Jul 20, 2024  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College Academic, Student and Community Services

Academic Services

Science Study Center

In an effort to provide extended academic support for students, the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department staffs and equips the Science Study Center. Students can have their science questions answered by knowledgeable faculty, meet with their instructors and form study groups. The center also has available textbooks, audio visual tapes and slides, computer programs, reserve articles and other course-related materials.

Missed laboratory work may be made up in the Science Study Center’s wet lab area. Study groups may prepare for a laboratory practical exam using the wet lab area, models, bones or microscope slides. The center also has several computers with Internet capability that can be used for writing papers, research or to view computer tutorials.

Center for Academic Engagement

The Center for Academic Engagement will focus on intentionally reaching out to all students who are academically at risk. The Center is designed to facilitate collaboration between academic and instructional support units and encourage staff/faculty from a number of departments across the campus to collaborate and intervene to encourage student success and retention. The center is located in the Siek Campus Center, Room 230.

Computer Learning Centers

The Computer Learning Centers, located on the lower level and the second floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, are available for students for instructional support. The centers are quiet academic study areas where students can complete coursework and/or do research. The Computer Learning Centers are staffed by full- and part-time education specialists who assist students in the development of basic computer skills as they relate to the academic environment. Classroom faculty and academic advisors may refer students to the Computer Learning Centers for instructional support or contact Computer Learning Centers faculty to develop customized workshops or instructional sessions.

Marvin Library Learning Commons (Lower Level and 2nd Floor):

7 a.m. - 10 p.m., Monday - Thursday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday

(Intersession and Summer hours may vary.)

A computer lab located on the first floor of the Siek Campus Center is available for student academic and personal use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Marvin Library Learning Commons


The Dwight Marvin Library, located within the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides access to information and services within the library building and online at http://library.hvcc.edu. Librarians and staff are available to assist with research. Save time and find the information needed to succeed now and in the future by getting to know us and the resources we offer.

With over 100,000 books which support academic programs and courses currently offered at the college, the library has a vast array of sources to complete assignments, papers, and projects. Finding books on special topics may be overwhelming. Librarians can help. Discover the many resources available, from encyclopedias to specialized research databases, all carefully selected by faculty librarians. The library subscribes to hundreds of magazines and journals and provides access to nearly thirty thousand more titles available from our website. Through resource-sharing arrangements with other libraries, we will seek to borrow other books and articles that are not available directly from us.

Librarians are available at the reference desk six days per week, including most evenings and Saturdays during the academic year. Librarians can also be reached by phone, email, and instant messaging. Visit our website at http://library.hvcc.edu and follow the Ask a Librarian link. Stop by for assistance with an assignment or research paper. Sign up for an individual appointment with a librarian to get started with an assignment and to locate books, articles, and other sources.

Computers and wireless access are available in the library, alongside photocopiers, printers, and other technology resources. Find a quiet place to study between classes or meet with classmates in a group study room.

Thumb through a magazine, read today’s newspaper, start an assignment, visit a website recommended by a teacher, contemplate a new concept or idea heard in class. Learn more about us online at http://library.hvcc.edu and become a frequent visitor when you are on campus.

Learning Assistance Center (LAC)

The Learning Assistance Center, located in the lower level of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides academic assistance and programs that encourage students to become independent and confident learners. The LAC operates on both a walk-in and appointment basis and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

All services offered through the LAC are free to full- and part-time students taking day or evening courses at the college. Faculty are available for instructional support in math, study skills, writing, and other subject areas. Software, videos, worksheets, and handouts for selected skills development are available.

Other LAC Services

Scheduled LAC Skill Building Courses: Blocks of time can be built into students’ schedules for activities in the LAC with the following LRAC course numbers: LRAC 090 LAC/Reading and Study Skills Lab ; LRAC 091 LAC/Math ; LRAC 093 LAC/Writing ; and LRAC 095 LAC/Learning Disabilities Lab .

Workshops Series: LAC faculty can teach you how to manage your time, take class notes, get the most out of your text, prepare for tests, minimize your stress, maximize your memory, improve grammar and more.

Peer Tutoring Program: Trained peer tutors provide assistance in specific courses in science, business, technology, and liberal arts.

Faculty Support: LAC staff is available to collaborate with instructors on specific activities to supplement classroom instruction. These projects may take the form of workshops, labs or special study groups in the Learning Assistance Center.

Collegiate Academic Support Program: The Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) promotes the academic and personal growth of traditionally underrepresented students by providing holistic programs and activities within an environment that celebrates inclusiveness and diversity. Available services include lifeskills counseling; enrichment activities; referrals; and computer access. For more information regarding CASP, contact the program coordinator at (518) 629-7160.

Writing and Research Center

The Writing and Research Center, located on the second floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, provides instructional support in all the facets of the writing and research process. Faculty conduct workshops on a variety of topics and provide online resources to assist students.

Placement Testing and Course Advisement

To ensure that every student has the greatest chance for academic success at Hudson Valley Community College, entering students are required to take basic skills placement tests in writing, reading, and mathematics. Test results will be used to aid academic advisors in helping students choose first term courses. Recommendations may include non-credit courses, which may not be applicable to a degree program.

Students who test weak (below college level) in the three basic skills areas (Reading, Writing, and Math) will be required to register for at least one (1) appropriate learning skills course during their first term of full-time study or earlier.

Students will receive specific information about the enrollment process, including placement testing, after they are accepted to the college. Placement testing for the fall semester begins in February, and testing for the spring semester begins in October. The college will assign a specific test date to each student by letter, which they will receive approximately two weeks before a scheduled test session.

Some entering students may be eligible for waivers from testing based on substantial previous college work, previous ACCUPLACER or COMPANION placement testing, or college determined SAT/ACT cut-off scores (SAT: 500 critical reading/verbal, 500 math; ACT: 23 composite score, 22 English, 23 math). Students enrolling in the Fall 2012 through Fall 2016 semesters may be waived by the following additional waiver criteria for these semesters only: a minimum of an 80 high school GPA; a minimum of 6 college credits including 3 credits in an English course and 3 credits in a math course with grades of “C” or better in both courses. These students will be granted waivers automatically during the admission process and will be directly informed that they are exempt from the test.

Placement tests are administered daily by the Office of Testing, Advisement and Academic Placement. At the end of each test session, students receive information about contacting their academic advisor and selecting courses for the upcoming term. Evening and Saturday test dates are available on a limited basis.

Students that live at a significant distance from the college or are enrolled in an online degree program may request to take the Placement Test at a location closer to their home. This decision is made on an individual basis and is at the discretion of the Coordinator of Testing, Advisement, and Academic Placement. In this case, the student would need to contact the Testing Office to discuss this option called Remote Testing. If you have questions about Placement testing in general or want to inquire about Remote Testing, please contact the Testing Office at (518) 629-7255.

Samaritan and Albany Memorial Hospital School of Nursing Joint Programs

Hudson Valley Community College offers general education courses to students in the Samaritan and Memorial Schools of Nursing. Each school conducts their own nursing courses and degrees are granted by the respective School of Nursing.

Offered at Hudson Valley Community College

Course   Credit Hours
BIOL 109   Biology of Human Organisms 4
BIOL 205   Microbiology 4
BIOL 270   Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIOL 271   Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENGL 101   English Composition I 3
PSYC 100   General Psychology 3
PSYC 205   Developmental Psychology 3
* English Elective 3
* Social Science Elective 3
* Directed Elective 3 or 4
*Electives must be approved by the School of Nursing.

Samaritan Hospital

Students interested in this program should write or call the school at 1300 Massachusetts Ave, Troy, NY 12180; (518) 268-5130.

Albany Memorial Hospital

Interested persons may obtain additional information and application materials by calling or writing: Albany Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, 714 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208; (518) 525-6850.

Student Services

Center for Access and Assistive Technology (Formerly Disability Resource Center)

The major goal of the office is to assist all qualified students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives. The center attempts to coordinate students’ needs with services and resources available within our college system and to ensure accessible educational opportunities for students according to their individual needs. To assist students, the center offers a number of support service programs. The purpose of these programs is not to create a competitive advantage for students, but to eliminate any disadvantages that may exist.

Operation of the Center for Access and Assistive Technology is based on the philosophy that the individuals it serves are students first and that their disabilities are secondary. The office strives to coordinate services that will enable students with disabilities to act as independently as possible in a supportive atmosphere that promotes self-reliance. It is the students’ choice whether or not they utilize the available services.

A pre-admissions visit to the college is highly recommended to all applicants. Persons with special needs are urged to visit early, preferably during their junior year of high school. The Admissions Office and the Center for Access and Assistive Technology should be contacted for an appointment.

Hudson Valley Community College is approximately 90 percent accessible to the mobility impaired with the remaining 10 percent accommodated through special scheduling. Existing structures on campus have been modified and are continually being updated with regard to accessibility. Among those modifications are reserved parking spaces, curb cutouts, building approaches, wheelchair ramps, lowered drinking fountains and first floor bathrooms.

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology offers a wide range of support services. Each incoming student makes an appointment for an Intake Evaluation Meeting with the office, whereby a CAAT staff member and the student will discuss the type of disability the student has, the special equipment required, specialized skills the student possesses, and the support services the student believes are necessary to his/her successful academic functioning.

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology offers assistance to both temporarily and permanently disabled students on the college campus. General services include:

  • Self-advocacy skill training
  • Liaison with local, state, and federal agencies
  • Liaison with faculty and staff
  • Individual intake evaluation meetings
  • Pre-admission counseling
  • Assistance with registration process
  • Special scheduling
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Supplemental tutorial services advisement
  • Monitoring academic progress
  • Assistance in acquiring special equipment
  • Extended test-taking time when needed
  • Proctored settings for examinations
  • Assistance with reading and/or writing during exams/tests when needed
  • Note taker assistance
  • Texts in alternate formats- Electronic Books
  • General assistance with navigating the campus
  • Scooters for on-campus navigation for students with mobility concerns
  • Resource for local high schools and the community
  • Loan equipment program
  • Voter’s Registration site

Technology Center

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology provides students with disabilities with access to computer technology through specifically designed adaptive equipment. Students may use the equipment in conjunction with computer courses offered by the college, request an orientation to the specifically designed computer equipment for personal knowledge, or be evaluated on the Center for Access and Assistive Technology equipment. This assists students in determining the type of components they may wish to purchase or have purchased by a funding agency such as the Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES -VR) or the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH). Individual computer work stations with various components are available within the Center for Access and Assistive Technology.

The Center for Access and Assistive Technology is located in the Siek Campus Center, Room 130. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Summer hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evening hours are available by appointment. During these hours, the office is open on a walk-in basis. Special appointments for students may be made by calling (518) 629-7154; T.D.D. (518) 629-7596 or Fax (518) 629-4831.

Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law requires college students to demonstrate proof of immunity to the diseases measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). The law applies to students born after January 1, 1957, who are registered for six or more credits at Hudson Valley. The proof of immunity required must be documented by a health care practitioner or other acceptable evidence in the following ways:

  • Titers: positive blood tests (titers) for measles, mumps and rubella can be submitted to the Wellness Center/Health Services. When submitting titers, a copy of the lab report must be provided.
  • Measles Vaccinations (also known as rubeola): two doses live measles vaccine administered after the first birthday and at least 30 days apart (exact dates of vaccinations are required).
  • Mumps Vaccination: one live dose mumps vaccine administered after 12 months of age (exact date of vaccination is required).
  • Rubella Vaccination (also known as German measles): one live dose rubella vaccine administered after 12 months of age (exact date of vaccination is required).
  • Students also are required by New York State law to have a meningitis response form on file. This is simply a requirement for a signed form. Meningitis immunization is not required.

Required for health science students
Tuberculosis (TB) Evaluation Policy: all health science students must undergo a TB skin test (PPD) within three months of the semester start date.

Recommended (not required)
Tetanus or Tetanus/Diphtheria: at least one vaccination within the last 10 years.

All immunization forms submitted to the Wellness Center/Health Services must have an original signature or a practice stamp. Photocopied signatures and stamps are not accepted. Also, all immunization information should be sent to Health Services at least one month prior to registration. The address is: Wellness Center/Health Services, Siek Campus Center Suite 270, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.

A student who does not submit required immunization records will be allowed to pay the tuition bill, but a hold will be placed on the student’s account which will prevent the student from making any changes to his/her schedule. The hold will be lifted once the immunization requirements have been met. Students who do not meet immunization requirements by the New York State mandatory deadline will be administratively withdrawn from the college.

For additional information, contact college Wellness Center/Health Services at (518) 629-7468 or healthservice@hvcc.edu.

Religious Exemption

When a prospective student requests a religious waiver from NYS immunization requirements, it is the policy of Hudson Valley Community College to require a letter from the requestor’s pastor explaining that the prospective student’s religion exempts him/her from immunization requirements or the requestor can submit a certified copy of his/her high school immunization records indicating a religious waiver from immunizations in high school.

If the high school record is sent, it must be accompanied by a letter from the prospective student explaining precisely what beliefs he/she holds that will exempt him/her from the immunization requirements. In addition, the religious exemption waiver must be signed, notarized and returned to the Wellness Center/Health Services with the pastor’s letter or the high school documentation and the prospective student’s letter.

Community Services

Public Safety Department

The Public Safety Department’s mission is to provide a safe, secure atmosphere at Hudson Valley Community College, one that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The actions of all students, college personnel and visitors are governed by a code of conduct, which can be found under the Code of Conduct sections in the Judicial System Section of the Catalog. Any sanctions that may be imposed for violations of these campus regulations also can be found there.

The Public Safety Department is located in the Siek Campus Center on the first floor and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days of the year.

To contact the Public Safety Department, call 911 from any campus or emergency phone or call (518) 629-7210 from any non-campus or cell phone.

Emergency telephones directly linked to Public Safety and Health Services are located on each floor, each hallway and each elevator of each building on campus.

Additional emergency telephones, identified by a blue light, are strategically located across campus, in parking lots and walkways.

Public safety encourages the reporting of all criminal or unusual incidents, no matter how minor they may seem.

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) a copy of Hudson Valley Community College’s campus crime statistics as reported annually to the U.S. Department of Education will be provided upon request. Please direct all such requests to the Public Safety Department at (518) 629-7210. Information also can be obtained from:

The U.S. Department of Education website at
The College’s website at

Hudson Valley Community College has a Campus Personal Safety subcommittee, which is comprised of equal numbers of faculty, staff, and student representation in compliance with statutory provisions. Although the committee’s primary responsibility is to inform and enlighten the college community about sexual assault prevention, it has evolved into a forum on all matters that pertain to personal safety, crime prevention, and victim counseling on campus.

Keeping Safe

Here are some suggestions you can consider to enhance your own safety on campus:

  • When parking on campus in the evening, try to park in a well-lit area near buildings.
  • If you arrive on campus early in the day and have to park a considerable distance from an evening class, go out before dark and move your vehicle to a spot near the building your class is in.
  • Try to leave your classes or buildings with others. Be aware of your surroundings. If it appears that someone is following or observing you, call Public Safety immediate and/or go to an area where other people are present.
  • Report suspicious activities. If something doesn’t seem right (for example, if someone is sitting in a vehicle and watching you), report it.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, or if you witness one, report it to Public Safety immediately. Hudson Valley also offers many forms of support through the Wellness Center, including Health Services and Counseling Services.

Reporting Criminal Incidents and Other Emergencies

Any crime reported to Public Safety that meets the requirements of New York State Penal Law, Section 70.02 “Violent Felony Crimes,” will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Upon receipt of a report of a crime or serious incident, Public Safety or emergency personnel will be dispatched to the scene. All matters reported to Public Safety are entered in the security log, a thorough investigation is conducted, investigative reports are completed, and appropriate action is taken.

Campus Facility Access and Security Policies

Hudson Valley provides 24-hour-a-day vehicle and foot patrol protection to campus personnel, visitors, and properties.

Security on campus is maintained with a key control system whereby only authorized persons have access to their particular area. In addition, college buildings are monitored through electronic security and fire alarms connected to Public Safety. At night and during times when the campus is officially closed, campus buildings are locked. Persons wishing access when the buildings are locked must report to Public Safety.

In addition, campus buildings and grounds are inspected daily by security officers and monthly by a Public Safety officer. Any problems discovered during inspections are immediately submitted to the Physical Plant for corrective action.

Enforcement Authority of Public Safety Officers

Hudson Valley Community College employs Peace Officers as well as other Officers and Guards. As per section 2.10-78 and 2.20 of the New York Criminal Procedure Law, Campus Peace Officers may make arrests and have other enforcement powers. In matters which Hudson Valley security officers lack authority or where a police report is necessary, the services of the Troy Police Department, North Greenbush Police Department, Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department or the New York State Police are contacted. The Public Safety Office enjoys a good working relationship with area law enforcement agencies through the mutual sharing of information and investigations, personal contacts, and the patrol of our roadways by area police agencies.

Policies Regarding Alcohol, Drugs, and Drug/Alcohol Education Programs

Students and staff are regularly educated on the risks associated with alcohol and other drug use through brochures, orientation programs, class presentations, the student newspaper, and special awareness activities scheduled throughout the year.

The college’s Wellness Center/Counseling Services provides counseling for students experiencing problems from their own or someone else’s drinking or drug use. Information on various treatment programs and self-help groups is available in the Wellness Center, located in the Siek Campus Center, Suite 270 or by calling Counseling Services at (518) 629-7320.

Hudson Valley also provides an Employee Assistance Program where counseling can be obtained free of charge. This service can be reached at (518) 462-6531.

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Program

Protection of life and property is the ultimate goal of the Public Safety Department. To achieve this goal, Public Safety concentrates considerable energy on crime prevention and security awareness.

The electronic alarm system, the key control system, security patrols, emergency telephones, and closed-circuit cameras focus on crime prevention. Timely notice of serious crimes on campus is made by means of email, crime alert posters, campus security personnel, the campus newspaper, employee newsletter, and web posting.

Escort Service

Public Safety provides a 24-hour-a-day escort service for students and staff anywhere on campus.

Vehicle Lock-out and Jump-Start Service

Public Safety will assist students, faculty, staff and visitors if they lock their keys in their vehicles, or need a jumpstart because their vehicle battery is dead.

Missing Students

A missing student means any student of an institution who resides in a facility owned or operated by such institution and who is reported to such institution as missing from his or her residence.

Hudson Valley Community College does not own or operate resident facilities. In the event a missing student is reported to the Public Safety Department, the following procedures will be followed:

  • All information will be obtained as to the identity of the student, the person reporting the incident and the relationship of the person reporting as well as the circumstances that caused the reporting person to file the report.
  • A case report will be initiated and the report will be investigated and information documented.
  • The reporting person will be advised that missing person reports must be filed with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction where the student resides.
  • Information sharing with police on missing persons will follow guidelines established under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Timely Warning Policy for Certain Crimes Considered to be a Threat to the Campus Community

Hudson Valley Community College will prepare and issue a timely warning to students, faculty and staff whenever a report is received of a serious crime that represents a continuing threat to the campus community. The types of serious crimes that may warrant a timely warning include:

  1. Murder;
  2. Sex offenses, forcible and non-forcible;
  3. Robbery;
  4. Aggravated assault;
  5. Burglary;
  6. Motor vehicle theft;
  7. Manslaughter;
  8. Arson;
  9. Arrests or person referred for campus disciplinary action for liquor law violations, drug-related violations and weapons possession.

The College will make the decision whether to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Information for timely warnings may come from reports made to the campus security or from local law enforcement agencies. Timely warnings may be issued to the campus community as soon as pertinent information about the crime is available.

Timely warnings of serious crimes and the publication of the college’s security procedures are made by means of the campus electronic email, “security alert” posters, campus security officers, the campus newspaper, the employee newsletter and any other means of communication chosen by the college to communicate any security-related information.


Members of the college community should be aware that if they are the victim of sexual assault, hate crime or bias related incident, or any other crime, that many counseling services are available.

Assistance can be obtained through Counseling Services and Health Services at the College’s Wellness Center, located in the Siek Campus Center, Suite 270. To ensure that the victims of crime in Rensselaer County are appropriately served, the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office provides a Crime Victim Assistance Program.

Additionally, if you are the victim of a sexual assault, assistance may be sought from the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program at Samaritan Hospital. Public Safety personnel will assist in understanding options available to the victim of a crime.

Motor Vehicle and Parking Regulations

All rules and regulations shall be in effect at all times.

  1. All Hudson Valley Community College students, faculty and staff using the college’s parking facilities must register each vehicle and accept the responsibilities for observing campus traffic regulations as set forth here.
  2. Vehicle Registration
    1. Every student who operates a motor vehicle on the Hudson Valley campus must register that vehicle with the Cashier’s Office, either by mail or in person.
    2. A vehicle registration fee will be assessed per semester as follows:
      1. Full-time student (12 credit hours or more) $86.40
      2. Part-time student (less than 12 credit hours) $7.20 per credit hour
    3. After a student has paid a vehicle registration fee, a numbered parking decal will be provided. This decal must be displayed on the left rear side window of the vehicle being registered.
    4. Multiple Vehicles – If a student should have an occasion to park different vehicle(s) on campus, that student must complete a parking registration form for each additional vehicle and obtain decals (at no additional charge) for each vehicle they want to register (limit 2 plus the original vehicle).

      A valid Hudson Valley Community College decal must be displayed in the vehicle’s left rear side window to be properly parked on campus.
    5. Lost or Stolen Decals

      If a vehicle is registered with the college and for any reason that vehicle is sold, stolen or damaged in an accident, an effort to return the original decal to the Cashier’s Office should be made.

      In any event, the student should report this or the theft of a decal to the Cashier’s Office immediately. The student will then be required to sign a statement as to the reason for the loss of the decal; a new decal will then be issued.
    6. College registration decals will be color coded by semester.
    7. Reproducing, defacing, altering or unauthorized transferring of a parking permit or falsification of any information given during vehicle registration procedures subjects the violator to a $25 fine and/or revocation of driving privileges on campus.
  3. Traffic Regulations
    1. All New York State Motor Vehicle regulations will be applicable on campus.
    2. No vehicle shall be operated:
      1. At a speed in excess of 15 mph or in a reckless or careless manner or at a speed that is not reasonable and prudent under the conditions and have regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.
      2. With disregard to any traffic sign, signal and/or pavement marking.
      3. On any sidewalk, pedestrian walkway or lawn.
    3. It is prohibited to park:
      1. Without a valid parking permit.
      2. In No Parking areas.
      3. In handicap areas without a handicap permit.
      4. Blocking fire lanes or fire hydrants on grass areas*, sidewalks, crosswalks or parking lot driveways.
      5. On or over painted lines in parking areas.
      6. In faculty/staff parking areas.
        * Parking on grass areas permitted when authorized by Public Safety.
    4. Students needing disabled parking on campus are required to submit an application with the Center for Access and Assistive Technology (Campus Center 130). Temporary disabled parking authorization will be issued by Health Services.

      Use of a New York State Disabled Parking Permit without registering at the Center for Access and Assistive Technology may be cause for enforcement action. You must register for disabled parking on campus. Due to the limited number of spaces for individuals with disabilities, this registration requirement is necessary to ensure safety and fairness for all students.
    5. Students and staff who are on trips, away for athletic events or abandon a vehicle, especially due to hazardous driving or vehicle breakdown, must contact the Public Safety office for parking instructions. Failure to do so could result in the vehicle being removed from the campus at the owner’s expense.

      All vehicles not displaying a valid Hudson Valley Community College parking permit will be ticketed.
  4. Emergency Procedures
    1. In case of motor vehicle accidents, loss by theft or vehicle breakdown, call or visit Public Safety.
    2. All accidents and thefts must be reported to Public Safety.
    3. The Public Safety Department will provide emergency notification on campus, when necessary.
  5. Violations and Fines
    1. Owners of vehicles found to be in violation of the college’s regulations shall be subject to a fine. Fines for the following violations will be $10 for each violation:
        End of lane
        On grass
        On sidewalk
        Improper area
        No parking area
    2. Fines for the following violations will be $25:
      1. Parking in fire lane.
      2. Obstructing a fire hydrant.
      3. Parking in designated handicap areas.
      4. Violations of not registering or displaying parking permit.
      5. Any violation or altering or falsifying college registration decals.
    3. The Public Safety Department is authorized to immobilize or remove vehicles from college property under the following circumstances:
      1. Vehicles in violation of fire lanes or fire hydrants.
      2. Abandoned vehicles.
      3. For safety reasons, including snow removal.
      4. Scofflaw violators.
    4. Violations of these regulations may result in additional charges being brought against a violator under the “Campus Regulations for Students, Visitors and College Personnel and Organizations.” (Published in College Catalog and Student Handbook/Calendar).
    5. Payment of Fines

      Fines are payable within five (5) calendar days of issuance of the ticket at the Cashier’s Office located in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, first floor. Fines may be paid by mail addressed to:

      Hudson Valley Community College
      80 Vandenburgh Avenue
      Troy, NY 12180
      Attention: Cashier’s Office

      Failure to pay will result in the withholding of final grades, transcripts, graduation diploma and future registrations.
    6. Appeals

      Appeals for violations must be made in writing within 72 hours of issuance. Appeal forms may be obtained from Public Safety. Appeals will be presented to the Traffic Appeals Board; those submitting appeals will be notified by mail of their decision.
  6. Driver Responsibility
    1. Finding authorized space – Drivers are responsible for finding an authorized parking space. Mechanical problems, inclement weather or tardiness do not justify parking violations.
    2. Space availability – A parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking space, but only an opportunity to park within a specified area or areas.
    3. Permit Ownership – A parking permit signifies that an individual has been granted the privilege of parking on campus property. Ownership of parking permit remains with the college.
    4. Permit Display – Parking decals must be displayed on the left rear side of window.
    5. Special permits for visitors attending one-day classes may be obtained from Public Safety and should be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle.
    6. Public Safety is authorized to restrict use of parking spaces on a temporary basis to accommodate special meetings, activities or construction.
    7. Hudson Valley Community College is in no way liable for personal injury, damage or loss of parts or contents of any vehicle parked on our campus.

      Traffic regulations for Hudson Valley Community College have been approved by the president in accordance with the Board of Trustees resolution adopted on January 22, 1998.
  7. Restricted Parking Areas
    1. Visitor Lot – Faculty/Staff/Visitors: Temporary until new garage is built - F lot, southwest, front of campus.
    2. BTC/Holliday Drive - Handicapped
    3. Behind Siek Campus Center - Employees only
    4. Southside of Williams Hall:
      1. 1st Lot: Employees only.
      2. Handicapped students when applicable
    5. Between Hudson Hall and Field House – Employees only

Protect your valuables – lock your car!

The college cannot be responsible for your personal property. Conceal all books, supplies, etc., in the car when possible. All valuable articles should be locked in the trunk. All serial numbered items, for example, tape players, record players, calculators, should have numbers recorded and carried with you.