2019 - 2020 Student Catalog 
    Apr 12, 2024  
2019 - 2020 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Information on services offered to students at NCCC, as well as co-curricular, extra-curricular activities.


Student Services

The Vice President of Student Services supports and assists students in the achievement of personal and academic success with an emphasis on student development, advocacy, and the Student Code of Conduct–rights and responsibilities. The office oversees a wide and diversified range of student services which are an important part of college life and some are listed below under the various offices that report to the Vice President of Student Services.  Some of the student services listed below are not under the direct authority of the Vice President for Student Services and are referenced accordingly.

Academic Advisement

Student Development coordinates new student academic advisement and provides academic advisement to non-matriculated students.

Education is an individualized endeavor and academic advising is an essential educational service. The philosophy “let each become all that he/she is capable of being” underlies the concept of good academic advisement. Academic planning involves complex decisions that take into consideration student individuality, interests, abilities, study habits and academic and career goals. It requires the guidance of a knowledgeable advisor who provides accurate information on academic policies, procedures and curricular requirements. Through the academic planning process, the advisor provides direction toward the realization of the student’s personal goals and the enhancement of overall college experience.

Academic advisement is a professional complement to the teaching functions of the faculty at Niagara County Community College. Faculty are the primary agents who deliver academic advisement. Every matriculated student (formally admitted to a degree or certificate program) is assigned a permanent academic advisor who is available for consultation on a regular basis. Student Development also assigns new academic advisors to students who change their curriculum or request a change of advisor. These faculty advisors assist students with appropriate course selection from their chosen field of study and serve as resource persons to guide students to other services available in the college. Additionally, they help students in gathering information regarding the transfer process to upper division schools and career opportunities.

It is the responsibility of each student to satisfy all degree/certificate requirements.

Academic Counseling

The college is genuinely concerned about student success. Student Development staff members have extensive experience working with the diversified student population attending NCCC. They are familiar with the decisions, situations and concerns college students face and they provide a variety of services to help students reach both academic and career goals.

Students who have academic progress concerns (e.g., not passing/attending classes, mid-term deficiency letters) can meet with a professional to discuss options for maintaining academic integrity. Available services include academic counseling, GPA estimates, filing academic appeals, help with Academic Foundation courses, and referrals to other college/community resources.

Athletic and Recreational Programs

Niagara County Community College Intercollegiate Athletics provides extremely skilled students with the opportunity to participate in the highest level of competition offered in the college athletic programs.

Niagara County Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and currently sponsors men’s intercollegiate sports programs in baseball, basketball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling. Women’s intercollegiate sports programs include basketball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. The college prides itself in the excellent coaching staff it has maintained.

The Intramural and Recreation programs provide all students with the opportunity to participate in sports activities in a less formal atmosphere than intercollegiate athletics and offers group classes and personal training services.  Intramural offers the following activities, basketball, flag football, floor hockey, racquetball, volleyball, Zumba, and NCCC boot camp.  NCCC currently has a state-of-the art fitness center, recently renovated gymnasium, racquetball courts, outdoor basketball and tennis courts, and a par-fitness course that are available for use by students during designated hours.

Career & Transitional Services

This department brings together multiple services that support students throughout their time at NCCC and beyond. These include:

  • Accessibility Services provides environmental and academic adjustments to qualified students with disabilities in an inclusive setting.
  • Applied Learning features many opportunities to participate in internships, study abroad, and other opportunities that tie classroom learning to real world experiences.
  • Career Services offers help with job-seeking for students and graduates, in addition to assistance selecting a degree program and career path.
  • Transfer Services gives students tools necessary to identifying transfer colleges and courses that will meet program requirements upon transfer.

Accessibility Services

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is committed to the full participation of students with disabilities in their college education. NCCC strives to make every effort to provide an accessible learning and technological environment for all students who meet the academic standards for admission. The Accessibility Services (AS) office strives to coordinate services that will enable students with disabilities to act as independently as possible in a supportive environment that promotes self-reliance. The AS office is premised on the philosophy that the individuals it serves are students first and their disabilities are secondary.

Students with physical disabilities will find NCCC well suited to their needs. The architectural design of the College provides a barrier-free environment. Most of the campus is street level, and there are ramps and elevators where necessary. Accessibility Services staff is ready to assist faculty and staff so that students may achieve access to all the educational opportunities offered on campus.

The mission of Accessibility Services (AS) at NCCC is to provide reasonable accommodations and related services to qualified students with disabilities in the most inclusive setting possible and to enhance student independence while promoting self-advocacy in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act. The mission of promoting access across the campus is fulfilled by the Accessibility Services Program Administrator who ensures that NCCC adheres to legal mandates stipulated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008. The intent of these laws is to ensure that individuals with disabilities at NCCC have the same access to programs and services as any other student.

Students are encouraged to contact Alissa Shugats-Cummings, Career & Transitional Services Director at 716-614-6292, or acummings@niagaracc.suny.edu with any questions about accommodations or accessibility issues.

Applied Learning

One of NCCC’s goals is to prepare graduates for productive and rewarding careers. Applied learning opportunities are a way for students to connect their classroom learning to real-world experience. Study abroad, internships, field placements, and clinical placements are examples of applied learning experiences at NCCC. Students who don’t have applied learning experiences as part of their required courses can still participate. Options for 1, 2, and 3-credit experiences that match your career goals can be designed to meet your needs, allowing you to apply your academic skills and develop new proficiencies in a practical work setting. Contact Career & Transitional Services for more information.


Curriculum Change

Students are often unsure of their educational and vocational goals. As a result, they may decide to change their major before completing their education. Students who wish to change their curriculum are encouraged to contact Student Development to make an appointment. The student will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons for the change and its appropriateness in relationship to their goals. The Curriculum Change process is designed to accommodate currently matriculated students who wish to change their academic program. The application is also available on Banner Web under the Student Services and Financial Aid tab. Click on Student Records and select Curriculum Change Application.

The following programs have specific admission requirements and prerequisite coursework that must be completed to be eligible for a curriculum change: Animal Management, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Surgical Technology. (See program requirements for detailed information) Students interested in the Nursing and Practical Nursing programs must submit an application through Admissions.

International Student Services

NCCC welcomes students from across the globe to study on our campus! We offer more than sixty (60) programs of study and on-campus housing. International students are attracted to our academic reputation, small class size, affordable tuition, and excellent transfer opportunities. In return, your presence enriches our college environment and contributes to the promotion of international understanding.

NCCC looks forward to assisting you in achieving your educational and career goals. There is a dedicated International Admissions Advisor available to assist you with application requirements and maintaining compliance.

Multicultural Student Support Services

Support for multicultural students is available for providing leadership in developing, implementing and coordinating student support services and activities designed to assist the under-represented students’ personal development and academic achievement.

Staff provide guidance and counseling support to minority and international students in all areas relevant to their persistence and success at NCCC, including general adjustment, financial aid, and career selection. Particular emphasis is provided on assisting students who are academically under-prepared or come from backgrounds underrepresented at NCCC.

Staff promote and develop educational opportunities and enrichment activities to help facilitate the educational and personal growth of minority and international students through organized activities and collaborative efforts with other college units.

Staff assist college units and student organizations to create environments and programs which will attract, support and bolster minority students success and continuation at NCCC. Additionally, staff help academic units monitor the progress of students and makes appropriate referrals to Student Development and/or academic units.

Placement Testing

The college assesses writing, reading, and mathematical skills of all applicants to determine appropriate course placement and support services. Applicants will be waived from one or more tests and/or placed in appropriate courses based on the NCCC ENGLISH/READING WAIVERS AND COURSE PLACEMENT and the NCCC MATH WAIVERS AND PLACEMENT charts.   Students who do not meet chart criteria will be sent information to take one or more on line placement tests.  If it is determined that there is a need for foundation courses, they must be taken during the first semester of attendance and in successive semesters until completed satisfactorily. Foundation courses do not count toward earned credit hours for graduation requirements. Demonstrated competence (successful completion of all three placement tests, exemption due to prior coursework, or completion of required foundation coursework) is a graduation requirement as well as a prerequisite to enrollment in specific courses.  Students who are required to take two or three foundation courses are limited to no more than 14 credit hours.

Self-Help Workshops

Academic and personal growth opportunities in a variety of areas are offered by Student Development and the Wellness Center on campus. Seminar topics, dates and times are listed each semester in a student success publication.

Shuttle Service

The college provides shuttle service to and from the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute as well as Niagara University and other stores near Military Road in Niagara Falls, New York.  This link takes you to the schedule: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/shuttle/.

Student Conduct

Student conduct regulations are contained in the Niagara County Community College Students Code of Conduct. These regulations, drafted jointly by representatives of the student body, faculty, and administration, are intended to help maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and personal growth and to make the process of education positive and successful for all members of the community. Every student is guaranteed due process in all college-related disciplinary matters when a student’s college-related actions go beyond the exercise of inalienable rights guaranteed by law.  It is available online at Student Code of Conduct.

Student Employment

Career Services include job placement, employer and recruiter relations, employment-related campus events, and student access to a number of workshops and resources set up to assist students in further developing employment-related skills.  Services are available to current and past students and graduates. 

Career Services also features an extensive career planning and employment topic library and information on a variety of online resources. NCCC has a strong relationship with many local employers, who come to our Job Fair each semester and frequently contact us seeking our students and graduates for employment. We act as an intermediary between students and employers: we direct students to appropriate employment opportunities and we will forward relevant employment documents from qualified student candidates to employers when job opportunities are available.

Transfer Services

Many students transfer to four-year colleges and universities after completing their education at NCCC.  The following factors need to be considered when choosing a transfer institution: academic program, cost, location, campus size, transfer student services, and others dictated by individual student needs.  Transfer Services is available to assist students with this transfer decision process.  Students should begin to work with their academic advisor or a professional in Transfer Services as early as possible to help maximize transfer of credit to their institution of choice. 

NCCC has established numerous course-to-course transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities to provide students with information to help insure a smooth transition to their transfer institution.  These agreements identify the courses students will need to complete to prepare them to enter the corresponding four-year college major.  

The college also has a number of Dual-Admission programs, a special type of articulation agreement which guarantees admission at junior-level status at a four-year college upon completion of the associate degree.  NCCC currently has Dual Admission agreements with the following institutions: Bryant and Stratton College, Canisius College, Daemen College, D’Youville College, Empire State College, Franklin University, Hilbert College, Medaille College, Niagara University, SUNY College at Brockport, SUNY College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College), SUNY College at Fredonia, SUNY Upstate Medical University (GOLD program available to high school seniors only), and Utica College of Syracuse University. 

For additional transfer information and updated listings of articulation and Dual-Admissions agreements, contact Transfer Services.

Veterans Benefits & Services

NCCC is an approved training facility for both credit and non-credit programs for receipt of VA benefits. Eligible persons may qualify for federal educational benefits as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. NCCC’s Office of Veteran Services is housed in Student Development and available to help students apply for benefits and to serve as a liaison to the Department of Veterans Affairs. NCCC is also responsible for certifying prompt and accurate enrollment and attendance information to the VA.

G.I. Bill Benefits, Applying for

Applicants should begin by contacting our Admissions (credit programs) or Division of Workforce & Continuing Education Office (non-credit) to complete the steps necessary to be accepted into their desired program of study. Any transfer or service transcripts must be sent promptly to our Admissions Office for transfer credit evaluation.

Contact Veteran Services in the Student Development Office for guidance on applying for G.I. Bill educational benefits. First-time applicants will need to complete an application for benefits on www.GIBILL.va.gov. Prior recipients who are changing schools or readmitting to NCCC must initiate a change of enrollment form with our office to restart benefits. Students returning from active duty will work with a Student Development professional to have a seamless re-entry to the college. It is important that a copy of your class schedule is submitted to us each semester to initiate the reporting process.

Student Responsibilities

Students receiving veterans benefits are required to promptly inform our office of any new enrollment, changes in enrollment, and program changes. It is also important to consult with a staff member if repeating a course, enrolling in module classes, taking courses that are not necessary to complete current degree requirements, or making decisions to drop courses or withdraw from classes; these conditions may affect benefit eligibility. Students are expected to attend class and make reasonable academic progress to receive benefits.

G.I. Bill Programs

G.I. Bill educational benefits are available for veterans, members of the Selected Reserves or National Guard, and children or spouses of service connected deceased or totally and permanently disabled veterans under one of the following programs. Specific questions on eligibility should be directed to the Veterans Administration Regional Office, PO Box 4616,130 S. Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240 or 1-888-GIBILL-1. Detailed information is available on www.GIBILL.va.gov.

Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Individuals entering military service on or after July 1, 1985, who contributed $100 a month for the first 12 months of their service or who were eligible for the Old G.I. Bill (Chapter 34) and meet certain eligibility criteria, may be eligible for benefits under this program. To be eligible for Chapter 30, you must have a high school diploma/GED, an Honorable Discharge, and served two years of continuous active duty.

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 33)

Veterans who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, may be entitled to receive payment of tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and books and supplies ($1,000 per academic year) depending on their length of service.

Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Members of the Selected Reserve who enlist, reenlist, or extend an enlistment in the Selected Reserve for a period of at least six years may qualify for full- or part-time monthly educational benefits.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP - Chapter 1607)

Reservists and National Guard members who served on active duty on or after 9/11/01 for at least 90 consecutive days on a contingency operation may qualify for this enhanced benefit.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Veterans who have a service-connected disability may be entitled to receive payment of tuition, fees, books, supplies, a monthly subsistence allowance, and career/personal counseling. Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Vocational Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 who are unemployed and who are not eligible for any other VA education benefit program may qualify for 12 months of training assistance for programs of education leading to a high demand occupation as determined by the Department of Labor.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

Survivors of deceased veterans and dependents of veterans with a permanent and total service connected disability may be eligible for a monthly allowance from the Veterans Administration.

Veterans Work-Study Benefits

The VA work-study program permits eligible students receiving veterans benefits to perform services for Veteran Services in the Student Development Office in return for a monetary allowance. VA work-study payments are non-taxable; students may contract for a maximum of 750 hours of service in a fiscal year. Work-study duties at educational institutions may include processing enrollment documents, assisting college officials in maintaining records, and assisting veterans with concerns and questions.

Tutorial Assistance

Tutorial assistance funds may be paid to students receiving VA education benefits to help pay for tutoring expenses. All claims for tutorial assistance are made on VA Form 22-1990T available in the Student Development Office.

Other Education Assistance Programs

NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans

Awards up to $450 per year are offered to qualified children of deceased or disabled veterans, prisoners of war or veterans missing in action. File a Children of Veteran Award Supplement to establish eligibility. Qualified applicants must then complete the FAFSA and Express TAP application to process the award. Check with the Financial Aid Office or HESC for applications and additional information.

Military Service Recognition Scholarship

The Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS) provides financial aid to children, spouses, and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who, at any time on or after August 2, 1990, while New York State residents, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities.  Check with the Financial Aid Office or complete and submit the Military Services Recognition Scholarship Web Supplement at HESC. Be sure to print the web supplement confirmation, sign it, and submit it, along with the required documentation. 

NYS Veterans Tuition Award (VTA)

NYS resident veterans who served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, or Afghanistan may receive full tuition for full or part-time study. File a NYS Veterans Tuition Award Supplement to establish eligibility. Full-time applicants may complete the FAFSA and link to the Tap Application or a completed Scholarship Grant Payment Application. Part-time students only need to file the VTA supplement. Check with the Financial Aid Office or www.HESC.org for applications and for current deadlines to establish eligibility.

New York State Incentive Programs

Tuition assistance is available for Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and Naval Militia meeting select criteria. Applications are processed directly through your unit. Consult your local recruiter or the educational liaison in your unit for the policy for the current fiscal year.

NCCC Veterans Association Club

NCCC’s Veterans Association Club sponsors various fundraisers to assist disabled veteran organizations and to send care packages overseas, coordinates our Veteran’s Day Ceremony each year, and functions to heighten awareness of the needs of today’s veteran within the campus community. Contact Veteran Services in Student Development to get involved.

Wellness Center (Health Services & Personal Counseling)

Health Services

The Wellness Center contains a well-equipped health services component on campus to provide for students and staff. Registered nurses are available days and evenings for emergency treatment of injuries, care for minor illnesses and counseling regarding health and related issues.

Students will be referred to an area hospital, treatment facility, their family physician or community health, and/or social service agencies when necessary.

A supply of over-the-counter medications is available in the Wellness Center. Health related programs are conducted and wellness clinics are offered to the college community. A collection of literature on health topics and social concerns is also maintained in the center.

Personal Counseling

It is normal for many college students to have some personal doubts and to experience problems or challenges.

Counselors are available in the Wellness Center to assist students with these challenges. Services are confidential, free of charge and available throughout the academic year.

Students are welcome to discuss their concerns with a counselor at any time in the Wellness Center. A library of self-help books and videos are available for student use.

Workshops and seminars dealing with various personal issues are offered during the academic year.


Included in the “Acceptance Folder” from the Admissions Department, is the “Health Services Packet” which contains information required by New York State Public Health Laws related to colleges and universities.

Every student born on or after January 1, 1957, is required to provide Niagara County Community College with proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella prior to registration. Proof of immunity includes official documentation of two immunizations or copies of positive blood titer results.

All students (regardless of age) are also required to fill out and submit a Meningitis Response Form to Niagara County Community College. Information regarding the meningitis disease and immunization is included in the “Health Services Packet”. Students need to read this information and make an informed decision whether or not to receive the vaccination. This decision is to be indicated on the response form. Please note: The Centers for Disease Control is recommending all students ages 17-26 receive immunization for the meningitis disease. For further information, please contact the Wellness Center. Students may review their immunization information on file by logging into Banner Web, Choose Personal Information, then Immunization Data Display. 

A self-completed health report is requested of all students. It can be found on the reverse side of the Meningitis Response Form. This confidential report is maintained in the Wellness Center, where blank copies are also available.

Students may also obtain the “Health Services Packet” online at: www.niagaracc.suny.edu. Click on Students, then Student Life, and finally Wellness Center. Completed forms may be submitted to the Wellness Center (C-122).


Students in the Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Emergency Medical Services, Animal Management, Physical Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Phlebotomy programs are required to have a completed NCCC Physician’s Physical form on file in the Wellness Center prior to participating in the clinical area. An annual re-assessment form must be completed for those in two-year programs.*

Healthcare organizations require students practicing in their agencies to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination or sign a declination statement as a condition of practicing in the facility. The Hepatitis B vaccination is strongly recommended for all Allied Health students, as these are considered high risk professions. This vaccine is a safe and effective method of preventing Hepatitis B infection. Please direct any questions to the nurses in the Wellness Center.

Allied Health students must submit required forms and information to the Wellness Center (C-122) one month prior to beginning clinical rotations. Please allow at least five business days for the registered nurses to process these requirements and complete the “Clinical Clearance” forms. No student will be allowed to attend clinical rotations without clearance.

Please Note: No information is accepted/allowed via email. All information contained on these forms is strictly confidential and subject to the Privacy Act and HIPAA Laws.

* All Allied Health Students must submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella, regardless of age.

Student Life

In assessing its role in the lives of students, Niagara County Community College considers the total campus environment a part of the college experience. For this reason, the faculty and administration vigorously support and encourage student-directed co-curricular activity. The college recognizes that participation in student government and student activities can be a vital part of an education. Cultural, social, athletic activities, leadership development and volunteer opportunities are provided and a full-range of special interest groups and organizations are open to all students.

Student Clubs & Organizations

For the most current listing of clubs and organizations or just for more information, please stop by the Student Life Office, G243, and they will be more than happy to help you.

Alpha Beta Gamma: An honors-based club for students in business affiliated programs.  Advisor: Laurie Ryan, B115, (716)614-6465.

Anime and Japanese Culture Club: Review group for Japanese animation and Japanese culture.  Meetings include viewing and discussing anime of many genres.  Open to all students.  The Library has an extensive collection of videos and manga (Japanese graphic novels) available.  Open to all students. 

Art Guild:   This club provides interested students with greater opportunities for exposure and experience in the field of Visual Arts. 

Black Student Union: A club where the African American Student can obtain assistance, guidance, and direction concerning their transition to college life.  Open to any student. 

Campus Activities Board: This student group is responsible for creating and coordinating campus special events such as entertainment, social events, major speakers, etc.  Students gain “hands-on” experience in all aspects of event development.  Also, responsible for creating and coordinating events for SHVC (Student Housing Village Corporation).  Students gain “hands on” experience in all aspects of event Advisor:  Meghan Shields, G117C,   (716)614-6261.

Cancer Awareness Club:  This club works to spread awareness about multiple types of cancer to the campus and community as well as raises money for various cancer awareness agencies and supports those who are currently fighting.

Collegians for Christ:  Meet new friends, pray, and grow in fellowship with one another.  Advisor: Dave Brown, phone - (716)731-4845.

Creative Writing Club:  Students to meet and discuss their writing, workshop their writing, organize readings and have faculty and outside authors to come and lead workshops.

Cru at NCCC:  The purpose of this chapter is to build movements of people who are transformed by Jesus Christ.  The student-led movements seek to introduce students to Christ, help them to grow in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible and inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world.  Advisor:  Robert Tyrrell, C285, (716)614-6410.

Digital Filmmakers Club:  The NCCC Videomakers Club promotes collaboration among students who are interested in shooting, editing, writing, producing, and performing for video productions.  The club sponsors an annual Video Festival, guest speakers, on-campus screenings and field trips.  Students are also able to gain hands-on experience as crew members for NCCC in-house productions. AdvisorBob Borgatti, F141, (716)614-6793.               

Foreign Language Club: A club providing the opportunity to learn a variety of languages.  Advisor: Bridget Beilein, E237, (716)614-6717.

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Club:  Open to all students interested in physical activity and health.  A variety of activities such as bowling, hiking and community outreach will be offered.   Advisor: John D. Strong, H164, (716)614-6272.

Horticulture:   This curriculum-based club provides students with “hands-on” experience in flower arrangement, working in a greenhouse environment, planting and cultivating various floras.

Illumination Society: The Illumination Society invites NCCC students interested in the history and practice of animation in all forms. Students will have opportunities to collaborate on animations, travel to Ottawa International Animation Festival, share ideas, participate in the NCCC Video Festival, and organize and attend animation and technical demonstrations.

NFCI Student Club:  If you are interested in Culinary Arts, you are encouraged to participate.  Advisor:  Sabrina Faso, (716)990-2253 & Nathan Koscielski, (716)417-4468.

Phi Theta Kappa:  The only International Honor Society for two-year Colleges encompassing all curriculums.  Students are selected for membership based on GPA and cumulative hours.  Advisors: Paul Ratka, E126, (716)614-6758; Corey Wright, A164, (716)614-6897; Madison Ackerman, D201B,(716)614-6453; Denise Prohaska, C155, (716)614-4017; James Murphy, E256, (716)614-6725.

Physical Therapist Assistant: A curriculum-based club provides students interested in the field of physical therapy the opportunity to gain valuable insight into this profession.  Advisors: Sue Wehling, C284, (716)614-5912 and Debbie Wyzykiewicz, C284, (716)614-5912.

Practical Business Club: This club is open to all and promotes student entrepreneurship. Advisor: Paul Ratka, E126, (716)614-6758 and Laurie Ryan, B115, (716)614-6465.

Pride Alliance:  Provides informal peer group support to discuss concerns of sexual minorities.  Advisor: Amanda Pollard, E126, (716)614-6885 and Colleen Johnson-Summerville, Wellness Center, (716)614-6280.

Rotaract Club:     Advisor:  Bridget Beilein, E237, (716)614-6717.

The Spirit: The College newspaper gives students an opportunity to experience the world of journalism - Interviewing, writing articles, business, graphic design, layout and web publishing in addition to print are some of the vital experiences that can be attained through working on the Spirit. 

STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math):  This club will focus on bringing together and providing a learning environment by arranging facilitated study groups and a support system by the STEM faculty and upper classmen to improve retention.

Strategic Games Club: This club will help foster and encourage strategic gaming and socialization in its members and affiliate groups, fostering and developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Student Nurses Association: this curriculum based club offers support system for all nursing students. They sponsor community services and fund raisers. Advisors:  Brianne Lawton, C174, (716)614-5947 and Donna Sandretto, C169, (716)614-5944.

Student Senate: This organization promotes the general welfare of the student body and contributes to the campus community while allowing students to participate in an opportunity for involvement in a collegiate government process.  Advisor: Heather Trumble, G243B, (716)614-6218. 

Tanzen: This club gives students a chance to experience dance through performing - By audition only. Advisor: Kim Vincent, F120, 614-6707; cell - (716)807-7509.

Teachers Education Club: A curriculum-based club which explores different education programs through exchange of ideas, speakers, and travels to local colleges. Advisor: Michele Hamilton, E227, (716)614-6708.

Theatre Arts: Auditions are he at the beginning of every semester, and are open to ALL students. Allows students to gain acting experience and become involved with other aspects of the theater. Advisor:  Primo Thomas, F200, (716)614-5958.

Tutoring Association:  This club serves as support for NCCC tutors.  Advisor: Madison Ackerman, D201B, (716) 614-6453.

Veterans Club: The veterans club is open to all students and host events such as the Veterans Day Ceremony, overseas care packages, and fundraising to upgrade our Veterans Memorial Park (located near the main entrance of the campus). Advisor: Ralph Payne, B103, (716)614-5921.

Yu-Gi-Oh:  New and old players come together and learn strategies and sportsmanship and teach new people how to play. 

Zoo Crew: This is curriculum-based club which does fundraising for animal organizations. field trips to various zoos and other animal facilities are offered. Open to all students. Advisor: Aaron Cobaugh, C251, (716)614-6424.                                                  


Art Gallery: Three exhibitions per semester; 2 student exhibitions (one each semester) and 4 regional artists.  Advisor: Lani Stangler, F131, (716) 870-1129.

Student Ambassadors: students provide assistance to other students, organizations, and other campus activities. Advisor: Heather Trumble, G117C, (716)614-6218.


Advocates for Students with Disabilities Club: Open to all students, this group promotes awareness and sensitivity in the college and community, provides peer support and aids in problem solving. Status:  INACTIVE

Best Buddies Club: Develop 1 on 1 relationships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Status: INACTIVE

Catholic Club: The Catholic Club is for any NCCC student interested in the Catholic faith.  The group plans activities on and off campus to enrich the Catholic faith.  They are connected to Immaculate Conception parish in Ransomville and can provide transportation to students in the NCCC dorms for Sunday Mass and other parish activities.  Status:  INACTIVE

Computer Science Club: To incorporate educational and professional experiences in a friendly environment.  Status:  INACTIVE

Criminal Justice Student Association:  Gives members an awareness of educational and job opportunities related to the criminal justice profession.  Status:  INACTIVE

Eco Club: The club will have a culinary focus on recycling and setting up a compost system so culinary students will be more aware of their impact on the environment.  Status:  INACTIVE

Free Thinkers Club:  This club promotes a free thought philosophy; viewpoints that hold opinions should be formed on the basis of logic and reason and not authority, tradition, or other dogmas.  This is a group of intellectuals that will discuss ideas and debate on them. Status:  INACTIVE

Human Services Club: Students address the needs of society by collecting clothing, food and presents for children around Christmas.  The club also brings speakers to campus, coordinates graduation for H.S. students and alumni activities, provides an annual scholarship, coordinates community activities (caroling at Nursing homes)  Status:  INACTIVE

Job Club: Formed to provide a network environment for students wishing to find that great job.  Club members will help identify guest speakers, assist with the Job Fair activities, recruit employers to conduct on-campus interviews or presentations, and help promote the job search process.  Status:  INACTIVE

Massage Therapy Club:  is a club to promote the benefits of massage throughout the college and create community in the program, promote professionalism among MTs and help identify potential career development possibilities.  Status:  INACTIVE

Medical Assisting Society:  This curriculum-based club provides students interested in the medical field the opportunity to advance the fellowship of professional medical assistance. Status:  INACTIVE

Men’s Club Volleyball:  This group is under the Intramural and Recreation Program.   They compete against other teams in the area.  Open to all male students.  Status:  INACTIVE

Multicultural Student Leadership Forum: is a club led by underrepresented students who are dedicated to promoting the benefits of cultural awareness and diversity at NCCC.  In addition the MSLF is designed to foster a greater sense of tolerance by planning a wide range of broad based campus activities that stimulate cultural and transmission among students and faculty; important hallmarks for enriching the college experience for all students while preparing them for a vastly competitive and diversified world.  Status:  INACTIVE

MUSA (Muslim United Student Association)   A club where Muslim students can obtain assistance, guidance and direction concerning their transition to college life.  Status:  INACTIVE

NCCC Chamber Ensemble: is a student run music ensemble which focuses on the performance of small instrumental and orchestral works for the enjoyment of music and for community performance. The club encourages musicians of any skill and instrument to come together to make music in an ensemble setting. Status:  INACTIVE 

Philanthropists Club: The club focuses on fundraising for different places.  Status:  INACTIVE

Pokemon Club: To bring together fans of Pokemon, both old and new, and provide a positive environment where both students and non students can socialize, play, and catch em all. Status:  INACTIVE

Society of Manufacturing Engineers: This curriculum-based club provides social and informational meeting for students interested in the area of engineering.  Status:  INACTIVE

Soccer Club:  Friendly competition with other NCCC Students. Status:  INACTIVE

Spiritual Phenomena Investigators (SPIES): A club designed to look at haunted places and hear/tell ghost stories. Status:  INACTIVE

Stock Yo Fridge (SYF): This club allows students to collect food for the local food banks of Western New York. It also makes students aware of healthy food choices.  Status:  INACTIVE

Surgical Tech: This curriculum based club which helps students understand and appreciate their chosen profession, stay abreast of changes within the field of surgical technology, prepare for aboard exam and develop skills that foster lifelong learning. Status:  INACTIVE

The Unit: The unit is a step team whose purpose is to create an environment for positive social exchange among men & women & to practice and perform step routines at events on campus. Status:  INACTIVE

revised Fall 2019


Each student is expected to participate in NCCC’s orientation program prior to the beginning of his/her first semester at NCCC. Orientation is an important first step for a student’s successful educational experience. Through the orientation program, NCCC will acquaint new students and their parents or spouses to the campus. New students will meet with currently enrolled students and faculty from their curriculum area and obtain valuable academic information, meet current students who will share experiences and guide the new student through the program, participate in discussion on what to expect at NCCC and learn about our services and resources. The most important part is that new students will be able to familiarize themselves with the campus and meet fellow students, staff, faculty and administrators from NCCC.

In addition to the general orientation, specialized workshops are conducted at orientation for students and parents.

The orientation schedule will be mailed prior to the start of the student’s first semester.

Co-Curricular Transcripts

The co-curricular transcript is an official college document which records involvement in student activities at NCCC. Co-curricular involvement is the combination of college-related activities beyond the classroom and the benefits associated with those experiences. Involvement includes, but is not limited to, participation in student clubs, organizations, theatre production, intercollegiate athletics, co-curricular activities, academic projects; attendance at workshops, leadership development; and interacting with NCCC’s faculty, staff and administration. This document provides the opportunity for future employers and upper-division colleges to consider the student’s total college experience when hiring or reviewing an admission application.  Co-curricular transcripts are issued upon request by the Registration & Records Office.

Other Specialized Student Support Services

Alumni Association through the NCCC Foundation, Inc.

The College encourages its alumni to maintain an active role and interest in NCCC through the Alumni Association. Any former student who has completed 50 credit hours, obtained a certificate, or received a degree, is considered part of the Alumni Association. Current students are welcome to volunteer with the Alumni Office or during Alumni functions.  Students are also encouraged to stop by the Alumni Office to find out how to get involved with NCCC after graduation.

For more information about the Alumni Association call 716-614-5910 or visit the alumni website at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation-alumni/

Bus Transportation through NFTA

Bus service is available to the campus from Lockport, North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls. Schedules are located online at http://www.nfta.com/.

Child Development Center (Child Care Center)

The NCCC Child Development Center is a licensed child-care facility. The Center is conveniently located in the middle of the Sanborn campus, which allows parents to visit and/or observe their children throughout the day. This quality program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which recognizes outstanding early childhood programs which meet national standards of quality.

The Center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday during the academic year. Children ages 18 months to 5 years are accepted for enrollment.

Parents pay a $20 registration fee every semester and weekly fees are determined by a sliding scale based on the parents’ combined income.

Space is limited, so early application is advised. Students may call the Center at 614-6245 or you can also go to the NCCC website to download and mail a wait list form and brochure.

Educational Non-Credit Programming at Trott ACCESS Center 

Academic advisement and career counseling services are available at the Trott ACCESS Center in Niagara Falls. See the  Non-Credit Remedial Coursework  section of this catalog for more information.

Handicapped Parking

Anyone requiring handicapped parking must have a permit. These permits may be obtained through the town one lives in. This includes permanent and temporary permits.

Housing, On-Campus Housing through College Association

On-campus housing is available. The operation, while serving those who attend NCCC, is independently owned and operated. Students who wish to live in the facility must apply directly to the Student Housing Village at NCCC. The website is http://niagaracc.suny.edu/housing/.

Housing, Off-Campus

Off-campus student housing is also available in the community. NCCC does not inspect these accommodations nor should conveying the information to students be taken as approval of the property, direct or implied. We cannot assume responsibility for the nature of the property or rental agreements. Also, there is a bulletin board with up to date information for students looking for off-campus housing or roommates. It is located in G-Building near Student Life.

Safety and Security

The NCCC Security Department provides safety and security services on the Sanborn Campus including the Student Housing Village and at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute Campus.  This department consists of highly trained and licensed security professionals who assist and protect the college community.

Security can be reached by calling 614-6400 or Extension 6400 for the Sanborn Campus, 210-2555 or Extension 2555 at the Culinary Institute, and 731-8855 at the Sanborn Student Village Housing.  There are campus emergency phones on the Sanborn campus located outside of the following building entrances:  C-North, C-annex, F-South, G-North, H-building Southeast, and outside the Wellness Center.  Each exterior emergency phone has a blue light.  These emergency phones are direct lines to Security.

The NCCC Security Department is responsible for providing a safe campus environment. Officers maintain campus safety by providing internal and external campus patrols, responding to emergencies, enforcing parking regulations, providing escorts, assisting with medical emergencies, issuing identification cards and conducting investigations. Officers must meet Civil Service requirements which include New York State certification, education and work experience.

NCCC complies with federal and state laws and regulations. The Annual Security Report (which includes Clery Act and campus crime statistics) is available at the Campus Security Office and the following web site http://niagaracc.suny.edu/security/stats/php. Clery Act crime statistics are also available at the United States Department of Education web site http://www.ed.gov.

Identification Card

College identification (ID) cards are issued to new students at their first registration. For students who do not receive an ID card at registration, the Security Department issues IDs on a walk in basis at the Security Office G106 or the NFCI Security Office (at reception). Clinical IDs are done at scheduled times. In order to receive a NCCC ID or Clinical ID, students must present an official form of picture ID like a state driver’s license and have a current NCCC schedule.

The ID card contains the student’s permanent registration number and the student’s ID number. It is valid for entire time they are registered as a student at NCCC. The student ID card must be carried with them at all times on campus. Students are required to present this ID to any college official or faculty member upon request. The ID card will allow use of the Lewis Library, fitness center, computer labs and allows entry to campus events.

A replacement fee of $9.00 is charged for cards that are lost or mutilated. The $9.00 fee must be paid for at the Cashiers Office before a new card may be issued.

Student Publications

THE SPIRIT produced by and for students of Niagara County Community College and is funded through the Student Activity fee.  The SPIRIT offers opportunities for those interested in any level of publication, writing, graphic arts, and design.  The student newspaper allows students to work with the state-of-the-art computer programs designed for publication. The student can take an active role in the technical aspects of publishing a small newspaper while learning skills needed to work with desktop publishing.  It is available on line at  http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/spirit/.

Student Services Policies - Confidentiality of Student Records

FERPA - Notification of Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records.  (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution.) These rights begin once a student is enrolled in coursework and include:

1.     The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the college receives a request for access.

Students should submit to the registrar, vice president, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the college official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

2.    The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Students may ask the college to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate.

If the college decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the college will notify the student in writing of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing re­garding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3.    The right to provide written consent before the college discloses personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the college who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College.

Should you wish to allow access to personally identifiable information to an outside party (other than those exempted by law), you may click here for instructions on how to grant proxy access to your records in Banner Web.

Certain directory information may be released without the student’s permission. Niagara County Community College has defined directory information to include: the student’s name, address (including email), telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, photograph, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. However, a student may prevent the release of such information by completing the appropriate form in the Registration & Records Office.  You can click on this link for a printable form: Request for Non-Disclosure form .

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Niagara County Community College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: 

Family Policy Compliance Office  U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the educational records without obtaining prior written consent of the student.

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the college whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31 (a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To authorized representatives of the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the College’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31 (a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. ((§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))
  • The disclosure concerns sex offenders and other individuals required to register under section 17010 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994


As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records - including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information - may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities (“Federal and State Authorities”) may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is “principally engaged in the provision of education,” such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

For more information about FERPA, visit the Student Privacy website.

Preferred Name Policy:

Niagara County Community College recognizes the need or preference for students and employees to refer to themselves by a “preferred name” other than their legal given or first and/or middle name.  This is consistent with Title IX federal law which protects against discrimination based off gender identity and expression, and is currently recognized as a best practice for supporting transgender and gender non-confirming members of college communities.  This services is not limited to use by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, however, and is available to anyone who uses a preferred first name on daily basis other than their legal/primary name.

When a student or employee seeks to use a preferred name for a significant reason, and such use is not intended for the purposes of advoiding legal obligations, in jest, or for misrepresentation, the College acknowledges that, where possible and practical, a preferred name can be used in the course of College business and education.  The College reserves the right to remove a preferred name if deemed inappropriate.

  • Only the first and/or middle name may be changed to a preferred name;
  • Last/family name must remain the same as the full legal last name in the College records system;
  • The preferred name may be used in some College communications and informational materials, except where the use of the legal name is required by College business or legal need.  This may include but is not limited to financial, medical, and law enforcement documents; transcripts; diplomas; W-4 forms; I-9 forms; 1098-T forms; payroll documents; Visa/immigration documents; employment applications and related documents; background check documents; insurance documents; and student conduct records;
  • Preferred names are limited to alphabetical characters (a-z)

Development to accommodate use of preferred name in College systems is ongoing.  Not all College information systems, databases, and processes may be able to display a preferred name and many uses of an individual’s name require display of the legal name; therefore, individuals who utilize a preferred name should always be prepared to reference their legal name and provide corresponding identification when necessary.  A preferred name designation is not a legal name change.

The preferred name will be utilized in the student information system and classroom management system where deemed appropriate by NCCC.  The legal name will appear in all other records and documents.  Please note that preferred names cannot appear on the academic transcript as this a legal document.

Public Order on Campus:

Conduct by Students and College Employees

All members of the campus community (students and college employees) are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with local, state and federal laws and in a manner appropriate to the collegiate environment. Any member of the college community whose conduct violates any local, state or federal law or behaves in a manner inappropriate to the college environment is subject to being charged under the law, college policy or collective bargaining provision which governs his/her behavior.

Sources of Information

In addition to this catalog, the college publicizes information in several other sources. The schedule of credit and credit-free courses that are offered for the fall, spring and summer semesters is posted on our web site.  

Compliance with Article 129-A of the Education Law

NCCC is in compliance with the Clery Act and provides crime statistics using the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Campus crime statistics are available upon request to students in print form and also available on the web at www.niagaracc.suny.edu.