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Academic Policies

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Academic Integrity

Students are required to perform all the work specified by the faculty and are responsible for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted, such as papers, reports, and examinations. A student will be guilty of violating the Rule of Academic Integrity if he or she:

  • uses or obtains unauthorized assistance in any academic work;
  • gives fraudulent assistance to another student;
  • knowingly represents the work of others as his or her own or represents previously completed academic work as current;
  • fabricates data in support of an academic assignment;
  • inappropriately or unethically uses technological means to gain academic advantage

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Withdrawal From Courses

To receive a W grade for any course, a student should consult with the course instructor or an appropriate division representative and then withdraw officially before two-thirds of the course has been completed by submitting a withdrawal form to the Office of Student Records.

Withdrawal after this point results in a grade other than W (usually F) unless the Registrar determines that the student was unable to continue due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the student's control.

At any time before two-thirds of the course has been completed, the instructor may also withdraw, with a WI grade, any student who has been absent excessively. A student withdrawn by the instructor for excessive absence will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or fees. The student may appeal this action.

It is the responsibility of students sponsored or receiving financial aid to report any change of status (e.g., full-time to part-time) to the sponsoring agency. The college has the same responsibility. Some agencies adjust the amount of benefits; others may cancel the benefits entirely.

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Repeating Courses

Students may repeat courses. The most recent grade is the student's official grade for the course unless the grade is S, NC, X, W, WI, or WA. Only the most recent grade will be used in QPA calculations, although any prior grade will also appear on the transcript. A student who wishes to take a course for the third (or more) time is required to obtain formal, written approval from the appropriate division dean unless otherwise specified.

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Graduation

Commencement ceremonies take place in May each year. January, May, or August graduates may attend the May ceremony. Students eligible for graduation must pay the graduation fee and submit an application form to the Student Records office by these deadlines:

  • by October 1 for January graduation
  • by February 1 for May graduation
  • by June 1 for August graduation

Students are notified of their precertification status four weeks before the desired graduation date. Final certification notifications are mailed to students within five days of the desired graduation date.

For more information about the certification process or specific dates, contact the Student Records office.

Cap and gown measurements are taken in the Student Activities office beginning in early February until March 30.

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Outstanding Scholastic Achievement

Honors Convocation

Students are eligible for achievement awards in academic disciplines and programs. These are presented at an annual Honors Convocation held on Commencement Day in May.

Graduation Honors

A candidate for graduation who earns a cumulative Quality Point Average as indicated in the table below graduates with the designated honors citation, which is noted on the graduate's degree.

Quality Point Average Graduates With
3.50-3.79 Honors
3.80-3.89 High Honors
3.90-4.00 Highest Honors

Academic Honor Lists

The President's Honor List and the Dean's Honor List are compiled each semester to recognize outstanding and superior scholastic achievement. These honors are recorded on the student's transcript.

Full-time students (12 credits or more) are considered for academic honors at the end of each fall and spring semester. Part-time students are considered for academic honors at the end of each spring semester if they have earned 12 credits or more during the full year (summer, fall, spring). Those whose one-year total is fewer than 12 credits will be considered if they have earned 12 credits or more during the two most recent full years.

To qualify for the President's Honor List, a student must have a 4.00 average. To qualify for the Dean's Honor List, a student must have a 3.2 quality point average or better, and no grades of D, F, or NC.

Honorary Societies

Phi Theta Kappa, the national honorary scholastic fraternity founded in 1918 for community and junior colleges, has established the Alpha Theta Gamma chapter at Mercer County Community College. Students who meet strict academic requirements and are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa have opportunities for leadership, service, and fellowship.

Also at Mercer is a chapter of Psi Beta, the national honor society that recognizes students who have achieved excellence in the study of psychology. Alpha Mu Gamma, the national society for foreign languages, has established the Kappa Iota chapter at Mercer.

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