Sep 28, 2020  
Student Catalog 2016-2017 (Archived) 
Student Catalog 2016-2017 (Archived) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Regulations

NOTE: 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.

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.)

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 in the Vice President of Instruction’s Office in Ramsey Hall.

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


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. The student will contact his/her instructor(s) in each class that he/she desires a withdrawal. In the case of a virtual class, the student should contact the e-Learning Coordinator.
  2. The instructor will assist the student to record the following information on the “Class Withdrawal Form”:
    1. The student’s name
    2. The date
    3. The student’s identification number
    4. The appropriate reason for the withdrawal
    5. All course information for the class from which the student will withdraw; including the last date of attendance and the instructor’s signature.

Note: If multiple withdrawals are requested on one form, the student must see the instructor of each class for which a withdrawal is requested.

  1. The student will verify that the information is correct and sign the form.
  2. The student’s advisor will consider the impact of withdrawing upon the student’s progress in a degree. The advisor will provide the student with information about any consequences that result from the withdrawals and sign the form.
  3. The student will deliver the form to the Counseling Center in Ramsey Hall.
  4. The Counseling Center will contact the following offices, if appropriate:
    1. Financial aid, if the student receives scholarship, Pell Grant, or Student Loans. Note: The Financial Aid office will verify the last date of attendance on class withdrawals only if the withdrawal could create a change in the student’s financial aid status.
    2. Director of Housing, if the student resides in campus housing.
  5. The Counseling Center will deliver the withdrawal form to the Records Office.
  6. The Records Office will record in BANNER (college computer system) a “WC” for each class listed on the withdrawal form. A copy of the form will be placed on file in the student’s permanent record.

Note: If an individual instructor has a concern about documenting the last date of attendance, the instructor should contact the Vice President of Instruction prior to signing the form.

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. The student will contact his/her advisor or the Counseling Center to initiate the college withdrawal process. The advisor will assist the student to record the following information on the “College Withdrawal Form”:
    1. The student’s name
    2. The date
    3. The student’s identification number
    4. The appropriate reason for the withdrawal
    5. All course information for all classes on the student’s schedule.
    6. The advisor will contact each instructor to obtain the student’s last date of attendance in class. Note: If the student has one or more virtual classes (indicated by a “V” in the section number), the advisor should contact the e-Learning Coordinator for a last date of attendance in these classes.
  2. The student will verify that the information is correct and sign the form.
  3. The student’s advisor/counselor will contact the library, the security office, and the bookstore to determine if the student is clear to withdraw. The advisor/ counselor will sign the form to signify that the information is accurate and complete.
  4. The student will deliver the form to the appropriate offices for approval in the following order:
    1. Financial aid, if the student receives scholarship, Pell Grant, or Student Loans.
    2. Director of Housing, if the student resides in campus housing.
    3. The Business Office will collect a withdrawal fee of $10.00 for the College Withdrawal.  The form will be collected at the Business Office and delivered to the Records Office.
  5. The Records Office will record in BANNER a “W1” for each class that the student is enrolled. A copy of the form will be placed on file in the student’s permanent record.

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 28 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.)

Credit by Examination

Advanced Placement (AP Credit)

Students enrolling at Northeast Mississippi Community College may be awarded advanced college credit if they present satisfactory scores on the advanced placement examination administered through the College Entrance Examination Board and if they participated in and received credit for an AP course(s) offered through their high schools. This policy applies to each AP course for which a student is requesting credit. Students may receive up to twelve (12) hours credit with no more than eight (8) hours or two courses in one subject area.

Grades of “Z” (satisfactory) will be recorded on the transcript for course(s) in which advanced placement credit is earned. These courses will not affect the grade point average.


AP Examination Score Hours Credit Northeast Course
Biology 4 4 BIO 1114  
Biology 5 8 BIO 1114 /BIO 1124  
English Lit./Comp 3-4 3 ENG 1113  
English Lit./Comp 5 6 ENG 1113 /ENG 1123  
Calculus AB 4 3 MAT 1513  or MAT 1613  
Calculus AB 5 6 MAT 1513 /MAT 1523  
U.S. History 3 3 HIS 2213  
U.S. History 4 6 HIS 2213 /HIS 2223  

Challenge Examinations - Nursing

The Northeast Mississippi Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program allows currently licensed practical nurses the opportunity to challenge two nursing courses in the curriculum. These courses are NUR 1118 - Nursing Fundamentals  and NUR 1229 - Nursing Care of the Family . The challenge exams are National League for Nursing’s NACE I Foundations of Nursing Examination and NACE I Childbearing/Care of the Child Examination. Both exams are computer based exams.

Steps in seeking advanced placement:

  1. Apply for admission to the college.
  2. Apply for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  3. Provide the Division of Health Sciences with information so that your LPN license may be validated (name and social security number). You must hold a current, unrestricted license to participate in the advanced placement option.
  4. Testing Registration: please find the Directions for On-Line Registration for NACE Challenge Exams on page 4 of the LPN to ADN Advanced Place Division of Health Science web page. The cost of the challenge exams are $55.00 for NACE I Foundation of Nursing and $30.00 each for NACE I Nursing Care of Childbearing Family and NACE I Nursing Care of the Child.
  5. The NUR 1118  challenge examination must be taken and passed before the NUR 1229  challenge can be taken. The passing score on the NUR 1118   challenge examination is 75%. The passing score on the NUR 1229  examination is 70% (average on two portions of the exam). The exams are graded and scored by the NLN. The challenge examination may be taken once and may not be repeated for 1 year. Challenge credit is good for 5 years.
  6. Licensed Practical Nurses who successfully challenge into the program must meet all program entrance and progression requirements. Admission is based on admission to the college and compliance with ADN admission and progression requirements and space availability. Admission is not guaranteed. Applicants seeking admission or readmission to NUR 1229 , NUR 2339  or NUR 2449  who meet the admission criteria are rated, ranked, and admitted as space is available in the following order: 1) readmission students, 2) LPN-ADN challenge students, and 3) students transferring nursing credit from another institution.
  7. Credit Awarded on Transcript: Challenge credit is noted on the official NEMCC transcript with a grade of “Z” after the student has completed the ADN Orientation Course, enrolled in the clinical nursing course, and paid the transcripting fee.

Challenge Examinations

Through challenge examinations a qualified student may receive credit for college work without the formal procedure of class attendance. Each academic head will determine the requirements for such credit, and requests for these examinations will be considered if the background of the applicant indicates substantial knowledge about the requested examination area. A grade of “Z” will be recorded for successful completion of a challenge examination.

A student who seeks advanced placement through challenge examination credit will follow the procedure listed below:

  1. Apply for admission to the college.
  2. Must have been accepted in the program of study for which the student plans to challenge.
  3. Schedule the examination with the academic head of the specific course being challenged.

If a student makes a satisfactory grade on the exam, the instructor will submit the grade to the Vice President of Instruction’s Office. The Vice President of Instruction will write a memo to the Records office and the Business office.  Once the student has paid the challenge exam fee, the Business office will notify the Records Office.  The Records Office will record a the grade of “Z” for the course.

List of Challenge Exams

Please check the Course Title to ensure it conforms with the Title used by your college.

ACT 1713 - Electricity for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration  
BOT 1133 - Microcomputer Applications  
BOT 1143 - Word Processing  
BOT 1213 - Professional Development  
BOT 1313 - Applied Business Math  
BOT 1613 - Medical Office Terminology I  
CON 1213 - Construction Materials  
CON 2123 - Construction Cost Estimating  
CSC 1123 - Computer Applications I  
EET 1114 - DC Circuits  
ELT 1193 - Fundamentals of Electricity  
ELT 1213 - Electrical Power  
ELT 1413 - Motor Control Systems  

ELT 2613 Programmable Logic Controllers  

ELT 2623 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers  
IMM 1111 - Industrial Maintenance Safety   
IMM 1121 - Industrial Maintenance Math and Measurement  
IMM 1131 - Industrial Maintenance Blueprint  

IMM 1313 Principles of Hydraulics and Pneumatics  
IMM 1813 - Industrial Electricity for Industrial Maintenance Mechanics  

IST 1123 IT Foundations  

IST 1133 Fundamentals of Data Communications  
MET 1113 - Medical Terminology  
MET 1214 - Medical Business Practices  

MFL 1213 Elementary Spanish I  

MFL 1223 Elementary Spanish II  

MFL 2213 Intermediate Spanish I  

MFL 2223 Intermediate Spanish II  

MST 1114 - Power Machinery I  
MST 1124 - Power Machinery II  
MST 1413 - Blueprint Reading  
MST 1613 - Precision Layout  
MST 2714 - Computer Numerical Control Operations I  
MST 2813 - Metallurgy  

Military Credit

When a student requests that military credits be evaluated for transfer credit, the student will provide the original Joint Services Transcript (JST) form to the college. This form/transcript lists the military education and experiences with the course descriptions along with recommendation for college course credit. Upon review of the JST by the registrar, Northeast credit may or may not be awarded. The JST will be placed in the student’s file and remain part of their permanent record.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers students an opportunity to earn college credit by examination for prior learning. Northeast Mississippi Community College will award credit on the CLEP subject area examinations only to matriculated Northeast students.

  2. All courses excluding ENG 1113  and ENG 1123 , listed in the Northeast Catalog are eligible for credit if CLEP has an examination in that subject.
  3. No credit is given for CLEP general examinations.
  4. Credit on the CLEP subject examinations will be awarded to students who received a scaled score of 50 or more.
  5. Credit earned by CLEP subject examination is limited to 18 hours. The student will be required to earn 12 semester hours of credit in a regular fall or spring semester at Northeast before CLEP credit earned at Northeast will be recorded or transfer CLEP credit recognized and recorded on the student’s transcript.
  6. No grade points will be awarded for CLEP credit and a grade of “Z” will be recorded on the student’s transcript for all CLEP credit earned.
  7. CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy the minimum residence requirements for graduation at Northeast.

A fee of $15.00 will be charged to students who want their CLEP scores recorded on their transcript.

Articulated Credit for Career / Technical Course Work


  • To be eligible for articulated credit, a student must:
    • Complete the articulated Secondary Career and Technical Education Program
    • Score 70% or higher on the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System (MS-CPAS2) in their secondary program of study
  • To be awarded articulated credit, a student must:
    • Enroll in the community or junior college within 18 months of graduation

A grade of Z will be awarded for approved high school courses. Students that receive a “Z” grade in courses will count toward graduation, however, courses will not count for grade point average.

Grades / Grading


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.


  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.

Students must secure signatures from their advisor and the Vice President of Instruction before being allowed to repeat the course. Forms are available in the Records Office in Ramsey Hall.

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.

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:

Academic and Technical (Semester-hour Programs)

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

Career (Clock-hour programs)

A student making a grade below “C” (2.0) will be considered as Probation 1 for one semester. A student who does not pass the initial semester of a training program must receive career counseling prior to readmission to the college.

A student who is classified as Probation 1 must make a “C”’ (2.0) or better during his next semester in residence or be placed on suspension for one semester.

A student readmitted after suspension must make a grade of “C” (2.0) or better for the semester he/she returns or he/she will be excluded from the college.

Student Honors

Hall of Fame

A minimum of four students is chosen annually to be placed in the Northeast Mississippi Community College Hall of Fame. To be eligible for consideration, a student must be enrolled full-time in his/her fourth semester of college and have completed a minimum of 45 prior semester hours from Northeast. A student must earn a minimum GPA of 3.25. The nominations are made by the faculty and staff with the Hall of Fame Selection Committee making the final selection.

Honor Graduates

Northeast Mississippi Community College recognizes the accomplishment of its graduates on two levels: Vice President’s Scholar and President’s Scholar. The President’s Scholar and the Vice President’s Scholar are awarded to students who receive either the Associate of Arts Degree,  the Associate of Applied Science Degree, or the Career Certificate in one of the recognized curriculum offerings of the institution. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of academic course work while enrolled at Northeast. The following courses are not included in the computation of grade points for the purpose of these awards: ENG 0113 - Beginning English, developmental mathematics, LLS 1211 , LLS 1311 , LLS 1321 , LLS 1411 , LLS 1711 , LLS 1721 ; band; jazz band; stage band; chorus; drama production; military science; all COE credit; and one hour physical education courses. Students who meet these criteria and who qualify for graduation will be awarded the appropriate recognition based on their cumulative grade point average (GPA). Vice President’s Scholars may have a cumulative GPA ranging from 3.50 to 3.99. President’s Scholars will meet the same criteria with a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

Recipients of these honors will be recognized by receiving notation of the honor on the college transcript.

Honor Rolls

Honor rolls are published at the end of each semester. A student who earns a grade point average of 4.00 on a minimum of 12 academic hours will be named to the President’s List. A student who earns a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99 on a minimum of 12 academic hours will be named to the Vice President’s List.

The following courses are not included in the computation for honors: ENG 0113- Beginning English; developmental mathematics; cooperative education; supervised work experience; LLS 1211 , LLS 1311 , LLS 1321 , LLS 1411 , LLS 1711 , LLS 1721 ; band; jazz band; stage band; chorus; drama production; military science; and one hour physical education courses.

High School students are not eligible for the President’s List or the Vice President’s List.  High School students are not eligible for any student activity reserved for full-time college students.  This applies for high school students enrolled in full-time hours or those that have earned enough college credit to achieve sophomore standing. High School students are allowed to reserve their status as first-time, full-time students for freshman scholarships.  

Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Students are selected by faculty and are chosen on the merits of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Biographies of students selected are included in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges annual edition.

Student Awards

Northeast Mississippi Community College recognizes that student awards are necessary for the successful operation of the college. Therefore the college authorizes the purchase of awards in recognition of outstanding student achievement based on a pre-determined set of criteria. These awards include Hall of Fame, Outstanding Student Awards, Academic Excellence Awards, Athletic Awards, etc. A complete listing of student awards, the maximum amount expended on these awards, and the budget allocated for these awards can be obtained in the Office of the Executive Vice President.

Evening and Intersession Classes

Evening college classes are offered both on campus and at the New Albany and Corinth off campus sites. These classes are offered in a sequential order to make it possible for students to obtain a degree in a timely manner by attending Monday through Thursday evening.

Intersession classes are short-term classes held between the spring term and the summer I term. These courses will cover the same material and will meet the same number of hours as traditional class offerings. Intersession classes are accredited college courses and were developed to provide students with access to a broader selection of course offerings.