College Catalog

Plagiarism is a form of theft. It is the stealing of another's ideas, information, creative work, or words and passing them off as one's own. Examples of plagiarism include quoting from a published work without the use of quotation marks and identification of the author, and copying from another student's examination or report or from web resources. Students who are accomplices in the act of plagiarism are equally guilty of academic dishonesty, and may be subject to disciplinary action (see the Student Handbook).

A requirement that must be completed before some other steps can be taken; for example, a course that must be completed before one can enroll in another course. All course pre-requisites are listed in the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS section of this catalog. If none is listed by a course, none exists for it. Students may petition to be excused from course pre-requisites. To do so, they must present an argument justifying their request in writing, and secure the agreement and signature of both the course instructor and the Division  Dean or his/her designee. Forms are available in Academic Division offices or the Welcome Center.

Academic probation or dismissal for students is determined by the cumulative Grade Point Average and Quality Hours, as follows:

Cumulative Grade Point Hours Cumulative GPA Required:
Below 9 No minimum
9-30 1.75
Above 30 2.0


At the end of two semesters of probation, if the cumulative GPA remains below the minimum standard, the student will be dismissed. However, the student will not be dismissed if, during a probationary semester, he/she earns
a GPA of 2.0 or better.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate in degree and certificate programs.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
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