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2019-20 Catalog & Student Handbook

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Page 156 of 225 SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Scholastic Standards Scholastic Standards 157 2019-2020 CATALOG & STUDENT HANDBOOK 2.3.2 Attendance • Only persons who are registered for a class at any of the Maricopa Communit y Colleges may at tend that class. At tendance requirements are determined by the course instruc tor. Students who do not meet the at tendance requirement as determined by the course instruc tor may be withdrawn. • Students who fail to at tend the f irst scheduled class meeting , or to contac t the instruc tor regarding absence before the f irst scheduled class meeting may, at the option of the instruc tor, be withdrawn. • At the beginning of each course, each facult y member will provide students with writ ten at tendance requirements. It is the student 's responsibilit y to consult with the instruc tor regarding of f icial or unof f icial absences. A bsences begin to accumulate with the f irst scheduled class meeting. • Students bear the responsibilit y of notif ying the Admissions and Records Of f ice/Of f ice of Student Enrollment Ser vices when they discontinue studies in a course or at the college. Please refer to Appendix S -7 for Withdrawal Procedures. 1. Official Absences A . Of f icial absences are those which occur when students are involved in an of f icial ac tivit y of the college, i.e., f ield trips, tournaments, athletic events, and present an of f icial absence excuse form. A bsences for such events shall not count against the number of absences allowed by an instruc tor or depar tment. Students who must miss a class for an of f icial reason must obtain an of f icial absence verif ication card from the appropriate vice president or designee and present it to the appropriate instruc tor(s) before the absence. Prior arrangements must be made with each instruc tor for make-up work. If prior arrangements have been made, the student will not be penalized. B. Other of f icial absences include jur y dut y and subpoenas. A ppropriate documentation will be required. Prior arrangements must be made with each instruc tor for make-up work. If prior arrangements have been made, the student will not be penalized. C. In the event of militar y commitments, absences for periods of up to one week will not be counted against the number of absences allowed by an instruc tor or depar tment. The student is required to provide appropriate documentation of the specif ic orders, leng th of assignment and location. Prior notif ication must be initiated with each instruc tor to discuss make- up work. If the leng th of the absence will be longer than one week , the instruc tor and the student will determine whether there is suf f icient oppor tunit y for the student to make up the work. If it is determined that the leng th of absence for the militar y commitment provides an undue hardship on the student 's abilit y to 2.3.1 Academic Load A credit hour is defined as an amount of work represented in course competencies and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time, or at least an equivalent amount of work for other academic activities, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. In accordance with common practice in higher education, instruction representing a credit hour is typically delivered in a 50-minute class period. Students carrying at least twelve (12) credit hours will be considered full-time students for the fall and spring semesters. Three-quarter-time is 9 - 11.9 credit hours. Half-time is 6 - 8.9 credit hours. Fewer than six (6) credit hours is considered less than half-time. A cademic load for summer and special terms may be defined differently. Contact the Admissions and Records Office/Office of Student Enrollment Services for clarification. As provided in the Reduced Course Load administrative regulation, a student may be deemed a full-time student carrying fewer than twelve credit hours pursuant to an accommodation of a disability. Courses may vary in length, and begin and end throughout the year. A credit hour indicates the value of an academic credit. Standards for the awarding of credit hours may be time based or competency based. To obtain credit, a student must be properly registered and must pay fees for the course. The fall and spring semesters are typically sixteen (16) weeks in length. Summer sessions are typically five (5) or eight (8) weeks in length. Students desiring to take more than eighteen (18) credit hours must obtain approval from the designated college official. Ordinarily, only students with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the preceding semester or first semester students who were in the upper quarter of their high school graduating class are permitted to carry more than eighteen (18) credit hours. Students participating in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities or receiving financial assistance may be required to maintain a specified minimum academic load. Students who are working, have considerable extra-curricular activities or co-curricular activities, or have been reinstated from academic suspension/probation should plan their academic load accordingly. Schedule Changes Students may change their schedule by following the designated procedures at their college of enrollment. It is the student 's responsibilit y to notif y the college if he/she will no longer be at tending class (see Appendix S -7 for Withdrawal Procedures, page 161). SCHOLASTIC STANDARDS

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