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    Northeast Mississippi Community College
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
Student Catalog 2017-2018

Student Services



Counseling, Testing, and Career Planning Services

The Counseling Center of Northeast Mississippi Community College offers a variety of services to students, prospective students, college personnel, and graduates. The Counseling Center, located in Ramsey Hall, is staffed with professional counselors available to help students benefit from personal, social, career, and educational opportunities. The following services can be accessed by contacting the counseling staff at (662) 720-7313, or email counselingcenter@nemcc.edu.

  • Career and Academic Counseling

    • The counseling staff assists students in identifying interests, values, needs, and abilities in order to plan academic and career goals. In-depth career counseling is used to help the student in their process of self-assessment. The center offers interest inventories, career information files, senior college applications and catalogs, coordinates senior college visits, provides an annual career and college transfer day, job interview and resume writing workshops, provides financial aid and scholarship information, and up to date labor market information to aid the student in developing a career plan.
  • Individual and Group Counseling

    • The counseling staff assists the student to define goals and resolve personal, social, or educational problems. Interview sessions conducted by counselors are kept confidential. Information of a confidential nature is released only upon a client’s written request, in a circumstance which would result in a clear danger to the client or others, or as may be required by law.
  • Job Placement

    • The counseling staff offers career planning and job placement services to assist students in finding full or part time employment. Regional employers in approximately thirty counties are contacted annually by Student Placement Office to encourage employing Northeast students. Students are encouraged to visit the Placement Office in Ramsey Hall, room 113, to discuss employment needs and services. To obtain up to date occupation information, contact the Director of Student Placement located in Ramsey Hall, by phone at (662) 720-7412, via email at jewilliford@nemcc.edu, or through the college website. Go to www.nemcc.edu; under resources select more links; select employment; select student placement; click on information for students.
  • Testing

    • The counseling staff administers various tests to students to assist them when enrolling in college, and when making academic and career choices. The national American College Test is given on regular national test dates. Pre-registration is required. The residual American College Test is given on a scheduled basis. Students should contact the Counseling Center for dates and information. The Accuplacer test is administered to students who do not make required ACT sub-scores on English, Math, or Reading to determine class placement in college classes. The Accuplacer test is administered to all students enrolled in clock-hour, certificate, or occupation programs. Vocational, aptitude, and interest tests are administered upon request.
  • ADA - Disabilities

    Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (ADA)

    Northeast Mississippi Community College provides adaptations and modifications to the learning environment for eligible impaired and/or disabled students. All students with a disability, including eLearning students, are strongly encouraged to contact the ADA/Section 504 Counselor/Coordinator, Leigh Ann Stewart, in Ramsey Hall Suite 113 at 662.720.7192, or via email at lastewart@nemcc.edu to discuss their disability and the appropriate accommodations. Students may also contact the ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer David Robbins located in Ramsey Hall Room 216, or at 662.720.7235.

    Students must self-identify in order to receive accommodations. NEMCC Disability Applications may be obtained from the Counseling Center in Ramsey Hall or online from NEMCC’s website at http://www.nemcc.edu/student-support/disability-accommodations.

     
  • College Success Classes

    • The counseling staff provides institutional credit classes in study skills, career exploration, self-affirmation, and cooperative education. Human Development is an academic credited class.
  • Orientation

    • The counseling staff provides orientation sessions to aid incoming freshmen in learning about the College’s environment. College success programs are presented for high school seniors and prospective students.
  • Tutoring & Title IV Student Support Services Program

    • Located in the Counseling Center, the Title IV Student Support Service Program is federally funded to provide free tutorial services in all subjects to students who are eligible. Career, academic and personal counseling, cultural activities, senior college transfer assistance, and assistance to receive other special services offered by the college are services that eligible students can receive. In order for a student to be eligible to receive one or all services offered by the Title IV Student Support Services Program, the student must have an academic need and meet at least one of these qualifications:
    • First generation student
    • Low income
    • Individuals with a disability.
    • Students who do not meet any one of these guidelines are referred to other campus resources for assistance. Receiving tutoring services is free of charge to students meeting the requirements.

Complaint/Grievance Appeal Procedures for Students

The Northeast Mississippi Community College complaint/grievance appeal procedure is designed to assure a systematic method for resolving complaints involving students. A complaint/grievance is defined as a claim by a student that there has been a violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of an established practice, policy, or procedure. A complaint/grievance may be initiated as a result of claims of discrimination, faculty/staff misconduct, grade appeals, or other issues between students and faculty/staff members. Complaints involving sexual harassment are covered under a separate policy which can be found in the Northeast Procedures Manual and the Northeast Student Handbook/Planner.

The Northeast Mississippi Community College and its Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff shall continue its policy of nondiscrimination as related to the acts of discrimination (Title VI), or violation of the rights of the disabled (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). Students, faculty, and staff all have the right to file a grievance against fellow students, faculty, or staff without the fear of retaliation from any person external or internal to Northeast. Students who have reason to believe that their rights under law or campus policy have been denied in such areas as admission, financial assistance, employment, residence hall assignment, disciplinary actions, or any other campus matters may seek to resolve them in the following manner:

  • Non-Academic Matters

    • The student should first contact the faculty/staff member involved and attempt to resolve the complaint/grievance individually. If the student is unable to resolve the issue satisfactorily, then the following appeal procedure should be followed. Students, faculty, and staff all have the right to file a grievance against fellow students, faculty, or staff without the fear of retaliation from any person external or internal to Northeast.
    • The Appeal Procedure

      1. The student will submit a written appeal of the complaint/grievance to the immediate supervisor of the college employee within ten (10) workdays of his or her awareness of the “failure to reach resolution”.
      2. The immediate supervisor must respond in writing within ten (10) workdays rendering a decision and justification.
      3. If the student is not satisfied with the immediate supervisor’s decision, the student may file a written grievance with the immediate supervisor’s supervisor within ten (10) workdays of the receipt of the supervisor’s response.
      4. The secondary supervisor must render a decision in writing with justification within ten (10) workdays of receipt of the appeal.
      5. If the student is not satisfied with the second appeal, he or she may, within ten (10) workdays of the response, request an appellant hearing before the Student Grievance Committee.
    • The Student Grievance Committee

      1. The Student Grievance Committee is composed of the Executive Vice- President (Chair), two faculty members (one male, one female), two staff members (one male, one female), and one academic division head.
      2. The appeal must be written and must be submitted to the chair of the grievance committee.
      3. The Executive Vice-President will notify the student of the time, date, and location of the Student Grievance Committee hearing.
      4. The student must be present when the grievance is heard. The student may have an advisor present during the hearing.
      5. The responsibility of the committee shall be limited to a review of the case to determine if established Northeast policies, procedures, or practices were followed or interpreted correctly or to determine if discrimination and/or sexual harassment occurred.
      6. The Grievance Committee will respond in writing to the grievance within ten (10) business days by certified mail. (Note: In the event a grievance is filed against the Executive Vice-President, the President of the College will name a replacement/chairman.)
      7. If the student remains unsatisfied he/she may appeal through a signed, written statement to the President of the College and the members of the Board of Trustees’ Grievance Committee. In an attempt to resolve the grievance, the committee will meet with the student and his/her representative within thirty (30) business days of the receipt of the appeal. A copy of the response of the Board’s Grievance Committee will be mailed by certified mail to the student within ten (10) business days following the meeting.
  • Academic Matters

    The student should first contact the instructor involved and attempt to resolve the complaint/grievance at the instructor level. If the student is unable to resolve the issue at the instructor level, the student should contact the academic division head for the instructor involved and attempt to resolve the complaint/grievance.
    • The Appeal Procedure

      • If the student is unable to resolve the issue at the division head level, the student should seek resolution with the Vice President of Instruction.
      • If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Vice President of Instruction, he or she may, within ten (10) workdays of the response, request in writing an appellant hearing before the Student Grievance Committee.
    • The Student Grievance Committee

      1. The Student Grievance Committee is composed of the Executive Vice- President (Chair), two faculty members (one male, one female), two staff members (one male, one female), and one academic division head.
      2. The appeal must be written and must be submitted to the chair of the grievance committee.
      3. The Executive Vice-President will notify the student of the time, date, and location of the Student Grievance Committee hearing.
      4. The student must be present when the grievance is heard. The student may have an advisor present during the hearing.
      5. The responsibility of the committee shall be limited to a review of the case to determine if established Northeast policies, procedures, or practices were followed or interpreted correctly or to determine if discrimination and/or sexual harassment occurred.
      6. The Grievance Committee will respond in writing to the grievance within ten (10) business days by certified mail.
      7. If the student remains unsatisfied he/she may appeal through a signed, written statement to the President of the College. The decision of the President will be final.

Child Care Center

The Northeast Mississippi Community College Child Care Center is located in Waller Hall, 1st floor. The purpose of the Child Care Center is to provide a learning-readiness environment for young children, to demonstrate principles of guidance, and to provide college students with opportunities for observing, interacting with, and teaching young children. Enrollment is open to three- and four-year old children of NEMCC students, faculty and staff. Children must be potty-trained and able to feed themselves. A completed application form, an enrollment form, Immunization Compliance Form #121, a certified birth certificate, a copy of each child’s social security card, and the Child Care/Head Start meal application must be on file before school begins. Upon notification by the center, a fifteen ($15) dollar registration fee must be paid for each child accepted into the Child Care Center.

The Child Care Center operates from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, during the times scheduled for day classes during the fall and spring semesters. The Center reserves the right to close for one day per semester to allow for staff and student development.

For more information contact Jenniffer Newell at jenniffer@nemcc.edu or (662)720-7214. Slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There is an established fee schedule for Child Care Services.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services provide resource areas for tutorial assistance and supplemental learning enhancement. These services offer learning opportunities through individual assistance and computer-based instruction. The main objective of Student Support Services is to enhance and improve student’s abilities and subsequently elevate their individual success as a college student. The Student Support Services program is coordinated by the Counseling Center in Ramsey Hall and offers assistance in English, mathematics, and reading.

Academic Advising

Each student enrolled at Northeast is assigned an academic advisor. The student is encouraged to meet with their advisor periodically during each semester. The role of the faculty advisor is (1) to plan the class schedule, (2) to provide up-to-date information about careers, (3) to refer students to the proper sources for assistance, (4) to encourage students in their efforts to be successful, and (5) to approve academic programs for graduation from Northeast Mississippi Community College.

  • Student Responsibilities

    • All colleges establish certain requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. These regulations concern such things as curricula and courses, programs of study, and campus residence requirements. Advisors, counselors, faculty, and division heads will help a student meet these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling the degree requirements.
    • The student is responsible for being acquainted with regulations and procedures as stated in the college catalog and handbook, and other official publications of the college. For these reasons, it is important for each student to familiarize himself with these publications and remain currently informed throughout his college career.
  • Advising Day

    • The first day of pre-registration for the Fall and the Spring semesters will be designated as Advising Day. Currently enrolled students will meet with their faculty advisor on that day and during the next week to review the student’s academic progress and to plan a class schedule for the next semester.
  • Orientation

    • All students who apply for admission are invited to an orientation on campus. Students who are interested in enrolling in E-Learning courses may participate through an on-campus orientation or virtual orientation that is available through the college’s website (www.nemcc.edu).
  • College Program of Study

    • A program of study is defined as a concentration of course work within a particular discipline. The program of study is designed to produce entry-level competencies for specific career fields.
    • Changing of Program of Study

      To change a program of study, currently enrolled students should go to the Counseling Center in Ramsey Hall for assistance. Prospective students may contact the Office of Enrollment Services in Ramsey Hall.

  • Class Scheduling

    • The academic advisor will assist students in planning class schedules prior to each semester. Dates for student registration will be assigned by the Director of Enrollment Services. Students should schedule an appointment with the academic advisor several days prior to the registration date to plan schedules for the upcoming semester.
  • Conference Periods

    • The instructors have scheduled one period each day to be used for make-up work and individual counseling. The conference periods/office hours will be announced in each class and will be posted on each faculty member’s door.

Graduation

All students completing programs of study at Northeast Mississippi Community College are encouraged to participate in graduation. Students desiring to graduate must apply for their degree/diploma in the Records office before the posted deadline. Application dates for applying for graduation are posted each semester.

  • Residency Requirement

    • To be eligible for graduation, a transfer student must complete a minimum of one semester (15 semester hours) in residence. Transfer students must complete at least 25% of their degree requirements at Northeast in order to graduate. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be earned on all academic work in order to graduate. Transfer students must present all prior academic transcripts at the time of enrollment. Earned academic transcripts from other institutions presented during the last semester may not be counted towards the degree/diploma.
  • Competency Requirement

    • To earn a degree or a certificate, a student must demonstrate through periodic examinations and through other requirements, as stated in the course syllabi, that he/she is competent in all courses within a particular curriculum. In addition, completion requirements for associate degrees include being competent in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and computer literacy.
    • Reading competency - Each student who completes an Associate Degree must demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend at a level commensurate with the reading level of the textbook and other reading assignments. Reading competency can be demonstrated by successful completion of ENG 0113  Comprehension I, by a score of 67 on the Accuplacer Reading Test, or by successful completion of a three hour social/behavioral science course.
    • Writing competency - Each student who completes an Associate Degree must demonstrate proficiency in written communications by composing effective sentences and paragraphs; applying correctly the rules of grammar, punctuation, spelling, word division, and word choice; and developing in written form clear, concise thoughts and ideas. Writing competencies are developed in English Composition.
    • Mathematics competency - Each student who completes an Associate of Arts Degree must earn credit in MAT 1313 , an equal course, or a higher-level course.
  • To qualify for graduation, all candidates must meet the specific requirements for a degree or certificate.
  • Exception for Graduation Participation

    • A student may participate in the spring graduation exercise if he/she is within seven semester hours of meeting the degree requirements and if he/she has a 2.00 GPA. The student must plan to complete the degree-required courses in the immediate summer term after participating in graduation. A vocational student lacking a summer term meeting the certificate requirements may participate in graduation if he/she has a 2.00 GPA, and if he/she plans to complete the requirements in the immediate summer school after graduation. In both cases, the degree or certificate awards will be made after all required course work is completed.

Associate of Arts Degree:

The Associate of Arts degree is awarded to students completing university parallel programs. Candidates for the A.A. degree must complete the following:

  1. Earn a minimum of 62 semester hours applicable to a bachelor’s degree of which 3 semester hours may be non-academic credits (Physical education or other activity courses, COE, LLS).
  2. Earn a grade point average of 2.0.
  3. Complete the 32 semester hours of general education core consisting of:
    • English Composition (ENG 1113  and ENG 1123  , 6 semester hours),
    • Social and/or behavioral science (6 semester hours from sociology, psychology, political science, geography, economics, or educational psychology),
    • Humanities (6 semester hours from history, literature, modern foreign language, philosophy, religion, art, speech, or music),
    • Laboratory science (8 semester hours),
    • Fine arts (3 semester hours selected from art/music/theatre appreciation, music survey, or art history),
    • Mathematics (MAT 1313 , equivalent or above, 3 semester hours).

Associate of Applied Science Degree:

The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded to students completing requirements in technical programs. To receive the A.A.S. degree, candidates must:

  1. Complete the number of semester hours as designated in programs of study.
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  3. Complete the 15 semester hours general education core consisting of:
    • English Composition (ENG 1113 , 3 semester hours),
    • Social or behavioral science (3 semester hours from sociology, psychology, political science, geography, economics, or educational psychology),
    • Fine arts (3 semester hours selected from art/music/theatre appreciation),
    • Computer or computer related (3 semester hours) OR Speech (SPT 1113  , 3 semester hours)
    • College Algebra (MAT 1313  ) 3 semester hours or above, OR  laboratory science course BIO, CHE, PHY, AGR  (4 semester hours).
  4. Complete major courses consisting of 40-65 semester hours.
  5. Complete other courses as suggested by adviser. Students who do not meet the requirements in their program of study will be changed to the program of study of Liberal Arts.

*Cooperative Education - Three hours of Co-op (COE) or Learning and Life Skills (LLS) credit are accepted for elective credit in each degree program published in this catalog. These courses are considered as non-academic credit. Therefore, they may account for no more than 3 hours of the 62 required for graduation. 

Certificate

A certificate is awarded to a student who successfully completes the prescribed programs of study. The requirements for graduation are:

  1. Complete each unit of the prescribed program of study.
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the program.

Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

Graduation and Transfer-out rates may be obtained in the Records Office in Ramsey Hall.

Academic Transcripts

An academic transcript will be issued only upon a written and signed request from the student provided that all college obligations have been met. Students may request transcripts by presenting a signed request to the Records Office in person, electronically (through a link on our website), or by mail. A photo ID is required for all transactions in the Records Office. No transcript requests will be accepted via email. Forms may be obtained by visiting the Records Office or by downloading from www.nemcc.edu A $5.00 fee will be assessed for each copy. For convenience, students may request transcripts directly from our website at www.nemcc.edu. Choose the link for Current Students and then the link for Transcript Request. After an account has been set up, the transcript can be emailed for the regular $5.00 fee and a processing fee from the company of $2.25. Transcripts are sent out the day they are received during regular office hours.

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.

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, 1607, 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
www.gibill.va.gov cmkelly@nemcc.edu

 

Residential Student Services

The College provides comfortable and safe residence halls for students who wish to live on the campus. The college has five multi-level residence halls for men and women students: Murphy Hall, Wood Hall, and Mississippi Hall (women’s residence), and White Hall and Yarber Hall (men’s residence). Each facility is equipped with furniture and utilities essential for comfortable living. Students must furnish bedspread and bed linens, towels, personal hygiene supplies and other supplies necessary for resident’s personal comfort.

Each of the suites in White Hall and Murphy Hall has two bedrooms with connecting bath, accommodating four students. Yarber Hall, Wood Hall, and Mississippi Hall have single units with bath, accommodating two students.

For additional information, contact the Director of Event Planning and Housing at (662) 720-7306 or, email rbcoggin@nemcc.edu.

  • Eligibility for Campus Housing

    • Students must be enrolled full-time to reside in a residential hall. The college will terminate the residency of students who do not maintain full-time status, unless a waiver is approved by the Director of Event Planning and Housing. (Full-time status is twelve or more semester hours).
    • All residents are required to purchase either a 15 meal per week or a 19 meal per week meal ticket as long as they reside in residence halls.
  • Application and Deposit Information

    • Residence hall contracts are for the academic semester. An initial reservation request must be confirmed by a signed contract with a deposit. A deposit of $100 must accompany each application for student housing. This deposit shall remain on file with the college as long as the student occupies the residence hall, and is reduced by the amount of unpaid damages or any other financial obligation due to the college at the time residence hall space is vacated.
    • Admission to the college does not guarantee the student the reservation of a dormitory room on campus.
    • Students are encouraged to complete their residence hall applications as early as possible. Receipt of application and deposit is used to establish priority for room assignment. Priority deadline is May 1st for the fall semester and November 1st for the spring semester.
  • Room Assignment

    • Housing assignments are based on the following criteria:
      • Current Students - Rooms will first be assigned to students who are presently living in a dormitory and who apply by April 1, for fall and November 1, for spring semester.
      • New/Returning Students - Rooms will be assigned according to the following:
        • special needs
        • students involved in college activities and required to live on campus
        • roommate preference and
        • date of application.
    • Preferred roommates are required to submit their housing applications together or within seven working days of each other. Should the preferred roommate not request the student, cancel their application, or not apply within the seven-day time restrictions, students will be assigned another roommate without notification, prior to registration. All requests will be honored whenever possible.
    • Before the end of the fall and spring semesters, current residence hall students must update their housing application by indicating if they will be returning or not returning for the next semester. This form is to be completed in the office of the residence hall.
    • Students who fail to notify the Office of Event Planning and Housing of their intent to return within the next semester will be viewed as “not returning” and their room will be reassigned.
    • Students may cancel their room reservation by notifying the Office of Event Planning and Housing in writing or by telephone at (662) 720-7311.
      • The college will provide a full refund of the deposit if residence hall space is not available or the student:
        • cancels prior to deadline dates. (July 1 - Fall semester, December 2 - Spring semester),
        • is denied admission to the college,
        • is prevented from entering the college because of medical reasons, which are confirmed in writing by a licensed physician.
  • A student who fails to claim an assigned room or notify the Office of Event Planning and Housing of their intentions to cancel will automatically forfeit his/her $100.00 deposit.

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.