College Policies - Southwestern Illinois College

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Student Attendance

Students are expected to be present for all scheduled class meetings and should be held responsible for any work missed as a result of absences or tardiness. 

For online/remote learning, a student must demonstrate ongoing participation in the Learning Management System (Blackboard).

Ongoing participation means students must maintain regular communication with the instructor and meet specified course assignment deadlines.

A student who is not active in the course and does not communicate with the instructor over a period of 7 consecutive days, may be withdrawn from the course due to lack of participation.

Absences because of approved college purposes or pre-approved religious observances will result in no direct absence penalties.

Students will be allowed to make up work missed as a result of approved absences or do alternate assignments. 

Absences due to other circumstances such as military deployment, jury duty, volunteer emergency service in accordance with Illinois law, or documented disability or illness related needs should be discussed with the instructor and appropriate dean to determine whether exceptions to the attendance policy should be made or tuition refunds considered. 

Students must consult with their instructor(s) in advance about each instructor’s requirements for making up missed course work for the aforementioned absences. 

Each semester, the Athletic Department and Running Start Program send student evaluation/grade forms on InfoShare in efforts to monitor student academic progress. 

Please refer student athlete attendance concerns to the Athletic Department. 

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Class Withdrawal Policy

Class withdrawal policy is effective for the Academic Year 22-23.

Students have the primary responsibility for withdrawing from a course which is completed online at or by submitting a Drop/Add Section Change Form to the Enrollment Services Office in person. 

Students who withdraw from a course prior to the end of the 90% tuition refund period are not assigned a “W” and the course will be removed from the transcript. 

Refund periods vary, but for traditional 16-week courses, would be by the 8th calendar day.  Deadlines for withdrawal for most courses are 67% completion of the course and are based on the beginning and ending dates of the course. 

After the withdrawal deadline, students are required to obtain permission from the instructor, Department Chair/Coordinator, and the Dean.

Withdrawals after the last official withdrawal date will only be granted for extenuating circumstance such as military service, personal health-related issues, physical or mental disability, or other extenuating circumstances, with support documentation. 

Students should refer to their course schedule for specific withdrawal dates. Faculty have the ability to withdraw a student for non-attendance and academic issues, which includes non-attendance during the first 8 calendar days of class that falls within the 90% refund period. 

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Drop/Add Notice from Enrollment Services

Both students and instructors receive correspondence concerning changes in student enrollment.

Student Add/Drops:

Advisors can enroll students two days after the class has started without Instructor approval.  After this time period, students need permission from the Instructor or Department Chair and Dean to late enroll in a course.

Variable class withdrawal deadlines apply and are based on the meeting patterns of the class. Students should refer to their schedule in their Student Center for specific dates.

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Assigning a Grade of Incomplete 

A grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be assigned to students only to make up work missed for legitimate reasons. 

It may not be used to allow students to improve a grade. Students who are enrolled in courses that require successful completion from the class in which they are receiving an Incomplete grade as a prerequisite will automatically be dropped from those courses once an “I” grade is assigned. 

A grade of “I” will automatically roll to an “F” if remaining coursework is not submitted within the timeframe set by the instructor not to exceed 100 days. 

Final grades (A, B, C, D or F) must be submitted to Enrollment Services using an electronic Grade Change Form.  Once the “I” grade is changed, the assigned grade will be calculated into the cumulative grade point average. 

After the work is completed, the instructor should initiate an electronic Grade Report/Change Form.  Students who are unable to complete the work within the authorized time limit may submit a written request to the instructor for an extension. 

If approved, the instructor should submit a memo to the Dean requesting that the grade of “I” remain on the student’s record during the approved extension.

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Academic Rigor Statement

You are enrolled in an academically rigorous college course. Your success in this course will require a significant investment of time outside of the class.

According to the Administrative Rules of the Illinois Community College Board (section 1501.309), it is assumed that the student will invest two hours of outside study time for each hour of classroom lecture time, and one hour of outside study time for each two-hour laboratory session.

If the course you are taking has an IAI Code, it is approved under the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

The IAI is based upon the assumption that community colleges and universities are equal partners in delivering lower-division baccalaureate courses.

This course is considered equal in scope, quality, and rigor to comparable courses offered at other colleges and universities in Illinois.

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Student Conduct

Student conduct on campus and at all college-sponsored activities is governed by the rules of the community. 

Violations of federal, state and local laws at any college-sponsored activity, on or off campus, will be considered a violation of the Student conduct code and violators will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Students in Southwestern Illinois College classrooms are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the laws and rules of the community and in a manner that facilitates, or at least does not inhibit, the educational efforts of their instructors and peers. 

Under no circumstances, should instructors tolerate either disruptive behavior or academic dishonesty in their classrooms. 

Conduct which is not acceptable to the instructor should be addressed promptly. 

Comments during class may be appropriate or discussion after class or by special appointment may be more suitable. 

In any case, it is best if students are made aware of the consequences of their actions or continued behavior in your classroom. 

Serious matters should be addressed under the Student Conduct Code and may result in significant disciplinary sanctions against the student.

The Student Rights and Conduct brochure is updated annually and displayed as a poster in every classroom, is available at, in the office of the Chief Student Services Officer, the Instructional Deans, the Off-Campus Site Coordinator, and is also located in the Student Handbook. 

Each year, revised copies of the handbook will be available to all students at or by request in the office of the Chief Student Services Officer.

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Academic Dishonesty

Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism and forgery, failure or refusal to follow clinical practice standards, and soliciting, aiding, abetting, concealing, or attempting such acts.

Plagiarism is defined as the act of representing the work of another as one’s own.

Plagiarism may consist of copying, paraphrasing, or otherwise using written or oral work of another without proper acknowledgment of the source or presenting oral or written material prepared by another as one’s own.

Refer to the Student Handbook or College Catalog for more details.

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Application for Graduation

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Enrollment Services office of his/her intention to graduate by submitting a Graduation Application during the last expected term of required enrollment. This Graduation Application can be found on the Student Center’s Drop Down Menu.

Applications can be submitted through eSTORM or in person at the Enrollment Services office. Students who reach graduation eligibility without having submitted an Application for Graduation may risk not being included in the graduation ceremony.

If your last term enrolled is:

Fall Semester

Apply by


Spring Semester

Apply by

Feb. 15

Summer Semester   

Apply by

June 15

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Emergency Closure Statement

Inclement Weather  

In the event of poor weather conditions, the college could be directed to take one of the following actions:

  • Follow the “Snow Schedule” and open at 10 a.m.  See information below.
  • Cancel day classes and reopen for evening classes.
  • Be open for day classes, but close for evening classes.
  • Cancel both day classes and evening classes.

Emergency/Inclement Weather Notification

Faculty and staff will be notified in at least one of the following ways:

Public Information and Marketing will notify the media listed below and send a SWIC Alert.  A message will be posted on the college’s home page, Facebook, and a recorded message announcing the closing or Snow Schedule will be on the college’s telephone answering system. 

Information regarding the Snow Schedule or the closing of Southwestern Illinois College due to weather conditions will be broadcast on these stations:


  • FOX 2 – (KTVI)
  • KMOV – TV Channel 4
  • KSDK – TV Channel 5


  • KMOX-AM 1120
  • WIL-FM 92.3
  • WHCO-AM 1230
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SWIC Alert

This service is designed to notify students and employees by e-mail, or text message on their cell phones, of SWIC campus closures for weather and/or other emergencies. 

Current students will automatically receive messages to their student email address. 

They will need to opt-in to receive text messages.  

This service is free; however, cell phone providers may charge text message fees. 

For more information, or to register for SWIC Alert, or visit

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COVID-19 Safety Precautions

We strongly encourage you to continue to self-monitor and be diligent in practicing the proper COVID-19 safety precautions (i.e. social distancing, face covering, washing/sanitizing regularly).

If you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms, we ask you to not come on campus until COVID-19 can be ruled out by an in-home or health provider COVID-19 test.

Continue to report positive COVID-19 tests via eStorm or the SWIC Website, and exposure to the SWIC COVID-19 Response Team for guidance.

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Disability & Access Center/ADA

The Disability & Access Center is not always notified when students with disabilities register for classes.  Registration with this office is not required unless students want and request accommodations. 

When a student registers with the Disability & Access Center, he/she needs to provide documentation for a disability in order to receive accommodations. 

The identified accommodations have been determined to be reasonable per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, and the national guidelines from the Association on Higher Educational Disability (AHEAD).

Students with disabilities requiring classroom accommodations will email or deliver an “ADA Accommodation Plan” to the instructor. 

Either way, students are encouraged to introduce him/herself as a student registered in the Disability & Access Center, present the Plan, and discuss with you the approved accommodation needs if he/she wishes to use accommodations in your class. 

The Plan identifies specific accommodations that the student is eligible to receive in all their classes.

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Confidentiality of Student Records/FERPA

In compliance with FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), a student’s grades or other academic records may not be disclosed or discussed with anyone else (including parents, spouses, etc.) without the written consent of that student. 

Instructors should also ensure that any posting of student grades or distribution of graded material does not potentially violate the confidentiality of student records. 

If grades are posted, an identifier known only by the instructor and student should be used.  Names, social security numbers, and/or student ID numbers may not be used to post grades under any circumstance. 

In addition, the list being posted with individual identifiers should not be ordered alphabetically by name.

For more information regarding FERPA, please view the FERPA information and tutorial on the website:

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Success Centers

Success Center ( are located at the three campuses to supplement and enhance classroom instruction by assisting students in developing the skills and strategies they need to become confident, independent and active learners. 

This is accomplished through a variety of support services, including in-person and online tutoring, workshops, facilitated study groups, computer programs, and instructional resources such as models, microscopes and slides and handouts. 

Success Center Online Tutoring for You (SCOTY)

In addition to in person tutoring, students can receive synchronous or asynchronous online tutoring for most classes through SCOTY.

Student access SCOTY via Blackboard. Live tutoring (synchronous) is offered during Success Center hours.

Students may also drop a question (asynchronous) during or after Success Center hours within SCOTY. Tutors will respond as quickly as possible.

Questions are generally answered within a few hours during operating hours and paper reviews are ordinarily made within two school days.

Students may also drop a paper through the Online Writing Lab. Success Center tutors respond through either platform.

Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Students can receive online assistance for writing assignments via the OWL. 

Students access the OWL through their Student Center.  Writing tutors will provide analysis and suggestions for improvement of papers submitted to the OWL.

Responses will be made as quickly as possible, ordinarily within two school days.  Faculty members are also encouraged to refer their students to the Success Center for assistance. 

Project Success 

Project Success, SWIC’s Early Alert System, in collaboration with faculty, assists academically at-risk students. 

Launch Your Success

During the first two weeks of each semester, students can walk into any Success Center to receive help with navigating their SWIC technology such as Blackboard, Teams, eSTORM, SWIC email and any academic technology.

They can also take a free learning profile to understand their strengths and weaknesses on 10 scales indicative of college success along with receiving a free SWIC Student Planner and time management support.

Net Tutor

Net Tutor is a 24/7 1:1 online tutoring resource. Over 500 subjects are within Net Tutor’s capabilities. For more information contact:

813-674-0660 x 200

Reboot – Helping Students Find Balance and Succeed

Based on Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning, Success Center Specialists utilize targeted strategies to help students with test anxiety, self-defeating behaviors, motivation issues and balancing life and college demands

Belleville Campus

Hours at the Belleville Campus:

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday & Thursday                    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday                8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday                                           8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday                                      10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Liberal Arts Complex, Room 1307

Phone:  618-235-2700, ext. 5495

Summer Hours:

Monday – Thursday                     8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday                                           8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (computers only)

Closed between semesters for tutoring; however, computer lab is open
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

Hours Sam Wolf Granite City Campus:

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday & Thursday                    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday                8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday                                           8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:  Success Center, Room 403

Phone:  618-931-0600, ext. 7307

Closed between semesters for tutoring; however, the computer lab is open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Red Bud Campus

Hours at Red Bud Campus:

Fall and Spring Semesters:

Monday – Thursday                      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location:    Room 190

Phone:  618-282-6682 ext. 8148

Closed during summer and between semesters.  Students are encouraged to use the online tutoring platform, SCOTY, or visit another Success Center.

Hours of operation are subject to change.

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Public Safety Policies & Procedures

The Department of Public Safety provides services and programs to assist in establishing and sustaining a college environment that enhances the educational process and facilitates the accomplishment of the college’s mission and goals. 

We want the Southwestern Illinois College experiences for students, college employees, and visitors to be safe and pleasant.

Southwestern Illinois College operates as a public community college.  The facilities are accessible to the public for all legitimate purposes. 

Persons entering or utilizing the facilities are subject to requests for acceptable identification and are required to comply with all rules, regulations and laws applicable to the college.

The department emphasizes preventing crimes and violations of policy and providing numerous services to the college community.  However, all duties related to the enforcement of Southwestern Student Conduct Code and Illinois Criminal and Traffic Codes are the responsibility of the Public Safety Department. 

The college receives law enforcement support and services from the respective municipal and county law enforcement agencies in whose jurisdictions the campuses are located. 

The Public Safety Department maintains a cooperative relationship with supporting local, state, and federal public safety agencies.  The Department of Public Safety has offices on the Belleville and Sam Wolf Granite City Campuses. 

Services Provided by the Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety provides the following services:  Student, faculty, staff identification cards, student Metro Link passes, vehicle registration (parking permits), access locked vehicles, vehicle jump starts, personal escorts on campus, CPR/First-aid, Lost & Found, Crime Prevention programs, and Courtesy/Emergency message delivery.

Emergency Message:  The goal is not to interrupt classes but there are cases when classes must be interrupted and your cooperation is requested.  An emergency message will be delivered when information is received and verified by the Public Safety Department that a student must be contacted immediately due to a medical emergency or public safety action.  Examples include but are not limited to death or illness to a family member, and child sick at school or day care.  Classes may also be momentarily interrupted when the public safety department or a local police agency must contact a student due to an immediate law enforcement investigation.

Courtesy Message:  Class will not be interrupted for a courtesy message.  The Public Safety Department will attempt to contact the person before or after class.

Reporting Emergencies – (See Something – Say Something)

You play a critical role in preventing and reducing crime in our college community. The key to crime prevention in the SWIC community is a continuous, active role taken by you regarding your personal safety and security.  You should function responsibly concerning your personal safety, your personal property and college property entrusted to your care. Do not allow yourself to be found or placed in a situation that leaves you vulnerable to possible bodily harm. Be alert to and aware of your surroundings. Report suspicious people and activity immediately. Secure your car, office and other property, and protect them from possible theft or damage by others.

  1. The quickest way to obtain professional help for an emergency is to telephone the Southwestern Public Safety Department when on a Southwestern campus, or call the local police department when at PSOP or an Off-Campus Site.
  2. When calling, stay calm and carefully explain the situation to the emergency operator.  Be sure to provide the location of the incident.  DO NOT hang up the telephone until instructed to do so.
  • VOIP Phones: The VOIP phones located in offices and classrooms can be used to dial directly to Public Safety at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City campuses through the soft key labeled “Emergency Call”. At RBC, the soft key is labeled “Public Safety.”  Additionally, the VOIP system also has a feature when you dial 911, your extension, name and location will be displayed on the emergency call number in Public Safety at BC and SWGCC.

Belleville Campus:     

Emergency:     618-222-5555 (on campus only) or Emergency Phones in the Information Sciences, Liberal Arts, or Main Complex building, or call 911Public Safety: 618-222-5221

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus:

Emergency:    618-797-7372 or call 911

Public Safety: 618-797-7372

Red Bud Campus:      

Emergency:    Call 911

Student Development Office:  618-282-6682, ext. 8114

PSOP/Off-Campus Sites:       

Local Police:  911

Scott Air Force Base:

Emergency:    Contact night monitor in Room 67 or call 911

Security Forces, Law Enforcement Desk, 618-256-2223

East St. Louis Higher Education Campus

Call SIUE Police at ext. 8717 or 618-874-8717

Emergency Response Procedures and Guides

Emergency Response Guides are posted in classrooms, office areas, and in the Public Safety offices. (Belleville Campus, Red Bud Campus, Sam Wolf Granite City Campus)

Evacuation Routes

In case an emergency occurs while classes are in session, faculty should make every effort to familiarize themselves with the posted evacuation routes for each building in which they are teaching.

Evacuation Procedures

  1. Be aware of all the marked exits from your area and building.  Know the routes from your area.
  2. When the building evacuation alarms are sounded or when told to leave, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  3. Assist the handicapped in exiting the building!  Do not use elevators in case of Fire.
  4. Once outside, move at least 300 feet from the building.  Keep streets and walkways clear of emergency vehicles and personnel.
  5. Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by Public Safety or emergency personnel.
  6. Account for your students. Students not accounted for should be reported to Public Safety or responding emergency personnel.
  7. Remind students to take ALL personal belongings when they evacuate.

Additional Assistance

Please contact your Department Chair/Program Coordinator or Dean if you have any additional questions, problems or concerns during the upcoming semester.

  • Belleville Campus 618-235-2700
  • Red Bud Campus 618-282-6682 or 618-235-2700, ext. 8114
  • SWGCC 618-931-0600 or 618-235-2700, ext. 7301
  • Industrial Technology Center 618-797-1367 or
    618-235-700, ext. 7475/7476
  • Toll-Free Number 866-942-SWIC (7942)
  • St. Louis Number 314-436-3218
  • SAFB  618-235-2700, ext. 5337 or 866-942-7942, ext. 5337

Reporting Sexual Harassment/Misconduct (including Sexual Violence)

Individuals may also report sexual harassment/misconduct, to include sex offenses, to SWIC

Title IX Coordinators

  • Danielle Chambers, Chief Student Services Officer, (618-235-2700, ext. 5566)
  • Jeannie Sommers, Human Resources Generalist, (618-235-2700, ext, 5572)

Crime & Reporting Procedures

Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics and Fire Safety Report

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), previously known as the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, the Department of Public Safety publishes and distributes an annual Campus Security Report (CSR) and Fire Safety Report (FSR) by October of each year. The CSR lists the campus crime statistics, on campus and surrounding public property, and non-campus facilities, for the previous three years; for example, the August 2020 report covers the years of 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

The CSR/FSR also outlines the Public Safety department’s authority, security policies, procedures for reporting crime, procedures for reporting sexual assaults/sex offenses and follow-up services, counseling and treatment services, crime prevention programs, accessibility of campus facilities, Substance Abuse Policy, 2008 revisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act with specific additions to hate crime reporting and emergency response and evacuation procedures, missing student notification and fire safety issues for institutions that maintain an on-campus student housing facility, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amendments to the Clery Act, specifically addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

The Annual Campus Security & Fire Safety Report can be accessed via the Southwestern Illinois College website at, or a copy of the CSR/FSR can be obtained by contacting the Public Safety Department at 618-222-5221, or by writing to the:

Director of Public Safety

Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221

SAFB Evening Supervisor: 618-256-4838 or 314-769-4747