Policies Course Challenge In order to be eligible to take a challenge exam, the applicant must be a current or former ACC college-credit student and meet the course prerequisites and institutional enrollment requirements. Students must complete at least one course in residence before challenge exam results will be recorded on an official transcript. A student receives credit by passing the exam with a grade of A or B. Not all courses at ACC may be challenged. A student may not challenge a course more than once. No student may challenge a course for which she/he is currently enrolled or has a grade of A, B, C, D, F, I, W, or AU. Course challenge grades are not computed in students grade point averages (GPA) nor do they count toward scholastic achievement awards in any given semester.
To challenge a course, a student must:
- Obtain a Course Challenge Form from a campus Admissions and Records Office,
- Obtain the signature of the appropriate Academic or Workforce Dean, Task Force Chair, or Program Coordinator who approves the testing and assigns an instructor to administer the test,
- Obtain the signature of the assigned full-time or part- time instructor, who has previously taught the course at ACC and has agreed to administer and grade the challenge examination,
- Return the signed Course Challenge Form to the Admissions and Records Office,
- Pay a fee of $10 per credit hour, with a $30 minimum, and
- Take the Challenge Examination. The instructor submits all copies of the Challenge Form to a campus Admissions and Records Office. If the grade is A or B, it is recorded on the student's transcript under the heading Institutional Examination. If the grade is C or lower, it is not recorded.
International students may not apply course challenges toward the 12-hour enrollment requirement established by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. International students must be enrolled full-time and attending class.
Freedom of Expressions. "Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class. In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking. There are bound to be many differing viewpoints. These differences enhance the learning experience and create an atmosphere where students and instructors alike will be encouraged to think and learn. On sensitive and volatile topics, students may sometimes disagree not only with each other but also with the instructor. It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions."
Incomplete Grades. Incompletes will only be given if the student has substantially completed the course with a passing grade. The instructor must be notified before the end of the semester if the student needs an incomplete and all work must be made up as soon as possible. Incompletes are not recommended as students will miss the extra credit for finishing on time and many incompletes are never completed.
Scholastic Dishonesty. "Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work. Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression. Academic work is defined as, but not limited to test, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations, and homework".
Students with Disabilities. "Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes".
Rule of Third Attempt. "Per state law, effective spring 2006 any student taking a class for the third time or more may be charged an additional $60 per credit hour unless exempted. Click here for additional information.
Rule of Six...Withdrawing from a Course. Students may withdraw from a course at any time before the withdrawal deadlines published in the academic calendar. Withdrawing from a course or notifying the instructor does not constitute authorized withdrawal. Students who fail to officially withdraw from a course are at risk of receiving an F on their transcript. See the catalog for details on student-initiated withdrawals and instructor-initiated withdrawals.
Per state law, students enrolling for the first time in fall 2007 or later at any Texas college or university, may not withdraw (receive a W) from more than six courses and allow a student to withdraw from a course without having it count toward this limit. Students are encouraged to carefully select courses.
Students should refer to the Blackboard support website: Distance Learning Student Information for information in determining whether Distance Learning courses are right for you, defining how to succeed in Distance Learning Courses, tutoring options, and other resources.
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