Academic Calendar

The College operates on a semester system with a Fall and Spring semester and Summer terms.

Academic Calendar

Academic Degrees and Certificates

The following academic degrees or certificates are offered upon successful completion of approved programs at the College.

An Associate of Arts & Science Degree (AA&S)

An Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree (AA&S) is awarded to students who complete requirements in specialized curricula such as: Business Administration, Education, General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Science. This degree is appropriate for those students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions after completing a program of study at Germanna.
An Associate of Science (AS)

An Associate of Science (AS) is awarded to students who complete requirements in Engineering. This degree is appropriate for those students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions after completing the Engineering program at Germanna.
An Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

An Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is awarded to students who complete major requirements in one of the occupational-technical curricula and may plan to obtain full-time employment upon graduation from Germanna.
A Certificate (CERT)

A Certificate (CERT) is awarded to students who complete one of the approved non-degree curricula which are is usually less than two years in length.
A Career Studies Certificate (CSC)

A Career Studies Certificate (CSC) is awarded to students who complete one of the career studies programs. Career studies programs are developed and implemented in response to community needs when institutional resources permit. The College reserves the right to withdraw program offerings if there is not sufficient demand or for other appropriate reasons.

Academic Honesty

The faculty of Germanna Community College recognizes that academic honesty is an integral factor in developing and sharing knowledge. We practice academic honesty in our classes and require academic honesty from our students. GCC students are expected to demonstrate complete honesty and integrity in the completion and presentation of all academic assignments and examinations. Students found guilty of cheating, plagiarism, or other dishonorable acts in academic work are subject to College disciplinary action.  Academic penalty in the course is determined by the instructor.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is cheating and plagiarism.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  • Intentionally using material verbatim from a source without giving credit. Copying verbatim from an Internet source is plagiarism.
  • Rewriting material from a source without giving credit.
  • Using information from an Internet source without giving credit.
  • Submitting the work of another person as your own work.
  • Using/copying work from another student or that student’s electronic storage device and submitting it for a grade.
  • Copying from another person’s paper, test or homework.
  • Allowing someone else to copy/use your work (paper, homework, quiz, or test) and submitting it or a grade.
  • Violating VCCS Computer Ethics Guidelines in the pursuit of academic studies.

For additional information please see Academic Honesty in the Student Handbook.

Credits

College-level Course Credits: The credit for each course is indicated after the title in the course description. One credit is equivalent to one collegiate semester hour credit.  Each semester hour of credit given for a course is based on the “academic hour,” which is equivalent of 50 minutes of formalized, structured instructional time in a particular course weekly for fifteen weeks plus the exam or evaluation. 

Curriculum Changes/Transfer Between Curricula

Students who want to change their program or course of study while at Germanna Community College should discuss their intentions with an academic advisor. Once a decision to transfer to another curriculum has been finalized, the student should submit a Student Record Change Form to the Admissions and Records Office. [The curriculum change will become effective the semester the change is requested.]

Transfer students must also request a reevaluation of their transcripts based on the requirements of the new curriculum. Graduation requirements will be determined by the catalog in effect at the time of the curriculum change. Please see “Catalog Used for Graduation” under “Graduation Requirements and Procedures” later in this section of the catalog.

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