Policies

Proctored Examinations

All undergraduate classes end with a timed, one-hour, proctored examination. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements 5 weeks prior to the exam. Proctoring fees are determined by the proctor and are not included in institutional tuition or institutional fees.

Grading Policy

Students are expected to maintain at least minimum grade point averages (GPA). To remain in Good Academic Standing each quarter and to earn a degree, a student must earn an institutional GPA of 2.0 or better.

Faculty members are responsible for grading all students assigned to them. Faculty members will be able to view all of their currently enrolled students’ grade reports through the LMS. Response/evaluation/grading of student lessons and projects: Faculty will submit assignment grades within seven days of assignment due date and a final grade within seven days of the course completion date. Student can monitor their grades in the LMS on a continual basis. Late assignments, if accepted by the instructor, will be graded within seven days of the course completion date. Assignments for incomplete courses will be graded within seven days of the date of expiration of the incomplete.

Official grades may be held until all financial obligations are met.

GPA Type Definitions

Course GPA. GPA calculated from one course.

Term GPA. GPA calculated from on all completed courses associated with one term.

Institutional GPA. GPA calculated from on all completed courses through the
institution.

Grading Scale and Equivalents

The College of Exercise Science has established the following grading scale. All faculty members are required to comply with this scale and its equivalents. Plus or minus grades indicate a high or low end grade that has been assigned. These grades may be assigned on individual assignments within a course or as the final course grade.

Grading Criteria

A = Excellent

The student has demonstrated a thorough understanding of the content and skills presented in the course and consistently initiates thoughtful questions and can see many sides of an issue. The student writes logically and clearly. He or she also integrates ideas throughout the course and, as appropriate, from previously completed courses in a program.

B = Good to very good

The B student is an excellent writer and maintains consistent performance and understanding of course content that goes beyond the minimum requirements.

C = Satisfactory

The C student demonstrates a minimal comprehension of the skills and subject matter included in the course and accomplishes only the minimum requirements, while displaying little or no initiative.

D = Below average

The student’s performance is barely acceptable. Assignments are late or missing and there is not even a minimal understanding or mastery of course content skills.

F = Failing

Quality and quantity of work is unacceptable.

Course grades of “C-” or lower fall below the level for satisfactory academic progress.

I = Incomplete

Coursework will have a designed Incomplete status when the course has ended, but a final grade has not been assigned.

W = Withdrawal

Students who officially withdraw before the final withdrawal deadline will receive a “W.” A “W” is not calculated into the GPA. If the student does not withdraw prior to the final withdrawal deadline, his/her grade will be calculated as points earned divided by total course points and the grade is calculated into the GPA.

AC = Administrative Cancellation

Administrative cancellation refers to a student course cancellation that is initiated by the institution. Administrative Cancellations commonly apply to coursework that has not begun. The College of Exercise Science may cancel students from courses for reasons which include but are not limited to:

Not satisfying a course prerequisite

Outstanding tuition

Plagiarism

Computer tampering

Students who are administratively cancelled from the identified course(s) will receive the grade of AC on their academic record. The AC grade has no effect on the student’s academic GPA. The student will be notified of the Administrative Cancellation to their primary email from the Office of the Registrar.

AW = Administrative Withdrawal

Administrative withdrawal refers to a student course withdrawal that is initiated by the institution. Administrative Withdrawals commonly apply to coursework that has already begun. The College of Exercise Science may withdraw students from courses for reasons which include but are not limited to:

Failing to participate in classes

Not satisfying a course perquisite

“Dropping out” in the middle of a term

Plagiarism

Computer tampering

Students who are administratively withdrawn from the identified course(s) will receive the grade of AW on their academic record. The AW grade has no effect on the student’s academic GPA. The student will be notified of the Administrative Withdrawal to their primary email from the Office of the Registrar.

IP = In Progress

Coursework will have a designed In Progress status while the course is in progress (during the course start and end dates). No quality points are assigned to In Progress coursework and there is no associated GPA.

Grade Challenges

ISSA College of Exercise Science faculty members are experts within their fields of study and have the final authority for assigning grades with the exception to grades that are found to be a result of arbitrary or capricious grading.

If a student believes and is able to support with clear and credible evidence that capricious or unprofessional grading has taken place, a grade challenge may be made on a final course grade basis. Individual course assessment grades are to be handled between student and faculty while a course is in session. The grade challenge policy governs course final grades.

The following policies and procedures apply to all grade challenges:

If a student believes he or she received a final course grade based on capricious or unprofessional grading, the student must discuss the dispute with the faculty member who issued the grade within 7 days of the final grade being posted. The correspondence must be tracked through email.

If a satisfactory solution cannot be found, the student may submit a written Grade Challenge to studentaffairs@issaonline.edu. The challenge must include: reason for request, description of circumstances, and documentation of the attempt to resolve the dispute with the course instructor.

Grade Challenges must be initiated within 21 days of the final grade posting date.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide the necessary information to support the challenge.

The burden rests with the student to provide any additional supporting documentation. Examples of necessary information include: Medical verification if exception is due to illness, copies of any documentation to substantiate the request, etc. If any type of documentation is missing, the challenge will be rejected.

A member or members of the Student Standards Committee will review the challenge to determine if further action is warranted. The Committee member’s determination will be final.