1. Purpose of Policy: The purpose of this policy is to provide students protection against receiving an unfair final grade, while at the same time respecting the academic responsibility of instructors. A grade appeal shall be confined to charges of unfair action toward an individual student and may not involve challenging an instructor’s judgment in assessing the quality of a student’s work.
  2. Grounds for Appeal

There was a mathematical error in the calculation of the final grade.

The grade was determined in a manner that differed from the grade calculation formula in the course syllabus.

The grade was determined in a manner sufficiently egregious to warrant review by others.

The student must file a petition to appeal a grade within 14calendar days of the posting of final grades with the department chair or designee.

  1. Pre-Appeal Actions

The expectation is that the student and instructor re-solve the grade disagreement informally in a collegial manner. If the grade dispute cannot be resolved informally with the instructor, then the student may notify the department chair or designee that he/she want to file a formal Grade Appeal petition.

  1. Student Grade Appeal Process

Step 1.The student file a formal written appeal with sup-porting documents to the department chair/designee within 30 calendar days of final grades posting by the Registrar Office.Within 14 calendar days of the receipt of the student’s appeal, the department chair or designee shall make a decision and then notify the student and the instructor in writing with a copy to the

Registrar. The department chair/designee’s decision is final and the case is closed.

  1. Purpose of Policy

The purpose of this policy is to accurately account for and tracking the status of all registered and tuition paying students who officially enrolled in courses and programs but do not attend nor participate in any course activity. Participation in an online maybe exhibited by the student posting to a graded Discussion Board, submitting an assignment or attempted or completing an intellipath node.A student who does not exhibits any of the above participatory activities will be administratively assigned a Non-Attendance(NA) grading symbol.

  1. Procedures and Processes
  2. The office of the Registrar working with the department chair/designee will compile a list of students who have official registered for and paid their tuition but have not exhibited any class activity or participation.
  3. The department chair/designee verifies the list with their course instructors.
  4. The registrar submits the potential Non-Attendance list to the Chief Academic Officer for certification.
  5. Upon certification, the Registrar record and notify the impacted students.
  1. Purpose of Policy

In case of extenuating circumstances the instructor may agree to give a student a final grade symbol of “I” for incomplete. Allowing a student an incomplete grade is left to the instructor’s discretion and students should not assume that they will be allowed to complete work after the term has ended.

  1. Guidelines
  2. This institution discourages grades of “I” Incomplete.

However, the Institution understands that there are certain extenuating circumstances under which a grade “I” Incomplete is appropriate.

  1. The “I” Incomplete grade is only granted at the discretion of the instructor.
  2. The student must petition the course instructor in writing for the Incomplete on the first day of the final week of the term.
  3. In allowing a grade of Incomplete, the instructor should observe the following guidelines:
  4. The instructor determines if the student may reasonably complete the work required Within the required the 14 calendar day incomplete grade completion time limit. Within the 14 day time limit, the instructor should specify the due date.
  5. The circumstances that have compelled the student to request the Incomplete are exceptional, such as illness, natural disaster or some other emergency, beyond the student’s control.
  6. The student requesting the Incomplete has successfully completed the majority (75% of the course work submitted) of the course work in the course.
  7. The student must submit the out- standing course work to the instructor within the 14 days of the End Date of term.

e. The course instructor reviews and grades the submitted work and submits a new grade replacing the “I” grade.

  1. Purpose of Policy

Our University operates on a batch- and cohort- base admissions model and our programs are designed to permit students to pursue their course of study full-time while managing many personal and professional responsibilities as working professionals. The University will however, accommodate a student’s request to officially withdraw, when due to extenuating circumstances effective progress is drastically curtailed.

  1. Guidelines and Processes

a. It is strongly recommended that students contemplating withdrawal seek advising and counseling from a student

  1. Purpose of Policy

To provide an opportunity for a student who receives a grade of ‘F’ or who receive grade of ‘U’ (unsatisfactory) in a required course must repeat/retake that course.

  1. Guidelines and Processes
  2. A graduate student may repeat/retake a course only one time. Students who fail a required course twice may be dismissed from the University.
  3. All failed courses must be retaken/ repeated and passed before the student is allowed to begin his/her dissertation work.

c. A student who needs to retake/repeat a failed course should confer with his/her department chair /designee who will service official to ensure that the University has done everything it can do to assist them in continuing their studies.

  1. The student should contact and file with the office of the Registrar a written withdrawal request.
  2. The Registrar Office processes the request and then officially notify the student, the department chair and the student’s course instructors.
  3. Students who withdraw during a term but on or before the last day to withdraw will receive a

Grade of ‘w’ (withdrawal) for all course registrations for that Term.

  1. The last day to withdraw is the end of the 12th week of a 16 week Term and the end of the 6th of an 8 week Term.

f. Students who withdraw after the withdrawal deadline will receive grades based on the coursework completed up until the time of withdrawal starts. Students should always check with the Office of the Registrar to confirm the last day for official withdrawal deadline.

  1. Purpose of Policy Our University’s programs are designed to permit students to pursue their studies fulltime while managing the many responsibilities of family, job/career, etc…
    However the University will consider a student’s request for a Leave of Absence (LoA) if the student is experiencing hardships that make effective academic progress unusually difficult due to extenuating circumstances.
  2. Guidelines and Processes
  3. The University defines a Leave of Absence (LoA) as a temporary break (30-120days) from academic registration with a clear intent to return to the program of study. A student may apply for a second LoA during his/her course of study.
  4. Students who wish to take a LoA should seek advice and counseling from a designated university official.

c. The student submits a written request notify the Office of Registrar that this student should be allowed to register for the said course.

  1. The student registers and pays the course fee.

In addition, consistent with the University’s Guideline on students’ Misuse of Their Own Scholarly Work in the Code on Conduct, assignments submitted for a repeated course are expected to reflect new approaches and insights into that topic and students may not merely copy and paste substantial sections from one assignment to be submitted again. Any use of prior work is at the discretion of the instructor and prior approval is required before submitting prior work.

  1. Purpose of Policy

Doctoral students at our University are required to complete a 15 credit dissertation consisting of 5 companion course modules. Some of the course modules are taken multiple times until a specific outcome is achieved. Each Term, students are graded on their progress on completing the modules as satisfactory “S” or unsatisfactory “U” as they progress towards completing the dissertation.

  1. Guidelines and Processes
  2. DBA students in their last two Terms or 8 months and who have passed all required courses, are allowed to enroll in the DBA in Management course Dissertation (DBAMGDIS),a 15 credit course as they work toward completion of the dissertation. The DBA in Management Dissertation Course consists of the following modules: via the department chair to the Office of the Registrar specifying the length of and the extenuating circumstances which precipitated this LoA request
    1. The Registrar review for completeness and forward to Chief Academic Officer or designee for approval.
    2. The Registrar notifies the student and the department chair of the action taken.
    3. The time a student spends on a LoA counts toward the student’s program length.
    4. A LoA should not be requested during the Term. During the Term and before the withdrawal date, the student should request and process a withdrawal.
    5. Returning from a LoA
    6. Returning to the University following a LoA, the student should notify the department chair and the Registrar at least 15 calendar days prior to his/her intended Start-date of the Term.

    b. A student who failed to return from a LoA will be administratively withdrawn from the University as of the date the leave began.


  1. Purpose of Policy

Our University courses are not independent study courses. Thus substantive an active participation is an essential part of the learning process in promoting a meaningful and engaging learning experience. Therefore the University requires consistent, substantive, and timely participation in and contributions to online discussions as detailed and required in each of our faculty course syllabus. Furthermore our University requires that the purpose of and expectations of participants in online discussions be explicitly communicated to students and that these communicated expectations be fulfilled by both students and faculty.

2)organizational perspectives,

3)research methodology,

4)dissertation proposal, and

5)dissertation defense

  1. Students receiving unsatisfactory “U” grade in DBAMGDIS are viewed as not making academic progress. A student receiving an unsatisfactory grade may be required by their dissertation chair to engage with specific university student support services.
  2. Students with an approved Prospectus and who receive two unsatisfactory grades at any point will be viewed as not making satisfactory academic progress.

d. In either instance, the student will be reviewed by the department chair and dissertation chair and a recommendation made to the Chief Academic Officer for approval to continue in the program.