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Absences of Students
Students are expected to attend all of their scheduled classes, as class attendance is one of the strongest predictors of student success. The effect of absences upon grades is determined by the instructor who may recommend to the Senior Vice President a withdrawal grade whenever absences become excessive. For sixteen week classes, three consecutive day class absences, two evening class absences, or three absences in a month and/or absences in excess of 25% of the class meetings will be reported to the Office of Enrollment Services as excessive absences.
Excessive absences for Fast-Track, weekend, blended classes and similar formats are determined on a proportionate basis. Excessive absences for Distance Learning classes may be determined by failure to attend the mandatory orientation, lack of contact with the instructor, or failure to make progress by not completing distance learning coursework. Further, each time a student has been tardy three times to a class it will count as one absence. Certain career/professional programs may have additional attendance requirements based upon accreditation and licensure mandates.
Except for absences related to college approved activities (e.g. academic competitions, Forensics, FCAT testing, athletic events, etc.) for which advance announcement of student participants is provided through the appropriate college office or official, this attendance policy is not intended to distinguish between excused and unexcused absences, as flexibility for absence provided in the previous paragraph is designed to accommodate emergencies, illness and other unavoidable reasons for missing class. Individual instructors may provide for additional flexibility in their course policies through make-up exams, alternative assignments, etc.; however, this practice varies by instructor and course. Students should not assume that their absence from class will automatically be accommodated and should stay in contact with their instructors regarding the impact of missing class for any reason.
Educational advisors are available at all Northwest Florida State College locations and will help students with program planning, course selection, and graduation or transfer requirements. All degree-seeking students should meet with an advisor during their first term at the college to work out a program of study.
Students that are required to enroll in preparatory courses based on placement testing must meet with an advisor or counselor prior to their first term of enrollment.
The maximum load that may be carried by a student each term is eighteen (18) credit hours. Students seeking to enroll in more than eighteen (18) college prep, vocational, and/or college credits in a single term must have the prior approval of an advisor, department head, division director, or appropriate program coordinator.
Factors to weigh in granting approval include the following: student's GPA and past record, nature and level of courses, total course time requirements, student's work schedule, and/or other outside commitments.
Academic Success Center
Located in E-149 of E Building on the Niceville Campus, the ASC provides free tutoring in many academic subjects to all Northwest Florida State College students. Tutoring is also available on the Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and DeFuniak campuses. Computers for word processing and English tutorials are also provided, along with a video library covering many subjects.
Call (850) 729-5389 for hours and availability of tutorial assistance, or visit the ASC website. Also see Mathematics Lab. A math lab and computer lab are also available at the Fort Walton Beach campus for students needing assistance in these areas.
Access and Review of Records
A student or parent* will be accorded access to the student's record within a reasonable time after the submission of a written request to the custodian of that record. Suitable arrangements will be made to permit the record to be reviewed in the presence of the custodian of the record.
*Rights of parents: Once a student reaches the age of eighteen, or is enrolled in a post-secondary program, parents no longer have any rights under the Privacy Act unless:
- The student gives written consent to release the information to the student's parents, or
- The parents provide evidence that the student is a dependent of the parents as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or
- The student is a high school student enrolled in an accelerated program, such as dual enrollment, early admissions, or concurrent enrollment.
A student has the right to request the amendment of their educational record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. The student should write to the College Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record he/she wants changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedure will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
A student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the offices that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington DC 20202-4605
It is the student's responsibility to keep information current by officially notifying the college. The student's signature is required to make changes or students may make changes electronically by using the RaiderNet system and a PIN (Personal ID Number). Forms to change residence, mailing address, telephone number, etc. are available at any Northwest Florida State College location and from the Office of Enrollment Services, (850) 729-4901.
Applications should be submitted before you intend to register for classes. However, admission applications may be processed on the day of registration. Students may register without verification of previous coursework in some Northwest Florida State College courses but official transcripts from all previously attended colleges (including AP, IB, DANTES, and CLEP scores) must be received prior to the next registration period. It is important to note that during this time no financial aid can be released until the student has been fully admitted to the college and all official transcripts have been received and evaluated.
The application deadline for international students is four months prior to registration. Visit www.nwfstatecollege.edu/international for more information or call (850) 729-5319.
Applied Technology Diploma
Certificate programs are designed to prepare students for employment in selected professional, technical, and occupational skill areas. Northwest Florida State College offers 3 types of certificate programs: college credit certificates, vocational credit certificates and the Applied Technology diploma (ATD). All are technically oriented and require less time to complete than do the two-year degree programs. Courses in these certificates include professional and technical skills with an emphasis on practical application. Most college credit certificate programs include an internship option through which students may gain on-the-job experience as they study.
Associate of Arts Degree
An "A.A." degree is a program of study in preparation for advanced studies leading to a Bachelor's degree.
Associate of Science and Applied Science Degree
"A.S." or "A.A.S." degrees are technical programs of study designed to prepare students for employment in a technical or semi-professional capacity. Some institutions accept the AS degree for programs leading to selected Baccalaureate degrees.
A student registering in a college-credit course on a "not-for-credit" basis will be enrolled in an audit status. Upon completion of the course, an "X" grade will be awarded with no impact on the student's GPA. Students auditing a class are not required to complete examinations but are expected to attend classes and participate in other activities and requirements on the same basis as students seeking credit. Audit students must meet the same admission standards as credit students and must pay the same fees. Students may register or declare audit status at any time during regular registration, as well as through the end of the schedule adjustment period. After the close of the schedule adjustment period, students may not change from audit status to credit status or vice versa unless they obtain both the written permission of the instructor and the approval of the Senior Vice President. Students receiving financial aid or veterans benefits should consult with the Financial Aid Office prior to enrolling or changing to audit status.
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