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Academic Standing

Last Updated: 

Jun 1 2014

Dean’s List

For the purpose of honoring the student for outstanding scholastic achievement, the College publishes a Dean’s List shortly after the end of each semester. A student who has completed at least twelve semester hours of college-level course credit in a given semester and who has achieved a grade point average of at least 3.50 on all work attempted with no grade lower than a “C” in that same semester are placed on the Dean’s List. Students with an “Incomplete” grade in a given semester are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is a national scholastic fraternity holding the same status in the community college that Phi Beta Kappa carries in senior colleges and universities. To be eligible for membership, a student must

a.  be enrolled unconditionally in an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in General Education, or Associate in Applied Science degree program;

b. have successfully completed the minimum of 12 semester hours by the end of the fall semester;

c.  have attained a 3.6 or better cumulative grade point average; and

d.  possess outstanding traits of character and citizenship.

Students meeting these requirements are notified of their selection in the spring and invited to join PTK. Those applying to join PTK are accepted into membership at a special induction ceremony.

Alpha Sigma Lambda

The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was established in 1946 to recognize the special achievements of nontraditional adult students who accomplish academic excellence while managing the demands of family, work, and community. It is not only the oldest, but also the largest chapter-based honor society for full-time and part-time adult students. Today, with more than 300 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Alpha Sigma Lambda offers a truly prestigious opportunity to honor superior scholarship and leadership in adult students. Members are selected from the highest 10 percent of the class, and invitation letters are mailed in March.

Scholar of Global Distinction Award

Students who complete each of the following will be eligible to receive the Scholar of Global Distinction Award, which will be documented on his/her transcript.

1.  Globally Intensive Courses: Students will complete 15 credits in courses approved as having globally intensive content.

2.  International Activities: Students will participate in at least two international events per semester for a total of eight.

3.  Global Experience: Students will participate and provide appropriate documentation in 30 hours of global experience. Students may meet the requirement through travel abroad or domestic intercultural experience/service.

A Global Scholars Advisor will assist students in meeting the requirements. Globally intensive courses will be listed on the DCCC International Education web page on the College’s website.

Academic Alert, Probation, and Suspension

Academic Progress Standards

Satisfactory academic progress is essential to student success. To be in good academic standing, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required of all students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs. At the end of each academic term, students who have not attained or maintained a semester GPA of 2.0 will be notified of unsatisfactory academic progress as indicated below. Minimum satisfactory academic progress for students enrolled in pre-curriculum courses is defined at the satisfactory, grade “C” (SC, P) level for final course grades. The Office of Academic Advising manages the academic alert, probation, and suspension process by notifying students of their academic status, meeting with students individually to develop academic improvement plans, monitoring students’ progress toward goals, and analyzing data to inform decisions.

Academic Alert – issued when a student’s semester GPA first falls below a 2.0 in curriculum courses or when final grades in preparatory courses fall below the SC level. Students will be notified of alert status. The student on academic alert must schedule an appointment with his/her Academic Advisor to develop an academic success plan. The students may not be approved to begin classes in future semesters until meeting with his/her Academic Advisor.

Academic Probation – issued when a student’s semester GPA remains below a 2.0 in curriculum courses or final grades in preparatory courses remain below the SC level for a second consecutive term. The student and the student's academic advisor will be notified of probation status. A student on academic probation is required to meet with his/her Academic Advisor to develop a plan for academic improvement; course enrollment for the next semester may be limited. A student may not begin classes the next semester until meeting with the Academic Advisor. A student may be granted an extension of probationary status if the student is demonstrating academic progress but the semester GPA remains below 2.0.

Academic Suspension – issued when the student has not demonstrated academic progress in the next consecutive semester and the semester GPA remains below a 2.0 in curriculum courses after being on academic probation. Suspension will also be issued to students whose final grades in preparatory courses remain below the SC level in the next consecutive semester after being on academic probation. The student will be notified of suspension status and will be required to submit a re-admission application. A student will be suspended from the College for a minimum of one semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards for Financial Aid

Financial Aid recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain in good standing for financial aid programs. Several factors define satisfactory academic progress for financial aid programs, such as GPA, credit hours attempted and satisfactorily completed, and length of time taken to complete a program of study. Students receiving financial aid and/or veteran’s benefits who are placed on academic alert or probation may also be on financial aid warning or suspension. The student may receive financial aid while on warning; however, at the end of the warning period, the student must have demonstrated academic progress sufficient to meet SAP standards to receive further financial aid. If the student is academically suspended, financial aid eligibility will be re-evaluated upon the student’s readmission to the College. View the full Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy in the Financial Aid section.

Selective Admission Programs

Since requirements for progression in the health or wellness related and emergency medical science programs are in addition to the general requirements of the College, a student suspended from these programs is not necessarily suspended from the College. Students who are eligible to remain enrolled may continue in their support courses and apply for readmission to one of these programs at a later time or may elect to change his/her major. Readmission to a health, wellness, or public safety programs is limited to one time.

  • Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing Education students – The above policy applies and, in addition, a nursing student is placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

a.  demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to nursing practice as judged by the nursing faculty;

b. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to nursing practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; and/or

c.  receives a final grade of “D” or “F” in any required course in the ADN or PNE curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of “Unsatisfactory” in any nursing course.

  • Cancer Information Management students – In addition, a Cancer Information Management student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any CIM or BIO course. 

  • Cosmetology students – In addition, a Cosmetology or Esthetics student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any COS course, or any prerequisite or corequisite course 

  • Emergency Medical Science students – In addition, an EMS student may be placed on suspension status from the program for the following reasons:

a.  demonstrates behavior which conflicts with safety essential to emergency medical practice as judged by the EMS faculty;

b. presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to emergency medical practice and does not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time; or

c.  receives a final grade of “D” or “F” in any EMS-prefix course in the curriculum or receives a grade of “F” in an EMS clinical course.

  • Fire Protection Technology students – In addition, a Fire Protection Technology student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any FIP course, or any prerequisite or corequisite course.

  • Healthcare Interpreting students – In addition, a Healthcare Interpreting student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any HCI or BIO course.

  • Health Information Technology students – In addition, a Health Information Technology student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any HIT or BIO course.

  • Histotechnology students – In addition, a Histotechnology student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any HTO course or any prerequisite or corequisite course.

  • Human Services Technology students – In addition, a Human Services Technology student may be suspended from the program for the following reasons:

a.  demonstrates behavior which conflicts with technical standards essential to practice as judged by HSE faculty;

b. presents physical or emotional issues which conflict with technical standards essential to human services practice and does not respond to appropriate coaching, counseling or treatment within a reasonable time;

c.  violates ethical practice as defined by the National Organization for Human Services Code of Ethics, the HSE Student Handbook or the judgment of HSE faculty, service learning supervisor, or clinical/cooperative education supervisor; or

d.  receives a final grade below a “C” in any HSE, ENG or SAB prefix course.

  • Medical Assisting students – In addition, a Medical Assisting student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any MED or BIO course.  

  • Medical Laboratory Technology students – In addition, a Medical Laboratory Technology student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any MLT course or any prerequisite or corequisite course.

  • Nursing Assistant students – In addition, a Nursing Assistant student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any NAS course or any prerequisite or corequisite course.

  • Pharmacy Technology students – In addition, a Pharmacy Technology student is suspended from the program if the student (1) receives a final grade below “C” in any pharmacy technology course (PHM prefix); (2) receives a final grade of “D” or “F” in any required course in the pharmacy curriculum or receives a final clinical evaluation of “unsatisfactory” in any PHM course; or (3) presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with the safety essential to pharmacy practice and which do not respond to appropriate treatment and/or counseling within a reasonable period of time.

  • Special students – The above scale applies, and all grades are computed in the grade point average.

  • Therapeutic Massage students – In addition, a Therapeutic Massage student will be suspended from the program if the student receives a final grade below “C” in any MTH course, or any prerequisite or corequisite course. 

  • Zoo & Aquarium Science students – A ZAS student is suspended from the program if the student (1) receives a final grades below “C” in any Zoo & Aquarium Science course (ZAS prefix); receives a final grade below “C” in any general education required course; (3) receives a final grade below “C” or unsatisfactory in any Zoo and Aquarium Science cooperative education course (COE prefix); or (4) presents physical or emotional problems which conflict with safety essential to the zookeeper profession and which do not respond to appropriate counseling within a reasonable period of time.

Additional Provisions Regarding Academic Standing

It is the goal of the College to assist students in maintaining good academic standing and progress toward graduation. Policies, procedures, and services are described in the General Catalog/Student Handbook as a means of informing and guiding students.

A student on academic probation or suspension may not hold elective office or serve on College committees.

Readmission for Suspended Students

Students who have been suspended from the College for academic reasons must apply for readmission. Consideration of applications for readmission of students who have been suspended for any reason will be made in light of the applicant’s prior academic and disciplinary record, evidence of growth and maturity, good citizenship record, credits earned at another institution, and time elapsed since leaving the College.

Students readmitted to the College after an academic suspension will automatically be placed on academic probation for a period of one semester and may be required to participate in an appropriate support program and a term of probation.

Appeal of Academic Suspension

A student suspended from the College may appeal the suspension decision following the College’s General Complaint Policy starting at Step 2.

NOTE:

1. After a second suspension, regardless of program of study, the Vice President, Academic Programs and Services may specify no future enrollment if in his/her judgment such action is warranted.

2. Readmission to Health, Wellness, and Public Safety programs and the Zoo and Aquarium Science program may be limited to one time.

Graduation Requirements

A student who is not in continuous enrollment at the College or who changes from one major to another will graduate under the catalog in effect at the time of reenrollment or major change. Continuous enrollment excludes summer term.

Course requirements for a degree, diploma, or certificate will vary according to the curriculum. The student should refer to his/her program of study to identify the course requirements for graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain his/her advisor’s signature on the Application for Graduation Form during the semester immediately before the semester in which he/she intends to graduate. The student also has the responsibility of turning in to the Office of Academic Advising the completed and signed Application for Graduation Form. Students who owe tuition, fees, and/or fines to the College may not participate in the commencement ceremony or receive official transcripts or the final credential until all balances are paid.

Students transferring to the College must pass at least 25% of the required semester hours of credit at the College in order to be eligible to graduate with a degree, diploma, or certificate. The 25% resident credit may not include transfer, correspondence, CLEP or CEEB Advanced Placement.

The following policies and procedures will be used in determining the eligibility for graduation of a student at this institution:

1. A candidate for a degree, diploma, or certificate must have successfully completed all pre-curriculum and credit hours as specified in the College catalog for a specific degree, diploma, or certificate.

2.  A candidate for a degree, diploma, or certificate must have completed all course work as set forth in the College catalog for a specific degree, diploma, or certificate except as indicated in number 4 below.

3. A candidate for a specific degree, diploma, or certificate must have earned at least a 2.0 grade point average. Only grades in those courses credited to the program for which he/she is to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate are included in the grade point average. When a student has more unrestricted elective hours than the program requires, the GPA will be calculated using elective courses with the highest grades for the specified number of unrestricted elective hours.

4.  In determining a student’s eligibility for graduation, the College will adhere to the above policies except that upon written recommendation of the student’s advisor and the written approval of the Dean of the appropriate school as well as the Vice President, Academic Programs and Services, course requirements may be waived or substitutions allowed within the provisions of the State Curriculum Standards.

5.  A student on suspension status from the nursing program due to a “D” grade will not be eligible for graduation from that program.

Graduation With Honors

The College recognizes students who have done outstanding scholastic work as honor graduates. Graduation with High Honors is granted to students in degree, diploma, and certificate programs who have achieved a program grade point average of 3.8 or higher in courses required in the program of study. Graduation with Honors is granted to students in degree, diploma, and certificate programs who have achieved a program grade point average of at least 3.5 and less than 3.8. The determination of Honors or High Honors will be based upon the program GPA of the previously completed semester.

Commencement Exercise

A commencement exercise to award degrees, diplomas, and certificates is held at the end of the spring semester. The specific date for commencement is listed in the College calendar. All students receiving degrees, diplomas, or certificates in the spring are encouraged to attend the commencement exercise. Students who meet graduation requirements at times other than the end of spring semester may participate in the commencement exercise the following spring. Students who are within six (6) credit hours of completing a credential may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. However, students will not receive the credential or have it noted on the transcript until all graduation requirements are completed.

Prospective graduates who will complete degree requirements on or before May 31, must file an Application for Graduation Form in early March; those who complete degree requirements on or before August 31, must file the application by early June; and those who complete degree requirements on or before December 31, must file the application in early October.