2021-2022 Catalog & Student Handbook 
    
    Oct 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog & Student Handbook

Register for Classes


 

Class Registration

Registration involves reserving a space in the class(es) selected and paying tuition. Information on the dates and location of registration can be found on the college website under Register for Classes. Allowance is made for late registration, but a student may not enroll in a course after the last day to add without approval from the appropriate division office. Students who have outstanding financial obligations from previous semesters with the John Tyler Community College Business Office, Bookstore, or Library or have outstanding financial obligations for parking violations or owe any college within the Virginia Community College System the amount of equal to or above $500 are not permitted to register for classes until their accounts have been paid in full.

Dropping a Course

Students may drop a course with a full refund only during the first 15 percent of the course.  Drop w/refund dates are published in the academic calendar and in course syllabi. Students who never attend a class or have a last date of attendance for the course prior to the drop date will be administratively removed from the course, and NO REFUND will be given. Students are responsible for dropping courses by posted deadlines. 

Withdrawing from a Course

Students may withdraw from a course without academic penalty during the first 60 percent of the course.

Withdrawing cannot be done online.  It must be done through the Office of Admissions and Records either in person or by emailing admissionsandrecords@jtcc.edu with a VCCS email account. The student will receive a grade of “W” for withdrawal. After the deadline to withdraw, the student will receive the grade earned at the end of the course. (In the case of mitigating circumstances documented by the instructor and approved by the dean, a grade of “W” may be awarded after the 60% deadline.) Administrative withdrawals may be initiated by an instructor in the event of excessive absences on the part of the student. Students should refer to the syllabus. In addition, an instructor may recommend withdrawal if it is believed a student is experiencing undue academic difficulty.  Students on financial aid are strongly encouraged to meet with a financial aid counselor before withdrawing from any class, as it may result in significant financial burden on the student. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the consequences for not withdrawing. Students are responsible for reviewing final course grades in their myTyler account at the end of the academic term. Per VCCS policy, the College may not expunge a student’s course enrollment after the last day to drop with a refund.

Instructional Modes

JTCC offers instructional modes to provide students with the flexibility in scheduling their courses.   

  • Seated Classes  

Seated classes are traditional, in-person classes that provide a face-to-face learning experience and meet at a regularly scheduled time. These sections are located on either the Chester or Midlothian Campus.     

  • Hybrid Classes (R) 

Hybrid classes combine scheduled, face-to-face instructional times with out-of-class activities and/or online learning. Hybrid classes may be offered on campus or through Zoom and are recognizable in the course schedule by the “R” designation in front of the course section number.  

  • Synchronous Online “Zoom” Classes (Z) 

Synchronous online or “Zoom” classes are offered at regularly scheduled times and use Zoom and the college’s learning management system for class meetings, out-of-class activities, and/or online learning. Fully online Zoom section numbers can be identified by the “Z” designation  

  •   Asynchronous Online Classes (N)  

In asynchronous online classes   all coursework and interactions with the instructor and classmates are completed  online through the college’s learning management system without a scheduled class time. Asynchronous online classes  are recognizable in the course schedule by a letter designation (N) in front of the course section number. The college  subscribes to the core principles of Quality Matters™ helping to ensure, through an ongoing review process, that our  distance learning classes are of the highest educational quality.  

Students enrolling in asynchronous online courses need constant, reliable internet access and should know how to use  the internet and e-mail. Asynchronous online courses are accessed through Canvas.  

Canvas is an online learning management system that provides web space for course information such as announcements, syllabi, course documents, lectures, and other materials specifically related to individual courses.   

Students have access to Canvas via the myTyler single sign-on. Instructors have until the first day of class to make the  Canvas course available to students.  

Students can locate tutorials on how to navigate Canvas and other educational technologies on the JTCC web site at  jtcc.edu/services/technology-tools or by clicking on the Help button in the Canvas global navigation or the Support  button on the home page of every course. Students may receive live technical assistance 7-days a week by visiting the  Help Hub.   

  • Online SSDL Classes

The college also offers online courses through Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL). SSDL courses are offered in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). These courses allow students to earn JTCC credit while taking an online course with a NVCC instructor, as well as use the JTCC Testing Centers to take proctored assessments. Students enrolled in SSDL courses have access to all JTCC services, as well as services provided by NVCC. Students enrolled in SSDL courses will receive a letter from NVCC and an invitation to participate in an online orientation, and a JTCC liaison provides support during the semester. SSDL courses follow the NVCC academic calendar. Please review course notes for start and end dates.  

  • Test Proctoring

Online courses may require proctored tests or activities.  Required proctored assessments can be completed at the JTCC Testing Centers located on both campuses, testing sites at other VCCS colleges, or any approved site outside of the state of Virginia. JTCC offers access to online proctoring that allows students to complete computer-based exams in the comfort of their own home. A reliable internet connection, webcam, and other technical requirements are necessary. Students are observed via a remote connection to the student’s machine to view computer and student activity. The use of this tool is offered at the discretion of each instructor and may not be available in all courses.