Important Definitions

Academic Calendar

Kishwaukee College operates on a semester system with the academic year divided into two 16-week semesters (fall, spring) and a summer session, May-August, which is offered in 4, 6, 8, and 12-week blocks. The calendar for each term, which specifies holidays, withdrawal deadlines, final exam dates, etc., is published in the class schedule for that term.

Academic Dishonesty

Examples of academic dishonesty include (but are not limited to) cheating and plagiarism. Student liability for acts of academic dishonesty is not limited to sanctions specified under the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. Instructors may also invoke sanctions for academic dishonesty as outlined by them in their course syllabi. For a complete description of what constitutes academic dishonesty and the sanctions for violations, refer to the Policy on Academic Dishonesty and the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline contained in this section of the Catalog.

Auditing a Course

Recognizing student and community needs, Kishwaukee College allows audit enrollment in all courses. Audit enrollment allows a student, with the written consent of the instructor, to enroll in a course for the purpose of reviewing course material, exploring interest in a subject area, or becoming better prepared for future courses without the pressures of assignment deadlines, steady attendance, and earning grades. No college credit is awarded for an audit.


A student who has earned less than 30 semester hours of 100/200 level credit.
A student who has earned 30 or more semester hours of 100/200 level credit.

Course Load

Enrolled in 12 or more semester hours for a fall or spring semester and 6 or more semester hours for a summer term.
Enrolled in less than 12 semester hours for a fall or spring semester or less than 6 semester hours for a summer term.
A normal academic course load for a student who intends to earn an A.A. or A.S. degree in four 16-week semesters is 15-18 semester hours of credit each term.

Course Overload

Students who wish to schedule a course overload (20 or more semester hours for a fall or spring semester, or more than 9 semester hours for the summer session), must obtain written approval from a counselor in the Counseling and Student Development Center or from an academic dean of their major field prior to registration.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The quality of a student’s work is measured by the grade point average. The GPA is used to determine eligibility for: graduation, Dean’s List honors, other honors and scholastic awards, athletic eligibility, and eligibility for financial assistance. See the Grading section of this catalog.

Independent Study

Independent study (IS 200) provides an opportunity for specialized study not available through regular course offerings. Independent study is not approved for courses which are offered regularly by the College. A proposal for independent study must be submitted by the student to the instructor who will supervise the student’s independent study project or individualized course instruction. Formal approval must be obtained from the appropriate academic dean.

After final approval, the student must officially register for the independent study course through the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office. Credits earned through independent project study (IS 200 course enrollments) are normally applicable as open electives.

Prerequisites for Courses

A prerequisite is a requirement (such as a course) which must be met before a student can register for a course. Enrollment in courses with prerequisites is restricted to those students who have satisfied prerequisites. Students who have completed prerequisites at another college or university must have an official transcript from that school on file in the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office before registration will be permitted.

Students who do not comply with the course prerequisite policy will be administratively withdrawn from their course enrollment(s) until appropriate documentation of prerequisite satisfaction has been obtained.

Unit of Credit

The unit of credit is the semester hour, which is the credit earned by meeting the equivalent of one hour a week for a 16-week period, or two hours a week for an 8-week period, or four hours a week for a 4-week period. Most laboratory courses require additional hours per week, which do not necessarily increase the credit hours awarded for these courses.

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