Academic Policies


Students are expected to attend all registered classes and report on time.   The College computes attendance beginning with the first scheduled class meeting date and does not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. An instructor will drop a student when absences exceed 15 percent of the scheduled contact hours. 


Students enrolled in online courses must complete a mandatory online course assessment (MOCA) by the 10 percent point of each online course to avoid being dropped from those courses. Online course attendance is established by submitting graded assignments on or before the identified due dates. Failure to submit assignments by the due dates will be interpreted as absences. Once a student’s absences have exceeded 15% of the total graded course assignments, the student will be dropped from the course.


Students enrolled in hybrid courses must complete a syllabus acknowledgment quiz by the 10 percent point of each hybrid course to avoid being dropped from those courses. Hybrid course attendance is established by attending face-to-face meetings and submitting assignments online. Failure to attend class meetings or and submit graded online assignments by the due dates will be interpreted as absences.


In the event of extenuating circumstances, an instructor may grant an exception to the Attendance Policy.  Guidelines regarding attendance and tardiness are defined in course syllabi.

Effective Spring 2019

Students may withdraw from a course(s) on or before the 70 percent date of the course and receive a grade(s) of “W”. After the published 70 percent date of the coursestudents will receive a grade of “WP” or WF” depending on their grade average at the time of withdrawal. The grade of “WF” will be calculated as a failing grade in determining the student’s GPA.  After the 70 percent date, students with extenuating circumstances who receive a “WF” may request approval from the VP of Academic and Student Affairs to withdraw with a grade of “W”. 

 Students who stop participating in a course will be withdrawn administratively when the student violates the attendance policy. For nontraditional courses, including but not limited to internet-based courses, the withdrawal date for the course will be the date the student last completed an academic-related activity verifiable by the instructor. 


Students who register but fail to attend a course(s) by the census date (the 10 percent date of the course) will receive a grade of “NG”. A student who withdraws on or before the course census date will receive no grade indication.  

Academic misconduct is defined to include but is not limited to:

  1. Giving or receiving unauthorized aid (aid or material used without the instructor’s permission or approval) on an assignment.  Unauthorized material includes but is not necessarily limited to test information, research papers, books, periodicals, and unauthorized electronic information. 
  2. Plagiarism as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary is “An instance of plagiarizing, especially a passage that is taken from the work of one person and reproduced in the work of another without attribution.” Plagiarism includes not giving proper acknowledgment via footnote, endnote, or in-text citation.  Quoting part of a source (a sentence of more) without proper acknowledgment through the above citation is plagiarism. 
  3. Copying, taking, or acquiring without permission any academic material (test information, research papers, notes, books periodicals, etc.) from a member of the College staff, faculty, or student body or any comparable violation of academic security. 


Faculty members will make a preliminary judgment about the seriousness of the incident and determine whether it is a possible violation of the Academic Code of Conduct.  If the incident appears to be a violation, the faculty member will then decide whether the incident justifies a formal charge or whether a sanction on the test or assignment is appropriate.  If the finding is that a violation rising to the level of a code of conduct charge has occurred, the faculty member may impose a variety of penalties for academic misconduct depending on the nature of the offense.  Penalties include giving the student a grade of “F” or zero on the assignment or a grade of “F” in the course. Penalties will be included in the course syllabus. 

 In the event that the student wishes to appeal an individual grade resulting from alleged academic misconduct, including overcuts, the student must submit a written appeal within three (3) business days from the date they are informed of the penalty.  Students may continue to attend class during the entire appeal process provided that they have initiated a written notice of appeal at each stage of the review process. 

 The student must present to the department or division chair supervising the faculty member a written notice of appeal outlining the grounds for the appeal.  The department or division chair will provide the student with written notice of his or her finding as soon as practicable but not to exceed three (3) business days from notice of the appeal. 

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appeal of assignment grades

A student who wishes to appeal a grade given for assignments, rather than for the completion of a course, should attempt to resolve the issue with the appropriate instructor.  If a mutual agreement has not been reached, the student should confer with the department chair and/or division chair.  

appeal of final course grades

Any student who protests a final course grade shall first attempt to resolve the disagreement with the course instructor. The student has the responsibility to identify the error in the assignment of the grade or to provide substantial evidence in support of a claim that the grade was not assigned in an impartial manner.  Failing such resolution, the student may appeal the grade in accordance with the procedures outlined below.  All final course grade appeals must be initiated within 10 business days of the Registrar’s distribution of final course grades for the academic term.  Students may continue to attend classes provided an appeal has been filed as noted in the policy until the appeal decision is made.  

 The student should present the appeal to the department or division chair supervising the faculty member.  By conferring with the instructor and the student, the chair will seek resolution by mutual agreement.  If the student is not satisfied with the Department Chair and Division Chair’s decisions, the student has the right to appeal that decision, in writing, to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The VP of Academic Affairs will appoint an Appeals Committee to review the appeal and provide a decision.  The committee will consist of the vice president, serving as the committee chair, the Dean of Student Services, the appropriate division chair/dean, and at least two faculty members appointed by the Vice President. 

 The committee will meet with the student and review any information provided in support of his/her appeal.  Likewise, the committee will meet with the instructor(s) who must provide evidence in support of the assigned grade.  If the committee affirms the instructor’s final course grade assignment, the Vice President will notify in writing the faculty member, the student, and the appropriate department and/or division chair.  If the committee supports the student’s appeal, it will (1) identify the source of the error in the calculation of the grade and direct the faculty member to reassign the grade and (2) prescribe the method and conditions under which the student will be re-evaluated.  In the event that the recalculation of the grade or the reevaluation of the student’s work results in a grade change, the established course grade change procedure will be followed. If the committee affirms the instructor’s final course grade assignment and the course is a prerequisite for currently enrolled classes, the student will be withdrawn from those specific courses.  The decision of the appeals committee is final.  

If a student is asked to remain home due to a public health emergency, every effort will be made to ensure that the student continues all coursework. This may include allowing the student to complete assignments and participate in the class remotely when possible.

Absences incurred during the recommended or directed self-isolation period will not violate an instructor’s attendance policy as long as the student has contacted the Dean’s office and instructor(s) prior to missing class.

The college acknowledges that some classes include content and experiences that cannot be completed remotely. In these cases, instructors, department chairs, division chairs, deans and the VP of Academic Affairs will discuss what options are available to assist students in completing their course of study.