Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students who miss or fail a midterm or final exam must pass a different version of the exam within two weeks of the date of the exam. If, at the end of the quarter, there are any missed or failed exams or assignments or the 80% attendance requirement (including makeup work) has not been successfully completed, the grade of “I”, incomplete, will be assigned. If any elements remain uncompleted at the second week of the next quarter the incomplete “I” will become an “F” and the class must be repeated. The maximum grade for all unexcused makeup or retake exams, either midterms or finals, is 70%. There is no restriction on grades for excused makeup work. Students who fail to pass the class with a score of 70% or higher after the retake will receive a failing grade of “D” or “F” which will be included in the GPA. Students with a failing grade after the retake must repeat the course.
Students may give notification of withdrawal from a class prior to the final examination to receive a “W”. A “W” or “I” is not considered for credit, or in the grade point average, but is considered in the rate of completion calculation. Later withdrawals initially receive a grade of “I” which is not considered for credit or in the grade point average, but is considered in the rate of completion calculation. A grade of “I” that is not replaced by a passing grade in a timely manner will be converted to a grade of “F”. An”F” is not considered for credit, but is included in the grade point average and in the rate of completion calculation.
Students must complete all graduation requirements in a maximum of 45 months in Acupuncture or 54 months in Oriental Medicine from the initial date of program enrollment. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 must be maintained. If any student drops below the 2.5 they will need to get academic counseling. A cumulative GPA of less than 2.5 will result in a letter of dismissal, with the opportunity to petition to rescind the dismissal. The College does not have a probationary period for poor academic progress. Additionally, for students receiving federal financial aid, after one year of attendance and at the end of each additional year thereafter, a student who has not passed at least 2/3 of all class hours attempted in their program of study will lose federal financial aid eligibility. Since most students begin in the fall and attend in the summer, the 2/3 rate will be calculated after the summer quarter each year for all federal financial aid recipients. There is no probationary period for unsatisfactory grades or an unsatisfactory rate of completion (less than 2/3). Students dismissed or who lose federal financial aid eligibility for unsatisfactory academic progress may petition for reinstatement. The petition should indicate the cause of unsatisfactory academic progress. Individual cases will be reviewed by an academic committee made up of two faculty members and one administrator. The committee will make recommendations regarding reinstatement to the program and for federal financial aid eligibility based on the student’s plan to implement a course of action.