All students must achieve a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in order to graduate. The Executive/Campus Director checks the Standards of Academic Progress at least once per year, at the end of a payment period. Any student whose academic progress evaluation results in impacted aid eligibility will be contacted and required to meet with the Executive/Campus Director.
Any student that does not meet the standards of satisfactory progress requirements below will be placed on probationary status. A student not meeting an evaluation point is not eligible for continuing financial aid, but may remain in an extended enrollment status. If the criteria below are not achieved at the end of the probationary period, the student will be dismissed from school. To be re-admitted, the student must meet with the Executive/Campus Director, who will determine if the student’s work can be successfully resumed.
Program length is defined as the number of clock hours required to complete a program. The maximum time frame in which the educational objective must be successfully completed is defined as 150% of the normal program length in attempted clock hours.
Incomplete or “I” can be given to any student unable to complete the requirements of a course due to circumstances beyond the student’s control. Satisfactory academic progress cannot be determined while the grade remains in an incomplete status. A grade will be substituted for the “I” if the student successfully completes the unfinished work within a maximum of 30 days from the end of the course. Each extension and length of time is determined by the Executive/Campus Director on a case-by-case basis. Failure to complete the missed work required within the allotted time will result in a grade of “F” being recorded for the incomplete material.
If a student receives a failing grade in any course listed in the program, the student must retake the course. All clock hours attempted will be counted toward maximum time frame for completion and the cumulative grade point average.
Students may repeat a previously passed course to earn a higher grade. Only the higher grade will be counted in the determination of the student’s grade point average; however, a course repetition will be counted towards maximum program length, and in no case may a student extend the maximum program length.
Students that have missed more than fifteen percent (15%) of the scheduled course hours may be subject to failure and must repeat the course.
A student that does not meet the minimum standards of academic progress, as per the chart on page 39 of this catalog, may be placed on academic probation for one term. The student is considered enrolled as a regular student during the probationary period. For probation to be lifted at the end of the term, the student is required to meet the minimum standards for the cumulative grade point average and minimum successful course completion rate that previously were evaluated. If the standards for satisfactory academic progress are not achieved after the probationary period, the student will be dismissed, or may continue in an extended enrollment status, if eligible.
To appeal a decision regarding satisfactory academic progress, please follow the appeal policy stated in this catalog on page 37.
Any discrepancies in the final grades must be reported to the Executive/Campus Director within 30 calendar days of the following quarter/term start date.
Academic Integrity governs student performance based on the principles of truth, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Ridley-Lowell students are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of academic integrity. Unless otherwise instructed by faculty, work is to be completed on an individual basis. Behaviors considered to be inconsistent with Ridley-Lowell’s Academic Integrity Policy include theft of faculty or peer academic materials, cheating, assisting another to cheat, and plagiarism. This would include, but is not limited to, inappropriate usage of electronic devices, presence of any items not approved by the Instructor, and improper communication with peers. An Instructor may recommend formal disciplinary action to the Executive/Campus Director if academic integrity has been violated. Disciplinary action may include a failing grade for the course, academic probation, suspension, and/or expulsion.