Miscellaneous Policies

Locker Policy

Purpose:

The College makes lockers available to students to facilitate the daily storage of their learning materials and items related to their studies. The College manages lockers to ensure responsible use of property and for the health and safety of individuals.

Agreement:

The College establishes rules, guidelines and procedures to ensure responsible use and to control the contents of its lockers. By utilizing the College’s lockers, students acknowledge and agree that locker use is a privilege and subject to immediate termination without notice and to such rules, guidelines and procedures established by the College from time to time, in its discretion.

Guidelines:

1. A limited number of lockers are available to registered students and are issued on a first come, first served basis.

2. Students can register for a locker, in Media Services (A-252) during their normal hours of operation (Summer: M-F 7:30 am-4 pm; Fall & Spring: M-F 7:30 am - 9 pm). Students need to complete a student locker waiver form, show a valid KC student ID, and provide a $10 deposit. Locks will be provided. At the end of the semester, when the lock is returned to Marketing Services in good condition, a $5 refund will be returned to the student. A locker application can be downloaded here.

3. Locker registrations are valid until the end of the academic semester for Fall, Spring and Summer terms. At that time all locks and locker content must be removed (unless arrangements have been made with Media Services to extend the use of the locker). After the last day of finals, any lockers that have not yet been vacated or reissued will be emptied, and contents held in a secure location for 30 days. After that time, items will be disposed of.

4. Lockers are for individual use only and are not to be shared. Locker content is the sole responsibility of the registered occupant of the locker. To reduce the risk of theft, students are encouraged to keep their lockers locked. Students should not store money, wallets, jewelry, credit or debit cards, or any other personal item of high value.

5. The College is not in any way responsible for a locker’s contents or liable for the loss of or damage to locks and items stored in lockers. Students are required to maintain their locker’s interior and exterior in a clean, neat and undamaged condition. Marking, defacing or graffiti on lockers is not acceptable.

6. No person shall store in a locker: knives, guns, ammunition, weapons of any kind, explosives, prohibited drugs, pornography, illegal or illicit items or substances or other items deemed by the College to be harmful, offensive or inappropriate.

7. The College may in its sole discretion carry out or authorize searches/inspections for any reason. The following is a partial listing of examples of when the College will exercise its discretion without notice:

  1. Locker abandonment.
  2. Suspected contents that may be illegal, illicit or deemed by the College to be harmful, offensive or inappropriate.
  3. At the request of or generally in cooperation with law enforcement authorities.
  4. Investigative purposes related to suspected or alleged criminal, illegal, or inappropriate activities.
  5. Risk to the general good of the College.
  6. Risk to the general good of the student or student population.
  7. Unregistered locker.
  8. Physical damage to or defacing of the locker.
  9. Odors (spoiled/rancid food, garbage or smelly contents.)
  10. Locker maintenance

8. The College works with the local law enforcement authorities and maintains the right in the College’s sole discretion to allow law enforcement to carry out specific and random searches/inspections of locker contents. Such searches/arches/inspections may be carried out with or without notice to the locker’s occupant being present. Such police activity may include but is not limited to: random drug or weapon searches of lockers, backpacks, book bags, brief cases, containers, jackets and winter coats.

Email Policy

Making STUDENT Communications Easier and Faster

Every student registered for a credit course* will be assigned a Kishwaukee College, “name@st.kishwaukeecollege.edu,” email account as of April 1, 2008.

*Students in non-degree seeking programs may not have an email account.

Kishwaukee College’s (KC) policy is that email will be the primary mode of written communication between faculty, staff, and students. All faculty and staff must use official KC email for KC academic and business communications.

Click on a frequently asked question to view the answer.

If faculty and staff contact students via their official KC email and get no response, are they forbidden to use students outside email address if one is on file?

  • We prefer you to use the KC endorsed email. Full faculty support will help tremendously in the student adoption rate of the new email system.
  • Suggested approach: send students the “real message” to their KC account. If you get no response, send them a message like this to their “non-KC” account: “KC wants to assure communications with all our students. I sent you a message about XXXX to your KC email address. Please log on at www.kishwaukeecollege.edu to retrieve this important information.”

Why bother with KC student email?

  • Students change email accounts periodically, so tracking email is very difficult.
  • There are still a few students who do not have a personal email account.
  • In order for KC to utilize email as an official means of communication we have to assure that it is available to all students and that we can maintain an accurate list of addresses.
  • We want to make it as easy as possible for students to work with faculty and to handle the “business” part of their academic experience. Email is one of the key enabling technologies that facilitate those goals.
  • New online services are here. These services, such as online registration and bill payment, require an email address. We want to be certain that all students have equal access to these online services.

Will students use it?

  • KC policy is that all communications sent via the “@st.kishwaukeecollege.edu” email system are official communications and that KC will not send paper (duplicate) copies. In order for students to be aware of KC deadline requirements, they will have to use the system.
  • A key to the success is the participation of all faculty and staff in a two-way communication channel. KC adopted a policy that states that KC faculty and staff will utilize KC email in all their KC academic and business email communication. This will make it easier for students to determine the email addresses of their faculty and of KC staff, and reinforce the “KC email is how we communicate” message.

Can a student forward KC email to another account and/or use another mail client?

  • Yes, the KC email system includes forwarding features. We do NOT recommend using it, because if a student REPLIES or FORWARDS a KC email received via forwarding, the address of the outgoing mail will be the address of their non-KC account. This may be confusing for faculty and fellow students. 
  • Students can use any client they choose, but KC staff and faculty can only guarantee responses to KC email accounts.

What if WebCT is used in a course and students use the "WebCT Mail" feature. Can students still do this?

  • WebCT mail is “course mail”-it only works within the WebCT system. It is an easy and effective way for faculty and students to communicate within the WebCT environment, so by all means, use it. However, that does NOT excuse a student from checking his or her KC email on a regular basis, as faculty and staff not part of that WebCT environment cannot email to a WebCT address.

What if students don’t know how to use email?

  • Email and the internet are the most widely used computer technologies. Very few people have not used email.
  • The email system the student will use is a web-mail based system designed to be very simple to use. The students do not have to install any software on their machines to use it.
  • “How to” information is available in print form and on the web.
  • Help is available during regular campus business hours through the IT help desk: (815) 825-2086 x 357.

What if students do not have a computer?

  • Every student has access to a computer, whether it is in their home, or on the KC campus.
  • Public libraries view internet access as part of their mission. A student without a computer and far away from a campus can always visit their local library.
  • Students taking online classes are required to be able to gain access to a computer in order to participate in the class.
  • Students taking classes on campus have access to public computers on campus (A345, L201, and other various departments across campus).

What if students cannot use a computer?

  • Students who have qualifying disabilities, in accordance with the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, that limit their use of a computer can arrange to receive critical communication in person, by telephone or TTY, fax or paper mail. To do such, students: must have documentation on file with the Assistive Resource Center (A317), notify his/her instructor and administration offices of their situation (Business, Admissions and Financial Aid offices). 

How frequently must students check their email?

  • As it is the official communication vehicle of KC, it should be part of their daily routine. It is unlikely that a major event such as the deadline to register or pay your bill would be announced without a week’s notice-but other items like “KC is closed tonight due to weather” are a value only if people check daily or even multiple times a day.

How do students know about this?

  • All current students and students enrolled in the last two years were notified by mail.
  • Every new student will receive a letter at a point in the admission/registration process.
  • Campus notices have been put in place indicating the new system is up.
  • All offices that want to communicate with students via email are encouraged to include this information wherever possible.
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