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Academic Policies and Procedures Print Version
As members of the Seminole State College of Florida community, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating of any kind on examinations, course assignments or projects; plagiarism; misrepresentation and the unauthorized possession of examinations or other course-related materials, is prohibited.
Plagiarism is unacceptable. Academic work that is submitted by students is assumed to be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression. When students borrow ideas, wording or organization from another source, they are expected to acknowledge that fact in an appropriate manner. Plagiarism is the deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without identifying the source and trying to pass off such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give full credit for ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.
Students who share their work for the purpose of cheating on class assignments or tests are subject to the same penalties as the student who commits the act of cheating.
When cheating or plagiarism has occurred, instructors may take academic action that ranges from denial of credit for the assignment or a grade of "F" on a specific assignment, examination or project; to the assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by the judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College.
Student Instructional Concerns and Grade Appeals
College Procedure 4.0300 assists students and faculty in resolving student academic concerns, including, but not limited to, grade appeals. The purpose of this procedure is to outline the steps to be followed to address student academic concerns and grade appeals. Traditionally, a student's grades are considered permanent once they have been submitted by the professor to the Records and Registration Office. This process typically occurs on the final day of the term. Any student who asserts that there are grounds upon which to request a grade change may file a grade appeal according to the procedure specified herein.
Grade appeals must be filed by the student before the expiration of the successive term in which the grade was earned.
The Admissions and Graduation Committee
The Admissions and Graduation Committee responds to student concerns that may not be clearly defined by the admission and graduation policies. Areas of consideration include, problems faced by students with physical disabilities and fulfillment of graduation requirements. Petitions shall be addressed to the Associate Vice President of Student Recruitment and Enrollment (as committee chair), who will arrange for the committee to consider the case. Appeal decisions shall be forwarded to the appropriate vice president by the Committee. Recommendations of the Committee for improvement and change will be made through the Vice President for Student Affairs.
The Petitions Committee
The Petitions Committee considers written appeals on such matters as suspensions, appeals for fourth-attempt, exemption from the full cost of instruction, and administrative record changes which may result in a refund. To be heard by the Committee, students must submit a written petition to the College registrar prior to the end of the following semester. The registrar will arrange for the Committee to review the case. Recommendations of the Committee for improvement and change will be made to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Student Concerns and Complaints
College Procedure 3.0800 outlines the steps to address student concerns (non-instructional) or complaints that a policy or procedure of the College has been incorrectly or unfairly applied in their particular case, or to bring a complaint or grievance against an employee's behavior. The following steps have been established to address complaints not covered by the following procedures:
Per Seminole State College Policy 3.060, the College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. Students must be enrolled before they can attend class. Students are expected to attend all class sessions and activities for which they are registered. Any class session or activity missed, regardless of the cause, reduces the opportunity for learning and may adversely affect a student's achievement in the course. A student who is absent from class 10 percent of the scheduled class time is subject to be withdrawn without warning by the instructor up to the published deadline date for the session. A student may not be re-admitted to the class once withdrawn.
A student who will be absent because of jury duty or a court-mandated appearance must contact the appropriate instructors in advance of the absence to establish a plan for making up missed lessons. When observance of a religious holiday of a student's own faith interferes with admission and registration, attendance in class, class activities and assignments, examinations or official ceremonies; the student is required to notify his instructors, counselors or other appropriate personnel in advance of such absences.
Students are held responsible for material covered during their absences, with reasonable time provided to complete make-up assignments. Instructors will create a plan for making up work missed. When practical, major class assignments, examinations and official ceremonies shall be scheduled on days other than those that coincide with major religious holidays. Students who believe they have been unreasonably denied educational benefits due to their religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student appeals procedures.
Distance Learning Attendance
The instructor will keep an accurate record of attendance at all class sessions and activities. In distance learning courses (online, video, media-based courses), professors define expected interaction within the course and/or with other students and expected use of the class website and/or media. Inconsistent interaction and/or inconsistent use of the website or media, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity for learning.
The professor may withdraw from the course any student who is not interactive or responsive in a timely manner, as specified by the professor. Professors, who have mandatory orientations for distance learning courses, may withdraw students who do not attend the required orientation.
Simply logging in to an on-line class does NOT count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically-related activity.
International Students' Attendance
International students are expected to abide by the College attendance policy and meet the Standards of Academic Progress. Students who do not maintain appropriate status will be reported to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
College Regulations on Computer Access
Seminole State College provides computer access at various locations on its campuses. Access to online resources is available to support and enhance the teaching, learning and academic endeavors of the College.
The same moral and ethical behaviors apply in computing and non-computing environments. Abuse or misuse of computing services may violate user responsibility, Seminole State policy or state and federal laws, and can result in the loss of access privileges or other disciplinary actions.
For more information, consult the Acceptable Use of College Information Technology Policy (7.010).
Program Closing and Conversion
Per Seminole State College Policy 4.0800, when a college-credit or career (vocational) program is closing, provisions will be made for students at least halfway through the program to complete it within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed twice the total program length for full-time students. "Halfway through the program" shall include prerequisites and specified general education courses, in addition to major courses and support courses that are part of the official program list for the catalog year in effect when the student entered the college.
Students who have not completed half of the program, using the definition above, will change their major with assistance from the program manager or associate dean and the College's counseling staff. Courses from the closing program will be reviewed and considered for transfer into the new major or program through the regular course substitution procedure.
Per Seminole State College Policy 4.0800, when a career (vocational) program converts to a college-credit program, the following procedure will apply to students who are enrolled in the program during the academic year of the conversion and who have maintained continuous enrollment in the program:
Standards of Academic Progress
Seminole State College's Standards of Academic Progress have been established to help students maintain a satisfactory grade point average (GPA), to be successful and to graduate. A cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 is required to graduate.
To maintain satisfactory academic progress at the College, students seeking either a baccalaureate or associate degree must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 each semester. Successful completion of a course is defined as a grade of "A," "B," "C" or "D" except for those courses which specifically require a grade of "C" or higher for successful completion. Limited-access programs may have additional standards that take precedent.
A. Good Standing: Students who achieve at least a 2.0 GPA each semester and have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA will be in Good Standing.
B. Academic Warning: Students will be placed on Academic Warning when their semester GPA falls below a 2.0 in any given semester. Academic Warning provides students with notification that they are not maintaining satisfactory progress and encourages them to seek help for improvement. Students on Academic Warning are strongly encouraged to speak with an educational advisor/counselor to discuss their educational plan and to seek assistance from faculty, the program manager or associate dean. To be removed from Academic Warning at the end of the next semester, these students must achieve a minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0.
C. Academic Probation: Students on Academic Warning whose semester GPA again falls below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation and the following apply:
D. Academic Suspension: Students on Academic Probation will be placed on Academic Suspension if they have a third semester (not necessarily consecutive) in which they earn less than a 2.0 semester GPA. The following rules apply to students placed on Academic Suspension:
E. Appeal of Academic Suspension: Students have the right to appeal an Academic Suspension. Appeals must be submitted on a petition form to the dean of students at their campus location by the specified date for the upcoming semester. If approved, a student under this status must meet with an educational advisor/counselor or other designated Student Affairs staff member to discuss strategies for success. Students must have the advisor's or Student Affairs staff member's signed approval for the proposed course schedule on the registration form. Good practice dictates that the course load be limited to part-time study to support success. Students will not be allowed to register for the next semester until grades are received and a new GPA is calculated in order to determine eligibility for future enrollment.
F. Cumulative GPA Requirement to Graduate: A cumulative GPA higher than or equal to 2.0 is required for graduation. Transfer courses are factored into the cumulative Seminole State College GPA.
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