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|Classification of Programs of Study||Transfer Credit||Standards of Progress||Attendance|
|Classifications of Students||Grading System||Academic Recognition||Academic Honesty Policy|
|Plan of Study||Credit by Examination||Student-Faculty Responsibilities||Transfer to Senior Colleges and Universities|
The focus of the Instructional Services Division is effective student learning for career and personal growth. To this end, the faculty and staff are available to work closely with students from the point of application for admission through the progression of courses to completion of studies at Durham Tech. This section covers academic policies in effect at the time of this Catalog’s publication. These policies apply to all students enrolled at the institution and supersede all previously published academic documents issued by the college. Under special conditions, these policies may be modified according to procedures approved by the chief instructional officer.
The policies do not attempt to cover standards or requirements prescribed by the Veterans Administration or other institutions, groups, or agencies providing financial aid to Durham Tech students.
| A student may not enroll in the same course more than three
times without departmental approval. Some Health Technologies programs
have a limit of two enrollments.
Nursing students have special academic policies designed to meet standards and requirements defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Nursing students should refer to the nursing handbooks for specific policies affecting their enrollment at Durham Tech.
|Classification of Programs of Study|
|The college is authorized by the State Board of Community
Colleges to award the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree,
Associate in Applied Science degree, and Associate in General Education
degree as well as diplomas and certificates. Requirements for these awards
Most programs of study require
total credit hours in excess of the minimum credit hour requirements
|Classification of Students|
|Persons attending the college are classified as either
curriculum or visiting students and as full-time or part-time students
according to the following definitions:
|Plan of Study|
|A student admitted to a degree, diploma, or certificate
program must meet the requirements listed on the curriculum’s plan
of study for the academic year during which the student was accepted.
The sequence of courses outlined in the programs of study section (also available in the Admissions office, from the program director, or from the student’s advisor) is based on fall semester admittance unless otherwise indicated. Students enrolling in other semesters should work closely with their advisor to plan their course sequence. Students who receive registration approval from their academic advisor are responsible for registering for courses as approved. Students who register for courses not approved by an advisor are in violation of the college’s student code of conduct policy and will be subject to discipline in accordance with this policy. In general, the student’s advisor will recommend that the student follow the sequence of courses listed on the plan of study to meet all course prerequisites and to complete the program in the allotted time frame. Otherwise, it may be necessary for the student to extend the period of enrollment to satisfy all requirements for graduation. In Fall 1997, the college converted all programs to semester-based plans. Graduation is based on the plan of study in effect on the date the student is admitted to the program. Students not enrolled for three consecutive semesters and who return in a new academic year must be readmitted to the program and must follow the plan of study in effect at the time of readmission.
Course loads for full-time students are established by using the list of courses on the student’s plan of study.
Only courses listed on the student’s plan of study and any officially approved substitute courses count toward graduation.
A student must receive a passing grade in each course required for the plan of study. Courses not completed satisfactorily must be repeated for the student to be eligible for graduation.
A student may not be admitted to and/or enrolled in more than one degree, diploma, or certificate program at a time without approval of the chief instructional officer.
When changing from one curriculum to another, a student must apply for admission to the new program through the Admissions office.
Course Prerequisites and Corequisites
Some courses have prerequisites and corequisites which are listed in the course descriptions section. Before these courses may be taken, any prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of C or better (completing with a grade of B or better is required in some Developmental Studies courses). Corequisites must have been taken during a previous semester or during the same semester.
Advisors work with students to determine that prerequisites have been met. Students who have not met the prerequisites are referred to the program director or department head for determination of course placement.
Semester Length and Credit
|Transfer students applying for admission to Durham Technical
Community College must meet all admission requirements for their chosen
programs. However, some programs may waive placement testing if the
applicant has previously completed college-level math or English courses. More information can be found in the transfer credit evaluation and the change of major sections.