ACADEMIC POLICIES AND INFORMATION
The College recognizes academic achievement by publishing the President’s List and the Dean’s List at the end of each term. Requirements for the President’s List include a semester grade point average of 4.00 and completion of a minimum semester course load of twelve (12) semester credit hours of college-level work. Developmental courses will not count toward the minimum course load requirement. The Dean’s List requirements include a semester grade point average of 3.50 or above but below 4.00 and completion of a minimum semester course load of twelve (12) semester credit hours of college-level work. Developmental courses will not count toward the minimum course load requirement.
Distinguished Honor Students selection is completed during the spring semester of each academic year. The top freshmen and top sophomores are recognized during the annual awards program.
An academic complaint is defined as a concern about a strictly academic matter such as grades, work assignments, quality of instruction, and fairness of instructor and/or examinations. Academic appeals, with the exception of grades, must be initiated within ten (10) business days of their occurrence. Grade appeals must be initiated prior to the last day of classes of the following term. The following procedure should be followed in filing an academic complaint/appeal: 1. The student should first contact the instructor and discuss the problem. 2. If the student does not receive satisfaction from the instructor, he/she should contact the Chair of the Division who will confer with the student and the faculty member to reach closure. 3. If closure is not reached by using this approach, the student may file a formal academic appeal to the Dean of Instruction. This must be done in writing and dated prior to the time limit stated above. The appeal must state the problem, the name of the instructor who is involved and previous attempts at resolving the situation. 4. The Dean of Instruction will review the information, prepare a written recommendation, and notify the student, instructor, and the division chair of the decision within two (2) weeks, after the written appeal is received. 5. The decision of the Dean of Instruction is final. 6. If, after exha usting all available institutional processes a student’s complaint remains unresolved, the student may appeal to the Alabama Community College System. Information regarding student complaints to the Alabama Community College System can be found at https://www.accs.edu/student-complaints/ . 7. Out-of-state distance education students should follow the process outlined above. If unable to resolve the complaint, they may utilize the link below to find information on how to file a complaint with the appropriate agency within the student’s state of residency. https://www.nc-sara.org/student-complaints
2022-23 College Catalog and Student Handbook
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