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Academic Standing

COLLEGE of CHIROPRACTIC

Good Standing Requirements

  • Each student must maintain satisfactory academic progress and be in “Good Standing” academically.
  • To be in “Good Standing” academically, a student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no outstanding or unresolved current failed “Required-For-Graduation” (RFG) classes.
  • Students should be on track to complete their degree program within 150% of normal program length (21 quarters) or less.
  • Each student should complete the Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) and graduate within eight (8) calendar years from their Life University DCP matriculation date.

Program Course Failure Policies

  • All students will be required to repeat immediately any and all “Required-For-Graduation” (RFG) courses with unresolved failing grades (F, NP, WF, WNP).

 Academic Probation and Performance Contracts

  • Failure to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 will cause a student to be placed on academic probation and a performance contract and/or
  • Any student who has previously failed (F, NP, WF, WNP) a “Required-For-Graduation” (RFG) course two or more times will be placed on academic probation and a performance contract.

GPA Policy

All students with less than 2.0 GPA will be evaluated. They will be evaluated on their performance and/or contract the previous quarter.

  • Those who have passed all courses but did not achieve a 2.0 GPA will earn the opportunity to be placed on a performance contract with provisions for a quarterly GPA in order to achieve 2.0 as soon as possible.
  • Those students who did not fulfill terms of a previous contract will be terminated (dismissed) from the COC with an opportunity to appeal the outcome. If the appeal is granted, the student will return to the COC under the same conditions as they left. In the event the student does not successfully complete the contract after the appeal, no further opportunities for appeal will be granted.
  • Those students who were placed on contract due to low GPA who passed all classes, have no unresolved failed classes and have achieved above 2.0 GPA will return to “Good Academic Standing.” If their academic progress returns to unsatisfactory levels once again, further registration into the COC will be at the discretion of the Dean and/or the COC Appeals Committee.

 

 

COLLEGE of GRADUATE and UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

Academic Standing Requirements

  • All students will remain in “Good Standing” by achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress, which is defined as maintaining a cumulative GPA at or above 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and completing 67% or more of their attempted classes.
  • All students with less than 2.0 cumulative GPA and/or less than 67% course completion rate will be evaluated quarterly to determine eligibility for continued registration and placed on Academic Probation.
  • Students will be evaluated on their academic performance for their last quarter of attendance. Students who did not achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA and/or at least a 67% course completion rate will be placed on an academic performance contract. This academic performance contract will be evaluated at the end of each quarter and will include an academic plan to achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA and at least 67% course completion rate within four quarters of the initiation of this academic plan.
  • Students are expected to achieve the calculated quarterly GPA and complete all courses in which they are registered in order to continue working toward SAP.
  • Students may remain on academic contract as long as it is possible to achieve SAP within four quarters of the initiation of the academic plan.
  • Students who did not fulfill the terms of an academic performance contract may be dismissed from the College with an opportunity to appeal the outcome.
  • Students who can demonstrate an extenuating circumstance with appropriate documentation may be granted additional term(s) on an academic performance contract if it is mathematically possible for them to achieve cumulative 2.0 GPA and/or 67% course completion rate within the additional term(s) at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, or their designee. Extenuating circumstances with supporting documentation include:
  1. Severe illness, medical condition or injury
  2. Death/Illness of immediate family member
  3. Military Deployment/Call to active duty
  4. Traumatic, life-altering event
  5. Divorce (Required Documents – must include dates)
  6. Statement from Doctor on letterhead and signed by physician
  7. Hospitalization records including time frame of illness or dates of doctors’ visits
  8. Death Certificate or obituary
  9. Deployment Records
  10. Evidence of Event

In addition to provide the above required documentation, please submit a letter outlining the following items:

  1. Describe in detail the circumstance of your illness, injury, death of a family member, military deployment or other life altering event and how your performance was affected.
  2. Describe how the documentation you are attaching supports your appeal.
  3. Describe in detail what steps you have taken to resolve the circumstances.

If the appeal is granted or an additional quarter of contract is granted, the student will return to the college under the same conditions as they left. In the event the student does not successfully complete the contract after the appeal, or additional quarter’s contract, no further opportunities for appeal will be granted.

  • Students who were placed on contract due to low GPA or course completion rate who have passed all classes have no unresolved failed classes and have achieved cumulative 2.0 GPA and 67% course completion rate will return to “Good Academic Standing.”
  • If their academic progress returns to unsatisfactory levels once again, further enrollment in the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies will be at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, or his or her designee.

 

Multiple Failure Policy*

(May be linked to or independent of SAP policy)

Students who have failed a required course(s) two or more times will be placed on an academic performance contract with a maximum of 12 to 15 credit hours. The contract may require the student to audit or retake previously passed prerequisite courses and pass the examinations prior to retaking a failed course, if deemed necessary. Students who did not fulfill the terms of an academic performance contract due to two or more failures of the same required course(s) will be subject to the identical process as all other students on performance contracts.

Dropping Courses and/or Programmatic Withdrawal while on an Academic Performance Contract

Dropping courses and/or withdrawing from the Undergraduate Program without permission from the Dean of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, or their designee, is a violation of the terms of an academic performance contract and will result in dismissal from the program.

The student who wishes to drop a course(s) and/or withdraw from the undergraduate program while on academic probation/academic performance contract must provide documentation of an extenuating circumstance to the Dean of the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, or his or her designee and obtain permission to alter their registration and/or their academic performance contract. If the withdrawal is deemed acceptable, the student may return to the program the next quarter with the same probation/contract status.

Academic Dismissal (AD)*

Students who fail to complete the provisions of their current academic performance contract will be dismissed from the undergraduate program.

Appeal of Academic Dismissal

Any student who has been dismissed from an undergraduate program may appeal their dismissal to the CGUS Dismissal Appeals Committee. The appeal must be based upon one or both of the following requirements: 

Dismissal

In order to consider a student for dismissal, the following factors are reviewed:

  1. Has the student repeatedly failed transitional or college-level courses?
  2. Has the student academically progressed during the three quarters while on contract?
  3. Can any of the University’s support programs accommodate the student?
  4. Is it mathematically possible for the student to achieve the provisional contract within a one-quarter extension?
  5. Was there an Honor Code violation? Note: Any Honor Code violation will void any contract agreement. 

Reinstatement Policy

Students who have been academically dismissed from their undergraduate studies must appeal for admission by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Must complete a minimum of 24 semester credits/36 quarter credits from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Student must reapply for admission through the Office of Enrollment Services and be reviewed and approved by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee and the Dean.