Parkland College

General College Syllabus

Statement of Policies and Services that Support Teaching and Learning


A note from the Vice President for Academic Services:


Parkland College is committed to your academic success.  To this end, we have adopted policies and created services to assist you as a Parkland student.  This document provides a partial listing of these policies and services.  Your responsibility as a student is to become acquainted with these policies and services and employ them appropriately. --- Dr. Pam Lau


Parkland College Mission

The mission of Parkland College is to engage the community in learning.


Parkland College Core Values

We believe strongly in the Core Values espoused by Parkland College: Honesty and Integrity, Fairness and Just Treatment, Responsibility, Multiculturalism, Education, and Public Trust.


Parkland College Civility Statement

Our College Core Values of Fair and Just Treatment and Responsibility serve as guide posts for civility. Parkland College is committed to campus wide civility by cultivating a community where the faculty, staff, and students:





Code of Conduct


A code of conduct reminder from the Dean of Students:


All Parkland students are expected to be responsible for their behavior. This includes monitoring your language and your behavior all around the campus, including in and out of classes. Please, think before you act! You are expected to respect yourself, your fellow students and your instructors. You have joined the Parkland College academic community. Be a good member of the community.


View the Student Policy and Procedures Manual and Conduct Code .

If you have questions or concerns, call the Office of the Dean of Students at 217-353-2048.

Academic Honesty


Parkland College’s values include responsibility, honesty and integrity. Students, faculty, and  staff  are  all  expected  to  maintain  academic  integrity  in  their  work  and  take collective responsibility for preventing violations of intellectual ownership. Academic dishonesty is unacceptable, and the institution is committed to helping students learn these values through development and growth. Personal commitment, honest work, and honest achievement are necessary characteristics for an educated person. The process  of  determining  the  consequences  of  academic  dishonesty  begins  with  the faculty member and may proceed to include the department chair, the division dean, and/or the Office of the Vice President for Academic Services. All Incidents of academic dishonesty, including developmental or punitive action, should be referred in writing to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Services.


Definition of Academic Dishonesty from the Student Policies and Procedures Manual:


“1. Academic Honesty can be broadly defined as performing academic work without cheating, fabrication, or plagiarism:


  1. Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic activity.  Submitting as one’s own work term papers, homework, and examinations that are not one’s own work or for which a student received unauthorized help. Copying  the  work  of  another,  or  allowing  another  to  copy  one’s  own  work, without proper acknowledgment.
  2. Fabrication: Falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic activity.
  3. PlagiarismExternal information borrowed and directly quoted must be indicated by use of quotation marks, and any changes, omissions, or addition to the direct quotation must be shown in bracket, and the source documented. All cited external information that has been paraphrased and summarized must also be documented.
  4. Collaboration: Students at Parkland College are encouraged to work together on group projects, study, and other activities. However, work submitted to fulfill an assignment not specifically identified as a group activity must be substantially the work of the author.  Instructors should provide guidelines to students to maintain the academic integrity of these collaborative activities.  Collaboration beyond this constitutes academic misconduct.”


Full explanation of the consequences of academic dishonesty


Academic Honesty Affirmation


The following statement is the sanctioned affirmation of academic honesty in works submitted by students:

“I honor Parkland’s core values by affirming that I have followed all academic integrity guidelines for this work.”

Instructor Withdrawal from a Class Section


A census of class attendance is taken at the end of the first week of instruction for the session regardless of class session length and the day(s) and frequency of scheduled class meetings.


At the census date for each class section, faculty are required to assess your attendance.  If you have not attended up to that point, you will be withdrawn with no refund of tuition and fees and a grade of “W” will be recorded on your academic transcript.  After this census date, if you cease to attend, the faculty member has the right to withdraw you at or before midterm. (Check for the date of midterm for each class on or ask your instructor.)  However, if you decide not to complete the class, you should not assume an instructor withdrawal.  You are ultimately responsible for your own withdrawal by the withdrawal deadline (see following section).  Non-withdrawn classes where the student has stopped attending will be graded.


Student Initiated Drop or Withdrawal from a Class Section

When you enroll in a course, you automatically assume certain student responsibilities.  One of these responsibilities is to properly remove yourself from a course if you decide not to complete the course.  Once you register for a course, you remain enrolled until you initiate a withdrawal or you are withdrawn by the instructor under the instructor withdrawal provisions stated in the section above.  There are two procedures for you to withdraw yourself from a course depending on the time of the semester:


  1. Within the first week of a class session, you may drop the class with no record.  The course does not appear on the transcript and you receive a full credit of tuition and fees.  The deadline for this is 11.59 p.m. on the Sunday following the class start date.  To do this:
  1. Log in to
  2. From the Registration menu, click/choose the Register and Drop Sections menu option and follow the screen prompts.

If you need help, call the Tech Service Desk at 217-353-3333.  Watch the “Check Out WebAdvisor” video for tips and information on resources.

  1. Beginning on Monday of the second week of the class session, and up to 5 p.m. on the last business day of the week before the last week of instruction for that class, you may withdraw from the class. The course will appear on the transcript with a grade of W and there is no refund of tuition and fees.  To do this:
  1. Obtain the Notification of Intent to Withdraw from Classes form either online at or in person from Admissions and Records in U214.
  2. Contact your instructor, department chair, or program director for their signature.  If you are unable to meet with your instructor in person, you may contact them via email to obtain the signature.  If you have received the signature via email, attach the email to the form and send it to
  3. If you are a degree-seeking student withdrawing from all courses, you should have an exit interview with a financial aid advisor. Call 217-351-2222 or stop by Financial Aid in U286.
  4. If you are an international student withdrawing from any course, you should meet with an international advisor.  Call 217-351-2890 or stop by International Admissions in U238.
  5. Submit the completed form with a picture ID to Admissions and Records (U214) or via email to
  1. If you are failing a course due to violations of the academic honesty policy (Policy 8.06) or failing a clinical course in a Health Professions program (2018-2019 Catalog, page 188, Program Requirements 1.d.), you may not be permitted to withdraw. See the appropriate division dean if you have questions.

General Learning Outcomes

The College catalog states “…all of Parkland’s academic offerings  will help [students] grow by improving their individual skills and competencies and by providing experiences in areas they have not yet explored” (page 7, 2018-19). You are encouraged to review the Course Information Form (CIF) for your course.  There, you will find the general education objectives addressed in your course.  Your instructor may list the particular objectives in your syllabus.  You are not only learning content specific information, but Parkland is also assisting you in realizing your “potential as learners, workers and valuable participants in a global society” (page 7, 2018-19).



Absence (Extended) from Classes

If you are absent for more than one day due to an emergency, accident, illness or hospitalization, you or your family need to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 217-353-2048 so that notification can be sent to your instructors.


You should note that instructors have their own attendance policies and you are responsible for reading each course syllabus to know these policies. Only your instructors can decide whether an absence is excused. They also determine if you can turn in late work or make up missed quizzes and/or exams on the basis of an excused absence.


Absences Due to Religious Observances

Parkland College recognizes and values the diverse religious beliefs of its students.  The college practices shared responsibility in the event that a student’s religious observances conflicts with scheduled class work, assignments, or examinations.  Students must inform instructors well in advance of a planned absence for a religious observance by completing a request for religious accommodations’ form with their instructor and submitting a copy of it to the Office of the Dean of Students.  Instructors will make reasonable accommodations for students in these situations.  However, instructors are not obliged to teach missed class material again.

Accessibility Services

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Accessibility Services to discuss a range of options for removing perceived learning barriers in the course, including accommodations. Students are also encouraged to self-advocate by communicating with their instructor to address their learning needs in the class. In accordance with the requirement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Parkland College will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its service, programs, or activities.


Students who have a disability or have reason to believe that they have a disability impacting learning and who may need accommodations are encouraged to contact the Accessibility Services either in person (U260); by phone (217-353-2338); or by  email: ( 


Center for Academic Success

 If you find yourself needing assistance of any kind to complete assignments, stay on top of readings, study for tests, or just to stay in school, please contact the Center for Academic Success in D120 at 217-353-2005 or 217-351-2441.  You may also email CAS at­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


Parkland College Library

Located on two floors in the College Center, the Parkland College Library is a comfortable place to study, research, browse, and work with friends. Librarians are available to assist and guide you. Full-text databases are available online 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  You may access these databases from off-campus using your ParklandOne login.  While on campus, you can use your laptop and smart devices to access the Wi-Fi network.


Your Parkland ID is your library card. You may renew library materials online in the Parkland Library catalog or call 217/353-2223. Fines and/or fees are charged for overdue, lost or damaged materials. Printing and photocopying are available in black and white (10 cents per page) and color (50 cents per page).  Laptops, Kindles, calculators, headphones and more can be checked out at the Service Desk.


Get help!  Use the Ask-A-Librarian service for chat, text, email, and phone assistance. For more information, visit the library website or call a librarian at 217-373-3839.

Public Safety/Campus Police Department

The Parkland College Police Department, also known as Public Safety, is a full service police agency covering the campus 24 hours a day, including holidays. The officers are trained as EMTs and First Responders to provide emergency medical care. The Police Department offers many services which include escorts, lost and found, and vehicle assists. The college hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The campus is closed on Sundays and holidays.


You can reach this department by:

Presentation Center

The Presentation Center in C150 provides assistance developing, organizing, and practicing individual or group presentations – including outline development as well as coping with speaking anxiety. The Presentation Center is available to all students, faculty, and staff on a drop-in basis or by appointment during the regular semester.

For additional information visit the Presentation Center send an email query to, or contact Coordinator Jody Littleton at 217/351-2532.

Recording in the Classroom

Students who wish to record classroom or other learning activities must request permission from the instructor prior to doing so.  Students may record classroom and other learning activities as an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act once the Accessibility Services ID Card from Accessibility Services is presented to the instructor. Permission for recordings of classroom learning activities is given solely for the student’s personal study and review and may not be used for any other purposes. 

Tech Service Desk

The Tech Service Desk is a one-stop shop for Parkland students seeking assistance with Parkland technologies, including, email, Cobra Learning, Wi-Fi, ParklandOne, Microsoft Office 365, and more.


You may contact the Tech Service Desk in several ways. 

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday

10 a.m. to noon Friday

For helpful articles, check out the Parkland College KnowledgeBase

Title IX – Sexual Harassment, Violence, and Misconduct

We are committed to assuring a safe and productive educational environment for all students.  In order to meet this commitment and to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and guidance from the Office of Civil Rights, the college requires faculty members to report incidents of sexual violence shared by students to the college’s Title IX coordinator, Vice President of Student Services, Michael Trame.  The only exceptions to the faculty member’s reporting obligation are when incidents of sexual violence are communicated by a student during a classroom discussion, in a writing assignment for a class, or as part of a college-approved research project.  Faculty members are obligated to report sexual violence or any other abuse of a minor (any person under 18 years of age) to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  Information regarding the reporting of sexual violence and the resources that are available to victims of sexual violence is available at “Title IX Harassment Discrimination.”

Title IX – Pregnancy


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 provides pregnant students with certain rights regarding their education.  For information, contact Dr. Marietta Turner, Dean of Students at 217-351-2505 or via email at


URLs for Accessing Relevant Online Resources

Student Policies and Procedures Manual and Conduct Code

Consequences of academic dishonesty: (Student Policies & Procedures Manual, page 3)

Center for Academic Success resources


Public Safety/Campus Police

Presentation Center

Title IX – Sexual Harassment, Violence, and Misconduct

Technical Services: