In looking through this section, students will discover many ways in which the MPCC campuses can assist them in preparing for a specific occupation along with developing appreciation for a liberal education. The educational possibilities are many and varied. Students may want to develop a plan of study that allows sampling from several technical and academic areas before making a career choice. One of the benefits of attending a community college is the opportunity to explore a range of possibilities.
The following services, together with personal guidance from college faculty and advising staff, are offered to provide students with information for making decisions.
Students are expected to attend classes regularly, arrive punctually and complete all assigned work for each class. Attendance is a privilege and a responsibility represented not only by the student’s investment but also by a significant investment by taxpayers.
The instructor, at the conclusion of each term, assigns official course grades. Students go to CampusWeb (http://campus.mpcc.edu) to view their final grades. Access to grades and transcripts may be withheld if students have not met financial obligations to the college.
Coursework attempted at Mid-Plains Community College is evaluated according to the following letter grading system:
|Letter Grade||Grading System|
|CE||Credit by Exam|
The purpose of the In Progress (IP) grade is for classes that are not completed before the end of the term in which the class began. (For example, a class starts in August and ends during the spring semester.) Instructors give all the students enrolled in the class a grade of IP at the end of the beginning term. When the class ends, instructors provide appropriate letter grades to replace the IP grade. IP classes must be completed no later than one year following the original end date. Any exceptions must be approved by the Division Chair, appropriate campus Vice President, and the Vice President of Educational Services and Student Development.
“P” (Passing), “NP” (Not Passing), “I” (Incomplete), “IP” (In Progress), “AU” (Audit), “W” (Withdrawal), CE (Credit by Exam) grades are not included in the GPA (Grade Point Average). GPA is calculated by multiplying the semester hours of credit for each course by the grade point value to determine quality points, then dividing the sum of the quality points by the total number of GPA credits. Classes numbered below 1000 are not included in the GPA.
The temporary grade of “I” is a faculty prerogative and may be issued when a student has completed a majority of the course requirements, but is unable to complete the remainder due to circumstances clearly beyond his/her control (i.e., serious illness or an emergency). An incomplete grade request (available from Registration and Records) must state the requirements to remove the “I” and a date by which the remaining requirements must be completed. If approved, an “I” must be completed by the date specified on the Incomplete Form, but never more than one term after the course has concluded (ie…fall/spring, spring/fall, summer/fall). If course work is not completed during this time, the “I” will be changed to an “F” on the student’s permanent transcript.
Students taking 12 or more credit hours that calculate into a GPA and achieving a 3.5-3.89 GPA in a semester will be listed on the Dean’s Honor Roll; those achieving at least a 3.9 GPA will be listed on the President’s Honor Roll.
Academic Probation and Suspension
A student will be placed on academic probation whenever the student’s academic performance falls below MPCC’s established minimum requirements. The minimum requirements currently are as follows: a 1.5 cumulative GPA through the first 15 GPA hours, a 1.75 for 16-30 GPA hours and 2.0 for 31 GPA hours or more. Any student placed on academic probation who fails to meet the academic standards stated above by the end of that probationary semester will be suspended. After a student has received academic suspension, the student may not re-enroll for a period of one academic year, except with written permission given by the Area Vice President for Educational Services and Student Development.
Options for Students on Academic Suspension
A student will be placed on academic probation whenever the student’s academic performance falls below MPCC’s established minimum requirements. The minimum requirements currently are as follows: a 1.5 cumulative GPA through the first 15 GPA hours, a 1.75 for 16-30 GPA hours and 2.0 for 31 or more GPA hours. Any student placed on academic probation who fails to meet the academic standards stated above by the end of the probationary semester will be placed on suspension. After a student has received academic suspension, the student may not re-enroll for a period of one academic year. Students how have extenuating circumstances may appeal suspensions by notifying the Area Vice President for Student Affairs in writing within five days after receipt of the suspension letter.
A Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC) student may petition the Area Vice-President for Academic Affairs to have a maximum of two semesters of courses removed from the calculation of grade point average and degree credit provided the following conditions apply:
- A student may receive academic amnesty only once and it is irrevocable.
- At least three years have elapsed since the time of the semester(s) being petitioned during which time the student may or may not elect to take classes.
- A student may choose only courses with a grade of D+ or lower to be “renewed (based on the MPCC Catalog).
- The time frame allowed for amnesty will be a maximum of two consecutive semesters.
- Fall, Spring, or Summer. (Summer sessions are composed of Summer I and Summer II.) Two summer sessions are equivalent to one regular semester. Thus, for instance, a student could include both summer sessions and a subsequent fall semester to fulfill this requirement.
- The student must first complete 12 credit hours at MPCC, or any other regionally accredited institution of higher education with no grade below a C.
- The academic amnesty must be requested prior to completion of MPCC diploma or degree requirements
If approved, the courses and grades of the semester(s) affected will appear on the transcript with the notation that academic amnesty was granted. Since academic amnesty may affect financial aid awards, a student receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to applying for amnesty.
Mid-Plains Community College is committed to academic integrity and honesty. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, obtaining unauthorized materials from the internet, allowing others to write or compose your work; or using the work of other students, not citing the original sources, facilitating misconduct, and assisting others in actions that are related to these issues of academic dishonesty. Penalties could include:
- May result in a lower or failing grade or score on the assignment or examination (instructor level).
- Additional work to provide evidence of the student’s academic performance and/or evidence that the student knows and understands the course material (instructor level).
- A lower or failing grade in the course (instructor level).
- Suspension or expulsion from the college (institutional level).
Further Definitions for Students
Plagiarism (presenting someone else’s work as your own) is unacceptable. Here are some definitions that will help you as a student understand what violates Academic Honesty.
- Cheating means getting unauthorized help on an assignment, quiz or examination; obtaining exam questions illegally before an exam, or tampering with an exam after it has been corrected (Davis, 1993).
- Plagiarism means submitting work as your own that is someone else’s; copying materials from a book or other source without acknowledging that the words or ideas are not your own (Davis, 1993).
- Fabrication: intentional or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise (Pavela, 1978).
- Facilitating: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to cheat (Pavela, 1978).
- Misrepresentation: providing false information to an instructor concerning an academic exercise (Keith-Spiegel, 2002).
- Failure to contribute to a collaborative project: involves not doing one’s fair share (Keith-Spiegel, 2002).
- Sabotage: consists of actions that prevent others from completing their work (Keith-Spiegel, 2002).
Grade Appeal Procedure
Each student has the right to appeal the final grade in a course in accordance with the procedure outlined below. A grade appeal must be initiated by the student before the end of the following semester (excluding summer) after the assignment of the grade in question.
A student who questions a final course grade must adhere to the following procedure in the order presented:
First level: Discuss the matter with his/her instructor. Clerical errors are usually handled in this manner, with the instructor signing the correction of official records. If the student believes the problem is not resolved, the student shall then go to the second level.
Second level: Visit with the appropriate division chair to discuss the issue. If the concern still remains unresolved, the student may continue to the third level.
Third level: Elect to file a written Grade Appeal. Appeal forms are available from the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision of the Grade Appeal Committee is final.
A Grade Appeal may not be filed until the first and second levels have been completed.
Once a Grade Appeal is filed with the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs the following procedure takes effect:
The Grade Appeal Committee consisting of a Division Chair (outside of the division in which the course grade is in question), the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs or Area Vice President for Student Affairs, two faculty members from within the division, one from another division, and the Area Dean of Student Life (or representative) will meet to consider the appeal.
At the meeting of the Grade Appeal Committee:
The instructor shall be given the opportunity to personally explain the evaluation of the student’s performance and its relation to the final grade.
The student shall be given the opportunity to personally present the evaluation of his or her performance and its relation to the final grade, and any other extenuating circumstances.
The chair of the division in which the grade appeal is occurring may also be present to provide any relevant information.
The committee shall thereafter confer privately to reach a decision which shall be either to uphold the original course grade, to assign a new course grade, or to allow the student to withdraw from the course in question, if the committee feels that the student lacked information upon which to base a withdraw earlier, or if the committee feels there are other appropriate reasons for the withdraw.
The decision of the Grade Appeal Committee is final.
Students who wish to attend a course without taking examinations or receiving credit for a course may request to audit from an instructor during the first week of class only. Students who audit a course pay the regular tuition rate and fees. Audited coursed do not count toward graduation requirements nor do they satisfy prerequisite requirements for other courses. An audit student may not change from audit to credit status once the course has started. Audited courses are not considered when establishing the full-time or part-time status of a student receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits.
Change of Grade
Final grades are unalterable except when explanation is made in writing by the faculty member involved that shows that a grade was reported incorrectly as the result of an error in recording or in computing. Changes must be recorded before the next semester ends.
Transfer of Credit
Courses from accredited institutions in which grades of “A”, “B”, or “C” (or their equivalent) have been earned will be considered for transfer credit to Mid-Plains Community College. College courses in which grades of “D” or “F” (or their equivalent) have been earned will not be considered for transfer credit. Additional information about MPCC transfer credit may be found within the “Admissions and Registration” section of this catalog. Note: Grades and courses taken at other institutions will not replace grades in equivalent courses taken at MPCC.
Students may repeat courses. Only the credit hours and the highest grade earned in any course are used in the computation of the cumulative GPA, except when a grade of “W” has been assigned. Grades in courses taken at other institutions will not replace grades in equivalent courses taken at MPCC. Students must repeat the same course. Classes re-taken by a student in which a grade of A, B or C was previously earned will not count towards eligibility for federal financial aid funding or current full-time enrollment for MPCC Scholarships.
Withdrawing From Classes
Students should meet with their advisor when they feel unable to satisfactorily complete a course. An “F” (failing) grade may be awarded when students stop attending without formally withdrawing. The last day to withdraw is posted in each Class Schedule. Registration change forms are available from any Registration and Records Office location.
Withdrawing From College
A student desiring to withdraw from college must contact his/her advisor. Financial obligation to the college must be paid before the formal withdrawal procedure can be completed. Upon withdrawal the student forfeits all privileges as a student of the college. If a student fails to formally withdraw from all courses, he/she may receive an “F” for each class.
Specially Arranged Courses (SAC) (Independent Study)
Specially arranged courses are intended to give the student the same experiences and knowledge that would be received in the normal classroom setting.
Limitations & Conditions
- Students may not enroll in more than two SACs per semester.
- Students will pay regular tuition and fees.
- Students must submit a written request demonstrating the need for the SAC to the instructor and attach it to the request form.
- Instructors have the right to refuse to offer a SAC.
- Students must obtain approval by the instructor and the Vice President for Educational Services and Student Development before registering for a SAC.
- Students may not receive credit for more than four SACs.
A student may have the privilege of visiting one or two sessions of any class with the approval of the student’s advisor and the instructor.
Program Violations Statement for Applied Technology
Students enrolled in Applied Technology programs should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner while in classrooms, labs, and off-site college sponsored activities. Conduct violations outlined below could result in an Applied Technology student being dismissed from the program they are enrolled in. Conduct violations include:
- Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Repeated disruptive behavior that effects the learning environment
- Classroom safety issues
Faculty members are responsible for reporting such violations to the division chair and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Once a report is made to the division chair and VP for Academic Affairs, they will begin to investigate the incident in question (typically within two days). If the incident does not pertain to any of the violations listed above, the will be no further investigation.
If the incident does violate one of the items listed above, a formal investigation will occur followed by a meeting with the Conduct Violations Committee. This could include interviews with other students, faculty members, and staff.
Once a violation has been confirmed by the division chair and VP for Academic Affairs, the following procedure takes effect:
- The Conduct Violations Committee consisting of a Division Chair (outside of the division in which the conduct violation is in question), the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs or Campus Vice President, two faculty members from within the division, one from another division, and the Area Dean of Student Life (or representative) will meet to consider the violation.
- At the meeting of the Conduct Violation Committee:
- The instructor shall be given the opportunity to personally explain the violation of the student and its sanction in relation to the program.
- The student shall be given the opportunity to personally present his or her behavior and its relation to the Conduct Violation statement and its sanction in relation to the program.
- The chair of the division in which the conduct violation is occurring may also be present to provide any relevant information.
- The committee shall thereafter confer privately to reach a decision which shall be either to uphold the original sanction by the faculty member, or to allow the student a different sanction as determined by the committee.
- The decision of the Conduct Violation Committee is final.