May 29, 2020  
Student Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Student Catalog 2020-2021

Academic Regulations


The Computer Services Department will support an email account for every student enrolled at Northeast. All official information originating from Northeast offices and information from Northeast Faculty to students will be sent via this email account. Students will be required to check this email account regularly in order to receive announcements regarding any school related issues and/or activities.


 

Statement of Student Responsibility

Student responsibility occurs when students take an active role in their learning by recognizing they are accountable for their academic success. 

Responsible students take ownership of their actions by exhibiting the following behaviors. They:

  • demonstrate academic integrity and honesty.
  • attend and participate in classes, labs, and seminars, prepared and on time.
  • complete the assigned work in a timely manner with attention to quality of work.
  • avoid making excuses for their behavior.
  • communicate in a careful and respectful manner with instructors, peers, and other members of the college community.
  • are engaged learners who dedicate sufficient time outside of class to college work.
  • act in a civil manner that respects the college learning/social environment and complies with college policies outlined in the student catalog.
  • utilize college resources and seek help when needed.
  • respect diverse ideas and opinions.
  • identify, develop, and implement a plan to achieve their educational goals.
  • become familiar with the academic polices, curriculum requirements, and associated deadlines as outlined in the catalog.
  • are responsible for any communication disseminated through the College website, the official College email address, or Canvas, the Learning Management System.
  

Student Identification Cards

Student ID cards will be made after the student has completed all registration processes including fee payment.  A replacement card can be purchased in the Housing Office of Ramsey Hall for a fee of $15.00. The student ID must be worn on a visible location of ones person at all times when on College property.

The student ID is required to check out books in the library, write checks on campus, charge against financial aid in the bookstore, pick up grant and loan checks and participate in school elections.  Students with valid Northeast ID are admitted to college activities ad events at no charge. It is the student’s responsibility to get the card updated at the start of each new semester.

Students must present their student ID when requested by any College personnel.  A student who does not present an ID card or lends his/her ID card will be subject to disciplinary action by the Vice President of Student Services in Ramsey Hall.

Student Email

  • All students of Northeast Mississippi Community College are provided an official Northeast email account upon enrolling at the college. The email is the used for all eLearning classes as well as communication with faculty and staff of the college. Students are encouraged to check their respective email accounts on a regular basis. Any official information originating from Northeast will also be sent to the official NEMCC student email account.

Student Insurance

Accident insurance coverage is provided to all students. If you need any information or a claim form for this policy, please contact the Business Office, 103 Ramsey Hall or call 662.720.7281.

Class Attendance

Students are required to attend all classes. Absences from class should be the result of unavoidable circumstances such as sickness, family deaths, hazardous road conditions, and so forth. Excused absences will entitle the student to reasonable opportunities to complete make-up assignments or exams. (Excused absences are those incurred as a result of attending a school sponsored activity or short term military active duty.)  It is the student’s responsibility to see the instructor BEFORE the activity to make-up work.

Students who are missing for more than 10 minutes of class will be given an absence for the class meeting, equilvalent to not attending class.   If a student arrives between the class start time and the first 10 minutes, the student will receive a tardy.   Three tardies is the equivalent of an absence.

Students who are absent from class more than 14% (two weeks) of the scheduled class meetings will be reported to the Records Office for excessive absences. The instructor of the class will inform the student of the existence of excessive absences upon the student’s return to class. Students who are removed from class for nonattendance will have a status of CO (cut-out) and a grade of F recorded for the courses. Classes for which a student is listed as CO (cut-out) count as enrollment under federal financial aid regulations and are used by the Financial Aid Office in the computation of attempted hours for financial aid eligibility. Students who are cut-out of a class should process a class withdrawal for that class by the posted deadline in order to prevent a grade of F being recorded. A student who has been cut-out of class may appeal to be readmitted by the instructor for the class.

Faculty will report attendance and Cut Outs via the Faculty Attendance Tracker.

Programs with Special Attendance Policies - In the Health Science programs, student are required to meet the required clock hours as deemed by the state curriculum.  Due to this requirement, please see the program/departmental handbook for additional information.

Withdrawal

General Information

Students who successfully complete the withdrawal process, either class or college, will receive a grade of “W” on their official college transcript. Withdrawals (W’s) are not used in the computation of a student’s semester or cumulative grade point average. Withdrawals are used by the Financial Aid Office in the computation of attempted hours for financial aid eligibility.

Withdrawal from Class

Northeast Mississippi Community College strongly supports activities that promote student success in classes and degree programs. With this goal in mind, the college provides a means for students to withdraw from individual classes. Students are encouraged to maintain their enrollment in all courses for the full semester. In cases where the academic load is too great to maintain, the student may reduce his/her load by withdrawing from one or more classes. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain full-time status (12 or more hours), if practical. The class withdrawal period begins with the ninth week of class (or equivalent period in summer and intersession) and continues up to one week prior to the beginning of final exams.  Student that receive state aid (MTAG, MESG) must enroll in and complete 15 semester credit hours each semester. 

The student who desires to withdraw from class should contact the instructor of the individual course. The following process applies to all class withdrawals:

Procedure for Class Withdrawal

  1. Student meets/discusses withdrawal with instructor, Division Head, Counseling Center, or Instruction Office.  (Online classes may talk to eLearning Office)
  2. Student & Instructor complete form together.
  3. Form is sent electronically to Financial Aid.
  4. Finanical Aid reviews effects of withdrawal on student’s aid.
  5. Financial Aid enters notes about effects into online database.
  6. Form is sent electronically to Business Office.
  7. Student contacts Business Office:
    1. If no adverse effects on financial aid, student pays fee. Form is sent electronically to Records for processing.
    2. If adverse effects on student’s financial aid, Business Office informs student. (Sends student over to Financial Aid, if necessary) Student can pay fee and form sent to Records for processing or student can cancel withdrawal

 

Withdrawal period begins the day after drop/add and ends on the Monday one week before final exams.  Online classes will follow the MSVCC calendar withdrawal ending dates.

 

***$10 withdrawal fee waived in extenuating circumstances, as determined by VP of Finance/Business Office.

Withdrawal from College

College withdrawal is available for students who, because of personal hardship, can no longer attend any classes. A student may withdraw from college at any time up to one week prior to the beginning of final exams.  Students who desire to withdraw from college should contact their advisor or the Counseling Center to begin the process. Students are responsible for completing the College Withdrawal process which includes:

Procedure for College Withdrawal

  1. Student meets/discusses withdrawal with instructor, Division Head, Counseling Center, or Instruction Office.  (Online classes may talk to eLearning Office)
  2. Student & Instructor complete form together.
  3. Form is sent electronically to Financial Aid.
  4. Finanical Aid reviews effects of withdrawal on student’s aid.
  5. Financial Aid enters notes about effects into online database.
  6. Form is sent electronically to Housing Office, if student resides in campus housing.
  7. Form is sent electronically to Business Office.
  8. Student contacts Business Office:
    1. If no adverse effects on financial aid, student pays fee. Form is sent electronically to Records for processing.
    2. If adverse effects on student’s financial aid, Business Office informs student. (Sends student over to Financial Aid, if necessary) Student can pay fee and form sent to Records for processing or student can cancel withdrawal.

Withdrawal period begins the day after drop/add and ends on the Monday one week before final exams.  Online classes will follow the MSVCC calendar withdrawal ending dates.

***$25 withdrawal fee waived in extenuating circumstances, as determined by VP of Finance/Business Office.

College Credit

Semester Hour Defined

The regular school session is divided into two semesters. Credit is calculated in semester hours. For example, a lecture course pursued one hour a week for a semester carries one semester hour of credit; one pursued three hours a week carries three hours of credit.

Students who have completed 30 hours or more in their current program are considered sophomores.

Credit Hour Loads

Full-time - Enrollment in 12 or more semester hours.
Part-time - Enrollment in less than 12 hours.
Normal Load -Usually 15 or 16 hours per semester.
(Determined by dividing the total number of hours required for graduation by the number of terms required for a full-time student to complete the program.)

Grades / Grading

Examinations

Examinations are given at the close of each semester and at such other times as instructors deem necessary. Absence from the final examination, except in cases of extreme emergency, results in a grade of “F” being recorded for the course.

If, for reasons acceptable to the instructor, a student is unable to take any examination when regularly scheduled, he/she will be expected to make immediate arrangements to remove this deficiency.

Grades

  A Superior
  B Good
  C Satisfactory
  D Poor
  F Failure
  I Incomplete
  W Official Withdrawal
  N Audit
  Z Pass without grade points

Within each division, the grading scale will be standardized for each course.

At the beginning of the semester, each student will be given a clear and detailed explanation of how grades are determined and what standards must be met for each course.

The temporary grade “I” may be submitted only in the following cases:

  1. Whenever the student was absent from the final examination for an acceptable reason.
  2. Whenever the student has failed, because of acceptable reason, to complete all assignments.

It is the responsibility of the student to initiate action to remove an “I” that he has received. If the “I” is not resolved by the end of the following semester, it automatically becomes “F”.

Grades submitted at the end of each term are considered final.

Students can view their grades through Tigerline.  Hard copies are available on request in the Records Office.

Grade Points:  
Grade Grade Points Per Hours
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F 0
I 0
W 0
N 0
Z 0

Grade points are based on total hours attempted. A GPA of less than 2.0 is unsatisfactory for purposes of graduation and transfer of credit to four-year institutions.

Z-GRADE - The “Z” grade is assigned for Advanced Placement (AP) credit, for credit by examination as in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and for credit based on Armed Forces experiences. (The “Z” grade may also be awarded for specified and approved educational experiences and represents academic credit earned.) The “Z” grade is comparable to a grade of “C” or higher and does indicate passing. “Z” grades do not affect the student’s grade point average and are not used in computing academic honors. “Z” grades are awarded by the Registrar of the college and are not subject to change.

Repeat Course Policy

Effective Fall 2005, a student will be permitted to retake up to two different courses (limited to Northeast courses only), not to exceed eight semester hours, in which he or she made a “D” or “F”, with the original grade remaining on the transcript; but not counted toward the student’s institutional GPA. Only the higher grade will be computed in the institutional GPA. A student may retake a course only once under this policy and it must be taken at Northeast. Some courses may not be eligible for this policy. Students may not retake a course in which an “F” was received as a sanction for academic misconduct. This Repeat Course Policy is only in effect for Northeast and may not apply at other institutions.

After Fall 2017, effective Fall 2017, Repeated courses that are taken at Northeast Mississippi Community College are excluded at the end of each semester, leaving only the highest grade to count into the student’s GPA. Courses will be marked “E” for exclusion from the GPA. Health Science Program Courses: DHT, MET, MLT, NUR, PNV, RCT, and RGT are not eligible for exclusion.

 

Repeated courses are automatically excluded by Banner at the end of each semester, leaving only the highest grade to count into the student’s GPA.

Limitation on Catalog of Record

The catalog under which a student first enters a degree program is referred to as a Catalog of Record. A student must complete their degree program within five years in order to graduate under the Catalog of Record. Students taking longer than five years to complete their degree program must meet the degree requirements listed in the current catalog at the time of graduation.

Auditing Courses

  1. Regularly enrolled students and others may audit a course with permission of the Vice President of Instruction.
  2. Any student who audits a course is expected to complete all work with the exception of the final examination.
  3. No credit may be granted for audit courses.
  4. No laboratory work may be audited.
  5. Tuition is charged for auditing courses.

Grade Appeal

Access to the records by students and parents of dependent students may be gained by written request, specifying the records to be released, the reason for their release, and to whom. The request must be signed and dated. After examination of the records, it is possible for the student to challenge entries and add factual, explanatory information to the records. This challenge does not give the student the right to question the appropriateness of a grade (grades earned by taking the final examination), but instead does allow for the examination of the correctness of the recording of the grade which has been given by an instructor. If the College does not amend a record as requested, the student will be notified and informed of the right to a hearing. Results of hearings will be given in writing to eligible students according to procedures that shall include:

  1. Hearings will be conducted within a reasonable time frame;
  2. Parents and/or eligible students will be given notice of date, place, and time of hearing;
  3. The hearing will be conducted by an official of the institution, named by the President of the College, who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing;
  4. Parents and/or eligible students can present evidence relevant to the issue and may be represented by individuals including attorneys; and
  5. Decisions will be given in writing in a reasonable period of time and will be based solely on evidence presented at the hearing.

The College must keep a log of all parties, other than College employees, who have requested or obtained access to a student’s records. This log will contain the reason why access was requested. The log will not be made available to anyone other than the student and the College employees.

When information concerning a student is requested by a third party, they must be notified that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the college from sharing information with any outside party without written permission from the student.

A complete copy of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is available in the Records Office.

Forgiveness Grade Policy

Academic Forgiveness offers a fresh start to students who have been separated from the college for at least two (2) consecutive semesters and wish to re-enroll.  Under this policy, the student may receive W’s for any courses with F’s or D’s within a single semester.  The student will retain credits for any courses in which a grade of C or better was earned.

Academic Forgiveness can be granted only once during a student’s career at NEMCC.

By federal regulation, the Financial Aid Office must include all courses attempted in evaluating a student’s satisfactory academic progress.  There will be no “automatic” eligibility for aid based on academic forgiveness.

A student receiving benefits from Veterans Administration will not be reimbursed for repeating courses which had been passed.

This policy applies to NEMCC records only.  In case of transfer to another institution, students will be bound by that college’s terms and conditions for accepting transfer credits.  This can only be used for coursework after 1993.  Grades before this period are archived and cannot be changed.

Make-up Work

The student must make appointments for required makeup work and other matters. However, instructors are not expected to give individual attention or makeup tests that have resulted from the student’s being absent without justifiable reason. The student can normally expect an “F” for the test or quiz missed due to the absence under this condition. Arrangements for completing approved make-up work must be made with the instructor within a two-week period.

Satisfactory Progress

Students enrolled in the college are expected to demonstrate performance in their course-work sufficient to lead to the eventual completion of their program. The following is a summary of the progress requirements for the various program types:

A student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to remain in “Good Standing” with the college. Students who fail to maintain this status for one semester are designated as “Probation 1”. A student may be classified as probation 1 for one term. If he/she does not meet the cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 by the end of his/her second consecutive semester in residence, he/she will be suspended for one semester. A student who has been suspended may request readmission from the Vice President of Instruction. If a suspended student is readmitted, he/she must reach a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 by the end of the second semester following his/her return or he/she will be excluded from the college

Veterans

The college is approved to train veterans and war orphans under the existing public laws.

  • Academic Requirements

    • A student receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 31, 32, 35, 1606, 33 (Post 9/11), and VRAP must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0. If the required GPA is not met by the end of the second consecutive semester in residence the student will be suspended by the college. Students will need to follow the published guidelines for suspended/excluded students .
    • For additional questions please contact:
VA Northeast: Chassie Kelly
1-888-GI-BILL-1 (662) 720-4075
https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ cmkelly@nemcc.edu