ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND POLICIES
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
All students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress, regardless of funding source(s). Satisfactory progress is monitored at evaluation points scheduled at regular intervals throughout the program. Satisfactory academic progress is determined using a qualitative component based on Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and a quantitative component, which consists of a Rate of Progress that includes maximum timeframe (MTF) for program completion where program completion is not to exceed 150% of the total program length measured in clock hours.
A student’s grades are calculated into a Cumulative GPA. A student must maintain a CGPA of 2.0 or a “C” to be making satisfactory progress. The CGPA is based on total grade points earned divided by the total number of credits attempted. Grade points earned are computed by multiplying grade points for each course by the number of credits completed in the course.
Students must complete all didactic theory and laboratory courses with at least a “C” (70%). The student may not be able to progress to the next module/course sequence until the failed course in the previous module has been repeated and successfully completed with the minimum grade of “C” (70%).
All lessons, assignments or projects that require manual review and grading will be graded/returned to the student no later than 7 days after receipt.
In addition to the overall minimum grade of “C” (70%) for the course, students must also pass each course’s final exam with a minimum grade of “C” (70%).
Students who receive a passing overall grade for the course but a grade lower than 70% for the final course-level exam will receive an Incomplete (I) grade for the course and must retake and successfully pass the course final exam within 14 days from the final exam grade notification.
Failure to retake and/or pass the final course exam within 14 days may result in an “F” grade for the course and will require a course repeat.
An additional administrative fee may apply for a final course exam retake. Additional tuition charges may apply to repeated courses due to a failed grade, failed attendance or a failed final exam for the course.
Clinical Externship Evaluation
Students must pass Clinical Externship evaluations with a “CR” grade indicating a successful completion of the course with a minimum average “Satisfactory” score of “2” on a 4-point clinical rubric scale. A failure to achieve a minimum satisfactory average score in a Clinical course may result in extension of clinical hours, academic probation, or dismissal from the program, depending on whether extenuating circumstances may have contributed to underperformance and whether the student meets overall Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
Grade Appeal Policy
The student is responsible for initiating contact with the instructor to discuss and resolve the grade dispute.
Should a resolution not be reached between the student and instructor, the student has the right to appeal to the Program Chair within 5 business days of last contact with the instructor and no more than 10 days since receiving the grade. The must be submitted using UMI Grade Appeal Form (https://forms.gle/bs4r1gPjjQApFvkY8)
The student is responsible for providing electronic copies of supporting documents she/he believes support the reason for the appeal.
The Program Chair will review all relevant materials pertaining to the appeal and may contact the student and/or the faculty with questions or clarifications. The Program Chair will arrive at a final decision within 10 business days from the date of submission of the appeal form. The decision of the Program Chair regarding the resolution of grade appeal is final.
For non-grades related grievances and complaints, refer to UMI Complaint, Grievance, and Appeal Policy