Adult Degree Completion Program

Program Policies

Updated Fall 2013

Calendar and Student Load

Students enroll in major courses to total twelve semester hours each term. It is recommended that the student not enroll in any additional courses outside the major. However, those students who conclude that additional course work is prudent may take non-major courses if the student has the prior written consent of both the director of adult degree completion programs and associate registrar. Written consent is obtained when a Course Approval Form, available in the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies, is completed. If the student fails to obtain written consent for non-major courses, Milligan College is not committed to apply those hours toward degree requirements. Although completion of all degree requirements is ultimately the responsibility of the student, this procedure supports accurate academic advising.

Failing Grades/Incomplete

A student who fails a course (grade of “F”) can be permitted to continue with the same group in subsequent courses for the term so long as the course failed is not a prerequisite to the following course. However, the course in which the failing grade was earned must be repeated successfully prior to graduation. (See also “Probation and Dismissal” below.) Grades of “Incomplete,” or “I,” are given at the end of a course only when there is evidence that a significant event or issue interfered with a student’s successful completion of the course.  Faculty assigning a grade of “I” must complete an “Incomplete Contract” and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.  The student must resolve the “I” within six weeks of the course’s final meeting through continuing work with the instructor. Only under extraordinary circumstances can the student apply for an incomplete grade and the six-week extension to resolve the “incomplete” grade. Students are reminded to make every effort to avoid “I” grades that are recorded on the transcript.

Repeating Courses

Any student who must or wishes to repeat a course may do so on a space-available basis. Tuition is paid for any repeated courses at the current tuition rate for the group with which the student will meet for that repeated course. See Course Repeat Policy under Academic Policies in this Catalog.

Course Attendance

Because of the concentrated scheduling and the emphasis upon participatory learning, students need to attend every class meeting. Please note that the emphasis is on attendance in a course. Students are expected to arrive on time for each class session. Attendance has a positive effect upon the learning that occurs in any course, but attendance is particularly important in condensed courses. Although emergencies may cause a student to be late for class or actually to miss an entire session, such situations should be the exception rather than the rule. When an emergency requires tardiness or absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor about missed assignments and class content. Making arrangements with a classmate to receive copies of class notes or a tape of the class can be useful but cannot equal attending class. Excessive absence can result in unintentional withdrawal and/or failure of the course.

Probation and Dismissal

A student who fails to receive a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) during any period of enrollment at Milligan or who fails to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at any time is placed on academic probation or dismissed. The student’s behavior and attitude exhibited toward academic pursuit are factors in determining probation or dismissal. If a student fails to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 by the end of the term in which the student is currently enrolled, the college is not obligated to grant the privilege of further study at Milligan College.

Dropping an ADCP Class

Students who choose to drop an ADCP class must notify the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies. A staff member from that office will complete the appropriate paperwork to effect the class drop. Students are encouraged to check with Student Financial Services before dropping a class in the ADCP Program to discuss financial aid implications.

ADCP classes dropped prior to the first night of class will not appear on the student’s transcript. Students may drop an ADCP class with a grade of “W” based upon the following schedule:

Class Length  Deadline for Dropping with Grade of “W”
Five weeks    End of 3rd class meeting

Students dropping an ADCP class after the deadlines indicated above will be assigned a grade of “WP” (“withdrawal, passing”) or “WF” (“withdrawal, failing, and equivalent to an ‘F’”) at the discretion of the instructor. However, the instructor or Academic Dean has the right to assign a grade of “WF” at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

Any refund of tuition or fees in case of dropping a class is governed by the refund policy in the finances section of the Catalog.

ADCP Program Withdrawal

ADCP Program withdrawal entails the dropping of all ADCP classes in a current semester and the ending of the student’s enrollment at the college for that semester.  Students who withdraw from the college must understand that this action can have significant consequences related to financial aid. ADCP students may withdraw from enrollment in a particular semester either through intentional action on their part or through administrative action on the college’s part.

Intentional Withdrawal

ADCP students intentionally withdraw when they drop all classes in which they are enrolled in a current term and complete the appropriate paperwork to withdraw from the college. ADCP classes dropped prior to the first class meeting and as part of an intentional withdrawal will not appear on the student’s transcript. ADCP students intentionally withdrawing from the college may drop their current class enrollments with a grade of “W” for incomplete classes when the withdrawal takes place within the following time limits of a particular ADCP class:

Class Length  Deadline for Receiving Grade of “W” Due to Intentional Withdrawal
Five weeks    End of 3rd class meeting

Intentional withdrawals occurring after the above time limits will result in a grade of “WP” or “WF” for the class currently under way at the discretion of the instructor. However, the instructor or Academic Dean has the right to assign a grade of “WF” at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

Administrative Withdrawal

The college may administratively withdraw ADCP students who are not attending class, who fail to meet the prerequisite(s) for a particular class, or who otherwise are not demonstrating serious academic effort. ADCP classes dropped prior to the first class meeting and as the result of an administrative withdrawal will not appear on the student’s transcript. Administrative withdrawals will result in class grades of “W” for incomplete classes when the withdrawal takes place within the following time limits of a particular ADCP class:

Class Length  Deadline for Receiving Grade of “W” Due to Administrative Withdrawal
Five weeks    End of 3rd class meeting

Administrative withdrawals occurring after the above time limits will result in a grade of “WP” or “WF” for the class currently under way at the discretion of the instructor. However, the instructor or Academic Dean has the right to assign a grade of “WF” at any point in the semester in instances of academic dishonesty or other academic infractions.

Any refund of tuition or fees in case of program withdrawal is governed by the refund policy in the finances section of the Catalog. No adjustments or refunds are granted to persons dismissed from a term or program for reasons related to academic performance or academic integrity.