Syllabus Addendum

The following information is important to your success at MCC. You are responsible for knowing all syllabus information. Please read through it carefully.

General Education Goals

Critical Thinking:

Students who graduate from MCC are critical thinkers. They are able to do the following things at a level appropriate for a 2-year degree holder.

  • Combine stated truths and facts to make arguments and develop new ideas
  • Interpret data and draw conclusions
  • Construct arguments supported with more than opinion
  • Recognize bias and act in ways that question assumptions

Effective Communication:

Students who graduate from MCC are effective communicators. They are able to do the following things at a level appropriate for a 2-year degree holder.

  • Select from a variety of communication style based on the situation
  • Listen attentively
  • Adapt to audience and context in professional and/or personal interactions

Information Literacy:

Students who graduate from MCC are information literate. They are able to do the following things at a level appropriate for a 2-year degree holder.

  • Access multiple sources to provide sound evidence
  • Ensure information is of quality and use the information to accomplish an academic goal
  • Acknowledge where information is coming from and whom it belongs to


Students who graduate from MCC are professionals. They are able to do the following things at a level appropriate for a 2-year degree holder.

  • Speak and act honestly
  • Engage in courteous and culturally sensitive interactions
  • Present themselves and actions appropriately in professional environments (this includes in written form such as emails, in-person through timely and respectful interactions, and adherence to professional codes and standards).
  • Follow through on commitments.
  • Assessment

    Some student work may be collected for the purpose of assessment, including student competency in the general education goals, the program, or the course.

  • E-Portfolio

    If you are seeking an AA, AS, AFA, AES, or AGE degree, you will be required to complete an e-portfolio. The purpose of the e-portfolio is to ensure that students complete graded work in all five of the General Education goals. In addition, the e-portfolio allows the College to assess student achievements in these areas and develop transformations in course design, teaching methods, textbooks, and scheduling to improve the College’s offerings.

  • Academic Support for Special Populations Students

    Students with Disabilities

    Any student with a disability who is seeking academic adjustments or accommodations should go to the following linked information for details about accommodations and services at MCC. The Access and Disability Services office is located in Room A260 in A Building in the Atrium. To schedule an appointment to speak with the manager, please call (815) 455-8766. Information about disabilities services at MCC can be found at:

    Testing Accommodations for English Language Learners

    MCC offers extended test time for English Language Learners in some courses. Extended test time is at the instructor’s discretion and dependent on the objectives of the course. If English is not your first language, you may request an assessment of your English skills at the Adult Education office, A362, (815) 455-8752. Following your assessment, it is your responsibility to meet with the Access and Disability Services (ADS) Coordinator, A260, (815) 455-8676. ADS will notify your instructors of your eligibility, and you can discuss it further with them.

  • Academic Integrity

    As an educational community, McHenry County College values the pursuit of academic excellence and integrity. In accordance with this philosophy and Chapter 10, Act 5 of the 1994 Illinois Community College Act, academic dishonesty in any form, including cheating, plagiarism, and all other acts of academic theft, is considered intolerable. Appropriate sanctions, up to and including suspension from the College will be imposed by authorized College personnel.

  • Copyright Policy

    MCC will maintain current procedures and guidelines to ensure that all staff and students comply with applicable copyright laws and other intellectual property protection laws. The College will encourage staff and students to engage in the development of intellectual property and facilitate ownership protections with respect to such development of intellectual property.

    The College expects that staff and students will act responsibly and ethically in a manner consistent with all copyright laws and College copyright procedures and guidelines. This policy authorizes the College to adopt and maintain such procedures and guidelines necessary to ensure compliance with copyright laws and to facilitate ownership protection with respect to the development of intellectual property.

  • Student Code of Conduct and the Judicial Process

    Consistent with the MCC mission is an expectation that students will govern themselves in terms of appropriate behavior with emphasis on self-respect and respect for others. It is the practice of the College to respect the properly exercised rights of its students. The College recognizes a student’s rights within the institution to freedom of speech, inquiry and assembly; to the peaceful pursuit of education; and to the reasonable use of services and facilities at MCC.

    MCC has adopted a Student Code of Conduct and judicial process to maintain a learning environment of respect, civility, safety, and integrity for all members of the MCC community.

    Whenever possible, sanctions for violations of the Student Code of Conduct may be educational in nature. However, violations affecting the health and safety of members of the MCC community are deemed to be the most serious. Therefore, acts of violence, threats or dangerous behavior are most likely to result in a suspension from the College. Violations of the academic dishonesty policy may also result in suspension or expulsion from the institution and/or reduced or failing grade.

  • Personal Concerns

    If you have any personal concerns that are making it difficult to concentrate on course work, MCC has multiple avenues for help. You can contact Rachel Boldman, Director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services, in A252, or at (815) 479-7572; you can use the McHenry County Hotline at (800) 892-8900, or you can download and use the McHelp App on your phone. Both the hotline and app provide services 24-hours a day.

  • Children on Campus

    For the safety of children on campus, children (i.e., less than 16 years of age) are not permitted on campus unattended by a parent/guardian, except when they are attending classes offered by MCC for children. The College requires that no children be allowed into a classroom/laboratory environment, including the Testing Center, Learning Center and computer labs, solely for the purpose of a parent/guardian to provide direct supervision of his/her child.

  • Resources

    The following are useful resources available to you as a student at McHenry County College:

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