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Wake Tech encourages regular class attendance; absences can hurt academic performance and are not a part of good scholarship. Students are expected to take personal responsibility for their attendance and use discretion when making schedule choices to meet the demands of work, family, and other responsibilities.
A class absence is defined as missing one-third or more of any regularly-scheduled class meeting.
Students who know of upcoming absences should notify their instructors in advance; if advance notice is not possible, students should contact instructors immediately upon their return to class.
Students are expected to attend at least 90 percent of all scheduled class meetings. If a student's absences in a class exceed 10 percent and are not justified to the satisfaction of the instructor, that instructor will complete an online withdrawal form to Registration and Student Records documenting the student’s last date of attendance. .
For information on grading and attendance policies, see Assignment of Grades for Attendance Policy Violations and Withdrawal.
Tardiness and Early Departure
Students are expected to arrive to class on time and to remain in class for the entire class period. Arriving late or leaving early disrupts the learning environment; however, extenuating circumstances may necessitate late arrivals or early departures. Classroom doors are not generally locked. If doors are locked for security or other reasons, they will be opened for students who are justifiably late or have a justifiable reason for leaving early.
Patterns of tardiness or early departure that cannot be justified to the satisfaction of the instructor will be considered violations of the attendance policy, as follows: two tardies or early departures will equate to one absence. Students should consult course handouts or instructors for more specific details.
Absences for Religious Observances
Wake Tech recognizes its legal and ethical responsibilities to accommodate students who must miss classes to participate in religious observances. North Carolina law requires that students be permitted at least two excused absences per year for these purposes. Wake Tech students are allowed two class days of excused absences per academic year for religious observances.
It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor for each course in which work will be missed. The student must provide written notification to the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester, identifying the religious observance and date of the planned absence.
Faculty members must provide a suitable accommodation for affected students. Specific accommodations may vary, depending on course content, mode of instruction, and size of class.
Examples of suitable accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Establishing a class policy allowing all students to drop one exam or assignment grade;
- Providing an opportunity for a makeup exam or equivalent assignment;
- Allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work; and
- Other reasonable accommodations determined by the course instructor.
Students are responsible for missed class content. Students must request and should be provided with any instructional materials given out during their absence.
Add, Audit, & Withdrawal Policies
Adding a Course
Students may add a course via Web Advisor, through the last day to add as published in the academic calendar. Students who find it necessary to add a course should confer with their advisors. In rare instances, after the registration systems close, courses may be added by the Registration and Student Records Services Division upon receipt of a completed Request for Registration Override form. Students must obtain this form and the required signature from the academic department offering the course.
Dropping a Course
Students may drop a course through the last day to drop as published in the academic calendar online. (date subject to change). Students who find it necessary to drop a course should confer with their advisors. Students may drop classes via WebAdvisor until the end of the published drop deadline.
Courses dropped after the last day to drop for the term and on or before the 60% date of the semester or term are considered withdrawals. Courses dropped during this period will result in a grade of "W."
Student who drop a class are advised that doing so may affect their financial aid. Students may contact the Financial Aid office to determine whether funds will be affected.
Students who wish to audit courses may do so by submitting a Request to Audit form to the Registration and Student Records Services Division no later than the last day to add. Departmental approval is not required to audit courses during the published schedule period. After the last day to add, students may request to audit by submitting the form with signatures from the instructor and the dean of the division offering the class (or designee). Requests are not accepted after the mid-point of the term.
Audited courses provide no credit hours or grade points. Registration fees and tuition for audited courses are the same as those for courses taken for credit.
A student who finds it necessary to withdraw from a course, courses, or from the college must initiate the withdrawal process by contacting the instructor of each course, and declaring his or her intent to withdraw. The instructor will then submit the necessary information to the Registration and Student Records Services Division via the online withdrawal form. Students enrolled in courses offered on schedules other than the standard 16-week semester and the regular summer term should consult the Wake Technical Community College Academic Calendar to determine the last day to withdraw and receive a grade of "W."
Assignment of Grades for Attendance Policy Violations and Withdrawals
Faculty assign grades according to methods which are professionally acceptable, communicated to everyone in the class, and applied to all students equally.
Grade of NA:
Students who never attend and do not drop on or before the drop deadline are assigned a grade of NA (never attended). There is no tuition refund for classes that are not dropped by the published drop and refund deadlines.
Grade of W:
Students who withdraw or who are withdrawn for any reason, including attendance policy violations, on or before the 60% point are assigned a grade of W.. In accordance with the state refund policy for community colleges, tuition refunds are allowable after the drop deadline for the term only in the case of military deployment or death of the student.
Grade of WP:
Students who withdraw or who are withdrawn after the 60% point with legitimate, extenuating circumstances, will be assigned a grade of WP. . It is the student's responsibility to explain the circumstances to the satisfaction of the instructor. The grade of WP counts the same as a grade of W in the determination of the student's GPA. In accordance with the state refund policy for community colleges, tuition refunds are allowable after the drop deadline for the term only in the case of military deployment or death of the student.
Grade of WF:
Students who withdraw or who are withdrawn after the 60% point with no legitimate, extenuating circumstances will be assigned a grade of WF. If a student stops attending class before the last test, final project, or final exam and has violated the attendance policy, that student will receive the grade of WF. The grade of WF counts the same as an F in the determination of the student's GPA. In accordance with the state refund policy for community colleges, tuition refunds are allowable after the drop deadline for the term only in the case of military deployment or death of the student.
Grade of F:
A grade of F indicates that the student completed the class but earned the F (failing) grade. If a student stops attending class before the last test, final project, or final exam but has not violated the attendance policy, that student will receive the grade earned, including zeroes for the work missed.
Grade of I (Incomplete):
A grade of I may be given at the discretion of the instructor if the instructor decides that the student (who has contacted the instructor to request an incomplete) has a legitimate reason for missing the last test, final project, final exam, or other assignment. The instructor must make arrangements for the student to make up the work for the final grade(s) within the time allowed for completion of incompletes (by the end of the fifth full week of the following semester). A grade of I will automatically revert to a grade of F unless the work is made up and a Grade Change form is submitted to the office of Registration and Records by the instructor.
A full-time student is a person enrolled for twelve or more semester hours of credit in the fall or spring semesters and nine or more semester hours of credit in the summer term.
A part-time student is a person enrolled for less than twelve semester hours of credit pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate program in the fall or spring semesters and less than nine semester hours of credit in the summer term.
A special student is any student who is enrolled in a credit course, but is not working toward a degree, diploma, or certificate.
For financial aid purposes only, full-time status is 12 hours credit or more each semester.
The Pre-Curriculum program is designed to prepare students for college-level coursework by helping them develop the reading, English, and mathematics skills required for entry into curriculum courses. Any person who has a high school diploma or a GED may enroll in pre-curriculum courses. The number of courses and the time required to complete them will vary. Some students may need only one course, while others may take several semesters to complete a series of courses. Students are placed in pre-curriculum courses on the basis of their admissions test scores, the recommendation of their advisor or instructor, or their own voluntary selection.
Students who require pre-curriculum courses in more than one discipline will be required to take a study skills course, ACA 090. This course has been designed to improve pre-curriculum students’ success in both pre-curriculum and curriculum courses. Depending on individual circumstances and pending advisor approval, students may take pre-curriculum and curriculum courses during the same term. Most pre-curriculum courses are offered every term, both day and evening.
A student taking required pre-curriculum courses must earn a grade of "C" or better on a seven-point scale to progress to the curriculum program or next pre-curriculum course level. A grade of "F" requires the student to repeat the course.
ENG 070, ENG 080, ENG 090
RED 070, RED 080, RED 090
DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA030, DMA 040, DMA 050, DMA 060, DMA 070, DMA 080
Some courses may have pre-requisite or co-requisite course requirements, which ensure that the student is ready to move on to a higher level course. All students are required to successfully complete the course prerequisites and co-requisites