Semester Credit System
Grace Mission University operates on the semester system (15 weeks of class work plus a week for examinations). Credit for work completed is expressed in semester hours. One credit hour requires 12.5 class contact hours per semester.
For undergraduate students, a normal academic load is 12 to 16 credit hours per semester. Students taking less than 12 credit hours in a semester are considered part-time. Students employed for more than three hours of work daily will find 12 credit hours a sufficient load. It is assumed that the student will spend one hour in course preparation per week for each hour in class.
For graduate students, a normal academic load is 9 to 16 credit hours per semester. Students taking less than 9 credit hours in a semester are considered part-time. Students employed for more than three hours of work daily will find 9 credit hours a sufficient load. It is assumed that the student will spend one hour in course preparation per week for each hour in class.
GMU uses a 4.0 grade point system (GPA). Grades are normally available within three weeks following the conclusion of each semester.
Grade Point System
Grade Scores Grade Point
A 96+ 4.00
A- 90-95 3.70
B+ 87-89 3.30
B 83-86 3.00
B- 80-82 2.70
C+ 77-79 2.30
C 73-76 2.00
C- 70-72 1.70
D+ 67-69 1.30
D 63-66 1.00
D- 60-62 .70
F 59 or less 0.00
A grade of "I" may be given temporarily when all the course requirements have not been completed and arrangements have been made to complete the work. This grade may not be given by an instructor to avoid giving an "F". A student who receives an "I" will have until the end of the next grading period to complete the outstanding course work. If the work is not completed by this time, the "I" will automatically be converted to an "F" grade.
CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY
A student who misses more than thirty percent of class sessions for any reason may be dropped from a course without credit and a grade of "F" recorded. If a student has an excessive number of unexcused absences in a class, the instructor may lower their grade accordingly.
To withdraw officially from the institution, a student is required to complete the following procedure:
1. Procure a Withdrawal Form from the Registrar's Office
2. Complete the form, furnishing the required signatures
3. Return the completed form to the Registrar's Office
Upon complying with this procedure, the student may be entitled to a refund based upon the institutional refund policy. The official date of withdrawal is the date the Registrar receives the completed form.
Leave Of Absence
A leave of absence may be granted for medical or personal reasons. To arrange a leave, a student must consult with the Dean of Academic Affairs. Documentation from a physician may be required before such a leave is granted. A student on leave for more than one semester will be responsible to the academic catalog requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.
GENERAL PROBATION AND DISMISSAL
A student is subject to academic suspension from the University after one semester on academic probation, unless in the judgment of the Academic Dean significant academic improvement is made during the probationary semester. Academic suspension precludes further enrollment in the University.
The institution reserves the right to dismiss any student failing to make satisfactory academic progress towards his/her program, who violates academic honesty standards or the school's lifestyle policy, and /or fails to meet his/her financial obligations.
Time Limits for Programs
The time limit for completion of a two-year degree program is five years, for three and four year degree programs it is six years. The time limits include any leaves of absences taken by a student. Time limits may be extended under special circumstances.
STUDENT RECORDS POLICY
Grace Mission University recognizes the need to maintain the confidentially of student records. Thus GMU observes the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. No one except administrative personnel and faculty are given access to student records. Grace Mission University does not release educational records to non-school employees without the prior written consent of the student. With few exceptions, such as external references which students may have waived their right to see, students may review their educational records upon request. Access is granted upon submission of written request to the Registrar. Students are entitled to copies of all records to which they have access. Students have the right under established procedures, to challenge the factual accuracy of their records should they believe there are discrepancies. Such challenges should be presented to the Academic Dean in writing.