can I contact my instructors?
Most full-time instructors have
offices on the main or satellite campuses and only some of the part-time
instructors have an office to meet with students. Refer to the Campus Directory
to determine your instructors’ office locations, telephone extension and e-mail
my instructor drop me if I miss too many classes?
Most instructors drop students who
do not consistently attend classes, however, some instructors will not do
so. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to drop themselves by
the established deadlines if they no longer wish to remain in a class or risk
getting a failing grade. For students whose attendance is inconsistent,
instructors may drop them if the number of absences exceeds the amount allowed
by the instructor.
do I do if I drop below 12 units during the semester?
This may be a serious problem.
If this occurs within the first half of the semester, check the SMC website for
possible late-start classes that you can still enroll in. If classes are unavailable, you should
discuss your reasons with a counselor immediately. A referral will then be
made to the International Education Center for a status review. If it is
determined that you are out of status, the IEC will instruct you on steps you
need to take to reinstate yourself.
do I do if I am ill or unable to attend classes?
Contact your instructors as soon as
possible to let them know what is happening. Ask them about turning in
make up work or taking make up exams, if applicable. Keep in mind that
some instructors are unwilling to allow for make up work or exams no matter
what the reason. Instructors generally let students know their policy on
make up work at the beginning of the class.
If the illness or unforeseen event
occurs at the end of the semester or session where only the final is needed,
the student may want to discuss with the instructor the possibility of getting
an incomplete for the course. Incompletes must be approved by the
can I do if I am feeling overwhelmed or depressed?
The best thing you can do for
yourself is get help! Meet with a counselor as soon as you feel you are
losing your focus on your school work. These feelings are very common for
students studying abroad for the first time and with over 3,300 international
students, our counselors have had lots of experience assisting our students. In many cases, our counselors may refer
students to our Center for
Wellness and Wellbeing for personal counseling. This
service is free of charge to our enrolled students.
happens if I fail my classes?
You need to meet with a counselor
immediately to discuss your continued status at SMC. If you are placed on
probation, you will be limited to 12 units but will be allowed to continue your
studies for one more semester. If you fail to improve your grades and are
disqualified, you will be asked to sit out for one or more semesters.
Again, if you reach this point, you are advised to meet with a counselor to
discuss your options. It may be possible to appeal your disqualification
and continue attending SMC.
Students who earn a D or F in a
class may repeat the class once more without any approvals. If you fail
it again and wish to retake it, you will need to complete a Special
Consideration petition at the International Education Counseling Center. A decision will be made to allow or deny the
repetition at SMC. If your request to
repeat the class a second time is denied, you may be advised to repeat the
class at another college.
can I do if I feel my instructor is being unfair?
If you believe you are being treated
unfairly in class, try to discuss your concerns with your instructor. If
you are still unsatisfied, you have the option of speaking with the Department
Chair or the campus Ombudsperson.
will I be graded in my classes at SMC?
At the beginning of each class,
instructors will usually distribute a course syllabus explaining how students
will be graded for the class. Some instructors may place heavy emphasis
on factors such as attendance and class participation in addition to actual
grades on exams and homework. It is important for students to become
familiar with each instructor’s policy, especially with regard to missed exams
and assignments due to illness or other reason. These policies tend to
vary widely among instructors. Final grades are assigned in one of two
ways. Most common are letter grades of A, B, C, D or F, with A
representing the highest mark. Less common is a grade of P or NP for pass
or no pass. P represents a passing grade of either A, B or C. NP
represents a failing grade of D or F. With the exception of a few classes
such as Counseling 11, the pass/no pass grading option must be requested
through the Admissions Office during the first few weeks of the semester or
session. To download the Pass/No pass request form and eligibility
information go to the Admissions website where you will also find the deadlines. Before requesting
pass/no pass, we recommend students meet with a counselor.
financial resources are available to F-1 visa students?
F-1 visa students are eligible to
apply for private scholarships through the SMC Foundation once they have
completed 12 units at SMC. Scholarships are limited and amounts generally
range from around $200 on up. Besides private scholarships, F-1 students
enrolled full-time in a minimum of 12 units may also apply for part-time
student assistant jobs on campus. If the financial situation of a
student’s sponsor changes dramatically after the first year of study and the
sponsor is no longer able to provide for the student, the student may be
eligible to apply for an off-campus work permit through the International
Education Center. If granted an off-campus work permit, students will be
allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
F-1 students work on campus?
International students who are
enrolled in 12 or more units are allowed to work part-time on campus for a
maximum of 20 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters and 30 hours
per week during summer and winter sessions. Job opportunities are listed on the
Student Employment website.
Please note that F-1 students can only apply for jobs designated as Student Help positions. Those positions
designated as Federal Work Study are
reserved for students on U.S. government financial aid. Students who are
offered a job are then given the necessary paperwork to apply for their Social
Security Card. A social security number is required before a student can
begin working. If a student does not have a social security number
and is offered a Student Help position on campus, a staff member at
International Education Counseling Center will advise the student on how to
obtain their social security number.
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