Oct 23, 2020  
2015-2016 College Catalog 
    
2015-2016 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information


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Academic Calendar

Shelton State offers classes in the fall (August to December) and spring (January to May) terms, as well as the summer term (May to August). Full term classes in the fall and spring are fifteen weeks plus a final exam week. The full term in the summer is ten weeks. Split term classes are also offered, accelerated compared with the full term, meeting for half of the semester, but with longer class durations.

General Requirements for Academic Credentials

The College offers certificate programs entailing thirty or more semester hours and short-term certificate programs including less than thirty semester hours. The Associate in Arts Degree and the Associate in Science Degree are designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university for the junior and senior years to complete a baccalaureate degree. The Associate in Applied Science Degree and the certificate programs are designed for students who plan to seek employment immediately upon earning the credential. These degrees and certificates are included on the official Academic Inventory of Shelton State Community College maintained by the Alabama Community College System.

Certificate Programs

A student may earn a certificate or short-term certificate upon satisfactory completion of specific program requirements as determined by the College in accordance with policies of the Alabama Community College System. To receive a certificate, a student must complete the following:

  1. satisfactory completion of an approved program of study
  2. completion of at least 25% of the total semester credit hours required in the program at Shelton State Community College
  3. minimum 2.0 Shelton State cumulative GPA\

Short-Term Certificate General Requirements

Each short-term certificate requires nine to twenty-six credit hours depending on the program. See the specific programs listed in the catalog for requirements for each short-term certificate.

  AREA I: Written Composition 0 - 3 Credit Hours
  AREA II: Humanities and Fine Arts Not Required
  AREA III: Natural Science and Mathematics 0 - 3 Credit Hours
  AREA IV: History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences Not Required
  AREA V: Concentration and Electives Up to 29 Credit Hours

Certificate General Requirements

Each certificate requires up to sixty credit hours. See the specific programs listed in the catalog for requirements for each certificate.

  AREA I: Written Composition 3 Credit Hours
    1. COM 100  or ENG 101    
  AREA II: Speech, Humanities and Fine Arts 3 - 6 Credit Hours
    1. SPH 106  or SPH 107    
    2. Remaining hours from Humanities and Fine Arts  
  AREA III: Natural Science and Mathematics 6 Credit Hours
    1. One computer science preferred  
  AREA IV: History, Social Science, and Behavioral Sciences Not Required
    1. Orientation to College, ORI 101   1 Credit Hour
  AREA V: Concentration and Electives 18 - 48 Credit Hours

AA, AS, or AAS Degree Programs

A student may earn the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree upon satisfactory completion of the requirements of the specific program as specified by Shelton State Community College and the Alabama Community College System, http://catalog.sheltonstate.edu/content.php?catoid=8&navoid=287. To receive an AA, AS, or AAS Degree, a student must do the following:

  1. satisfactorily complete an approved program of study, including prescribed general education courses
  2. complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree at Shelton State Community College
  3. have a minimum 2.0 Shelton State cumulative GPA (transfer credit not included in this calculation)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Each AAS degree requires 60 - 76 credit hours. See the specific programs listed in the catalog for requirements for each degree at http://catalog.sheltonstate.edu/content.php?catoid=8&navoid=287.

Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree

Students who plan to transfer to an Alabama four-year college and who are seeking an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree should obtain and follow a transfer guide from STARS (http://stars.troy.edu). Please see the catalog section on the STARS Approved Course List. Students who plan to transfer to an out-of-state or private four-year college and who are seeking an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree should obtain a catalog from the four-year institution, and with the assistance of an advisor, develop a plan of study appropriate for the student’s major at the accepting institution.

Additional Recommendations/Requirements

Orientation

To encourage success in college, Shelton State requires all full-time students to complete Orientation to College, ORI 101 , during the first semester of enrollment; part-time students are required to complete ORI 101  prior to the completion of the first twelve (12) credit hours. Students enrolled in career technical programs must complete ORI 101  prior to the completion of the first nineteen (19) credit hours. Exceptions to these guidelines include students who hold an associate degree or higher, who have successfully completed an equivalent course at another institution, who transfer with at least twelve (12) credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, who are transient, or who have been admitted to Practical Nursing or Associate Degree in Nursing.

STARS Approved Course List

The Statewide Transfer/Articulation Reporting System (STARS) is a web-accessible database system providing guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the state of Alabama. The STARS system allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a transfer guide/agreement for the major of their choice. If used correctly, the guide prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama.

To print a STARS Transfer Guide, visit http://stars.troy.edu. Students should print two copies of the transfer guide. Students must retain a copy for personal records and bring a copy to all educational planning sessions. The following is a listing of courses offered at Shelton State for Areas I-IV.

Placement into the Curriculum Tracks

Transfer Credit

Transfer coursework accepted for credit toward a certificate or degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or an Alabama College System institution with a minimum grade of “C” in the courses transferred must represent collegiate coursework relevant to the award, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in the College’s own undergraduate award programs.

General Principles for Transfer of Credit

  1. Transfer credit will be evaluated and recorded by Enrollment Services.
  2. Coursework transferred or accepted for credit toward an undergraduate program must represent collegiate coursework relevant to the formal award, with course content and level of instruction resulting in student competencies at least equivalent to those of students enrolled in the institution’s own undergraduate formal award programs. In assessing and documenting equivalent learning and qualified faculty, the College may use recognized guides which aid in the evaluation for credit. Such guides include those published by the American Council on Education, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs.
  3. A course completed with a passing grade at other duly accredited postsecondary institutions will be accepted for transfer as potentially creditable toward graduation requirements.
  4. A transfer grade of “D” will only be accepted when the transfer student’s cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above at the time of admission. If the student has a cumulative 2.0 or above, the “D” grade will be accepted the same as for native students.
  5. A transfer student from a collegiate institution not accredited by the appropriate regional association or Council on Occupational Education may request an evaluation of transfer credits after completing fifteen semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Initial Academic Status of Transfer Student

  1. A transfer student whose cumulative grade point average at the transfer institution(s) is 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale will be admitted on clear academic status.
  2. A transfer student whose cumulative grade point average at the transfer institution(s) is less than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will be admitted on Academic Probation. The transcript will read ADMITTED ON ACADEMIC PROBATION.
  3. An applicant who has been academically suspended from a duly accredited postsecondary institution may be admitted as a transfer student only after following the appeal process established at the college for “native” students who have been academically suspended. If the transfer student is admitted upon appeal, the student will enter the institution on Academic Probation. The transcript will read ADMITTED UPON APPEAL-ACADEMIC PROBATION.

Credit Awarded Through Non-Traditional Means: Prior Learning/Experiential Learning

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Policies and Procedures

Shelton State Community College and The Alabama Community College System recognize that learning occurs in a variety of ways. Individuals can develop mastery of course competencies through employment, training, and other experiences termed “prior learning.” Credit can be awarded for prior learning when the skills that comprise courses (terminal objectives) are mastered to an acceptable degree of proficiency, and the individual documents skill mastery.

Awarding Credit through Prior Learning Assessment

Credit for prior learning can be awarded only after the assessment of prior learning experiences and only for documented learning demonstrating achievement of all terminal objectives for a specific course or courses. Course credit earned through prior learning shall be noted on the student’s transcript as having been awarded through PLA.

Credit for academic transfer courses awarded through PLA may only be awarded by examination or nationally recognized guidelines (AP, CLEP, ACT/PEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, ACE PONSI/CREDIT, ACE/MILITARY). Credit for experiential learning (portfolio review) may not be awarded for academic transfer courses.

In the process of determining if credit can be awarded for prior learning, institutions shall charge students only for the cost of the PLA services and not for the amount of credit awarded. There shall be a charge of $25 for each portfolio review to assess experiential learning for credit. Documentation must be provided for each course for which credit through experiential learning is requested, and the $25 fee applies to each review of the documentation (e.g., individual is charged $50 if the person is seeking credit through experiential learning for two courses, and thereby requires portfolio reviews in relation to those two courses). Students seeking credit for academic transfer courses through examination or nationally recognized guidelines are not charged a fee for PLA or for credits awarded through PLA.

Not more than 25% of total credit required for any program may be awarded as a result of PLA. Credit awarded through PLA does not count toward the minimum of 25% of semester credit hours that must be completed at the institution granting the degree as referenced in Alabama Community College System policy 715.01. Before receiving credit through PLA for a course, an individual must meet enrollment requirements for the course. Credit may not be awarded twice for the same learning.

Prior Learning Assessment Procedures

  1. The student must enroll at the College and meet all admission requirements for the program in which course credit for prior learning is being sought.
  2. The student must obtain an application entitled “Application for Credit Awarded through Non-Traditional Means: Prior Learning/Experiential Learning” from the appropriate division and submit the form to the appropriate Associate Dean.
  3. The Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services will determine if prior learning credit is available for the particular course(s) and determine the appropriate evidence that must be provided for awarding such credit. Portfolios and/or assessments should be used as prior learning assessment tools for awarding credit. Not all courses at Shelton State Community College are available for PLA credit.
  4. If it is determined that PLA credit can be awarded, the student must make arrangements with the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services to determine what must be included in the applicant’s portfolio. In the portfolio assessment process, the division chair over a course for which credit for experiential learning is being sought, along with the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services, shall evaluate the student’s work and training experiences in the program field and determine if the student should be considered for PLA. Evidence of experiential learning to be included in the portfolio should include a description of experiences and the skills learned from these experiences. The portfolio includes a brief life history, statement of individual’s career goals, description of experiences (work and non-work related) and related learning matched to courses for which credit is being sought, and any supporting documentation (e.g., licensures, certifications, continuing education units, training records, employer verification of tasks performed, and examples or demonstrations of skills possessed).
  5. The division chair must submit the recommendation to the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services.
  6. Portfolio assessment by itself may be used for PLA only when the following methods cannot be used: course challenge exams as determined by the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), American College Testing Proficiency Examination Program (ACT/PEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Support (DANTES), American Council on Education’s Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (ACE/PONSI), College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program, American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Services (ACE/CREDIT), or American Council on Education Military Program (ACE/MILITARY).

High School Articulation

The West Alabama Tech Prep Consortium, which consists of Shelton State Community College and each of the county school systems (Bibb, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa), and the Tuscaloosa City School system, has developed a formal articulation agreement. This agreement is designed to build upon the educational experiences begun at the secondary level in specific career occupations. To be eligible for this advanced credit/placement, the applicant must complete the following:

  1. be recommended by the applicant’s technical instructor for advanced credit;
  2. pass the high school course(s) which are to be articulated with at least a B average;
  3. meet all requirements as established in the respective high school’s articulation agreement.

For questions concerning advanced credit/placement, contact the Office of Instruction and Workforce Development.

College Credit by Exam

The College may grant - but is not required to do so - up to twenty (20) semester hours of credit to a student in a technical program for prior study-related work and/or educational experiences. Students may be eligible for credit for academic or technical knowledge gained outside the classroom. To earn credit through examination, students must currently be enrolled at Shelton State Community College. The amount of credit earned through examination is limited to twenty (20) semester hours toward the associate degree or certificate program and must be earned at Shelton State Community College. However, students transferring to another institution should be aware some schools may have different standards for awarding credit based on examination. Students should talk to an advisor about the transfer of this type of credit.

Experiential learning credit and/or college credit is not awarded on the basis of experience alone, but for the achievement of an advanced level of knowledge and/or skill. In order for credit to be awarded, each objective for the course must be examined. It must be documented how each of the competencies were achieved.

To be eligible for credit by examination, the following is required:

  1. Recommendation by the applicant’s instructor to the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services by completing the Recommendation for Credit by Examination form
  2. Successful completion (per instructor recommendation) of each competency taught in the course
  3. Fee payment of $25.00 for each course credit earned

Course Placement

Course placement at the College is determined by the results of an acceptable College Placement Test. Students must present picture identification and have on file an application for admission with the Office of Enrollment Services to take the College Placement Test. College Placement retesting is allowed under certain circumstances. The College reserves the right to assess a nominal charge for retesting. College Placement Test scores are valid for three years. Students who enroll in a course without equivalent assessment scores may be withdrawn from the course by the College and may not qualify for a refund of tuition. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all assessment requirements are met. Students requiring the College Placement Test must complete the assessment prior to enrollment. The following students are exempt from the English, reading, and/or mathematics section(s) of the College Placement Test:

  1. Students who score 18 or above on the English section of the ACT and/or 20 or above on the reading and/or mathematics section of the ACT and enroll at Shelton State within three years of high school graduation;
  2. Students who score 510 or above on the English and/or reading section of the SAT and/or 510 or above on the mathematics section of the SAT and enroll at Shelton State within three years of high school graduation;
  3. Students who have an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution (community, junior, or four-year college);
  4. Students who transfer degree-creditable college-level English or mathematics courses with a letter grade of C or higher;
  5. Students who have successfully completed developmental coursework at another Alabama College System school within the last three years;
  6. Students who provide documentation of assessment within the last three years.

To be eligible for these exemptions, assessment scores and/or college transcripts must be on file with the Office of Enrollment Services.

ACT/SAT/College Placement Test Policy

In lieu of assessment exam scores, course placement may also be assigned based on English, mathematics, and reading subtest scores as reported by ACT and SAT assessment, provided the student is enrolling within three years of the test.

Course Placement

Test Type

College Placement Test Score

ACT Score

SAT Score

ENG 092 

Writing

≤ 37

*

**

ENG 093 or COM 100 

Writing

38-61

*

**

ENG 101

Writing

≥ 62

≥ 18

≥ 510

RDG 085 

Reading

≤ 64

*

**

Exempt from reading

Reading

≥ 65

≥ 20

≥ 510

MTH 090 

Pre-Algebra

≤ 35 (Pre-Algebra test)

*

**

MTH 091 / 116 

Pre-Algebra

36-45 (Pre-Algebra test)

*

**

MTH 092 / 116 

Pre-Algebra

≥ 46 (Pre-Algebra test)

*

**

MTH 100 

Algebra

28-62 (Algebra test)

20-21

480-570

MTH 110 / 112 

Algebra

≥ 63 (Algebra test)

22-24

580-610

MTH 113 / 120 

College Algebra

≥ 46 (College Algebra test)

25-26

620-640

MTH 125 

College Algebra

≥ 46 (College Algebra test)

27-36

650-800

* If ACT English sub-score score is ≤ 17 or ACT Reading or Math sub-score is ≤ 19, course placement not available for that particular course. Placement exam is required.

** If SAT sub-score is < 510 for English, or Reading or Math, course placement not available for that particular course.  Placement exam is required.

Developmental Education Program

The Alabama Community College System has directed that each institution offer a program of college preparatory instruction. This program includes the following features:

  1. Each college will require students to take a placement assessment upon admission to the college and prior to enrollment in an associate degree or college-level certificate program.
  2. Each college will require every student who enrolls in a college-level course in mathematics or language arts to take the prescribed placement assessment. “Language arts” is defined as English, reading, and composition. At Shelton State Community College, the College Placement Test is the official placement assessment of the institution. Students taking the assessment satisfy this portion of the ASBE College Preparatory Program.
  3. Each institution will designate college preparatory courses in language arts and mathematics. These courses are not designed to transfer and do not count toward graduation as elective credit. At Shelton State Community College, these courses are as follows: language arts: ENG 092 , ENG 093 , and RDG 085 ; mathematics: MTH 080 , MTH 090 , MTH 091 , and MTH 092 .
  4. Each student who scores below the established placement score on the designated placement assessment must enroll in the appropriate college preparatory course (or courses) and must remain enrolled in college preparatory instruction until the student demonstrates readiness for college-level work.

It is recommended that the maximum load for a student who is enrolled in two (2) or more college preparatory courses is thirteen (13) semester hours.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Students are required to complete prerequisites and satisfy corequisites for each course for which they are registered. Students who enroll in a course without completing course prerequisites and satisfying corequisites may be withdrawn from the course and assigned a letter grade of W by the College and may not qualify for a refund of tuition. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all course prerequisites and corequisites are met.

NOTE:
Prerequisite: a course or condition required prior to enrolling in another course
Corequisite: a course or condition required at the same time as another course

eLearning

The purpose of eLearning education at Shelton State Community College is to extend quality educational programs to learners beyond the seated classroom. They are designed for those who may not fit the profile of the traditional student. Responsibilities of career and family, distance from an educational institution, or the need for flexibility can make this type of learning an appropriate solution for educational achievement. ELearning is not easier than the traditional classroom; in some ways, it is more difficult because it requires significant self-discipline and the ability to work independently.

The College has developed an approved Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Improving Student Success in Online Classes. One component of the QEP requires students successfully complete a prerequisite assessment prior to enrolling for online instruction. The prerequisite assessment, ELO 100 , is non-credit, free, and online. The completion of this assessment assures the student has the basic skills required for potential success in online instruction.

For additional information on eLearning and how to enroll, visit the College website, http://www.sheltonstate.edu/future_students/elearning.aspx.

Registering for Classes

Maximum and Minimum Course Load

The student course load for a full-time student is twelve (12) to nineteen (19) credit hours per semester. Twenty (20) or more credit hours constitute an overload. A student course overload must be approved by the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services. No student will be approved for more than twenty-four (24) credit hours in any single semester for any reason.

Drop/Add

Students may make adjustments to their schedules only during the Drop/Add period as defined in the College’s academic calendar. After this period, tuition will not be refunded for course(s) dropped if the student has other courses remaining within that term. Students should consult the semester schedule of classes for refund information. Students who wish to make an adjustment to their schedule during the published Drop/Add period may do so by accessing the online student portal.

Class Attendance

Withdrawal Policy

Once classes begin for the respective term, students who wish to withdraw from a class or completely withdraw from school must officially withdraw on or before the date designated as the last day to withdraw for the semester. The last day to withdraw from any class is defined in the College’s academic calendar, and there will be no withdrawals after this date. A student who withdraws prior to the published date will receive a letter grade of “W” regardless of the grade average at the time of the withdrawal, and the “W” will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Students who remain in the class after the last day to withdraw will receive the grade earned for the class. No withdrawals will be taken over the telephone or by email. Failure to attend class does not constitute official withdrawal. Students are unable to completely withdraw from all classes online and are required to meet with an advisor/navigator prior to withdrawing completely from Shelton State. Students who wish to withdraw from some, but not all, classes in a given term are encouraged to meet with an advisor/navigator. Students who are Pell recipients or receive veteran benefits must speak with a representative from the Enrollment Services Office before withdrawing from classes. Grant awards can be reduced or cancelled if students do not complete classes successfully. Withdrawing from any course has the potential to impact current and future financial aid opportunities.

Class Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered. Instructors are encouraged to keep a record of attendance for each class meeting. Classes at the College are to be held as announced in the class schedule, and students are expected to attend class on time and remain in class until dismissed.

Students attending for less than thirty (30) minutes or half the scheduled time for the class, whichever is greater, will be considered absent for that class meeting. Instructors are not required to give additional time to students who are tardy for tests or quizzes. Attendance the first day of class or at the orientation session for an eLearning class is essential; instruction begins, the syllabus is distributed, room assignments are confirmed, and attendance is recorded. Financial aid will be adversely affected by absence the first day of class. When a student registers late, the classes missed from the first scheduled class date are counted as absences. If a student is unable to attend at least 80% of class meetings, regardless of the reason or circumstance, it is recommended that the student withdraw from the class before excessive absences interfere with the student’s ability to successfully complete the course. Withdrawal from class or removal from the registration database can affect eligibility for federal financial aid. For additional information, contact Enrollment Services at 205.391.2214.

The manner in which make-up work, test(s), or assignment(s) will be given for excused absences shall be left solely to the discretion of the instructor. Possible acceptable, documented excused absences include representing the College in officially approved activities, military service, accidents, court appearances, illness of the student or illness of an immediate family member, or the death of an immediate family member. Work-related excuses, child-care issues, and/or travel will not excuse an absence. The student must submit appropriate documentation of extenuating circumstances to the instructor and make arrangements for any make-up work within one week of the last day covered by the excuse. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to make up missed work. Any missed material will not be re-taught by the instructor. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT TO KEEP A RECORD OF HIS/HER ABSENCES.

Attendance requirements in programs that lead to board licensure or certification may differ from this policy. Students should consult program policies and guidelines for details.

Absences for Approved College Activities

Absences for students participating in official College activities approved by the President or a designee will be excused absences upon receipt of written notification from the Dean of Student Services and the appropriate sponsor. This notification will meet the following guidelines:

  1. Notification must be given to the instructor prior to the absence(s); and
  2. Notification must state the time frame of the activity including, specifically, the time the student must leave for the activity and when the student will return to campus. Students engaged in approved College activities are to be excused no more than thirty (30) minutes prior to the beginning of the activity or thirty (30) minutes prior to the latest time at which they must leave campus in order to arrive safely at their destination. It is the responsibility of each student engaged in approved College activities to make arrangements to complete any missed assignments or exams at a time convenient for the instructor. As much as possible, students should schedule classes on days and times which will not be affected by participation in official College activities to minimize absences. A student participating in approved College activities should make every effort to arrange class responsibilities such as oral reports, speeches, recitals, and group work participation around the schedule of approved activities no hardship is placed on other class members or the instructor. Instructors are not required to re-teach classes for students who miss class for any reason. Since many events are scheduled ahead of time, the Dean of Student Services and the sponsor of the activity may notify instructors at the beginning of the semester of all absences as long as the notification meets the guidelines above.

Course Syllabus

College instructors are required to provide a syllabus to each student enrolled in their course. The syllabus shall set forth the instructor’s expectations, policies, procedures, course content, course schedule, and other information defining the requirements of the course for the student. Upon receiving the syllabus, students are deemed to be on notice of its contents and are assumed to understand and abide by the expectations, policies, and procedures stated therein. Students who have questions regarding the syllabus should contact their instructor or the department or division chairperson.

Academic Misconduct Policy

Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically-related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help or conspiracy to help another student commit an act of academic dishonesty. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, each of the following acts when performed in any type of academic or academically-related matter, exercise, or activity.

  1. Cheating: The use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information, study aids, answers of others, or electronical information.
  2. Plagiarism: Claiming as one’s own the ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. This includes improper citation of referenced works, use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, and copying another’s ideas.
  3. Misrepresentation: The falsifying, altering, or misstating the contents of documents or other materials related to academic matters, including schedules, prerequisites, transcripts, and medical or military excuses.

Whether or not academic misconduct has occurred and what classroom sanctions, if any, are to be applied are matters to be determined by the respective instructor. A student who opposes the sanction imposed by an instructor may appeal the matter to the appropriate Associate Dean.

Earning Grades

Grading System

For all courses 100 level and above, letter grades are assigned according to the following system:

A Excellent 90 - 100
B Good 80 - 89
C Average 70 - 79
D Poor 60 - 69
F Failure below 60
W Withdrawal  
I Incomplete  
AU Audit  
NR Not Reported  


Grade requirements may vary in specific courses or programs. For specific information, consult the course syllabus, the department page on the College website, or contact the Office of the Dean of Instruction and Workforce Development.

A letter grade of W is assigned to a student who officially withdraws from the College or from a course. Refer to the withdrawal process for additional information.

A grade of Incomplete (I) is assigned only if the final exam (or some work or equivalent significance) is missed. The student must provide the instructor with documentation to support that the absence was due to extenuating circumstances. In the event an Incomplete is given, the instructor must submit to the division chair (or other designees) a written plan for the student to complete the work to establish the course grade. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, the grade must be established within one semester after the Incomplete was initially assigned. Once the grade is determined, the instructor will follow the official change of grade procedure. If no grade has been established prior to the end of the semester, the Incomplete will automatically be changed to F.

Non-credit College activities such as the College Placement Test may appear on the student’s schedule and/or unofficial transcript.

Developmental Grades

Courses designated as developmental, courses numbered below 100, do not receive earned credit hours. Developmental letter grades have periods in addition to the letter. Grades in developmental courses are not included in the determination of GPA. These courses do count towards financial aid hours and impact financial aid completion rate.

A. Excellent 90 - 100
B. Good 80 - 89
C. Average 70 - 79
D. Poor 60 - 69
F. Failure below 60
W. Withdrawal  
I. Incomplete  
AU. Audit  
NR. Not Reported  

Audit

A student may audit a course rather than enroll in it for credit. Standards of performance for each class will be defined by the individual instructor. A mark of AU is given to denote an audit. A student auditing classes must fulfill admission requirements as stated in the Admissions/Records Information section of this catalog and meet all required course prerequisites. A student may change a course from CREDIT to AUDIT or from AUDIT to CREDIT only during the Drop/Add and Late Registration periods of each semester within the Enrollment Services Office. Financial aid is not available for audit courses.

Grade Points

To obtain a numerical measure of the quality of a student’s work, grade points are assigned to grades as indicated below:

A - 4 grade points per hour
B - 3 grade points per hour
C - 2 grade points per hour
D - 1 grade point per hour
F - 0 grade points per hour

The grade point average (GPA) of a student is determined by multiplying the number of grade points for each grade received by the number of semester hours for that course; then the total number of grade points is divided by the total number of semester hours attempted, excluding courses with W, AU, A., B., C., D., F., I., and W. designations.

Required GPA

The student must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses attempted at the College. The calculation of the grade point average for graduation will not include grades earned in developmental courses. All grades in repeated courses will be averaged into the GPA, however, a course may be counted only once for purposes of meeting graduation requirements unless specifically noted in the College catalog that the course may be repeated for credit. Transfer credit GPA is not included in the cumulative GPA calcualtion for college.

Change of Grade Policy

With the permission of the Associate Dean of Academic Services or Associate Dean of Technical Services, an instructor may change a grade. Unless extenuating circumstances exist, the change of grade must be made within one semester after the grade was initially assigned. The instructor is responsible for submitting the completed grade change form to the division chair.

Grade Appeal Steps

  1. Initiation:
    1. To initiate a grade appeal, the student must prepare a written statement describing why he/she believes the grading procedures outlined in the class syllabus were not appropriately followed, attaching all relevant evidence to the letter.
    2. The letter must be submitted to the appropriate associate dean (Academic or Technical Services) within seven (7) business days of the beginning of the following term. If the grade being appealed was earned in a full-term class during the fall, spring, or summer, the following term will be considered to be the spring, summer, or fall semester respectively. If the grade being appealed is for a second split-term course, the succeeding semester will be considered to be the same as a full-term course.
    3. The associate dean will log the appeal into the database and give a copy of the student’s letter to the instructor.
  2. Instructor Response:
    1. The instructor will prepare a written response within seven (7) business days of the receipt of the grade appeal, submitting the response to the associate dean.
    2. The associate dean will notify the student that the response from the instructor has been received via the College email system.
    3. The student’s copy of the instructor’s response will be emailed to the student’s preferred email account.
    4. The division chair will be notified by the associate dean that an appeal has been filed.
  3. Chair Response:
    1. If the student does not think the issue has been resolved, he/she must submit a written request for division chair review to the associate dean within seven (7) business days of notification by the associate dean of the instructor’s response.
    2. The associate dean will deliver copies of all documents to the division chair who will analyze the appeal and provide a written response to the associate dean within seven (7) business days.
    3. The student’s copy of the division chair’s response will be emailed to the student’s preferred email account.
  4. Associate Dean’s Decision:
    1. If the student still believes there is a problem, he/she must submit a written request for an associate dean review to the appropriate associate dean within seven (7) business days of the date of the email notifying the student of the division chair’s response.
    2. The student has the choice for the appeal to be considered either by the associate dean or by an associate dean-appointed committee of three faculty members from outside the division of the course in question. The preference of the student should be included in the letter of appeal to the associate dean. If it is not included, the decision of whether to use a committee will be made by the associate dean.
    3. The associate dean will give a copy of all materials submitted by the student, instructor, or chair by the appropriate deadline to the appointed committee, or the associate dean will review all materials. If chosen, the committee will review documents and make a recommendation to the associate dean.
    4. The student’s copy of the associate dean’s response will be emailed to the student’s preferred email account.
  5. Dean’s Decision:
    1. If the student still believes there is a problem, he/she must submit a written request for review by the Dean of Instruction and Workforce Development within seven (7) business days of the date of the email notifying the student of the associate dean’s response.
    2. The dean’s written decision is final and cannot be appealed. The student’s copy of the dean’s decision will be emailed to the student’s preferred email account.

Dean’s List

Requirements for the Dean’s List include the following:

  1. a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above, and
  2. completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester credit hours of college-level work. Developmental courses will not count toward the minimum course load requirement

President’s List

Requirements for the President’s List are as follows:

  1. a semester grade point average of 4.0; and
  2. completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester credit hours of college-level work. Developmental courses will not count toward the minimum course load requirement

Academic Credential Progress

Standards of Academic Progress

These standards of progress will apply to all students unless otherwise noted. Required grade point average (GPA) levels for students according to number of hours attempted at the institution are as follows:

  1. Students who have attempted 12-21 semester credit hours at the institution must maintain a 1.5 institutional GPA.
  2. Students who have attempted 22-32 semester credit hours at the institution must maintain a 1.75 institutional GPA.
  3. Students who have attempted 33 or more semester credit hours at the institution must maintain a 2.0 institutional GPA.

When a student is placed on academic probation, one-term academic suspension, or one calendar year academic suspension, College officials may provide intervention by taking steps including, but not limited to, imposing maximum course loads, requiring a study skills course, and/or prescribing other specific courses.

The standards of progress relative to the cumulative GPA are applied as follows:

  1. When the cumulative GPA is at or above the GPA required for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution, the student’s status is CLEAR.
  2. When the cumulative GPA is below the GPA required for the number of credit hours attempted at the institution, the student’s status is ACADEMIC PROBATION. When the cumulative GPA of a student who is on academic probation remains below the GPA required for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution, but the semester GPA is 2.0 or above, the student remains on academic probation.
  3. When the cumulative GPA of a student who is on academic probation remains below the GPA required for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution and the semester GPA is below 2.0, the student is suspended for one semester. The transcript will read SUSPENDED - ONE SEMESTER. When the cumulative GPA is at or above the GPA required for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution, the student’s status is CLEAR.
  4. The student who is suspended for one semester may appeal. If, after appeal, the student is readmitted without serving the one semester suspension, the transcript will read SUSPENDED ONE SEMESTER/READMITTED UPON APPEAL.
  5. The student who is readmitted upon appeal reenters the institution on ACADEMIC PROBATION.
  6. A student who is on academic probation after being suspended for one semester (whether the student has served the suspension or has been readmitted upon appeal) without having since achieved CLEAR academic status and whose cumulative GPA falls below the level required for the total number of hours attempted at the institution, but whose semester GPA is 2.0 or above, will remain on academic probation until the student achieves the required GPA for the total number of hours attempted.
  7. A student returning from a one term or one year suspension and, while on academic probation, fails to obtain the required GPA for the number of hours attempted and fails to maintain a term GPA of 2.0, will be placed on a ONE YEAR SUSPENSION.
  8. The student may appeal a one term or one year suspension.
  9. If a student serving a one year suspension appeals but is denied re-admission, the student may not appeal again for the duration of the suspension term.

Transfer Students

  1. A transfer student who is admitted on CLEAR academic status is subject to the same standards of academic progress as a “native” student. Grades accrued at other regionally accredited post-secondary institutions are included in cumulative GPA calculation in myShelton. The institutional GPA (only Shelton courses) is used to determine academic standing.
  2. A transfer student admitted on academic probation retains that status until the student has attempted at least twelve (12) semester credit hours at the institution. If, at the conclusion of the semester in which the student has attempted a total of twelve (12) or more semester credit hours at the institution, the cumulative GPA at the institution is below 1.5, the student is suspended for one (1) semester. The transcript will read SUSPENDED ONE SEMESTER.
  3. If, at the conclusion of the semester in which the transfer student admitted on academic probation has attempted a total of twelve (12) semester credit hours at the institution, the cumulative GPA at the institution is 1.5 or above, the student’s status is CLEAR. If a student declares no contest of the facts leading to the suspension but simply wishes to request consideration for readmission, the student may submit a request in writing for an “appeal for readmission” to the Academic Affairs Action Team within a designated, published number of days of receipt of the notice of suspension. During the meeting of the Academic Affairs Action Team, which will not be considered a “due process” hearing, but rather a petition for readmission, the student will be given an opportunity to present a rationale and/or statement of mitigating circumstances in support of immediate readmission. The decision of the Academic Affairs Action Team, together with the materials presented by the student, will be placed in the College’s official records. Additionally, a copy of the written decision will be provided to the student. Equity, reasonability, and consistency should be the standards by which such decisions are measured.

Exception to the above standards:

Programs within the institution which are subject to external licensure, certification, and/or accreditation or which are fewer than four semesters in length may have higher standards of progress than the institutional standards of progress.

 

Definitions of terms used above are as follows:

  1. Semester GPA - the grade point average based on all hours attempted during any one term at the institution based on a four point scale
  2. Institutional GPA - the grade point average based on all hours attempted at Shelton State based on a four point grade scale
  3. Cumulative GPA - the grade point average based on all hours attempted at Shelton State as well as any hours transferred from prior college transcripts based on a four point grade scale
  4. Clear Academic Status - the status of a student whose cumulative GPA is at or above the level required by this policy for the number of credit hours attempted at the institution
  5. Academic Probation - the status of a student whose cumulative GPA falls below the level required by this policy for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution; or the status of a student who was on academic probation the previous term and whose cumulative GPA for that semester remained below the level required by this policy for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution, but whose semester GPA for that term was 2.0 or above
  6. One Semester Academic Suspension - the status of a student who was on academic probation the previous term, but who has never been suspended or who, since suspension, had achieved clear academic status and whose cumulative GPA that term was below the level required by this policy for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution and whose semester GPA for that term was below 2.0
  7. One Year Academic Suspension - the status of a student who was on academic probation the previous term and who has previously been suspended without since having achieved clear academic status and whose cumulative GPA that term remained below the level required by this policy for the total number of credit hours attempted at the institution and whose semester GPA for that term was below 2.0
  8. Appeal of Suspension - the process by which Shelton State Community College will allow a student suspended for one term or one year (whether a native student or a transfer student) to request readmission without having to serve the suspension

Academic Bankruptcy

Students who meet the following conditions may submit an academic bankruptcy form to the Registrar:

  1. If fewer than three calendar years have elapsed since the semester for which the student wishes to declare bankruptcy, the student may declare academic bankruptcy on all course work taken during that one semester provided the student has completed a minimum of eighteen (18) semester credit hours of course work at the institution since the bankruptcy semester occurred. All course work taken, even hours completed satisfactorily during the semester for which academic bankruptcy is declared, will be disregarded in the cumulative grade point average.
  2. If three (3) or more calendar years have elapsed since the semester for which the student wishes to declare bankruptcy, the student may declare academic bankruptcy on all course work taken during one to three semesters provided the student has completed a minimum of eighteen (18) semester credit hours of course work at the institution since the bankruptcy semester(s) occurred. All course work taken, even hours satisfactorily completed during the semester(s) for which academic bankruptcy is declared, will be disregarded in the cumulative grade point average.

When academic bankruptcy is declared, the transcript will reflect the semester(s) of implementation and the transcript will read “ACADEMIC BANKRUPTCY IMPLEMENTED.” The courses and the grades from the bankrupted semester(s) will remain on the transcript, but grades will not be counted in the overall grade point average (GPA).

A student may declare academic bankruptcy only once. Hours forgiven when a student declares academic bankruptcy will still be included for determining financial aid eligibility.

Implementation of academic bankruptcy at an institution does not guarantee that other institutions will approve such action. This determination will be made by the respective transfer institutions.

NOTE: Courses in which a student earns a letter grade of U (Unsatisfactory), F or F. (Failure), or W (Withdrawal) will not be counted as courses taken to achieve the required minimum of eighteen (18) semester credit hours of course work at the institution.

Academic bankruptcy hours will be counted in the attempted hours for financial aid in determining a student’s quantitative standards of progress.

Course Forgiveness

Students may submit a Course Forgiveness Form to the Registrar to request course forgiveness.

  1. When a student repeats a course once (excluding developmental courses), the second grade awarded (excluding the grade of W) replaces the original grade in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. The grade point average during the term in which the course was first attempted will not be affected.
  2. When a student repeats a course more than once, all grades for the course, excluding the first grade, will be used to compute the cumulative grade point average. Official records at the College will list each course with the grade earned.
  3. A course may be counted only once toward fulfillment of credit hours for graduation.
  4. Course forgiveness only applies to courses taken at Shelton State Community College.

Course forgiveness applies at Shelton State Community College only; respective transfer institutions may or may not accept the adjusted cumulative grade point average. That determination will be made by the respective transfer institution.

It is the student’s responsibility to complete the form to request course forgiveness. This form is available online or in the Enrollment Services Office. Hours forgiven when a student declares academic course forgiveness will still be included for determining financial aid eligibility.

Classification of Students

Students who enroll for less than twelve (12) hours are classified as part-time students. Students who are registered for twelve (12) hours or more are classified as full-time students by the College. Students who have earned thirty-one (31) semester hours or less are classified as freshmen. Those who have earned thirty-two (32) hours or more are classified as sophomores.

Completion of the Academic Credential

Graduating

Upon satisfactory completion of the requirements described in Requirements for Academic Credentials, the student is considered to have earned a certificate or degree. To receive a diploma and/or participate in the commencement exercises of the institution, a student who has successfully completed the requirements for a degree must complete the following:

  1. Submit a formal application for graduation in accordance with institutional policy. Applications may be obtained on the College’s website or in the Enrollment Services Office.
  2. Fulfill financial obligations to the College. The diploma fee of $25 can be paid in the Cashier’s office on the Martin capus.
  3. Satisfy those requirements either as stated in the College catalog current at the time of graduation or as stated in any of the catalogs for the four (4) previous academic years. See http://catalog.sheltonstate.edu/content.php?catoid=8&navoid=259.

Earning Multiple Degrees

To qualify for a second associate degree from Shelton State Community College, a student must complete, with an average of C or higher, sixteen (16) semester hours or more above the degree requirements for the first associate degree. The student must follow the same graduation requirements for each degree sought.

Graduation Honors

Superior academic achievement by graduating students receiving degrees will be recognized by the following designations on transcripts:

Graduation with Honors (Cum Laude) 3.50 to 3.69 GPA
Graduation with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude) 3.70 to 3.89 GPA
Graduation with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) 3.90 to 4.00 GPA
Graduation with Distinction 3.50 to 4.00 GPA

Student participation in Phi Theta Kappa, the national post-secondary academic honorary society, will also be noted on the transcript.

NOTE: Calculation of the GPA for graduation honors will be identical to that method used to calculate the GPA to fulfill graduation requirements for the degree, diploma, or certificate being earned. In addition, in order to be eligible for a graduation honor, the student must have completed a minimum of thirty-two (32) semester credit hours at Shelton State Community College.

Request for Transcripts

The transcript policy for Shelton State Community College includes the following:

  1. Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The College does not release transcripts of a student’s work except upon the student’s written request.
  2. Upon the student’s request, official transcripts are sent to institutions, companies, and agencies. Official transcripts in a sealed envelope may be picked up by the student in Enrollment Services. The student must produce a picture ID in order to obtain the transcript. The transcripts will be stamped “Issued to Student.” It is the decision of the receiving party to accept or reject the transcript as official.
  3. A request for a transcript may be submitted online within myShelton, mailed to the Enrollment Services Office, 9500 Old Greensboro Road, Box 190, Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405, or faxed to 205.391.3910.
  4. Transcript requests are processed in the order they are received. Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to need. There is no fee for transcripts.
  5. Enrollment Services does not issue official transcripts from other institutions. Requests for transcripts from other institutions must be directed to the other institution(s).
  6. Official transcripts will not be issued if the student has an incomplete admission’s file, an outstanding debt to the College, or an academic hold on their account.

Student Records Policy

For Shelton State Community College to comply with requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), policies and procedures have been established. Shelton State Community College accords all rights under the law to students who are declared independent. For the purpose of this policy, whenever a student has attained eighteen years of age, or is attending an institution of postsecondary education, the permission or consent required of and the rights accorded to the parents of the student will thereafter only be required of and accorded to the student. Responsibility for protection of the privacy of the student educational records rests primarily with the Registrar of the College. FERPA defines educational records to include records, files, documents, and other materials containing information directly related to students and are maintained by an educational agency or institution. There are four exceptions to this definition of educational records as published in the GUILDELINES FOR POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 AS AMENDED, Revised Edition 2001, a publication of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Student Access to Educational Records

All students have the right to review their educational records with the following exceptions as outlined by FERPA.

  1. Financial aid information;
  2. Confidential letters and recommendations placed in their files prior to January 1, 1975, provided these letters were collected under established policies of confidentiality and were used only for the purposes for which specifically collected;
  3. Confidential letters and statements of recommendation, placed in the records after January 1, 1975, to which the students have waived their right to inspect and review and to which they relate that to the students’ admission application for employment or job placement, or receipt of honors;
  4. Education records containing information about more than one student; however, in such cases the institution must permit access to that part of the record that pertains only to the inquiring student. To review records, students and former students may go to the Enrollment Services Office, present a valid photo identification card, and ask to review the record. If it is an inappropriate time to retrieve the record on short notice, students may be requested to complete a “Request to Review Education Records” form in the Enrollment Services Office. Because of various circumstances, the College may delay to a maximum of forty-five days release of the records for review. The College is not required to provide access to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend.

Challenge of the Contents of Educational Records

Students may challenge information in their educational records they believe to be incorrect, inaccurate, or inappropriate. This challenge must be in writing and must be submitted to the appropriate instructional officer who is responsible for the division in which the student is enrolled. The officer must decide within a reasonable period whether corrective action will be taken, and the officer must provide written notification to the student and the Registrar of the corrective action that has been approved. Students who are not provided full relief sought by their challenge must be referred to the Dean of Student Services who will inform them of their right to a formal hearing. Students must make their request for a formal hearing in writing to the Office of the Dean of Student Services. The following procedures will apply.

  1. The Office of the Dean of Student Services will appoint the hearing panel that will adjudicate such challenges.
  2. Within a reasonable period of time after receiving the written request for a hearing, the chairperson of the committee must inform students of the date, place, and time of the hearing.
  3. Students will be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issue raised. They may be assisted or represented at the hearing by one or more persons of their choice, including an attorney, at their expense.
  4. Decisions made by the committee must be in writing, must be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing, and must include a summary of the evidence and the reasons for the decision. The decisions should be delivered in writing to the student, the Office of the Dean of Student Services, and the Registrar.
    1. Enrollment Services will correct or amend the educational record in accordance with the decision of the hearing, if the decision is in favor of the student, and inform the student in writing of the amendment.
    2. Should Shelton State Community College decide not to amend the record in accordance with the student’s request, the Registrar must inform the student that
      1. the student has the opportunity to place with the educational record a statement commenting on the information in the record or a statement setting forth any reason for disagreeing with the decision of the hearing;
      2. the statement placed in the educational record by the student will be maintained as part of the record for as long as the record is held by the College; and
      3. this record, when disclosed to an authorized party, must include the statement held by the student.

Disclosure of Educational Record Information

Shelton State Community College will obtain written consent from students before disclosing any personally identifiable information from their education records. Such written consent must

  1. Specify the records to be released,
  2. State the purpose of the disclosure,
  3. Identify the party or class to whom disclosure may be made, and
  4. Be signed and dated by the student.

FERPA states that certain information from student records may be classified as directory information.

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone listing
  4. E-mail address
  5. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  6. Major field of study
  7. Weight and height if a member of an athletic team
  8. Dates of attendance and current status (full or part-time)
  9. Degrees and awards received

The information will be released to inquiring individuals or agencies unless the student signs a “Do Not Release Directory Information” form in the Enrollment Services Office during the first two weeks of the semester. (FERPA established rules state that some personnel and agencies may have access to students’ “educational records” without written consent of the student.) Shelton State Community College will disclose information from a student’s educational record only with the written consent of the student except

  1. To school officials within the institution who have been determined by the College to have a legitimate educational interest in the records. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official is performing a task that is specified in his or her position description or by a contract agreement, performing a task related to a student’s education, or performing a task related to the discipline of the student. When doubt is raised by the Registrar about an individual’s “need to know” or legitimate educational interest in having access to specific information, the issue will be decided by the President of Shelton State Community College.
  2. To certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, and state and local educational authorities in connection with certain state or federally supported education programs.
  3.  In connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount, or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of that aid.
  4. To state and local officials to whom information is specifically required to be reported or disclosed pursuant to state statute adopted prior to November 19, 1974.
  5. To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of Shelton State Community College.
  6. To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
  7. To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency subject to a determination by the President or Dean.
  8. To personnel complying with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, provided that the Enrollment Services Office makes a reasonable attempt to notify the student in advance of compliance. NOTE: Shelton State Community College is not required to notify a student if a federal grand jury subpoena or any other subpoena issued for some law enforcement purpose orders the College not to disclose the existence or contents of the subpoena.
  9. To an alleged victim of any crime or violence (as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. 16) of the results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator of that crime with respect to that crime.

Shelton State Community College will inform parties to whom personally identifiable information is released that they are not permitted to disclose the information to others without the written consent of the student. Shelton State Community College will maintain a record of all requests for and/or disclosure of information from a student’s educational records. The record will indicate the name of the party making the request, any additional party to whom it may be re-disclosed, and the legitimate interest the party had in requesting or obtaining the information. The eligible student may review the record.

Annual Notification of FERPA Rights

Shelton State Community College will give annual notice to current students of their rights under the Act by publishing information in the College catalog.

Facsimile Records (FAX)

Shelton State Community College honors FAX requests to send official transcripts to third parties, and Shelton State will accept FAX transcripts for advising purposes only. An official transcript is required for admission purposes.

Computer Access to Records

Shelton State Community College has established policies for initially instructing and periodically reminding school officials of FERPA’s confidentiality requirement before it gives them access to the computer system. The school officials are informed of the criteria Shelton State Community College uses to determine legitimate educational interest and of their responsibility for assuring that access is not abused.

Students’ Rights after Ceasing Attendance or Graduation

Students who have ceased attendance or have graduated from Shelton State Community College have basically the same FERPA rights as students currently attending, including the right to the following:

  1. Access to their educational records.
  2. Access to inspect and request a hearing to amend an educational record.
  3. Have their educational record privacy protected by Shelton State Community College.

Former students do not have the right to request nondisclosure of Shelton State unless they asked, at their last opportunity as students, that no directory information be disclosed.

Privacy Rights of Deceased Students

For twenty-five (25) years following the death of a student, the release of educational record information will not be made unless authorized by the student’s parents or the executor/executrix of the deceased student’s estate.

Student Mailing Lists/Solomon Amendment

Shelton State Community College, as required by federal law (Solomon Amendment), releases the name, address, major, and telephone number of all currently enrolled students to each branch of the military upon request. Otherwise, the College does not release mailing lists of students to outside agencies.

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