Coursework is measured in terms of semester units. A unit equals 18 hours of lecture or 54 hours of lab work per semester in most courses. Lecture courses require additional outside of class work to equal a minimum of 48 hours of student work.
The district, the colleges, and unit members will adhere to the following in regard to academic freedom:
Bakersfield College has the responsibility to ensure that grades assigned are indicative of the knowledge and skill level of each student. Acts of academic dishonesty make it impossible to fulfill this responsibility, and they weaken our society. Faculty, students, administrators, and classified staff share responsibility for ensuring academic honesty in our college community and will make a concerted effort to fulfill the following responsibilities.
Any test, paper, or assignment submitted and that bears BC students’ name is presumed to be the own original work that has not previously been submitted for credit in another course unless you obtain prior written approval to do so from the instructor.
In all of the assignments, including homework or drafts of papers, students may use words or ideas written by other individuals in publications, web sites, or other sources, but only with proper citation. As a general rule, if citing from a published source or from a web site and the quotation is short (up to a sentence or two) place it in quotation marks; if a longer passage from a publication or web site, please indent it and use single spacing. In both cases, be sure to cite the original source in a footnote or in parentheses. If a student is not clear about the expectations for completing an assignment or taking a test or examination, be sure to seek clarification from the instructor beforehand.
Finally, students should keep in mind that as a member of the BC campus academic community, students are expected to demonstrate integrity in all of your academic endeavors and will be evaluated on their own merits. Students should be proud of their academic accomplishments and help to protect and promote academic integrity at Bakersfield College. The consequences of cheating and academic dishonesty – including a formal written warning, possible loss of grade – are simply not worth it.
A student whose last completed semester GPA and cumulative GPA are 2.0 or higher and whose accumulated units of ‘W’ (Withdrawal), ‘NP’ (No Pass), and/or I (Incomplete) do not reach or exceed 50 percent shall be in good standing.
Students who have attempted 12 or more semester units and who then earns a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester shall be placed on Academic Probation for the following semester and will not be able to register until an Academic Success Probation Workshop is completed (a hold will be placed on their registration). A student shall be removed from probationary status when the cumulative GPA reaches 2.00 or higher.
In addition, students on academic probation will be limited in the number of units for which they may register. The academic status of each student is available under Academic Standing in the Registration Status section, on the online transcript in BanWeb, or printed on the student transcript updated at the conclusion of each semester..
Students graduating within five (5) academic years of initial enrollment shall have the option of completing either: (a) the degree requirements of the College catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment; or (b) any set of revised degree requirements published in a subsequent Bakersfield College catalog. Students graduating more than five (5) academic years after initial enrollment must adhere to the specific degree requirements in effect in any Bakersfield College catalog within the five-year period prior to the students’ graduation.
To maintain catalog rights, the student must maintain continuous enrollment during the five (5) year period. Continuous enrollment means the student must earn a grade of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “F”, “NP”, “P”, “I”, “IP”, “RD”, or “W” in at least one course each academic year. For the purposes of continuous enrollment, an academic year begins with the summer semester and includes the following fall and spring terms. Petitions for exceptions should be directed to the Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs. Catalog rights apply only to Bakersfield College graduation and program requirements. If other institutions change their requirements for entrance, graduation, satisfaction of general education patterns, or in other ways it may be necessary for the student to meet the new requirements upon transfer, even if continuous enrollment has been maintained.
Students who wish to receive Bakersfield College credits for work completed at other colleges should have official copies of transcripts from such colleges sent to the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building, room 7. Upon student completion of a Request for Evaluation in the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building, room 7, those transcripts will be reviewed and credit given where appropriate. Bakersfield College only accepts transfer credits from schools that are accredited by regional accrediting commissions of schools and colleges. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated by an approved international academic credential evaluation service. Information is available at the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building, room 7. Evaluations made and credits allowed by Bakersfield College are subject to review and evaluation by any college or university to which a student may transfer. Qualifying as credit toward a Bakersfield College degree or certificate does not guarantee that pass-through general education will be granted. Evaluations are completed within 4 weeks from submission.
Advanced Placement is a program of college level courses and exams for high school students.+ Bakersfield College grants college credit for students who score a three or higher on Advanced Placement exams. Additional information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building, room 7. A score of 3, 4, or 5 is required for credit in any given courses.
Students may submit Request for Evaluation forms to the Office of Admissions and Records in the Administration building, room 7 after they have enrolled at Bakersfield College, and they must have appropriate documentation of their successful completions of the Advanced Placement courses. A maximum of 30 units of credit by examination may be applied to the associate degree.