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Students are responsible for their academic progress. Students seeking assistance with academic progress or experiencing academic difficulty should consult with their academic advisor / counselor, an academic dean, a professor, or personnel in the Academic Success Center.
The NMJC Catalog is a student’s official guide to programs, courses, and policies of New Mexico Junior College. The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and New Mexico Junior College. Other important information for students is published in the NMJC Student Handbook; fall, spring, and summer Schedule of Classes; and handbooks published by instructional departments and other offices. Students are responsible for complying with the provisions of these documents. Since programs, courses, policies, tuition and fees, calendar dates, and other information are subject to review and evaluation on an on-going basis, NMJC reserves the right to make changes at any time by way of appropriate administrative and governance procedures.
Curricular requirements are established by NMJC and include general education courses as well as specific discipline requirements. When a student begins a degree program, the requirements of the currently effective catalog determine all applicable degree requirements. NMJC will honor all degree plans and curricular requirements for a period of five years from the effective beginning date of the catalog if NMJC can reasonably continue to offer the course of study. However, current academic standards, regulations, and policies apply to all students.
Students who do not enroll in degree-related courses for two consecutive terms (excluding summers) may be required to comply with different degree requirements if the degree plan requirements have changed. If succeeding catalogs change degree requirements in such a way as to be beneficial to the student, the most recent catalog policy may be applied.
All students enrolled for any course are responsible for knowledge of the information appearing in this College Catalog and any updates of costs, course revisions, curriculum changes, and published course schedules. Academic policies and procedures are not catalog specific; they are determined by the New Mexico Junior College faculty and administration. All students are responsible for knowledge of the policies and procedures in the Student Handbook. The Student Handbook contains all general student policies and the basic residence hall rules and procedures. The college reserves the right to change procedures and policies in the Catalog and the Student Handbook as deemed necessary and revise the college curricula as may be necessary and desirable.
All students registered for any courses at New Mexico Junior College accept a commitment to seriousness of purpose, academic integrity, and high standards of personal and social behavior. Students are expected to be cooperative and responsive members of the college community and the city of Hobbs, comply willingly with college regulations, and abide by all local, state, and federal laws. All students have the right to due process and the right to file grievances. The college has the right to restrict, evict, suspend, and dismiss any student whose academic achievement and personal conduct does not meet the standards set forth in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook. In accordance with the regulations and procedures assuring due process, the College may dismiss any student whose conduct does not meet the standards of the college as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct.
Academic Advisement and Career Development provides a variety of services to support the academic goals and career plans of each NMJC student. Counselors are available Monday through Friday to help students prepare for an enjoyable and successful academic experience at NMJC. The Counseling Office is located in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Academic advising at NMJC is an integral part of the larger mission of educating students. The primary purpose of the advising program is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their goals. The ultimate and final responsibility for making decisions about goals and educational plans rests with the individual student. The academic counselor / advisor assists by helping to identify and assess alternatives and consequences of decisions.
NMJC offers the Accuplacer for assessment of a student’s abilities in reading, math, and English. This assessment is provided to assist students in the selection of class(es) that are appropriate for their academic background. New students who will be seeking a degree or certificate, or taking their first college level math and / or English class, are required to take the Accuplacer in the absence of other placement scores. NMJC accepts ACT, SAT, and ASSET scores for placement.
NMJC honors AP and CLEP scores but administers only the CLEP.
Testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request; documentation and prior notice is required. Contact Information:
Academic Fresh Start is a plan of academic forgiveness provided for students who have demonstrated academic responsibility following their return to college. Academic Fresh Start allows the calculation of the grade-point average (GPA) and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work done after returning to college. Students who were formerly enrolled at New Mexico Junior College and who have been separated from all institutions of higher education for a minimum of three calendar years from last date of attendance are eligible for the program.
As a college of higher learning, NMJC is concerned that all participants in the learning environment conduct themselves with a high level of academic honesty and integrity. As much as it is the students’ responsibility to conduct themselves according to accepted values of honesty and integrity, so too is it the institution’s responsibility to provide a fair and equitable process for addressing behavior that falls outside of what has been deemed as acceptable.
This information is available to the public and can be released unless an annual written request to withhold the information is on file in the Registrar’s Office. Confidentiality request forms may be obtained in the Registrar’s Office and at www.nmjc.edu
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|B||3 grade points per credit hour|
|C||2 grade points per credit hour|
|D||1 grade point per credit hour|
|F||0 grade points per credit hour|
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If a student has reason to believe that a final grade he / she has received is incorrect, the student must first contact the professor and informally attempt to Resolve the issue before beginning a formal, written grade appeal. If no satisfactory resolution is reached, the student may then proceed with the formal, written, grade appeal process, as noted below. A formal, written grade appeal must be started no later than the last day of classes of the first long (regular) semester which follows receipt of the disputed grade. For example, to appeal a grade received for a class completed during the fall semester, the student has until the last day of the following spring semester to begin the written appeal.