Online Course Policies

Students who plan to take an online course should be prepared to devote at least 3 hours per week for every credit hour of the course. Example:  MAT 152 Statistical Methods I , 4 Credit hours = 12 hours per week minimum for learning content, studying, and completing homework and collaborative group assignments.


Mathematics courses taught online require students to work at a class pace, interact with other students on collaborative assignments. All of our online courses require student participation on a regular basis.  The instructor will provide a minimum of two attendance assignments per week.  These attendance assignments may or may not be graded, at the instructor’s discretion.  Failure to complete a required attendance requirement will result in the student being counted absent.  In accordance with the department attendance policy, if a student is counted absent for more than 10% of the attendance assignments, your instructor may withdraw the student from the course unless satisfactory justification is given.


All tests and exams in online mathematics and physics courses must be proctored.  Students in online sections will take their tests at the Wake Technical Community College testing center.  Information, including location, phone number, and hours of operation for the testing centers can be found on the Testing Center website. Most Mathematics courses schedule 4 or 5 proctored tests or exams during the semester.  There are Distance Education Testing Centers located at the Main, Northern Wake, Western Wake and Health Sciences Campuses.  Students who live more than 50 miles from Wake Tech should contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements to use an Alternate Proctoring Location.

If an online student is unable to use the testing center at Wake Technical Community College, alternate arrangements for having the test proctored are possible at the instructor’s discretion.  You must contact the instructor at least 2 weeks prior to the test or exam in order to make these arrangements.


The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) restricts the instructor’s ability to communicate about student grades via e-mail.  So that the student and instructor can have quality discussions about graded assignments in the online environment, students are asked to sign a waiver giving their instructor permission to discuss grades via e-mail during the semester.  This form is not required; but if you choose not to sign the FERPA waiver, then you must make alternate arrangements with your instructor for the return and discussion of graded materials.