Academic Advising

Each student shall have an adviser assigned by the Academic Dean. The number of students assigned to a lecturer as advisees should be decided by the Academic Dean in consultation with the Department Head and lecturer after the lecturer’s instructional, research, committee, sponsors and other loads have been determined. The adviser should in all cases be informed before the student is subjected to major discipline and consulted before registration is changed. On the request of either the lecturer or the student, or for some other reason, the Academic Dean may change the student’s adviser.

Candidacy for Degrees, Graduation

During the Fall Semester, students are invited to apply for graduation at the Registry. W hen a student applies for graduation, the Registrar shall receive the applications, and prepare subsequent to the deadline, a list of students applying for graduation, and the certification sought. At the beginning of the Spring semester, the Deans in collaboration with Department Heads, prepare a preliminary list of potential candidates for graduation. This list will comprise all candidates that have completed or are due to complete requirements for graduation from their respective programmes. Applicants are then informed, by letter, of their status regarding their eligibility for graduation. The Academic Dean shall present the list of acceptable candidates to the President’s Cabinet for conditional approval at least 17eight weeks before graduation. The final graduation candidate list is submitted to the President’s Cabinet for final approval one week before graduation. The approved list of candidates is then posted, using Student ID numbers only, on campus bulletin boards and the Intranet.

Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in certificate and degree programmes must satisfy certain requirements to qualify for graduation. In addition to the academic qualifications outlined below, students must meet other obligations as determined by the College in order to participate in graduation activities, and/or receive their degrees or certificates. Typical examples include fulfilment of all financial obligations, return of library material, and completion of required tests and surveys.

Associate Degree Programmes

  1. Sixty (60) credit hours are required as a minimum for the Associate Degree. The student must successfully complete all courses for the degree, having obtained no grade lower than a C- for the programme requirements, as outlined in the College Catalogue.
  2. The student must attain an HLSCC cumulative grade point average of a lease 2.0.
  3. A student must complete a minimum of 50% of the required courses at HLSCC in order to receive a degree from the College.

Certificate of Achievement Programmes

  1. Fifteen (15) credit hours are required as a minimum for the Certificate of Achievement. The student must successfully complete all course for the certificate, having obtained no grade lower than a C-.
  2. The student must attain an HLSCC cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
  3. A student must complete a minimum of 50% of the required courses at HLSCC in order to receive a certificate from the College.

Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Academic Suspension

All students are required to meet certain academic standards. Academic warning, academic probation and academic suspension policies are designed to provide careful supervision of the programme of study and progress of the student. Failure to meet standards will result in a student being placed on academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension. The minimum satisfactory grade point average at the College for normal progress and graduation is an overall “C” average (2.00 GPA) on all work taken at the College.

Academic Warning

Students will be placed on Academic Warning if they have attempted at least nine semester hours at the College and their cumulative HLSCC grade point average falls below 2.00. Students may be placed on Academic Warning only once during their matriculation at HLSCC. Academic Warning shall not become part of the official transcript.

Academic Probation

Students who have been placed on Academic Warning at any time during their matriculation at HLSCC will be subject to Academic Probation if they fail to maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average at HLSCC in any subsequent semester of attendance. Academic Probation shall become part of the official transcript.

Academic Suspension

Students who have been placed on Academic Probation at any time during their matriculation at HLSCC will be subject to Academic Suspension if they fail to maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average at HLSCC in any subsequent semester of attendance. Academic Suspension shall become part of the official transcript.

Students who are subject to Academic Suspension will have their academic progress reviewed by the appropriate Academic Dean and will be notified in writing. A student’s suspension may be for a single semester or for a full academic year and may or may not include summer terms at the discretion of the appropriate Academic Dean. A second suspension will be for a minimum of a full academic year. Following academic suspension, the student must apply for readmission to the College. Readmission requires the permission of the appropriate Academic Dean. 21

Students Returning to the College Following Academic Suspension

Students returning to the College following academic suspension are automatically placed on Academic Probation until they achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.