The college recognizes superior scholastic achievement by compiling the President’s List and the Vice President’s List at the end of each regular term.
The President’s List recognizes students who scheduled 12 or more semester hours and who have a grade-point average of 4.00.
The Vice President’s List recognizes students who scheduled 12 or more semester hours and who have a grade-point average of 3.50 to 3.99.
A student must attend regularly and make good progress in order to satisfactorily complete a program. A record of excessive absences is tantamount to unsatisfactory progress. Absences whether excused or unexcused will affect student progress and may result in failure.
Absences should be rare and may be permitted only under most compelling circumstances. The attendance policy for each academic course will be stated in the course syllabus. The attendance policy for all technical courses is as follows:
1. Absences may not exceed 20 days per year for any and all reasons.
2. Excused absences may be allowed for:
• Personal illness.
• Serious illness or death in the immediate family.
• Such conditions as the institution may consider as dangerous to the health, welfare, or life of the student.
• Jury duty or other absences caused by legal authority.
3. All excused absences must be approved by the instructor of the course the student is enrolled in. It shall be the student’s responsibility to report to the instructor the first day he/she returns from an absence for verification of excused status. Failure to do so will automatically dictate an unexcused absence for that occurrence.
4. All other absences are unexcused. If three unexcused absences occur in any semester, the student is to be dropped for unsatisfactory attendance.
5. Three tardies will count as an unexcused absence.
6. A student is tardy when he/she is not present at roll call for any class.
7. A student is counted absent when that student fails to return to class after break, lunch, or attending another class.
8. Participation in an institution-sponsored activity is not regarded as an absence.
Final Examinations are held in all subjects at the close of each semester. A final examination schedule is issued each semester by the Vice President of Instruction. The final examination schedule will be posted in each classroom. Examination attendance is required at the schedule time and early examinations are not permitted.
Grade reports are issued at the close of each semester by the Dean of Students. The individual reports are mailed to the student.
If any student questions any grade reported, that student should contact the Dean of Students immediately. The College does have a formal grade appeal process. Grades cannot be challenged and will not be changed after two years from the date the grade report was issued.
Letter grades are assigned according to the following system for all courses for which students have registered except courses in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
• A – Excellent (90-100)
• B – Good (80-89)
• C – Average (70-79)
• F – Failure (Below 60)
• S – Satisfactory
• U – Unsatisfactory
• IX – Poor (60-69)
• W – Withdrawal
• I – Incomplete
• AU – Audit
Quality Points per Semester Hour for Computing Cumulative Grade Index
• A – 4 quality pts. per hour
• B – 3 quality pts. per hour
• C – 2 quality pts. per hour
• D – 1 quality pts. per hour
• F – 0 quality pts. per hour
• S – 0 quality pts. per hour
• U – 0 quality pts. per hour
In order to improve academic background, a student may repeat courses in which the student has previously been enrolled if a grade of “D” or “F” was received. Both the original grade an the repeated course grade will be entered on the student’s official transcript and the cumulative grade point average will be determined from all quality points and attempted hours which have accrued. Credit hours for graduation, however, may be counted only once.
SCHEDULE CHANGES (ACADEMIC PROGRAM)
A student who has a justifiable reason for making a schedule change may do so during the official change in registration period by: (1) reporting to the Office of Student Services for course changes, and (2) reporting to the Business Office to pay fees.
• Students may apply to audit one or more courses without credit.
The same registration procedure is followed as for courses carrying credit and the same fee is charged as for courses bearing credit. Students registered for credit may change to audit at any time through the first three weeks of the semester. No change from credit to audit will be permitted after this date. Changes must be made with the instructor and the Vice President for Instruction. Students who choose to change from credit to audit are required to attend classes in the same manner as students who are taking the class for credit, and audit students must perform normal class activities. The only exception to this is that the audit student is not required to take the final examination. If the audit student’s total absences exceed the allowable number, or if the audit student does not perform class activities assigned to him by the instructor the instructor may change the grade from Audit to F on the final grade report. Students who have already exceeded the number of allowable absences may not change from credit to audit.
A student may audit an ADN course pal only after completing that course.
WITHDRAWALS (ACADEMIC AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS)
• Non Health-related Programs
A student who wishes to withdraw from a course after the official change in registration period may do so by completing the appropriate form and returning it to the Dean of Students. During the first six weeks of a standard semester or the first six days of a summer mini-session course, the student will receive a grade of W for any course dropped. After this point the instructor will assign a grade of W if the student is doing passing work at the time of withdrawal or W/F if the work is unsatisfactory. If a student is assigned a grade of W/F, the end of semester grade point average includes a grade of F in this course. Official notices of withdrawals will be sent to the instructors. No withdrawals will be permitted for any reason within one week before the final exams. Check your calendar for appropriate dates and allow seven full days.
• Health-related Programs (ADN, LPN, NAS, RAD, etc.)
The withdrawal policy for each health related program is carefully defined and described in the respective program handbook. Please refer to the handbook for the specific health related program for detailed withdrawal information.