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|Academic advising is an interactive process which connects students with a knowledgeable faculty or staff member who can help them make wise educational decisions. Students who have received effective academic advising will understand the courses required to complete a degree, develop a personal plan to be successful in these courses, and be prepared to register for courses appropriate to their skill levels and educational goals. All new students will meet with an academic advisor during ConnectSession, Durham Tech’s new student orientation. Returning admitted students will connect with an assigned program academic advisor. Visiting students are advised during general registration in the Advising and Registration office. All students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration each semester. Detailed instructions are provided on the advising web page.|
|Semester class schedules are available on the college’s website. Each semester, returning admitted program students may register during priority registration using WebAdvisor, Durham Tech’s online registration system. New and visiting students will register during general registration using WebAdvisor. To register for courses, all students must receive approval from an academic advisor and use WebAdvisor to register. Students may pay their tuition and fees through WebAdvisor or in person at the Cashier's office. Students receiving veterans educational benefits must also receive approval from the Veterans Affairs office before they pay tuition and fees. Detailed instructions are provided on the registration web page.|
|Changes of Schedule|
|Students who have met with an advisor during priority, general, or late advising and registration may register, make schedule adjustments, and add or drop courses by accessing WebAdvisor through the last day of late registration. Students do not need to meet with an advisor again unless they are registering for classes not previously approved by an academic advisor or need additional assistance.
Students may not add classes to their class schedules or change sections after the last day of late registration.
The college reserves the right to reassign students to different sections or classes if it determines that such reassignments are in the best interests of the student and/or of the teaching and learning process.
|Grade Reports and Reporting|
|Grade reports are available through WebAdvisor at the end of each semester. The grade report information includes the semester hour credits earned and the grade point average for the semester.
Each semester, Durham Technical Community College establishes a date on which final course grades are due. Instructors will not generate a final grade for a student prior to that date. To ensure that all students are treated in a fair and equitable manner, faculty in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer Department will not generate a final grade for any student prior to the final grade due date. Furthermore, instructors will not arrange early exams for any student in order for the student to meet deadlines at another institution. Students who find that this policy conflicts with grade reporting deadlines at their home institution must work to resolve the matter at that college or university rather than at Durham Technical Community College.
|Student Withdrawals, Faculty Withdrawals, and Class Absences|
|Students withdrawing from the college must officially withdraw through the Advising and Registration office. Students may officially withdraw from one or all courses during the designated withdrawal days of each semester without the enrollment being shown on the transcript. After the close of the drop period and prior to the 60 percent date in the semester, students may officially withdraw from one or all courses with a grade of W. Students may receive a grade of F due to lack of attendance. Failure on the part of the student to withdraw officially from a course could result in a grade of F. Therefore, all students should refer to the instructor’s attendance policy included on the course syllabus, and students with questions or concerns should consult with their instructor.
To initiate an official withdrawal, a student should obtain a drop/withdrawal form from the Advising and Registration office and return it completed to the Advising and Registration office. The Advising and Registration office is located on Durham Tech’s Main Campus in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 1200. Students making registration changes may be eligible for a refund and must complete the necessary refund request process. The college refund policy is described herein.
Students with medical situations that necessitate requesting withdrawal from all credit courses past the normal deadlines should complete the Request for Medical Withdrawal form, attach appropriate documentation, and submit the form and documentation to Durham Tech’s Counseling office. Withdrawal requests past the normal deadline will be recommended for approval only if the student provides appropriate medical documentation as specified in the procedure. The Counseling and Student Development office is located on Durham Tech’s Main Campus in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center, room 1309. For more information, call 919-536-7207, ext. 1413.
The last date for students to withdraw with a refund and the last date to initiate a withdrawal with a grade of W are published in the Important Dates section of the website. During the traditional 16-week fall and spring semesters, the 60 percent date is ordinarily near the end of the tenth week of class; for a 10-week semester, near the end of the sixth week; and for an 8-week term, near the end of the fifth week. For irregular length courses, the last day students may withdraw with a grade of W is publicized by the instructor.
Any student with consecutive absences equaling or exceeding 15 percent of the instructional hours for the course prior to the official withdrawal date for the course will be withdrawn from the class by the instructor with a grade of W.
If a student misses 15 percent of the class meetings consecutively such that the student’s last absence occurs after the first 60 percent of the instructional hours for that course, the instructor will submit a withdrawal form assigning the grade of F. Students enrolled in Developmental Education courses in this situation will be withdrawn with a grade of W. Excused absences are not counted when calculating the 15 percent absence threshold.
Students should refer to the instructor’s attendance policy included on the course syllabus, and students with questions or concerns should consult with their instructor.
A student who has withdrawn from a class or been withdrawn from a class may request reinstatement subject to the approval of and conditions set by the instructor. To be reinstated, the student must have been in good academic standing in the course at the time of withdrawal and must provide the instructor with evidence that the extenuating circumstances which necessitated the withdrawal will no longer be a problem.
In certain Health Technologies programs, if the student exceeds the 15 percent absence limit after the 60 percent date, penalty points may be imposed when the student is required to fulfill licensure certification or program accreditation requirements.
|Class Absences (Revised September 2010)|
|Absences are calculated from the first class meeting, not from the student’s first attendance date. Hence, students entering late may have already accumulated part of the absence limit which varies according to the contact hours of class.