Academic Affairs

Units of Credit

The unit of credit is the semester hour. A semester hour represents fifty minutes of class time per week for one 15-week semester or its equivalent. Two to three hours of laboratory work may be considered to be the equivalent of one semester hour of credit. Students are also expected to complete two to three hours of study outside of class for each semester credit hour assigned to the course.

Class Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance at all classes is a student's responsibility. At the beginning of the semester, all distributed course syllabi include specific policies relative to absences. Online classes also have attendance policies as specified in their course syllabi. Student absences for official extracurricular activities in which the student is representing Bainbridge State College must be negotiated well in advance with the student's individual faculty members, who will weigh student class performance, scheduled class activities, and other, related issues associated with considering the request.

Attendance is established and defined by the instructor of each course since Bainbridge State College does not have an institutional-wide policy on attendance. However, Bainbridge State College does have a first-week attendance reporting policy for Financial Aid that requires instructors to report students’ first week attendance in all classes, including those that meet only online. Students who are reported as not attending are dropped from their classes.

Academic Advisement

Each new student should meet with the staff in the Academic Success Center prior to registering for classes. Returning students should meet with their assigned advisor each semester to be sure that they remain on track with their chosen program of study. Students should follow the programs of study outlined in the catalog, complete courses in the proper sequence, and take infrequently offered courses when they are scheduled.

Bainbridge State College publishes registration procedures and a schedule of classes online each semester prior to registration. For the most recent version of the schedule, please check the College’s website at www.bainbridge.edu.

Students who wish to change majors, concentrations, or advisors must notify the Records Office.

It is the responsibility of students to meet with their advisors; to read this catalog, official announcements, official bulletin boards, other pertinent official publications, Bainbridge State College student email, and the Student Handbook; and otherwise to inform themselves completely in regard to their program of study, credits, degree requirements, quality points, graduation requirements, and school policies in all programs.

Foundations for Success—BC 0100

In the first semester of enrollment, new part-time and full-time students are required to complete the BC 0100 Foundations for Success course. Re-admitted students who have not yet earned credit in BC 0100 will also be required to enroll in BC 0100 in their first semester of enrollment. In addition, students placed on academic suspension will be required to retake BC 0100 during their next semester of enrollment. Students who do not pass BC 0100 must retake it during their next semester(s) of enrollment.

Transient students, transfer students (those students with 30 or more transfer hours who are not required to meet freshman admission standards), joint enrollment students, special students (students with a bachelor’s degree), and students auditing their courses are not required to enroll in BC 0100. Any other exceptions must be documented by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition, students not required to enroll in BC 0100 may elect it.

Students may take an online section of BC 0100 only if they have exited or exempted ENGL 0099 and READ 0099.

Minority Advising Program (MAP)

The Minority Advising Program (MAP) was established in 1983 to address the specific problems faced by minority students within the University System of Georgia that affect their recruitment and retention. MAP, while open to all students, is an achievement-based program designed to facilitate the transition to college for minority students. The primary initiative of MAP is to foster a more nurturing and inviting environment on campus, thereby promoting success and improving the retention of minority students. MAP provides a range of programs, such as academic counseling/referrals, seminars, speakers, mentoring, and other student support services. Most importantly, the Minority Advising Program provides students with the necessary skills and the access to resources on campus that will assist them in their academic pursuits.

Honors Program

Consistent with its historical mission, Bainbridge State College maintains a commitment to excellence to the service area by offering outstanding programs that positively affect the region’s citizens. To further this goal and to ensure academic excellence at the institution, BSC faculty members and administrators have worked together to create an Honors Program for outstanding students who might otherwise leave the area to attend other colleges and universities.

With regard to the specific mission of Bainbridge State College, the institution places primary emphasis on excellence in instruction, always striving to evolve student learning and to continue to provide a superior academic environment. To that end, the Honors Program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to work one- on-one with faculty in their area of expertise on projects of the student’s choosing. The Honors Program also offers a rich cultural and personal-growth experience, including travel to important historical and cultural sites, book discussions, and other public events.

Eligibility:

  • Minimum SAT score of 1000 and minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or minimum BSC GPA of 3.5 after one semester (or 12 hours) at Bainbridge State College

Requirements:

  • Students complete at least 15 credit hours (5 classes) of honors courses.
  • To remain eligible, students must maintain at least a 3.25 grade point average at BSC and fulfill the requirements of the program.

Students who complete the requirements of the Honors Program will receive an honors designation on their permanent transcript in addition to an honors seal on their Bainbridge State College diploma. For more information, students should meet with the Honors Director.

Repeating Courses

Students may repeat courses; however, the record of all courses attempted will remain on the transcript. Also, some colleges in the University System of Georgia, as well as some out-of-state colleges, include grades for all courses attempted when computing an acceptable grade point average for admittance as a transfer student. Bainbridge State College computes academic standing based on the highest grade of repeated courses.

Schedule Adjustments

Students may adjust their schedules at any time prior to the start of the semester through the normal registration process. For assistance with schedule adjustments prior to the start of the semester, students should meet with their academic advisor.

Drop/Add: After the start of the semester, students may drop or add courses without penalty during the Drop/Add period listed in the semester calendar. Financial aid awards are based on enrolled hours as of the end of the Drop/Add period and will not be increased due to courses added after that date. Dropping a course after financial aid has been awarded may result in a requirement to return funds awarded for that class. For information and assistance with the Drop/Add process, students should meet with their assigned academic advisor. Students who receive financial aid should meet with their financial aid counselor prior to making schedule adjustments. The deadline to drop or add classes through this process is the close of business on the end date of the drop/add period as published in the College calendar.

Withdrawals: Once the Drop/Add period has ended, a student may withdraw from a course by the designated midterm date published in the College calendar. Students who officially withdraw by the midterm date will receive a "W" grade for the term.

The "W" grade is not computed in the student's grade point average but may affect a student's eligibility for financial aid. To officially withdraw from a course, students must file the appropriate paperwork with the Admissions & Records office. The deadline to drop/withdraw from classes with a course grade of “W” is the midpoint of the semester as published in the College calendar.

Late Withdrawals: Students who withdraw from a course or courses after the published midpoint of the semester will receive a grade of “WF”. A “WF” will be computed as a 0.0 in the student’s grade point average (GPA), just as if the student had received an “F”. The deadline to late withdraw from classes with a course grade of “WF” is the last day of classes for the semester as published in the College calendar.

Hardship Withdrawals: Students who wish to withdraw after midterm for reasons of non-academic hardship may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs to receive a grade of “W”. A non-academic hardship is an event (such as illness, injury, death, or employer-initiated job change) that prevents the student from completing his or her course(s). This event must occur during the semester of the request and at or after the published deadline to withdraw for the semester. Students should be prepared to provide documentation of the hardship.

It is especially important for students to communicate with their instructors if they are experiencing difficulties. The final decision for issuing a “W” or “WF” is at the discretion of the instructor and may be based on the student’s performance up to the time of the hardship.

To file for a hardship withdrawal, a student should contact the Director of Advising and Academic Affairs. Hardship withdrawal forms can also be picked up in the Office of Academic Affairs.

The deadline to seek a “W” through this process is the midpoint of the semester (as published in the College calendar) following the term in which the course or courses were taken. Exceptions to this deadline may be made for extenuating circumstances.

Faculty-Initiated Withdrawals: Students who exceed the number of absences stated on a class syllabus may be withdrawn from the class by the instructor. The Office of Financial Aid will calculate what amount, if any, the student must repay because of his or her failure to attend class based on Return to Title IV (r2t4).

Withdrawal from all Courses

Students who stop attending all classes for the semester must seek a withdrawal for each course in order to avoid academic penalty. There are two types of withdrawal from all courses.

Student-initiated: The student must complete the "Withdrawal from School" form, which is available in the Admissions Office. The student's instructors must sign the withdrawal form. Withdrawal forms are declared void if not filed within five days. A student who withdraws from school prior to the midpoint of the semester will receive course grades of “W”. A student who withdraws from school after midterm will receive a grade of "WF" in each course. Students who wish to withdraw after the published midpoint of the semester for non-academic reasons may request permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs to receive a grade of "W” (see Hardship Withdrawals).

The deadline to withdraw from classes with a course grade of “W” is the midpoint of the semester (as published in the College calendar) following the term in which the course or courses were taken. Exceptions to this deadline may be made for extenuating circumstances.

Administrator-initiated: The Vice President for Student Affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President of Business and Operations Affairs, the Director of Admissions and Records, the Dean of Student Services, or the College Counselor may withdraw a student from school under limited circumstances associated with health, disciplinary action, or payment situations. For more information, visit the Vice President for Student Affairs' Office.

The College may withdraw a student for one or more reasons: 1) non-payment of fees or non-completion of the student's financial aid file, 2) advisor error, 3) medical emergencies, 4) discipline, or 5) failure to attend school. The President of the College or a member of the President's senior staff may withdraw students for any of the above stated reasons and may withdraw the students from some or all courses and assign a "W" or "WF" grade as appropriate based on individual circumstances. Depending on the circumstances, the student may be required to provide documentation.

Students withdrawing from classes after the Drop/Add period are not eligible for refunds unless they are withdrawing from all courses. Students who withdraw (or are withdrawn) from all courses may be required to repay financial aid funds received for their courses. Bainbridge State College follows the Board of Regents’ policy governing refunds for all institutions within the University System of Georgia. This policy (policy 7.3.5 Refunds) is located at the following web address: http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section7/policy/7.3_tuition_and_fees/.

Class Load and Overloads

A schedule of 12 or more semester hours of credit constitutes a full-time load. Fewer than 12 semester hours is classified as a part-time load. If a student wishes to schedule more than 18 semester hours (an overload), he or she must obtain approval from the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students seeking such permission must demonstrate that they are likely to succeed based on their performance in previous semesters.

Noncredit courses or audited courses do not count in determining an overload. No student may enroll in more than twenty-four hours of credit during a given academic semester.

Directed Independent Study

A student may request a Directed Independent Study (DIS) only if each of the following requirements are met:

  • the student is within 16 hours of graduating,
  • the student will be graduating in the semester of the DIS,
  • the student has a minimum of a 2.0 GPA,
  • the class is not being offered that semester, or the class time(s) conflict with another required class,
  • the student receives permission from the Dean, and
  • the Dean can identify an appropriate instructor for the DIS.

Faculty are limited to teaching one DIS per semester. The DIS may have a maximum of two students.

Students and faculty agreeing to a DIS must sign a contract that must be approved by the Dean of the School. This contract will specify why the DIS must be taught and how the content will be controlled to ensure that the student receives appropriate instruction. The contract will specify the responsibilities of the student and include information pertaining to any required meetings. The course syllabus should be attached to the contract. The student, instructor, Dean, and Academic Affairs office will each receive a copy of the signed contract.

Grading System

The grading system used at Bainbridge State College is as follows:

Letter Grade

Nature of Work

Quality Points

A

Excellent

4.0

B

Good

3.0

C

Satisfactory

2.0

D

Passing

1.0

F

Failing

0.0

FN

Failing by attendance—no longer used

0.0

W

Withdrawn (no academic penalty)

not computed

WF

Withdrawn Failing

0.0

I

Incomplete

not computed

V

Audited

not computed

IP*

In Progress (Learning Support courses)

not computed

K

Credit by Examination

not computed

S*

Satisfactory

not computed

U*

Unsatisfactory

not computed

*The grades "S," "U" and "IP" earn institutional credit that in no way affects the cumulative grade point average.

Incompletes

An "I" grade is available only to students who do not complete a course due to illness, injury, or other non-academic emergency, and who can complete the work outside the classroom. Only those students who were doing satisfactory work at the time of the emergency can receive the "I" grade. Students must satisfactorily remove an "I" during the following semester or the "I" will be converted to an "F" grade. In unusual circumstances, an instructor may extend an incomplete beyond the one-semester deadline but not to exceed a total of three consecutive calendar semesters. Students WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RE-REGISTER for the course in order to complete the required work. For information about requesting an incomplete, see the instructor or the appropriate Dean.

Early Alert

Early Alert identifies those students who are at risk of failing within the first quarter of the semester (within four weeks for fall and spring and within two weeks for summer) so that they have time to counteract unsatisfactory progress and are offered resources to help them succeed. Students who are reported by their instructors for an Early Alert will be contacted by Academic Success Center advisors to inform them of faculty concerns and share with them how to access support services.

Grade Reports

Student grades are posted in BANNER at the close of each semester. Students may request that grades be mailed by completing the request form located in the Records Office. The College issues no midterm grades from the Records Office. However, every instructor must inform each student of his/her academic progress at midterm.

Grade Changes

It is the student's responsibility to review his or her grades through the Bainbridge State College Student Information System at the end of each term of enrollment. Any question regarding a recorded grade should be directed to the instructor no later than the second week of the semester following receipt of the grade. If the student is unable to contact the instructor, the appropriate Dean should be contacted for assistance.

A grade that has been assigned to a student by an instructor may be changed upon written statement by the instructor that the grade was a factual error. These grade change requests must be completed no later than the last day of class of the third consecutive term following the term in which the grade was awarded. Grades included in this provision are "A", "B", "C", "D", "F", “FN”,"IP" ,"S", and "U".

A grade of "I" (incomplete) may be changed by the instructor upon the student's completion of course work as described in the Petition for "I" (Incomplete) Grade on file with the instructor, appropriate Dean, and Records Office. An "I" grade not satisfactorily removed by the end of the following semester will automatically be changed to an "F". The time allowed for completing work may be extended beyond the one-semester deadline but cannot exceed a total of three consecutive calendar semesters. Students will not be permitted to re-register for the course in order to remove an incomplete.

Any grade change request that involves an addition of a course, a deletion of a course, or a course withdrawal must be approved by the instructor, appropriate Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Admissions and Records, Bursar, and Director of Financial Aid. These requests must be completed by no later than the midpoint of the term following the term in which the course was attempted.

The student is responsible for any payment of fees or repayment of funds that may be required by Bainbridge State College, the Department of Education, or a lending agency/guarantor due to a change in course grade.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Computation

To determine both the semester and the cumulative grade point averages, students should use the following formula: the number of hours attempted in courses in which a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or WF was earned divided into the total number of grade points earned on those hours. For example, a typical computation of semester grade point average is figured in this way:

Course

Grade

Points x hours

= grade points

ENGL 1101

B

3   

× 3

= 9

MATH 1111

C

2

× 3

= 6

WELL 2000

A

4

× 2

= 8

 

 

 

   8 hours

 23 grade points

 Grade Point Average = 23 (grade points)/8(hours) = 2.87

Cumulative grade point averages are computed with the same formula using all credit courses ever attempted. Both semester and cumulative grade point averages appear on the student's semester grade report. The Admissions and Records Office or the Vice President for Student Affairs Office can provide individual help in calculating both semester and cumulative grade point averages.

Academic Status

Academic Honors: A student with a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on 12 or more semester hours of course work (excluding learning support classes) earns placement on the Dean's List for the semester. A student with a semester average of 3.5 or higher on between 7 and 11 semester hours of course work (excluding learning support classes) earns placement on the Honors List.

Academic Alert: A student whose semester grade point average is between 1.5 and 1.8 will be placed on Academic Alert. Students on Academic Alert are encouraged to speak with their assigned advisor.

Academic Warning: When a student's semester grade point average is below 1.5, the student is placed on Academic Warning. Students on Academic Warning should make arrangements to meet with their assigned academic advisor, who will (1) assist in the design of a schedule of courses deemed beneficial to the student's academic progress, (2) examine educational and personal alternatives and options with the student, and (3) discuss suspension possibilities regarding cumulative grade point averages.

Academic Probation: A student whose cumulative grade point average is below the minimum acceptable level as listed in the following table will be placed on Academic Probation.

Cumulative Semester Hrs Attempted
(Including Transfer Hours Earned)

Minimum Acceptable
Cumulative GPA

1-12

1.20

13-27

1.50

28-42

1.80

43 or more

2.00

Students on Academic Probation should make arrangements to meet with their assigned academic advisor, who will (1) assist in the design of a schedule of courses deemed beneficial to the student's academic progress, (2) examine educational and personal alternatives and options with the student, and (3) discuss suspension possibilities regarding cumulative grade point averages.

Academic Suspension: A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below the minimum acceptable level (as indicated in the above table) for two semesters in succession will be placed on Academic Suspension. The following exception applies: A student whose semester GPA is 2.0 or higher will be placed on Continued Academic Probation for the next semester of attendance. A student placed on Academic Suspension may not attend Bainbridge State College during the subsequent semester unless an appeal is made and granted by the Appeals Committee. If the student does not attend for one semester, he or she may re-enroll without following the appeals process. A student who receives an Academic Suspension on three separate occasions shall not be eligible to re-enroll for one calendar year from the time the third suspension becomes effective.

Appeals: Students placed on Academic Suspension shall have access to the College's appeals procedure. A review of the appeal will occur upon written notice from the student to the Director of Admissions and Records. The Director of Admissions and Records must receive the written appeal no later than noon on the last day prior to the start of the semester for which the student is appealing. The student should plan to appear before the Appeals Committee. A record of the hearing will be available to the student upon request.

The appeals process occurs only at the student's request and is not automatically implemented.

Academic Renewal

Students readmitted or reinstated to the College after a period of absence of five (5) calendar years or longer are eligible to apply for Academic Renewal. Eligible students must apply for Academic Renewal within twelve months of their readmission. Academic Renewal signals the initiation of a new grade point average for determining academic standing. Credit for all previous course work is lost; however, all previous course work and grades remain recorded on a student's academic transcript. The Academic Renewal student has a new cumulative GPA in addition to other GPAs that may be recorded. Contact the Bainbridge State College Admissions and Records for more information.

Credit by Examination

Bainbridge State College recognizes that learning may result from a variety of individual vocational studies, occupational experiences, and general life encounters as well as from formal classroom instruction. The College is therefore committed to assessing prior learning experiences. These assessments take several forms.

Departmental Challenge Exams: Students may gain credit for assessment of prior work experience, military courses or experience, courses taken at non-accredited institutions, courses not intended for transfer credit, and other educational experiences. Students can demonstrate college-level learning by passing an approved end-of-course challenge exam, which may include both written and hands-on components. Students may not take a challenge exam for a course they have previously failed at this institution, and students who are currently enrolled in a course are not eligible to take the associated challenge exam in that semester. The fee for challenge exams is $50 per test. Students should contact their academic adviser to arrange testing.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP): The CLEP program is a product of the College Entrance Examination Board. CLEP examinations are administered through the Testing Center. The student must purchase test materials for each test taken. The award of credit is governed by the following regulations:

  1. Up to 17 credit hours of CLEP credit may count toward a degree at Bainbridge State College. Such credit will be recorded on the student's record in the same manner as transfer credit with the symbol "K" assigned.
  2. No credit will be awarded on the basis of an examination taken more than twice after initial enrollment.
  3. Credit will be given for courses for which a prerequisite is a requirement only after such prerequisite(s) have been satisfied.
  4. The College Entrance Exam Board, as of the Fall 2011 semester, charges a $77 fee for the test materials. Bainbridge State College charges a test administration fee of $15. Both fees must be paid prior to the student taking the exam. CLEP testing fees are subject to change without notice.

Credit by Examination Policy for CLEP General Examination

Required Area Score Credit Course Additional Requirements
English Composition 50 3 hours ENGL 1101 Essay on assigned topic
Humanities 50 3-6 hours HUMN 2001 Essay exam with four questions
Mathematics 50 3 hours MATH 1001
Social Science varies 3-6 hours
Essay in subject area

CLEP Subject Examinations

BSC Course #

CLEP Subject Examination

Minimum Score

ACCT 2101 & ACCT 2102

Principles of Accounting

50

BIOL 1107

General Biology I

50

BUSA 2106

Introductory Business Law

50

CSCI 1000

Information Systems & Computer Applications

50

CHEM 1211 &
CHEM 1211L &
CHEM 1212 &
CHEM 1212L

Chemistry

50

ECON 2105

Principles of Macroeconomics

50

ECON 2106

Principles of Microeconomics

50

FREN 1001

French Language, Level I

45

FREN 1001 & FREN 1002

French Language, Level I

50

FREN 1001, FREN 1002 & FREN 2001

French Language, Level II

55

FREN 1001, FREN 1002,
FREN 2001 & FREN 2002

French Language, Level II

60

HIST 1121

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

50

HIST 1122

Western Civilization II: 1648 – present

50

HIST 2111

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877

50

HIST 2112

History of the United States II: 1865 - present

50

MATH 1001

College Mathematics

50

MATH 1111

College Algebra

50

MATH 1112

Trigonometry

50

MATH 2261

Calculus

49

MMGT 2110

Principles of Marketing

50

MMGT 2140

Principles of Management

50

POLS 1101

American Government

50

PSYC 1101

Introductory Psychology

50

PSYC 2103

Human Growth and Development

50

SOCI 1101

Introductory Sociology

50

SPAN 1001

Spanish Language, Level I

45

SPAN 1001 & SPAN 1002

Spanish Language, Level I

50

SPAN 1001, SPAN 1002 & SPAN 2001

Spanish Language, Level II

55

SPAN 1001, SPAN 1002, SPAN 2001 & SPAN 2002

Spanish Language, Level II

66

High School Advanced Placement Examinations

The College Board Advanced Placement Program examinations are administered through high schools that participate in the program. Bainbridge State College will award Advanced Placement credit to any student who scores an appropriate score on the AP as listed in the table below. Bainbridge State College evaluates other AP Exam scores for the possible award of credit.

AP Exam

Bainbridge Recommended Course equivalencies (minimum required score)

Art History

ARAP 1100 (3+)

Studio Art – drawing

ARTD 1001 (3+)

Biology

BIOL 1107/ BIOL 1107L (3)
BIOL 1107/ BIOL 1107L/ BIOL 1108 / BIOL 1108L (4+)

General Chemistry

CHEM 1211/CHEM 1211L (3)
CHEM 1211/CHEM 1211L/ CHEM 1212/CHEM 1212L (4+)

Computer Science A

CSCI 1301 (3+)

Economics – macroeconomics

ECON 2105 (3+)

Economics – microeconomics

ECON 2106 (3+)

English Language & Composition

ENGL 1101 (3 – 4)
ENGL 1101/ENGL 1102 (5)

English Literature & Composition

ENGL 1101 (3 – 4)
ENGL 1101 & ENGL 1102 (5)

Environmental Science

BIOL 1050 & BIOL 1050L (3+)

French Language

FREN 1001 & FREN 1002 (3)
FREN 1001, FREN 1002 & FREN 2001 (4)
FREN 1001, FREN 1002, FREN 2001 & FREN 2002 (5)

French Literature

FREN 1001 & FREN 1002 (3)
FREN 1001, FREN 1002 & FREN 2001 (4)
FREN 1001, FREN 1002, FREN 2001 & FREN 2002 (5)

Human Geography

GEOG 1101 (3+)

US Government & Politics

POLS 1101 (3+)

US History

HIST 2111 (3)
HIST 2111 & HIST 2112 (4+)

World History

HIST 1121 (3)
HIST 1121 & HIST 1122 (4+)

Calculus AB

MATH 1113 (3)
MATH 1113 & MATH 2261 (4+)

Calculus BC

MATH 2261 (3)
MATH 2262 & MATH 2262 (4+)

Music theory

MUSC 1112 (3+)

Physics B

PHYS 1111K (3-4)
PHYS 1111K & PHYS 1112 (5)

Physics C- mechanics

PHYS 1111K (3+)

Physics C – E&M

PHYS 1112K (4+)

Spanish Language

SPAN 1001 & SPAN 1002 (3)
SPAN 1001, SPAN 1002 & SPAN 2001 (4)
SPAN 1001, SPAN 1002, SPAN 2001 & SPAN 2002 (5)

Psychology

PSYC 1101 (3+)

Statistics

MATH 2001 (3+)

Physical Education Requirements

Safety and First Aid (PHED 1020) is required of students in most programs of study. Students seeking a transfer degree to a baccalaureate program must also complete one credit hour of an activity course to be selected from a wide variety of offerings. Students in applied science degree programs, career diploma programs, and technical certificate programs are exempt from the physical education activity course requirement.

Physical education grades are computed in the same manner as all other grades in determining grade point averages for honors, graduation, and related purposes. The grading system for physical education is the same as for all other courses at Bainbridge State College.

Regardless of age, students in Associate of Arts programs of study will complete the required physical education activity course unless specifically exempted. Students with special problems, physical limitations, or disabilities should consult with a member of the physical education faculty for assistance in selecting an appropriate activity course or seeking an exemption.

Any physical activity involves some risk. Bainbridge State College exercises extreme care in its physical education program to protect the safety and health of physical education students. Safety procedures include the hiring of qualified instructors, the inspection of equipment and work areas on a regular basis, the acquisition of the safest material consistent with available resources, the supervision of class activities, the refusal to allow the use College facilities without appropriate supervision, and the individualization of programs of activity consistent with each student's current health or physical condition. By participating in supervised physical education classes, students specifically waive Bainbridge State College of liability for injuries.

All students are required to dress appropriately for all physical education classes as determined by the nature of the activity. At the beginning of each course, instructors will inform students about the appropriate dress for that particular course.

Laboratory Courses

Any laboratory class involves some risk. Bainbridge State College exercises extreme care in its laboratory programs to protect the safety and health of laboratory students. Safety procedures include the refusal to allow the use of College facilities without appropriate supervision, the hiring of qualified instructors, the inspection of equipment and work areas on a regular basis, the acquisition of the safest material consistent with available resources, the supervision of class activities, and the individualization of programs of activity consistent with each student's current health or physical condition. By participating in supervised laboratory classes, students specifically waive Bainbridge State College of liability for injuries.

Learning Support

Bainbridge State College offers Learning Support (LS) courses designed primarily to assist freshmen students who may find themselves without mastery of certain fundamental skills necessary to make appropriate progress in regular College degree and certificate programs. However, these courses are also open to any student who may feel the need for additional preparation in a specific subject area. No degree credit is earned in Learning Support courses, but institutional credit is awarded.

Placement: Students whose scores on required placement tests do not meet University System and institutional requirements in English, reading, and mathematics must enroll in all or part (depending on scores) of the Learning Support Program during their first semester of attendance.

Students who did not elect to take the college preparatory curriculum in high school and who have not attended school within the last five years prior to enrollment may be required to take Learning Support courses based upon their placement examination scores.

Voluntary Students: Students who are not required to take Learning Support courses in a discipline area may elect to enroll in Learning Support courses in the non-required area for institutional credit or on an audit basis. Such students are exempted from mandated exit criteria.

Registration: During each semester of enrollment, a Learning Support student must first register for all required Learning Support courses before being allowed to register for college-level classes, including classes used to satisfy CPC deficiencies. This policy applies to full-time and part-time students. Exceptions (only as allowed by the Board of Regents) must be documented with written approval from the Director of Learning Support.

Prerequisites for College-Level Classes: Unless enrolled in an Accelerated Learning Support Pilot class, students must exit or exempt Learning Support reading as a prerequisite for social, natural, and physical science courses; students must exit or exempt Learning Support English and reading as prerequisites for college-level English. Students must exit or exempt Learning Support mathematics as a prerequisite for physics and chemistry. Any course with a prerequisite of college- level mathematics would also require exit or exemption from Learning Support mathematics. In addition, Learning Support students may not enroll in online classes numbered 1000 and above.

20-Hour Rule: A student may not accumulate more than 20 semester hours of degree credit before finishing Learning Support courses. A student who accumulates 20 semester degree credit hours and has not successfully completed required Learning Support courses must enroll only in Learning Support courses until all requirements are successfully completed. In order to exit Learning Support courses, students must satisfy the College's requirements for each prescribed course. Transfer students and diploma or certificate students later gaining admittance to a degree program may earn up to 20 additional hours of college-level credit before being required to take Learning Support courses only.

Withdrawal: Students with Learning Support requirements who are enrolled in both Learning Support courses and credit courses may not withdraw from the required Learning Support courses with a "W" unless they also withdraw from credit courses with the exception of a 1000-level Physical Education course. Any student required to take Learning Support courses will be withdrawn from his or her college-level courses with a grade of “W” if he or she withdraws or is withdrawn from a Learning Support course before the mid-point of the semester.

Learning Support Exit: Students with Learning Support requirements must take required courses in sequence. To exit a Learning Support area, students must have at least a C average in the exit-level class and meet all exit requirements, which include a passing score on the COMPASS exam or 40 hours of remediation and successful completion of learning paths in MyFoundations through Adult Education. Learning Support English also requires a passing evaluation on an exit-writing sample as a precondition to taking the COMPASS as an exit test if the student doesn’t choose the option of 40 hours of remediation and successful completion of learning paths in MyFoundationsLab through Adult Education. Any Learning Support student who does not earn a "C" or better in a required Learning Support course must repeat that course.

Learning Support Suspension: AA and AS Degree Learning Support students have two attempts to exit their 0099 courses in reading and English and three attempts in math.

If an AA or AS student does not complete requirements for English (writing) or reading in two semesters and math in two/three semesters the student will be suspended. All grades except W count as an attempt. There are no appeals of suspension.

The student may be considered for readmission before the end of one year of the suspension if the student can provide evidence to the Director of Learning Support that he or she has taken measures to improve his or her skills, such as completing appropriate learning paths in MyFoudationsLab through Continuing Education.

Students who have been suspended from an institution without completing LS requirements may not be exempted from their LS requirements through transfer of course credit unless they are eligible for transfer admission under the institution’s regular transfer admission policies.

Time spent in LS course work in a disciplinary area is cumulative within the USG. A transfer LS student with fewer than two semesters in English (writing) or reading and fewer than three semesters in math may be granted an additional semester if that student was making appropriate progress at the sending institution and is ready for the exit level course at the receiving institution. Otherwise, students must stay within the number of attempts allowed.

Readmission after Suspension: Students who have not taken any college work in the USG for one year may be retested with the COMPASS in any unsatisfied area and readmitted without an LS requirement if they meet the institutional criteria for exemption. Students who do not exempt on the retest may be considered for readmission. If an individual evaluation indicates that the student has a reasonable chance of success, the student may be readmitted for up to two additional attempts for English (writing) or reading and three additional attempts for math. Students readmitted under this provision are subject to the 30-hour limit on college-level coursework and may not take credit work if they had earned 30 credit hours during their previous period(s) of enrollment.

Vocational Math Suspension: Students have two attempts to pass Vocational Math (TECH 0085). A grade of IP counts as one attempt; however, a grade of WF or U counts as two attempts. Students who do not pass TECH 0085 within two attempts will be suspended from BC for one semester without appeal.

Documented Learning Disabilities: Students with documented learning disorders as defined in the USG Academic Affairs Handbook, Section 3.11.1 who are required to enroll in LS must fulfill all stated requirements, including the COMPASS exit (or its alternative through Adult Education) and course requirements. Students will be provided with appropriate test and/or course accommodations as described in USG Section 3.11.5, Learning Support Considerations. Appropriate course and testing accommodations will made for students with sensory, mobility, or systemic disorders. Such students may be granted up to two additional semesters.

Opportunities to Learn Using Technology

Computer-Assisted Instruction: Bainbridge State College is wired for computing technology. Every office is equipped with computer resources with Internet and email connections. Numerous computer classrooms, most of which are networked and connected to the Internet, enhance instruction, support individual student research, and allow for personal enrichment. A staff of five to six people assists with these computing resources and supports the College's computer-driven processes. Other equipment/services include webpages, servers, scanners, and computer-based tutorials.

Web-based Instruction: Bainbridge State College offers many online and partially online courses through our web-based course system, GeorgiaVIEW. Similarly, the University System of Georgia makes available some courses through the GeorgiaOnMyLine initiative. Fully online classes are labeled “WEB,” and courses that meet once-a-week on campus with the rest of the class online are labeled “web- enhanced” courses in the class schedule available on the College website. Contact the Admissions and Records Office for details.