Academics

Academic Policies

Academic Policies

Student Attendance Policy

It is expected that each student will attend every class exercise for which he/she is registered. Absences caused by illness, or other justifiable causes, will be permitted to a limited extent (usually two per semester).
If, in the judgment of the instructor, these permitted absences, or other (unauthorized) absences, endanger the standing of the student in the course, the instructor shall counsel with the student concerning the situation. Further absences will normally result in a failing grade for the course.

Dismissal and Suspension Policy

The school reserves the right to dismiss a student whose conduct is found to be unsatisfactory. Unlawful possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students on campus is forbidden and will result in dismissal.

Grading Standards

A, B, C and D are passing grades. F is failing. If extenuating circumstances prohibit a student from completing a course on time, a grade of Incomplete may be given. To receive a grade of Incomplete, a student must secure approval from the professor and the Academic Dean. A petition for the Incomplete must be made before the last day of class. At the professor's discretion the grade will or will not be reduced. If approval is granted the work must be completed in four weeks from the close of the semester. General standing for the year of every regular student is ascertained by the use of a grade point system. Grade points are assigned as follows:

Grade Meaning Grade Point
A Excellent 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C Average 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D Poor 1.0
F Failure 0.0
I Incomplete 0.0
W Withdrawal 0.0
Au Audit 0.0

A grade of "I" shall be assigned by the instructor only if the student has been unable to complete the course on time because of unavoidable circumstances. The grade must be approved by the Academic Dean. A deadline for completing the work is set by the instructor. If the work is not completed and submitted by the deadline, the grade designated by the instructor at the time the request for the "I" was made will be recorded. To determine the grade point average, the earned points are divided by the semester hours attempted. "W's" are not used in calculation of the GPA.

Selection of Courses

Each student, upon entering the California Central University, is assigned to an advisor. Students should understand that all questions concerning academic problems should first be taken to the advisor and only later, when a problem remains unsolved, to the Registrar.

Dropping/Adding Classes

After a student and advisor have arranged the student's semester program, changes are discouraged. No course can be added after the second week of classes. Any course dropped during the second week will not be recorded on the student's permanent record. From the beginning of the third week of classes through the end of the fifth week of instruction, all drops will be recorded as "W." A "W" is not included in calculating the student's GPA. No course is considered officially added or dropped until the proper form is submitted to the Registrar so that the schedule of the student may be properly changed.

Withdrawl

A student withdrawing from the California Central University during the semester must process the form provided for purposes of withdrawal. The effective date of withdrawal shall be the date the Registrar's signature is affixed. Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from the California Central University. If withdrawal occurs after this time, the student will receive a grade of "W" for all courses enrolled at that time. Withdrawing without prior approval will result in an unofficial withdrawal that will forfeit any financial refunds otherwise due, and will receive grades of "F" for all course taken in that semester.

Class Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students at the California Central University. A minimum of 80 percent attendance is required to obtain credit in a semester. Each faculty member is to state in writing to all students in a class the attendance policy for that class. The faculty member is the judge of whether the student has met the stated attendance requirements for the course.

Course Audits

Student who wishes to audit, or take courses without credit must indicate his or her intention at the time of registration. Audit students will not be expected to take examinations. Courses audited cannot be counted toward meeting graduation requirements. Only lecture courses may be audited.

Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal

For students who do not maintain the required grade point averages, one semester of academic probation will be allowed, and the student will be notified in writing. At the conclusion of the probationary semester, if the student has not achieved the minimum grade point average, the student will be suspended from the school. Under extenuating circumstances, the student may appeal the suspension in writing to the Admissions Appeal Committee. All decisions made by the committee shall be final. Requests for all appeal must be made within the first five days of the semester of suspension. The results of appeals occur as soon as possible, usually within 48 hours of the appeal. In the event that the appeal is denied, the student is dismissed from the school as a "no-show" for the semester involved. Dismissals are considered final Students are forbidden from plagiarism, assisting other students covertly on tests, exams or student evaluations of any type designed to be individually completed. Students are forbidden from selling, sharing theses or papers with other students in a manner that allows the other student to avoid completion of their own work. Failure to abide by this standard will result in dismissal from the school. Personal problems that may arise in the life of the student (that pertain to the school) will be resolved privately, if possible, by the professor, the student's pastor and the school president. Dismissal from the school is the decision of the California Central University President.

Size of Classes

Except under extreme circumstances, classes will be comprised of a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 40.

Transcript of Records

Official transcripts are made only at the written request of the student concerned. No transcript will be issued for any one who has failed to meet all financial obligations to the California Central University. Official transcripts are not released directly to the student. Requests for transcripts are to be made directly to the Registrar.

Recording of Grades

All grades will be recorded in the Registrar's office as reported by the instructor in charge of the various courses. Once grades are recorded, requests for changes must be submitted in writing by the instructor.

Reform Act

It is California Central University's policy to update itself on the requirements of the Reform Act. The school is aware of its responsibility to maintain records at the campus for at least five years. Transcripts are retained for a period of fifty years as part of our, student database. The school is in the process of acquiring new computer resources which will allow us to improve our retention of records. Subsequent disks on a duplicate set will be maintained at an off-campus site per the Reform Act and as part of our office procedure. This updating of records will occur at the end of each academic year.

Leave of Absence

Occasionally circumstances arise that require students to interrupt their training. Students may be granted one leave of absence. To be granted a leave of absence you must submit in writing a request to the Director. This request must outline the circumstances and duration of the requested leave of absence. A leave may not exceed 30 calendar days. Only 1 (one) leave of absence may be granted in a 12-month period. Exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the Director based on individual circumstances.

For more information on Academic and Student Policies please contact the Vice President of Academic Affairs.