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  Aug 19, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 Catalog

Registration Information



Class Schedule

Semester class schedules are available at www.blueridgectc.edu. Students are encouraged to refer to the website for the most-up-to-date version of the schedule.

Academic Advisement

Academic advising is a developmental process which assists students in the clarification of their educational and professional goals and in the development of plans for the realization of those goals. It is an ongoing and multifaceted process by which students are assisted in realizing their maximum educational potential through communication and information exchanges with an advisor. An Academic Advisor is initially assigned based on academic interest expressed by the student. It is the responsibility of both the student and his/her Academic Advisor to participate in the advising process equally. The Academic Advisor serves as a resource for course/career planning and academic progress review and as an agent of referral to other campus services as necessary. The Academic Advisor is not authorized to change established policy of the College. After consultation with an Academic Advisor, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to choose and implement his/her academic program and to see that all specific requirements for that program and all general requirements for graduation from the College have been met in an acceptable and timely manner.

BRIDGE

BRIDGE is a secure online program that provides web-based services for students. BRIDGE can be used to:

  • Register for classes
  • Add/Drop classes 
  • Review Charges
  • Review & Print Class Schedules
  • Review & Print Unofficial Transcripts
  • Apply & Review Financial Aid
  • Email Instructors
  • Pay for tuition
  • Review degree evaluation and progress toward graduation through DegreeWorks
  • Apply for Graduation
  • Order Official Transcripts
  • Print Enrollment Verifications
  • Update Veteran Classification and Self Identify

To access BRIDGE, go to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Home Page and click the "BRIDGE" link. The User Log-on screen requires a "User ID" and "PIN". The User ID is the 9-digit Student Identification Number. If a student does not know his or her Student ID, he or she can click on "look up my SID" on the BRIDGE Homepage. The PIN number is originally set as the student's birthday (MMDDYY) entered with no dashes. Immediately after entering BRIDGE for the first time, the student is prompted to create a new PIN; this pin number is a 6-digit number of the student's choice and cannot be retrieved by the faculty or staff at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. This new PIN will be used with the User ID to access BRIDGE. From that point forward BRIDGE provides students' access to "Student Services", "Financial Aid" and "Personal Information" screens.

Registration Information

General Information

To register for classes on BRIDGE, the student must log-on using his or her User ID and PIN number. After selecting the Student Services screen, the student will click on Registration and enter the CRN's for the classes for which he or she wishes to register.

Alternate PIN

To register for classes new students must enter an "Alternate PIN" number. This Alternate PIN number must be obtained from attending a live or virtual Orientation session and is not to be confused with the PIN number used by the student to log-on to BRIDGE. The Alternate PIN is entered on the Registration screen of BRIDGE. This number changes from semester to semester and should be kept through the add/drop period.  Continuing students do not use an Alternate Pin Number.

Course Request Number (CRN)

Class registration on BRIDGE is conducted by entering the Course Request Number (CRN) for each class. The CRN for each class is listed in the Class Schedule. If special permission or approval is required to register for a course, students must see the appropriate person listed in the Schedule of Classes prior to registering.

Registration Holds

BRIDGE will inform students of any holds on their accounts. Students with outstanding financial or other obligations will not be permitted to register until all obligations are cleared by the appropriate office(s).

Online Classes

Technology allows some classes to be taught online. Class formats vary as follows (check the comment section of the course schedule):

Designation (Comments Section)

Definition

Online

A fully-online course with all contact hours made via the Internet

Blended: Web & Campus

75% or more of the course is delivered online with a few scheduled campus meetings. The course will meet on campus for the first class, then again on dates established by the instructor. The day, time, and location of the on-campus meetings are listed on the course schedule

Hybrid: 50% Online

Approximately 50% of the course is delivered on-campus and 50% is delivered online. The course will meet on-campus at the day, time and location listed on the course schedule

Web-Assisted

All contact hours are made in the classroom, but students complete assignments and homework online, and access course materials online. Use of the web component is mandatory and has an impact on the student's success. (i.e. Requires use of Blackboard, Connect, MyMathLab, WebAssign, MyWritingLab, TurnItIn, Etc.)

Since the comments field is limited to 28 characters, in some cases only a portion of the designation will fit into the field. Information in the comments field will be listed in the following order, where applicable:

  1. Length of term (i.e. First 8 Weeks, Second 8 Weeks, First 5 Weeks, Second 5 Weeks)
  2. Special fees
  3. Pre-requisites
  4. Delivery mode (using one of the designations above)

Online classes are enumerated in the online schedule at www.blueridgectc.edu. The specific format of an online class is defined by the instructor and is available during registration in the comments section of the online schedule.

Special Topics Courses

The College offers courses which fulfill short-term needs not justifying permanent listing in the catalog or which respond to requests received on short notice. Credit given will be from one to four hours, and the course may be repeated as needed by the department. Topics for these courses will be created as needed by each department. Special Topics courses vary in content with each offering. When offered, a Special Topics course title includes a subtitle describing that course's specific content.

Variable Credit Courses

Variable credit courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes with a range of hours the course may be taken. To enter variable credit click on the underlined credit hours for each variable credit course or click on Change Class Options at the bottom of the screen. Enter desired hours (noting allowed range) and click on Submit Changes. Scroll down, check hours, or click Return to Menu, click on Student Detail Schedule and check hours.

Maximum of 19 Credits

Students may register for a maximum of 19 credit hours per semester.  A student who wishes to enroll for more than 19 hours must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and secure the written approval of the Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator using the Course Change Form.  If the overall grade point average is less than 3.0, students must first petition the Admissions and Credits Committee for permission before proceeding to get required signatures.  Approval forms to enroll for more than 19 hours and Admissions and Credits Petition forms are available at the Welcome Desk or online under Current Students and then Registrar Forms.

Closed Class

BRIDGE will indicate if a course is closed by giving a registration error message on the screen. The student can then check other sections of the same course for available openings by scrolling down and clicking on class search.  If a class is closed a student may add themselves to the waitlist (if it is not already at capacity).

Waitlisting

If a class is full or closed a student has the option to waitlist themselves in the registration screen in their Bridge account.  Once notified the class is full or closed, choose waitlist from the drop down menu.  A maximum of 10 students can be waitlisted for a class.  At such a time when a seat becomes available in a course, the first student on the waitlist will be notified via their Blue Ridge Community and Technical College email and they will then have 24 hours to register for the class in their Bridge account.  If the 24 hour time expires and the student has taken no action to register in Bridge, they will forfeit their place on the waitlist and the seat becomes available to the next student on the waitlist.

Time Conflicts

If a student requests two courses whose start and/or end time overlap, a time conflict is created. The student can then check other sections of the same course for available openings by scrolling down and clicking on class search. An override may also be obtained from a Division Dean or Program Coordinator. If the Division Dean or Program Coordinator placed the approval in the computer, the student will then be available to register on BRIDGE. If not the student should report to the Enrollment Management Office for processing. Time conflicts require written permission from the instructor of both courses.

Other Conflicts

Students cannot register in BRIDGE for two sections of the same course. This includes special topics courses with the same number, such as 199 or 299. Students should report to their Academic Advisor for approval.

Confirm Schedule

After all CRN numbers have been entered and if there are no registration errors, the student must click Submit Changes.  When finished click on Confirm Schedule.  Click on Menu then click on Student Detail Schedule to check accuracy.

Registration Process

Currently Enrolled, Degree-Seeking Students

Students who are degree seeking and currently enrolled at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College are the first to register for future semester classes. Early registration takes place in October and March. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss their class schedule.  When registration opens, currently enrolled students can log-on to BRIDGE, select Student Services and then select Registration to register for classes.  Students who are not registered for classes for two consecutive semesters, excluding summer terms, will need to reapply prior to the beginning of the semester as a re-admit student.

Special Non-Degree Seeking Students

Registration for Special Non-Degree Seeking Students is on-going. Registration forms will be accepted and held until a set processing date for each semester. There is no application fee and the student is not eligible for financial aid. Students who have applied for admission and who have been admitted into a degree seeking program must register for classes during a scheduled advisement and registration session. Students who have not applied for admission and who have not been admitted will be required to complete a Special Non-Degree Seeking Student Application (this form may be picked up at the Welcome Desk or online at www.blueridgectc.edu) and return this form to the Welcome Desk. Payment should be made immediately after the registration process has been completed.

Late Registration

Students who begin registering for classes on or after the Friday before the first day of classes of the semester will be charged a $25 late registration fee. The student may still register via BRIDGE through the first week of classes. The late registration fee will be charged to the student's account.

Add/Drop Period

The first five class days of the fall and spring semester, and the first four days of summer are known as the Add/Drop period. During this period, classes may be added or dropped from the student's schedule via BRIDGE. A course dropped during this period will not appear on the student's transcript. The student is not required to gain the Academic Advisor's approval for any classes added or dropped from his or her class schedule. (More information on withdrawing from classes is located in the Academic Information section in this catalog).

Credits From Other Sources

A Blue Ridge Community and Technical College student may transfer previous college credits from other higher education institutions or prior learning assessments preceding enrollment. This includes but is not limited to Military credits, CLEP, EDGE, World Education Services (WES) or other applicable transcripts.

Transfer Courses prior to Enrollment

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College articulates credits from any institution that is accredited by a regional, national, programmatic, or other accredited body recognized by the US Department of Education.  There is no time limit on college transcripts; however, there are time limits on certain classes.  However, these credits may still transfer.  Successful classes from previous institutions transfer. Courses that received a failing or incomplete grade are not articulated.  Coursework meeting 70% or more of the learning objectives of the Blue Ridge CTC comparable course will be accepted.  Transfer GPA's are calculated into the overall GPA at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Transfer credits are included in determining Satisfactory Academic Progress and may place a student on Financial Aid and Academic probation upon enrollment. During the application process, the student is required to have all transcripts from previous institutions sent to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. Only official copies of transcripts will be accepted. Courses on the West Virginia Core Coursework Transfer Agreement are honored. Credits taken at any West Virginia public institution shall count towards a student's credit residency requirement.

Advanced Placement Tests

To receive credit for Advanced Placement Tests, students must have the testing service send the AP results directly to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

CLEP Tests

Credit may be awarded by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College for successful completion of many of the CLEP Subject Examinations. Information about CLEP Exams can be found at www.collegeboard.com/clep.

Courses Taken at Other Institutions while attending Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College students must apply for transfer approval to take a non- Blue Ridge Community and Technical College course prior to enrollment at another institution. To apply for transfer approval, the student must be in good academic standing (institutional and overall GPA of 2.0 or above). No course that a student has attempted at another institution while on suspension shall be accepted by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College as part of the credit hours necessary for graduation. A student who previously enrolled in a Blue Ridge Community and Technical College course may not petition to retake that course at another institution. To receive credit for a non- Blue Ridge Community and Technical College course, the student must complete a Transfer Approval Form making the request.  The student will follow all procedures enumerated on that form including signatures of approval. After obtaining the appropriate signatures, the student must submit the completed form to the Registrar's Office. Should any of the signatures not be secured, the student may file a petition with the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Admissions & Credits Committee.  The completed petition along with the completed Transfer Approval Form, and the student's written justification for seeking the course elsewhere, may be submitted to the  Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Admissions and Credits Committee for final action. Articulation course agreements do not apply to any repeated Blue Ridge Community and Technical College course in which a student has received a grade of D or F. No D or F grade can be replaced by an equivalent transfer course. Upon approval of the Transfer Approval Form, the student will receive written notification via their Blue Ridge Community and Technical College email address. The student is then responsible for registering and paying for the class at the other institution. When the class has been completed and the other institution has issued a grade to the student, it is the student's responsibility to have an official transcript sent to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Office of the Registrar.  Once the transcript is received, the Office of the Registrar will post the credits as transfer credit with the grade earned at the other institution.

EDGE Credit

EDGE is an acronym for Earn A Degree—Graduate Early. This program was created to address classes in high school that meet curriculum requirements for community college credit. There is no charge for these credits. Upon acceptance and enrollment at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, the student must request that the EDGE credits earned in high school be posted to his or her transcript. This may be done by filling out the EDGE transcript request form at Orientation.

EDGE courses will only be placed on a students account if they are degree seeking students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and have graduated from a high school in West Virginia in the past 2 years.  Students who delay enrollment up to two years to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College after high school are not eligible to receive EDGE credits.  NOTE: These credits are transferable to any West Virginia community and technical college and may not transfer to every West Virginia four year institution.

Special Examination for Course Credit

For certain courses a student may have the opportunity to take a special examination for course credit.

  • Course credit may not be granted through special examination for courses previously attempted or resulted in a failing grade or withdraw.
  • Course credit through special examination is only available to currently enrolled, degree-seeking students in good academic standing.
  • Course credit through special examination may be attempted only once per course.
  • Course credit through special examination is posted to the transcript as CR and will not affect GPA.
  • The Special Examination for Course Credit assesses a fee of $25 per credit hour. Periodically the College will hold workshops designed to prepare the student for Special Examination for Course Credit. Participation in these workshops requires an additional fee. Participation in these workshops is not required to take a Special Examination for Course Credit.
  • Payment of the fee for Special Examination of Course Credit must be made prior to the administration of the exam.
  • No money will be refunded if any examination is failed.
  • For more information about Special Examinations for Course Credit see the Program Coordinator.

Enrollment

Academic Load

A semester hour consists of one hour of recitation with two preparation hours per week. Twelve semester hours per semester constitute a minimum full-time academic load. The normal load is 15 hours per semester thus making 60 credit hours in four semesters (two years).

A student wishing to register for more than 19 credits during the semester, including non-Blue Ridge Community and Technical College courses, must complete the Course Change Form and gain the signature of his or her Academic Advisor and Program Coordinator. The student must currently be carrying a 3.0 or higher overall grade point average and demonstrate evidence that current and previously enrolled courses have been successfully completed. In no case may a student enroll for over 23 hours per semester. Any exceptions to this rule must be appealed to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Admissions and Credits Committee with documentation and support from the Academic Advisor and the student who desires this exception.

Academic Probation and Suspension

At the end of each grading period, each student's institutional and cumulative grade point average is calculated. The calculation is determined by dividing the number of earned quality points by the number of quality hours. In the computation of the institutional and cumulative grade point average, a grade of Incomplete will not be included in the quality hours. When the grade of 'I' is replaced by a passing or failing grade, the student's grade point average will be revised by Enrollment Management.  However, having a grade of "I" will result in the student not making the Dean's or President's List.

A student whose institutional GPA or cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0 in any semester will be placed on probation. If the student fails to raise their institutional and cumulative GPA's above 2.0 the student will be continued on probation. To be removed from probation, a student must attain BOTH a 2.0 institutional GPA and a cumulative GPA (includes course work attempted from other institutions).

Once a student is continued on probation, they are required to maintain an institutional semester GPA of 2.0 or above. If during any semester, their semester GPA drops below a 2.0, the student will be suspended for one semester (two semesters for second suspension and any other subsequent suspension). During a period of academic suspension, no credits earned at another institution will be accepted at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. If students are suspended at the end of the spring semester, they are eligible to register for the summer term only if mathematically, they are able to raise both their institutional and cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher.  The student will continue on probation for the summer term but will need to bring their institutional and cumulative GPA's above a 2.0 to be eligible to register for fall.

The student who has been suspended from the College for the first time must re-apply for admission after one semester by completing an application for admission. The student who has been suspended from the College for two or more times must apply for readmission after one academic year by completing an application for admission. All suspended students must pay a $25 application fee.  Students receiving federal financial aid must also adhere to a satisfactory academic progress requirement set forth by Financial Aid.

Enrollment Verification

Students requiring verification of enrollment for insurance or other purposes can print their Enrollment Verification directly from their BRIDGE account.  This is located under Student Services, Student Records, and National Student Clearinghouse.

Repeating Courses

A student may not repeat a course or courses for credit where the original grade was a C or better. Variable credit courses may be repeated until the maximum hours have been earned.

60 Hour Repeat Rule

A student who earns a D, F, or IF grade in any course completed no later than the semester or summer term that the 60th semester hour is attempted (including transfer hours) may repeat the course prior to receiving an associate degree. The course(s) must be repeated at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. For each course, the original grade of D, F, or IF shall be disregarded from the GPA and the subsequent grade shall be used for determining the student's GPA. The original grade shall not be deleted from the student's record.  If the D, F, or IF is completed after the 61st semester hour is attempted (including transfer hours) both grades will be calculated into the students GPA.

Grading

Academic Forgiveness Policy

The Academic Forgiveness Policy does not alter, change, or amend any other existing policies at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and is formulated to be consistent with Series 22 of the West Virginia Council for Community & Technical Education and supersedes all previous Academic Forgiveness Policies at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

Academic Forgiveness is intended for the student who is returning to college with a grade point deficiency. This policy covers only those students who have not been enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more semester credit hours) at any institution of higher learning during the four consecutive academic years immediately preceding the readmission semester. This policy is limited to degree seeking students who have not yet been awarded their first academic degree. Academic Forgiveness will be granted only once for any student. The Academic Forgiveness Policy may be applied after a readmitted student has earned twelve credit hours that apply toward graduation with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (certain programs may have different standards, such as Board of Governors and Technical Studies). These twelve hours must be earned at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. A student desiring academic forgiveness must complete an Academic Forgiveness Form and file it in the Registrar's Office. This request must certify that the applicant has not been enrolled as a full-time student (twelve or more credit hours) in any institution of higher learning during the four consecutive academic years immediately preceding the readmission semester. If the student has attended any institution of higher education on a part-time basis during the specified four-year period, the student must have earned at least a 2.0 GPA in all course work attempted.

The Academic Forgiveness Request Form requires the student to indicate whether he or she wishes to exclude from the GPA calculation (1) all F and IF grades; or (2) all F, IF, and D grades earned prior to the four consecutive academic years immediately preceding the beginning of the readmission semester. This includes those grades appearing as transferred grades on the official transcript. If a student chooses to have all D grades excluded from the GPA calculation, it is with the understanding that the courses for which the D grades were earned cannot be used to satisfy any requirements for graduation. When and if all prerequisite conditions have been met, Academic Forgiveness will be granted upon the successful completion of twelve credit hours of courses numbered 100 or above with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The Registrar will then officially calculate the student's current GPA. However, no grade will be removed from the permanent record. The College is not bound by the decision of any other institution to disregard grades earned in college courses. Similarly, students should be aware that other institutions may not recognize Academic Forgiveness extended by Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

Final Examination

The policy of the College is to require that final examinations be given at the end of each class term. Final exams are to be given during the last week of class at the regularly scheduled meeting time.

Grade Point Average

A student's grade-point average is computed on all work that a student has attempted for college credit (including Blue Ridge Community and Technical College credits and transfer credits). Courses with a grade of W and courses taken on a pass/fail or audit basis are not considered courses attempted for college credit in the computation of a student's grade point average. Quality points are based on the point value per semester hour multiplied by the number of hours of course work attempted. A student taking a three-hour course and receiving a grade of C would earn 6 quality points. (C = 2 quality points times 3 hours.) To compute a grade point average, divide the total quality points accumulated by the total credit hours attempted for which college credit is given toward graduation (e.g., 220 quality points accumulated divided by 88 credit hours attempted for college credit = (220/88) = 2.50 GPA.

Grade Reports

Midterm and final grade reports follow the normal grading system. Midterm and final grades are available on BRIDGE.

Grading System

Summary of Grading System
  Grade Explanation Point Value per Semester Hour
  A Superior 4
  B Good 3
  C Average 2
  D Below Average, lowest passing grade 1
  F Failure 0
  AU Audit* 0
  I Incomplete*
  W Withdraw without grade point penalty*
  P Pass*
  IF Failure due to irregular withdrawal from college from a single class
  CR Credit only awarded*

* Not used in computation of grade point average.

Auditing Courses (AU grade)

A student may initially register for a course as an auditor. Declaration of a change in a course from credit status to audit status must be processed within the first 15 class days (Monday–Friday) of a fall or spring academic session or within the first three class days (Monday–Friday) of a summer session. Any later change must be appealed to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Admissions and Credits Committee. An auditor is expected to comply with the instructor's attendance policy. Regular College fees are charged for persons auditing a course. No credit is awarded for an audited class.

Incomplete Grades (I grade)

A grade of incomplete may be given to a student who has satisfactorily completed most of the requirements for a course, but because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, has not completed all of the requirements. Students receiving an incomplete must confer with the instructor prior to the end of the semester to determine the exact deficiencies that are to be made up within the next semester.  The instructor and student shall agree on what needs to be submitted and the time line for the student to complete the work.  If the student is not available to meet with the professor prior to the end of the semester for which the incomplete grade is sought, the student must consult with the instructor early in the following semester to determine the requirements and the timetable for completing the work for the course. When the work has been completed, the instructor must complete and return a Grade Change Form to the Welcome Desk with the new grade. Incomplete grades issued during the fall semester must be submitted no later than noon on the Friday before final grades are due for the following spring semester. Incomplete grades issued during the spring semester must be submitted no later than noon on the Friday before final grades are due for the following fall semester. Incomplete grades issued during any summer session must be submitted no later than noon on the Friday before final grades are due for the following fall semester. If the incomplete is not made up in accordance with this time schedule, the grade automatically becomes an IF. When an incomplete grade is changed, the student's grade point average is recomputed. Any exceptions to these procedures must be submitted to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Admissions and Credits Committee.

Pass/Fail (P/F grade)

Students may choose to take elective courses on a pass/fail basis instead of the regular grading system, in accordance with the following:

  1. Electives shall be defined as courses not directly required for a degree. Thus, required electives within the major field of concentration would be excluded from the pass/fail option. In the event of change in major fields, the course previously taken on a pass/fail option if applicable to the new major field shall be substituted by approved courses. Required general study courses also will be excluded from the pass/fail option. The ultimate responsibility for correct scheduling rests with the student.
  2. A passing grade in the pass/fail option will be equivalent to the normal passing range of A through D in the conventional system.
  3. All students are eligible for the pass/fail option with the exception of those currently on academic probation.
  4. Students will be limited to 24 hours of pass/fail options, with not more than one course to a maximum of four credit hours being taken during one session.
  5. A student must make a declaration for the pass/fail option by the tenth class day of the semester. This decision will be final.

Final Grade Appeals

In order to successfully appeal a final grade, a student must offer convincing arguments that good cause exists for mandating a change of grade.  A grade may be appealed exclusively for the following reasons: discrimination, error in calculation, or that the grade was awarded in an arbitrary or capricious manner.  Refer to the Student Handbook section entitled "Grade Appeal Procedures" for the Student Grade Appeals procedure.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal from a Course

A student may withdraw from a class during the dates posted on the Academic Calendar for each term or part of term. A grade of W will appear on the student's transcript. A W grade does not affect the grade point average (see Grading System in this section). Too many W grades may affect a student's eligibility for future financial aid (see Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy  in the Scholarships and Financial Aid section).

Procedure to Withdraw from a Course

  1. A student wishing to withdraw from a course after the Add/Drop period must submit a completed Withdrawal Form to Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Enrollment Management Office.
  2. A completed Withdrawal Form includes the date of last attendance and the signatures of the instructor of the course being withdrawn, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid.
  3. Failure to submit the completed Withdrawal Form by the deadline will result in the grade of IF or F (see Grading System in this Section).
  4. There is no refund available for a partial (one or more, but not all classes) withdrawal.

Complete Withdrawal

A student wishing to completely withdraw from the College for all enrolled classes may do so until the date posted in the academic calendar.

Procedure to Completely Withdraw

  1. A Withdrawal Form requires the signature of various campus officials verifying that the student does not have any outstanding debt or obligation.
  2. The completed Withdrawal Form must be returned to the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Enrollment Management Office. Students who discontinue attending class without following the proper withdrawal procedures will receive a grade of F or IF in the course(s) (see Grading System in this Section).
  3. A refund of tuition may be available if the Withdrawal Form is processed during the designated refund period for each semester (see Refund Policy  in the Expenses Section of the Catalog).

Summary of Drop/Withdrawal Dates

Dropping a Course during the Add/Drop Period

  ACTION Drop a course via BRIDGE
  DATE First five class days of the fall and spring semesters
  GRADE Dropped course does not appear on the transcript
  REFUND Potentially, depending on the total registered credit hours (full versus part-time tuition)

Withdrawal from a Course after the Add/Drop Period

  ACTION Withdraw from a course(s)
  DATE Sixth class day through Friday of the final week of class during the fall and spring semesters
  GRADE W
  REFUND No refund

Complete Withdrawal

  ACTION Completely withdraw from the College for all enrolled classes
  DATE Sixth class day through Friday of the final week of class during the fall and spring semesters
  GRADE W
  REFUND Potentially, depending on the effective date of the Request for Withdrawal From College form

The withdrawal procedure is incomplete until all necessary signatures have been secured and the appropriate forms returned to Enrollment Management by the specified time stated in the current academic calendar. Any counseling provided to a student from any employee of the College, which is at a variance with established College policies, must be confirmed by the Associate Dean of Students. Although a student may receive advice from any agent of the College, the final responsibility for a decision concerning withdrawal rests with the student, in consultation with the course instructor and Academic Advisor, in accordance with College policies. Prior to withdrawing from a course, those students receiving financial aid should refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy   in the Scholarships and Financial Aid Section of this Catalog.

Transcripts

OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT REQUEST - ONLINE AVAILABLE 24/7!!!

Any financial obligations to the college, on behalf of the student, must be satisfied before transcripts will be released.

Transcript Ordering, a service of the National Student Clearinghouse, offers a fast, simple and secure way to order copies of your transcript via the Web. You'll be guided through the easy step-by-step process and receive email updates on your order, which you also be tracked online.

Transcript Ordering complies with all published guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects students' privacy rights in their education records.

Transcripts can be ordered via the Web 24/7 through the National Student Clearinghouse. You can place as many orders as you like in one session using any major credit card. Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed. Order updates are available via mobile text message and will also be emailed to you. You can also track your order online using your email address and order number.

Students ordering transcripts via the National Student Clearinghouse, who have designated campus pick up, should wait for a call to ensure transcript availability prior to attempting to retrieve the requested transcript.

OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPT REQUEST – PAPER

Transcripts not ordered through the Clearinghouse require a minimum of three working days for processing.

STEP 1:
If you need to request an official copy of your transcript, you will need to download a Transcript Request form. Transcripts are released only upon written request from the student with the student's signature and printed name plainly shown. E-mail requests cannot be accepted.

Transcripts can be ordered via the Web 24/7 through the National Student Clearinghouse. You can place as many orders as you like in one session using any major credit card. Your card will only be charged after your order has been completed. Order updates are available via mobile text message and will also be emailed to you. You can also track your order online using your email address and order number.

STEP 2:
Be sure to include your name, all previous names, addresses, phone numbers, student ID number (or social security number if you can't remember your C number), dates of attendance, and graduation date (if applicable) on the request.

STEP 3:
Include the complete address to which the transcript should be sent.

STEP 4:
Send completed transcript request and payment ($10 per transcript) to the Office of the Registrar by mailing or faxing your complete form to:

Office of the Registrar
Blue Ridge CTC

13650 Apple Harvest Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25403
FAX: 304-260-4376

Financial Obligations

All financial obligations must be reconciled before a transcript will be released.

Attention

Transcripts picked up by students will be stamped ISSUED TO STUDENT. Such a transcript may not be acceptable to the person or institution receiving it.

Graduation

Application for Graduation for Associate Degrees

Students MUST apply for graduation. For associate degrees, students within two semesters of graduation should check with their Academic Advisor to begin the graduation application process, which can be completed in BRIDGE. Generally, students wishing to graduate in May MUST apply for graduation by early October of the previous year. Students wishing to graduate in August or December MUST apply for graduation by early March of that same year. Specific deadlines for graduation application are listed in the Academic Calendar located in the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Catalog or online at www.blueridgectc.edu.

Application for Graduation for Certificate Degree Programs

For certificate programs, students within one semester of graduation should check with their academic advisor to begin the graduation application process.

Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to initiate the graduation application and evaluation process. Failure to apply for graduation in a timely manner could result in the postponement of graduation for the student.

Minimum Grade Point Average

A minimum 2.0 grade point average (or a C average) is required for both: 1) all collegiate level course work attempted (overall GPA) and 2) all Blue Ridge Community and Technical College course work attempted (institutional GPA).

Minimum Semester Hours

The minimum number of semester hours for an associate's degree is 60 semester credit hours of courses numbered 100 and above. The required number of semester hours for each individual associate degree is listed in the Associate Degree Programs section of this catalog.

The minimum number of semester hours for a certificate degree program is 30 semester credit hours of courses numbered 100 and above.

Residence (College) Credit Hours Required

For an associate's degree, a student must complete at least 24 credit hours of course work institutionally, with the last 12 hours of course work being completed at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

For the Board of Governors, Occupational Development, and Technical Studies degrees, a student must complete at least 12 credit hours at a regionally accredited institution and at least 3 credit hours at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

For a certificate degree, a student must complete at least 12 credit hours of course work at any regionally accredited institution of higher education.