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Scholastic Dishonesty

Iowa Central College Online may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but isn’t limited to, cheating and plagiarizing. Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s words as one’s own. Whether in writing or in speaking. Cheating and plagiarism, whether intentional or accidental, are serious offenses.

Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated in any course. Plagiarism and other forms of cheating are examples of such dishonesty and will result in serious consequences.

One is plagiarizing if one:

  • Uses direct quotes without quotation marks and textual citation of the material.
  • Paraphrases without crediting the source.
  • Presents anther’s ideas as your own without citing the source
  • Submits material written by someone else as your own (this includes purchasing or borrowing a paper).
  • Submits a paper or assignment for which one has received so much help that the writing is significantly different from one’s own.

One is cheating if one:

  • Copies someone else’s exam or homework.
  • Purposefully allows another student to copy your work or submit work that you have written as his/her own.
  • Refers to a text. notes or other materials during an exam without authorization to do so.
  • Submits a paper or assignment for which you have received so much help that the writing is significantly different from your own.
  • Passes test answers to another student during or before a test.


Mission Statement

Iowa Central College Online is committed to excellence in teaching and learning by providing for the varied educational needs of the diverse individuals whom it serves through accessible, flexible, community-centered programs and activities both within and beyond the classroom.

Vision Statement

Iowa Central College Online is the learning college of choice, meeting the needs of those we serve in an ever-changing, global environment. Innovation and excellence, with continuous improvement, define this institution where the focus is on the learner and the appreciation of diversity.

Academic Load – What’s Full Time

A student is considered full-time when they have 12 credits over 2 continuous terms. These terms (16 weeks) are the first and second 8 weeks, the third and fourth 8 weeks, the fifth and sixth 8 weeks and so forth.

Academic Term

An academic term is classified as 2 continuous 8 week sections. These terms (16 weeks) are the first and second 8 weeks, the third and fourth 8 weeks, the fifth and sixth 8 weeks and so forth.

Contesting a Grade – Grade Appeal

A student who believes a course grade he/she has received is inaccurate may seek an appeal as follows:

  1. Within 60 calendar days following the end of a course, the student will inform the instructor in writing of questions concerning course grade. The writing will address questions concerning the criteria and procedures the instructor used in determining the grade, the process by which it was assigned, and to request error correction, if any, in the grade.
  2. Within 14 calendar days after the instructor’s receipt of the student’s written questions, the instructor will offer to meet with the student to attempt to resolve the questions concerning a grade.
  3. If after the discussion with the instructor, the student believes that the grade is still inaccurate, the student will meet with the department chair. This meeting must be scheduled within 10 calendar days after the instructor has offered to meet with the student. Before meeting with the department chair, the student will submit in writing to the department chair his/her questions regarding the grade. The department chair shall meet with the instructor and the student separately and/or together in an effort to resolve the questions regarding the grade.
  4. If the steps above don’t resolve the questions concerning the grade, the student may submit his/her written questions concerning course grade to the Vice-President of Instruction no later than 10 calendar days after meeting with the department chair. Within 14 calendar days after receipt of written questions from the student, the Vice-President of Instruction will submit to the student, the instructor, and to the department chair a written decision concerning the appeal of the grade.

Add/Drop Procedure

To drop a course(s) you must contact Rick Mead. You can contact Rick Mead at or 480-663-9800 ext.2807.

You can not add a course after the courses begin


The following are the type of grades that you would see on your transcript.

“A-F” = The grade that you received in the course (No + or – are granted)
“I” = Incomplete. No Grade Points or Credits
“T” = Transfer
“W” = Withdrawal. No Grade Points or Credits
“X” or “R” = Repeat of Course
“L” = Advanced Standing
“T” = CLEP

Grades Earned in Repeated Courses

A student may repeat any course more than once. Only the hours attempted and the grade point earned on the last repeat shall be used in calculating the cumulative grade point average. Withdrawing from a course that is being repeated and receiving a “W” does not erase the previous grades and does not constitute repeating the course. Courses from other colleges may be repeated with a like course at Iowa Central.

Grades earned in courses that have been repeated will be administered and interpreted according to the following guidelines:

  1. Grades earned in all enrolled classes will be recorded on the permanent transcript.
  2. In computing the cumulative grade point average for graduation, only the most recent grade earned in a course that has been repeated will be used.
  3. For purposes of satisfying a prerequisite, the most recent grade earned in a course will be used.

Incomplete Process

An incomplete (“I”) grade in a course does not have an immediate effect on a students’ semester GPA. A meeting arranged by the student with the instructor is held to discuss the reason for the incomplete grade. A contract between the students and instructor, stating the details and time schedule of work that is to be made up, must be agreed upon and signed. After all work is completed, the instructor will make the proper grade changes fro the student’s permanent record. Incompletes are approved only for unusual circumstances with appropriate documentation.

The grade of “Incomplete” (I) subject to the regulation of this section may be assigned to a student at the discretion of the instructor. Whenever a grade of “I” is assigned, the instructor is required to file on Incomplete Grade Agreement form with the Registrar. This form indicates the deadline for removing the “I” grade. The calendar year from the end of the semester in which the grade of incomplete is given is the maximum deadline. When the student completes the work, the instructor submits a Grade Correction form to the Registrar’s Office.

Associate in Arts

An Associate in Arts Degree is awarded to the student successfully completing 60 semester hours of course work with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00. Requirements for the Associate in Arts selected from the general requirements are

  1. Nine (9) hours of English and speech;
  2. Eight (8) hours of mathematics and science, at least one (1) course from each area;
  3. Nine (9) hours of social science from two areas;
  4. Nine (9) hours of humanities from any two of four areas;
  5. Five (5) hours of distributed courses from the four areas above; and
  6. One (1) hour of The College Experience
  7. Three (3) hours of computer requirements.

An additional sixteen (16) catalog hours are required:

  1. Sixteen (16) hours of electives from Arts & Science
  2. Sixteen (16) hours from applied science and technologies courses, or
  3. Sixteen (16) hours of combined electives from one (1) and two (2) above.
  4. Developmental courses (numbered <100) don’t count toward a degree

Associate in Science

An Associate in Science Degree is awarded to the student successfully completing a prescribed career option program with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00. Developmental education courses (numbered <100) don’t count towards a degree. Students enrolled in career option programs are eligible to enter the job market or transfer to a four-year college or university.

Associate in Applied Science

An Associate in Applied Science Degree is awarded to the student successfully completing a prescribed applied science and technologies curriculum of at least two years with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.00. Developmental education courses (numbered <100) don’t count towards a degree.

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