Chesapeake College Support/Policies
As a student at Chesapeake College, you have many resources available to help you succeed while you are here. Below are a few links to help you find the resources you need to help with many Technology related issues, student support services and more specific course policy information.
Campus Policies & Guidelines
- Grading System
Upon completion of their courses, students receive final grades. A final grade is a letter grade that carries with it a numerical value. Chesapeake College uses the scale as outlined below*. These grades and their point values are used to calculate a student’s grade point average (GPA).
Chesapeake Grading Scale and Numerical Values
||Pass, without recommendation
||Withdrew, first 3 weeks of class
||Temporary/Crosses over semesters
*Certain Chesapeake College academic programs use more stringent scales. Please see program requirements for details.
** A “D” grade in any developmental course does not permit progression into the next course. Additionally, the “D” grade is not a passing grade in some Chesapeake College programs. Please check individual programs for more information.
- Out of Class Preparation
In order to comply with new U.S. Department of Education requirements, students are expected to do a minimum of two hours of work out-side of class for every hour in class. Some assignments may require more time.
- Plagiarism Detection Software
Chesapeake College has an agreement with the Unicheck, an educational tool that helps prevent or identify plagiarism from Internet resources. Faculty members may use the tool in their courses by requiring that assignments are submitted electronically to be checked by Unicheck. The Unicheck Similarity Report will indicate the amount of original text in your work and whether all material that you quoted, paraphrased, summarized, or used from another source is appropriately referenced. Student papers are protected by FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as they are educational records that contain personally identifiable information. Unicheck stores and protects confidential and personally identifiable information with appropriate measures.
- Academic Instruction Emergency Management Plan
In the event the college needs to close for an extended period of time due to a flu pandemic, severe weather event, or other emergency, consideration will be given to the timing, duration, and extent of closure as follows:
- Closure during the semester for up to one week: there will be an opportunity to make up work missed without significant alteration to the semester calendar.
- Closure extending beyond one week (or where classes are cancelled on the same days/evenings over multiple weeks): the college may extend the length of the semester or eliminate scheduled breaks for affected classes. Depending on the timing and extent of the closure, processing of final grades may be impacted. Students can learn about closures on the Chesapeake College Homepage or by calling 410.822.5400 or 410.228.4360.
- Academic Dishonesty Policy
When faculty choose to report to the Office of the Vice President for Workforce and Academic Programs an incident of academic dishonesty in their class, the name of the student will be recorded, along with the nature of the offense and the course and semester in which it occurred.
The VP’s office will then send a note to the student, the student’s advisor and the student’s instructor (who reported the offense) stating:
- A first offense will result in an F or a zero for the assignment;
- A second offense will result in an F for the course (regardless of whether the second offense occurred in a class different from the first offense); the student may not withdraw from the class to avoid the F grade;
- A third offense will result in suspension from the College for a semester; the suspension will commence at the end of the semester in which the infraction occurred. Re-admission will be subject to approval by the CAAS.
- The College reserves the right to consider alternative sanction for academic dishonesty commensurate with the magnitude and seriousness of the alleged offense.
The normal appeals process remains in effect throughout this scenario: initial appeal by the student alone to the instructor, then to the Dean, and then finally to the VP.
- Course Attempt Limit
Effective Spring 2008, students may only attempt a course a maximum of three times. Both Audits (L) and Withdrawals (W) count as an attempt at a course.
- Transferability of Credit Level Courses
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their receiving institution as to the transferability of credit level courses as well as what grades transfer.
- Title IX Policy
Chesapeake College prohibits all forms of sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct, including but not limited to acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by or against all students, employees, and campus guests. If you have any questions or concerns or if you need to make a complaint, contact Chesapeake’s Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Director Susan Cianchetta, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (410) 827-5811. You may also contact Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Judy Gordon, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (410)-827-5805. Please note: If you choose to report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination to a faculty member, that individual is required to report the incident (including the names of alleged perpetrators, and all the facts surrounding the misconduct) to our Title IX Coordinator. You may request that we keep your name confidential, but we may not be able to do so. If you do not want this information reported, you may share the information confidentially with counseling, advocacy, health, mental health, or sexual-assault-related services. For detailed information about policy, procedures, prevention education, and sources of counseling, advocacy and support, please see Chesapeake’s Title IX Policy at http://www.chesapeake.edu/students/chesapeake-college-title-ix-policy-statement