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Here is a collection of information about things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!

 

You have to learn to speak the language of college, but you don’t have to start out knowing it.

Experiment with a different browser to start the school year.

What’s Kirkwood’s Student Body like?

Check out some words of advice from the U.S. Department of Education:
http://blog.ed.gov/2016/08/18-things-starting-college/?utm_content=sf48116798

Find some books to help you find your footing as a student or graduate here:
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/new-books-student-life-part-3

Want some tools to hack college? Check out these websites.

App

Kirkwood has a new app. Find instructions on where to find it.

Add-Drop

Learn more about it here:
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=32303 To add a course, if the class has not met yet, students can call One Stop.  For any class that has met, students will need to fill out a form. Get the form from the department’s office and ask them about the particular class. For the first week you just need the instructor’s signature. The following week you also need the Dean’s. For Distance Learning classes in general check this page.

Students may drop classes through Eaglenet until the last day set on the academic calendar each semester. To check for the important dates for any particular class double check here.

Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Kirkwood no longer gives a full refund to students who both drop a class and add a class in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – Kirkwood refunds 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes. Find Full Refund Policy: http://www.kirkwood.edu/catalog/current/refund-of-tuition_0.htm

Advisor

Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name. Set up an appointment to talk to them about your schedule and your overall path through your program. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 319-398-5540. Find answers to basic questions about class scheduling type issues here. NOTE that important dates listed on the PDF are NOT current.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is never allowed on campus without special written permission.
http://www.kirkwood.edu/catalog/current/alcohol-and-drug-policy.htm

ATM

There is only one ATM available on the Cedar Rapids campus. It’s located near the cafeteria by Student Life and the US Bank campus branch. On the Iowa City campus there is one available next to the One Stop Office.

Book List

There are two ways to get into your list of textbooks you need for all your classes.

To find your list of textbooks
1. Log into Eaglenet
2. Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academic Profile
3. Select term from Drop Down menu and click on Submit
4. Click on “Click here to access Booklist”
5. A second tab will pop up and ask you to log in with your k-number and password
6. This will generate a list for all your classes. They are very brief entries but will give you an abbreviated title, ISBN, and which class it’s for.

To go directly to the “second tab” (aka Step 5 above) go to http://www.kirkwood.edu/booklist

Books The Library Doesn’t Own

The library doesn’t collect textbooks (scroll to textbooks below), but for any other type of book we’ll be glad to try to help you get a copy either by buying it or by borrowing a copy from another library. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/what-if-the-library-doesnt-own-a-book-you-want/

Book Club

Share your love of books and reading with other student readers. Read what you like. Share your thoughts. Make and take reading recommendations. Each semester we will decide on additional activities and determine if we want to focus on any reading themes. Contact club advisor Julie Petersen, julie.petersen@kirkwood.edu.

Book Return – Library

On the Cedar Rapids campus you can return books in the drop at the circulation desk, the slot right outside the library doors, and the outside bookdrop. You can find the outside bookdrop right here:
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/bookdrop-in-new-location

At the Iowa City branch take return books at the desk and in the library book return box (a large black box) across from the library doors. There is also a book return box available in the parking lot.

You can return books at the office at any of the centers.

Bus Passes for Free

The EagleCard Office at the help desk in the Allsop lab in Neilsen Hall and Rec Center can attach free bus stickers to the EagleCards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 7a for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each year before you can ride free. The year runs from August to August. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from the Eaglecard office listed above for use to verify attendance and k number. You can get the stickers from Eagle Card Office, Student Life, both bookstores, and any county center office.

If you’re waiting for a Cedar Rapids bus and wonder where it’s at, simply go to Ridecrt.com. Through an interactive map, click on the route number and an arrow will show exactly which street or intersection your bus is at and watch an arrow representing the bus as it moves along down the street. Remember the routes that come to Kirkwood are 7 and 7a.

Here is the map and the route schedule. It changed July 1, 2017 to these new routes.

Calendar

Find the calendars with important dates, which days school will be closed, and final exam schedule here:
http://www.kirkwood.edu/calendar

Car Service

For only $8 let Automotive Technology perform a full vehicle inspection. They will inspect the condition of the brakes, belts, fluids, and test the battery. It is open to anyone with a vehicle that is not European and no older than 8 years. The service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, from October to May, by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling (319) 398-5479 or e-mailing Jennifer.pratt@kirkwood.edu.

Car Troubles

For some car troubles you can ask security for help, for others they can loan you equipment and give advice. Learn more here:
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=21017
Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends.

Career Services

The Career Services department offers a variety of job seeking skill and career decision-making workshops, as well as individual appointments that are free to Kirkwood students. Career Services assists students in career exploration and job-seeking skills. Some of the job seeking skills help includes resume building and interview coaching. For more information, including dates and times, please visit http://www.kirkwood.edu/careerservices

Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Advisor above

Clubs

Kirkwood has a wide range of interests with more than 80 clubs registered with Student Life. Check out the list: http://www.kirkwood.edu/clubs

Scroll up to Book Club

Coloring Printing

Find out about color printing on all campuses in this blog post:
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/do-you-know-about-color-printing/

Scroll down to Printing and Print Quota for more printing information.

Computer Lab in Cedar Rapids— 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall is the main lab on the Cedar Rapids campus. It houses 106 PCs and 2 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners, and a color printer. All programs needed for classes are offered on these computers, but not every computer has every program, ask at the help desk if you need a specific program so they can direct you to the right computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is used for student public usage for research and homework. Students may reserve a computer at least one day ahead by calling 398-5606 or coming to the front counter. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. The same policies and guidelines apply as in the computer classrooms.

Computer Lab in Iowa City

The Iowa City computer lab is now part of the library.

Confidential Counseling Services – It’s FREE

Life can be overwhelming. Roommate issues? Relationship issues? Class/test concerns? Personal issues?  You don’t have to face it alone. Help is right here on campus.  Counselors are available in 108 Iowa Hall, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact us at 319-398-5540 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/counseling to learn more.

Cost Per Class

The cost per class is actually figured out by credit hour. Find more information:
https://www.kirkwood.edu/tuition

EagleCard

Your permanent EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Get it after you register for credit classes. Your Eaglecard is also your LIBRARY CARD. Carry it with you at all times while you are on campus and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches with different departments and you’ll get all of your student benefits. (Library Note: We have some items, such as the laptops, that we only check out if you have your physical card in hand.)

Present a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

  • EagleCard office (Nielsen Hall – Room 131 which is within the Allsop Computer Lab) Phone 319-398-5411, ext. 5680
  • Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)
  • Iowa City Campus Bookstore
  • Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is open the same hours as the Allsop Computer Lab. EagleCards can also be printed at the Rec Center on the Main Campus and at the Iowa City Bookstore.

EagleCash

EagleCash is money that you put on your EagleCard that you can use in various places around campus rather than carry cash.

EagleNet

EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.

FAX

Students can fax for free at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library. Ask at the Circulation desk.

Finance Department for Employees

The Finance Department manages general Kirkwood business including, but not limited to, departmental deposits, Pcard pick up, payment or reimbursement requests, and parking stickers. The Finance office is located at The Kirkwood Center, south of The Hotel at Kirkwood.

DIRECTIONS: From Kirkwood Boulevard, use the parking lot south of 76th Ave. (opposite side of The Hotel). Enter the doors to The Kirkwood Center Atrium. Finance is located on the other side of the reception area. For specific questions, please contact Joan Hanna at ext. 5555.

Full Time Student Load

You must take 12 or more credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time, except during the summer semester when nine credit hours is full-time.

General Student FAQs

Find some questions the college office gets a lot here:
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=16753

Get Published

Faculty, staff and students can submit both writing and artwork to the Kirkwood publication, The Cedar Divide.

Hungry?

Check out these cookbooks in library aimed at college students. There are two locations of the Cafe on campus, one on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall and one in the lobby area of Linn Hall. They normally have the same hours. There are also vending machines around campus with a variety of snacks and beverages.

International Students

Find all of the information you need regarding international student support services atwww.kirkwood.edu/international.  Scroll to the bottom of that page to find our International Events Calendar.  Join in any of the activities or stop by the International Student Office in Linn Hall 1154 for any additional information.

Internet Guidelines

Taken from The Policy for Responsible Use of Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College

  • Accessing Internet is a privilege granted for the primary purpose of conducting research, completing class assignments, and gaining familiarity with evolving electronic communications.
  • Users shall not send offensive, threatening, abusive, obscene, or other such messages to anyone who may be using the system.
  • Users shall not use Kirkwood’s computing resources to copy, generate, or transmit obscene files publicly accessible.
  • Each user will be financially responsible for any unauthorized commitments made through Internet.
  • Users must follow the guidelines as outlined in the AA/EEO policy on Hostile Environments including the viewing and/or printing of any material considered to be offensive or obscene.
  • Users shall not engage in invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, violation of copyright laws or any other activity prohibited by these guidelines or by law.
  • Access to the Internet may be denied or revoked at any time.

Kirk Alerts

Sign up for Kirk Alerts to get the latest information about college cancellations, delays, and closures. They can be delivered to you across multiple platforms of your choice. All clears are usually not issued.

Lactation Room

Kirkwood supports new mothers with designated lactation rooms. The ones in Cedar Rapids are in Cedar Hall Room 226 and Linn Hall Room 2104. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. Campus Health is to be used as a backup location only. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

The lactation room in Iowa City is located by the One Stop Office.

Late Registration Policy

The last day to register on EagleNet for a class is the day before it starts. Once a class starts, you’ll need faculty and possibly dean signatures to add it. If you have any doubts or questions about your schedule, don’t wait to talk to your advisor – make an appointment today! Scroll up to Add-Drop for more information.

Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name.

Library Textbook Policy

The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve. Feel free to ask your instructor if they haven’t yet put a copy on reserve.

Microsoft Office

Do you know that as a Kirkwood student you’re entitled to a free download of Microsoft 365? This is a stripped down version of Office, but should work for any assignment you get a Kirkwood. Follow the step by step directions. Particularly note the form they want for the e-mail.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students and offered on several dates prior to the start of the term. During orientation, you’ll work with academic advisors, current students and professional staff members to get ready for your transition to Kirkwood Community College. At orientation students will:

  • meet with academic advisors to learn about your core classes, degree requirements in programs you’re considering and course selections for the semester
  • talk with Kirkwood faculty members about academic expectations learn about student involvement, financial aid, campus technology, community expectations, and other aspects of the social and academic environment at Kirkwood,
  • meet and get to know other new students,
  • receive your EagleCard (student ID),
  • register for classes.

For more information go to www.kirkwood.edu/orientation.

New Stuff 

Want to be notified when the library gets something new? Sign up or check back at the link.

Notebook and Graph Paper

Sometimes classes will require special paper (printed with a particular design) for assignments. Notebook paper and regular graph paper are the most common of these. You can buy a package at the Bookstore or other retailer, but if you just need a page or two or something really custom you can print your own.

Old Class Descriptions

If you need an old class description to show someone whether they would be willing to accept a class or not for some purpose, find it here:
http://www.kirkwood.edu/catalogarchive

One Stop

The One Stop office manages general student business including, but not limited to, financial aid status, graduation inquiries, transcript requests, course or enrollment verification, diploma ordering or information on deferment. The One Stop office is located at Kirkwood Hall 2nd floor.

    DIRECTIONS: Driving from Kirkwood Boulevard, enter the south entrance to campus and take the first left. Drive toward the buildings and Kirkwood Hall, which is to the north of the parking lots. There is visitor parking in the Blue Permit parking lot. Walking, go to Kirkwood Hall, which is located down the skywalk from the cafeteria in Iowa Hall. Once at the end of the skywalk, the One Stop office is the first office on the right. For specific questions, please contact the One Stop office at 319-398-7600.

Parking Permits and Parking and Traffic Tickets

Students are NOT required to get parking permits to park on Kirkwood lots, but are required to follow basic parking rules such as parking in designated areas only. If you get a Kirkwood parking ticket, pay at the Cashier’s Office in One Stop.

Breaking city laws, for example parking in handicap spots without a handicap permit, can get you a regular parking ticket from the city where regular fines apply.

Password Reset

Access this self-service web page to establish or change your K-number password. For more information. You can log on to change your password from any machine that you don’t have to use your Kirkwood ID to log into.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available for the fall semester on Fridays in Benton Hall 355, from noon-2:00. It’s scheduled from August 4th thru December 15th.  You may visit the International Programs office 1154 Linn Hall on the Cedar Rapids Main campus if you have any questions. This service is available to all students.

Printing and Student Print Quota

There are various places around campus where students can print. The two main ones are the library and the computer lab at both campuses. Both have black and white and color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing.

Registered students are given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is a way to ration printing and is NOT real money either from the college or from any fee students pay. It could as easily be known as points or coupons, etc. As students print or copy, 5 cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. Access this page to check your current balance.

AGAIN this is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by either the student or the college. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion of the ration will be given to you as cash. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints.

The balance means balance like a checkbook or savings account, not balance like a credit card. Meaning it isn’t saying that you owe money when it shows a balance, it’s what you have to use yet.

Most students don’t use their entire ration during a semester. If you haven’t used all of yours it will be carried forward to the next semester. At the end of the summer everyone’s balance is wiped out and you start again with $36, but don’t worry about that remember that it isn’t real money.

If you would use all $36 during the semester and need more, you CAN put real money on the card and that won’t disappear at the reset. However, it is not refundable.

As a student when you print documents, you will see a pop-up that will inform you of the cost of that print job and the remaining balance. Click to confirm that you want to print it. If a student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages,  an additional dialogue box  pops up asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

When the students use their k# to login to the copier, they will see their name and their current balance on the display pad.

Check out this site find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money ration does), or to dispute a print charge. It’s easy to remember the website it’s the Kirkwood address plus print, so http://www.kirkwood.edu/print but not that easy to find a link to.

Resume – Scroll up to Career Services

Roommates 

Want to get off on the right foot with your roommate? Here are some suggestions.

Screenings

Counseling services offers screenings in the fall.

  • Alcohol Screening will be on 9/28/2017
  • Depression Screening will be on 10/5/2017
  • Eating Disorder Screening will be on 10/12/2017

All screenings are from 10:00am-1:00pm in 125 Iowa Hall.

Security

Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends. Get more information on the array of services they offer.

Student Email

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. All current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will NOT be sent via postal mail or to a personal e-mail address, but will be sent to your student e-mail.

The format of your Kirkwood student email address is:
firstname-lastname@student.kirkwood.edu
(Example: jane-smith@student.kirkwood.edu)

If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. Upon graduation or transfer to another institution, student email accounts are deactivated (the following August 31st). Any saved documents and/or emails will not be accessible after that date.

Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. (Library Note: Although we haven’t seen this very much lately, sometimes students have have issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites opening on campus – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail to send it or even better send it to both.) Find the IT FAQs for Student e-mail: https://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=33981

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your login questions. Conveniently located in the Allsop Computer Lab – 131 Nielsen Hall. Call them at 319-398-7624 or 1-800-634-6581. Among the IT services are: Campus Wireless, EagleCash, EagleNet, Talon, Passwords, Print Quota, and Student e-mail. Contact them directly for questions about any of these and start with them for other basic computer issues. Find their FAQ sheet linked here:
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/student-tech-resources/

If it’s a Talon question that isn’t related to individual page set up, they will likely refer you to the general Talon help service. Scroll to Talon information below.

Student Print Quota – Scroll up to Printing and Print Quota

Study Abroad

YOU can study Abroad.  Kirkwood offers over 15 different short-term study abroad programs each year and there are programs for everyone.  The programs and applications are found here at https://kirkwood.studioabroad.com  You are also welcome to stop by Linn Hall 1154 to speak with a Study Abroad Advisor if you have any questions.  Scholarships for study abroad are available.

Talon

Talon is a suite of online tools that facilitate online classes. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Talon. Most online courses operate fully within Talon or at least use it as a frame or portal to get you to the materials you need and to turn in assignments.

If your instructor told you to use or find something and you don’t know where it is (a handout, an article, a place to turn something in), check your Talon page for that class.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. Try that first. You can check with the student helpdesk, but you may be directed to the help line through Talon which is available 24/7 at 1-877-478-7074. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor.

Textbooks –Scroll up to Book List of Textbooks to find out which books you’ll need and to Library Textbook Policy for information about what’s available in the library.

Tutoring – It’s FREE!
Free tutoring is available to every student taking a class for credit. Stop by 2071 Cedar Hall or call 319-398-5425 to speak to someone in Learning Services.

Tuition

Tuition cost is set per credit hour, but varies by Iowa resident, non-resident, and international categories.

Vending Machine Issues

If a vending machine takes your money or if you have another vending machine issue, in Cedar Rapids report to Student Life on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall across from the bank by the cafeteria. In Iowa City report it at the One Stop office. Find out more about the vending machines by the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library here and the rest of them on campus by checking with Student Life.

Veterans

Be sure to check out all the resources on campus including the Veterans Lounge.
http://www.kirkwood.edu/va

Veterans in Iowa City are eligible for all benefits but they do not have a lounge.

Wireless

Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Withdrawn From Class By Instructor

If you have a  Deregistration or Administrative Withdraw from a class for non-attendence, here’s what you do.

Work Study

To get work study position around campus, start at One Stop and make sure you qualify for Work Study. Then you can apply for specific jobs currently open around campus.

UPDATED September 5 2017: I added the information about free Microsoft Office 365 and what to do if you’re withdrawn from a class by an instructor.

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