I. Matriculation

A. Matriculated Status

A matriculated student is one who has been accepted by the Admissions office and is enrolled in a credit degree or credit certificate program. A nonmatriculated student is enrolled in College classes but has not been admitted formally to a credit degree/certificate program, or has been dismissed because of unsatisfactory academic performance. A matriculated student in good academic standing who discontinues enrollment for two or more consecutive semesters retains his/her matriculated status (summer and winter sessions excluded). However, such students should contact the Counseling Center before re-enrolling in classes. A student matriculated in a program with limited enrollment capacity, such as health- related programs (i.e., Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Surgical Technology) will be placed on inactive status in the program if enrollment is discontinued for reasons other than graduation. Students may retain matriculated status in non-health related programs. Readmission to programs with limited enrollment capacity is required and will be considered by the applicable academic department. Matriculated students who have discontinued enrollment for a period of six years or longer will be placed in non-matriculated status. Such students must contact Student Central to seek readmission to the College.

B. Academic Program Change

A matriculated student may request an academic program change through Student Central. The request is processed only after it has been reviewed and approved.

Matriculated students requesting a second change of program (into a 3rd program at Onondaga Community College), are required to meet with an Educational Advisor in the Center for Advising and First Year Students to assess education and career goals in relation to the requested academic program change.

Forgiveness: Students who change their academic program may apply for one time grade forgiveness. This forgiveness, if approved, applies to the program GPA only
(GPA2), not to the cumulative GPA.

A student may submit a petition for grade forgiveness for prior courses with grades of D and F that are not applicable to the new program. For example, if a student was in
MUS and changes to NUR, all MUS courses with grades of D or F will be forgiven. Extra liberal arts electives that could potentially be applied to the new program will remain in the program GPA (GPA2) and cannot be forgiven.

If approved, forgiven courses with grades of D and F will be made non-applicable to the program GPA (GPA2). The grades will be indicated with an asterisk (i.e. *D). Courses
will remain on the transcript to reflect an accurate academic history, but the grades will not be calculated into the program GPA (GPA2), and credit will no longer count
towards graduation requirements.

A student may submit a petition for grade forgiveness after successful completion of his or her first semester with 12 or more credits in the new academic program and a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. Petition forms are available by request at the Office of Registration and Records. Students must submit the petition along with a letter explaining the circumstances that warrant grade forgiveness. Petitions are at the discretion of the Office of Registration and Records and the Scholastic Standards committee.

Greater consideration will be given to candidates demonstrating a significant disparity between prior and current academic performance. Students will be granted only
one grade forgiveness petition during their academic career at Onondaga Community College and must petition no later than four weeks into the semester following their second semester in the new academic program.Should a student receive approval to change back to a program in which the student had been matriculated, all courses applicable to that program must be applied (including those that may have been forgiven as a result of the original program change) and recomputed in the program GPA.