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Online Paralegal Certificate, Interior Design Certificate and Police Studies Certificate

Academic Policies

Grading System: A single, final grade is recorded for each scheduled course at the end of each term. Academic standing at Berkeley is based upon the grading system shown below. 

GRADING SYSTEM   

A

4.00

90-100%   Excellent
B+

3.50

 85-89%  Very Good

B

3.00

 80-84%  Good

C+

2.50

 75-79%  Above Average

C

2.00

70-74%  Average 

D

1.00

 60-69%  Lowest passing grade

F

0

 – Failing 

P

None

 –  Passing
I None  –  Incomplete
W  None –   Withdrawal/Nonparticipation
WP  None  – Withdrawal/Passing 
WF  None  –  Withdrawal/Failing

Computation of Grade Point Average (GPA): To compute the GPA for the term, each letter grade is converted to the grade point equivalent listed above. Then, that grade point is multiplied by the number of credits designated for the course. This procedure is followed for each course. Next, the number of grade point equivalents for all courses is added. That total is then divided by the total number of credits attempted for the term. The result is the term GPA. To compute the cumulative GPA, the grade point equivalents for all courses taken in all terms are added. That total is then divided by the total number of credits attempted in all terms. The result is the cumulative GPA.

Incomplete Grade: Documented inability to complete coursework due to circumstances beyond the student’s control (such as severe illness) may, at the discretion of the instructor, result in a grade of I. All outstanding work must be completed by the end of week one of the following term regardless of whether the student is enrolled in that term. If all work is not completed by that time, the incomplete grade becomes an F. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor to make the necessary arrangements for makeup work.

Course Withdrawal: Students who wish to drop a course must do so in writing and must have the approval of the Academic Advisement Department. Courses dropped during the add/drop period (first week for seven-week courses and first two weeks for all other courses) do not appear on the student’s transcript. Withdrawal from a seven-week course between weeks two and four will result in a grade of WP or WF, and withdrawal from a 15-week course between weeks three and 12 will result in a grade of WP or WF, which indicates whether the student was passing or failing the course at the time of withdrawal. A grade of W will be assigned to students who enrolled in, but did not participate in, a course. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course will receive a letter grade that reflects their achievement.

Repeated Course: When a course is successfully repeated, the original failure remains on the transcript but is not included in calculating the cumulative GPA. A single course can be failed a maximum of three times, including two repeats. Students may only repeat courses in which the student has earned a grade of F and may not repeat courses for which credit already has been earned (grade of D or better). Failed courses will lead to a repeat charge assessed on a per-credit basis, which is the program cost divided by the total number of credits in the program.

Course Syllabus: Students receive a syllabus for each course during the first week of the term. The syllabus contains the instructor's name and office hours, a general description of the course and its contents, a statement of learning outcomes, descriptions of the instructor's attendance and grading policies, the academic integrity policy, arranging for disability accommodations, and a list of major assignments.

Academic Time Commitment: Coursework performed outside of the classroom (such as reading, studying, writing papers, doing projects, or receiving tutoring) is critical to academic success. While the time requirements for individual students may vary somewhat, a general rule of thumb is that students should spend about two hours outside the classroom for every hour required in it. For more information, please see the Berkeley College Semester Credit Hour Assignment Policy.

Grade Appeal: A student wishing to appeal a course grade must submit a completed grade appeal eForm to the faculty member by the end of the first week of the academic term following posting of the disputed grade. The faculty member will respond to the student’s appeal as soon as practical. All responses should be entered into the grade appeal eForm.

Should the student disagree with the faculty member’s decision, then no later than two weeks after receiving the faculty member’s decision, the student may appeal that decision to the Department Chair. The Chair will respond to the student’s appeal as soon as practical and shall have the authority to modify the grade as the Chair may deem appropriate. Should the student disagree with the Chair’s decision, then – and only then – no later than two weeks after receiving the Chair’s decision, the student may submit a final appeal to the Dean of the School. The Dean will respond to the student’s appeal as soon as practical and shall have the authority to modify the grade as the Dean may deem appropriate. The Dean’s decision shall be final.

When submitting an appeal to either the Department Chair or the Dean of the School, the student should continue to use and submit the original appeal eForm, containing the response received from the faculty member and, if submitting to the Dean, the response received from the Department Chair. The student should indicate on the eForm why the student believes the faculty member’s decision was in error.

Add/Drop Policy: Students enrolled in accelerated seven-week courses may not add a course or courses to their schedules after the start of the term. Accelerated (seven-week) courses dropped during the first week of classes do not appear on the student’s transcript. Students enrolled in 15-week courses may add a course or courses to their schedules prior to the start of the second week of the term. Fifteen-week courses dropped during the first two weeks of classes do not appear on the student’s transcript.

Canceled Classes: The College reserves the right to cancel courses or scheduled sections of courses at its discretion.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Online Paralegal, Interior Design and Police Studies Certificate programs are not eligible for Berkeley College grants and scholarships or lifetime career services assistance upon completion of the courses.

Please Note: Berkeley College reserves the right to revise course offerings, cancel scheduled courses, or make any other curriculum changes that the College, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate. The College may limit an individual student’s course load as needed to facilitate the student’s academic success. Such changes may affect the estimated duration and cost of the student’s program. For more information, students should consult with an Academic Advisor.