General Information — Winter 2012

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Welcome to Santa Monica College!

If you don’t currently attend Santa Monica College, fill out an application online at www.smc.edu/admissions for admission. Then sign up for classes online at your appointed date and time. Our campus is filled with dedicated people who want you to succeed, so if you need help, please ask!

Take a Shortcut to Becoming an SMC Student!

Our Welcome Center offers new students a “one-stop shop” for admission, enrollment, orientation, academic counseling, financial aid, and more. No appointment necessary—just walk in the door! The Welcome Center (number 32 on the campus map) is located next to the Health Services Center.

Parking and Shuttle Service

Go to www.smc.edu/transportation for the most current parking and transit information.

Statement of Equal Opportunity

Santa Monica College is committed to equal opportunity in all of its academic programs and is in compliance with Equal Opportunity standards as required by Federal and State laws and District policy. Unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, ALL SMC COURSES ARE OPEN TO ENROLLMENT AND PARTICIPATION BY ANY PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ADMITTED TO THE COLLEGE AND MEETS THE COURSE PREREQUISITES.

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Admission

OFFICE Hours

Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Fridays.

Hours subject to change without notice. Please go to www.smc.edu/admissions for updates.

Enrollment by web

Web: www.smc.edu (click on “Current Students” or “New Students” and then on “Corsair Connect.”)

WHO MAY ENROLL

You may enroll at Santa Monica College if you:

•   Have graduated from high school, or

•   Are 18 years of age or older, or

•   Are 16 years of age or older and submit your “Student Score Report” for passing the California High School Proficiency Examination, and you meet the residency requirements and can profit from the program.

PLEASE NOTE:

All official communication from Santa Monica College will be sent to students at their SMC student email address (last name_first name@student.smc.edu). You can check your student email account by logging into Corsair Connect and clicking on the SMC Mail icon. Be sure to check your SMC student email often!

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Continuing Students do NOT have to reapply for admission. If you have never attended Santa Monica College (New Student) or have been away for two or more consecutive semesters (Returning Student), you must first:

•   File an application for admission online (go to www.smc.edu/admissions);

•   Complete the assessment in math AND English (or ESL); and

•   At least four weeks before the start of the session, arrange for transcripts of previous college work (or high school work, if no college work was completed) to be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Copies issued to a student (even if in a sealed envelope) will NOT be accepted.

You will be e-mailed an admission letter. Please review it for information on orientation, assessment, and enrollment.

After your orientation, you will be able to sign up for classes through the “Corsair Connect” link at www.smc.edu/admissions on the date and time of your enrollment. There is NO need to come to campus to enroll.

International Students

Santa Monica College defines an “international student” as a student attending the College while in F-1 student status. The international student application is available at the International Education Center, may be requested by calling (310) 434-4217, or may be downloaded from our website (www.smc.edu/international). For the Winter 2012 session, applications must be submitted by October 15, 2011, for out-of-country applicants and November 15, 2011, for in-country applicants already obtaining an F-1 visa.

To maintain F-1 visa status, ALL international students MUST COMPLETE twelve (12) or more units in the Fall and Spring semesters. International students who begin their studies during a Summer or Winter session must complete at least one course during their first session. Summer and Winter sessions are optional for continuing international students.

•   Students in F-1 status from other schools may enroll at SMC on a limited basis. Please consult with the International Education Center for more information.

•   Students in other statuses (not F-1) may enroll through the Admissions Office. If you are currently in B status, you cannot enroll until you change status to F-1 or another status with education privileges. Please contact the International Education Center for details.

VeteranS

Santa Monica College is approved as an institution for higher learning for veterans and veterans’ dependents entitled to educational assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA). The College cooperates with the VA in helping veterans. SMC offers academic, career, and transfer counseling, as well as priority enrollment, tutoring, and other services to support veterans in achieving their educational goals.

Students wishing to attend SMC under one of the veterans’ assistance bills must:

•   File an application for admission to SMC (go to www.smc.edu/admissions), and follow all the admissions procedures;

•   File an application with the VA at www.gibill.va.gov for educational benefits;

•   Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended to be sent to the SMC Admissions Office (failure to do so may lead to temporary suspension of benefits); and

•   Take a printout of your application for VA educational benefits, a copy of your Report of Separation from Active Duty (DD214), and unofficial copies of your transcripts to the Veterans Resource Center, located in Room 135 of the Liberal Arts building.

The Veterans Counselors will review your documents and assist you in creating an educational plan. Once you have enrolled in classes, you will need to return to the Veterans Resource Center and complete paperwork for your benefits. Please see the Veterans’ Counselors for details.

Students with Disabilities

If you wish to use the special counseling services provided through the Center for Students with Disabilities, call (310) 434-4265. The video phone number is (866) 957-1809.

Printed SMC materials are available in alternate media upon request. To request publications in alternate formats for disability accommodation, e-mail DSCcontact@smc.edu or call (310) 434-4265. This Schedule of Classes is also available online (see www.smc.edu/schedules).

Disqualified Students

If you have been disqualified (dismissed) from Santa Monica College for poor academic performance or unsatisfactory progress and you have been away from SMC for one semester or less, you must file a “Disqualified Student Petition for Readmission” in person with a counselor. Disqualified students will be dropped from pre-enrolled classes and will need to enroll in classes again if reinstated. The counselor will determine whether reinstatement is possible and what conditions you must meet to enroll at SMC.

If you are a disqualified student and you have been away from SMC for two consecutive semesters (one year) or longer, you must file an SMC admission application online (go to www.smc.edu and click on “New Students Apply Online,” then follow the instructions). After you submit your online application, a link to the Petition for Readmission will appear. Click on the link, then fill out and submit the petition. You must also arrange for all transcripts (official or unofficial) to be sent to the Transfer/Counseling Center, ATTN: Readmission Committee, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.

The decision on your request for readmission will be sent to you by mail, along with any further instructions.

For further information, please see an SMC counselor.

ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

Assessment Center Location and Testing Hours

The Assessment Center, located in Room 109 of the Liberal Arts building, offers testing services on a walk-in, first-arrival basis Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Testing is NOT offered on Fridays. Please check our website (www.smc.edu/assessment) or call (310) 434-8040 for up-to-date information on office and testing hours. To receive assessment services, you must present a valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport, current high school ID, military ID) and have already applied for SMC admission. Note that there may be an extensive wait during heavy testing periods.

Mandatory Assessment

Assessment is essential to evaluate your skills and choose the courses that best meet your needs. Assessment is used only to generate placement recommendations, and not to advance students to higher-level courses. If you have questions about the assessment process, please stop by the Assessment Center or consult with a counselor in the Transfer/Counseling Center.

Assessment in English or ESL and in math is mandatory if you are:

•   A first-time college student enrolling in more than six (6) units during your first semester at SMC; or

•   A continuing student who has not completed the assessment process; or

•   Enrolling in an English, ESL, or math course for the first time (even if not a first-time college student);

•   Enrolling in courses with recommended English or math preparation; or

•   A high school concurrent enrollment student taking courses other than designated activity/performance courses.

Based upon your assessment results, you will receive an English, ESL, or math placement recommendation.

All assessment results are valid for a period of one calendar year. Make sure you enroll in the courses your assessment results qualified you for BEFORE those assessment results expire. Once your results have expired, you will be blocked from enrolling in those courses and will need to retest.

Assessment Exemptions & Placement & Prerequisite Waivers

You may be exempt from assessment if you meet certain qualifications. You may also be granted placement and prerequisite waivers—as well as credit—for selected English, ESL, math, chemistry, and life science courses under specific circumstances. Please see our webpage (www.smc.edu/assessment) for an overview, then consult with a counselor at the Transfer/Counseling Center for details.

Please note: Although you may be exempt from assessment, you still must successfully complete—or receive waivers for—any prerequisite courses (or their equivalent) that are required for English, ESL, math, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12, Anatomy 1, Biology 21/22/23, Microbiology 1, and Physiology 3. For further information, please consult with a counselor at the Transfer/Counseling Center.

BOOKS & MATERIALS

The Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires Santa Monica College to provide students with the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), retail price, and/or other information (subject to change) about the required or recommended textbooks and supplemental materials for each course offered at SMC. Please go to bookstore.smc.edu and click on “Buy Textbooks” for details. For other book-related information—including dates for book buybacks—please visit the SMC Bookstore website (www.smc.edu/bookstore).

SMC STUDENT EMAIL

Santa Monica College uses Google Gmail to communicate with students and to provide each SMC student with an email account that offers a lifetime email address (as long as Google is the service provider). Gmail accounts are very user friendly, can be reached from any computer with Internet access, include 8GB of online storage, and give students access to Google Docs and Calendar. Before you set up and start to use your Gmail account, be sure to read the Google Privacy Policy (see the link at www.smc.edu/google). To set up your Gmail account, go to www.smc.edu, click on the “New Students” or “Continuing Students” link, then click on “Corsair Connect” and follow the instructions.

HEALTH CARDS

Santa Monica College strongly recommends that any student with a health problem file a “Confidential Health History” card in the Health Services Center. The card alerts instructors to any health concerns/illnesses a student may have, and informs instructors on how to best help/assist the student if an emergency or health-related difficulty occurs during class. Health information is confidential and used only in case of emergency.

ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY

To the best of our knowledge, no programs at SMC are inaccessible, and SMC does not schedule single offerings in inaccessible locations. However, some locations are not accessible to students with specific disability-related access needs. We will relocate classes to accommodate individual students. To initiate this process, please call the Center for Students with Disabilities at (310) 434-4265 voice, (866) 957-1809 video phone, or (310) 434-4272 FAX.

The path of travel from the public bus stops on Centinela to the Bundy and Airport Arts campuses is a steep grade that may be inaccessible for some with mobility limitations. However, the Sunset Ride, an accessible public bus line, stops inside the Bundy Campus.

In addition, the following classrooms have access restrictions:

Airport Arts Campus (2800 Airport Ave.): Rooms 11, 12, 13, 14, 24.

ESL Building: Wheelchair access to restrooms is available with an access key to the staff restroom.

Letters and Science: Rooms 201, 203, 205.

Liberal Arts: Rooms 200, 204, 214, 217, 220, 223, 228, 231, 236, 237, 239, 240, 243.

Access keys are required for elevators when classes are not in session in the Business, Art, Gym basement elevator, and Student Activities buildings, and for the accessible restrooms in the Letters and Science, Art, and ESL buildings. For access-key copies, go to the Center for Students with Disabilities (Room 101 of the Admissions/Student Services Complex) or call (310) 434-4265.

VOLUNTARY FIELD TRIPS DISCLAIMER

Santa Monica College may sponsor voluntary field trips or excursions in which you may want to participate. If you do, according to the California Code of Regulations (Title 5, Section 55220), you are deemed to have held harmless the District and its officers, agents, and employees from all liability or claims which may arise out of or in connection with your participation in this activity.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION DISCLAIMER

Some SMC classes meet at off-campus locations. Santa Monica College does not provide transportation to these sites, and all transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the student. Although College staff may assist in coordinating transportation or may recommend travel times, routes, caravanning, etc., these recommendations are not mandatory. Santa Monica College is in no way responsible and assumes no liability for any injuries or losses resulting from this non-District-sponsored transportation. If you ride with another student, that student is not an agent of, or driving on behalf of, Santa Monica College.

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Enrollment

IMPORTANT: All enrollment takes place online through the web. You may enroll in any class that has space available until the evening before the second class meeting. Beginning the day of the second class meeting, you must have an Instructor Approval Code—which allows you to enroll from any computer—for each class you wish to enroll in, even if the class has space available. NOTE: The enrollment deadline for online, hybrid, or Arranged Hours classes is the Sunday evening prior to the week the course begins. If the class is full, you will need an Instructor Approval Code.

You may enroll by web on or after the enrollment date and time assigned to you. You may view your enrollment date and time through the “Corsair Connect” link at www.smc.edu/admissions.

You may enroll through SMC’s website (www.smc.edu) using a home computer. You may also enroll by using computer terminals at designated times in the Admissions Office lobby, the library, or the Cayton Center . Please note that the Cayton Center terminals require a valid A.S. ID card and password.

Please note: SMC no longer has phone enrollment. All enrollment takes place on the web. If a course is closed, please keep trying, as it will re-open if space becomes available.

ENROLLMENT BY WEB

You may enroll by web on or after the enrollment date and time listed for you by logging onto the “Corsair Connect” link at www.smc.edu/admissions. Beginning the day of the second class meeting, you will need an Instructor Approval Code to enroll if the course is still open. PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolling in an online, hybrid, or Arranged Hours class WITH SPACE AVAILABLE, your enrollment deadline is the Sunday evening prior to the week the course begins. If the class is full, you will need an Instructor Approval Code. For online courses, you will need to email the instructor a request for an Instructor Approval Code.

You can enroll from any computer in the Admissions Office lobby, the library, or the Cayton Computer Lab (which requires a valid A.S. ID and password). You may also enroll from home if you have a Internet access.

1.   Go to www.smc.edu and click on “Admissions”;

2.   Click on “Corsair Connect”;

3.   Enter your student ID number and your password;

4.   Follow the instructions provided.

To confirm that the classes you selected have been added, click on “Transaction Receipt” in the menu on the left. If the receipt is correct, print out a copy. You must have this printout to contest any discrepancies.

You may also add or drop classes by web. If you decide NOT to attend a course you have enrolled in, it is YOUR responsibility to officially withdraw from it.

For payment information, see the PAYMENT POLICY section.

SMC STUDENT I.D.

Take your payment receipt to the Photo ID Station (east of the Bursar’s Office) to obtain AND swipe-activate your SMC student I.D. card. You will need your card to use the College’s tutoring centers and computer labs, ride free on all Big Blue Bus routes, and purchase tickets for (or attend) certain student events or activities.

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Fees

All efforts have been made to present complete and accurate fee information. Fees are subject to change without notice. Consult the Admissions website for the latest details.

There are no enrollment, student service, or Health Services fees for Adult Education classes (designated by section numbers of 7000 or above).

PLEASE NOTE: You may be eligible for financial aid. To find out, call the Financial Aid Office at (310) 434-4343 as soon as possible. Work Study funds and State Board of Governors (BOG) fee waivers are available for the Winter session.

Enrollment Fee: $36 per Unit (subject to change)

All students—resident and nonresident—in graded credit courses must pay an enrollment fee of $36 per unit. This fee is subject to change without notice.

Student I.D. Card, Activities, & Health Fee: $45.50 for Winter Session 2012

Students in Winter session credit classes will pay a fee of $45.50. This fee includes a mandatory $13 Health Services fee, plus the optional $13 for the SMC student I.D. card, and $19.50 for Associated Students Membership support, both of which provide special benefits (contact the Admissions Office or Bursar’s Office at time of enrollment if you do not wish to pay these fees):

•   SMC Student I.D. Card with Picture—Used to check out books from the SMC Library and for attendance credit at campus tutoring centers and course-related labs. You will need this I.D. card AND a current semester enrollment sticker to gain access to these services. For the Big Blue Bus “Any Line, Any Time” service, you must have your SMC student I.D. swipe-activated at the Bursar’s Office or the Admissions Office. Go to www.smc.edu/transportation for details.

•   Associated Students Membership—Supports SMC’s many student clubs, scholarships, the “Any Line, Any Time” program, and other activities that foster academic achievement, social interaction, and community involvement. For details, see the A.S. webpage (www.smc.edu/associated_students) or stop by the Student Life Office (Room 202 of the Cayton Associated Students Center). Buy your A.S. membership sticker at the Bursar’s Office today!

•   Health Services—Free basic health services, information, and referrals by full-time RN; emergency first aid treatment; and free or reduced-cost immunizations.

Nonresident Tuition Fee

In ADDITION TO the per-unit enrollment fee of $36 (subject to change), all nonresident students must pay tuition of $239 per semester unit ($217 per semester unit if eligible for AB 947 exemption). Please see the “Fees” link at www.smc.edu/admissions for details. For residency information, visit the SMC website (www.smc.edu), or call the residency specialist in the Admissions Office at (310) 434-4461 or (310) 434-4595.

Materials and Supplies Fees

Some classes require additional fees for materials and supplies. Consult the class listings in this schedule to determine whether any such fees are required. Please note that these fees are NOT refundable.

On-Campus and Satellite Campus Parking Decals

An on-campus parking decal does NOT guarantee you a parking space. What a parking decal does is entitle you to use on-campus student parking areas on a space-available, first-arrival basis. NOTE: Your parking decal is for ON-CAMPUS PARKING ONLY—it is NOT a residential (street) parking permit.

For parking at SMC’s main campus, you MUST purchase a parking decal for $45 for the Winter session. This decal provides access to parking lots at ALL SMC campuses. You are encouraged to purchase parking decals online through the “Corsair Connect” link at www.smc.edu/admissions. You will be able to print a temporary permit to place on your vehicle’s dashboard until the actual permit arrives by mail, usually in 3-5 business days. Students who receive benefits under Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), SSI, or a general assistance program are eligible for a parking fee reduction, provided that they have been awarded a Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver for the academic year.

Handicap Parking: The display of a DMV handicap placard AND an SMC parking decal entitles you to park in any handicap, student, or staff parking space.

“Any Line, Any Time” Big Blue Bus

As this schedule of classes goes to press, all SMC students with an ACTIVE student I.D. can ride ANY Big Blue Bus ANY time for FREE! For your student I.D. to be active, you must pay the student I.D. and A.S. membership fees, then go to the Bursar’s Office or Admissions Office and have your student I.D. card swipe-activated. Special thanks go to the SMC Associated Students for funding this major expansion of SMC’s transportation initiative—launched in 2007 in partnership with the Big Blue Bus—aimed at improving access to SMC and reducing traffic, noise, and air pollution in the community. Current Big Blue Bus routes that connect SMC's main campus to the Olympic Shuttle Lot and satellite campuses can be found on the Transportation webpage.

Withdrawal Refund Schedule

Please see the “Refund Schedule” on the Summary of Fees” webpage for complete information on withdrawal refunds.

Payment Policy

Payment

PLEASE NOTE: You may be eligible to receive some form of financial aid. If so, you should call the Financial Aid Office at (310) 434-4343 as soon as possible. Work Study funds and State Board of Governors (BOG) fee waivers are available for the Winter session (go to www.smc.edu/financialaid for details).

You can pay your fees by using a MasterCard or Visa credit card at the same site where you enroll. For other payment options, see the “How to Pay” information.

•   Payment of enrollment and related fees for courses you enroll in is due immediately. No automatic dropping of courses occurs, so remember that it is YOUR responsibility to drop any courses you do not wish to continue. If you do not drop the courses by the refund deadline—even if you never went to class—you will be responsible for paying the fees and a hold will be placed on your records until all fees are paid. A hold on your records prevents you from enrolling in future courses at SMC and restricts access to Admissions Office services such as providing transcripts, enrollment verification, issuing diplomas, etc.

•   If you need more time to pay, log on through the “Corsair Connect” link at www.smc.edu/admissions and follow the “Postpone Your Fees” instructions.

How to Pay

SMC offers students several payment options.

•   You may pay fees in cash, by check, by money order, by cashier’s check, or by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. (Please note: Discover and American Express can ONLY be processed in person.)

•   Nonresident tuition may be paid in cash, or by money order, cashier’s check, or a personal check drawn on a California bank, in person, at the Bursar’s Office.

You may pay:

•   In person at the Bursar’s Office (located north of the Counseling Complex);

•   By web using a Visa or MasterCard ONLY (web enrollment takes place on a certified secured site, and all data transactions are encrypted; to pay fees online, log on through the “Corsair Connect” link at www.smc.edu/admissions, make sure the correct “school semester” is selected, and select “Pay Fees Online” from the menu on the left);

•   By mailing your check, money order, or cashier’s check (no cash) to Santa Monica College, Bursar’s Office, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405; or

•   By depositing a check, money order, or cashier’s check (no cash) in the collection chute at the Bursar’s Office.

If you have any credit for any prior transaction(s), the amount will be applied to any owed balance.

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Financial Assistance

The California community college system is funded by the State of California. Students who meet certain state residency requirements pay an enrollment fee and may qualify for a BOG Fee Waiver to cover certain costs associated the enrollment fees. The BOG Fee Waiver, however, will NOT cover the Health Services fee or the Associated Students membership fee. In addition to the BOG Fee Waiver, Santa Monica College offers students a variety of financial assistance, which includes both federal and state financial aid to help pay for some of the basic costs of living while attending college. Many of these financial aid programs have early deadline dates and require time to process the application forms. Be sure to start the financial aid process as soon as possible.

Under certain circumstances, students who meet specific California residency requirements may be exempt from paying enrollment fees if they file a BOG Fee Waiver application with the Financial Aid Office. For example, if you can document that you are a recipient of Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), Social Security Income (SSI), or General Relief (GR), or that your income meets specific criteria, you may be exempt. Before starting enrollment procedures, please contact the Financial Aid Office (or review the information at www.smc.edu/financialaid) to determine your eligibility for a BOG Fee Waiver.

If you feel that you need financial aid to assist you with achieving your educational goals, visit the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed on Fridays). Hours are subject to change without notice. For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Office’s website at www.smc.edu/financialaid or call the office at (310) 434-4343.

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Campus Services

Santa Monica College offers many campus services to assist and support you. For details, visit the SMC website (www.smc.edu).

Library. Research assistance and extensive collection of traditional, online, and multimedia resources.

Tutoring Centers. Centers specializing in math, science, humanities, modern languages, business, ESL, reading, and writing offer free tutoring services.

Computer Labs. Specialized labs and classrooms with personal computers for student use.

Center for Students with Disabilities. Specialized support programs, including the High Tech Training Center.

Transfer/Counseling Center. Assists and advises students on educational plans and goals, and provides specialized services for transfers to four-year institutions.

Career Services Center. Helps students sort out aptitudes and interests to determine possible careers to pursue, and works to place students in on- and off-campus jobs.

African American Collegian Center. Specialized support and outreach programs for African American students.

Latino Center. Specialized support and outreach programs for Latino students.

Veterans Resource Center. Specialized support and outreach programs for students who are veterans of military service.

International Education Center. Specialized assistance for international students, academic and transfer counseling, and study abroad programs.

Bookstore. Books, supplies, special orders, and buybacks.

Health Services. Free and low-cost health services.

Food Services. Food court and specialty snack shops.

Art Gallery. Professional guest artist and student exhibits.

Photography Gallery. Contemporary professional and student exhibits.

John Drescher Planetarium. Public lectures and shows every Friday evening.

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Other Programs

Besides the academic and career-preparation courses listed in the main body of this schedule, Santa Monica College offers other programs of study. These include:

SMC Continuing & Community Education. Over 450 low-cost classes each semester—for children and adults—in subjects ranging from watercolor techniques to culinary arts, along with lectures, seminars, and workshops on a variety of topics. Professional certificate and continuing education programs and seminars. Free English as a Second Language (ESL) and other noncredit adult education classes. See commed.smc.edu or call (310) 434-3400 for information and listings of course offerings.

Emeritus College. Over 160 free, noncredit courses each semester in a broad range of topics for older adults. Classes are held in a variety of locations and serve more than 3,400 seniors annually. Check www.smc.edu/emeritus or call (310) 434-4306 for program information.