Student Policy & Procedures

Student Policies
Any traditional undergraduate student who wants to take a fully online course must complete a mandatory self-paced Online Learning Student Orientation Tutorial (OLSOT). The OLSOT will take students approximately one hour to complete. The OLSOT is a self-paced, fully online tutorial that provides instructions on how to get started with online courses and provides tips and resources for being successful within the online learning environment. Students access the orientation using their MSMC account. The OLSOT will be graded on a Pass/Fail scale; if the student does not successfully complete the tutorial, they will not be able to register for an online course. The student may complete the tutorial as many times as needed to earn a passing grade. The OLSOT is administered through the Office of Online Learning.

Traditional students with a GPA of at least 2.75 may enroll in online courses, with the permission of their advisor and the chair of the division offering the course. Students may seek exceptions to these policies from the Vice President for Academic Affairs, with the approval of their advisor and the chair of the division offering the accelerated course.

It is the student’s responsibility to be prepared to participate fully in his/her courses. This includes, but may not be limited to, obtaining course texts and/or software in a timely manner. Instructors are not required to allow extensions or make other allowances for students who have not obtained the required materials by the start of the course. A student’s contribution is assessed throughout a course. Lack of preparedness, including not having required texts, is likely to be reflected in a final grade.