Jul 20, 2019  
2019-2020 Student Handbook 
    
2019-2020 Student Handbook

Part 3: Quick Student Reference Guide


 


Admissions and Records

SSC 110  •  949-451-5220
admissions.ivc.edu

M-Th:  9 am - 6 pm     F:  9 am - noon

You may apply to the college using the online application, which you can access at admissions.ivc.edu. You will be notified if you are required to matriculate before registering. The Office of Admissions and Records can help you with applying for admission, residency questions, matriculation steps, placement, prerequisite clearance, official transcripts, verification requests for enrollment, adding and dropping classes, Pass/No-Pass requests, applying for graduation evaluations of certificates, AA/AA-T and AS/AS-T degrees, IGETC and CSU certifications, petitions for readmission and repeat courses, applying for academic renewal, and petitioning for policy exceptions.

See Part 1: Introduction & Applying to IVC  for more details about admissions and records.

AESL CenterPhoto of students in the AESL Center

B 382  •  949-451-5510
ivcesl@ivc.edu

Contact the center for hours of operation.

The AESL (Adult English as a Second Language) Center supports all future and current ESL students in becoming successful IVC students and learning English for work, with family, in the community, or at school. The AESL Center is a one-stop center that offers student services that specifically address non-native speakers of English needs, including assistance with completing the admissions and registration process, ESL assessment, orientation, counseling, and campus and community resource referral. The center has computers and bilingual staff available to provide language and digital support for students.

Office of Student Life, ASG of IVC and Equity Programs 

Student Life

Student Activities Center (SAC) • 949-451-5688 • 949-451-5507 • 949-451-5442 • ivcstudentlife@ivc.edu • ivcasg@ivc.edu • students.ivc.edu/asivc • ivc.edu/student/clubs

The Office of Student Life and Student Equity houses the Student Life, ASG of IVC and Student Equity programs. We are committed to providing meaningful services, activities and communications that build community; ensure academic success; encourage creative expression, personal growth, and well-being; foster diversity, equity and social justice; and promote student advocacy and leadership. Our four goals are: services and activities, student leadership development, facilities and technology, and fiscal management. 

Student Life provides a multitude of campus events and activities such as welcome activities, Homecoming, Fear Fest and Spring Fest, end-of-semester events, and holiday celebrations throughout the year. The office also provides academic success services and resources to assist in student retention, such as Take Your Faculty to Lunch tickets, free scantrons (qty. 6 while supplies last) and green books (qty. 2 while supplies last).

Funded by Bookstore and Cafeteria commissions and ASIVC Access sales, our department provides financial support to over 25 student clubs and organizations, as well as IVC co-curricular programs (i.e. Administration of Justice, Model UN, Psi Beta and Speech and Debate). In addition, our department provides over $40,000 in student scholarships (funded by the ASG of IVC).

ASIVC Access entitles its holder to a number of member benefits, including no-cost entry to IVC athletic home games for the semester; discounted Regal movie tickets and theme park e-tickets; access to the ASIVC Student Lounge, which includes billiards, table tennis, foosball, and a TV/gaming room; and an opportunity to apply for ASIVC scholarships.

Associated Student Government (ASG) of Irvine Valley College (IVC)Photo of students from ASG

Student Activities Center • 949-451-5507 • ivcasg@ivc.edu • students.ivc.edu/asivc • ivc.edu/student/clubs

The Associated Students of Irvine Valley College (ASIVC)'s official student shared governance group (ASG of IVC) represents student interests on college committees, plans student events and activities, and organizes student clubs and organizations. Any student duly enrolled at Irvine Valley College is automatically accorded membership in ASIVC and has the right to vote in college-wide elections. Students interested in joining the student government should contact the Student Life Office. The ASG of IVC is comprised of several different committees, all staffed by student leaders. They include Budget and Finance, Community Outreach, Development, Facilities and Technology, Judicial Court, Legislative, Public Relations, Student Advocates and Student Activities. A branch of the ASG of IVC that supervises student clubs and organizations is called the Inter-Club and Co-Curricular Council (I4C). Some of these clubs and organizations include culturally focused groups as well as academic and special interest organizations.

Student Equity

Student Activities Center • 949-451-5688 • ivcstudentequity@ivc.edu

Student Equity provides services and activities that increase student and staff multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills and competencies. Our goal is to increase all student engagement in campus life through services, events and leadership development opportunities.

Our department develops and facilitates multicultural programs such as Indigenous People's Day, Coming Out Day, Dia de Los Muertos, Holi, Diwali, Black History Month, Lunar New Year, Gender Equity Awareness, Genocide Awareness, Cesar Chavez Day, and Persian New Year celebrations. We also address and advocate on student issues and concerns as they relate to diversity and equity by coordinating weekly outreach booths and monthly Real Talk discussion groups. Our leadership development opportunities include the DREAM (Diverse Readings to Educate About Multiculturalism) Book Club, the Diversity and Equity Retreat (DAER), E-SLAM (Equity Student Leadership Advocacy Modules) workshops and Meet and Greets for disproportionately impacted communities at IVC.

Our office sponsors several services for eligible students on campus such as meal vouchers, the Food Resource Center, equity scholarships, bookstore vouchers, parking and transportation vouchers, and the Laptop Loan Program.

Athletics

PE 225  •  949-451-5398

www.ivclasers.com

Since 1990, Irvine Valley College has been committed to maintaining a strong athletic and academic tradition. Competing as a member of the nation's toughest college conference, the Orange Empire Conference (OEC), Irvine Valley teams have collected 24 state championships and 53 conference titles from 1990 through the winter of the 2018-19 school year. IVC currently competes in 13 intercollegiate sports: baseball, women's badminton, women's sand volleyball, and men's and women's basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Visit the athletics website for more information on how to get started as an IVC athlete.

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Bookstore

B 100  •  949-451-5258

www.ivcstore.com

Refer to website for exact hours each semester

The Irvine Valley College Bookstore stocks new, used and electronic textbooks, class supplies, IVC swag and a variety of educational materials. Used textbooks are bought back year-round, at up to 50% of the new price. The bookstore accepts cash, credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express), personal checks (with valid driver license and student ID), and bookstore gift cards. Students can order their textbooks online at www.ivcstore.com. Books ordered online can be picked up at the store or shipped via FedEx. ATEP students may purchase their books at the IVC Bookstore. The IVC Bookstore offers textbook rentals, saving students 65% or more on select textbooks. Information is available in the bookstore or by logging on to www.rent-a-text.com. The bookstore is open Monday through Friday, except college holidays. The bookstore offers extended hours the first week of each semester. Students should refer to www.ivcstore.com for exact hours each semester. The IVC Bookstore does not carry textbooks for Saddleback College. Saddleback College students should purchase textbooks at the Saddleback College Bookstore.

Bursar's Office

SSC 160  •  949-451-5600

bursars.ivc.edu

M-Th:  9 am - 6 pm     F:  9 am - noon

  • Collects all student payments (except parking-related fees/fines), including enrollment, health, and transcript fees, and all non-parking-related fines
  • Drop box available for student check payments
  • Handles refunds, employer's assistance payments and deferrals

Cafeteria

First floor of SSC  •  949-451-5448

students.ivc.edu/cafeteria

M-Th:  7 am - 8 pm     F:  7 am - 1:30 pm

Summer hours vary.

  • Fresh meals and sandwiches; hot and cold beverages; and vending machines throughout campus

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CalWORKs (California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids)

SSC 220  •  949-451-5243

students.ivc.edu/calworks

M-Th:  8 am - 7 pm     F:  8 am - 5 pm

CalWORKs/TANF cash aid recipients are encouraged to meet with a CalWORKs counselor as soon as possible when they come to IVC. IVC's CalWORKs program provides work-study opportunities, counseling, and liaison services with Social Services. 

Career and Job Placement Center

SSC 230  •  949-451-5431 • ivccareercenter@ivc.edu

students.ivc.edu/careercenter

Hours vary by semester; visit the website for current hours.

  • Online job database at www.collegecentral.com/ivc with full-time, part-time, internship, and volunteer opportunities for students and alumni

  • Online informational interviews at www.candidcareer.com/ivc

  • Appointments for help with choosing a major, choosing a career path, job search, résumé writing, cover letter writing, and interviewing

  • On-campus job fairs each semester

  • Workshops and other career-related events on- and off-campus

  • Flyers and handouts for off-campus job fairs and employer recruitments, as well as other resource handouts

  • "What Can I Do With This Major" sheets with career path information for many academic disciplines

  • Information on personality assessments and interest inventories

  • Career library with résumé sample books, industry specific guides, and salary/outlook guides

  • Student computer lab with internet access and other career assessment software tools (Eureka, Bridges, ONET, etc.)

  • Appointments with a Career Technical Education counselor for students interested in certificate programs

Child Development Center

Adjacent to Parking Lot 10  •  949-451-5484

childcare.ivc.edu

M−F:  7 am - 6 pm

Serves children ages two-and-a-half (and potty-trained) to five years old with two, three or five full-day programs. IVC students enrolled in six or more units may be eligible to receive a discount. Tours on Tuesdays at 10 am, Wednesdays at 2:30 pm and Thursdays at 3 pm.

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Counseling Center

SSC 210  •  949-451-5319

students.ivc.edu/counselingcenter

M-Th:  8 am - 7 pm     F:  8 am - 5 pm     Sat:  9 am - 1 pm
Winter and summer hours vary.

  • Appointments and drop-in counseling: Call, go to the counseling website or visit the Counseling Center. Students seeking transcript evaluation, academic planning, career counseling and personal counseling are best served in a scheduled half-hour appointment. Every other Wednesday, the center begins scheduling appointments for the following two weeks. Drop-in counseling (limited to 10 minutes) is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Academic counseling: Includes major selection, transfer options, and entrance requirements, major requirements, general education certification, and the application process for four-year colleges and universities. Targeted counseling for athletes, veterans, Honors, Early College, and international students. See a counselor at least once a semester to ensure that you are on the right track. 

  • Career counseling: Career counseling assists students in identifying their career interests. Counselors use a variety of assessments to help students examine their interests and personality characteristics, including values and skills classification. Counselors also provide information about the labor market and offer career/life-planning courses.

  • Workshops on topics like financial aid, choosing a major, transfer planning, UC and CSU applications, resumé writing, and job interviewing.

  • MAP, or My Academic Plan, is an online academic planning program that allows students to develop a complete semester-by-semester academic plan for their specific educational goal. Students should use MAP prior to meeting with a counselor and registering for classes. MAP is available through MySite under "My Academic Plan."

  • Online educational counseling is an extension of drop‑in counseling. It gives students an opportunity to ask counselors questions online. You can access the link from students.ivc.edu/counselingcenter.

  • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) counseling services are available at 949-451-5243. Students must be accepted to the EOPS program in order to have appointments with EOPS counselors and can inquire about eligibility by calling this number.

  • CalWORKs counseling services are available at 949-451-5243. Recipients of CalWORKs cash aid are recommended to contact the CalWORKs office as soon as possible when they come to IVC.

  • Disabled Students Programs and Services counseling services are available at 949-451-5630 or 949-333-0260 (video phone).

  • Students with a verified disability requesting accommodations can contact the Disabled Students Programs and Services office at 949-451-5630, or 949-333-0260 (video phone).

  • Personal counseling is available for relationship problems, interpersonal communication, self-awareness, stress management, and behavior change. We all experience our share of stress, worry and difficult times. Sometimes the experiences and challenges of college can become overwhelming. It is important to recognize when stress and anxiety upset your emotional wellbeing, or when personal problems compromise your ability to do well in college or continue in class. If you find yourself facing problems with anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, parenting, drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, or other challenges, call to schedule an appointment with a counselor. Off-campus resource referrals can be given. Counseling services on campus are free to currently enrolled students. Contact the Health and Wellness Center at 949-451-5221.

Dance

PAC 132  •  949-451-5533

http://academics.ivc.edu/arts/dance/Pages/default.aspx

The IVC Dance Department is renowned for its diversity and excellence in training dancers, choreographers, and movement therapy practitioners, and expanding the range of career options for its students. It is devoted to helping each individual recognize and achieve their goals. The dance program focuses on training students who wish to achieve an associate degree, pursue a certificate that focuses on employment, transfer to a four-year institution in dance and dance related fields, or complete general education requirements. Many dance courses meet IGETC, CSU, private, and IVC general education requirements in the arts, health and wellness, humanities, and cultural diversity categories. 

There are numerous performance opportunities for students of all levels and interests to perform by auditioning for the Performing Dance Ensemble or enrolling in the Dance Rehearsal and Performance class. IVC Dance graduates have performed and taught nationally and internationally, are part of professional dance companies, and have created their own unique entrepreneurial opportunities.

For more information please contact Jennifer La Curan at jlacuran@ivc.edu or 949-451-5533.

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Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS)

SSC 171  •  949-451-5630  •  949-333-0595 (video phone)

students.ivc.edu/dsps

M-Th:  8 am - 7 pm   F:  8 am - 5 pm

The Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) department provides support services and educational accommodations to students with a disability, enabling them to fully participate and benefit from an equitable college experience at Irvine Valley College. Participation in DSPS is voluntary and all student disability-related information is confidential.

ELEVATE AAPI @ IVCPhoto of five students holding Elevate AAPI stickers

Equitable Learning Experiences Valuing Achievement, Transfer, and Empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at Irvine Valley College
B 353  •  949-451-5802
ivcelevateaapi@ivc.edu • 
http://www.ivc.edu/elevateaapi      

ELEVATE AAPI is a federal Title III AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) funded program that provides resources and support services to ensure the success of Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and economically disadvantaged students. Services include: counseling, peer advising, academic and specialized workshops, cultural events, guest speakers, a first-year experience program, and leadership development. ELEVATE AAPI is located in B 353, the CAANAPI: the Center for Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders. More information about ELEVATE AAPI can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)/
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

SSC 220  •  949-451-5243
students.ivc.edu/eops

M-Th:  8 am - 7 pm     F:  8 am - 5 pm

EOPS is a state-funded program that provides support services to ensure the success of low-income/educationally disadvantaged students. Services include: textbook assistance; academic, vocational, and personal counseling; supplemental tutoring; peer advising; payment of parking permit and ASIVC memberships; and specialized workshops.

The Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program supports CalWORKs/TANF single parents. To determine your eligibility call 949-451-5243. CARE provides textbooks and supplies; special workshops; grants; and counseling.

Financial Aid Office

SSC 130  •  949-451-5287
financialaid.ivc.edu

Please contact the office for hours of operation.

See Part 1: Introduction & Applying to IVC  for more details about financial aid.

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Health and Wellness Center

SSC 150  •  949-451-5221
students.ivc.edu/healthcenter

Contact the center for hours of operation.

  • The Health and Wellness Center is able to provide prevention, education and basic outpatient services for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and sub-acute illnesses and injuries. The wellness center provides physical, emotional and social well-being guidance for students in ways that will increase their potential for educational success. A brief overview of services includes urgent care, preventive care which includes general health assessment and education, vision and hearing screenings, emergency first aid, women's and men's health care, TB testing, STD testing, flu shots and referrals are utilized for services beyond our scope of practice. Additionally, annual well-women examinations are available including PAP tests and birth control. We are an approved Family Pact provider.
  • Mental wellness care services are available for short term intervention and referrals. Support services such as pharmacy, laboratory and health education are also available. There is a nominal charge for laboratory tests and prescription medications. The Wellness Center is staffed by a team of professionals which include medical physicians, registered nurses and clerical support. 
  • Health services are available to students who have paid the state mandated health fee and are currently enrolled in and attending classes at IVC. Students may call for hours of operation each semester. The wellness center is closed on weekends and school holidays. 

Honor Society (Phi Theta Kappa)

Co-Advisors:Kurt Meyer (kmeyer@ivc.edu) and Jodi Titus (jtitus@ivc.edu)

www.ivc.edu/student/clubs/honorsociety

Phi Theta Kappa's mission is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. To qualify for membership, a student must have completed 12 semester units at Irvine Valley College with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

  • Transcript notation posted at the end of each semester
  • Eligibility for over $37 million in scholarships
  • Leadership, service, and scholarship opportunities, including attending academic conferences
  • Recommendation letters

Honors Program

LA 107A •  949-451-5300

academics.ivc.edu/honors

The IVC Honors Program is designed to meet the needs of academically talented and highly motivated students. The program offers eligible students access to the following opportunities: Approximately 30 small, seminar-style honors classes per semester; enriched coursework; interaction with other motivated students; priority registration for classes; recognition on transcripts and at graduation; special transfer agreements with many institutions, including UCI and UCLA; dedicated honors scholarships; designated honors counselor; honors study lounge; research conferences and publication venues; leadership positions; social and cultural activities; and a complimentary library card at UCI and UCLA. Most honors classes meet the general education transfer requirements for the UC and CSU systems and are open to all students through the regular enrollment process. Applications are online at academics.ivc.edu/honors or in the program office, Liberal Arts 107A. For further information, email honorsprogram@ivc.edu or call 949-451-5300.

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International Student Center

CEC 7 •  949-451-5414

students.ivc.edu/internationalcenter

M-Th:  9 am - 4 pm     F: 9 am - noon 

International students on an F-1 student visa deal with a variety of complex issues. The center is a resource where they can obtain assistance with the following:

  • The international admission, enrollment and transfer process for international students entering the US on F-1 student visas
  • Academic counseling services 
  • Immigration workshops and advisement
  • Advisement on health insurance and housing
  • Information for transcript evaluation services, language translation services and travel
  • Social activities and acculturation assistance

Language Acquisition Center

B 354  •  949-451-5580

http://academics.ivc.edu/languagecenter/Pages/default.aspx

Contact the center for hours of operation.

  • A learning center for classes in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Individual tutoring, conversational groups, computer-aided practice, films, and cultural events.
  • Open to students currently enrolled in IVC language and/or ESL courses. Students must enroll in a zero-unit class to use the center. Contact the center for more information on which class is best for you.

Library

Photo showing library staffCirculation Desk: 949-451-5761

Reference Desk: 949-451-5266 

Library Information: 949-451-5261

library@ivc.edu  •  www.ivc.edu/library

Fall and Spring Hours:  M-Th: 7:45 am - 9 pm      F: 7:45 am - 4 pm        Sat: 10 am - 2:30 pm 

Summer Hours:  M-Th: 8 am - 8 pm      F: 8 am - 4 pm

  • Professional research assistance
  • Calculators, chargers, USB drives, headphones, bones and other materials available for checkout
  • Print and digital books, periodicals and media
  • 100 computer workstations with Internet access, student email, research databases, and MS Office software
  • 24/7 access to database articles and eBooks through the library website
  • Black-and-white and color printers and copy machines
  • Document scanners
  • Wireless access
  • Research skills workshops
  • Group study rooms
  • Currently enrolled SOCCCD students may borrow circulating material by presenting a valid IVC or Saddleback ID card.
  • Residents of the district may purchase a library community card ($10 for six months).

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Life Fitness Center

PE 110  •  949-451-5370

academics.ivc.edu/kines/lifefitness

To use the center, enroll in KNES 3A, 3B or 3C. To pass the course, you must complete weekly online assignments, 6 quizzes, a midterm and a final with a grade of 70% or better, as well as complete 24 (3A), 48 (3B) or 75 (3C) hours of exercise by the end of the semester. Once enrolled, access Canvas at https://socccd.canvas.com/

Once you select your KNES 3 course on Canvas, click on "Module 1,"then follow these three steps: 1. Print off all four pages of Required Paperwork, complete and turn them in to the LFC before your first workout. 2. Read the KNES 3 Syllabus. 3. Read the Policies and Rules PowerPoint.  After completing all three steps, you may start your exercising in the center during your scheduled class time (other workout times may become available during the semester).

  • Equipment for improving cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body composition
  • Aerobic equipment including stair climbers, elliptical trainers, rowers, and treadmills; weight machines and free weights

Math Center (Math Lab)

B 363  •  949-451-7561

academics.ivc.edu/mathcenter

Fall and Spring Hours: 

M-Th:  8 am - 7 pm     F: 8 am - 2 pm 

Drop-in tutorial assistance and supplemental instruction is available in the Math Center for math courses taught at Irvine Valley College. For Math Center assistance in Math 351 or Math 353, students enroll in Math 351L or Math 353L. For assistance in other math classes, students should enroll in a section of Tutoring 301 offered in the Math Center, room B 363.

Music

Photo showing music studentswww.ivcarts.org/music.asp

The robust IVC Music Department, one of the fastest growing segments of the college, fields players and singers for a variety of instrumental and choral performing groups. At IVC, ensembles perform both traditional and new repertoire, commissioning and debuting record numbers of world premieres. IVC music students and ensembles regularly work with professional and student composers, guest soloists, and guest conductors. Some performing groups require an audition; others require previous training and some ensemble experience. To find out more, contact the conductor or director.

In addition to GE courses in music, the IVC Music Department has very active performing ensembles. Our instrumental and vocal ensembles perform regularly throughout the academic year on campus, regionally, and in some years, even internationally. The ensembles perform both traditional and new repertoire, including world premieres and student compositions. IVC ensembles also partner with guest artists and other area ensembles. For more information about performing with one of our outstanding ensembles, contact the conductor.

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Parking

Parking on campus is by permit only seven (7) days a week, 24 hours a day. There is no beginning-of-semester grace period. Green-curbed (timed) parking areas are designated for visitors only. No overnight parking is allowed without advance approval from the Campus Police Department. Students may purchase parking permits when they register online or at a later time through MySite, or may order a permit (which will be delivered via USPS) at the Campus Police Building. Daily $5/day parking permit dispensers are located near the entrances to lots #2, #5, #6, #8, #10, and at the Irvine Valley entrance near the Performing Arts Center. They are also available at the IVC Police Station from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, or Friday from 7 am to noon. Permits are not sold at the Bursar's Office. For more information and details on parking regulations, visit campuspolice.ivc.edu/pages/parkinginfo.aspx.

Campus Police

Campus Police Building •  949-451-5200 (non-emergency)

                                              949-451-5234 (emergency and after hours)

campuspolice.ivc.edu/Pages/default.aspx


Front desk: M-Th  7 am - 6 pm     F: 7 am - noon
By phone: 24/7 949-451-5234 

IVC police officers are responsible for patrolling campus grounds; taking crime and incident reports; conducting investigations; enforcing all applicable laws and traffic regulations; and providing a safe environment. Crimes, suspicious activities, and any emergency should be reported to the IVC Police Department. Any person may contact IVC Police at any time, day or night, by calling 949-451-5234 or extension 5234 from any office or classroom phone. Call boxes are available on the first floor of the Student Services Center, in front of the IVC Police Station, and in Lots #2, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 10. Reports may also be made at the IVC Police Station located adjacent to Lot # 8 near the baseball field.

Campus Escort Service: Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 949-451-5234 or dial ext. 5234 from any campus office or classroom.

Irvine Valley College Crime Statistics: Available at campuspolice.ivc.edu/Pages/annualreport.aspx

Emergency Preparedness: For emergencies on campus, dial 949-451-5234 or extension 5234 from any office or classroom phone. Emergency procedures are detailed on the police website, and a flip chart with building evacuation routes and detailed procedures is posted in every classroom and the entrance of every building on campus for students to view.  

Policies and Regulations

To view Irvine Valley College's policies and regulations, including the Student Code of Conduct, please visit www.ivc.edu/policies.

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Psi Beta

ktucker@ivc.edu

Psi Beta's mission is to encourage professional development and psychological literacy of all students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Psi Beta members experience educational enrichment through service activities, participation in professional psychology conferences, and competition for national awards. IVC's Psi Beta chapter has been active since 1992.

All students are welcome to participate in Psi Beta meetings and on-campus activities. However, to qualify for membership in the national Psi Beta organization, a student must have completed 12 semester units at the college level, at least one college psychology course with a grade of "B" or higher, and have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher. After paying a one-time-only fee to the national Psi Beta office, membership is for life.

For more information about Psi Beta, students may email Dr. Kari Tucker-McCorkhill (at ktucker@ivc.edu) or Mike Cassens (mcassens@ivc.edu) who are two of the Psi Beta chapter advisors, at ktucker@ivc.edu.

Speech and Debate Team

academics.ivc.edu/arts/communications/forensics

The Irvine Valley College Speech and Debate Team is one of the most respected and accomplished teams in the nation, competing against colleges and universities throughout the United States. Over the past 15 years, the team has placed in the top three at 12 state championships, while winning 12 league championships. Since 2000, the team was crowned the national champions in the community college division of the National Parliamentary Debate Association 11 times. The team also has an international reputation and has hosted debate teams from the UK, Ireland, Eastern Europe, Japan, Rwanda, and China on 21 occasions. In addition, the team has traveled several times to China for debate demonstrations, competition, and study abroad programs. In the spring of 2019 the team also plans to travel to Berlin, Germany to participate in the International Forensics Association Speech Tournament.

The coaching staff takes pride in developing students to become better speakers and better thinkers. All majors are welcomed and encouraged to join. Interested students may contact Director of Forensics Jules French at jfrench7@ivc.edu or Bill Neesen at wneesen@ivc.edu.

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Student Ambassador Program

Outreach and Community Relations: CEC 1 • 949-451-5217

IVC launched its first year-long Student Ambassador Program in 2014/15 under the leadership and direction of the Vice President for Student Services. The goals of the program are to build a structured framework in which students can become familiar with the college, gain a working knowledge of the institution, and be visible in and useful to the college community. Ambassadors are required to attend training through which they are introduced to key stakeholders and learn about the operation of the institution. The IVC Student Ambassadors have become the face of the college and truly create a sense of community.

Student Success Center

Photo showing IVC graduatesBSTIC 110  •  949-451-5471

academics.ivc.edu/successcenter

Contact the center for hours of operation.

The center supports academic learning by providing tutoring and additional resources to reinforce and supplement classroom instruction. The goal of tutoring is to assist students in achieving success in their classes, to prevent students from dropping classes unnecessarily, to promote their self-confidence, and to help them become independent and active learners. The center offers free extended tutoring for DSPS, EOPS, Guardian Scholars, Re-Entry, and veteran students. Students seeking tutorial assistance must register for Tutoring 301.

COMPUTER LAB ACCESS: The center serves as a computer lab for IVC courses that require students to use specific software applications to complete their assignments. PCs, Macs, printer, 3D printer and peripherals are available. Instructors and tutors are available to aid students with their comprehension.

Theatre

academics.ivc.edu/arts/theater

The Theatre Department stages four to five shows each year in the Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center, from spectacular musical theatre productions, to classical dramas, to intimate ensemble pieces. The department offers an exciting, vigorous education in acting and technical theatre. For information about upcoming productions and how to audition (or to find out more about the theatre program), contact department chair M. Scott Grabau at mgrabau@ivc.edu or 949-451-5553 or Ron Manuel-Ellison at rmanuel@ivc.edu or 949-451-5303.

Transfer Center

SSC 230  •  949-451-5339

students.ivc.edu/transfercenter

M:  8 am - 7 pm    Tu-Th: 8 am - 7 pm    F:  8 am - 5 pm

The Transfer Center helps prepare students to transfer from IVC to the four-year college or university of their choice. The center is dedicated to helping students fulfill their dreams of higher education by offering a number of different services and resources to students.

  • Transfer counseling and advisement, both regular and drop-in appointments.
  • Assistance with finding and using center resources including articulation agreements and college guides, as well as information about choosing a major, selecting a school, completing requirements, filing applications, and meeting important deadlines.
  • Computer workstations that provide access to university websites throughout the United States and worldwide.
  • Appointments with representatives from public, private, and out-of-state colleges and universities.
  • University presentations and tours to a variety of different campuses to evaluate which campuses are a good fit for each student.

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Veterans Services Center

SSC 120  •  949-451-5296  • FAX: 949-451-5666

Email: ivcvets@ivc.edu  •  IVC Federal School Code: 025395

students.ivc.edu/veterans

Contact the program office for hours of operation.

The Veterans Services Center (VSC) provides veterans, active military and dependent resources that will promote successful transition from military life. The one-stop center houses a certifying official and provides direct support services to veterans. The certifying official provides assistance to students to complete the paperwork required for VA education benefits. There are computers available for veteran students' use and tutoring available through the Student Success Center and in the VSC for all veteran students. They also are provided with assistance with scholarships, veteran counseling, referrals and resources, and new student guidance. A VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VetSuccess on Campus) is present weekly, a disability certification representative is present and healthcare benefit enrollment is available. Our one-stop stresses a holistic approach to accommodating our veterans at IVC and we promote wellness programs for all veterans to participate. We are located in front of the Student Services Building.  

Writing Center

LA 103  •  949-451-5249

academics.ivc.edu/writingcenter

M-Th:  8:30 am - 8 pm    F: 9 am - 3 pm

Instructional support in essay writing is available to students enrolled in Writing 181, 182, or 380, the Writing Conference. Conferences are available on a first-come, first-served basis for enrolled students. Enrolled students may use computers for academic purposes. To receive credit for Writing 380 and WR 181 (with WR 1 and WR 302), students must record 24 hours in the Center and participate in four formal conferences. To receive credit for Writing 181 (with WR 1 only) and 182, students must record 24 hours in the Writing Center by the date specified in the course schedule.

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