Academic Policies

Action Against Cheating & Plagiarism

One or more of the following actions are available to the faculty member who suspects a student has been cheating or plagiarizing. The choice of action taken by the faculty member is guided by the extent to which the faculty member considers the cheating or plagiarism reflects the Student’s lack of scholarship or lack of academic performance in the course:

  1. Review – no action
  2. Oral reprimand with emphasis on advising to prevent further occurrence.
  3. Requirement that the work be repeated.
  4. Assignment of “Failure” for the specific work in question.
  5. Withdrawal from the course/program.
  6. Referral to the Dean of the University, as appropriate.

Appealing A Grade

Students who have questions regarding their grade who believe the grade awarded is demonstrably improper by reason of capricious or arbitrary grading should confer directly with the instructor of the course within two weeks of receiving the final grade. Complaints after two weeks are not entertained. Students who are unable to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution may file a final appeal with the Dean of Academics. The Dean of Academics will speak with the instructor and student and gather necessary information to formulate a decision. The Dean of Academics have the final decision to either change the grade or keep the grade “as is”.

Attendance Requirements

Classroom-Hybrid and I-20 students must make every attempt to be in class during all class meetings. Regular and punctual attendance, as well as active student participation, is an important part of a classroom-hybrid student’s education. Except for emergencies, students will notify the instructor twenty-four (24) hours in advance of any absences. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Attendance is strictly monitored. Students may not miss 50% of class sessions or they risk being administratively withdrawn. Students with excessive absences may also be administratively withdrawn from their enrolled program. I-20 students with excessive absences may lose their status.

AbsenceAction
Missing 1st day of classStudent shall receive an alert from IAU by email that this is the 1st absence from class.
1st Absence Student shall receive an alert from IAU by email that this is the 1st absence from class.
2nd Absence Student shall receive a warning from IAU by email that this is the 2nd absence from class.
3rd Absence Student shall receive a final warning from IAU by email that this is the 3rd absence from class. I-20 students will be withdrawn from internship course BUS 440/640 and lose CPT privilege.
4th Absence Student shall receive a notice from IAU by phone and by email that student is withdrawn from the course due to excessive absences.

Cheating & Plagiarism

IAU is pro-active in dealing with issues of cheating and plagiarism. Faculty members are encouraged to discuss with students academic ethics and the formulation of one’s own intellectual material. It is also the policy of IAU to impose sanctions on students who cheat or plagiarize. Students are expected to be honest in meeting the requirements of courses in which they are enrolled. Cheating or plagiarism is dishonest, undermines the necessary trust upon which relations between students and faculty are based, and is unacceptable conduct. Students who engage in cheating or plagiarism will be subject to academic sanctions, including a lowered or failing grade in a course; and the possibility of an additional administrative sanction, including probation, suspension, or expulsion.

Completion Time

Minimum Completion Time – Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 2 academic terms to complete a certificate, undergraduate degree, or master degree program. Doctoral programs must be completed in no less than two years from the date of initial enrollment.

Maximum Completion Time – Students are required to complete a degree program within 150% of the standard time of completion from the date of initial enrollment.

ProgramStandard (Yrs)
Full Time
Standard (Yrs)
Part Time
150% (Yrs)
Full Time
150% (Yrs)
Part Time
Associate Degree2-34-63-4.56-9
Bachelor Degree
4-58-10 6-7.512-15
Master Degree1-1.52-3 1.5-2.253-4.5
Doctor Degree3-46-84.5-69-12
ACAcc121.5 3
CAcc2-3 4-6 3-4.56-9

General Policy on Grading

It is an integral part of the teaching responsibility of the faculty to provide careful evaluation, timely assignments, and appropriate grades for each enrolled student. In the absence of compelling reasons, such as a mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetence, the grade determined by the instructor of record is to be considered final. Final course grades must be submitted by the faculty to the Office of the Admissions & Records no later than two weeks after the session has ended.

Grades & Grade Points

Student performance in courses is indicated by one of following grades. Grades which carry point value, and which are used in determining the grade point average (G.P.A.), are as follows:

PercentileLetter GradeGPA
100 – 90%A4.0
89 – 80%B3.0
79 – 70%C2.0
69 – 60%
D1.0
Below 59%
F0

Grades NOT used to compute grade point average:

CEC = Credit By Exam
Pass = Pass
Fail= Fail
SEC = Standardized Exam Credit
Withdrawal = Withdrawn Course

Grade Reports

At the end of each session or term, notification of the student’s academic standing and report of grades achieved are provided to each student via myIAU. Grades are normally provided within two weeks following the completion of the course. If there are any unpaid charges or other penalties on record against a student, request for transcripts and class grades will be withheld unless arrangements to the contrary have been made in advance with the administration. Questions regarding grade reports should be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Grievance Policy

Students have the right to address grievances to and administrative staff. Formal grievances shall be directed to the Executive Director. The Executive Director shall immediately investigate the situation and shall have the power to question persons with pertinent information, examine any pertinent materials, and question the student. Within fifteen (15) school days, exclusive of weekends and holidays, of notice to the student, the Executive Director shall determine whether a complaint shall be filed with the Executive Office. If a complaint is filed, the person against whom the complaint is filed shall receive written notice which shall include the initial report, the factual allegations, a list of witnesses and evidence, the time and place of the hearing, a statement that the accused has the right to be represented by counsel or representative of his/her choice, and an opportunity to review any information gathered by the Executive Director.

Grievance Procedure

Students have the right to address grievances to the Executive Director. The Executive Director shall immediately investigate the situation and shall have the power to question persons with pertinent information, examine any pertinent materials, and question the student. Within fifteen (15) school days, exclusive of weekends and holidays, of notice to the student, the Executive Director shall determine whether a complaint shall be filed with the Executive Office.

If a complaint is filed, the person against whom the complaint is filed shall receive written notice which shall include the initial report, the factual allegations, a list of witnesses and evidence, the time and place of the hearing, a statement that the accused has the right to be represented by counsel or representative of his/her choice, and an opportunity to review any information gathered by the Executive Director.

If no complaint is filed with the University because the allegation is without merit, the conduct is de minimus, or the evidence is insufficient, the Executive Director shall keep a record of the allegation, nonetheless. The student shall be informed accordingly.

Inactivity Policy

All students who do not demonstrate significant activity in IAUonline within the first 5 weeks shall be academically withdrawn due to inactivity. “Significant activity” shall be determined by the instructor. Students shall receive a “W” on their transcripts. Applicable refund policies shall apply.

I-20 Students Full Time Enrollment

Upon official enrollment, all I-20 international students are required to register, enroll, and complete two consecutive sessions. I-20 international students who do not register, enroll, and complete for two consecutive sessions shall have their I-20 terminated. Students who wish to transfer to another SEVP-approved institution before they have completed two consecutive sessions shall be transferred in “terminated” status.

Undergraduate full-time enrollment: 12 units
Graduate full-time enrollment: 9 units

Incomplete (I) Policy

In extreme circumstances the instructor may assign a student an “I” (Incomplete) grade. Seeking this approval is solely at the instructor’s discretion. If approved, the student will be allowed to finish the coursework in the completion plan without re-enrolling, but must finish no later than two weeks after the course has officially ended. If the student does not complete the required coursework in the required time, the instructor shall determine the appropriate grade.

Late Assignment Policy

Students are expected to meet all deadlines relative to discussions and assignments. Entertaining late work is totally at the discretion of the instructor. Each instructor can establish his/her own policy on late work. The general University policy on late work is that submissions will receive a 10% deduction for each day late and all work after the third day will receive a zero. It is incumbent on each student to plan for potential absences during the semester. The generally acceptable reason for late work is hospitalization with documentation. Work requirements, vacations, family problems, etc. are not generally acceptable excuses.

Repeat Course / Grade Change

Students may repeat any course for credit for which they have received a grade below an A. All attempts of a given course will appear on the official transcript with the grade(s) earned. Upon student request, when such repetition has taken place, the select course will be reflected with a “REPEAT” on the official transcript. The repeated course will not be calculated into the student’s GPA or units earned.

After completing the second attempt of a course, a student must submit the REPEAT COURSE GRADE CHANGE FORM to the Office of Academic Services.

The maximum amount of times that a student can repeat a course is two (2) times.

This policy does not imply a guarantee that openings will be available in courses if and when students wish to retake them, and instructors will not ordinarily know whether a student is enrolled in a course for the second time. When a course is repeated all applicable fees apply.

If the department or course number has changed since the student completed the first attempt of a course, the department offering the course will verify that the subsequent course is substantially the same and the course repeat policy may apply.

The student will be required to pay for the course again at the tuition rate as stated in the signed enrollment agreement. This will affect the Total Tuition for Program as originally stated in the enrollment agreement.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is defined as achieving a required cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students. The mandatory terms are the spring and fall trimesters.

  • A student, who falls below the required CGPA at the end of a mandatory term, must receive academic advising.
  • A student who falls below the required CGPA for two consecutive mandatory terms must receive academic advising and will be placed on academic probation.
  • A student who falls below the required CGPA for three consecutive mandatory terms must receive academic advising and is academically dismissed.

Students who fall below the required CGPA for three consecutive mandatory terms may petition academic re-eligibility by seeking counsel with the Dean of Academics or Director of Programs. The student must be able to demonstrate that the circumstance(s) that caused the inability to meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements has been resolved or no longer exists. This is handled on a case-by-case basis.

Time Between Grading & Evaluation

Discussion Questions (DQ) are graded within 4 days. Examinations are auto-graded by IAUonline instantly. Graduate written assessments for courses are more complex shall be graded and returned to students typically within 10 business days. This will allow faculty ample time to review, critique, and provide constructive feedback.

Withdrawal (W) Policy

Students who withdraw in weeks 1 or 2 shall receive no mark on their transcript.  Students who withdraw in weeks 3, 4, 5, or 6 shall receive a “W”.  Students who withdraw in weeks 7 or 8 shall receive an “F”. Applicable refund policies shall apply.

WeekConsequence
1No mark. Must register for another class to maintain full-time enrollment.
2No mark. Must register for another class to maintain full-time enrollment.
3“W” on transcript, refund calculated.
4“W” on transcript, refund calculated.
5“W” on transcript, no refund.
6“W” on transcript, no refund.
7“F” on transcript, no refund.
8“F” on transcript, no refund.

Maximum Withdrawals (W’s)

A maximum of 25% Withdrawals (W’s) may appear on the student’s transcripts. More than 25% W’s on transcripts, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the enrolled program.

Degree ProgramMaximum Withdrawals (W's)
Associate Degree5 W's for 3-unit courses or a maximum of 25% of units taken with IAU
Bachelor Degree10 W's for 3-unit courses or a maximum of 25% of units taken with IAU
Master Degree3 W's for 3-unit courses or a maximum of 25% of units taken with IAU
Doctor Degree 5 W's for 3-unit courses or a maximum of 25% of units taken with IAU