For onsite programs, attendance is required for each class night. In emergency situations, learners are permitted one absence for courses five (5) weeks or shorter and two absences for courses six (6) weeks or longer. A learner must be in class for at least 3 ½ hours to be counted present.
For online programs, learner attendance is counted by posting minimally once per week in response to discussion questions or assignments. Posting to chat forums or e-mailing other course participants (including the faculty) do not count towards attendance.
Participation differs from attendance. While a learner may be in attendance for either online or onsite programs, the participation may not be exemplary. Participation in a class involves being interactive with fellow learners and the faculty member whether in discussion, activities, or projects. Participation in each course will vary depending on the circumstances.
For onsite programs, all submitted assignments within an assigned week are due the day of the class session; therefore, a Tuesday to Monday school week would require all submitted assignments to be due by midnight of the session for each Tuesday.
For online programs, all submitted assignments within an assigned week are due the last day of that same school week; therefore, a Tuesday to Monday school week would require all submitted assignments to be due by midnight each Monday in your institution’s time zone.
For online programs, all initial posts within the Discussions are due the fourth day(see Discussions rubric for details), but students are encouraged to post sooner. This is in order to ensure quality interaction throughout the week. Please note also that subsequent responses required in the Discussion rubric must be posted on separate days in order to be counted for the grade.
- 24 Hours Late: Assignments submitted within 24 hours past the due date will have a 10% late penalty of the final assignment grade.
- 48 Hours Late: Assignments submitted within 48 hours past the due date will have a 20% late penalty of the final assignment grade.
- 3-6 Days Late: Assignments submitted between 3-6 days late will receive a 50% late penalty of the final assignment grade.
- Assignments submitted beyond 7 days past the due date are not accepted.
- Facilitators are not required to accept assignments submitted after the last night of class.
Academic Honesty is an important asset for both an institution of higher learning and an individual learner. A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the student’s original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources. The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hardcopy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. Academic dishonesty could involve:
- Having a tutor or friend complete a portion of your assignments.
- Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment.
- Copying work submitted by another student to a public class meeting.
- Using information from Online information services without proper citation.
Academic dishonesty has grave repercussions for the learner. Within the institution, the learner will receive a reduced grade (as low as a Zero) on the assignment depending on the severity, accompanied by a report to the administration. A second instance of academic dishonesty will result in a failure of the assignment and potentially the course (if within the same course) and a report to the administration. A third instance of academic dishonesty will result in failure of the course, reporting of the incident to the administration, and removal of the learner from the program.