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3012 Graduation

Graduation Requirements
Degrees and Certificates
A. MVCC grants four Associate degrees and one Certificate.
a. Associate in Arts (AA)
b. Associate in Science (AS)
c. Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
d. Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
e. Certificate
B. Students completing a two year program will be awarded an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science, an Associate in Applied Science and an Associate in Occupational Studies. Students completing a one year program will be awarded a Certificate.
General Requirements
A. A program grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher. Credits transfer from other colleges may not be used in this computation.
B. A minimum of 25% of credits completed in residence with an average of 2.00 (C) or higher.
C. Satisfactory completion of the minimum of sixty (60) college credits in approved curriculum for a two year degree or the minimum of twenty-four (24) credits in approved curriculum for a certificate.
D.  Satisfactory completion of Diversity and Global View requirement
E. Satisfactory completion of General Education Requirements
F. Satisfactory completion of SUNY General Education Requirements
G. High School graduation or GED Certificate
H. Satisfactory completion of one credit of ED 100
I. Satisfactory completion of two credits of Physical Education unless stated otherwise in the catalog.
Posthumous Graduation
The Board of Trustees will consider granting posthumous degrees or certificates to students under the following conditions:
A. Student is registered at MVCC during the term in which the student dies.
B. The degree or certificate will be in the program in which the student is matriculated at the time of death.
C. The student has completed the number of courses and credits required by the program.
D. The student is certified for graduation by Vice President for Learning and Academic Affairs or designee.

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3015 Sexual Violence Response Policy


A. Affirmative consent is a clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent is active, not passive. Silence or lack of resistance cannot be interpreted as consent. Seeking and having consent accepted is the responsibility of the person(s) initiating each specific sexual act regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Consent to any sexual act or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not constitute consent to any other sexual act. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn or cannot be given, sexual activity must stop. Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated. Incapacitation occurs when an individual lacks the ability to fully, knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity.

B. Incapacitation includes impairment due to drugs or alcohol (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary), the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, if any of the parties are under the age of 17, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.


In accordance with the Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights, victims/survivors shall have the right to pursue more than one of the options below at the same time, or to choose not to participate in any of the options below:

• To report confidentially the incident to one of the following college officials, who by law may maintain confidentiality, and can assist in obtaining services:

o Anonymously via an anonymous internet reporting system;
o Counseling Office, Utica (315)792-5326; Rome (315)334-7709
o Department of Public Safety, Utica (315)792-5566; Rome 792-5466

• To disclose confidentially the incident and obtain services from the New York State, New York City or county hotlines: Additional disclosure and assistance options are catalogued by the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and presented in several languages: .

o For local assistance, contact the YWCA Mohawk Valley Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline for 24-hour confidential help or information at (315)797-7740.
o To report a sexual assault on a New York college campus to the State Police, call the 24-hour hotline at 1-844-845-7269. For confidential support resources, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.

• To report the incident to one of the following college officials who can offer privacy and can assist  in obtaining resources (note that an official who can offer privacy may still be required by law and college policy to inform one or more college officials about the incident, including but not limited to the Title IX Coordinator):

o Title IX Coordinator

o Department of Public Safety; and
o Counseling

• To file a criminal complaint with the MVCC’s Department of Public Safety and/or with local law enforcement:

o MVCC Department of Public Safety, Academic Building 109, Utica (315)792-5566; Rome 792-5466
o Utica Police Department, 413 Oriskany St., Utica NY 13501, (315)735-3301

• To file a report of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking, and/or talk to the Title IX Coordinator for information and assistance. Reports will be investigated in accordance with MVCC’s policies and procedures. If a victim/survivor wishes to keep his/her identity private, he or she may call the Vice President for Student Affairs’ office anonymously to discuss the situation and available options:

o Stephanie Reynolds, Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students;
       Payne Hall 347, (315)792-5324

• When the accused is an employee, a victim/survivor may also report the incident to the MVCC’s Office of Human Resources or may request that one of the above referenced confidential or private employees assist in reporting to Human Resources. Disciplinary proceedings will be conducted in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements. When the accused is an employee of an affiliated entity or vendor of the college, college officials will, at the request of the victim/survivor, assist in reporting to the appropriate office of the vendor or affiliated entity and, if the response of the vendor or affiliated entity is not sufficient, assist in obtaining a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and college policy.

o Kim Evans – Dame, Executive, Executive Director of Human Resources,
    Academic Building 113, (315) 792-5637

• You may withdraw your complaint or involvement from the MVCC process at any time.

Protection and Accommodations

• When the accused is a student, to have the college issue a “No Contact Order,” meaning that continuing to contact the protected individual is a violation of college policy subject to additional conduct charges; if the accused and a protected person observe each other in a public place, it is the responsibility of the accused to leave the area immediately and without directly contacting the protected person.
• To have assistance from the Department of Public Safety or other college officials in obtaining an Order of Protection or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent protective or restraining order.
• To receive a copy of the Order of Protection or equivalent and have an opportunity to meet or speak with a college official who can explain the order and answer questions about it, including information from the Order about the accused’s responsibility to stay away from the protected person(s); that burden does not rest on the protected person(s).
• To an explanation of the consequences for violating these orders, including but not limited to arrest, additional conduct charges, and interim suspension.
• To have assistance from Department of Public Safety in effecting an arrest when an individual violates an Order of Protection or, if outside of New York State, an equivalent protective or restraining order within the jurisdiction of Department of Public Safety or, if outside of the jurisdiction to call on and assist local law enforcement in effecting an arrest for violating such an order.
• When the accused is a student and presents a continuing threat to the health and safety of the community, to have the accused subject to interim suspension pending the outcome of a conduct process.
• When the accused is not a member of the college community, to have assistance from the Department of Public Safety or other college officials in obtaining a persona non grata letter, subject to legal requirements and college policy.
• To obtain reasonable and available interim measures and accommodations that effect a change in academic, housing, employment, transportation, or other applicable arrangements in order to ensure safety, prevent retaliation, and avoid an ongoing hostile environment. While victims/survivors may request accommodations through any of the offices referenced in this policy, the following office can serve as a point to assist with these measures:

o Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, (315)792-5324
o Executive Director of Human Resources, (315)792-5637

Student Conduct Process

• For information regarding our formal Student Conduct Process please refer to our student handbook:


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