These regulations apply to all locations of Pueblo Community College.
Students are advised to become familiar with the PCC Academic Regulations. It is each student's responsibility to comply with the policies set forth in these regulations.
Academic IntegrityFor complete information about Student Standards of Conduct, please refer to the PCC Student Handbook. PCC assumes that you have read the handbook and that you will adhere to PCC regulations, comply with the laws of the local community, and take personal responsibility for your conduct.
PCC is committed to providing you a superior educational experience. Because academic integrity is a critical component of this experience, we expect you to maintain the highest standards of integrity while you are here. Please read and be aware of the following general information:
The following violations of academic integrity will result in disciplinary action (this is not an exhaustive list of all acts of academic dishonesty; rather, it is a guide to help you understand what constitutes academic dishonesty):
Any act of academic dishonesty, including
a. Cheating – intentionally using or trying to use unauthorized materials,
information, or study aids in any work submitted for credit or hours.
b. Fabrication – deliberate falsification or invention of any information or citation in
work submitted for credit or hours.
c. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – helping another student violate a provision
of the institutional code of academic integrity.
d. Plagiarism – the deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or
statements of another person as one’s own without acknowledgment.
e. Unauthorized Collaboration – sharing information or working together in an
academic exercise when such actions are not approved by the course instructor.
Unauthorized possession of examinations, answer keys, reserve library materials, computer software, computer codes, or laboratory materials.
Unauthorized changing of grades on an examination, or in an instructor’s grade book or grade report; or unauthorized access to academic computer records.
Nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other PCC records in, or for, academic departments or divisions.
Unauthorized selling or purchasing of examinations, papers, computer programs, and/or assignments.
Attendance PolicyYou may attend classes at PCC only if you have officially enrolled for those classes on either a credit or audit basis. You are expected to attend all scheduled meetings of your classes. If you miss a class, you must make arrangements with your instructor to make up any missed work.
If you miss 20% of a lecture or laboratory class beginning with the first official date of enrollment, your instructor will withdraw you from the course. If this happens, your instructor will assign you a “W” grade and you will be liable for all tuition and fees related to that course.
It is your responsibility to drop a course if it becomes necessary before the last day for refund. If you do not "attend" class, this includes online classes, before census your instructor will drop you for no-show..
Note: The attendance policy for certain programs, such as health programs, may differ from the general policy due to program requirements.
Letter GradesAt PCC, grades are expressed in letters which are equated to points used in calculating the cumulative gradepoint average. To calculate a grade point average (GPA), divide the total number of credit hours by the total number of quality points (the points associated with “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F” grades). Credit for an “S” grade is earned but not used in the GPA calculation.
| A (Excellent)
| B (Good)
| C (Average)
| D (Deficient)
| F (Failure)
S/A, or S/B, or S/C - Satisfactory Grade designation used only for Developmental Courses
U/D, or U/F - Unsatisfactory Grade designation used only for Developmental Courses
I (Incomplete) - designation used to show that the coursework is not complete
AU - Grade designation used for courses that are audited
W - Designation used when a student withdraws from a class
Z - Designation used to show that the instructor did not assign a grade to the course
SP - Satisfactory Progress designation used to show that although there was satisfactory progress, the grade is pending
S/A, S/B, S/CSatisfactory grades are assigned only in developmental courses. These will not be calculated in your grade point average, but the credits earned in developmental courses will count toward your earned and attempted credits. The grades received in developmental courses will not be used in calculating academic honors like the President's List, Vice President' List, and the Dean's list.46 Academic Regulations
U/D, U/FUnsatisfactory grades are assigned only in development courses. These will not be calculated in your grade point average, but the credits earned in developmental courses will count toward your earned and attempted credits. The grades received in developmental courses will not be used in calculating academic semester honors.
Incomplete GradesA grade of Incomplete (“I”) is a temporary grade in a regular course; it indicates the following:
You have a satisfactory record (C or better) in the work you have completed.
You agree to complete all requirements for removing the incomplete grade, according to the description of requirements on the Incomplete Grade Agreement Form, within the next full-length semester after the class is offered (summer excluded).
If you fail to complete the course work, a grade of “F” will be assigned.
If you would have earned a letter grade higher than an F without completing the work, the instructor may submit that higher grade before the automatic conversion to F.
It is your responsibility to initiate the request for an “I” grade from your instructor. If circumstances beyond your control prevent you from completing any coursework by the end of the term, you must immediately inform your instructor of those circumstances. Your instructor will determine whether you should be awarded additional time beyond the end of the semester to complete your coursework. If you and your instructor cannot reach a mutual agreement concerning an “I,” contact your instructional Dean.
Before the instructor can assign an “I,” the following conditions must be met:
You must present to your instructor the documentation of circumstances justifying an “I.”
You and your instructor must complete and sign an “Incomplete Grade Contract” provided by your instructor. (The department chair will send you a copy of the Incomplete Grade Contract.)
Your instructor must record an “I” grade on the final grade roster at the end of the semester. If you receive an “I,” do not re-register for the course, and do not pay additional tuition and fees. Rather, make arrangements with your instructor to complete the requirements of the class.
If you are in the military or emergency management and are required to go on temporary duty status before you complete 75% of a course, contact your instructor to arrange special consideration for an “I” grade. For special consideration, you must provide documentation of your official temporary duty orders. Your instructional dean must approve the special consideration.
Audit GradePlease see the “Part-time/Full-time/Auditor Status” section in the Applying for Admissions part of this catalog.
Z GradesA grade of “Z” indicates that your instructor did not assign a grade at the time the transcript/grade report was printed. If you receive a grade of “Z,” please contact your instructor.
Grade ChangesOnce a final grade is entered, it cannot be changed unless your instructor completes a Grade Change Form and has it signed by the department chair.
It is your responsibility to request a grade change from your instructor if you believe one is justified. After one calendar year, we will not approve a change of grade. Grades of “S,” “U,” “W,” and “AU” may not be changed.
Course RepeatsYou may repeat courses, but we will count repeated courses only once towards graduation requirements. We will count the highest grade earned in your semester and cumulative GPA, but we will list all previously attempted grades on your permanent record. Your transcript will indicate that we have recomputed your GPA. Before you repeat a course, check with your academic advisor. All credit hours earned for initial and repeated courses will be deducted from your remaining COF stipend-eligible hours.
Academic Probation & SuspensionPCC wants you to succeed and encourages you to make responsible academic choices. Therefore, your course load will be appropriately limited as defined in the course load policy (see the Advising and Registration section of this catalog for the course load policy.) Also, you must maintain at least a cumulative 2.000 grade point average (GPA) to remain in good standing. If your GPA drops below a 2.000, PCC will place you in one of the following categories to encourage you to improve.
Academic Alert – GPA less than 2.000 after attempting 12 credit hours or fewer (including W’s). You may continue to enroll in classes provided you meet with your academic advisor to discuss a plan for academic improvement.
Academic ProbationInitial Academic Probation - Cumulative GPA less than 2.000 after completing 13 or more credits in residence at PCC. You may continue to enroll in classes provided you meet with your academic advisor to discuss a plan for academic improvement, and provided you earn higher than a 2.000 GPA in the next full semester.
Continuing Academic Probation – Cumulative GPA less than 2.000 for all courses completed in residence, and the last term GPA is 2.000 or higher.
Academic SuspensionInitial Academic Suspension - Cumulative GPA less than 2.000 for all completed courses, and the last term GPA is less than 2.000. In this case, you may not register for the term following the term in which you are suspended.
Second Academic Suspension - Cumulative GPA less than 2.000 for all completed courses, and the last term GPA is less than 2.000. In this case, you may not register for two terms following the term in which you are suspended. .
Third Academic Suspension - Cumulative GPA less than 2.000 for all completed courses, and the last term GPA is less than 2.000. In this case, you may not register for one calendar year following the term in which you are suspended.
If special circumstances result in academic suspension, you may appeal the suspension with the registrar. If your appeal is upheld, you will be allowed to register without a break in enrollment. We will explain any rights and procedures of appeal in the notification letter we send you. All students returning from a suspension are placed on continuing probation.
Note: Academic probation/suspension is different from Financial Aid probation/suspension. Please see the Financial Aid section of this catalog for information about Financial Aid probation/suspension.
Academic AppealYou may appeal an academic decision only if you believe it was based on illegal discrimination or arbitrary and capricious actions. For more information about illegal discrimination, refer to the Grievance Process in the PCC Student Handbook, which you can find online at http://www.pueblocc.edu/StudentServices/StudentHandbook or in hardcopy from the PCC Dean or Student Success Office. For information about arbitrary and capricious actions, contact the PCC Dean of Student Success Office.
Academic RenewalAcademic Renewal is a program through which PCC can exclude previously earned “below average” grades from your cumulative GPA. Through this program, you have another chance to succeed without prior performance holding you back. To qualify for Academic Renewal, you must
complete at least six semester credits with a 2.000 minimum term GPA during the term in which you apply for Academic Renewal.
You may have up to 30 credits of “below average” grades, F, D, WF excluded from your cumulative GPA. These credits will continue to appear on your transcript, but they may not be used to satisfy the requirements of a certificate or degree. You may apply only once for Academic Renewal.