It is assumed that all students are enrolled in class to learn; therefore, cheating is not an acceptable practice. Dishonesty of any type in a course, including examinations or plagiarized materials, can result in a grade of F and may be cause for suspension or dismissal. Plagiarism occurs when a student uses the ideas or writing of another person and passes the information off as his or her own work.
This is a warning to students that their grade-point average has fallen below college standards. Academic probation is determined by the number of hours attempted and the cumulative grade-point average. Consult the Summary Chart for Academic Probation and Dismissal for exact information. Students can continue to enroll at the College as long as their GPA does not fall below the probation requirements. In an effort to repair the student’s grade point average, students with a GPA below 2.0 are strongly advised to limit credit hours to 9 during fall and spring semesters and 3 credit hours during midterm and summer sessions.
Academic Renewal Policy
A transfer student who has one or more bankrupt semesters (i.e., a semester grade point average of 1.0 or under) from another post-secondary institution can petition for academic renewal at KCKCC. If academic renewal is approved, all previous coursework will continue to appear on the student’s transcript; however, the grade points from coursework affected by the Renewal will not be included in the student’s KCKCC cumulative GPA. While credits removed from the computation of the GPA as a result of renewal cannot be used to meet course or program requirements, they will still be used to determine eligibility for financial aid awards or athletics. Students granted renewal are not eligible for honors at graduation.
To be considered for renewal, the student must be seeking admittance into a KCKCC Program with Selective Admissions; prior course work at the other institution must have been completed at least three (3) years prior to petition; and the student must have completed at least twelve (12) semester credits at KCKCC during the last two (2) years with at least a 2.00 grade-point average (GPA).
After obtaining a Petition for Academic Renewal form in the Admissions and Records Office, the student must meet with a counselor or academic advisor to discuss the petition and obtain his/her signature on the form. The student then signs to indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions of the renewal policy and submits the completed form to the Registrar by September 1 for the Spring Semester or February 1 for the Fall Semester.
The Committee for Academic Progress will review petitions once each Fall and Spring semester and as requested by the Registrar.
Students are expected to have regular and punctual attendance in class and other college activities. The College is interested in the educational development of its students, and attendance in class is considered a necessary part of the process. When absent, a student misses material covered in class that may not be covered in the reading assignments. Students are held responsible for all information and assignments missed due to their absence. Each instructor informs the class of his/her attendance policy in a written format at the beginning of the semester. The College Nurse should be notified of a death in the immediate family or a serious illness that requires students to be absent from class for an extended period of time. If a student is gone due to illness, a doctor’s release may be requested before reinstatement in classes(es) is permitted. Class begins promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive late interrupt class and may be considered absent. In the event the instructor is delayed for the start of class, students are expected to wait 20 minutes before leaving the room.
The normal course load for students is 15 to 16 credit hours during the Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credit hours in the Summer Session (mid-term and late start courses are the same as Summer). Students are not permitted to enroll in more than 18 credit hours during a regular semester without special permission from the Division Dean in which the overload occurs. If the Academic Dean is not available, the overload may be approved by the Dean of Enrollment Management/Registrar. The judgment to grant an overload is based on but not limited to past academic performance; demands on time; such as, extracurricular activities; employment over 20 hours a week; and family obligations.
At KCKCC, the numbering system for classes is not meant to restrict students, but to assist them in their academic planning. Classes are numbered accordingly:
Courses numbered 0-99 do not transfer to four-year universities or count towards graduation at KCKCC. These college preparation classes aid students who have not recently completed four (4) years of English and three (3) years of math in high school. Courses numbered 0-99 may be required prerequisites to courses numbered 100-200. Courses numbered 200-299
are suggested as sophomore level courses.
The term credit hour
is a unit of credit given for a course that meets for one hour per week for 15 weeks or 750 minutes. Thus, a three-hour class meets for three hours each week. Similarly, a five-hour class meets five hours per week. For courses which include a lab, (biology, for example), students spend from five to seven hours in class each week for four to five hours credit. Each week, students should plan to devote three hours of study for each hour of credit in which they are enrolled.
Students who have one or more bankrupt semesters (i.e. a semester grade point average of 1.0 or under) can petition to have up to two (2) semesters of KCKCC work forgiven on their transcript. If forgiveness is granted, no grade points are computed on the transcript for the specific semester(s). To be eligible for forgiveness, students must attend an accredited college or university (KCKCC is preferred) and complete at least 12 consecutive credit hours with a grade of C or better following the poor academic semester.
In addition, students must meet the following criteria: make a complete curriculum change and/or wait an interim of three (3) years before filing for forgiveness.
After obtaining a Petition for Forgiveness form in the Admissions and Records Office, the student must meet with a counselor or academic advisor to discuss the petition and obtain his/her signature on the form. The student then signs to indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions of the forgiveness policy and submits the completed form to the Registrar by September 1 for the Spring semester or February 1 for the Fall semester. Each petition is considered individually by the Committee for Academic Progress. Students who have college work forgiven are not eligible for graduation with honors.
Students must be enrolled at KCKCC during the semester that Academic Forgiveness is granted by the committee.
A student’s college work is evaluated in terms of a letter grade. Only semester grades are recorded on a student’s college transcript. Grades are recorded as follows:
|A ||Superior ||NP ||Not Passed |
|B ||Good ||CR ||Credit |
|C ||Average ||I ||Incomplete |
|D ||Inferior ||W ||Withdrawal |
|F ||Failure ||WA ||Administrative Withdrawal |
|P ||Pass ||AUD ||Audit |
Students with outstanding grade-point averages are recognized with honors at the end of each semester. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours (in which grades A-F are recorded). The semester grade-point average, not the cumulative grade-point average, is used to determine Honor Roll eligibility.
Honor Roll requires a 3.0-3.49 GPA for the semester.
Vice President’s Honor Roll requires a 3.50-3.99 GPA for the semester.
President’s Honor Roll requires a 4.0 GPA for the semester.
Honor Society (Phi Theta Kappa) - Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society for two-year colleges acknowledges students for their efforts in the hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service to the community. KCKCC’s Mu Delta Chapter students have been ranked by Phi Theta Kappa in the top 100 colleges internationally. Each year Phi Theta Kappa students work on projects to present at regional and international conferences. The Mu Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is open to students who have proven themselves capable of academic excellence. To join, students must have achieved a minimum 3.50 cumulative grade-point average and must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at KCKCC. Potential members are invited to join each semester. After induction, members must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average to remain active. Honors at Graduation-
Students with outstanding grades are eligible to graduate with honors if they meet the following requirements:
- Cum Laude - achievement of a cumulative grade- point average of 3.40-3.69.
- Magna Cum Laude - achievement of a cumulative grade-point average of 3.70 to 3.99.
- Summa Cum Laude - achievement of a cumulative grade-point average of 4.00.
Students can graduate with honors if they have no more than 21 credit hours of Pass-No Credit courses, have not taken advantage of the Forgiveness Policy, and have not repeated a course with a grade of C or better. All course work must be completed before honors are awarded. Students who earn certificates only are not eligible to graduate with honors. Honors Education Program graduates who have fulfilled the requirements of the Honors Education Program are recognized at graduation with a medallion, and receive “Honors Education Graduate” distinction on their transcript. For more information, contact the Honors Education Program office at 913-288-7108.