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Classroom Break Guidelines

All classes should meet according to the established schedule. Classes meeting for two or more hours each class session should take a break during the class. Faculty may use his/her discretion regarding the best time during class to give students a break. Faculty may also decide if the time will be taken as one break or the if the time will be split into two or three breaks. Please refer to the following guidelines for the minimum amount of break time to be given for a class meeting.

  • Two to three hours: 10 minutes
  • Three hours: 15 minutes
  • Four hours: 20-30 minutes
  • Five to eight hours: 30-45 minutes

Class Meetings

All classes should meet according to the established schedule. If it is necessary to dismiss class early, not meet at all or change the location of the class, faculty must obtain approval from the appropriate academic dean.  

To change the class date, time or location, the instructor must complete the Class Meeting Time/Location Form available on the Forms Bank and transmit the completed form to the appropriate academic dean's office at least 48 hours before the determined change. The academic dean's office will then report the absence to Student Services at the appropriate location before the change. For changes that cannot be reported in advance, the instructor should return the completed form to Student Services who will relay it to the appropriate academic dean's office.

Faculty are encouraged to include regular site changes in the class syllabus and to complete one form for the entire quarter and send it to the appropriate academic dean's office. The instructor should retain a copy for his/her own files. For more information, contact the appropriate academic dean's office.

Classroom Supplies

General classroom supplies (dry erase markers, pens, pencils, paper, etc.) are available in the adjunct faculty offices.  At off-campus sites, the site supervisor will have supplies.  Materials specific to a program should be obtained through the appropriate Dean’s office.

Course Syllabus

Course Outline

One outline is prepared for each course in a pre-determined format by academic area area faculty and approved by the academic Dean. Instructors must cover the topics included in the current course outline—this is mandatory. A current course outline is available at the appropriate Dean's office, Academic Affairs, or online at www.mccneb.edu/outlines. For more information, contact the appropriate academic dean's office.

Field Trips & Guest Speakers

In many academic areas, class field trips and guest speakers are encouraged and can be arranged. Contact the appropriate academic dean's office for possible field trip referrals and funding arrangements or if guest speaker stipends are available. Speakers from within MCC may also be available for classes, through the Career Network Centers, the International/Intercultural Education Office, or the Speakers Bureau (contact Public Relations at (402) 457-2733). Faculty should include in the class syllabi the date planned for the field trip and/or guest speaker activity if it is mandatory for the course.

For field trips that do not include any expenses (no cost):

  • Faculty should include the field trip in the class syllabi for the date planned.
  • One week prior to the field trip, complete a Class Meeting Time/Location form (available on the Forms Bank or through Student Services), and submit the form to the appropriate Dean’s office for approval.

For field trips that do include expenses:

Faculty may request funds from the College to help pay for the field trip. To request funds:

  • Faculty must include the field trip for the date planned and the associated cost (the original cost not including the possible reimbursement of funds) in the class syllabi. For example, state in the syllabi "trip to Joslyn Museum" or "visit an outdoor garden"; you do not need to state the specific location of the field trip if it is not known at the time you are preparing the syllabi.
  • At least fifteen (15) days prior to the field trip, complete the Academic Activity Funding Request form; sign the form on the Requestor line and send the form to your Dean's office for approval.
  • The Dean's office will send the approved form to the Vice President for Academic Affairs to determine if funds are approved or disapproved. If funds are not approved, faculty may decide to continue with the field trip or to cancel the field trip.
  • One (1) week prior to the field trip, faculty must complete an Instructor change in Class Meeting Time/Location form and submit it to the appropriate Dean's office.

*Granting of field trip funds is not automatic nor if the funds are granted will they be in the full amount requested; faculty may be refunded up to (50%) of reimbursable expenses.


Holidays observed by the College are listed in the Academic Calendar. Students should be reminded at the beginning of the term and again a week in advance of a holiday about the College’s holiday observance and how it affects their particular schedule. When a holiday observance reduces the number of sessions ordinarily provided for a course, meeting times have already been adjusted so that total instructional contact time will be unaffected.

Faculty teaching off-campus should be aware that there may be additional holiday observances at the off-site location. Contact the site supervisor for additional information.

Important Dates Sheet

Important dates for each term such as registration deadlines, college recesses and graduation application dates are established in the Student Affairs Office. The important dates for each quarter are provided as a link on the Academic Calendar website - click on the appropriate quarter designation link for Word and .pdf files. Faculty should include an Important Dates Sheet for the quarter with the copy of the course syllabus given to students on the first day of class. The last day to drop date is listed on class rosters via WebAdvisor.

Lost and Found

Lost and found articles are kept at Student Services at the main location or at the front desk of the off-campus sites.  Some items may be turned into a Public Safety/Police officer for securing. Do not keep lost and found items in classrooms, labs or offices.  Persons finding unclaimed articles in the classrooms and other places on campus should take them to Student Services or the off-campus front desk staff.

Off-campus Locations (Sites)

If classroom space is not available at one of MCC’s campuses due to an increase in student registrations, faculty may be assigned to teach at an off-campus location such as a high school. The off-campus location is accommodating MCC’s need for additional classroom space; MCC makes special arrangements to use the classrooms only. At the end of each class session, faculty and students should not leave trash or extra materials in the room and should return the classroom to the original arrangement if necessary.

Additional information:

  • AV Equipment – Overhead projectors and TV/VCR equipment are available to use in the classroom. Faculty should contact the site supervisor as soon as it is known what the needs are and how long they need to be reserved.  The equipment can be reserved for a single class time or multiple class times.
  • Classroom Supplies – Faculty can request basic classroom supplies such as markers from the site supervisor when available or at one of the Student Services Offices. Unique classroom supplies should be requested from the appropriate dean’s office.
  • Entrances – Faculty and students should use the front entrance to each off-campus location with the exception of the following locations:
    • Bellevue West High School: use the north gym entrance. MCC classrooms are located on the second floor. 
    • Millard South High School: use the east entrance.
    • Westside High School: use the west door by the tennis courts.
  • Holidays – Faculty teaching off-campus should be aware that there may be additional holiday observances at the off-site location. A list of holidays to be observed at the site may be available at the beginning of the term from the dean’s office. Contact the site supervisor or dean’s office for additional information.
  • Mailboxes – If an adjunct faculty teaches only at an off-campus location, faculty can have a mailbox at any one of the MCC campuses/centers. Mail is not delivered to faculty at the off-campus location. Faculty should contact the dean’s office to request a mailbox.
  • Photocopies/Handouts – Faculty may use any of the MCC campus copy machines to make handouts for a class or request the MCC Copy Center to make photocopies; faculty will not have access to photocopy machines at the off-campus locations. Please refer to information regarding the Campus Copy Machines and the Copy Center.
  • Room Assignment – Faculty and students will find a listing of MCC classes and the assigned room posted in the entry area to each off-campus location.
  • Security – If you leave the building for a break, you must re-enter through the main doors. Doors may not be propped open for re-entry.
  • Site Supervisor – Each off-campus location does have an assigned site supervisor; however, he/she may not be on location every day. The site supervisor will be available for questions at a minimum the first week of classes.
  • Smoking – Smoking is not allowed anywhere in any buildings or on the grounds of all high schools. All schools are “Drug Free Zones” and you must go entirely off the grounds to smoke.
  • Technology Classrooms – Off-campus locations may not offer technology classrooms with computers and projectors for PowerPoint presentations. Faculty can request Instructional Design Services (IDS) to convert presentations to overhead transparencies. Contact IDS at 457-2899 for further information.
  • Weather – Please discuss the following weather policies with your class.
    • If your class is held at a business, community center, church or other location, classes will be cancelled if:
      • MCC cancels all classes
      • The off-campus site closes the location. These locations do not always announce their cancellations on the radio or television stations. If you are not sure the location will be open, please contact your dean’s office prior to 5:00 p.m. and the dean’s office will verify if the location will be open for your class session.
    • Classes held at public schools are cancelled when the local school district closes for the day. The closings will be announced on the radio or television stations. If the public school closes, your class will be cancelled at that site even though Metropolitan Community College has not cancelled classes at the main campuses or centers.

Student Attendance

Faculty should encourage regular attendance by students and clearly specify the attendance policy in the syllabus. At each class session, provide an attendance sheet where faculty or the students can mark their attendance; however, do not list the student's MCC ID number or Social Security Number on the attendance sheet.  Maintenance of attendance records is required because many student financial aid programs require a record of student attendance, and instructors may be asked to provide information regarding a particular student's attendance record.  Student attendance records must be retained for five years.

Student Course/Instructor Feedback

Student feedback is an integral part of the faculty appraisal process. Each quarter, the academic deans select classes to be reviewed by the students; not all classes are reviewed each quarter. The academic deans' offices will forward forms and instructions to faculty during the beginning of each quarer.  A student representative must distribute the forms to the students while the instructor is out of the room. Feedback must be completed by the deadline date. Results will be distributed to faculty and deans after the end of the quarter.  All feedback is anomymous and presented in a composite format.

Online classes selected for feedback will use the online system for input. On-campus classes may also opt for online feedback dependent upon recommendation by the deans' offices and reasonable computer accommodation. This electronic feedback will maintain the same distribution, deadline schedule and distribution schedule as the paper course/instructor feedback process. Information and instructions for online feedback will be delivered via instructors' MCC email account.

Feel free to obtain additonal feedback from students by developing a personal evaluation sheet.  For more information, contact the appropriate academic dean's office.

This feedback provides useful input from students to help you measure the success of your class. Have students complete the course instructor feedback by the deadline date.

Student Logins

All students will be required to login to most computers within the College. The computers are primarily located within the libraries, learning centers, computer labs and classrooms. Any registered student who wishes to use a computer located within one of these areas will be able to do so by using his/her own network login. The student login will be created when a student registers for a credit class. Login information will be mailed to the student within three to five business days. Assistance for logging into the network is available at each Academic Resource Center and library. 

Students will log in to the following College systems using the same username and password:

  • Campus Computers (network login)
  • SharePoint Services
  • Student E-mail
  • WebAdvisor (register, get grades, and more)
  • ANGEL (if enrolled in an online or hybrid course)

If students forget their username, student ID number and/or password, refer to the Password Station and use option 2.

Faculty should include general information regarding student logins and the Password Station in the course syllabi.


The academic area faculty will determine the textbooks that can be used for a course. One book will be designated the standard text for the course. All faculty must use the standard text unless the faculty receives permission from the appropriate academic dean to use another text. The academic dean's office will provide faculty with a copy of this standard textbook or any other available support materials. For more information, contact the appropriate academic dean's office.

Updated 5/29/2012

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