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semester, the regular class schedule is followed. A special
final exam timetable is not instituted. Students with
questions about their finals or special final projects should
discuss them with the instructor of the class during the
semester.

Academic Overload

The normal credit hour load is 19 credit hours per semester.
Students who wish to enroll for more than 19 credit hours
should complete the course overload request form available
in the Office of Financial Aid and Registration. Students who
wish to schedule an overload must have the permission of
their academic advisor and the vice president for academic
affairs.

Change of Schedule

After a student is officially registered, changes to the
schedule may be made through the official policy of adding
and/or dropping a course.
Drop/Add and Withdrawal Policies
Students may drop, add, or withdraw from courses in
accordance with the procedures. Students must recognize
that dropping, adding, or withdrawing from courses may
have serious consequences.
These consequences may include the following:
* Loss of grants (e.g., Federal Pell Grants)
* Loss of full-time student status
* Loss of credit for courses
* Inability to graduate
Students may not be able to make up courses at the College
(especially technical courses) unless during the semester
that the course is offered. Students must obtain all required
signatures on an official drop/add or withdrawal form and
turn in the appropriate form to the Office of Financial Aid and
Registration by the published deadline. A student who leaves
the College without completing and turning in the form may
receive failing grades. A student must take a minimum of 12
credits each semester to maintain full-time status.
Options for adding, dropping, or withdrawing are the
following:
* A student may add or drop any technical course during
the first two days of the semester.
* A student may add or drop any general education
course during only the first week of the semester.
Grading Policy
Each academic year is divided into two semesters. At the
end of each course, instructors submit one grade per course
to the Office of Financial Aid and Registration for each of
their students. All scholastic information is recorded on the
student's transcript, and a grade report for the semester
is sent to the student. To protect the confidentiality of a
student's record and in compliance with federal law, no
grades are given over the phone.
All grades listed below are recorded on the student's
transcript. (A grade of "W" will be given if the student
withdraws from the course before the assigned deadline.)
Occasionally an "I" grade is reported if circumstances warrant
to denote a grade of "Incomplete." If the student receives an

"I" grade, it will not be calculated in the grade point average
(GPA). In the event that the student does not complete the
work by the fourth week of the following semester, the "I"
grade will be changed to an "F" grade unless an alternative
arrangement is made with the approval of the instructor and
the vice president for academic affairs.

Grade Point Average

The grade point average (GPA), which appears on the
student's grade report at the end of the semester, is based
only on semester grades. The grade point average is
computed by the following:
Multiply the number of credits per course by the quality
point allocation (QPA). See the adjacent table.
Divide the total number of quality points earned for the
semester by the total number of credits attempted for the
semester to determine the grade point average.
Grade
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C

QPA
4
3.7
3.3
3
2.7
2.3
2

Percent
93+%
90-92%
87-89%
83-86%
80-82%
77-79%
73-76%

Grade
C-
D+
D
D-
F
I
W

QPA
Percent
1.7
70-72%
1.3
67-69%
1
63-66%
0.7
60-62%
0
0-59%
0 (Incomplete)
0 (Withdrawal)

Dean's List
A full-time student with a GPA of 3.25 or above (and no
incomplete grades) is placed on the Dean's List at the end
of the semester.
Honors
At graduation, the following distinctions are given:
3.25 to 3.34 Honors
3.35 to 3.64 Cum Laude
3.65 to 3.94 Magna cum Laude
3.95 to 4.0 Summa cum Laude
Incomplete Grades
If, for reasons beyond a student's control, he/she is unable
to complete a course within the prescribed time, the grade
for that course may be deferred with the approval of the
instructor and the vice president for academic affairs.
An "I" would appear on the transcript and would not be
calculated in the student's GPA. The required work would
have to be completed by the end of the fourth week of the
following semester.
This option is not to be used to delay inevitable failing grades.
To request an incomplete grade, students must obtain a form
from their academic advisor and then request the instructor's
approval. If approved, the instructor must then submit the
completed form to the vice president for academic affairs
for approval and signature. All approvals must be completed
before the end of the semester.
In the event an "I" grade is not removed by the fourth week of
the following semester, the grade is changed to an "F" unless
an alternative arrangement is made with the approval of the
instructor and the vice president for academic affairs.

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