Aid/Veterans office assists in processing other veteran grant programs.

Any student in good academic standing and enrolled in six or more credits may apply for a student worker position on campus.

Student Dependency Status: Students are classified as dependent or independent because federal student aid programs are based on the idea that students’ parents have the primary responsibility of paying for their children’s education.

You are an independent student if you are able to answer yes to one of the following:

  • Are you at least 24 years old based on being born before January 1994?
  • Are you married?
  • Are you a graduate or professional student?
  • Do you have children who receive more than half their support from you?
  • Do you have legal dependents who live with you and who receive more than half their support from you?
  • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
  • Are you currently serving on active duty other than basic training?
  • When you were age 13 or older, were both parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you dependent/ward of the court?
  • As of today, are you an emancipated minor as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • As of today, are you in legal guardianship as determined by a court in your state of legal residence?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did your high school or school district homeless liaison determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of an emergency shelter program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless?
  • At any time on or after July 1, 2016, did the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determine that you were an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or were self-supporting and at risk of being homeless?

Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress

The Joliet Junior College Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress policy is in compliance with Title IV Department of Education regulations. According to federal and state guidelines, students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to be eligible to receive and maintain financial assistance. Continuing students at JJC and students who are transferring from other schools must meet all criteria of the Financial Aid Standards of Academic Progress policy each enrolled semester to be eligible for financial aid. This policy applies to all students applying for financial aid whether or not you received financial aid in the past. The minimum standards of progress are as follows:

  1. At the end of each semester, a student must have satisfactorily completed 66.667 percent of cumulative attempted hours, including transfer credits. Attempted hours also include classes that a student receives a passing grade or grade of F (failed), W (withdrawal), and I (incomplete). 
  2. Students who have attempted credit hours that are equal and/or in excess of 150 percent of their degree program’s published length are immediately terminated and ineligible for Title IV aid. For example: for a 64 credit hour associates degree, 96 credit hours attempted are the maximum number of hours a student can take and maintain eligibility for financial aid. Students will be evaluated at the end of each semester to ensure progress toward a specified program or eligible certificate.
     
  1. A student must maintain an academic standing that is consistent with the graduation requirements for his/her program and must maintain a minimal grade point average as indicated in the following:
  Hours Attempted   Minimum Cumulative GPA  
  0-12   1.75  
  13-32   1.85  
  33-48   1.95  
  49-64   2.00  

NOTE: If a student is not in accordance with one or more of the above requirements at the end of each semester, he/she will be placed on financial aid warning or termination. If placed on financial aid warning, a student will receive aid for one additional semester, and will be sent an email notice through their JJC student email of his/her limited warning status.

While on warning, if a student fails to comply with the standards for a second consecutive semester, the student will be terminated from financial aid. When terminated, an email notice of ineligibility will be sent to the student through their JJC student email account. If terminated, a student may appeal for reinstatement of his/her financial aid (see procedures below).

Reinstatement Procedures:

  1. Students that have failed to adhere to JJC’s SAP policy may complete the Standards of Academic Progress Appeal form if there are mitigating circumstances that lead to the poor academic performance. The form can be printed at www.jjc.edu/info/fa-forms. Follow all instructions on both pages of the form.
     
  2. Make an appointment to meet with an academic counselor or departmental advisor to complete the educational planning worksheet required for the appeal. Print “My Degree Progress (Degree Audit)” from eResources and bring a copy to your appointment. Please note: Walk in appointments are not accepted for appeal.
     
  3. Submit the completed appeal form, degree audit, letter and all supporting documentation to the Financial Aid/Veterans Office. Incomplete appeals may not be reviewed. Retain a copy of the appeal and all documentation for your records.
     
  4. The Standards of Academic Progress Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month. In order for appeals to be reviewed at the committee meeting, documentation must be submitted by the last Wednesday of the month.

 

Email notification of the decision will be sent to the student via the JJC email address.

For the full SAP policy please visit www.jjc.edu/financial-aid/Pages/default.aspx

Withdrawal and Return of Financial Aid Policy:

Any class/withdrawals, additions, and/or changes at any time during the semester can affect students’ financial aid. Students should check with the Financial Aid/Veterans office for further information before changing their enrollment status.

It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from his/her classes. The Registration and Records office at the Main Campus process official withdrawals.

The Financial Aid/Veterans office is required to implement a Return of Title IV Aid for students who complete withdraw for the term and/or receive all F’s due to non-attendance after receiving Title IV aid. Return of Title IV calculations is comprised of the following federal financial assistance programs: Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized and Plus loans. The return formula is used to determine if the student and/or school must repay any amount of federal assistance. The withdrawal date is used to calculate aid eligibility. As a result of the return calculation, the student may owe a balance to the college. The balance must be paid before the student can register for future terms. For more information please review the Financial Aid Handbook.

Veterans Education Benefits

The JJC Veterans program was established in 1972. The main objective is to reach veterans, reservists/guardsmen and dependents and make them aware of the educational benefits available at JJC. This includes the Illinois Veterans Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant, MIA/POW Scholarship, and the Montgomery/Post 911 GI Bills. The office provides information on each program and assists students with applying for and receiving their benefits. The term “veterans” refers to students eligible for and receiving VA Education Benefits and/or state of Illinois tuition assistance programs.

The office is located within the Veterans Resource Center. For more information on veterans education benefits at JJC, visit the veterans page at www.jjc.edu/info/veterans.

Veterans Satisfactory Academic Progress

An evaluation is made at the end of each semester to determine a student’s progress. A student is considered to be making satisfactory progress if his/her grade point average complies with the following:

  Cumulative Credit Hours Attempted   Minimum Cumulative GPA  
  0-12   1.75  
  13-32   1.85  
  33-48   1.95  
  49 and above   2.00  

NOTE: The first semester a student using veterans’ education benefits fails to meet these requirements, he/she is placed on warning and a written notice explaining this is mailed to him/her. A student on warning has one semester to comply with the minimum academic standards of progress listed above. If the student meets this, the warning will be lifted.

If the student fails to comply with the set standards at the end of the probationary semester, the student will be placed on termination status, resulting in loss of eligibility for all state and federal benefits. A written notice of the termination status is mailed to each student affected.

When a student is placed on termination status, JJC is required to notify the VA and suspend benefit certification until minimum standards are reached. JJC is also not allowed to bill the state of Illinois for Illinois Veterans Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant or MIA/POW Scholarship for a student’s tuition until the termination status is lifted.

Termination from use of benefits does not, however, mean termination from JJC.

Appeal Procedure: Students may appeal their termination status to the Standards of Academic Progress Appeal Committee. Information regarding the appeals process can be found at www.jjc.edu/info/fa-forms. Supporting documentation must accompany the request.

Reinstatement Procedure: The student must increase his/her GPA in accordance with the standards listed above to be reinstated, or have his/her appeal granted by the Standards of Academic Progress Appeal Committee.

Procedures for Use of Benefits

It is each student’s choice to use their Veterans Education Benefits each semester at JJC. After registering, the student must notify the JJC Financial Aid/Veterans office to request their benefits be processed. This can be done in person, by email or by phone. Failure to do so can result in delay of processing time for benefits.

Montgomery/Post 911 GI Bill Restrictions

The VA requires students to transfer in all prior college credits to their current school of attendance for evaluation. Students using the GI Bill must declare an approved degree or certificate as their major and only classes that meet the graduation requirements are certified for benefits. The VA does not allow certification for any online remedial classes. Additionally, if a student withdraws, either officially or by cessation of attendance, this must be reported to the VA and can result in an overpayment of benefits.

Bookstore

The Joliet Junior College Bookstore is the only campus store owned and operated by Joliet Junior College for the benefit of our campus. Proceeds from purchases made at our bookstore support Joliet Junior College and its students. You can buy new and used books, rent select books, buy or rent select digital books, and shop our great selection of course supplies, electronics (including laptops), and JJC spirit wear. Visit the Main Campus Bookstore located in the Campus Center, room A-1012, or shop online at www.jjc.edu/bookstore. The JJC Bookstore conducts a daily buyback during normal business hours as well as end-of-semester buyback events. Please visit jjc.edu/bookstore for store hours and to sign up for our JJC Bookstore newsletter. Thank you for your support by shopping at the JJC Bookstore.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services serves students and alumni by providing resources to assist with career planning and employment needs.

Individualized career advising appointments with professional career advisors help students identify personal interests, work values, skills, and personality traits that are valuable in the process of career decision-making.

Assistance in identifying employers is available to students seeking job shadowing, internship/co-op experiences or employment opportunities. Support is provided to help in the job search process, including resume/ cover letter writing, interviewing skills, information on labor market trends, how to market yourself, and other career resources. Employment opportunities are made available on the Career Services website (www.jjc.edu/info/careers) and through on-campus recruitment days and job fairs.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment opportunities are listed on the Career Services website (www.jjc.edu/info/careers). To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours and may work up to 20 hours per week. As all open positions are posted for a minimum of three days, students should check the site daily for new positions. Complete details on the application process and eligibility requirements are available on the Career Services website.

Off-campus employment opportunities are also posted online. Students may search local area and Chicagoland job openings, as well as national opportunities.

Job fairs are held during the academic year to help students with part-time, seasonal, and full-time employment opportunities. For more information on job fairs and services, contact the Office of Career Services at (815) 280-2756, by email at careers@jjc.edu, or visit www.jjc.edu/info/careers.

Disability Services/Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR)

Student Accommodations and Resources (StAR) is committed to providing academic support to students with documented disabilities. StAR is the office designated by Joliet Junior College to provide ADA/504 accommodations based on the students’ educational needs as demonstrated by appropriate documentation. StAR encourages individuals to become self-advocates and independent learners by assisting students to understand their abilities, to utilize their strengths in order to maximize their learning, and to take responsibility for their learning.

JJC follows the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of an individual’s disability. Individuals with disabilities or those who feel they need accommodations are encouraged to contact the StAR office to determine eligibility for accommodations.

Students must furnish the StAR office with current documentation about the nature and extent of their disability. The information will be kept confidential and will be used to plan for appropriate accommodations. StAR will schedule the student for an Intake appointment once the documentation accepted. Placement testing can be accommodated to meet individualized needs (materials in Braille, large print or screen-reading capable) however a student does not need to be registered with StAR to receive placement test accommodations.

The StAR office works closely with the faculty and staff of other departments at JJC to ensure that the campus and its programs are physically, electronically accessible to students with disabilities.

Students interested in requesting accommodations should submit documentation to StAR at the earliest possible date to receive services. Students who would benefit from StAR services should:

  • Apply to the college. Click here to view the online application.
  • Take the college Placement Tests. It is recommended that you review for the Placement Tests before completing the tests.
  • Submit disability documentation for approval. (see our Documentation Requirements)
  • Complete the Request to Review Documentation form. (Please use Internet Explorer as your web browser.)
  • Once documentation is approved StAR will contact you to schedule an Intake appointment.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available for students and visitors with disabilities who have a accessible parking permit. There are more than 90 designated parking spaces located near the entrances of all college buildings. Permanent accessible parking permits are available through the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, or your local law enforcement agency. If a student has a temporary disability and needs accessible parking at JJC only, the student should obtain a temporary handicap permit request form from the JJC Police department in room G-1013. This form should be filled out by the student’s doctor and returned to the JJC Police department. A temporary permit will be issued for up to 90 days for campus use only.

Emergency Evacuations

The college has implemented an emergency evacuation plan. Visitors to the college who may need assistance in exiting the buildings during an evacuation should contact Campus Police at (815) 280-2234 for instructions or assistance.

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) provides outreach, academic guidance, cultural resource, and leadership opportunities to enhance the educational experience and facilitate the academic and personal growth of multicultural/underrepresented students. OMSA is committed to creating a campus climate that is inclusive and welcoming to all students.

OMSA’s vision is to increase enrollment and ensure optimal academic success, retention, and completion of multicultural/underrepresented groups. OMSA diversity initiatives will enhance the college community in creating a diverse, culturally inclusive environment.

Services Offered:

  • Academic Guidance and Referral Services
  • Advocacy and Personal Support
  • Transfer Related Services and College Tours
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Leadership Development Programs and Conferences
  • Advising for English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Community and High School Presentations
  • Resources for Undocumented Students
  • Advising available in Spanish

Tutoring Services

Students who believe they would benefit from tutoring services have several resources at Joliet Junior College.

Tutoring and Learning Center

The Tutoring and Learning Center offers free, in-person, and online tutoring for more than 30 subject areas to all JJC students. Students may also receive assistance with all aspects of writing a paper or preparing a presentation. Drop-in math is available for all JJC math courses during all TLC hours of operation. Services specifically designed for non-native speakers are also available. Many free options are available for both online and in-person Placement Testing, High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC), and TEAS review. You may call (815) 280-2730 or (815) 280-2913 for more information.

Nursing Simulation Lab

The Nursing Simulation Lab offers free nursing skills practice, theory review, and workshops to JJC nursing students at the NURS 140 level or higher.  Located in U-3004, you may call (815) 280-6801 for more information.

Testing Services

Academic Skills Center

The Academic Skills Center provides a variety of testing services. Testing options include Placement testing (see the Admissions Policies and Procedures  section for more information), ACT WorkKeys assessments, ATI testing (PN Comprehensive and TEAS), Certiport testing, CLEP testing (see the Academic Policies and Procedures  section for more information), Constitution testing, GED testing, HiSet testing, Illinois State Police Merit Board Testing, Innovative Exams testing, Pearson VUE testing, Prometric testing, TASC testing, make-up testing, My Math Lab testing, iCampus testing for online and hybrid courses, and outside proctoring for other institutions. A picture ID is required for all tests.  For more information, contact the Academic Skills Center at (815) 280-2261, email academicskillscenter@jjc.edu or visit www.jjc.edu/info/academic-skills.

Project Achieve - TRIO Programs

Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search

The Project Achieve-TRIO Programs office is currently two of the eight Federal TRIO Programs awarded to JJC.  These federally funded programs are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Targeted to service and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.  . The goal of the program is to increase student retention and graduation rates and to assist students with their transfer to four-year institutions. This advisory, tutorial support service is located in the Campus Center. To learn more, call (815) 280-2456 or www.jjc.edu/info/project-achieve.

Support services are offered to eligible Joliet Central and JJC students in the areas of English composition and mathematics. Study skills, career exploration, test-taking skills, technology workshops, and financial literacy are presented individually or in small groups to assure that first-generation college students, who come from low-income families and/or are disabled receive intentional support in order to achieve their educational goals. Four-year college and university tours and multicultural activities are offered during the academic calendar year, which serve to connect students and encourage successful transfer planning.

Early Childhood Center

Childcare services are provided on the Main Campus for children two to five years old. The center is a licensed facility by the state of Illinois. Enrollment packets are available at the Early Childhood Center. All enrollment information and inquiry forms are available on the website and are download-able. The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Summer care is limited. To provide the greatest benefit to the children, we require children be registered for a minimum of two days per week and a minimum of two hours each day they attend. For more information, call (815) 280-2280, email bcavanau@jjc.edu, or visit at www.jjc.edu/info/ecc.

Student Activities

Located in D-1010, the Office of Student Activities (OSA) is responsible for non-athletic, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, such as student leadership training, Collegiate Club Council (governing body for all clubs on campus), campus programming, and JJC Student Government.  OSA plans social, recreational, educational and multicultural programs, including MainStreet, Karaoke, Welcome Weeks, Spring Fling, Martin Luther King Week, evening programs for students (comfort zones), speakers and more.

The office provides scholarships for student leaders through a three-tiered leadership program and is responsible for all organized clubs on campus. Additionally, the Office of Holistic Wellness is part of this department. Holistic Wellness plans and implements programs revolving around the eight areas of wellness: nutritional, occupational, social, emotional, physical, intellectual, environmental, and spiritual. This program plans ongoing trainings including Bystander Intervention Training, Safe Zone training for staff and students, and volunteer and wellness fair annually. In addition the office serves as a referral source for community service and volunteer projects.  For more information, call (815) 280-2755 or www.jjc.edu/info/osa.

College Bowl

Meets regularly and competes in fall and spring regional tournaments testing academic knowledge.  E-mail coach Mike Hainzinger at mhainzin@jjc.edu.

Collegiate Club Council

This group serves as the coordinating body for all clubs on the JJC campus. CCC is comprised of a representative from each recognized club and determines which new groups shall receive official club status. CCC monitors club status, standards, and makes budgetary recommendations. A complete list of clubs and their descriptions can be found in the Student Handbook available online at www.jjc.edu/student-activities/Pages/collegiate-club-council.aspx.

Student Government

Serves as the liaison between college administration and the student body in matters of concern from either group. Student government provides opportunities for leadership and serves as the vehicle of expression through which students can maintain sound communication with their fellow students, various members of the college community, and state leaders.  Memberships is open to all credit students. To become a member, students are required to attend two meetings and meet with the advisor for orientation. Members of student government also serve on many college committees as student representatives.  Students interested in serving should contact a student government member at (815) 280-6608 or see the Director of Student Activities in D-1010 or call 815-280-2755.

Student Trustee

Selected annually in the spring by administration, this student serves on the college’s Board of Trustees as its student member. The student trustee attends monthly board meetings and workshops and disseminates information to the student government as necessary as a member of that group. The student trustee vote is documented in board materials, but it is not counted in matters of official business.

Scholarships

The Office of Student Activities is responsible for the application process for several scholarships, including several student leadership scholarships, student government leadership scholarship, student commencement speaker, and student service recognition award. Students who are involved in clubs, leadership programs and who participate in community service could be eligible for awards based on their participation and status as a student. Applications for these scholarships can be found online at www.jjc.edu/info/scholarships and in the Office of Student Activities, D-1010 at Main Campus.

Field Trip Policy

Students who have secured prearranged approvals from their instructors shall not be marked absent for participating in a college-sponsored trip, and they shall have full academic makeup privileges.

Athletics

Athletics are a vital part of the college and provide experiences that will enhance the development of men and women physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Participating in an athletic program as a player and a spectator is an important part of a student’s educational experience. The player’s conduct and play will represent the college, the team, the student body and the community. Athletic experience provides opportunities for the student to be a better person and citizen by contributing to the knowledge, skill and emotional patterns that he/she is already establishing.

The JJC Wolves have gained national recognition for their successes, including national championships in basketball and baseball. The tradition at Joliet Junior College has been to win and to do so with honor for the sake of the athletes, the college and the community. Athletic teams at JJC are:

  • Fall: women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country.
  • Winter: men’s and women’s basketball, cheerleading/dance
  • Spring: men’s baseball, women’s softball

Athlete Retention

All current and incoming JJC student athletes are encouraged to contact one of the student-athlete retention specialists, who works to improve academic success and retention of student-athletes at Joliet Junior College.

The student-athlete retention specialists offer support by providing guidance to athletes transferring to four-year schools, tracking student progress while working as a liaison between athletic teams and professors, and assisting reverse transfers entering JJC. The student athlete retention specialists also collaborate with the Counseling department to assist athletes with appropriate class selection.

Through the student athlete retention specialists, athletes are notified of workshops, study sessions, tutoring opportunities and other services on campus that may be beneficial to their academic success. Services are offered by appointment or on a walk-in basis. For more information, contact any student-athlete retention specialist at (815) 280-2263 or (815) 280-6672.

Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is responsible for:

  • Student conduct as prescribed by the Student Code of Conduct
  • Academic Honor Code process
  • Title IX complaints and investigation (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Dating or Relationship Violence, Stalking)
  • Student Complaint Process
  • Assistance in preparing students for grade appeal
  • Student Rights concerns including FERPA, Civil Rights, ADA, First Amendment, Pregnant Students, etc.
  • Behavioral Intervention (Unusual behavior, suicidal ideations, stress that impact student success, as well as threats of violence)
  • Medical Absences Notifications and Assistance
  • Student Support Programming (S.S.P.), currently offering success workshops to assist students in personal skill development such as Ethical Decision Making, Academic Integrity, Appropriate Behaviors on Campus, Stress Management 101, Healthy Relationships, Sexual Responsibility, Communications 101, Consent, Self-Discovery: Utilizing Career Services, Stopped by the Cops, Marijuana 101, Under the Influence, and others
  • Photo I.D. Services
  • Locker Rentals
  • Dean’s Reference Checks for transferring to another academic institution, job background checks, student dance forms (for high school dances)
  • Assistance to faculty and staff in dealing with difficult situations and personal interactions with students
  • Partner with HR in conducting investigation and student complaints

For more information, contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (815) 280-2761, or view the documents online at www.jjc.edu/info/students. For Student Handbook information please visit www.jjc.edu/academic-behavior-standards/SiteAssets/Pages/den-students/2016-2017%20Students%20Handbook.pdf.

Student ID Card

A Student ID is available for all students taking credited classes after you completing the registration process. The Student ID is issued for a three year period and must be renewed or “validated” every semester the student registers for classes. Students must be able to prove enrollment in classes and present a state or government issued ID such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport when getting their student ID. The first printing of the card is free; replacement of lost, stolen, or broken IDs before the 3-year time period has expired cost $10. Students should be prepared to have their picture taken when coming for their ID as this  photo will appear on the iCampus page. The picture will be a head and shoulders shot similar to a passport photo. The student’s demeanor in the photo will consist of a straight face or smile and no headwear other than that mandated by a religion will be permitted. The student must update their ID with a validation sticker every semester they enroll in classes and they must be able to prove enrollment to obtain the validation sticker. The Student ID sticker is available throughout the semester in the Campus Center, room A-1105 or at the Romeoville campus in the Library. For more information on Photo ID Services visit: www.jjc.edu/academic-behavior-standards/Pages/dean-students.aspx#photo-id. To apply for your Student ID online go to: www.jjc.edu/info/photo-id-applications. Sign in and follow directions.

  Joliet Junior College Services Type of ID Required
  Library JJC ID card
  Cyber Café JJC ID card
  College events/activities JJC ID card
  Campus Bookstore JJC ID card
  C.I.S labs JJC ID card for each lab visit
  JJC transcript pickup Photo ID (JJC photo ID, driver’s license or state photo ID)
  Academic Skills Center Photo ID (JJC photo ID, driver’s license or state photo ID)

 

Student Assistance Program: Life Skills

The Office of the Student Rights & Responsibilities oversees the Student Assistance Program: Life Skills sessions which are designed to assist students with personal problems affecting their academic and personal goals. Group sessions on various topics are available to students of the college. All students are welcome to use these resources. Some students may be referred to the programs by faculty or staff. The programs are led by administrators, counselors and other staff. Topics include anger management, consent, communications, 101, self-discovery, utilizing career services, healthy relations, appropriate behavior on campus, stress management, marijuana, alcohol, stopped by cops, sexual responsibility, ethical decision making and academic integrity. Some sessions are offered online. For more information or to register, contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities at (815) 280-2759.

Campus Police

The JJC Police Department draws its authority from the Illinois Public Community College Act - Illinois Compiled Statutes - Chapter 1 10 ILCS 805/3 -42.1. JJC Police Officers are sworn officers who are considered Peace Officers under Illinois Statutes. As such law enforcement they have all of the powers of police officers in cities and sheriffs in counties, including the power to make arrests on view or on warrants for violations of State statutes and to enforce county or city ordinances in all counties that lie within the community college district, when such is required for the protection of community college personnel, students, property, or interests. Campus Police also have the authority to utilize the Student Code of Conduct or College Regulations in lieu of, or in addition to, the criminal process, to resolve legal or college policy violations. Additionally, Police Department civilian Campus Safety Officers (CSO) and student workers assigned to the police department assist with security as well as vehicle lockouts and safety escorts to vehicles upon requests.

JJC Police Officers are trained in active shooter situations and lock-downs, as well as room evacuations/clearing drills. The college has an all-hazards emergency response plan and a plan that corresponds with the National Incident Management System established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Additional information on Police services, security issues and policies is available on the JJC Police and Environmental Health & Safety websites at:

Campus Police http://jjc.edu/campus-police/Pages/crime-statistics.aspx
Environmental Health & Safety

https://my.jjc.edu/faculty-staff/emergency-plan/Pages/default.aspx

The Campus Police Department and Dispatch Center is located in room G-1013 and can be reached at (815) 280-2234. A Police Book containing information is also available at the Dispatch Center and at information kiosks on campus.

Important Policies and Procedures

Student Code of Conduct

All students at JJC are expected to demonstrate qualities of integrity, fair-mindedness, honesty, civility, tolerance, and respect. These values are important to the learning environment and are expected to be exhibited in the conduct of the entire college community, both in and out of the classroom setting. JJC recognizes the rights of its students guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Illinois, which include a student’s rights within the institution to freedom of speech, inquiry, assembly, peaceful pursuit of an education, and reasonable use of services and facilities of the college.

In the interest of maintaining civility on campus and guaranteeing the broadest range of freedom, students must comply with the college’s Student Code of Conduct, which reasonably limits some activities and reasonably prohibits certain behavior which could interfere with the classroom setting, the orderly operation of the college, and the pursuit of the college’s goals and core values of Respect and Inclusion, Integrity, Collaboration, Humor and Well-Being, Innovation, Quality and Sustainability. In addition to the code, students must also recognize and comply with the standards of classroom behavior as stated in their individual course syllabi. Further, students must understand that acts of violence, threats of violence and theft are considered a serious infringement upon the learning environment and will result in a college suspension.

Each student is responsible for reading and complying with the Student Code of Conduct and the Academic Honor Code, which are referenced in the college catalog, student handbook, and as a separate publication through the offices of the Office of Students Rights & Responsibilities, Campus Police, Office of the Vice President of Student Development, and online at www.jjc.edu/info/students.

The college further recognizes each student’s procedural right to due process, which includes providing notice setting forth the alleged violation(s), and a speedy and fair hearing and appeal process. Any member of the college community can initiate an accusation of an alleged violation. If a student is accused and cited for an alleged violation, he or she will receive notice of the alleged violation. For more information on the Student Code of Conduct visit: www.jjc.edu/academic-behavior-standards/Pages/dean-students.aspx#code-conduct.

Academic Honor Code

Joliet Junior College acknowledges the importance of honest academic behavior. The objective of the academic honor code is to sustain a learning-centered environment in which all students are expected to demonstrate integrity, honor, and responsibility, and recognize the importance of being accountable for one’s academic behavior. For more information on the Student Code of Conduct visit: www.jjc.edu/academic-behavior-standards/Pages/dean-students.aspx#code-conduct.

Classroom Behaviors Covered by Honor Code

Acts of academic dishonesty include:

  • Cheating: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids; use of any unauthorized assistance, resources, materials or electronic/cellular devices with or without photographic capability in taking quizzes, tests or examinations and the acquisition, without permission, of a test or other academic material belonging to Joliet Junior College, to any department, or to any staff.
  • Plagiarism: the reproduction of ideas, words or statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgment, or use of an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  • Unauthorized collaboration: intentionally sharing or working together in an academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course instructor.
  • Falsification and fabrication: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation furnished to any college official, faculty member or office.
  • Facilitation of academic dishonesty: permitting or attempting to help another to violate the academic honor code; alteration or sabotage of another student’s work, such as tampering with laboratory experiments.

Student Complaint Procedure

JJC promotes an open educational environment, rich in values and designed to protect the integrity of teaching and learning. In that spirit, the college encourages all students to first direct their complaints and concerns to the faculty, staff, or administrator specifically involved.

The college believes many complaints can be resolved through an open, honest dialog between the persons involved. In cases where that may not be possible, the JJC student complaint procedure can assist in facilitating a resolution. Other than grade appeal, a complaint that challenges the decisions or actions of college personnel will be considered under this procedure. Information can be obtained through the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities or online at www.jjc.edu/info/students.

Other Procedures Regarding Concerns

Academic grade appeal concerns: refer to student grade appeal procedures.

  1. Academic honor code violations: refer to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities or check online for the procedure at www.jjc.edu/info/students.
  2. Non-academic complaints: refers to incidents of unprofessional behavior, harassment, discrimination, and other complaints that are not of an academic grade concern. Contact the Office of the Student Rights and Responsibilities, A-1100 or at (815) 280-2761.
  3. Sexual harassment: refer to Board Policy 2.01.01, Prohibition of Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Misconduct or visit the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities for assistance with forming a complaint. Review information at www.jjc.edu/title-ix/Pages/default.aspx and College procedures at www.jjc.edu/title-ix/Pages?Complaint-Resolution-Process.aspx.
  4. Americans with Disabilities Act: refer to Board Policy 8.4.3, Americans with Disabilities Act or visit the Office of Student Accommodations and Resources.
  5. Affirmative action: refer to Board Policy 8.4, Equal Employment Opportunity or visit with the Office of Human Resources.
  6. Students should make every attempt to pursue concerns in a timely manner, and report concerns as soon as possible. Contact the Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities for reporting deadlines.

Policy on Freedom of Expression and Campus Demonstrations

Joliet Junior College is committed to providing educational and work climates that are conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. In fulfilling its multiple educational missions as an institution of higher learning, JJC encourages the free exchange of ideas. The college will protect the rights of freedom of speech, expression, petition and peaceful assembly as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. JJC maintains its right to regulate reasonable time, place and manner restrictions concerning acts of expression and dissent. Any acts that are disruptive to the normal operations of the college, including classes and college business, or invades the rights of others, will not be tolerated. Faculty, staff and students engaging in such activity may be subject to disciplinary action. Any participant in such activity, regardless of possible affiliation with the college, also may face criminal charges.

Students or student groups requesting use of the free speech area should contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities or Director of Student Life and Activities to reserve the space. Hours of use for the free speech area are the normal hours of operation at the Main Campus. Board Policy 3.11 (1) revised 1/2007, see board policies and procedures for updates providing the specific requirements for use of the free speech area. Free speech bulletin boards are located in the A-Concourse, on the first floor D-concourse, first floor of T-building, and J-Building (cafeteria) on the Main Campus.

Information on Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Joliet Junior College annual policy notification/distribution

As a requirement of these regulations, Joliet Junior College is to disseminate and ensure receipt of the below policy/information to all students, staff, and faculty on an annual basis.  This process is formally conducted by distributing information concerning alcohol and other drug policies on the website of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and in annual notifications as found in the student handbook and e-mail to the campus community.   Questions concerning this policy and/or alcohol and other drug programs, interventions and policies may be directed to Dr. Yolanda Isaacs, yisaacs@jjc.edu and 815-280-6690.

Policies - Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Weapons

As an academic community, Joliet Junior College is committed to providing an environment in which learning and scholarship can flourish. The possession or use of illegal drugs, or the abuse of those which may otherwise be legally possessed, seriously affects the College environment, as well as the individual potential of our students and staff. The College enforces state laws and related College policies, including those prohibiting the following activities on campus:

  • Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 or possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21.
  • Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances.
  • Possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons.

The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by students, regardless of age and of location (on-campus or off-campus), is prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct. The College can, and will, impose disciplinary sanctions for violations. Students are also subject to city ordinances and state and federal laws. A separate policy addresses violations by College staff.

The College strongly encourages students and staff members to voluntarily obtain assistance for dependency or abuse problem before such behavior results in an arrest and/or disciplinary referral which might result in their separation from the institution.

The use of, or addiction to, alcohol, marijuana, or controlled substances is not considered an excuse for violations of the Student Code of Conduct or staff expectations, and will not be a mitigating factor in the application of appropriate disciplinary sanctions for such violations.

Help is available both on campus and within the community for students and staff members who are dependent on, or who abuse the use of alcohol or other drugs. Joliet Junior College Counseling and Advising (815-280-2673), Joliet Junior College Employee Assistance Program (888-456-1324), and other professional agencies will maintain the confidentiality of persons seeking help for personal dependency and will not report them to institutional or state authorities. The Dean of Students Office provides educational and awareness programming, information, and assistance.

Health Risks

  1. Altered mood, behavior, breathing and heart rate
  2. Distorted senses of sight, hearing, touch, body images, and time
  3. Staggering, stumbling, slurred speech, drowsiness or sleeplessness
  4. Addiction

Beyond the physical effects of drugs and alcohol, there is also the risk that abuse may lead to impaired learning, violence, injuries, accidents, drunk driving, acquaintance rape, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

Available Resources

Treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs can be obtained at:

  • Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet, IL. 60435, (815) 725-7133
  • Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Drive, New Lenox, IL. 60451, (815) 740-1100
  • Life Works/Chemical Dependency, 404 Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL. 60440, (630) 759-5750 or 1611 W. Jefferson, Joliet, IL 60435, (815) 730-7521.

For more information, consult your physician, JJC Holistic Wellness or the Will County Health department.

Policies

Board policies on student conduct that refer to drugs and alcohol state that the following conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.

  1. The sale, possession, use or distribution of any narcotic, drug, marijuana, or other addictive or hallucinogenic substance, except as permitted by law.
  2. The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus or at any off-campus activity by those who do not meet minimum age established by state law.

Violators will be subject to disciplinary action that could lead to suspension or dismissal. Every effort will be made to assist the person to seek help for his/her problem.

Legal Ramifications

State and federal penalties for possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol vary a great deal depending on the amount, type and what offense it is. In accordance with the Drug- Free School and Communities Act of 1989 (20 U.S.C.S 5145, Public Law 101-226), Joliet Junior College has enacted a specific policy (III 3.14.)*

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Rules

  1. Definitions
    1. The term “student” is defined as any person who is taking/attending any credit or non-credit class facilitated by Joliet Junior College.
    2. The term “employee” is any full- or part-time employee of the college.
    3. The term “controlled substance” is used as defined in the Federal Controlled Substances Act and the Illinois Controlled Substances Act.
    4. The term “college property” is defined as any property or buildings owned, leased or controlled by the college whether on or off campus.
    5. The term “college activities” shall include all on-campus functions as well as any off-campus function sponsored by the college, such as officially sanctioned field trips, athletic events, social activities and professional meetings attended by college employees.
    6. The term “illicit alcohol” is defined as alcoholic liquor, which is possessed, used or distributed in violation of federal, state or local laws or college regulations.
  2. Standards of Conduct
    No student, employee or visitor shall:
    1. Possess, distribute or use, any controlled substance or any substance containing cannabis, in violation of the Federal Controlled Substances Act, the Illinois Controlled Substance Act or the Cannabis Control Act on any college property or at any college activity.
    2. Possess distribute or use any alcoholic liquor on any college property or at any college activity, regardless of their age, unless specifically authorized by the Office of the President.
  3. Statement of Sanctions
    1. Students: Discipline for violating the standards of conduct set out in Section II, will be governed by college regulations and the student Code of Conduct, up to and including expulsion. Additionally, violators may be charged criminally under federal, state or local laws and ordinances.
    2. Employees: Discipline for violating the standards of conduct set out in Section II, will be governed by the college’s employee disciplinary policies and rules, up to and including termination. Additionally, violators may be charged criminally under federal, state or local laws and ordinances.
    3. Visitors: Violations of the standards of conduct set out in Section II, may result in criminal charges under federal, state or local laws and ordinances.
  4. Possible Legal Sanctions:
    1. Alcohol
      Possession under 21:
      Class B misdemeanor
      Up to six months in jail
      Up to $1,500 fine

      DUI:
      Class A misdemeanor
      Up to one year in jail
      Up to $2,500 fine

      Open in Vehicle:
      Class A misdemeanor
      Up to one year in jail
      Up to $2,500 fine
       
    2. Cannabis / Marijuana
      Possession:*
      Up to Class one felony
      Up to 15 years in jail
      Up to $25,000 fine
      Delivery:*
      Up to Class X felony
      Up to 30 years in jail
      Up to $25,000 fine
       
    3. Controlled Substances
      Includes any substance controlled under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or similar federal statutes. These include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine, LSD, anabolic steroids, opiates, ketamine, PCP, methaqualone, pentazocine, ecstasy, barbiturates, peyote, hallucinogens, morphine, prescription drugs not prescribed to the holder and any look-alike substances.

      Possession: *
      Up to Class X felony
      Up to 50 years in jail
      Up to $250,000 fine

      Delivery:*
      Up to Class X felony
      Up to 50 years in jail
      Up to $250,000 fine

* Penalties may be dependent on amounts possessed and prior convictions. Penalties may be enhanced for possession or sale on or near college properties. Convictions may result in loss of Federal Financial Aid and other federal benefits.

Chronic Communicable Diseases

Students with chronic communicable diseases may attend college through reasonable accommodation whenever the risk of transmission of the disease and/or the risk of further injury to the student is sufficiently remote in such setting so as to be outweighed by the detrimental effects resulting from the student’s exclusion from college. The determination of whether a student with a chronic communicable disease may attend college shall be made in accordance with Section II of the Board Policy (Board Policy III 3.17).

Smoking Regulations

Effective July 1, 2015, the use of tobacco products, both smoking and smokeless, is prohibited in all College-owned buildings, on all College-owned property, within all spaces leased by the College and all College-owned, rented or leased vehicles.

This includes carrying, smoking, burning, inhaling or exhaling any kind of a lighted pipe, cigar, cigarette, hookah, weed, herbs, or other lighted smoking equipment.

The use of “E Cigarettes” / “Vapor Cigarettes” is subject to the same restrictions for tobacco products as stated in Section B above, unless the specific product used has been approved or otherwise certified for legal sale, by the United Sates Food and Drug Administration for tobacco use cessation or other medical purpose; and is being marketed and sold solely for that approved purpose.

Exception: This policy does not apply to persons in non-College owned or leased vehicles while passing through campus or while parked in such a vehicle in a College parking lot.

Student Right to Know Campus Crime Legislation

ANNUAL CLEARY SAFETY REPORT (ASR) NOTICE

Joliet Junior College is committed to assisting members of the JJC community in providing for their own safety and security. The annual CLERY security compliance document is available at the JJC Police Department website http://jjc.edu/campus-police/Pages/crime-statistics/aspx along with other safety information. If you would like to receive the ASR in booklet form, you may stop by the Campus Police Department located on Mai Campus in G-1013 or call Campus Police at (815) 280-2234. The website and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety such as crime prevention and reporting, police law enforcement authority, disciplinary procedures and other related security policies. They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous years for all JJC campuses, property owned and controlled by JJC District 525 and on public property immediately adjacent to JJC campuses.

This information is required by law and is made available by the Joliet Junior College Police Department.

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX

Joliet Junior College is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from discrimination, harassment and misconduct on the basis of sex, which includes sexual orientation or gender-related identity. Joliet Junior College (JJC) has committed itself, unequivocally, to ensuring a working and learning environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected. JJC is committed to providing an environment for employees, students, and campus visitors that is free from illegal harassment based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. Likewise the College prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in all College activities and programs. Any form of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence, is a violation of College policy and the Code of Student Conduct.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all college programs and activities, including but not limited to, admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, athletics, housing, and employment. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination.

Joliet Junior College seeks to foster a community environment in which all members demonstrate integrity, honesty, civility, and respect for each other. The college reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to an allegation of sexual misconduct in order to protect students’ or individuals’ rights and personal safety.

Any student or employee who believes that he or she is being subjected to sexual misconduct or retaliated against as a result of a filed charge, should report the incident(s) to Title IX Coordinator, Yolanda Isaacs (room A-3021) at (815) 280-6691 or via email TitleIXcoordinator@jjc.edu.

For additional information go to http://www.jjc.edu/title-ix/Pages/default.aspx

Responsible Use of Technology Resources

Joliet Junior College provides campus network and computing facilities including Internet access for the use of faculty, staff, students, and other authorized individuals in support of the research, educational, and administrative purposes of the college. The goal of Joliet Junior College’s information technology is to provide high-quality services to the College community. We encourage the College community to become familiar with our extensive technology resources and to use them on a regular basis.

Students are expected to exercise responsible, ethical behavior when using these resources and to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Students must accept and agree to the college’s policy on Responsible Use of Information Technology at Joliet Junior College (Board Policy 10.1).
  • JJC may terminate a student email account at any time, for any reason, including a student’s account being inactive for 12 months.
  • The transmission of junk email, spam, chain letters or unsolicited mass distribution of email is prohibited. Users shall identify themselves clearly and accurately whenever sending or forwarding email over the campus network or internet.
  • Violations or changes to a student account must be reported to the Dean of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Downloading programs and files may violate United States copyright laws that protect information and software. All files downloaded from a source external to the campus must be scanned for viruses.
  • The college reserves the right to extend, limit, restrict or deny privileges and access to its information resources.

Checking email is important @ JJC! 

All students have access to a free college email account through the myJJC Portal when they first enroll at the college. The student email account is the official means of communication at Joliet Junior College. Official notifications include grades, bills, due dates, confirmations, financial aid updates, registration deadlines, assignments, library holds and overdue notices, and other important information. Students are required to access and review JJC email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with college-related communications and are responsible for responding, when called for, to all requests and other college communications sent via Joliet Junior College email.

The JJC student email is offered through Microsoft Office O365 for Education and helps students stay connected to faculty, friends, family, classmates and the community while allowing school project collaboration, storing documents with confidence online, and using templates and editing Microsoft Office documents for assignments and presentations online.

Benefits of Microsoft Office O365

  • Free license to install Microsoft Office. Students can enjoy a full, installed Office experience across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and iPad® and Android™ tablets, and most mobile devices. Each student can install Office on 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets (Windows, iPad, and Android), and 5 phones, as long as they are a student at JJC.
    • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Lync and InfoPath
  • Each student gets their own personal OneDrive that can be accessed from anywhere. OneDrive gives each student 1 TB of cloud storage to save files and photos, sync with their PC/Mac for offline access, and even edit and collaborate on Office documents, no cables or USB flash drives necessary. There’s also a desktop app for OneDrive that creates a folder on your PC that syncs with your cloud folder and lets you access files on your PC remotely.
  • Large 50GB mailbox storage and the ability to send attachments up to 25MB.
  • Anywhere access to email, important documents, contacts and calendar on nearly any device, including PC, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
  • Student access to Office web apps for viewing, sharing and light editing of documents.
  • Industry-leading, up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spam solutions.
  • Ability to forward email to another account. You won’t miss important communication from the college.
  • Your email account is portable after you graduate from JJC. You do not lose your contacts and email.

Information Security Best Practices

Protect yourself and your data. Information security is easier than you may think.

  1. Protect your personal information. To minimize your risk of identity theft, don’t share your personal information unless you know how it will be used and protected. Use discretion when sharing information on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Your birth date, address and other personal information can be used for identity theft.
  2. Protect your passwords. Create easy to remember, hard to guess passwords and never share them with other people. Change your password every semester. Don’t use the same password everywhere. And if you write them down, keep them in a secure location. Help yourself remember your strong password or pass phrase by following these tips:
  • Your password MUST be from 8 to 16 characters in length (minimum of 8 characters). Generally, the more characters you can use, the harder a password is to be cracked or guessed.
  • It must not contain your actual username (portion before the @ symbol).
  • It must contain characters from these 4 categories:
    • English uppercase letters
    • English lowercase letters
    • Number 0 thru 9
    • Use punctuation or other non-alphanumeric characters
  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information. For example, think of a favorite quote or song, book title or TV show.
    • i.e. “I Love Jimmy Fallon’s Thank You Notes!” Your password could be: ILoveJFTYNotes!
  • Substitute numbers, symbols and misspellings for letters or words in an easy-to-remember phrase.
    • i.e. ILuvJFTUNOtes!
  • Relate your password or passphrase to a favorite hobby or sport.
    • i.e. I love to play softball could become ILuv2PSOftB@ll.
  • NOTE: Never use published example password/passphrases such as the ones above.

3. Don’t open untrusted files. Only download and install reputable software from authoritative sources. Don’t open email attachments if you don’t recognize the sender or you weren’t expecting an attachment.

4. Think before you click on attachments in email, instant messages or untrusted web sites. If you don’t know the source, weren’t expecting a message or if a message/website looks suspicious, do not click and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION! Verify first with a phone call or an independent email. One bad click can infect your computer, launch attacks on others and result in account/network suspension.

5. Using computers on campus. Don’t forget to log out of a computer after you’re finished using it, otherwise the person after you may decide to send an email to everyone in your address book, giving them the ability to say anything! Or print from your account, costing you money. In addition to these risks, you may also unknowingly leave behind sensitive information (such as your name or address) from forms or websites you have visited. To safely use the computers on campus always follow the steps below:

  • Close out of all browsers when done surfing the Internet.
  • Log out of the computer when you are done. This step is the easiest and most important to keeping your account safe.
  • Never leave the computer logged in when it is out of your sight. If you’re going to run down the hall to use the restroom, log out of the computer. Five minutes is all it takes for someone to send inappropriate emails from your account and/or sign you up for a few extra classes for next semester.

6. Adhere to Copyright and Intellectual Property laws. JJC supports the fair usage of creative works. At the same time, it is committed to protecting intellectual property and copyrights and takes a strong stance against any violations of these laws. Non-compliance can result in disciplinary action or account/network suspension.