Each student is assigned a faculty or staff advisor to assist him/ her in selecting proper courses, interpreting course requirements and selecting a well-balanced program. The assistance of an advisor does not, however, relieve the student of the responsibility of studying the DSCC Catalog and Student Handbook and fulfilling all the requirements for his/her particular goal.
In addition to each student’s faculty or staff advisor, assistance is available at advising centers located in the Student Center on the Dyersburg Campus, the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County and the DSCC Gibson County Center. Hours of operation vary by location, but the advising centers are normally open from mid-May to mid-August and in mid-December and early January. The advising centers assist currently enrolled students, as well as those who are new or readmitting. Advisors are available to assist students with their class selections and educational goals. Advising appointments may be made online through Appointment Plus, which is available at www.dscc.edu. For more information, call the DSCC One Stop Center at 731-286-3350 or the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County at 901-475-3100 or the DSCC Gibson County Center at 731-855-1419.
Academic Fresh Start
A student who has not attended an institution of higher learning for at least four years, has gained maturity through extended experience outside a higher education setting and has demonstrated better than average academic performance upon his/her return to college, may seek special permission for an Academic Fresh Start. The grade point average of a student requesting an Academic Fresh Start is calculated only on work completed at Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC). Requirements for Academic Fresh Start are as follows:
- Separation from all institutions of higher learning for at least four years prior to enrolling at DSCC.
- After enrolling at DSCC and before Academic Fresh Start can be awarded, the student must complete all Learning Support courses and earn at least 15 semester hours in college-level courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
- A written request for Academic Fresh Start must be made to the Vice President for the College; the written request must describe an academic plan for improvement.
- A student granted Academic Fresh Start forfeits the use of any college credit earned prior to the four-year separation period stated above.
Upon approval by the Vice President for the College, the student will be granted Academic Fresh Start. The student’s permanent record will retain a record of all academic work. However, the record will note the date that a fresh start was made, and the student’s grade point average and credit totals will be based only on work beginning with that date.
All Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions will honor an Academic Fresh Start granted at another TBR institution; however, non-TBR institutions are not obligated to accept the fresh start provision.
Academic Fresh Start will be granted only once; Academic Fresh Start cannot be reversed.
Academic Retention Standards
A student who is working toward an associate’s degree must maintain the following cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) as determined by the number of hours that the student attempts and the final grades earned. Refer to the table shown below.
The minimum quality point average required to earn the associate’s degree is 2.00 in college-level courses. A student who fails during any term to attain a cumulative Grade Point Average at or above the level indicated below for the credit hours attempted will be placed on academic probation for the subsequent term.
||Cumulative Grade Point Average
A student who is working toward a certificate must maintain the following cumulative Grade Point Average as determined by the number of hours that the student attempts and the final grades earned.
||Cumulative Grade Point Average
|21 or more
The student who is enrolled in one or more Learning Support courses must comply with the minimum grade requirement of “C”.
Retention Standards for the Nursing Program are listed in the Division of Nursing Student Handbook. Student handbooks are available in the Nursing Division office.
Probation and Suspension Procedures
At the end of the next term of enrollment, a student on academic probation who has failed to attain either the above cumulative standard or a 2.0 Grade Point Average for that term will be suspended for one term. The summer term may not be counted as the term of suspension. Students who are suspended may appeal to the Admissions and Retention Standards Committee to seek readmission without delay of their academic program. The Admissions and Retention Standards Committee may deny the readmission request, recommend immediate readmission with stipulations or recommend immediate readmission without stipulations. Stipulations for immediate readmission may include but not be limited to the following:
- A reduction of academic class load;
- A reduction of organized student activity responsibilities;
- Repeating courses in which unsatisfactory grades were earned;
- A reduction of employment;
- A combination of the above.
Pre-registered students who are placed on Academic Suspension will be removed from the course sections for which they have pre-registered.
The regular academic year is divided into two semesters, Fall and Spring; each term lasts 15 weeks. More than one session may be included in the Fall and Spring terms. There is also the Summer term which consists of several sessions ranging in length from three, five or ten weeks.
Students may add course sections online through their MyDSCC account. The Last Day to Add is listed in the Academic Calendar for each term or summer session. After this date, adding course sections online is not available.
Failure to complete the proper procedures for adding a course may result in not receiving earned credit. Students who add a class after the first official day of classes need to be aware that enrollment in classes is not guaranteed but may depend on the number of classes missed and the instructor’s assessment of the student’s chances for success in the course.
The Testing Center is located in room 128 of the Student Center on the Dyersburg Campus. Testing services are also offered at the Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County and the Gibson County Center. Information about availability of testing and scheduling of tests by location can be found on the DSCC webpage or by calling 731-286-3355.
The Testing Center administers the residual ACT, the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS), and the General Educational Development test (GED). The center also assists various academic divisions, including the Division of Nursing and the Division of Business, Technology and Allied Health, with administration of exams for entry into programs or as a requirement for completion of a specific program of study. Furthermore, the center aids the Office of Institutional Advancement in administering the Graduate Exit Exam to candidates for graduation.
ACT scores are an admission requirement for students under the age of 21. The COMPASS is administered to degree-seeking students over the age of 21. ACT and COMPASS scores are used for the purpose of course placement.
The GED is administered at the Dyersburg Campus for citizens in the community to receive their high school equivalency diploma. Individuals are required to take the Official GED Practice test before taking the GED exam. The practice test is administered by the Dyer County Adult Education Program. For more information, contact the Dyer County Adult Education Program at 731-286-3231.
Cancellation of Scheduled Classes
DSCC reserves the right to cancel classes that do not have sufficient enrollment. If more than one section of the same course is offered, low enrollment sections may be cancelled to promote the most effective instruction. Instructor assignments are also subject to change.
Change from Credit to Audit
With the approval of the student’s advisor and under certain conditions, the student may change from credit (grade earned) to audit prior to the deadline as listed in the Academic Calendar. Changing from credit to audit cannot be done online by the student but rather is completed through the use of a Change of Registration form available at the One Stop Centers and online at www.dscc.edu. The Change of Registration form must be completed and submitted to a One Stop Center. The form is then processed in the Office of Records. Changing back to credit status is not allowed.
Change in Program of Study
The Office of Records needs to be made aware of any change that a student makes in his/her program of study. A student who desires to change his/her degree, major, area of emphasis or concentration should complete a Change of Information form. This form is available at any One Stop Center and online at www.dscc.edu.
Regular class attendance is essential to student success in college. Absence from the classroom negatively affects student success and learning outcomes. DSCC has established the following Class Attendance Policy (03:18:00), which is applicable to all students attending classes both in person and online.
- Attendance at all class sessions and regular participation in any online course for which a student is registered is expected.
- Absences will be counted from the first meeting of the class.
- It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to an absence from class or shortly after the absence. The instructor will determine whether an absence is excused or unexcused.
- The student is responsible for all work and/or lecture material covered in any missed class session. The instructor will determine whether to accept makeup work for the class.
- Students who have three consecutive unexcused absences from a class that meets three hours per week, or two consecutive unexcused absences from a class that meets twice weekly, or one unexcused absence from a class that meets once weekly in a three-hour block, will be reported as “stopped attending.” Students who do not participate in an online course for one week will be reported as “stopped attending.”
- Students who exhibit a pattern of absences, even if not consecutive, may also be reported as “stopped attending.”
- A “stopped attending” designation may negatively impact receipt of current and future financial aid.
- It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from a course if a “stopped attending” designation is reported or if continuing, regular attendance proves impossible. In these circumstances, failure to withdraw from a course by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar will result in a grade of “F” and may negatively impact eligibility for future financial aid and/or continued enrollment. (Please note that a grade of “W” may also negatively impact eligibility for future financial aid.)
- Failure to contact the instructor prior to an absence may result in the designation of the absence as being “unexcused.”
- Students wishing to appeal a determination of an unexcused absence or “stopped attending” designation should attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor within five days from the last date of attendance. If the student still wishes to appeal, he/she must present the matter in writing to the Vice President for the College within five days after attempting to clarify or resolve the matter with the instructor. The Vice President should receive the appeal within ten days after the last date of attendance. After the Vice President for the College receives the appeal, a hold will be placed on the student’s account during the appeal process. The Vice President for the College will render a final decision within ten days. If the Vice President for the College denies the appeal, unearned financial aid money will be returned to the Federal Government (as required by Federal law), and the student may have an account balance. It should be noted that if an appeal is not requested, any unearned financial aid money will be returned to the Federal Government, and the student will have to repay unearned financial aid money.
- Nothing in this policy shall be construed as preventing an instructor from having a more restrictive attendance policy regarding absences for an individual class.
Class Attendance during Inclement Weather Conditions
The administrative offices remain open during snow and/or icy conditions or during inclement weather. A student desiring to receive a text message may register for a RAVE account at http://www.dscc.edu/node/3756. As alternatives, a student should check the DSCC website (www.dscc.edu), the DSCC Update line (731-286-3303) or local media to learn of class cancellations or schedule alterations. Each student must use his/her discretion in attending classes when snow and/or icy conditions exist. Refer to the DSCC Student Handbook section for more details.
Each student is responsible for making up any missed work and for getting the information presented in the missed classes. If a student misses an exam, the student should make arrangements immediately to make up the exam.
Classification of Students
Classification of students is based on the number of earned hours as shown below:
Freshman - 0 to 28 hours
Sophomore - More than 28 hours
Special Undergraduate - Student who is not working toward a degree
ORN 1010 - Orientation: Learning to Succeed
ORN 1010 - Orientation: Learning to Succeed is recommended for all degree-seeking freshmen who begin their college experience at Dyersburg State Community College and all degree-seeking transfer students who have not earned any college-level hours..
Each student entering DSCC should be “computer literate” upon graduation. A student who is computer literate has the following competencies:
- A basic knowledge of how computers function and an understanding of basic computer terminology;
- An ability to utilize the computer and appropriate software for the following: (a) word processing, (b) self-instruction and (c) collection and retrieval of information;
- A basic knowledge of how and when computers can be used in the individual’s field of work and daily life;
- An appreciation of the ethical, economic and social impact of computers in the present and future.
Learning Support courses are numbered 0810 or 0820 and do not apply toward the courses or credit hours required for graduation or certificate completion; courses beginning with “1” are freshman level; courses beginning with “2” are sophomore level.
Students who complete 12 or more college-level hours with a 3.50-4.00 Grade Point Average will be placed on the Dean’s List for that semester. This honor is based on calculations made at the end of the semester and cannot be updated later to reflect grade changes, such as the removal of incomplete (I) grades.
Directory information relating to students will be considered public information unless the student requests in writing that such information remain confidential. Directory information is as follows: name, address, telephone listing, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, photograph, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
Dismissal from the College
A student may be dismissed from DSCC for failure to meet minimum academic standards. Other reasons for dismissal are addressed in the DSCC Student Handbook section of this catalog.
Dropping a course section is available online until the last Day to Drop, Withdraw or Change to Audit as listed in the Academic Calendar for each term or summer session.
Enrollment, Certification and Status
The following schedule of hours attempted will be used to determine the status for various certifications of attendance requested by students: full-time is 12 or more semester hours; three-quarter time is 9-11 hours; one-half time is 6-8 hours; less than half-time is 5 or fewer hours.
Grade Appeal Procedure for Courses
(See below for RODP Grade Appeal Procedure)
The procedure for appealing grades is designed to provide any student at DSCC with a clearly-defined avenue for appealing the assignment of the final grade which he/she believes to be unjust. The complaining student has the burden of proof in all cases. The procedure will be terminated at the level at which the student and the instructor are brought into agreement on the appealed grade or at the level at which the student ceases to pursue the proper process.
- A student with a question about a grade shall first consult the instructor who recorded the grade in an attempt to achieve a satisfactory resolution. The consultation shall be within 10 class days following the commencement of the subsequent semester.
- If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the student may submit a written complaint to the appropriate academic officer: the Dean of Arts and Sciences or the Dean of Business, Technology and Allied Health or the Dean of Nursing. (In the event that the instructor and the academic officer are the same, or if the academic officer disqualifies himself/herself for any reason, the Vice President for the College shall receive the complaint.) The academic officer will attempt to resolve the complaint in consultation with the student and the instructor within five class days of the formal presentation of the written complaint. The academic officer may consult with appropriate faculty members. A change of grade request may be initiated at this time.
- If a satisfactory resolution is not reached in Step 2, the student may inform both the instructor and the academic officer that he/she wishes to make a written request for a review to the Appeals Board. The student shall make a written request to the appropriate academic officer to request a review by the Appeals Board within five days following the end of the prescribed time in Step 2 and shall include in the request a rationale for this request. The academic officer, within five days of receiving the student’s request, must forward the student’s request to the Appeals Board, together with copies of all correspondence and records pertaining to the complaint.
- Upon receipt of a request for review, the Chairperson of the Appeals Board shall set a meeting date and provide written notification to the student, the instructor, the appropriate academic officer and the Vice President for the College of the meeting date. (The meeting date shall be within seven days of the receipt of the request.) The rationale for the decision to review the grade shall be included. The student and the involved instructor will be included. They will appear before the Board to clarify the written reports.
- The Appeals Board shall submit its findings in sufficient explicit detail to explain these findings.
- The Vice President for the College, the appropriate academic officer and the instructor shall jointly review the findings of the Appeals Board, and a final decision shall be made and announced.
Grade Appeal Process and Procedures for RODP Courses
- The student contacts his/her Home RODP Campus Contact (submit concern in writing via e-mail).
- The Home RODP Campus Contact communicates with the RODP Campus Contact from the delivering institution and explains the student’s concerns.
- The RODP Campus Contact from the delivering institution notifies the instructor or department chair of the situation.
- Once a decision has been reached, the RODP Campus Contact from the delivering institution communicates back to the Home RODP Campus Contact.
- The Home RODP Campus Contact records the decision and communicates with the student.
- The student has the right to appeal the decision following the Student Rights and Appeal Process at the student’s home campus.
- In the event that the student elects to appeal the decision made by the delivery institution, all course documentation should be provided to the student’s home campus for evaluation. The student must adhere to the grade appeal process at the home campus, which is responsible for the final grade appeal decision.
Grades, Availability of
Students may view and print their grades for a particular term by accessing MyDSCC from the DSCC webpage (www.dscc.edu). To protect the confidential nature of the student’s record, no grades will be released by phone. For additional information, see Transcript of Credits in this section.
DSCC operated on the quarter system from Fall 1969 – Summer 1988 and converted to the semester system in Fall 1988. All course work, including quarter terms, is listed in semester hours on the academic transcript.
||Audit - no credit
||Passing but less than satisfactory
||Beginning letter for grades in transfer courses
||Final grade not submitted
Quality Point System:
Only grades of A (4.00), B (3.00), C (2.00), and D (1.00) carry quality points.
The Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of GPA Hours. Courses which have been officially dropped are not included in GPA Hours.
A transcript will include term and cumulative GPA calculations which ensure that all Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) institutions treat Learning Support hours alike in calculating the GPA. The transcript will include the following: (1) a GPA comprised only of hours taken in courses numbered 100 and above (“college only” GPA) and (2) a GPA comprised of hours taken in courses numbered 100 and above and hours taken in Learning Support courses (“combined” GPA).
The following are based on each calculation:
- The “college only” GPA will be used in calculating the required GPA for graduation.
- The “college only” GPA will be used in determining graduation honors.
- The “college only” GPA will be used in determining term honors.
- The “combined” GPA will be used in determining suspension and probation.
- The “combined” GPA will be used in determining financial aid eligibility.
- The “combined” GPA will be used in determining athletic eligibility.
Students who complete 12 or more college-level hours with a 3.00-3.49 grade point average will be placed on the Honor Roll for that semester. This honor is based on calculations made at the end of the semester and cannot be updated later to reflect grade changes, such as the removal of incomplete grades.
A grade of “I” indicates the student has not completed requirements of a course due to mitigating circumstances acceptable to the instructor. All course requirements necessary to complete an “I” must be accomplished within 14 calendar days from the first day of classes in the next semester. A grade of “I” which is not completed within 14 calendar days from the first day of classes in the next semester becomes a grade of “F”. The one exception is that the time limit for removing an “I” received spring semester carries over until the fall semester. The Office of Records will send an e-mail notification to students whose grades of “I” are changed to “F” within six weeks from the first day of class. Grades of incomplete “I” earned during the student’s semester of proposed graduation will delay the student’s graduation until another term.
Students placed in Learning Support courses at Dyersburg State will be graded on the same basis as students in other courses at the College with the following exception. To successfully complete a Learning Support course, the student must earn a grade of “C” or higher. A grade of “E” will be awarded to those students who have made a significant effort to complete the coursework required in a particular course but who have not completed all course objectives in that course; these students must repeat the course in order to meet the requirements for successful completion. There are no quality points, GPA Hours, or Earned Hours awarded for a grade of “E”.
A grade of Audit “AU” will be given to those students who officially enroll in a course for auditing purposes. This grade does not affect the term or the cumulative Grade Point Average. Auditors are not required to prepare lessons or papers or take examinations. The deadline to change from credit (grade earned) to audit is printed in the Academic Calendar. A student who has enrolled in a course for a grade of Audit is not allowed to change to credit (grade earned). Fees for audit courses are assessed on the same basis as fees for credit courses.
DSCC offers five degrees: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Fine Arts (AFA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) and the Associate of Applied Science (AAS.) Students completing certificates are also recognized for their accomplishment.
Intent to Graduate forms must be filled out by each prospective degree or certificate candidate no later than the date specified in the Academic Calendar of the DSCC College and Student Handbook . Commencement is held in May. Students completing degree and/or certificate requirements in December or in May are invited to participate in the May Commencement. Students completing graduation requirements at the completion of the summer term are also invited to participate in the May Commencement but will not receive their diploma until degree or certificate requirements are met.
Graduation Requirements for Degree-seeking Students
Graduation Requirements for All Students Seeking Degrees:
- Complete at least 60 semester credit hours of college-level courses.
- Meet general education requirements and specific requirements for the selected program of student as listed in the DSCC College and Student Handbook .
- Must complete at least 25 percent of the credit hours for the degree through DSCC instruction.
- Must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.00 in college-level courses.
- Must complete an Intent to Graduate form and submit it to the Office of Records, located in the Eller Administration Building, Room 133,no later than the date specified in the Academic Calendar of the DSCC College and Student Handbook .
- If applicable, complete all Learning Support courses with a minimum grade of “C”.
- Participate in the testing and assessment program required by the DSCC Office of Institutional Advancement.*
- Submit order information for a cap and gown to the DSCC Bookstore before March 1 of the intended year of graduation.
* Additional Testing Requirement for Specific Majors
Students pursuing the AAS degree in the following majors must complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. DSCC will award three credit hours of elective credit for the Gold or Platinum rating on the NCRC. Contact the Office of Records for more information about receiving credit.
- Business Related Technology
- Computer Information Technology
- General Technology
- Health Information Technology
- Criminal Justice (previously Justice Services)
Students are allowed to graduate under the requirements of the DSCC College and Student Handbook under which they entered or any subsequent catalog, provided that the catalog containing the program being followed is not more than five years old based on the date of completion of graduation requirements. Students may not elect catalogs from an academic year in which they were not enrolled at least one term.
For the process of auditing the completion of graduation requirements, candidates must submit an Intent to Graduate to the Office of Records. After a review of the academic transcript and the required courses in the program of study, the candidate and his/her academic advisor will begin receiving information from the Office of Records.
Prior to graduation, each candidate will be required to confirm with the Office of Records that all graduation requirements have been met.
Additional Graduation Requirements for Nursing Students
To qualify for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, the student must complete a minimum of 66 semester hours in the traditional Nursing Program or 63 semester hours in the Advanced Standing LPN-RN Fast Track Program with a grade point average of 2.0. The student must be enrolled in Nursing courses on the Dyersburg State campus for at least 2 semesters to include Nursing courses numbered 200 (NUR 213 does not meet this requirement). A nursing student is to graduate under the curriculum in place upon admission to the Nursing Program. If the student is readmitted into the Nursing Program, he/she will graduate under the catalog in place at the time of readmission.
Additional Graduation Requirements for Health Information Technology Students
In addition to the graduation requirements for all candidates, those candidates seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology must earn a “C” or higher in each required course.
Additional Graduation Requirements for Emergency Services Students
In addition to the graduation requirements for all candidates, those candidates seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Services must earn a “C” or higher in each required course.
Completion Requirements for Certificate-seeking Students
Completion Requirements for All Candidates:
- Meet general education requirements and specific requirements for the selected certificate as listed in the DSCC College and Student Handbook .
- Must complete at least 25 percent of the credit hours for the certificate through DSCC instruction.
- Must have a cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 2.00 in college-level courses.
- Must complete an Intent to Graduate form and submit it to the Office of Records no later than the date specified in the Academic Calendar of the DSCC College and Student Handbook .
- If applicable, complete all Learning Support courses with a minimum grade of “C”.
- Participate in the testing and assessment program required by the DSCC Office of Institutional Advancement.*
- Submit order information for a cap and gown to the DSCC Bookstore before March 1 of the intended year of certificate completion.
*Additional Testing Requirement for Specific Certificates
Most DSCC certificates require the completion of the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. Students completing a certificate should check with the Office of Institutional Advancement or the Office of Records for NCRC requirements for a specific certificate.
The NCRC exam is offered at any Tennessee Career Center. Failure to complete the NCRC exam will prohibit the release of the student’s diploma or official copies of the academic transcript.
Students graduating with the following grade point averages in college-level courses taken at DSCC will receive the corresponding honor designations: 3.00-3.49, Cum laude; 3.50-3.74, Magna cum laude; 3.75 or higher, Summa cum laude. Only those students who complete a minimum of 30 college-level hours in DSCC courses will be considered for the honor of top academic graduate.
Students are allowed to graduate by the requirements of the DSCC College and Student Handbook under which they entered or any subsequent catalog, provided the catalog containing the program being followed is not more than five years old based on the date of completion of graduation requirements. Students may not elect catalogs from a year in which they were not enrolled at least one term.
Withholding of Degree
Prior to graduation, the prospective candidate’s file will be reviewed. The student must meet all requirements for graduation, be free of debts to DSCC and be approved for graduation by the Office of Records. Students who fail to meet these requirements will have the degree withheld.
Obtaining a Second Degree
While a student may earn only one Associate of Arts (AA), one Associate of Fine Arts (AFA), one Associate of Science (AS), one Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) or one Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a student may earn a combination of these degrees. For example, a student may earn the Associate of Science degree and the Associate of Applied Science degree. If a student wishes to complete the requirements for a major in a different degree, the student must complete all curriculum requirements and a minimum of 16 semester credit hours beyond the requirements for the first associate’s degree. The student will receive a second diploma. The DSCC transcript will indicate the completion of the requirements for a second degree and major and area of emphasis or concentration.
Obtaining a Second Major
A second major may be obtained under the Associate of Applied Science degree. The student must complete all curriculum requirements for the second major. There will be no second diploma. The DSCC transcript will indicate the completion of a second major.
Obtaining a Second Area of Emphasis or Concentration
A second area of emphasis may be obtained under the Associate of Arts (AA) and the Associate of Science (AS) degree. A second concentration may be obtained under the Associate of Applied Science degree. The student must complete all curriculum requirements for the second area of emphasis or concentration. There will be no second diploma. The Dyersburg State transcript will indicate the completion of the requirements for a second area of emphasis or concentration.
Prior to graduation, the student seeking more than one degree, or more than one major or more than one area of emphasis or concentration may use the same DSCC College and Student Handbook . Following the initial graduation, however, the student seeking a subsequent degree, or major area of emphasis or concentration must adhere to the course requirements of the current or later DSCC College and Student Handbook .
Participation in Testing
To assess and improve its academic programs, DSCC requires all graduation candidates to take one or more tests designed to measure general education achievement and/or achievement in selected major areas as a prerequisite to graduation. Participation in testing may be required of all students or students in selected programs of study or students on a sample basis. The evaluative information obtained through the testing is used solely to improve the quality of the educational experience for future generations of students.
The Honors Program provides exceptional educational opportunities for highly motivated and well-prepared students. The program works individually with students in planning their educational experiences at DSCC. Students may earn Honors distinction by meeting these requirements: attendance at honors orientation; completion of a minimum of 12 hours of Honors coursework with at least a grade of “B“ in each course; and completion of an Honors Project with a minimum grade of “B.” To become a member of the Honors program, an incoming freshman must have a minimum ACT composite of 26 and a 3.5 high school Grade Point Average (GPA). An existing student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed 12 hours of college-level coursework. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. An appropriate Honors distinction is indicated on the student’s transcript and the Honors student is recognized at Commencement. For more information about the Honors Program, contact Dr. Dave Strong at 731-286-3343 or email@example.com.
Planning Courses of Study
The responsibility for selecting a program of studies rests upon the individual student. DSCC does, however, furnish its students with the guidance and assistance in outlining and following through with a program of studies leading to the successful completion of the student’s objectives.
Successful completion of college-level courses requires a specified amount of study outside the classroom as well as within the classroom. Successful completion of a program of study is dependent upon the student’s commitment to study beyond the classroom.
Records of each student’s grades are kept on permanent file by the Office of Records. Since these records are permanent and are frequently referred to for the purpose of supplying information to legitimate sources, students should be acutely conscious that they are building a future and that diligent study will stand them in good stead after graduation.
Access to Records
Students may have access to official school records that directly concern them by filing a written request. Forms for this purpose are available at the DSCC One Stop Center, located in the Student Center on the Dyersburg Campus and at the One Stop Centers at the Gibson County and Jimmy Naifeh Centers. Requests for official transcripts can also be made through MyDSCC for those students with access. A printable transcript request form is also available at www.dscc.edu. Students may challenge the records if inaccuracies are found.
The following information is not available to students: (1) letters and statements of recommendation in files prior to January 1, 1975; (2) financial information provided by parents; and (3) medical or psychological records which are created, maintained or used only in connection with the treatment of the student.
Registration for Courses
Detailed procedures for registration are given each semester in the class schedule. Registration is available online through MyDSCC, which is accessed from www.dscc.edu. More information about registration for courses and other student information services can be found at this address.
DSCC conducts Priority Registration (pre-selection of classes) for current students. Registration information is posted on the DSCC website and is emailed to each student’s DSCC email account. Announcements about Priority Registration are also posted on MyDSCC.
Following Priority Registration, pre-registration is conducted for first-time students and for those who apply for readmission.
A student is not officially enrolled until he/she has completed all the requirements of registration including payment of fees.
For the purpose of increasing mastery in a course for successful performance in a subsequent course or for the purpose of increasing the grade point average, a student may repeat a course in which the final grade received was a “C” or lower. A student may be permitted to repeat a course in which a grade of “B” or higher was earned only with the approval of the Vice President for the College. The credit hours earned by repeating a course will be counted only one time in the cumulative total hours earned. Grades in the third and subsequent attempts are used in calculating the Grade Point Average.
If a course is repeated once or twice, with the exception of the grade of “W” or “AU,” the last grade earned will stand even if the last grade is an “F” and the student has previously received a grade higher than an “F”. If a course is repeated more than twice, the grades in the third and subsequent attempts are used in calculating the GPA. All repeated courses will remain on the student’s transcript.
The academic transcript reflects all grades earned in the same courses. Repeated courses are designated by the following notations:
||Exclude from Grade Point Average (GPA)
||Include in Grade Point Average (GPA) and Earned Hours
||Include in Grade Point Average (GPA)
Veterans receiving educational assistance benefits may not repeat courses previously passed and for which financial assistance was received.
Semester Hour Load of Students
Sixteen to 17 credit hours is the regular or normal load per semester, and 19 credit hours is the maximum load. Any student desiring to register for more than 19 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters must (1) have completed all required Learning Support courses; (2) have earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0; (3) obtain a Request for Overload form from a DSCC One Stop Center or online at www.dscc.edu; (4) present the completed form to the Vice President for the College.
The following guide is offered to help evaluate the number of hours one should carry in accordance with the number of hours one works:
||Hours worked per week
||Suggested Semester Hours
Schedule of Classes
The schedule of classes provided each semester is for the convenience and guidance of students and faculty. DSCC reserves the right to cancel classes that do not have sufficient enrollment. Divisions offering more than one section of the same course may cancel sections as necessary to promote the most effective instruction. Faculty assignments are also subject to change.
The following policies and procedures govern the credit that will be granted by DSCC for courses completed at other colleges and universities:
- Official transcripts of credits attempted from all institutions of higher education must be sent to the DSCC Office of Admissions at the time of application.
- Credit may be granted for courses completed at other institutions of higher education. Decisions concerning the acceptance of transfer work will be determined by the following factors: (a) the educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers; (b) the comparability of the nature, content, or level of credit earned to that offered by DSCC; and (c) the appropriateness and applicability of credit earned to the programs offered by DSCC.
- College-level courses completed with a grade of “D” or higher at comparable institutions will be posted on the academic record as earned hours only. Grades and quality points will not be calculated in the DSCC Grade Point Average.
- Learning Support courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher at other Tennessee Board of Regents institutions will be posted on the academic record as earned hours only. Grades and quality points will not be calculated in the DSCC Grade Point Average.
- The student is responsible for notifying the DSCC Office of Records if a grade of “Incomplete” from a transfer institution is removed and to request that an official transcript indicating the grade change be sent to the DSCC Office of Records.
- There is no maximum number of credit hours that can be transferred to DSCC; however, at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree must be earned through DSCC instruction.
- Efforts are made to evaluate official transcripts prior to a student’s initial enrollment; after the evaluation is completed, the student and his/her advisor are informed when the evaluation is complete.
Additional Means of Earning Credit
Additional credit hours may be awarded according to the guidelines listed below. Please contact the Office of Records for more information.
Advanced Placement (AP)
DSCC participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Students who have been admitted or are enrolled at DSCC may receive credit on the basis of the examination conducted by CEEB. To be eligible for credit, official scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Test must be submitted to the Office of Records. AP credit that is listed on an official academic transcript from another regionally accredited institution will be honored.
Armed Services Credit
A student who has completed six months or more of continuous full-time active military service will be awarded two credit hours of physical education activity credit upon presentation of a copy of the service member’s report of separation (DD214) indicating an honorable discharge.
Students who plan to receive educational benefits through the Veterans Administration must provide documentation concerning all prior learning, including, but not limited to, transcripts from all regionally- accredited colleges and universities. These students must also submit the following documents for the evaluation of military training:
||DD214 & AARTS transcript or DD295
||DD214 & Community College of the Air Force Transcript or DD295
|Army Ntl Guard
||DD214 & AARTS transcript
||DD214 & DD295 or DD2586
||DD214 & DD295 or DD2586 or the Sailor/Marine Corps American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
|Veterans (Ret. or Discharged)
||DD214 with characterization of service
Credit may also be awarded for other types of prior learning. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the Office of Records about any prior learning and to see that official documents are submitted to that office. Please note that “official” transcripts and test scores are those sent directly to the Office of Records from the issuing institution or agency.
Those service members requesting Advanced Pay must see that all required documents are submitted to the Office of Records and the Veterans Affairs Counselor at least six weeks prior to the deadline for requesting Advanced Pay.
Educational benefits through the Veterans Affairs may not be paid until the service member desiring to attend DSCC has met all admissions requirements and has been admitted to a degree-seeking or approved certificate program. For more information about receiving credit for prior learning, contact the Office of Records or the Veterans Affairs Counselor.
College Level Examination Program
A student may earn credit for college course material through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) according to the following criteria:
- Credit will be given for acceptable scores in Subject Examinations only.
- Credit will not be given for scores in CLEP General Examinations.
- The English Composition CLEP examination must include a written essay for credit to be awarded.
To receive credit for a CLEP examination, a student must attain a score of at least 50 as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Official test scores from Educational Testing Service or CLEP credit posted on an official academic transcript from another regionally-accredited institution must be submitted to the Office of Records before credit can be awarded. CLEP examinations may be taken on the Dyersburg campus by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call the Distance Education Office at 731-286-3292.
Credit for Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) Rating
DSCC awards up to 16 semester hours of college credit for successful completion of the CAP Examination. Students enrolled at DSCC who have passed the CAP Examination may be awarded 16 semester hours of credit from the following list:
||Records and Information Management
||3 semester hours
||Administrative Office Management
||3 semester hours
||Business and Office Communication
||3 semester hours
||Principles of Accounting I
||3 semester hours
||3 semester hours
||3 semester hours
||Introduction to Management
||3 semester hours
||3 semester hours
A student desiring to receive credit for the CAP exam should request that his/her test scores or pass/fail results of the exam be sent from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) directly to the Office of Records. The student should then contact the Dean of Business, Technology, and Allied Health for a determination of specific course credit to be awarded. A written verification of the credit to be awarded should be sent to the Office of Records. The specified courses will then be posted to the DSCC transcript; the student will receive a grade of Proficiency (PR) for each course recommended by the Dean of Business, Technology and Allied Health. The student will receive earned hours but no quality points; therefore, the awarding of this credit will not affect the student’s Grade Point Average.
Credit for English Composition
DSCC awards six hours of credit for ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 to students with an ACT English subscore of 32 or above. Students who have previously taken ENGL 1010 and/or ENGL 1020 and earned a passing or failing grade are not eligible. Credit awarded by other regionally accredited institutions on the basis of ACT scores for ENGL 1010 and/or ENGL 1020 will be honored.
Credit by Department Examination
Students who have achieved competence equivalent to that offered in a course of instruction at DSCC through on-the-job training, previous instruction, or other methods may receive credit by challenge examination. To receive credit by examination a student must:
- Be admitted to DSCC.
- Make application with the appropriate academic dean during the semester before credit is to be given, in any case, no later than the last day of regular registration as listed in the Academic Calendar.
Note: Some programs at DSCC are not eligible for credit under this policy. The academic dean will inform the applicant if a Department Examination is not an option.
- The student must demonstrate completion of all course prerequisites.
- If the academic dean is satisfied that the student has a reasonable chance to be successful on the examination, an examination of the course will be scheduled not later than the first week of classes.
- The student will be required to pay the appropriate fee for the challenge examination before testing. (See Fees and Expenses section of this catalog.)
- The academic dean or designee will administer the examination at the scheduled time. The score will be “Pass” or “Fail”.
- The academic dean will indicate the score of the examination on the application and forward the application to the Office of Records. If the score on the examination is “Pass,” the student will be given credit for the course. If the score is “Fail,” the application will be placed in the student’s record.
- If a student makes a score of “Fail” on a challenge examination on or before the Last Day to Add, the student may register for the course section if an opening is available. Any additional fees for the course must be paid at the time of registration.
Students must complete 12 credit hours prior to having Credit by Examination credit hours placed on their transcripts. Department examinations may not be taken in the elementary level of a field in which the student has received credit for advanced work. A student may challenge a course only one time, and a challenge may not be used to remove any grade previously recorded.
Credit for Life Experience
Life Experience credit may be awarded to a student who demonstrates that he/she has gained proficiency in learning outcomes related to a specific course through work experience. Credit for Life Experience is not awarded for the work that one has done but rather for the knowledge gained through work. DSCC has a partner agreement with LearningCounts.org, which is a component of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Through this agreement, students can pursue college credit through various methods, including the development of a portfolio which addresses knowledge gained on-the-job. Eligibility for credit under this policy requires that the student must have completed all Learning Support courses and 12 semester hours of college-level courses with a Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher.
More information is available at www.learningcounts.org or from the Career Development Counselor/Advising Center Director.
Dual Credit (Credit by Assessment) for Career Technical Education
Through articulation, Dual Credit or Credit by Assessment, is an opportunity available to recent high school graduates (within two years of graduation) to receive credit and/or advanced placement at DSCC for specific Career Technical Education (CTE) courses completed in high school.
The Dual Credit process begins while the student is enrolled in high school and culminates after the student graduates from high school and enrolls at DSCC.
To apply for Dual Credit, a high school student must adhere to the following procedures:
- Complete a high school CTE course which aligns with a DSCC course leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and/or certificate (articulated course)
- Pass the challenge exam for the DSCC articulated course
- With the assistance of the high school guidance counselor or CTE instructor, complete an Application for Dual Credit and send it to the Dean of Business, Technology & Allied Health.
Following high school graduation:
- Within two years of high school graduation, enroll as a degree-seeking student at DSCC.
- After successful completion of at least three credit hours at DSCC, dual credit for the articulated course will be posted to the DSCC transcript.
Note: Articulated credit applications will be held for two years after the student has graduated from high school.
Credit for Tennessee Law Enforcement/Corrections Academy
All Tennessee Law Enforcement/Corrections officers are required to complete an extensive training program at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy or the Tennessee Correction Academy. Students enrolled at DSCC who have completed specific training programs at these academies may be granted up to nine credit hours as listed below.
Students completing the prescribed training in 1991 or thereafter at the Tennessee Correction Academy may receive the following credit: CRMJ 1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice , and three semester credit hours of CRMJ electives. Students completing the prescribed training in 1989 or thereafter at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy may receive the following credit: CRMJ 1010 - Introduction to Criminal Justice and six semester credit hours of CRMJ electives. This credit may be awarded once the student has completed a minimum of 12 college-level semester credit hours at DSCC.
Students who want to receive this credit must submit an Academy diploma or certificate to the DSCC Office of Records. The diploma or certificate must indicate the date training was completed since restrictions do apply.
Credit for Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (formerly Tennessee Technology Center) Training
Students who complete certain courses at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology in Newbern, Ripley, or Covington may be eligible to receive credit in specific DSCC courses. For more information, contact the Director of the College of Applied Technology; or the DSCC Office of Records; or the Dean of Business, Technology & Allied Health.
Transcript of Credits
Transcripts will be furnished free of charge up to a maximum of six copies per semester. A fee of $1 will be charged for each additional transcript. Requests for official transcripts can be made through MyDSCC for students who have access. All other transcript requests must be in writing. No telephone requests will be accepted. While facsimile transcript requests will be accepted, Dyersburg State does not send transcripts to individuals, agencies or other institutions by facsimile.
Withdrawal from the College
Students who find it necessary to withdraw from DSCC must do so within the Academic Calendar deadlines stated in the DSCC College and Student Handbook . Students may withdraw online from all courses until the deadline to drop, withdraw, or change to audit.
Dropping or Withdrawing Due to Mitigating Circumstances
Students who drop a class in compliance with the stated deadlines will not receive a punitive grade in the class. Students who withdraw from a class after the stated deadlines will receive a grade of “F” unless existing mitigating circumstances are approved by the Dean of Student Services.
If a student feels he/she has mitigating circumstances for dropping a course(s) or withdrawing from the College AFTER the last day to officially drop or withdraw without receiving punitive grade(s) of “F”, the student must:
- Submit a letter stating the need and reason for the drop or withdrawal.
- Provide adequate, written documentation to support the mitigating circumstances claimed in the request for the non-punitive withdrawal or drop after the official deadline.
- Secure the approval (signature) of his/her instructor(s) AND advisor. If the student is not degree seeking, only the signature of the instructor(s) is required.
- Request a “case review” from the Dean of Student Services. The Dean of Student Services will review the documentation and make a recommendation on the petition for change in enrollment status.
Please note: A case review does not guarantee automatic approval of a class drop or withdrawal from the College without punitive grades.
Approved mitigating circumstances for changing registration after stated deadlines are as follows:
- Illness of the student or immediate family;
- Death in the immediate family;
- Change of conditions of employment;
- Financial emergency;
- Other circumstances beyond the student’s control which are deemed to justify exception to the withdrawal policy.
The student is required to provide adequate written documentation to support the specific mitigating circumstances claimed in the request for non-punitive change in enrollment status after the published deadline.
If a student submits a request for a late drop or withdrawal due to mitigating circumstances AFTER the final day of the semester, in addition to Steps 1-4 above, he/she must request a grade change from each instructor involved or pursue the Grade Appeal Procedure outlined in the Academic Affairs and Regulations section of this catalog.
Withholding of Grades/Transcript
Students who do not have all the required credentials on file in either the Office of Admissions or Office of Records will not be able to participate in pre-registration for the next term(s). Additionally, if the required credentials have not been received by the end of an academic term, grades will be withheld. Students who owe any debts to DSCC or have delinquent library materials will not have access to their grades/transcript until these discrepancies are removed.