Academic Policies

 

Attendance

Attendance is essential to the overall effectiveness of the academic skills and commitment to all students. A student is required to attend all scheduled classes regularly and punctually.

The Reformed University recognizes that there are times when a student is unable to attend class, arrives late or leaves early. The attendance policy allows for these circumstances, while ensuring that each student attends class a sufficient amount of time to master their subject material. A student will not be able to earn credit for a course if he or she is below 70% attendance in any given subject/class. Frequent tardiness and/ or unexcused absences will result in placing the student on probationary status. International students ( F1 students ) are required to maintain a full time status. 

Re-entry Policy

Students who have been terminated for violating the attendance policy may be re-entered through the appeal process. Fill out the Re-entry written request form and meet with the director of admissions.

Leave of Absence

Students may be granted one leave of absence (LOA) per 12-month period for certain specific and acceptable reasons. Student may also request an administrative leave when a course that is needed is not available. A LOA shall be reasonable in duration, not to exceed 120 calendar days. All LOA’s must be in documented in official writing and addressed to the Department Director, and/or the President to be approved. The request must be accompanied by written documentation from the appropriate person and/ or agency. The President will approve or deny the written request. If a student fails to return on the scheduled return date, then he or she will be terminated from the training program as a result. One subsequent leave of absence may be granted if the leave of absence does not exceed thirty (30) days and the school determines that it is necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. Subsequent leaves of absence may be granted for jury duty, military reasons, or circumstances covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (1993). The school must document the reason for each subsequent leave of absence.

Effects of Leave of Absence on Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who are contemplating a leave of absence should be cautioned that one or more of the following factors might affect their eligibility to graduate within the maximum program competition time:

  •  Students returning from leave of absence are not guaranteed that the course required to maintain the normal progression in  their training program will be available at the time of re-entry.
  •  Students may have to wait for the appropriate course to be offered.

  •  Students may be required to repeat the entire course from which they elected to withdraw prior to receiving a final grade.

Grading Policies

Evaluation of student achievement will be based on meeting the objectives for each class. At the beginning of each class, the instructor will provide the student with a syllabus identifying the objectives and grade determination criteria. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 70%. A student who fails a class is permitted to continue in his or her studies as long as satisfactory progress is maintained. In a course in which a failing grade has been received, a student who has feasible reasons may ask the professor to grant permission to take a re-examination, or complete a reassignment of sufficient quality to raise the grade to a passing score. Such work must be completed twenty one (21) days after notification of the failing grade, or in the case of spring semester courses, between the opening of the semester and September 25 of the following academic year. If the grade is raised to a passing grade, the student receives credit for the course, but no grade points are counted into the calculation of the student’s GPA. If the student repeats a course after having received an F grade initially, the previous F grade remains factors into the GPA, as does the new grade.

Grade Point

The following systems of grade points are used to evaluate a student’s level of achievement. A student’s general standing is the result of the total number of grade points earned, divided by the total number of semester hours taken. 

A/A+ Excellent 4.00
A-   3.75
B+   3.50
B Good 3.00
B-   2.75
C+   2.50
C Average 2.00
C-   1.75
D 1.00
F 0.00
I Incomplete  
WP Withdraw Passing  
WF Withdraw Failing  
P Pass (Challenge)  
AU Audit (No Credit)  
CR Credit  


An incomplete grade may be given for incomplete class assignments and/ or examinations only with permission from the instructor. Then “I” grade will be converted to an “F” if the incomplete is not made up within one week after the following class begins.

Incomplete Grades

Any course that has an assignment due and has not been turned in by the time of final examination or has failed to take the final examination will be assigned the grade of “F”. A student who obtains an approval from the faculty in charge to turn in the required work within a stipulated later time or take a late final examination may receive the grade of “I”. The “I” grade will be given for compelling reasons that are appropriate, medical or acknowledged by faculty in charge of the course. All course requirements must be completed no later than the end of the next semester. Otherwise, the “I” grade will be changed to an “F” grade automatically.

Passing Grade

A student who receives a “D” grade in a course must repeat the course. The course in which the “D” grade was earned cannot be counted towards the degree major.

Repeating Courses to Raise Grade Point Average

A student who receives a grade of “C” or lower may repeat courses to raise the grade point average. Whenever a course is repeated in an attempt to raise the grade point average, only the highest grade earned will be recorded as the official grade and the lower grades will be removed from the student’s record. A course may be repeated one time.

Graduation Requirements

Success is dependent upon the student’s individual efforts, abilities and application to the requirements of the university.

To be eligible for graduation, a student must:

  • Complete all required courses for undergraduate program with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Complete all required courses for graduate program with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Meet the specific grade and other program requirements for specific classes (if applicable).
  • Meet the Satisfactory Progress requirement.
  • Meet all financial or other obligations to the university.

A Degree will be issued to students upon successful completion of all academic requirements. Successful completion of all courses listed in the program section requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0/3.0 or above.

Any student subject to a records hold must satisfy outstanding obligations before an official degree for all programs.

Academic Achievement Recognition

To encourage academic excellence and progress, The Reformed University offers honors to full time students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or better. These students are recognized by being placed on the Dean’s List, and automatically become members of the Honor Society.

At graduation, the following awards are presented to those students who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership, and service.

Academic Achievement Awards

  • Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Magna Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Summa Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher