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    Louisiana Delta Community College
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 College Catalog

Instructional Protocols


  

Scheduling/Registration/Class Attendance

  • Academic Load
  • Assignment of Faculty
  • Attendance
  • Course Cancellation
  • Course Load
  • Development Course Sequence
  • Freshman Orientation
  • Academic Seminar Exemption
  • Schedule Changes
  • Withdrawal/Resignation
  • Medical Withdrawal and Re-Entry
  • No Show Process
  • Reservist and National Guard Mobilization/Activation Process
     

Grading/Academic Standing

  • Grading and Quality Point System
  • Developmental Course Grading
  • Standard G.P.A. Calculation
  • Scholastic Honors
  • Academic Status
  • Incomplete Grades
  • Grade Appeal
  • Repeating Course Work
  • Grade Reports and Official Transcripts

Graduation Requirements

  • Graduation Preparation
  • Associate Degree Graduation Requirements
  • Multiple Degrees or Simultaneous Degrees
  • Graduation with Honors

Section 1 of the Code of Student Conduct

  • Statement of Authority
  • Honor Code
  • Academic Misconduct
  • Types of Academic Misconduct
  • Categories of Academic Misconduct
  • Disciplinary Sanctions for Academic Misconduct
  • Administration of Penalties
  • Due Process for Academic Misconduct
  • Academic Misconduct Hearing Sanctions

Student Records

  • Change of Catalog
  • Change of Major
  • Student Records
  • FERPA
 

 

 


 

Scheduling/Registration/Class Attendance Top

Academic Load

The number of credit hours attempted determines a student’s classification as either full-time or part-time. Any student receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Student Services / Financial Aid to verify the definition of “full time” according to Delta Financial Aid guidelines.

 

Enrollment Status

Semester

Credit Hours

 

Less than half time

Fall/Spring

1-5

 

Half time

Fall/Spring

6-8

 

Three-quarter time

Fall/Spring

9-11

 

Full time

Fall/Spring

12 or more

 

Less than half time

Summer

1-2

 

Half time

Summer

3-4

 

Three-quarter time

Summer

5
  Full time Summer 6 or more

Assignment of Faculty

Delta reserves the right to change faculty members listed in the course schedule because of course cancellation, class splits or other conditions that necessitate the reassignment of faculty. Students should be cautioned that the listing of an instructor’s name in the course schedule is no guarantee that the specific instructor will teach the course.

Attendance

Class attendance is regarded as an obligation and a privilege. Students are expected to regularly and punctually attend all classes in which they are enrolled. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student’s scholastic standing and may lead to suspension from the institution.

Each instructor keeps a permanent attendance record for each student in each class. These records are subject to inspection by appropriate College officials at any time. Faculty members are required to state in the course syllabi and to explain to the students their expectations concerning class attendance prior to the close of the add/drop period. The extent to which attendance and participation in class will impact the grading rubric will be specifically outlined in the syllabus.

In order for students to achieve maximum benefit from courses, the institution has developed an attendance protocol. This protocol involves informing students, through the course syllabus, of specific penalties for unexcused absences. Students should consult their syllabus for specific details and consult with their instructor prior to missing class.

Students seeking excused absences must submit the reasons for their absences in writing to their instructor when they return to class. Excessive unexcused absence is considered:

Five classes in courses that meet M-W-F during fall and spring terms

Three classes in courses that meet M-W or T-R during fall and spring terms

Two classes in courses that meet once a week during fall, spring, and summer terms

Course Cancellation

Delta reserves the right to cancel any course listed in the course schedule. In the event that a student is in the last semester of studies prior to graduation and a required course is cancelled, the student should consult his/her advisor and the Dean and Division Chair.

Course Load

Only an exceptional student, upon approval from the Program Director and Division Chair, may enroll in more than 18 credit hours in the Fall/Spring semester or 12 hours in the Summer semester (6 hours per 5 week session). The maximum allowable course load is 21 credit hours (13 hours in the summer session).

Developmental Course Sequence

All students entering Delta must present their ACT/Compass scores, placement survey results or transcripts as evidence of their proper placement in reading, math and English. It is imperative that Delta students complete all developmental courses in a timely fashion. To firmly support their academic preparation and achievement, students in their first semester should enroll in any developmental courses required. They must continue to progress through the sequence until all required courses are complete. 

Freshman Orientation

Delta hosts Freshman Orientation prior to each Summer in preparation for the Fall semester or as a part of the curriculum in some programs. The purpose of orientation is to make students aware of their personal and academic responsibilities, to promote an understanding of Delta policies and procedures and to introduce the programs and services that are available.

Academic Seminar Exemption

transfer student can be considered for exemption from Academic Seminar if one or more of the following criteria are met. If the student:

  • Possesses an earned degree from another college or university 
  • Has taken 30 or more credit hours of college-level work and has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Has successfully completed an equivalent course from another college or university

Schedule Changes

Students will be permitted to add and drop courses and make schedule changes according to the dates published in the academic calendar. Students are responsible for adding and dropping their classes themselves through Banner Self-Services (LoLA).  Students who are not able to add/drop themselves due to technical difficulties or special circumstances must use paper add/drop forms, which are available from the Enrollment Services offices at each campus. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the procedures noted on the add/drop slip. Incomplete add/drop forms will not be accepted and the schedule changes will not be made.

Students may add classes the first three days of a semester or equivalent time for summer sessions/terms or alternative sessions, as long as the classes have not met for a second time. The Add/Drop period may be extended if the College determines that a longer time period is necessary (for example, Acts of God, technical difficulties with registration, etc.).  Any such changes will be posted to the Academic Calendar.  In the case of a class taught once a week, the class cannot be added after it has met for the first time. Tuition and related fees must be paid at the time classes are added.

Students may drop classes during the Add/Drop period and the classes will not appear on the official transcript. After the close of add/drop students may withdraw from classes or resign from the college with the grade of “W” provided this transaction is processed by the deadlines indicated on the official Academic Calendar.

Withdrawal/Resignation

Students may withdraw from courses or resign from the College with a grade of “W” up to the deadline published in the official calendar. After the published date, students may not withdraw from courses. (If extenuating circumstances exist, a student may appeal to the Registrar.) Students leaving the institution must resign by completing a form in the Office of Enrollment Services. Students who stop attending classes without officially withdrawing will receive an “F” in all courses. Withdrawing from courses, or resigning from the College after the refund period, will not reduce the student’s financial obligation to the College and may affect eligibility for continued financial aid.

Medical Withdrawal and Re-Entry

Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) is committed to the academic success and personal growth of its students. As part of that commitment, all LDCC locations are responsible for providing a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and other members of the College community. Some students may, because of a medical condition, engage in behavior that presents a direct threat of harm to themselves or to others, or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others. In such situations, the safety and security of the campus community, including the individual student, is paramount. This process does not replace or supersede reasonable and appropriate security and health and safety measures, such as calling 911 or taking other immediate action in case of imminent threat.

In addition to taking action to protect the security and safety of the campus community, a college may address the student’s conduct to determine if action under these guidelines or under the student disciplinary process is appropriate. When a student’s conduct that directly threatens or substantially disrupts the learning or working environment of others appears to relate to a medical condition, the campus may, at its option, address the student’s conduct either in accordance with these guidelines, or through the student disciplinary process. If the student’s conduct constitutes a threat solely to him or herself, it should be addressed under these guidelines rather than the disciplinary process. Additional information can be found in the Student Handbook on the College’s website at www.ladelta.edu.

No Show Process

Students who have completed all the necessary requirements for registration in the College but have not attended classes are considered “No Show” students. This No Show status will be determined by the official 14th day (or equivalent for a given term) roster report. Courses for this semester/term will appear on the student’s official academic record as hours attempted and a grade will be assigned to them.

Reservist and National Guard Mobilization/ Activation Process

In compliance with the policies set forth by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana and in recognition of the needs of students who are subject to unforeseen mobilization/activation in response to local, regional, national and international emergency situations, Delta has established the following process:

If activation/mobilization occurs:

  • During the first fourteen class days of a regular semester [seven (7) days for summer sessions], it will result in the complete withdrawal of the student without penalty or grade. Tuition and fees that have been paid will be refunded at 100%.
  • During the period between the fifteenth (15) class day [eighth (8) class day for summer sessions] and the last day to withdraw from classes with the grade of “W”, it will result in the awarding of the grade of “W” in all classes in which the student was officially enrolled. Tuition and fees that have been paid will be refunded at 100%.
  • During the period between the day following the last day to withdraw from a class with the grade of “W” and approximately one to two (1-2) weeks (five (5) to ten (10) class days) prior to the end of a regular semester [three (3) to six (6) class days for a summer session], it will result in the student:
    • Choosing to take the grade of “W” for all courses in which the student is officially enrolled. Tuition and fees that have been paid will be refunded at 100%
    • Requesting, with the approval of the instructor, to take an incomplete grade in some or all of these courses
  • During the last five (5) to ten (10) days of a regular semester [three (3) to six (6) class days in a summer session], it will result in the student:
    • Requesting one of the two previous options
    • Requesting, with the approval of instructors, to receive a final grade based on the student’s work in the course up to the date of activation/mobilization.
    • Requesting, with the approval of instructors, to take early final examinations.

 

Grading/Academic Standing Top

Grading and Quality Point System

Definitions:

Quality Hours – Credit courses that carry a grade of P, CR and S are included in earned hours but not quality hours. Courses that a student registers for but later withdraws from with a grade of W are included in attempted hours but not in quality hours. Credit hours for which a student registers and receives a grade of A through F are included in quality hours.

Cumulative Quality Hours – Hours for which a student registers for and receives a grade of A through F at Delta, as well as quality hours accepted in transfer (including hours that would have been accepted had the student not earned a grade of F).

Adjusted Quality Hours—Credit hours for which a student registers and receives a grade of A through F, excluding those credit hours removed from the calculation of a student’s grade point average through a repeat/ delete process and /or those credit hours removed through academic renewal.

Adjusted Cumulative Grade Point Average—This GPA is adjusted to exclude those quality hours and grades that have been removed from the calculation of the student’s grade point average through a repeat/delete process and/ or academic renewal.

A             Excellent = 4.0

B             Good = 3.0

C             Average = 2.0

D             Below Average = 1.0

F              Failure = 0.0

I               Incomplete (Computes as an F until resolved)

P             Passing (No advantage to grade point average)

N             No Credit (No penalty to grade point average)

R             Repeat  (Course has been repeated and the last grade earned is used to computer GPA)

W            Withdrawal (Shows as attempted hours but does not impact on Grade Point Average)

Z              Academic Renewal (Grade assigned to courses as a result of Academic Renewal AU-Audit)

Developmental Course Grading

The letter grade of A, B or C will be given to students who pass a developmental course. The grade of N indicates that the course was not passed and must be repeated. The grade of F is given in a developmental course for excessive absences only and the course must be repeated.

Standard G.P.A. Calculation

  1. Multiply the grade value of the course by the semester hours for that course. The product of the multiplication will be the grade points. 
  2. Divide the total grade points by total attempted hours.

Example:

Courses

Grade Value

Times

Credit Hours Attempted

Equals

Grade Points

MATH 110

A=4

x

3

=

12

ENGL 101

B=3

x

3

=

9

SCIE 114

C=2

x

4

=

8

CINS 101

D=1

x

3

=

3

SPCM 110

F=0

x

3

=

0

TOTALS

 

 

16

 

32


Divide 32 (Grade Points Column) by 16 (Credit Hours Attempted Column) and the G.P.A. = 2.0

Scholastic Honors

Chancellor’s List:  

 At the end of each regular semester, the Chancellor’s List is published recognizing those full-time students enrolled in at least 12 semester hours who earn a semester GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Dean’s List:  

At the end of each regular semester, the Deans’s List is published recognizing those full-time students enrolled in at least 12 semester hours who earn a semester GPA of 3.50 to 3.74.

 

Academic Status

The probation and suspension regulations are listed below.

These probation and suspension regulations are minimum standards which apply to all students.

Students who are enrolled or eligible to be enrolled are considered to be in good academic standing unless one of the following academic status rules apply.

ACADEMIC PROBATION.  Students will be placed on academic probation whenever their cumulative grade point average is below a 2.0 AND they have completed a minimum of 15 cumulative grade point average (GPA) hours.

  1. Once on academic probation, a student will remain on probation (as long as each semester or summer term GPA is at least 2.0) until a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved.
  2. Once a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is achieved, a student will be placed in academic good standing.
  3. Transfer students may be admitted on probation pending the receipt of official transcripts (credentials) to determine academic status.

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION.  Students on academic probation will be suspended from the institution at the conclusion of any semester or summer term in which they fail to earn a semester GPA of at least 2.0.

  1. Students suspended for the first time at the end of the spring semester may attend summer school without appeal. If these students raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher, they are placed in academic good standing and their suspension period is lifted. They may then attend the fall semester without appeal, but it does not erase the “Academic Suspension” entered on their record.  If they do not raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or higher in the summer term, the suspension period for the fall semester will remain in effect.  If the student fails to earn a summer term GPA of 2.0 or higher, they will not incur another suspension.
  2. Students suspended for a second or subsequent suspension may also attend summer school (which may mandate re-application if they were not enrolled in the spring semester immediately preceding the summer).  To be readmitted to any semester other than the summer term, they must appeal.  Permission to enroll for the summer does not qualify the student to continue in the fall unless eligibility to continue is determined by Enrollment Services based on suspension/probation regulations.
  3. Louisiana Delta Community College shall have one semester suspension, except for second or subsequent suspensions that shall be for one calendar year.

 

APPEAL OF ACADEMIC SUSPENSIONS.  Students suspended for scholastic deficiency may appeal for immediate reinstatement through their academic dean. The appeal from academic suspension consists of a letter of appeal written by the student to the academic dean explaining any extenuating circumstances (as well as supporting documentation) responsible for poor academic performance. Gaining readmission in this manner permits students to continue, but it does not erase the “Academic Suspensions” entered on their record.

ACADEMIC STATUS FOR VISITING STUDENTS.  Louisiana Delta Community College does not implement academic status for visiting students since academic standing should be enforced at the student’s home institution.

 

Incomplete Grades

A student enrolled in a course in which he /she is in good academic standing (“C” or higher) and is making satisfactory progress, but because of circumstances beyond the student’s control cannot complete the course, may request an “I” grade. The student must have been attending classes on a regular basis. The student must initiate the request and both the instructor and student must sign the Incomplete Grade Contract Form. These forms are available from the instructor. The contract will contain the reason for requesting the “I” grade, an outline of the work that is to be completed and the deadline by which the work is to be completed. Unless otherwise stated, work must be completed and the “I” grade converted to a letter grade no later than the last day to withdraw from a class with the grade of “W” (as stated on the Academic Calendar) the semester following the semester the “I” grade was earned. If the “I” grade is not removed, it automatically becomes an “F”. Exceptions to this deadline must be approved by the appropriate Dean.

Grade Appeal

All academic appeals related to grades received in courses must be lodged within 45 calendar days from the date the semester ends.  Failure to appeal within the 45 day period will result in the waiver of the student’s rights to appeal the grade.

Conditions for Appealing a Final Grade

  • Only final grades in a course may be appealed.
  • In order to avoid any misunderstanding of the reasons that a final grade may be appealed, the following is a list of conditions which may be grounds for a grade appeal:
    • A student believes that his/her academic standing does not reflect the quality or quantity of effort put forth, or which is the result of extenuating circumstances.
    • A student contends that the instructor has violated the instructors’ own specified grading standards or has imposed criteria different from those used to evaluate the academic work of other students in the class as outlined in the course syllabus.
    • A student has been given either the grade of “F” in a course or a lower grade in a course than she/he earned by his/her academic work because the instructor accuses the student in violation of College rules or regulations which should be administered by the Office of Academic Affairs and not by the instructor in any given course.
    • When the instructor demands as a condition of passing a course any conditions not germane to the subject matter of the course.
    • When a student contends that the instructor has made a calculation error and that student has tangible evidence to support the error.

**See additional information specific to Associate of Registered Nursing (ASN) students below**

Stages of the Appeals Process for Grade Appeals

 

  1. The grade appeal begins with the student’s meeting with the faculty member in regard to the disputed course grade.  If the faculty member agrees that a course grade change is warranted, the faculty member will complete an LDCC Grade Change Form and forward the form to the Registrar with a copy to the division chair and dean.
  2. If the faculty member and the student cannot come to a resolution, the student may meet with the Division Chair.
  3. If the grade has not been resolved through meetings with the faculty member and/or division chair, the student should schedule a meeting with the Dean over the course in which the grade was received.  Students consulting the dean without first meeting with the faculty member will be referred back to the faculty member.  The Dean reserves the right to speak with the student in question as well as the instructor whose grade is contended.  The Dean may also need to consult with the appropriate Academic Supervisor or Campus Director if the situation requires. 
  4. If the grade has not been resolved through meetings with the faculty member, division chair, and/or the Dean, the student may submit a written appeal letter and any supporting documentation to Enrollment Services within 45 days after the end of the semester in which the grade was earned.  The end of the semester is marked by the date grades are due.
  5. These copies will be distributed to the instructor of the course, the appropriate academic dean, and the appropriate division chair.  The instructor is required to respond within two working days, and may add documentation to the appeal.  The Registrar will evaluate the appeal before turning it over to the appeals committee to determine whether the appeal meets the conditions for an appeal as stated above.
  6. The Academic Appeals Committee reviews the appeal and either approves or declines the appeal.
  7. The Registrar informs the student of the decision of the Appeals Committee within 15 class days.
  8. The ultimate stage in the appeals process would be a final review by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs through a second written appeal from the student to that office.  Additional documentation supporting the necessity for an additional appeal must be submitted to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs’ office with the second written appeal letter within 15 class days. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs reserves the right to meet with the student whose grade is being appealed and the faculty member who submitted the grade.
  9. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will inform the student in writing of the final decision.  The decision at this point will be binding to all parties.

**Grade Appeals Process – ASN Students

  1. A student must initiate a written appeal of a final grade within 7 days after the end of the semester in which the grade was earned. The end of the semester is marked by the date the grades are due.
  2. The grade appeal begins with the student’s submission of an appeal letter stating specifically what grade is being appealed and why, any special circumstances relevant to the specific course/grade, and supporting documentation to be considered to the Nursing Faculty Association’s Appeals Committee. 
  3. If the Nursing Faculty Association’s Appeals Committee does not grant the student’s appeal, the student may appeal to the Division Chair of Nursing and Allied Health within 21 days after the end of the semester. The end of the semester is marked by the date the grades are due.
  4. If the grade has not been resolved after consideration of the Nursing Faculty Association’s Appeals Committee and/or meeting with the Division Chair of Nursing and Allied Health, the student should schedule a meeting with the Dean over the course in which the grade was received within 30 days after the end of the semester. The Dean reserves the right to speak with the student in question as well as the Chair of the Nursing Faculty Association’s Appeals Committee and/or the Division Chair of Nursing and Allied Health. The Dean may also need to consult with the appropriate Program Director, Program Coordinator, Lead Faculty, Academic Supervisor, or Campus Director if the situation requires. 
  5. If the grade has not been resolved through meetings with the faculty member, division chair, and/or the Dean, the student must submit an appeal letter and any supporting documentation to Enrollment Services.  The Registrar will evaluate the appeal before turning it over to the appeals committee.
  6. The Academic Appeals Committee reviews the appeal.
  7. The Registrar informs the student of the decision of the Appeals Committee.
  8. The ultimate stage in the appeals process would be a final review by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs through a second written appeal from the student to that office.  Additional documentation supporting the necessity for an additional appeal must be submitted to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs’ office with the second written appeal letter. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs reserves the right to meet with the student whose grade is being appealed and the faculty member who submitted the grade.
  9. The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will inform the student in writing of the final decision.  The decision at this point will be binding to all parties.   

Repeating Course Work

Students will be allowed to repeat, one time, a course in which a grade of “C” or lower was earned. Special approval from the Division Chair/Dean is required for a student to repeat a course more than once. The last grade earned will be used to determine acceptability of the course for prerequisite and degree requirements. The first grade will be flagged as repeated and maintained on the academic record, but only the last grade will be used to compute the student’s grade point average for graduation. This repeat procedure applies only to courses taken at Delta.

Repeating an equivalent course at Delta cannot negate the grades earned for courses taken at another institution. When calculating grade point average for awards and honors, an unadjusted GPA (cumulative) will be used. Professional programs within the College may set specific rules regarding the treatment of repeat courses in calculating the GPA necessary for entry into and graduation from those programs. Developmental courses may be repeated up to three times.

Grade Reports and Official Transcripts

Grade reports reflecting the result of a student’s course work will be generated by the Enrollment Services (Registrar) Office within five (5) business days following the end of each semester/session. Questions about the information on the grade report should be directed to Enrollment Services. A request for an official transcript requires the signature of the student and payment of a transcript fee (see Tuition/Fee Chart). Transcript request forms are available at the Enrollment Services Office and on the official website at www.ladelta.edu.

Graduation Requirements Top

Graduation Preparation

A student should meet on a regular basis with his or her academic advisor to ensure that progress is being made toward the completion of a degree. The academic advisor holds initial responsibility to determine the application of transferable course work to a degree program after Enrollment Services has identified the transferable courses.

An official degree audit must be requested from the advisor upon the completion of 42 semester hours. To verify that they have satisfied all graduation requirements, all candidates for graduation must report to the academic advisor during the period specified in the Academic Calendar.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

A candidate for an Associates degree must meet the following requirements.

  • Complete all work in the curriculum described in the College Catalog in effect at the time of first enrollment at Delta. If students change their program of study or major, or if they do not enroll at Delta for a fall or spring semester, they must use the catalog in effect at the time of the change of program of study or the return to Delta.
  • Receive approval in writing from the VCAA for any deviation from the curriculum, as stated in the catalog being followed.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of acceptable college-level work.
  • Complete the required General Education courses with the grade of “C” or higher.
  • Complete ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 with grades of C or higher, which demonstrates proficiency in written communications, as required by the Board of Regents.
  • Complete a minimum of three hours of college algebra with the grade of “C” or higher and demonstrate proficiency in mathematics as required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Some degrees require an additional three hours of mathematics at a level above college algebra.
  • Have a Programmatic Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better on all course work, including a GPA of 2.0 or higher on all course work attempted at Delta.
  • Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the semester hours required for the degree through instruction at Delta with the last 15 hours taken at Delta. Appeals to this rule may be made with the VCAA.
  • Be enrolled and in attendance at Delta during the semester of graduation. Appeals to this rule may be made to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.
  • Fulfill all obligations and regulations, including financial, to the College prior to established dates. Financial aid recipients must attend an exit interview before they will be allowed to participate in graduation or receive a diploma. Students should contact the Office of Student Services for details.
  • Make application to the academic advisor for graduation by the deadline noted in the Academic Calendar in the semester prior to the semester in which graduation is anticipated.
  • Participate in commencement exercises. Written notification must be made to Enrollment Services if the candidate will not be participating in commencement exercises.

Multiple Degrees or Simultaneous Degrees

Students who wish to pursue multiple Associate Degrees simultaneously at Louisiana Delta Community College must complete fifteen semester hours in addition to the requirements for the first degree and complete all requirements for both degrees. The academic faculty has final approval in the awarding of degrees. Before pursuing multiple degrees, a student must receive approval from the Program Director or Department Chair and VCAA. Students will earn a diploma for each degree, and the degrees will be posted on the transcript. The following additional requirements apply:

  • Students must earn a minimum of 15 hours at Louisiana Delta Community College excluding repeated courses, and courses that are not going toward the degree, in addition to the total required for the first degree (15 additional hours for an associate)
  • A simultaneous or subsequent degree in General Studies may be earned only if the Thematic Concentration Group does not include the academic area in which the student is presently pursuing a degree.
  • An Associate of General Studies may be awarded only once, regardless of the various major concentrations.

Graduation with Honors

Delta encourages students to achieve at their highest ability to attain their educational and career goals. All courses used to fulfill graduation requirements, including courses from other accredited institutions, will be used to calculate the grade point average for honors designations. Students who have earned an associate degree and maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or above will receive honors recognition in the commencement program as noted below:

 

3.50 – 3.69

Cum Laude

 

3.70 – 3.89

Magna Cum Laude

 

3.90 – 4.0

Summa Cum Laude

Delta also recognizes students earning a grade point average of 3.0 - 3.49.

 

Section 1 of the Code of Student Conduct Top

Statement of Authority

The College has the legal right and moral obligation to establish rules for academic and personal conduct and to deny admission to applicants or continued enrollment to students who do not meet/maintain these standards identified as “responsibilities” as well as the rules of the College and its departments.   Counseling and/or sanctions will be imposed on students or student organizations that are found in violation of these standards.  The College reserves the right to review any action taken by civil or judicial authorities regarding any LA Delta student or student organization.

 All students admitted to the College accept the responsibility to conform to all LA Delta rules and regulations. The College will make every reasonable effort to make the rules and regulations available. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with and abiding by them.

Honor Code

All members of the College community are expected to respect the principles of honesty and mutual trust embodied in the honor code.  Students are responsible for preparing their own written work in every class unless specifically permitted by the instructor to combine efforts on an assigned project.  Students are expected to understand the meaning of plagiarism and to avoid all suspicion of plagiarism in papers prepared.  Furthermore, students are expected neither to sanction nor to tolerate violation of the honor code by others.

 Students will not give or receive any unauthorized aid on any examination or paper.  If a student witnesses anyone else doing so, that student must be reported immediately to the faculty member and/or the appropriate College administrator.

Academic Misconduct

A student may be formally charged with misconduct for violation of any of the “Regulations Governing Student Behavior.”  

  1. In cases of violations of academic integrity (academic honesty/dishonesty) or a student’s failure to adhere to minimum professional standards, the faculty member has the authority to assign a course grade of an “F” to the student and/or may refer the case to the Academic Appeals Committee for action.
  2. In cases of behavioral misconduct in the classroom, the faculty member has the authority to dismiss the student from the class for 24 hours.

A student charged with misconduct retains all College rights until due process is completed, unless there is evidence that the student:

  1. has been convicted of a felony within a year;
  2. has been formally charged with commission of a felony of such nature that the student’s presence on campus is potentially dangerous to the safety of the College;
  3. has engaged in any activity of such nature that presence on campus is potentially dangerous to the health and safety of the College, whether or not civil or criminal charges have been made or penalties imposed.

In the above situations, the student may be temporarily barred from the campus until due process is completed.

Types of Academic Misconduct

Although all academic misconduct is wrong, premeditated acts of academic misconduct represent a greater threat to the integrity of the College than do unpremeditated acts of academic misconduct. The following definitions of and distinctions between unpremeditated and premeditated academic misconduct are established.

Unpremeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct taken without advance contemplation, prior determination, or  planning, or full understanding that the act is considered academic misconduct: e.g., on the spur-of-the-moment, seizing the opportunity to cheat; collaboration to a greater degree than is permitted in a particular situation; and careless or incomplete documentation of sources.

Premeditated academic misconduct is an act of academic misconduct which grows out of advance contemplation or meditation, prior deliberation, or planning which may, but not necessarily, include the preparation of a written plan or notes. Although prior thought and planning is requisite to premeditation, this prior thought and planning need not exist for any particular period of time before it is carried into effect.

Categories of Academic Misconduct

Cheating is the intentional use of inappropriate assistance, information, materials, or study aids in any academic exercise. Cheating includes the use of unauthorized assistance, information, or materials on tests, homework, quizzes, papers, projects, and all other academic assignments. Additionally, students who provide such unauthorized assistance are also responsible of cheating.  

Fabrication is defined as altering official college documents, forging signatures of college officials or other individuals, or changing grades and other academic records.  Fabrication also includes submitting false records to gain admission to the College.  Furthermore, any oral or written misrepresentation of truth in any communication with College administrators, faculty, or staff is also fabrication.

Plagiarism involves submitting another person’s ideas, words, data, arguments, or sentence structure as the student’s own without proper documentation.

Misrepresentation is intentionally presenting oneself as someone else, or intentionally misrepresenting a condition or situation to gain credit or concessions on academic work, including make-up tests, projects, and class assignments.  

Violation of class rules is the intentional failure to follow the class guidelines concerning assignments and behavior.

Complicity is the willing involvement with others in any academic misconduct.

Software Fraud is the unlawful downloading and copying of computer software used in the creation of academic work.

Multiple submissions of work involve handing in academic work that was done previously by the student for another class, or by someone else.

Disciplinary Sanctions for Academic Misconduct 

Depending on the type of violation, the number of times a student has committed an offense, and the discretion of the instructor, penalties may include any combination of the following:

  • Assignment of a reduced grade on a paper, project, assignment, or exam 
  • Reduction of final grade for the course.
  • Assignment of a grade of “F” for the course 
  • Assignment of a grade of zero on a paper, project, assignment, or exam 
  • Verbal Warning – An oral explanation by the faculty member of violation and possible consequences if misconduct continues
  • Written Reprimand – From the faculty member to the student on whom the penalty is imposed, placed in the student’s permanent discipline record.
  • Academic Probation –a specified period of testing imposed on a student during which further violations may result in suspension from the College.
  • Removal from the course in which the academic misconduct occurred with a letter grade of “F”
  • Counseling – Students are directed to seek counseling for a period of time to be designated by the counselor.
  • Academic Suspension – this suspension is for a specified period of time and the student may apply for readmission to the College subsequent to expiration of the specified time. (to be used by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or Academic Appeals Committee.)  
  • Expulsion – permanent separation from the College. (to be used by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or Academic Appeals Committee.) 

If the student is suspended or expelled before the published automatic “W” grade deadline date, the student will receive a “W” in currently enrolled course(s). If the student is suspended or expelled after the published automatic “W” grade deadline date, the student will receive an “F” in currently enrolled course(s).   

In cases of serious violations, a notation that the student is not eligible to return to the College is noted on the student’s Academic Transcript until it is cleared. In cases of dismissal from the College, the record is permanent. 

Administration of Penalties

Faculty members assign penalties to the student based on the above criteria.  Student appeals of the penalty are directed to the appropriate Academic Supervisor. Should the student’s violation of the Code Academic Honesty warrant probation, suspension, or expulsion, the matter is referred to the Academic Appeals Committee.  Appeals of penalties are directed to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  

Due Process for Academic Misconduct 

Instructions for Documenting Alleged Acts of Academic Misconduct: 

If an alleged act of academic misconduct occurs in a class, the following due process steps will be followed:

  1. Initial Hearing: The faculty member will notify the student verbally/and or in writing of the alleged charges and evidence against the student. The faculty member will document all evidence and determine the sanctions. 
  2. Within 10 working days of finding misconduct, the faculty member informs student of allegation, possible action and opportunity to respond. The student will be given the opportunity to refute the charges in writing and appeal the sanction to the Academic Dean. 
  3. Within 5 working days of student’s response of meeting, faculty member gives written notice of sanction(s) and college hearing option.  If the charges are to be dismissed, the Academic Dean will document and give notification to the faculty member and student.   
  4. If the charges are deemed to be justified and the student does not agree with the charges/ and or sanctions, the student may request a hearing with the Academic Appeals Committee.  The Academic Dean will set-up the hearing within five working days of receiving the student’s request.
  5. The Academic Dean will notify the student within five working days by letter of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The letter of notice shall be either hand-carried to the student while on campus or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the student at the address appearing in official college records. The letter of notice will direct the student to appear before the Academic Appeals Committee on the date, time, and place specified for the hearing.  The letter of notice will specify a hearing date no fewer than three but not more than ten working days after the receipt of the letter.  
  6. Prior to the hearing, the Academic Dean will inform the student of the following rights of due process:  
    1. The student defendant has the right to a closed hearing
    2. The student defendant has the right to appear at the hearing alone or with an attorney, advisor, or friend.  The attorney, advisor, or friend may advise the student defendant but may not address the committee.  
    3. The student defendant has the right to be presumed not responsible until proven responsible and to have the specified College Unit decide responsibility based on a reasonable standard of proof presented during the hearing. The standard of proof for responsibility rests with the person(s) bringing the charge(s).                                          
    4. The student defendant has the right to argue on his/her behalf.  
  7. At the hearing, the Academic Appeals Committee will consider the evidence presented. If the student is found responsible of academic misconduct, the Committee will decide whether the academic misconduct is unpremeditated or premeditated and will impose the appropriate sanction for the academic misconduct.
  8. The Chair of the Academic Appeals Committee will inform the student defendant and the Academic Dean in writing of the outcome of the hearing within five working days.  
  9. The Academic Dean will inform the faculty member of the outcome of the hearing. Written documentation will be forwarded to the Office of Student Services to be placed in the student’s file.  
  10. The student defendant has the right to appeal within five working days in writing the decision or any sanction resulting from it to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs who makes the final decision on the case.

Academic Misconduct Hearing Sanctions

  • Any administrative sanction listed in Section 1.03 (Disciplinary Sanctions for Academic Misconduct)
  • Suspension – forced withdrawal from the College for a specified period of time
  • Expulsion – permanent, forced withdrawal from the College
  • Bar Against Readmission – written notification issued to a student who has left the College that he/she will not be allowed to re-enroll until the pending discipline matter has been resolved. The penalty terminates on clearance of the discipline matter. This sanction may also be imposed in cases of severe disciplinary infractions and/or in the event of a threat of safety to the College community. Students may appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee for readmission to the College after one year.

If the student is suspended or expelled before the published automatic “W” grade deadline date, the student will receive a “W” in currently enrolled course(s). If the student is suspended or expelled after the published automatic “W” grade deadline date, the student will receive an “F” in currently enrolled course(s).   

Student Records Top

Change of Catalog

Students are expected to complete the requirements for a degree as listed in the catalog in effect at the time they first enrolled. If a student changes his/her major, the catalog in effect at the time the official change of major is processed must be followed. Also, if students fail to enroll at Delta for two consecutive non-summer semesters, the catalog in effect at the time they return must be followed. As an alternative, students may choose to graduate under the catalog in effect at the time they complete the program requirements.

Change of Major

A degree-seeking student may transfer from one degree or certificate program to another. A non-degree-seeking student may declare a major after meeting the admission requirements for a degree- or certificate- seeking student. Such application is made in the Office of the Enrollment Services.

Student Records

Admissions Office

The Registrar and Assistant Director of Admissions oversee the operation of the Admissions Office personnel, policies and procedures. The main functions of this office are to take applications for admissions and collect other required documents and evaluate credentials. Placement testing is conducted by the Admissions Office prior to each registration period, and at other times by appointment. For additional information, students should contact the Admissions Office.

Registrar’s Office

The Registrar is responsible for the maintenance and security of student academic records as well as the scheduling of early, regular and late registration sessions each semester. The dates for registration, add/ drop and the deadline to withdraw from classes or resign from the College are published in the Academic Calendar. Registration is not complete until all appropriate fees and tuition have been paid or payment arrangements have been made.

Transcripts

Student records, including academic transcripts, are housed in the Office of Enrollment Services. Copies of these records are available to students through written requests. Transcripts will not be sent to a third party without a written release signed by the student unless the request is from an authorized agency of the government. Students must notify Enrollment Services of changes in mailing address, legal name or phone number. Students are held responsible for all communications sent by the College to the last address provided.

Change of Name

A student seeking to change his/her name must complete the Change of Name Form available in the Enrollment Services Office and provide supporting documentation that this is the student’s legal name. The acceptable document to verify a name change is an original social security card with the new name listed on it.

FERPA

Delta recognizes that maintaining student information and academic records is vital to the student’s education and to institutional research. The College is obligated to exercise discretion in recording and disseminating information about all students to ensure privacy is maintained. In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Sec. 513 of P.L. 93-380, Education Amendments of 1974, amending the General Education Provision Acts Sec. 438, postsecondary students attending Delta have access to their official records. Delta assumes that all students are independent unless the parents document dependency. Parents may document dependency by showing that the student is listed as a dependent on the parents’ latest Federal Income Tax return. The Act further provides that certain information designated as “Directory Information” may be released by the College about the student, unless the student has informed Enrollment Services in writing that such information should not be released.

Student Identification Number (SID)

Social security numbers are no longer used to identify student records at Delta. Students will be issued a Student Identification Number (SID) when they make application for admission to the College. This will be used to access a variety of services at Delta.

While the social security number will still be required, it will be used for internal reporting purposes and not as the primary identification number for accessing student information. The Social Security number is only used by the College as an identifier in the record system and is not released to any unauthorized agency without consent of the student.

Directory Information

At the College’s discretion, Directory Information, in accordance with the provisions of the FERPA, may be made available including: student’s name, local address and phone number, home address and phone number, email address, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance (past and current),full or part-time enrollment status, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees and awards received and dates, and most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying the registrar in writing within two weeks after the first day of class. Student requests for non-disclosure will be honored by the College for only one academic year; therefore, authorization to withhold Directory Information must be filed annually in the Office of Enrollment Services.

Student E-Mail Addresses

Delta’s official communication method to students is through Delta student e-mail addresses. Students are assigned e-mail addresses once admitted to Delta. Students are encouraged to check their e-mails daily for announcements, student financial aid award letters, student bills, Enrollment Services messages, or information regarding emergencies. Students who have questions regarding Delta e-mail addresses may contact the Office of Information Technology.