Academic Expectations and Information

Attendance

Regular class attendance is expected. Faculty members announce any special attendance requirements during the first class meeting of each semester or session. Nonattendance resulting in an NS (no show) grade can impact Financial Aid status.

  • Students are expected to attend all classes except in the event of illness or an unavoidable emergency.
  • Students are responsible for making arrangements to complete all work before attending athletic events, field trips or other college-sponsored events. Written assignments must be turned in to instructors before the event or at a time designated by instructors.
  • Students are responsible for meeting all class requirements regardless of absences and/or tardiness from class.
  • Students attending Schoolcraft College under special programs may have specific attendance requirements.

Non-Attendance: It is important that students do not simply stop attending classes. Students who register for a class but do not attend any class sessions, or attend only the first week of class and do not officially drop or withdraw from the class, will receive a grade of NS (No show). Students in Open Entry/Open Exit classes who never attend orientation or complete only orientation and no other assignments or tests will receive an NS grade. Students in online classes who never log-in to the course or who log-in and complete no other assignments or tests will receive an NS grade. Students in hybrid classes who never log-in to the course or attend on-campus sessions, or students who log-in but complete no assignments or tests and who do not attend on campus sessions will receive an NS grade.

The NS grade signifies non-attendance, and will not be used in calculating the grade point average. The NS grade will result in a loss of, or reduction in, financial aid for the semester. Financial aid is only available for students who have established eligibility for financial aid through attendance. The student is responsible for the resulting balance.

Students who plan to transfer credits to another college or university should investigate the implications of an NS grade with the receiving institution. It is up to the receiving transfer institution to determine how the NS grade will be handled. If students attend more than the first week of class and/or complete some coursework, and then stop attending, the instructor will assign an appropriate final grade in relation to
total course requirements achieved, which will impact grade point average. In order to retain their eligibility for federal financial aid, students must make “satisfactory academic progress” by completing a specified number of credits over a defined period of time. An NS grade means that the class in question cannot be counted toward satisfactory academic progress.

Issuance of an Incomplete Grade: An instructor may award an incomplete (I) grade to students who, because of extenuating circumstances, were unable to complete the coursework within the regular college semester or session. Students must have successfully completed the majority of the course before the incomplete grade is granted. The responsibility for completing a course rests with the student. If an I grade reaches expiration, and the Records office has not received a change in grade form indicating another earned grade, the I grade will be automatically changed to a 0.0 grade.

Cancellation of Classes

Single class meeting cancellations: Classes cancelled on a one-time basis during the semester due to instructor illness, etc. will be listed in the Cancellations and Closings link on the college’s website.

Class cancellations due to weather or other emergency: See College Closings Due to Emergency or Inclement Weather.

No-classes-cancelled Guarantee: The SC No-classes-cancelled Guarantee serves students by not cancelling credit classes based on the number of students registered. This enables students to plan ahead and to achieve their educational goals at Schoolcraft if they know that certain classes are going to be available. As sections of classes fill up, Schoolcraft uses just-in-time scheduling to add sections based on student demand. There are situations in which a class might be cancelled for reasons other than the number of students enrolled. For example, if an instructor originally scheduled to teach a class becomes unavailable and the college is unable to find another instructor for that class, the college reserves the right to cancel that class. The college also reserves the right to cancel limited-enrollment or restricted-enrollment classes. These classes often depend on a minimum number of students enrolling to ensure the learning activities in the class can be accomplished. If a class is cancelled, students will be contacted to select another class or request a refund. Refunds are processed back in the method they were paid. The college may change the day, time or location of classes.

Classification of Students

  • Freshman: Fewer than 26 credit hours.
  • Sophomore: 26 or more credit hours.
  • Junior: greater than 60 but less than 100 credit hours
  • Senior: 100 or greater credit hours
  • Full-time: 12 or more credit hours per fall/winter semester; 6 or more per spring/summer.
  • Part-time: Fewer than 12 credit hours per fall/winter semester; fewer than 6 per spring/summer.
  • Special/Dual Student: High school student who is enrolled in Schoolcraft at the same time he/she is enrolled in a high school or home school curriculum.
  • Advanced Standing: A student who has previously completed at least an associate
    degree at Schoolcraft or another college or university.

College Closings Due to Emergency or Inclement Weather

The college uses text, email and voicemail messaging to notify students when the college is closed due to weather or an emergency. In order to receive these messages, students must sign up at http://www.schoolcraft.edu/sc-alerts.

In addition to sending the text/email/voicemail message, the college will post updated information on the college’s website (www.schoolcraft.edu) and on the college’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/schoolcraftcollege). Major news radio and television stations also provide school closing listings on their broadcasts and on their webpages. Weather conditions can vary widely, even over a small geographic area. Students must exercise their own judgment concerning safety, whether the college is open or closed.

Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct and Judicial Procedures is a document that describes the college’s expectations for how students will conduct themselves academically and as members of the college community. 

Credit Hours

In general, students receive one hour of credit for each hour required in class per week during a 15-week semester. However, classes with labs, such as art, science, computers and technology, may require additional class hours. Credit hours are listed in the course description section of this catalog.

Course load

  • Fall and winter semesters: A full-time load is 12 semester credit hours. Students must obtain permission from an academic advisor or counselor before the beginning of the semester to elect more than 18 hours. Normally, students eligible for credit hour overloads earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the previous semester at Schoolcraft College.
  • Spring and summer sessions: The full-time course load in the spring and summer sessions is six semester credit hours. Students must obtain permission from an academic advisor or counselor before the beginning of the semester to elect more than nine hours. Normally, students eligible for credit hour overloads earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the previous semester at Schoolcraft College.

Dean’s List

During the fall and winter semesters, the college recognizes students for high academic achievement by naming them to the Dean’s List. The college sends a letter of recognition to students’ homes, notifies hometown newspapers and publishes the names in the student newspaper, the Schoolcraft Connection. The minimum requirements are:

  • Full-time students with a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Part-time students who, after completing a total of 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 credit hours, have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

Students may register to receive text, email and voicemail messages containing emergency notifications and timely warnings as well as information about weather-related college closings. Students can register for SCalerts at www.schoolcraft.edu/scalerts

  • Emergency notifications are triggered by an event that is currently occurring or imminently threatening the campus.
  • Timely warnings are issued when a crime has been committed on or near campus and represents a continuing threat to the campus community.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) 

See Privacy Rights section in Student Rights and Responsibilities

Grades and Grade-Point Average

The grading system and computing method for grade-point averages are explained below.

Grades Grade Scale
Excellent Performance
4.0–3.5
Very Good 3.4–3.0
Good
2.9–2.5
Average
2.4–2.0
Below Average
1.9–1.5
Poor 1.4–1.0
Failure
0.0
W * Withdrawal
No points
I ** Incomplete
No points
AUDIT ***
No grade or credit awarded No points
No Show (NS)**** 
No points
R
Repeated course No points

* See Dropping Class(es) for a “W” Grade. Observe dates posted on the Important Academic Dates page on our website.

** See Issuance of an Incomplete Grade.

*** Students must request to audit when registering for classes.

**** See Non-Attendance.

Note: Individual programs may have special grade requirements.

To calculate grade-point average, multiply the course credit hours by the grade received to get the grade points earned. Divide the total grade points earned by course credits earned to yield the grade-point average. The last grade and credits earned replace any previous grade and credit hours in computing the grade-point average. The earlier grade remains a part of the student’s transcript and is identified with an R on the transcript. A grade of NS, W, or I will not replace the earlier grade in a repeated course. Transfer credit will not be accepted for a course if the student has earned a grade (0.0 to 4.0) for that course from Schoolcraft College. Schoolcraft may limit the number of times a student can repeat a course.

Graduation

It is important for your future employment and educational goals to complete the Graduation process, even if you don’t participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Learn more at http://www.schoolcraft.edu/graduation.

Identification

Each semester’s tuition payment receipt identifies students as Schoolcraft College students. When attending classes, using the library, computer labs, testing services or attending college-sponsored events, students need to carry their student ID card for identification.

Picture identification cards are available in the Registration Center at no charge for credit students. Another form of valid photo identification must be presented to obtain a card. There is a charge to replace a lost ID card.

Just-in-time Scheduling

As class sections fill up, Schoolcraft uses just-in-time scheduling to add sections based on student demand. Students are encouraged to frequently check WebAdvisor for newly added class sections. Also see Waitlist information.

Prior Learning Credits 

The college offers several options for evaluating prior learning and/or college-level credit earned outside of Schoolcraft College including work life experience, special licensure or certification, articulation credit, credit by exam, CLEP/DSST exams, and advanced placement credit. See Prior Learning Credits for more information. 

Reporting an Incident/Concern

The college uses an online reporting tool for tracking and responding to complaints and incidents on campus. Students may use this online tool to submit an academic appeal, an appeal for late refund or W grade, or express a concern about academic integrity; report concerning or threatening behavior; or report an incident that is of general concern to the submitter. Reports can be submitted with a name or anonymously. Students can access SCcares at www.schoolcraft.edu/screport.

Residency Status

Residency status determines a student’s tuition rate.

  • A resident student is one whose legal permanent residence is within the college district, which includes the public school districts of Clarenceville, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth-Canton. Students are charged tuition based on the address on record in the Records office at the beginning of the semester. Students who move and change their residency status, but do not report the change, will be charged the appropriate tuition rate.
  • A nonresident student is one who resides outside the college district.
  • An out-of-state student is one whose legal residence is beyond the boundaries of the State of Michigan.
  • F1 international students and other visa holders who are admitted to the college are charged International tuition rates, regardless of length of residency within the district or state. The legal residence of unmarried students under 18 years of age is that of their parents or guardian, regardless of where the student may reside. For those older than 18, the legal residence is the city in which residence is permanently maintained. Students who change their legal residence must complete a Personal Data Change form in the Registration Center office. Students will be asked to provide one or more of the following items as proof of resident status:
    • Valid driver’s license, State ID or voter registration card showing the address in question.
    • Bills from public utilities defined as electric, gas, or landline phone. Cell phone bills are not accepted.
    • Current property tax statement/receipt, rental agreement/receipt, or tax return for the address in question.
    • Pay stub or other proof the college finds acceptable.
    The director of registration services will review questions about resident and nonresident status. Address changes that impact tuition rates must be received on or prior to the deadline for the semester. Deadlines are posted on the Important Dates page on the college's website and in the Registration Guide. Only students with adjustments of status pending may be eligible for a residency status review. Residency rate reviews will not be granted for previously attended semesters.

Student email

Schoolcraft College requires email for all credit students. Students are expected to access their SCmail account at www.schoolcraft.edu/scmail. Email is the primary means for communicating with students, and students will be held accountable for information shared by the college via the email account. Students may forward their Schoolcraft email to another email address. The college will not sell your email addresses or use them for any reason other than to communicate official college business and information.

Use of SCmail (provided by Google Apps for Education) is governed by the Schoolcraft College Student Code of Conduct, Google Apps Terms of Service, and Google Acceptable Use Policy:

Testing

Placement testing: Placement in the appropriate class is important to academic success. Therefore the
college may require new students to complete placement testing to assess readiness in English, mathematics, and reading. As an alternative to completing placement testing, applicants may submit ACT/SAT scores that are not more than three years old to the Records office. Students with guest student status are not required to take placement tests.

Students taking the placement test need to present their photo identification and their student number. There is no charge for your first test; however, there is a fee for subsequent attempts. Placement test scores are used to discuss course selection and academic planning with your academic advisor or counselor.

Make-up and distance learning tests: Instructors who permit students to make up exams may arrange for a make-up test to be taken at the Testing Center. Students taking online mathematics courses also
may take their exams on a drop-in basis at the Testing Center as scheduled by their
instructors.

Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications

See Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings.

Transcript Request 

Schoolcraft College has partnered with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) to provide the service of secure online ordering and delivery of transcripts. Safe, fast, and easy, it is the most efficient way to order your official transcripts. Learn more about transcript requests at http://www.schoolcraft.edu/student-records/outgoing-transcripts.

Waitlist

If a desired class is full, students may use WebAdvisor to add their names to a waitlist for most traditional credit courses. Should a spot become available, the student will receive notification of permission to register via email.

The student must register (using Manage my Waitlist option in WebAdvisor) and pay before the specified date and time in the email or permission to register will expire and the seat will be offered to the next student on the waitlist.

Students enrolling from the waitlist once the class starts must obtain instructor consent and visit the Registration Center during normal business hours before the deadline in the waitlist email. If you are unable to register in person before the deadline, call 734-462-4426 for additional assistance.

It is the student's responsibility to drop any sections for which he or she registered and paid and the available waitlisted section duplicates. Failure to do so may result in paying for two sections of the same course. Waitlisting is not available for courses in the Virtual Learning Collaborative or for non-credit/CEPD classes.